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Quotable Tuesday-Jerri Romine

“The way to write is to throw your body at the mark when your arrows are spent.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

This quote is a favorite of my friend and fellow Austinite Jerri Romine. “It affirms for me what a difficult …


From the Department of Shameless Self-Promotion

I am over-the-moon delighted to tell you that Snuggle Mountain (Clarion, 2003) written by me and illustrated by Melissa Iwai is now available as an Iphone and Ipad App. You can order it here.

It is a terribly, terribly …


Looking for the ‘No’ to find the ‘Yes’-Part II

Okay so now you are wondering how is it that writers also look for the ‘no’? Aren’t we the ones hungry for the ‘yes’? Don’t we want our manuscripts published? Don’t we want representation? Shouldn’t we say yes, yes, yes, …


Looking for the ‘No’ to find the ‘Yes’-Part I

After last month’s flurry of literary activity here in Austin where publishers, agents, editors and authors convened, first, for the Texas Library Association’s Annual Conference and then the  Writer’s League of Texas’s A to Z YA Conference, I …


Quotable Tuesday-PJ Hoover

Welcome to the corner of the web where writers tell what quote sustains them as they work. Visiting today is the lovely PJ (Tricia) Hoover an Austin author, a Texas Sweetheart, a great mom, friend and wife.

PJ Hoover

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A Backhanded Compliment

The following is a recent exchange between the teen and me:

Teen: Mom, why do you always leave the leashes hooked together on the tree? I always have to unhook them and it’s a pain.

Me: Is that a request?…


Yoga & Writing Redux

So we have this visiting teacher at our yoga studio.

In true, open hearted form, I had this instant allergic reaction to her. Her voice was too loud. She talked too much. She turned the microphone up so high there …


Quotable Tuesday-Every Writing Colleague Ever

“Butt in Chair”

Sometimes, there is no magic. You must sit. You must put your butt in the chair and write. That’s all.  That’s what I had to do this morning. I had to sit in the middle of a …


Good Friday

Have a wonderful weekend.

That’s all.


Snow in Austin

jasmine flowers drift
in piles on the front step
fragrant snow in spring