Posts by Ellen

The Next Big Thing

Posted by on Oct 11, 2012 in Blog | 2 comments

I’ve been tagged by Kris Waldherr, author and illustrator of Doomed Queens, The Lovers Path, as well as many other fine books, in the online game of “The Next Big Thing.” In this game, authors talk about their current work-in-progress.   What is the working title of your book? The Almost Hippie Girl   Where did the idea come from for this book? My husband Jim grew up on an Iowa farm, and according to family legend, two of his forbears were dropped on their claim by a livery driver moments before a major thunderstorm approached. This resonated strongly for me, and...

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The obstacle is the path

Posted by on Sep 10, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off on The obstacle is the path

This Zen saying is pinned to my bulletin board, above the outline (on index cards) for my current novel-in-progress. Five words on a thin strip of paper pinned at a cockeyed angle, waiting and ready as a reminder anytime my eyes chance to glance its way. I just did. Then I looked away, at all the many objects of varying degrees of inspiration and challenge that call for attention: a pile of papers with a post-it demand to “Sort Me or Die”; a painting of trees dancing against a purple sky that my son made when he was 8; an antique studio picture of a midwestern farm mother and her...

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The Way We Word

Posted by on Aug 18, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off on The Way We Word

When do words come to you? By surprise, like the locust carapaces that litter the sidewalk at this time of the summer, or the first red leaf on the neighbor’s Japanese maple?  Do they come by effort, after a long time of waiting, when everything seems dry as sand–and suddenly, the first sentence of a story unfolds easily in your mind, like portable wings?  Do they come quickly, in dreams, or on the side of a passing truck that you only half glimpse through the trees? At times, whole paragraphs pass before I even notice, like train cars intent on getting somewhere for which I...

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