Moms, Dreams, and Stupid Questions
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Moms, Dreams, and Stupid Questions

My mother drew the unicorn. I can’t draw like her. I’ve always wanted to, but have yet to manage it. Do you compare yourself to your parents? Is there something either on of them did that you wish you could do? My mother started to write a novel. She had only a few chapters written … Continue reading

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The Bees Are Disappearing!

Whenever someone mentions bees, I want to shout, “The bees are disappearing!” If you’re a Doctor Who fan, you’ll understand. But the point now is that I’m illustrating a children’s book about bees. I’ve never drawn bees before, so this is a challenge. This might sound crazy, but most of the time, I don’t actually … Continue reading

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Resistance isn’t always futile. Sometimes it stops progress for years.

I’ve been ignoring my blog. Maybe I mean neglecting. I’m supposed to be figuring a website for my art and all that. People ask me, “Do you have a website?” I feel most failure-esque to say, “I have a blog.” I mean, you can’t sell art on this thing. Sure, someone could leave me a … Continue reading

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Perfect Sentences and Other Lies

Some people promise to diet or to exercise every day or to be more patient. Do you do that? Swear you’re going to be different and somewhere between three minutes and three days that is all shot to hell? Mine is that I’m going to be less neurotic. I’ve been trying to come up with … Continue reading

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Speaking of mug shots…

Do you ever google people from your past? Hmmm? Well, okay. So. I set my novel in 1985 because that’s when I was a teen and because I didn’t want to deal with cell phones and google. I used my hometown as a starting point for my novel. But then my fictional town of Lake … Continue reading

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Is that the best you can do?

In high school I spent one year on the yearbook staff. I started the class really excited, and I ended the class hoping never to speak of it again. When my mother saw the section I’d worked on–the advertising section, which I hated but did work hard on–she said, “That doesn’t look very good. That’s … Continue reading

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Editing: The Mutant Virus Edition

If you want to be a published author, you have to edit your work. No matter the publishing path, editing is along the way. Sometimes editing makes me feel like I know what I’m doing. Really. I see the problem. Take my pen to it. Look at the page and see all those marks, and … Continue reading