Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Inspiration, Writing Tips

Purple Hedgehogs Can Be Villains, Too

I hope this weekend finds you all well, Readers and Writers! Today, I am busily compiling my annual Father's Day collaborative writing project. I wrote about this annual event three years ago in one of my very first blog posts, "Purple Hedgehogs Can be Villians, Too." The kids are older, but the writing adventure hasn't… Continue reading Purple Hedgehogs Can Be Villains, Too

Film, History Class, Uncategorized, Writing, Writing Inspiration, Writing Tips

Harold Lloyd versus Snarf: Old Plots in New(er) Settings

"So, you know that episode of Thundercats I was finishing?" my husband asked one morning. "Urnghuh? Um...sure," I answered, my foggy tones conveying that no, I hadn't had my morning coffee yet. I wrestled my hair into order with a scrunci and tried to look awake. "It had the same plot as that Harold Lloyd… Continue reading Harold Lloyd versus Snarf: Old Plots in New(er) Settings

Life, Uncategorized, Writing Inspiration

Mysterious?

While I don't know that "mysterious" is an adjective I'd use to describe myself, many thanks to the lovely and talented Jean Lee for nominating me for the Mystery Blogger Award! “According to Okoto Enigma, ‘Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and… Continue reading Mysterious?

Life, Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writing Inspiration

Purple Hedgehogs Can Be Villains Too

Can Father's Day be next weekend already? Last year I wrote this post to tell the story of the writing project my children and I always embark on for the holiday, and to share some thoughts on creativity. I thought I'd share it again, as we will be off on this same journey this week.… Continue reading Purple Hedgehogs Can Be Villains Too

Life, Uncategorized, Writing Inspiration

Profile of Word Weaver Writing Contest 2nd PLACE WINNER Anne Clare, “Dark Corners” — Dan Alatorre – AUTHOR

What goes on inside the writerly mind? Let’s sit down with Word Weaver Writing Contest 2nd place winner Anne Clare and find out. Anne Clare lives with her husband in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, where she spends her time chasing her three children, reading, writing, teaching, serving as a church organist and choir director, […] via… Continue reading Profile of Word Weaver Writing Contest 2nd PLACE WINNER Anne Clare, “Dark Corners” — Dan Alatorre – AUTHOR

Uncategorized, World War 2

When World War 2 and Legos Meet

Greetings writers, readers, and history fans! As I'm keeping occupied this week chasing after...ahem, I mean substitute teaching for...Kindergarteners, this entry will be brief. I couldn't resist sharing a little picture I call "Gifts You Receive When People Realize That You're Interested in World War 2 History." The Axis forces have the high ground, but… Continue reading When World War 2 and Legos Meet

Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writing Tips

Don’t Get Too Attached

"Here's to peace at last."  Stan grinned and accepted the cigar. "Thanks, Mac. So, how's it feel to be two days from retirement?" "Heh. Why d'ya think I sprang for the good cigars? Man, life couldn't be better." Mac leaned back and rested his heels on the edge of the consol. His boot blocked the glow… Continue reading Don’t Get Too Attached

Music, Storytelling, Uncategorized

Something Beautiful

For the past seventeen nights, waiting for supper to end has been torturous for my children. They can't sit still (ha, they can barely 'sit' at all) as they anticipate the moment when my husband and I will finally finish eating. No matter how fidgety they've been during the meal, when the time comes they are… Continue reading Something Beautiful

Uncategorized, Writing Inspiration, Writing Tips

Abraham Maslow and Mutant Wombats

My toolbox is woefully inadequate. I've got the basics- hammer, a Phillips head and...the other type of screwdriver. There may also be a pliers. I'd pretend to regret this, but I know myself. Last time I tried to fix the plumbing...well, I don't really try to fix the plumbing anymore. We'll leave it at that. I try… Continue reading Abraham Maslow and Mutant Wombats

Life, Uncategorized, Writing Inspiration, Writing Tips

On Being a Writing Parent – Roll the Dice and Hope for the Best!

As the end of my first NaNoWriMo approaches, and I realize that I have five days left and 13,000 more words to write, (ack!)  I've been feeling that struggle again- the struggle of the writing parent. While some of my circumstances have changed a little since I first published this a year ago, the tension… Continue reading On Being a Writing Parent – Roll the Dice and Hope for the Best!