Germinating Creativity: Urban Garden in Progress

This week I find myself right back in the messy middle in writing, gardening and life. While I'm not yet ready to share my current work in progress (a YA dystopia,) I can share some updates from my adventures in homemaking. Three weeks in, here is the tomato plant (pictured below.) I'm pretty impressed with how quickly it's grown. … Continue reading Germinating Creativity: Urban Garden in Progress

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The Messy Middle: Between Before & After

I’m a sucker for before and after’s. When I was pregnant with my son I was completely addicted to HGTV. I wasn’t renovating a house or anything. But ooh, that bit right at the end of the show when they’d put up the before and after shots side by side? I loved it! I didn’t … Continue reading The Messy Middle: Between Before & After

Got Closure? (If Not, You’ll Probably Just Make It Up)

Humans love stories. We love to tell them. We love to hear them. We crave those beginnings, middles and endings. When we hear a character driven story our brains reward us by releasing oxytocin (the happiness drug), making us empathize with those characters no matter how different they are from us. And that's great news for writers. It … Continue reading Got Closure? (If Not, You’ll Probably Just Make It Up)

The Art of Understanding: Why I Write

Every book I write is an exploration of my soul. That may sound melodramatic, but it's true, despite my best efforts to create entirely fictional worlds. Every story telegraphs longing, fears and desires that are too intense for me to examine directly. They burrow their way out from deep within via stories begging to be told. Only … Continue reading The Art of Understanding: Why I Write