Cooking, History Class, Life, Uncategorized, World War 2

Ration Books and Smart Shopping: Stretching U.S. Resources During WWII

2020 has done a great job of reminding me just how spoiled I am. (Maybe I should say "richly blessed with material goods." That sounds better.) I can't recall another time in my life when I wanted a staple item at the store (for instance, toilet paper) and was unable to find it. Those of… Continue reading Ration Books and Smart Shopping: Stretching U.S. Resources During WWII

Life, Poetry, Travel, Uncategorized, Writing Inspiration

Marvelous Mountains and Marmots

Hello Readers, Writers, and Nature Lovers! Summer is winding to a close, and taking with it chances to explore the outdoors before school begins again. The Clare family decided to seize the sunshine last week and explore one of my favorite places in Washington—Mt. Rainier National Park.  This isn't the first visit to Rainer that… Continue reading Marvelous Mountains and Marmots

Books, Life, Storytelling, Teaching, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing Tips

Hooking Reluctant Readers

A Teacher's Challenge Where has summer gone? July is waning, and I've had to ease off on my writerly pursuits as another school year looms on the horizon. This summer has posed some new planning challenges—particularly figuring out just how teaching will look in the face of ongoing health concerns. While the possibility of being… Continue reading Hooking Reluctant Readers

Life, Publishing, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Tips

3 Questions Wednesday with Anne Clare — Inspired Prompt

Well! Just as I was getting my writing schedule back in order, things in the world have gotten a bit complicated. In all seriousness, I hope and pray that you are all healthy and that the economic impacts of all of the shutting-down and distancing isn't causing undue hardship for you and yours. As to… Continue reading 3 Questions Wednesday with Anne Clare — Inspired Prompt

Books, Life, Motherhood, Uncategorized, Writer's Life

A Post of Christmas Past, and Plans for the Near Future

Well, readers and writers, Christmas has come and gone again. I truly hope that you and yours had a happy, peaceful day. It was a different Christmas in the Clare household. We still ate far too many cookies, lit our Advent candles and sang carols, attended worship services, opened presents and made an absolute mess… Continue reading A Post of Christmas Past, and Plans for the Near Future

Books, History Class, Life, Marketing and Branding, Publishing, Uncategorized, Writing

My Book’s Taking a Spin on Kindle Unlimited

Happy weekend to all! While I'm still deep in the grip of NaNoWriMo,  (and feeling half grateful and half panicked that the month's challenge is halfway over) I'm surfacing for a moment to let you know about a new option for checking out my debut novel, WHOM SHALL I FEAR? Authors who publish e-books exclusively… Continue reading My Book’s Taking a Spin on Kindle Unlimited

Life, Publishing, Teaching Writing, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Inspiration

November’s “NaNoWriMo” Challenge, and Why I’m Likely Going to be Wearing a Silly Costume in December

It's November, and that means it's time for NaNoWriMo! This tongue-twisting acronym stands for "National Novel Writing Month." Every November, authors around the world challenge themselves to complete a novel (or at least 50,000 words of one!) in 30 days. This is my second year participating in the challenge, because naturally, with a new, extra-busy… Continue reading November’s “NaNoWriMo” Challenge, and Why I’m Likely Going to be Wearing a Silly Costume in December

Books, Deepest Fears, Life, Motherhood, Publishing, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Inspiration, Writing Tips

The Challenges of Writing That Second Book

This June, after years of research, rewrites, and editing, I published my first novel. Putting my paper and binding "baby" out into the world was exhilarating, terrifying,  exhausting... but it's done! That mountain is scaled! And then... I had the first reader ask, "When's the next one coming out?!" Don't misunderstand me- having people ask… Continue reading The Challenges of Writing That Second Book