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April 28

Coming back from the prison tonight, this happened…

jagged lightening bolts
slice the night; hail crashes down
weather in Texas

Cynthia Levinson, NESCBWI & Me

A favorite part of wintery Sundays in New England where I grew up was the New York Times Magazine. What I loved best in the Magazine was reading profiles of people. I loved reading about how they grew up, the choices they made, how they thought. Those Sundays came back to me after reading Cynthia Levinson‘s biography of Hillary hrcRodham Clinton-Do All The Good You Can. I felt myself sinking deep into all the corners and crevices of this life story. Not only is it well written, it is deeply researched. Most of all, I really like how Cynthia uncovers Hillary’s missteps. How she learns. How she thinks. It is a human story.

This Saturday I will be joining Cynthia Levinson at New England SCBWI to give a talk called: Working Backwards: From Fiction to NonFiction. Together, we will share how we use the same craft tools–setting, POV, dialogue–differently in our books. We both have the same goal: to make our books come alive in the mind of the reader but because our books live in separate genres–fiction vs nonfiction–our craft toolbox differs slightly. As we explore the use of those tools, we hope participants, whether they write fiction or non fiction, will benefit from seeing how we build our stories.

clI am very proud to be working with Cynthia. She is a great writer and a consummate professional. I have to say that reading this book shifted my thinking about my vote in this year’s presidential race. Because of how Cynthia reveals Hillary’s character, I was able to put her combative missteps (e.g. health care, Whitewater) in perspective. I was able to see a human who has grown as she has continually challenged herself. (How would I have hung on to my heart and my ideals in similar circumstances?) I know she is running against someone who wants to change the system and I admire those ideals but my support is for the woman who has hung on to her ideals within the system. I believe, thanks to Cynthia’s fine writing, that, at her core, Hillary wants to do all the good she can.

Our talk will be on Saturday morning, April 30 at 10:50 am in the Kilkenny Room at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Hotel.

April 27

When I walked by these iris in the morning, they were tightly closed. By noon, they were sprung open. It seemed like a message.

IMG_1183spring jots us a note
open, you fool, open up
life is so short. love

April 26

Today is the day I shut the windows, turn on the air conditioning and try to remember the good things about summer.

steamy sultry hot
not a hip swinging human
go outside you’ll see

April 25

The month of haikus is nearly up. A month of noticing the little things that buoy us, brighten our days, make us more delicate inside.

IMG_1179soft petaled sunshine
born of light water air dirt
simple grace I think