Rediscovering A Wonderful Book for Young Readers…and Writers

Title: Emily of New Moon (first of three in the Emily series) Author: L.M. Montgomery First Published: 1923 Opening Line: The house in the hollow was “a mile from anywhere”—so Maywood people said. Plot Summary: Emily Byrd Starr is orphaned at the age of 11 when her father dies of tuberculosis (“consumption”). Her mother’s people … Continue reading Rediscovering A Wonderful Book for Young Readers…and Writers

On Encouragement

Fine Feathers is a blog about “An aspiring writer’s journey.” This writer’s journey began with an unexpected illness—chronic migraines—and the loss of a medical career. It has included a mostly silent battle with daily headaches, which has engendered great sympathy for the plight of other patients dealing with the frustrations of medical care. It has … Continue reading On Encouragement

A Writer’s and Parent’s Guide to Surviving December

1. Bake cookies. Not too many. Eat them. 2. Clean house. Decorate house. Watch kids (and cats) play with, mess up, and destroy decorations. Decorate a little more. 3. Protect your writing and “me” time at all costs. Throw this out the window in order to buy and wrap presents. Use the month to “dwell” … Continue reading A Writer’s and Parent’s Guide to Surviving December

Letting Go: The Freedom of Failure

I’m doing National Novel Writing Month, and I’m proud to say, I wrote over two thousand words today. I’m also ten thousand words behind. And it feels great.It’s taken me a long time to be able to say that. I started the month with as much enthusiasm, drive, and determination to win as any WriMoer. … Continue reading Letting Go: The Freedom of Failure

Wow, Kris Kathryn Rusch. Tell us how you really feel.

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards. -Robert A. Heinlein It’s National Novel Writing Month, and I’ve never been more keenly aware of Robert Heinlein’s warning for writers. Yes, I have a blog. Yes, it’s about writing (occasionally). It’s been rather silent lately. … Continue reading Wow, Kris Kathryn Rusch. Tell us how you really feel.

It takes a certain kind of bravery to write…

I wrote this the other day when I was feeling dejected. (The book I’m in the middle of tearing apart and putting together is Timber Howligan Book Two. Book One hasn’t even been published yet.) My solution to the revision blues? NaNoWriMo. Today I finished Chapter One of Timber Howligan Book Three. I realize at … Continue reading It takes a certain kind of bravery to write…

What would Hands-Free Mama do?

Yesterday, I woke up after a twelve hour migraine and found myself halfway up a mountain.That's what a lot of my post-headache days feel like.Except yesterday, not only was the migraine real, so was the mountain. Unfortunately, so was the moment of, "How did I get here?"I called ahead to my husband, who was bounding … Continue reading What would Hands-Free Mama do?

It’s Not About the Gear–Or Is It?

There was a time when a trip to Utah would have mandated a preparatory shopping expedition to REI, two nights of sleep lost to excavating the basement closet for buried Gore-Tex treasure, and an entire suitcase dedicated to wetsuits, bike shoes, helmets, and trail mix. It is with a bittersweet (not unlike my homemade granola) … Continue reading It’s Not About the Gear–Or Is It?

Yep, I went there: Getting in the middle of things.

Writer's need to write the way water needs to flow. But what about the other parts of my life, that don't come quite as…spontaneously? Like, occasionally, parenting?Here's a story I wish I didn't have to tell.GETTING IN THE MIDDLEMy son's screams reach through time, distance, and walls, into the most vulnerable corner of my brainstem, … Continue reading Yep, I went there: Getting in the middle of things.