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

Photos, Travel, Uncategorized, Writer's Life

Exploring Mount Rainier National Park

The mad rush of the school year has consumed our lives. Between keeping up with the kids' homework and laundry and lunches, and managing teaching duties with the end of the first quarter looming ahead... well, let's not think about all of that right now. Fall break and family visits gave the Clare family excellent… Continue reading Exploring Mount Rainier National Park

Deepest Fears, Uncategorized, Writing Inspiration

Whaddya Mean You Don’t Like My Protagonist?!

I first posted this over a year ago, before most of you had joined me here. It seemed worth a revisit, in hopes that the little writing lessons I have learned (sometimes the hard way!) will be useful.  -Anne Playgrounds are difficult. Supervising three children on our morning excursions leaves me longing for my afternoon coffee.… Continue reading Whaddya Mean You Don’t Like My Protagonist?!

Books, Publishing, Uncategorized, Writing Inspiration, Writing Tips

My Crazy Path to Publication, a Guest Post by Dan Alatorre

Hello all! Today blogger, published author, and fabulous contest host Dan Alatorre has kindly agreed to visit the Naptime Author, and to share the story of his path to publication! Hi Dan! Thanks so much for coming. So, how did you begin your journey on the crazy path to publication? My path to publication was… Continue reading My Crazy Path to Publication, a Guest Post by Dan Alatorre

History Class, Short Fiction, Storytelling, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writing Inspiration

Today’s Post Is Somewhere Else

Blogger, speculative fiction author, and long-time friend of mine, Jon Mast, invited me to do a guest post on his new writing site. At "Wanted: One New Earth," Jon takes an unusual perspective to discuss the writers' life. I enjoyed the chance to write something a bit outside of my norm- I hope you can stop… Continue reading Today’s Post Is Somewhere Else

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

History Class, Life, Uncategorized, World War 2

Exploring Point No Point

Sun! The Sun has returned! I've mentioned before that finding family adventures is a challenge during the Pacific Northwest's interminable rainy season. When the sun comes back, everything changes. It takes a little adjusting, as pale, waterlogged people exit their houses, blinking and cringing in the glare. (A radio station once told me that Seattle… Continue reading Exploring Point No Point

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

Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writing Inspiration, Writing Tips

Writing Microfiction: The Sometimes Stellar Storyteller Six Word Story Challenge

I won a writing contest today!I had never attempted writing microfiction before this year, but when I started looking around for other writing blogs on WordPress, I found Nicola Auckland's "Sometimes Stellar Storyteller Six Word Story Challenge." A one-word prompt is uploaded to the site every Saturday. The challenge is self-explanatory. Write a story, based… Continue reading Writing Microfiction: The Sometimes Stellar Storyteller Six Word Story Challenge

Life, Uncategorized, Writing Inspiration, Writing Tips

Phantom Otter

A flash of movement, a lithe, furry body rolling over in the shadows of the stream bank, a glimpse of a webbed foot- I stared, unbelieving. Then, I reacted like any dignified adult would. "LOOK, KIDS! AN OTTER! A RIVER OTTER!" Yes, yes, I know. It was exactly the wrong reaction when spying a wild animal… Continue reading Phantom Otter