Greenbelt

Anniversary post? Check. Spring time in Colorado?  Check. Posts about Mom, Dad, my girl?  Check. Double check. Triple check. It is March after all.  The month that they say comes in like a lion and out like a lamb.  In my case, it comes in with a slicer, and out with a writer.  Each March I am…

Anything But…

Today’s day requires someone step in for me, like a tag-team partner.  I am too pent up to write my own slice, so thank goodness I have someone else to help me:  Remember Jax?  (from Work in Progress, First Pages, and the last time I wrote Someone Else’s Slice)  Today’s slice is his: Okay, I know…

Unearthed

A new string of planets was discovered orbiting the “habitable zone” of a distant star… A few years ago, I began a story about a girl who lives after an astronomical catastrophe has knocked Earth off its axis and affected the rate of its rotation.  I wrote about this girl for the good part of a year and…

Someone Else’s Slice

Remember Jax or the first page of his story?  Well, today’s slice is his: I woke this morning, for the second time in two days, to a place I couldn’t recognize. Yesterday, it was the sterile room of a surgical floor, where they cut into my arm and assigned me a new identity.  Today, it is…

First Pages

“You knew.”  It’s not a question. My voice carries across the room to where my father stands silhouetted in the doorway. Let me break it down for you.  Picture a room with no windows.  Synthetic sunlight streams in from the center of our world through a glass tube that plunges past each of the twenty…

Work in Progress

Yesterday marked the end of the 9th annual Slice of Life Challenge.  I did it:  I wrote every day for 31 days straight.  I made space for it.  I started seeing my stories in the simplest of places.  So why wouldn’t I do the same for the writing that’s been waiting?    Here goes:  a…

Wonders of My World

What do I wonder? There is rarely a wonder that goes un”Googled” in our house.  I scrolled through my history and here were the most recent few queries. (And no, I haven’t yet asked Siri what zero divided by zero is.) I wonder… If the guy on Covert Affairs is really blind.  (The answer is no,…

Storyboard

I sit at the conference luncheon, enjoying Roland Smith’s tales of nature and preservation of species.  I always love hearing where authors get their ideas. This time last year,  it was Gary Paulsen who inspired me.  And this time, I can hear the familiar voice in the back of my mind. It is no longer discouraged that I…