When I meet people who are not from Nevada and I tell them I am from Nevada, they will often ask how I deal with the heat in Las Vegas. Like many native Nevadans, I end up explaining that Las Vegas is in the very southern tip of the state, and there are thousands of … Continue reading Fall & Winter Descend
Yes, I know its almost Halloween, a little belated to be posting my "summer" quilt, but I did actually complete a quilt this summer. Last winter, I got inspired to use up some of my fabric stash. I pulled out stacks of fabrics and cut out all the strips and rectangles for two different quilts. … Continue reading My Summer Quilt
Yesterday, a friend tweeted this article on The Guardian, "Unthinkable? Bring Back Typewriters." While the author makes some great points about how using a typewriter slows the writer down, thereby making writers more intentional about word choices, and how typewriters remove the distracting allure of the internet, I'd have to say, "hell no!!" I'll keep … Continue reading I’ll Keep my Laptop, Thank You
It was the last class. The last day of school. Spring 2011. The kids were done with their final and sat in small groups, chatting, glancing at the clock, waiting for the empty, long, lovely days of summer to begin. One group sat clustered around my desk discussing their writing. One student had written a … Continue reading An Idea Becomes Reality
This report is kind of fun - a good way to break my extended "blog break"! Waaayyyy back in June, I took a hiatus from my twice-weekly posting schedule. I thought (foolishly) that it would only last the summer. What I found was that once I got out of the habit of writing, it was … Continue reading 2012 in review
Ah . . . summer vacation, a time of lazy days sipping lemonade in a hammock with a good book . . . or not. Maybe that's what summer looks like for some people, but not this girl! I just got back from Forensics Nationals, a super fun but not so relaxing week traveling with another … Continue reading Blog Break
A few weeks ago, Nathon Bransford, a writer and blogger I follow, wrote a post asking the question "How long does it take you to finish a draft?" My first gut reaction answer to that question was "F-O-R-E-V-E-R," but sadly, I couldn't figure out how to embed this little video clip into the comments on his blog. It's … Continue reading Draft #1 – Done!!