Friday, January 1, 2016

books to read

Excited about
my newest stack of
books to read.

The Thing About Jellyfish
Everything, Everything
Infinite home
Bone Gape
Rad American Women A-Z

Friday, November 6, 2015

word of the week

Our Word of the Week

that I added to the fish bowl on my desk


community (noun) 1. a feeling of fellowship with others as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.

Monday, October 19, 2015

for writers afraid of networking

Over the years, I’ve listened to many speakers at writing conferences suggest the following:

“Say hi to strangers!”
“Bring business cards!”

Whenever I heard this advice, I’d think, “Yeah right.” I’d tell myself, “I’m never getting business cards." I’d repeat my mantra, “I’m only here to learn about the craft of writing.”

Not surprisingly, I was that person who sat alone. I’d take a ton of notes and I never went to social events. By doing this, I closed myself off to one of the best things about conferences. Meeting people who love books.

So, at a recent SCBWI Writers’ Day I tried something different. During the breaks, I talked. I talked about my writing but more than that, I talked about my life. I talked about the difficulty I have balancing my kids and my work. I talked about my love of the Red Sox. I talked about the books I’m reading.

And then the coolest thing happened. People talked back. I had the pleasure of listening to others tell me about their work and their lives.

For the most part, the things I feared (I won’t know what to say, the conversation will feel forced, I have no idea how to network) didn’t happen. Because every time I spoke with someone, I reminded myself this person might be feeling a little nervous, too.

Did I network perfectly? No. Did I talk too fast? Yes. Did I accidentally interrupt? Yes. Did I over-share and make one or two people uncomfortable? Probably.

But you know what? I’m glad I put myself out there. For me, writing is all about getting the words on the page, letting myself make mistakes, and then going back in and making sense of it. Maybe networking is kind of like the same thing.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

books to read

Excited about
my newest stack of
books to read.

Each Little Bird That Sings
Finders Keepers
The Vanishing Island
The Interestings

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

word of the week

Our Word of the Week

that I added to the fish bowl on my desk 


wonder (noun) 1. a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

favorite quotes from scbwi conferences

The SCBWI Summer Conference in Los Angeles is only a few weeks away. I’ve attended this conference every summer since 2009 and it never ceases to inspire me. Here are a few quotes I’ve collected over the years.

"Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. Let go of the outcome."  
-Karen Cushman

"Take care of your writer self." -Gennifer Choldenko

"Listen to your pages." -Libba Bray

“Be proud of what you wish for.” –Carolyn Mackler

Also, an inspiring keynote by Judy Shachner.

A few more good quotes.

And, a link to my all-time favorite workshop given by Lin Oliver and Henry Winkler called “Comedy Comes From the Heart.”

I can hardly wait for more!

Ps. If you go to the conference and spot a lady holding this swan notebook, you've found me. Please say hello!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

books to read

Excited about 
my newest stack of
books to read.

Murder is Bad Manners
Evil Librarian
Pack of Dorks
The Game of Love and Death