On book 6, planes, and the best friends you don’t remember at the airport

Random thoughts, in no particular order: #1: Book 6 went out to my beta readers last week, which means it's well on track to be revised and released by (hopefully) May 2017! #2: I'm going on a plane Wednesday morning for the first time since 2003, when I had a genuine panic attack upon take-off. … Continue reading On book 6, planes, and the best friends you don’t remember at the airport

The chapter may be ending, but the book keeps going

Since last summer, I’ve felt I’ve been dying a slow death. We’re in the long process of moving cross country in June, but not until some major events in our family occur: a granddaughter born, a daughter off to college and back again, a son marrying, another son returning home. I find myself looking at … Continue reading The chapter may be ending, but the book keeps going

Disconnectedness was marvelous! Now, how do I keep it up?

The past few weeks of holidays and visiting family and minor emergencies of illness and injuries and broken-down cars and blizzards has meant that I’ve been much less connected from the world than usual. Without time to edit Book 6 (which I’m actively doing again right now, never fear) I wasn’t on my laptop nearly … Continue reading Disconnectedness was marvelous! Now, how do I keep it up?

How do you teach your kids—and yourself—responsibility? My successes and failures, resulting in house-elfness.

Parents, I have a question: when do you show mercy and rescue a child, or when do you let them suffer with an unforgettable lesson? How do you teach responsibility without potentially damaging your child? That’s a quandary that plagues me nearly every day. I give you Exhibit A, my youngest daughter, age 9. Yesterday … Continue reading How do you teach your kids—and yourself—responsibility? My successes and failures, resulting in house-elfness.