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July 21st, 2014 | Filed under: News

Motivator #2–Jumping out of Your Head

I’m always on the hunt for ways to stay motivated. The writer in me has to work hard to come out every day and get the words on paper. But there are always distractions and interruptions. They take me away from my sure-to-be next great sentence. I’m pretty certain that if it weren’t for those “dang kids” I would  have written that one sentence of pure genius or hilarity. The one that my readers would “ooh” and “aah” over…for years to come. Thankfully most of those brilliant, but broody thoughts don’t make it on the page. Instead of going on …read more…

July 14th, 2014 | Filed under: Musings

Wild Raspberries and Fluffy Pink Stuff

Sadie’s memories of her mom, Kate Maxon, are crystallized in her head. Especially one–eating the simplest of desserts with fresh raspberries and watching reruns of I Love Lucy. Kate Maxon adored Lucille Ball. Sadie couldn’t help but wonder if it was because of Lucy’s humor, strength or the red hair. All of which resonated in her mother. Sadie can claim the Maxon resemblance with the mop of ginger hair–but the strength and humor–the jury’s still out. Their cottage farmhouse in Lake Geneva, the south side, supported a leafy wall of wild raspberry bushes.  As a kid, Sadie and her mom …read more…

July 11th, 2014 | Filed under: Musings

Just Desserts

July 4th It’s the height of the summer tourist season in Lake Geneva. The town is celebrating the 4th and vacationers are taking in all of its offerings. Sadie’s busy. She’s baking in the kitchen and serving in the diner. There’s not much time to notice the patrons, but then there’s Quinn. He’s eaten lunch at Ms. Katie’s pretty often. Since the summer started? His smile, there’s something about it. She remembers it. But it’s the holiday and Sadie has to finish baking the last of her strawberry-rhubarb pies…

May 12th, 2014 | Filed under: News, On Writing

The Writing Process–Staying Motivated and The Buddy System

  At the last conference I went to in Madison, Nathan Bransford presented a workshop on writing a novel. He spoke of the many pieces of the puzzle that turn an idea into an entire book. Much of his presentation resonated with me, but a light bulb went on in my head when he said, “I tend not to trust writers that profess how much they love to write.” I don’t want to misquote Mr. Bransford, but what stuck with me was this, “Writing is hard. I don’t always like to write, but I like reading what I’ve written.” So …read more…

April 6th, 2014 | Filed under: News

UW Writers Conference Madison

The 25th Annual Writers’ Conference—Madison Michael Perry, Nathan Bransford, Christine DeSmet and Kimberli Bindschatel were just a few of the fab writers that converged at the Concourse Hotel this past weekend. Writer’s descended on the city in droves and made it a match for the swarms of fans who came to cheer on the Badgers basketball team play in the Final Four. The keynote speaker, Michael Perry started off the convention for me. Population 485 is one of my favorite books, so I had to see him speak. He was worth the early morning drive to Madison. Not only is he a …read more…

March 30th, 2014 | Filed under: On Writing

Ouch! My Writing Process

Georgia Lyn Hunter, a fabulous crit partner of mine and author of Absolute Surrender asked me to join her and two other authors on my first blog tour. How exciting! Except, when I read the question, How does my writing process work? The only thought that popped in my head…Ouch!  I’m a writer that can honestly NEVER say, “I’ve been writing since I was five-years-old.” Nope. I liked to play with Barbies and play softball. I don’t get or plan out long elaborate stories. I’m a “What If…” kind of writer. I wonder about something and then ask, “What if…” The What ifs add up to–at the most–10 …read more…

March 11th, 2014 | Filed under: Life

The Nut Factory 2014

Every February I look forward to the only event that gets me out of my winter hibernation. It’s the Nut Factory Open House. This year’s gallery walk was extra special. My buddies and I went out for pizza, caught up and commiserated on one of the longest winters we’ve experienced. Transfer Pizzeria has the best slices around, not to mention, you can sit at a drug store counter for a local brew. At the Nut Factory—artists, patrons and browsers convened to appreciate some good art and have a great time.

February 12th, 2014 | Filed under: Musings

Heart and Soul

My kitchen is the heart of our home. It’s located in the center of the house. In the middle of it there’s an island topped with a mighty stainless-steel counter. It’s the hub and everything surrounding it, is mine. The boys know that I OWN the largest piece of square footage in our household. I don’t post a Keep Out sign and I invite them in, occasionally. I spend Saturday or Sunday in it’s entirety flipping through cookbooks, planning meals, and/or making a roast of some kind. I am the go-to gal for food. “I’m hungry.” Is repeated so often …read more…

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