Is It Possible to Look Great on Zoom?
I have never been photogenic. This didn’t bother me when people stored snapshots in albums and shoe boxes. By the time they ever glanced at them again, they had forgotten my name. Then digital phones and social media arrived, but I could badger the person behind the camera into taking multiple photos because they weren’t…
The Rewriting Process: When is it time to stop?
Some people clean their houses in spring and fall, but me? I rewrite the manuscript for my children’s book. I’ve been known to revise in summer and winter. And if there was a fifth season, I’d probably be rewriting then, too. I can’t tell you how often I’ve reworked this novel. I literally can’t—I’ve lost…
I Once Knew How to Code
This week began with a dreary, showery day, perfect for making a few changes to my website. My home page had two photos, important photos, that didn’t display correctly on smaller screens. Piece of cake, I thought. I’d finish fixing them by lunch. Reader, it took as much time as tossing a magical ring into…
I apologize. Instead of writing for my blog this past weekend, I stitched facemasks. And you know it must be important for me to lay down my trusty pen and pick up my rusty needle, even if it’s only for a few days. If you’re interested, you can donate your domestic skills, too. The finished…
To write as funny as I can
Was Oliver Wendell Holmes born with a comic’s DNA? Did his father tell Dad jokes? How did he develop his killer wit? I need to know because my wit is more of the jay-walking variety. Sure, I can make my reader smirk. On a good day, my writing might even get a snicker. But I…
The traveling writer
A chance to travel to Europe! When my husband jetted to France this month on business, he suggested I come along and turn it into a vacation. We left early, added a few days in the Netherlands, and when he started working, I did, too. After all, a character in my work in progress visits…
Out with the old
My family and a group of close friends have rung in the New Year together ever since our children were young. Even when our offspring grew old enough to find their own parties and to exchange their sparkling grape juice for champagne, our generation still gathered to celebrate and to call out “Happy New Year”…
Welcome to my blog!
This post about my blog was updated on July 28, 2020, to include new content. Welcome to my blog! Writers write more than we publish. My mind is brimming with ideas and the attic is groaning with half-finished manuscripts—but only one children’s book and one adult book are even close to publishable quality. Hence…
A weekend of mystery
I spent a great weekend at Crime Bake, a mystery writers’ conference hosted by the New England chapters of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America.
What I’m writing
I’ve finished (and rewritten and revised and edited) a fantasy/adventure for kids aged about 10 to 13, and now I’m working on an adult paranormal mystery.