Attributions: He said, she said

An admonition writers always hear from speakers at conferences is to stick with the venerable “said” as a dialogue tag. Other writers, editors, agents, creative writing teachers, and the authors of writing craft books–all seem to agree. Every time I hear or read this piece of advice, it seems the very next time I pick […]

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My Life in Books

Today I’m so happy to launch a new title and new look for my blog! First, the new look. The talented and up-and-coming cartoonist/artist, Corinne Mucha, designed the header just for me. I love it, because not only is it a perfect fit, it’s so cool! The design, the color, the detail, I couldn’t be […]

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Critique Group Welcomes the New Year!

My critique group met last Friday, our first meeting of the year. After our actual work–critiquing three picture book manuscripts–we revisited the writing resolutions we made last January, what we hoped to accomplish as writers in 2008. Most of us (and we’re a fairly large group) achieved one or more of our goals. Here are […]

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No NaNoWriMo For Me

NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, occurs every November. The goal is to write 50,000 words throughout the month, which would serve as a rough draft, or put you well on your way toward completion of one, depending on the age group you write for. I decided 50,000 words in one month was too daunting […]

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Gossip Girl?

I’ve never watched Gossip Girl before, but I’m watching it tonight. Right now. Since I’m writing for tweens and YA’s, I thought I should check out the show whose characters seem to be all over the internet. What’s all the fuss about? Despite the show’s pretty glaring flaws–everyone’s rich, there’s not a person of color […]

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Writing Community

An unexpected surprise arrived via e-mail last week. Pictures from the 2006 Pikes Peak Writer’s Conference. That was the year Pandemic! won first place in the Young Adult category of the Paul Gillette Contest, sponsored by the Pikes Peak Writers. The contest coordinator, Dawn Smit Miller, sent a link to the photographer’s web site, where […]

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