• Writing

    Power of a Map

    Many of you may have noticed that I’ve used the same picture for my articles so far. A black and white map, aged, but detailed. There is a reason. You’ll continue to see that map crop up, as I write more articles related to this book I’m writing. I’ve chosen that map in particular, because it was one of my first physical pieces of inspiration. Since then, I’ve stocked away a bunch of items, but this is one that got this whole thing started. When I look at a map, of my town, or my state, or spin a globe, I have this tendency to want to find my home.…

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    Arriving Before the Bell

    I’ve been thinking a lot about motivation. What makes us do whatever it is we do. Primarily because I’m trying to figure out how to write truly realistic, dynamic characters, but the question also applies to me, every day, and to everyone else I encounter. I get up in the morning, and I’m not much of a morning person, and I do it because my kids have to be at school, hopefully on time. Well, and because it would be frowned upon for a grown-up woman to live in her bed. Even though that’s what I would really like to do most days. You can eat there, as long as…

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    Finding Some Inspiration

    When my kids were tiny, they found one book that they adored, and we had to read it over and over for months, the repetition getting to the point that they could “read” it to us from memory. “By the big red barn, in the great green field…” Then my older two decided mom couldn’t keep the pace they wanted when it came to their digestion of paperbacks and they started reading on their own. The books got harder and the story lines got more complex. The characters became not cartoons but more lifelike, and they faced things that actually had or could happen in real life. Not that an…