My Top 10 Songs of 2014

Back at the end of 1983, whatever radio station (80s pop music) I listened to at the time had its annual year-end countdown. A song I didn’t particularly care for topped the list, so I decided to make my own list. As a dorky new teenager, I did a weekly Top 10 list, and at […]

A Multitude of Christmases

Even though the holiday season is a fun time of year—spending time with family, eating lots of food, giving and receiving gifts—it can also be a stressful time of year. Trying to cram different celebrations with different family members—or different parts of one family—into a few days can be difficult. And a divorce can compound […]

I’ve Got a Secret

I’ve got a secret. I got a book published. Okay, so that’s not really a secret. I’ve mentioned that here, on my Twitter feed, on my Facebook page, at work (both to my colleagues and to my students), and pretty much to everyone I interact with on either a regular or infrequent basis. Well, almost […]

Thankful

It’s the day after Thanksgiving when I post this, and I have a lot to be thankful for. I’ve been spending the weekend with my family, especially my three daughters. We ate a lot, we went to my high school’s football game, we had a couple of movie nights, we went bowling, we saw the […]

Flipping the Scales

Flipping Scales

Meredith and Marina’s lives have been flipped upside down. When the translucent skirt that straight-A-student Meredith finds hidden on the beach gets wet, it transforms her legs into a mermaid tail. Despite the evidence in front of her, she insists that becoming a mythical creature isn’t scientifically possible. Marina is allowed to experience one day […]

Countdown

Ten— Fingers clench, Fearing all the possibilities Of how this could go wrong.   Nine— Lives flash before me, Mine and all those I’ve touched, All praying I succeed.   Eight— Enough is enough! These seconds are like years. I can’t stand the wait.   Seven— Wonders await me If I get this accomplished. I’ve […]

Game 7

I’m sitting here at my laptop during the pre-game show of Game 7 of the World Series. Though I’m not a diehard fan of either the Kansas City Royals or the San Francisco Giants, I am a diehard fan of baseball. At any point during a season, I know which teams are hot and which […]

What’s in a Name?

I love titles. Titles are a quick way of telling people about the movie or TV show you watched, the song you heard, the artwork you looked at, or the book you read. You’ll ask people: “Did you see the last episode of Breaking Bad?” You’ll tell people: “I just read Harry Potter, and so […]

Everybody Loves an Underdog

I’m a big fan of baseball, and October brings the post-season and the World Series. My beloved Red Sox missed the playoffs by a lot this season, but I still follow and watch games because of how much I love the sport. At the time of this post, there are only four teams remaining, playing […]

Finding an agent / Finding a match

During the summer of 2013, I wrote the first draft of a Young Adult novel. I had a few trusted people read it and make comments. My beta readers told me where I needed more description or explanation and where I needed less, they told me what worked (a lot) and what didn’t work (thankfully, […]