Ellen

The Next Big Thing

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 …

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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 …

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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? ┬áDo they come by effort, after a long time of waiting, when everything seems dry as sand–and suddenly, the first sentence of a …

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