Jan Stafford Kellis
The Dog Year by Ann Wertz Garvin

The Dog Year by Ann Wertz Garvin

The Dog Year by Ann Wertz GarvinMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Step inside The Dog Year and meet Dr. Lucy Peterman, a plastic surgeon struggling to navigate her life after losing her husband and unborn child. She copes by stealing hospital supplies and stockpiling them in her bedroom. Until…

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle ZevinMy rating: 4 of 5 stars This is a charming little sandwich book. AJ Fikry is a widower who lives above his bookstore and is slowly drinking himself to death when he meets a pretty young bookseller from one of his favorite…

Still Life With Bread Crumbs

Still Life With Bread Crumbs

Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna QuindlenMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Of course this is a 5-star book; does Anna Quindlen write any other kind? This is the story of the self-reinvention of famed photographer Rebecca Winter. Divorced, alone, broke and dispirited, Rebecca sublets her beloved Manhattan apartment…

The roar of the keys

The roar of the keys

Some days my writing is on fire. I can barely hear my thoughts over the roar of the keys. My focus is completely internal as I listen to my inner voice and close my eyes to shut out all visual distractions, determined to capture every salient phrase bursting from my…

Ten Favorite Words

I’ve been listening to Anne Lamott’s audiobook Word By Word.  Anne narrates it herself, presenting a portion of her inspiring Bird By Bird, about writing and living as a writer and incorporating writing into our daily lives.  At first I consumed the audiobook in great gulps, listening at double speed,…

To Blog or Not To Blog

That’s the real question.  How much time should I dedicate to writing and editing a blog, when I don’t know who (if anyone) is reading it? I could easily write book reviews, snippets about my days and observations on everything from the weather to my Pinterest obsession. But shouldn’t I…

Writing vs. Revising

I recently discovered, or maybe admitted is a better word, that I enjoy revising more than I enjoy the initial writing. If the entire act of writing, beginning with an idea and ending with a book or at least a booklength manuscript, can be distilled into basic steps, mine would…

Janet Burroway

Janet Burroway

I recently attended a writer’s conference in Madison, Wisconsin where I was lucky enough to hear Janet Burroway speak. I’d never heard of her before, but loved the way she talked about writing and the struggle to actually sit down and start writing. She gave all of us permission to…

It Doesn’t Look Like I’m Writing…

I started writing my third book. It’s roughly outlined and I have extensive disjointed notes designed to capture my bright ideas in cryptically phrased snippets. I already know the contents of the table of contents and the appendix. I even have a list of glossary words! But I’m at a…

What Does a Chapter Make?

I’m deep in writing production mode, cranking out a few words a day. I subscribe to the philosophy “write one word per day”, expecting if I write one word, more will follow, but if I set the goal too high (some write 2000+ words/day) I will fail miserably and end…