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The Practice-Scorpion Heart

“It looks like a scorpion,” he said.
What?!?!? She thought. That’s a heart.
That’s clearly a heart.
How could it possibly look like a—oh wait,
He’s right. It does look like a scorpion.
And a heart.
And that’s when she …

 

The Practice-Leaves

What are you thinking of?
Plump aspens
Bamboo spears
The skeletal hands of oaks
Maybe the star shaped maples
Are they interlaced
Or waving
Are they still and heavy in hot dense air
Are they arching above you in a …

 

The Practice-Blank

as in fill in the
as in draw a
as in a mind went
as in shooting
as in point
as in look
as in empty, zero, flat, busted, broke, bare, void
except
when it’s a check
and you can …

 

The Practice-Steady

Amidst the placards and banners and chanting and the thousands upon thousands of people walking, there was a tree and a bench where I could sit for a moment in the shade, out of the pressing stream of people. An …

 

The Practice-Just

 

 

The practice is inspired by Naomi Shihab Nye and her notion that words are like oars. Dip them in the water. Explore with them. Feel how they touch and bump up against one another. Let them take us

 

The Practice-Delicious

The practice is inspired by Naomi Shihab Nye and her notion that words are like oars. Dip them in the water. Explore with them. Feel how they touch and bump up against one another. Let them take us further down

 

Awake and Devastated-The Morning After

In the kitchen, the animals are eating. I can hear crunching and nibbling sounds from where I sit. Small puffs of steam, barely visible, curl up from my cup of tea. My computer screen casts a white light on my …

 

I’m a Panelist at Austin SCBWI Monthly Meeting at BookPeople

Tommorow on Saturday, April 11, I’m going to be on a panel “Writers’ Process Q&A with MG & YA Novels” at 10am at one of my favorite indie bookstores: BookPeople. If you’re interested in books, characters, and …

 

Getting Unquiet

Okay…so I didn’t mean to go quiet for nearly two years. Certainly my life wasn’t quiet during that whole time. In fact, some very loud things happened to me during my absence from this blog: I got an agent who …

 

Going Quiet-Absorbing the Wisdom of Quotable Tuesday

Like Jessica Powers, I love being busy and stacked up with projects. There’s an aliveness to it. I love doing a little bit everyday and inching toward the finish line. As a single mother and writer with multiple jobs, …