Monthly Archives: February 2014


Seven Days and a Book Club 2

I’m furiously editing the book, emailing changes and ideas to the designer and just generally freaking out that my novel will be out in just a few days! Are you in a book club? Do you want to get your hands on some super fancy signed by me copies? Would […]


Who Owns The Stories?

My friend Luke has been asking questions on his blog about the proprietary nature of personal narratives. He’s been thinking about how parents might use a story about their child to teach a broader point to their readers. A worthy question, and one I’ve been considering as I prepare to […]


Mom’s Night Out Might Just Stay In 1

I was invited to an early screening of a movie being released on Mother’s Day weekend. My friends Melanie, Carisa and I settled into our seats with our swag bags with open minds. Until the dude said “this movie is faith-based” and has a nice but lighthearted message. I’m open […]


Up To My Ears in Words 1

I’m awaiting the final edits in my novel, which I hope will be in your hands March 1. In the meantime, I’m mulling and stewing and brewing the two other stories I have been writing. And I’ve been reading. Why do we read? I suspect the answers are as varied […]


Why I Run: Marie’s Story 2

The (Not Always) Lazy W I run because it makes me a nicer person. It’s a wonderful investment in my personality. But that’s not how it started. Two summers ago I began a sloppy, embarrassing version of “running” thinking it would help me lose a little weight. I have been […]


Assume the Critique Position 1

  My novel Seven Days in May will be available in paperback and ebook on March 1. In the meantime, it is in the hands of a delicate and gentle friend who is combing the work for mistakes and confusing text and weird timeline glitches. Thank goodness for gentle friends […]


Refuse to Drown: A Review 4

Reading Refuse to Drown, by Tim Kreider’s and Shawn Smucker is to challenge the way one thinks about one’s promises to love without condition. Kreider and Smucker recount the days following a horrific crime, the stabbing death of three people in Manheim Township, PA. It soon came to light that […]