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The Measure of Success

In writing, as oft in life, we set out chasing a specific goal. Mine? To be traditionally published. Penguin, Hachette, Macmillan—any of the “big five” publishers will do. It’s a lofty goal, to be sure, even a bit antiquated in today’s world of self-publishing. And it’s not without a touch of vanity. Who wouldn’t want … Continue reading

Looking Back, Looking Forward

  Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself. – William Faulkner WRITING My greatest achievement of last year was completing my second novel, Learn Away the Indian and having it chosen as a finalist … Continue reading

Pitch Wars!

Big News! In the past few months while my blog has been idle, I’ve been feverishly revising and editing my novel Learn Away the Indian. (There was also a lovely trip to Europe, but that’s for another post). My wonderful critique group tackled the pages in large chunks and offered great suggestions for improvement. My … Continue reading

What’s in a Name?

Titles are a tricky thing to devise. It’s not uncommon for a writer to christen her work with one name only to have her publisher rename it later. Like an expectant parent, I have lists of possible titles for my little gestating novels.  Aptly chosen, the title can speak volumes and linger in the reader’s … Continue reading

Walk in Her Shoes

Modern day St. Paul bears little resemblance to it’s 1906-self. Metal skyscrapers glint in the sunlight, casting shadows on the scattered red and beige brick buildings from a century before.  Asphalt and light-rail tracks cover the old stone pavers and iron streetcar grooves. Gone is the horse and buggy. Gone are newsboys hawking the daily … Continue reading

Don’t Sacrifice the Gift

At 5:30 a.m. the sky is a diffuse peaches and cream color, with the sun still shrouded behind the craggy horizon. I’ve been awake just long enough to throw on workout shorts and a tee-shirt and drag myself across the street to the park. It’s Wednesday, so that means interval training—something I enjoy about as … Continue reading

Modern Alexandria

I’ve rhapsodized about libraries before, but the launch of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) on April 18 deserves independent tribute. The brainchild of countrywide scholars and librarians, the DPLA has been called the modern day library of Alexandria. The site operates as a portal through which users can access all types of media … Continue reading

Spring Awakening

Spring is here and this blog has officially awakened from hibernation! I’ve done a lot more than sleep these past months (although, let’s be honest, I did a lot of that too).  Of greatest note, I finished the first draft of my second novel. The working title is Learn Away the Indian and it comes … Continue reading

Get up and Run

I don’t read memoir and I hate to run. But Scott Jurek may have convinced me I’m wrong on both points. His story of ultramarathon greatness, as told in Eat and Run, inspired me at every turn. The book is refreshingly well written. I would have cast it aside, dust jacket and all, if it … Continue reading