Thinking about Kickstarter?

Thinking about Kickstarter?

You may be familiar with my Kickstarter project. It was fully funded back then, but of course, like when we built our house, I made changes to the project, added more to it, and let the expenses rise more than I imagined. However, it’s time to celebrate, because...
Card Deck for Writers

Card Deck for Writers

If you’ve known me awhile, you already know I consider myself more of a teacher than a writer. My masters degree project 25 years ago was on teaching writing, and I’ve taught teachers and writers of all ages ever since. And when I discovered I could teach...

To Rhyme or Not to Rhyme?

We all love rhyming picture books, but we hear everywhere that no one wants to publish them. Is that really true? Maybe not…   Years ago I heard an editor speak at a conference and clearly say, “Please don’t send me anything that rhymes.”...

How to Begin Writing: Quieting the Critics

She’s bad enough when I’m writing, but my inner critic, Miss Midge, got a run for her money this last weekend at The Painting Experience when they took over the Freeland Hall here on Whidbey Island. I spent three and a half days letting paintbrushes lead me, along...

The Joy of Revision

I’m choosing Joy. That’s it. Can’t decide what to work on? Choose joy. Making plans for vacation? Choose joy. Revision? Yup. Joy. I just finished the first draft of my NaNoWriMo novel! Lots of holes to fill, lots of cutting ahead, but if I can muster...