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My Jerry Maguire Moment

This was my evening: 1) Wait for a press conference announcing whether BC Teacher’s would strike. Check other news stories. 2) Stay up late to blog. Inspiration strikes and I combo two different news stories together. 3) Press “send.” Time? … Continue reading

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Lessons I’ve Learned from NOT Writing a Trilogy

In February, I finished the third draft of my non-Trilogy.  I was sure it was a three-part series but have been assured from very trustworthy sources that it’s not.  It’s a longish novel in three parts with three distinct narrative arcs.  Go figure.  … Continue reading

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A Quiet Blog

My blog has been quiet for one very good reason: I am in the most creative and chaotic writing period of my life! Over the last year, I have been writing a new YA trilogy.  I’ve brought the first book through … Continue reading

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Underwater Ideas

While in the swimming lane at the pool, I’m trying to beat the clock before picking up my kids, when I get an idea that jump-starts my current rewrite.  Lately, all my thoughts for my YA book are coming to me in the … Continue reading

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Wanted: Efficient, Hybrid, Map-Literate Writer

I don’t map out a first draft completely. While I enjoy the idea of increased efficiency, not much in my life is. I declutter and vacuum the same 200 sq. feet of carpet highway near my front door several times a day, spend … Continue reading

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The First Sentence: My Way In

The Way In I was in front-crawl mode, eager to keep my place in a crowded fast lane, when the first line came to me.  I had searched for it for months, and though I kept trying to generate ideas … Continue reading

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What Happened to Serenity? Teacher’s Guide

Please check under the WHTS? tab for a teacher’s guide to my new novel, What Happened to Serenity? You will find sample  chapter-by-chapter study questions to probe literal, inferential, critical, and creative comprehension, including Group  Interactive questions.  WHTS? works as a novel study in the Upper Intermediate / Middle … Continue reading

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