The Evening Report: 13 December 2018

The Report Earlier today, our school held its annual Poetry Out Loud Competition, where 11 students shared their personal recitations of two previously published poems. The rules regarding which poems you can use are simple: one poem must be 25 or fewer lines; the other must be written before the 20th century. The Poetry Out … Continue reading The Evening Report: 13 December 2018

The Evening Report: 12 December 2018

The Report Last night, we visited an old friend that we had not seen for decades. Mads had completed a commission piece of artwork, and we wanted to hand-deliver it. Our friend looked wonderful, and I felt energized by reconnecting with him after so much time passing between us. To be fair, he is Amy's … Continue reading The Evening Report: 12 December 2018

Gretchie’s Gifts: Free December Download

For the month of December, I am offering Faith, Hope, and Legacy: a Collection of Christmas Reflections, which features "Gretchie's Gifts," at no cost to you. "Gretchie's Gifts" is the story that kicked off our annual gift drive for the children at Sinai Hospital's PICU. The story behind the story is compelling, and it took … Continue reading Gretchie’s Gifts: Free December Download

The Story Behind Our Toy Drive for Sinai PICU

Here's why we do this for the beautiful children in the Sinai Hospital PICU:  In 1981, I owned a 1968 Ford Falcon – my first car that was desperately seeking love. I was reminded of this at every red light, when I would have to throw the car into park, rev the engine just enough … Continue reading The Story Behind Our Toy Drive for Sinai PICU

Our Authentic Show Must Go On

This weekend, I was enthralled by a blog post shared by Mark Willen ("Sexual Assault: When Real Life and Fiction Collide"), who was pondering how his published works hold up in the #MeToo era. As a result of Mark's post, which was weighing heavily on my mind today, I decided to ask a few writers/teachers about … Continue reading Our Authentic Show Must Go On

Fossil Five Released to Beta Readers in One Week

It's 4:56 a.m., and I have just dropped off my daughter at work. I pour a fresh cup of coffee, sit down in front of my laptop, and open my working revision of my latest novel, Fossil Five. Seven days to go, I think. Seven days until I release my story to 15 readers around … Continue reading Fossil Five Released to Beta Readers in One Week