When I'm not teaching science to high school students, or hanging out with my spouse and two kids, I'm probably writing. Or, thinking about writing. Or, reading things that other excellent folks have written. I believe in taking risks and trying new things. I and place tremendous value in the positive impacts of creativity.

Finding Time to Write (or, My Endless Struggle)

The Writing Nook

I want to yell at people when they lament that they can never “find the time” to write. Yeah? Well, neither can I. Why? Because it doesn’t exist. There is literally no time to write, no magical empty block with nothing going on where I can sit down with a steaming mug of cozy chamomile tea and put on some relaxing classical music and snuggle in my fluffy PJ’s and write. Nope. If I’m going to write, I must MAKE time to do it.

Scrivener: It Helps Me Produce

There are tons of writing platforms out there, and I’ve found that writers have some seriously strong feelings about them.  I’m no exception. For me, it’s all about Scrivener. For a long time, I wrote my stuff in Google Docs, and I couldn’t understand why anyone would pay extra money for some fancy-schmancy writing program. …

Morning Pages, Procrastination, and Creativity

Notebook with black cursive writing sits atop an open laptop

As part of my master’s program, I’m required to take an independent studies class each semester. It can’t be a course that is directly related to my primary area of study, which is writing for young people. Lesley University offers courses that run the gambit from travel writing to poetry to writing for stage and …

Coincidence and Coffee

I had an interesting day yesterday.  After going way too long without visiting a dentist (and I do mean WAY too long), I finally found a great place andgot the whole family in for a cleaning and general check-up.  My new dentist made my day when he informed me that I had no new cavities, …

Who am I and what’s this blog all about?

Hello world!  Here is my very first post for this project.  Yes, I’m calling my blog a project.  Deal.   Let’s start with the second question. What’s the point of this blog? Ugh, you may be thinking.  Yet another author’s blog, another blog about writing. Sort of, I guess. It’s definitely not an author’s blog, …