Saturday, January 30, 2010

Dog on the Blog

Okay, this doesn't technically have to do with writing but I just had to share the fact that our family adopted a new dog today! Zeus is a one-and-a-half year old blue merle Great Dane. He comes to us as a rescue and is the world's biggest puppy-- at 120 pounds, he is quite underweight for his height, and he still has about six months worth of growing left to do. So far he is settling in nicely. He hasn't tried to eat any of our three geriatric cats and he is adorably submissive to Magic, our fourteen-year-old blind dachshund. The kids are thrilled with him. My two-year-old daughter Miranda spent the afternoon asking him over and over "What's your name?" and then telling me, dismayed, "He not talkin'!" She also kept encouraging him to sing along to Highschool Musical and was a little put out that he didn't just join in on the chorus. I can see why; Giant breed dogs really seem like people. When our St Bernard Chaucer passed away two years ago he left a huge hole in our family. Zeus is a very different dog-- a puppy, where Chaucer was a wise elder-- but I still have a feeling that he is going to fill some of that hole. Now, if I can only convince him not to cry for us all night, when we are upstairs and he is down... Wish us luck!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Finding your story

Justine Larbalestier posted a great conversation between herself and Sarah Rees Brennan about their very different ways of finding their stories. Two great authors talking process, who could ask for more on a Thursday morning?

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Free Fiction by Me :)

Hi, all! So, for the first time I am posting a piece of my own fiction to my blog, Children of the Night. "Fire and Ice" is a YA paranormal romance short story that I hope will be the first in a very occasional series I'm calling "Deadtime Stories." I would love it if you would stop by and check it out at Thanks!

Quote for the Day

"Let us love winter for it is the spring of genius."
--Pietro Aretino

Are you feeling this? Does the cold weather help you to turn inward to your imagination? Do these indoor days mean fewer distractions to compete with your writing? I hope in the dead of winter your work is very much alive!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Deadlines or "Lifelines"?

Is this how you feel when you're facing a deadline? Or are you one of those people who thrives when she's expected to produce? I tend to procrastinate but I'm getting better and ultimately I think I work better with a deadline since open-ended
projects don't always get done. Creative projects have a lot to compete with at my house since three young kids and a bunch of pets and a constant battle with house entropy take up most of my energy! Having a deadline on a creative project helps make it a priority. What about you? What's your deadline style?