Why did you name him Charlie?

Two months ago, I brought home a wonderfully sweet Goldendoodle puppy and named him Charlie. The three questions I am most often asked: What kind of dog is he? What’s his name? (Followed by) Why did you name him Charlie? I had decided on the name Charlie earlier in the week, knowing we were goingContinue reading “Why did you name him Charlie?”

A writer’s life

I was lucky enough to spend the weekend at a writers conference this weekend with an amazing faculty of agents, editors, and authors. In addition to the outstanding experts, I was surrounded by inspiring writers in my critique groups, workshops, and I also had a fantastic roommate to share writing with. After the conference, IContinue reading “A writer’s life”

Thoughts on book reviews

Recently I’ve seen several discussions about the value or harm of book reviews. Authors need them to help with sales and even negative reviews aren’t necessarily going to hurt sales.   Negative reviews Evidently, some people write negative reviews and go so far as to tag the author in them. I’m not sure why anyoneContinue reading “Thoughts on book reviews”

Interview with Diana Gallagher, author of “Lessons in Falling” Raffle to win free signed copy

        #17DABash interview with the author, Diana Gallagher and a chance to win a free signed copy of the book.  Comment on this blog post to be entered in the raffle! “Lessons in Falling” is a beautifully written contemporary YA book. Before we meet Savannah, she’s suffered a career-ending gymnastics injury.  TheContinue reading “Interview with Diana Gallagher, author of “Lessons in Falling” Raffle to win free signed copy”

Tsundoku – a word for all bibliophiles

A dear friend gave me the book Lost in Translation. It’s full of interesting words in different languages that are unique to a specific language or culture. Today, I’m sharing the word tsundoku which is a Japanese word for leaving a book unread. This basically describes my TBR shelves; yes I have more than one!Continue reading “Tsundoku – a word for all bibliophiles”

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

The book, “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” was a favorite of mine growing up. At the time Brooklyn didn’t have special meaning to me, more on this in a minute, but I loved the immigrant story in this and another cherished book “All of a Kind Family.” That book was closer to my own family’sContinue reading “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn”

American Writers Museum in Chicago

A visit to the American Writers Museum at 180 N Michigan Avenue in Chicago with a fellow writer is the source of renewed inspiration and energy for writing and reading. The museum, which opened in May 2017, has a variety of exhibits including an entire room devoted to picture books with large displays of coverContinue reading “American Writers Museum in Chicago”

It’s never too late

While visiting former colleagues last week, I saw this quote on the board in 7th grade. I’m a living example of this quote even though I’d never heard it before. Not that I wasn’t proud of my previous accomplishments, but the starting over part speaks loudly to me. I’ve always been a fan of F.Continue reading “It’s never too late”

You can go home again

I was lucky 🍀💚🍀 enough to spend a decade at a great school with fabulous colleagues, the most supportive families, and children that filled my heart every single day. I’ve been gone for 17 months but whenever I return to Chicago, a priority for me is reconnecting with the children who made getting up atContinue reading “You can go home again”