Category: Thoughts on Writing

Mark Twain: Writers and Their Cats

Mark Twain was a writer who loved cats, maybe better than he loved many people. When he was on vacation he rented kittens. The Clemens home was one where cats were welcome. 3 min. read, Kid Friendly.

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Hemingway Cats: Writers and Their Cats

“A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not,” Ernest Hemingway. Like many writers, famous as well as undiscovered, Hemingway liked having cats around. There is a special relationship between writers and their cats. 3.5 minute read. Kid Friendly

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Cats and Their Writers

What is it about cats that tugs at the heart of writers? The relationship between writers and their cats is legendary. I’ve been away from my cats for half a year. Do they miss me? What’s a writer to do without her cats? 3 min read. Kid friendly.

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Writing as Conversation

I have been really fortunate to have some wonderful experiences with people who are interested in The Last Crystal Trilogy. Meeting people is rewarding–especially the kids. People who’ve read my books have been encouraging. I’ve had some great reviews, too–not all of them from family, either! At the same time, I am keenly aware that The

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Girl Protagonists?

Grace Willis, girl protagonist in THE BLACK ALABASTER BOX doesn’t want to go West on the Santa Fe Trail. She’d much prefer her safe, comfortable life at home. She is no invincible super-girl. But when faced with a crisis, Grace does what needs to be done. Like most of us–girls and boys incuded–Grace doesn’t always

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Can’t I Just Write?

This past weekend my daughter, granddaughter and I made what has become an annual fall visit to Weber Cider Mill Farm to buy pumpkins and to enjoy some of the activities. Amelia and I did the maze together. Looking at it now, the picture feels like a metaphor for life as a writer!  I wish I

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The Mad Artist at Work

The Mad Artist at Work isn’t about being angry, but about how doing chapter illustrations for The Last Crystal helped with the history behind the books. Author, Frances Schoonmaker, talks about her writing, illustrating, and research process. 4 minute read. Kid friendly.

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What’s in a Launch?

What’s in a book launch? I’m getting ready for THE BLACK ALABASTER BOX Book Launch on April 5th so I’m thinking about it a lot. I think about launching a rocket—will it fly? I think about launching a boat—do we break a bottle of champagne over the book or over me? Children are invited, maybe

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