Monthly Archives: October 2012

Hurricane Virgin Update #Sandy

I think I might still be a hurricane virgin. If there’s an opposite end of “got the worst of it,” that would be us here in NW DC. The wind shook the house a bit, the rain was getting close … Continue reading

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Hurricane Virgin #SANDY

As someone who grew up in Southern California, I grew up being freaked out by earthquakes and wildfires. I live in NorCal now, in a seismically stable area that’s nevertheless just as much at risk of wildland fires. When I … Continue reading

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RTW – What Makes a Book a Movie?

This week, YA Highway’s Road Trip Wednesday offers up the blog prompt What is it that makes some books ideal for a film translation? I feel a little like that kid in class whose teacher finally asks a question she … Continue reading

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From Zero to Rage in a Millisecond

Twenty-plus years ago when my two sons were quite small, I had a very upsetting experience while waiting in a Costco parking lot for my husband. It was night time and it was just the three of us. A man … Continue reading

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RTW – Staring Down the Deadline Monster

This week, as November looms, YA Highway asks the question, Are you doing NaNoWriMo, or have you ever? Does having a deadline inspire you? No, I’ve never done NaNoWriMo. By the time the National Novel Writing Month came along, I’d … Continue reading

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RTW – Looking Into My Writer’s Crystal Ball

This week, YA Highway’s Road Trip Wednesday asks the question, What do you hope to be writing in one year? Three? Five? I’ve always hated goal-setting. Other than the goal that in three years, or five, I want to be … Continue reading

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Why I Can’t Write Your Story

I got another one of those e-mails the other day. If you’re a published author, you’ve probably received one or two. It always starts out with some variation of “I have the most incredible story to tell, and it’s all … Continue reading

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