Help for those who lost so much

I know loss. I lost my home once to a fire. I lost my home once to an earthquake. I don't know what it's like to live in Puerto Rico where everyone around me lost everything, too. I do know how it feels to have no place to go that is safe. To have no... Continue Reading →

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How I Got My Literary Agent

My friend Monica sat across the table from me. We noshed Cheesecake Factory bread and butter after having a few drinks during our 1-½ hour wait to be seated. “I still haven’t written the how I got my agent blog post,” I said. “You have to,” she said. Her hair was pulled up and she... Continue Reading →

NY Times Bestseller List

One of the things I LOVE about kid lit is how tight and cool the community is. I've emailed, interviewed, and am actual friends with (some all 3 others not) 3 authors on this list of 10. I've read books written by most of the rest. I'm not bragging, I want you to know even... Continue Reading →

A Good Beginning

I have 3 book ideas taking up space in my head, along with a plethora of essays, and several short stories. I've wanted to dive into my new book for a while. But querying and life got the best of me, I slipped into a deep funk, and am finally appreciating the sunshine promising me... Continue Reading →

Puddle of Tears

Any time between now and tomorrow afternoon I'll be a mess. All of the emotions I've kept inside and moved past so I could be next to my father while he had triple by-pass surgery will come bubbling out of me. The tears will also be about me. They will be tears of frustration with... Continue Reading →

Reforging

My friend Kimberly posted a tweet for #MuseMon: She took her broken pieces and threw them into the hottest part of the fire. "Giving up?" they asked. "Reforging," she said.   I printed her luxurious words out the moment I read them and pinned them in front of my computer so I can look at... Continue Reading →

Jan 21

Happy New Year. I've been sick since Christmas. Can't seem to shake this but no matter that my doctor gave me antibiotics and a seriously strong cough medicine. This illness is slowing my roll and my creativity. I'm in the waiting phase of querying. I wish I could reach out to the awesome agents who... Continue Reading →

The end of year good stuff list

2016 was erratic, challenging and awesome. Since I'm an optimist, I'm going to talk about some of the awesome. Perhaps optimism will scare away some of the craptacular bits and they'll never return. I made friends. Real good, make me smile, and excited to see them friends. Writing and creative friends. Got an agent and published friends.... Continue Reading →

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