Archive for November 2011

Snowdrift Saplings

Change.  I’m not a fan of it.  My daughter’s not either.   It used to be that I was the only one who tried to hold on to the way things are with both hands, but now I see that tendency in her, too.  I’d like to save her 40 plus years of stress and tell…

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It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like …

It’s time to stock up on wine.  : ) What, you were expecting something else? I’m lucky.  For the most part, holidays around here are drama-free.  On Thursday, I can honestly say ‘Thanks” for all my family members, extended and otherwise.  But even drama-free holidays can still be stressful.  So over the years, Bill and…

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Guest Post! Creating Characters That Grow

For me, one of the most interesting and challenging parts of writing character-driven books is making sure my protagonists stretch and change in a believable way.  Frodo from The Lord of the Rings series is my shining example of this:  He starts off the series as a happy-go-lucky little hobbit with good intentions, and ends…

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A Forest in the Trees (For Norman)

Before we moved to the suburbs, we lived on a run down horse farm in a town with a population of maybe 3,000 people.  I do not joke when I tell you that the cows often outnumbered the human residents.  My husband probably deserves sainthood for staying there with me for that long, but I loved…

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Peace and Quiet

Like many New Englanders, we lost power over the weekend. I’d heard we might be getting a storm, but hadn’t taken it seriously. After all, how much snow could we possibly get before Halloween? But I’d forgotten where I live. The weather in New England is nothing if not a continual surprise. At 8 p.m.,…

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