History Class, Memorials, Motherhood, Travel, Uncategorized

A Stop on a Medal of Honor Highway

Unlike much of western Washington, the town of Sequim (pronounced "Squim") isn't surrounded by thick evergreen forests. Perched on the northern edge of the Olympic Peninsula, near the forrested and mountainous Olympic National Park, Sequim itself is only 184' above sea level—if it weren't for the saltwater on the horizon and the occasional herd of… Continue reading A Stop on a Medal of Honor Highway

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

Life, Motherhood, 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… Continue reading On Being a Writing Parent – Roll the Dice and Hope for the Best!

Life, Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writing Inspiration, Writing Tips

Fictional Babies Never Spit Up: On Writing Characters With Children

Ah, details. There's nothing like a detail that's out of place or forgotten for pulling me out of a story. For instance, I have no problem watching a movie about reconstituted dinosaurs walking the Earth. I'll even accept that the characters truly believe that this time having said dinosaurs in a theme park will work out. But… Continue reading Fictional Babies Never Spit Up: On Writing Characters With Children

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

The Joys of Being a Parent AND a Writer

Writing while parenting small children is hard. Honestly? Simpler tasks that require no creativity, like showering, are hard. Sometimes I catch myself focusing on the negatives of the journey- the sleepless nights, my disaster area of a living room, another diaper going through the wash, the day's plans out the window because someone's sick again. The joy gets… Continue reading The Joys of Being a Parent AND a Writer

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!