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Schooled

Today’s lesson: If you’re willing to dish it out, then you’d better be prepared to take it, eat it, and cheerfully ask for seconds, thirds, and fourths.

I just got my copy edits for GROUNDED.  They’re excellent, and they’re not

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Permission to Fail: Granted on EMU’s Debuts

I posted over at EMU’s Debuts again today – this time about first drafts, fear, and failure (it’s not as dire as it sounds).  Here’s a snippet:

A draft of my second book is due in a few days, but it’s

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Requiem

When I look at my students, I see many things.  I see them as children.  As teenagers.  As scholars.  As dress-code violators, gum chewers, and pencil forgetters.  I see them exhilarated and depressed, stressed and relieved.  I see them blunder. …

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I Sold My Book: Now What? (by Anna Staniszewski)

I’m delighted to have author (and agency sibling) Anna Staniszewski as a guest on Making Tyme! Read on, as she shares her practical wisdom for new authors on what to expect – and what to do – after that first

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Five Reasons to Read It #12: MY VERY UNFAIRYTALE LIFE

My last “Five Reasons to Read It” was posted a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.  It’s been a wild and crazy year, and though I’ve read many books, I’ve had zero time to write about them.…

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Pram Power

“There is no more sombre enemy of good art than the pram in the hall.”
-Cyril Connolly

I encountered this grim quote on a writing blog, Writer Unboxed, where Meg Rosoff wrote a wonderful response to it.  Nothing …

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Learning by Doing

I have nearly reached the end of the line-editing process for GROUNDED.  The school play is over, the school year is winding down, and my body is fatigued; I’m sick and gross, and have to knock out the rest of …

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Updatelet

The things that are happening:

I’m working on line edits.  They are intense, and rigorous, and good.  They’re due in two weeks.

The school play is next week.  Conferences were tonight.  The culminating honors presentation is in two weeks.

I …

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Writing Process Snapshot on EMU’s Debuts

My latest post over on Emu’s Debuts is called Pantsing, Planning, and Whatever Works.  Here’s a snippet:

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When I first started writing – really writing, trying to make whole stories hang together so that I could share them

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A day late and a dollar short.

For the second time, I’ve missed my self-imposed “every two weeks” blog deadline, and I’m seriously annoyed.  And can’t think of what to write.  So I’ll get someone else to do it.

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Hi, this is Megan’s husband doing fill-in …

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