“Are you okay?” my 12-year-old asks. We're in the car, heading to the gym so he can lift weights and play basketball. My plan? To head to the neighborhood pub for a lonely glass of wine while he's busy sweating. “Why do you ask that?” I answer. “I don't know, you seem kind of quiet?… Continue reading Boxing Day
Finishing a project is a sweet-bitter thing. Yes, the relief is great. But also--you miss it. I miss reading Shakespeare. Of course, I can still read him, I know that, but there's less of a hard motivation. It's like clicking well with one person at a party and then wandering off to talk to other… Continue reading The End
Yesterday I sent out a list of questions to our current authors in hopes that they'll take a few minutes out of their sure-to-be-busy last week of the year and answer in witty, engaging, informative ways. I know it's a lot to ask. And I struggle with this. Where does the job of an author… Continue reading Editor? Editor!
We are nearing the end. Soon we will have to bid farewell to wide plank floorboards, the leaky kitchen sink, the view of lounge chairs in the sun (on which we do not sit becuase we are writers writing), the quiet, the peace, the stillness. But I am not leaving empty handed. And while it's… Continue reading How To Make the Most of Your Writing Retreat in Maine
I'm slightly more than halfway through my Maine escape. And just a few minutes ago I was nearly laid flat with the missing of my family. I'm not a sentimental person. I do not weep easily at sunsets. I know the value of alone time and I use it wisely. But. For a moment just… Continue reading Missing
Part of the writing process, at least today, has been watching robins suck worms from the front lawn of this rented house in Maine. B and I are here for the week to write. The house is old and exposes much of its raw wood. The stove is gas and tricky, and the beds are… Continue reading It’s Raining in Maine
I write and edit children's nonfiction books and I've been wondering lately--am I, are we, so focused on functionality that we're missing the chance to inspire? Most of the conversations around the office have to do with how to make our books easy for teachers to use "right out of the box." We provide essential… Continue reading Trying to Inspire