This week, half done

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Hello, Write Edge readers! Only 15 days until Christmas — are you ready for the holidays? :>

Even during this time of year, it’s important to keep our life’s passions in mind. I’ve started work on something big — every writer’s ultimate dream — but I don’t always get to spend time at my computer on it. Some days I bang out 1000 words or more. Today it was barely 100. But I still fight for every minute I can; even a hundred words gives me the confidence to move forward. That’s what today’s motivational quote is about confidence. Check it out:

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”—Henry David Thoreau

I’ve posted this week’s short fiction. When I first saw the prompt, I thought of espionage and intrigue. In the end, I decided to go with something a little simpler. Here’s an excerpt:

She might have been content to stay too, had he not raised a hand against her. Again. And again. By the fourth or fifth time, Jamie knew she’d had enough. She would get out. She didn’t need a Cosmo quiz to tell her what kind of relationship she was in.

Read the whole story now on The Write Edge Writing Workshop!

I’m sure you’re all wondering about the title of today’s post, and it has to do with my book review. After more than a decade, author Markus Zusak of The Book Thief fame, came back with a new novel that released in October. As many of you who read his previous work, I’ve been dying to know what he would come up with next and now that I have my hands on it I’m reading it one patient page at a time.

At a whopping 540 pages in hardback, this is the longest book in a while that I’ve read. I don’t think I’ll have all of it done by Wednesday, so I decided to go with something new: a half review. Because the book will at least be half done by then. Find out on Wednesday on The Write Edge Bookshelf what I thought of the first half of the book.

Finally, at the end of the week, I’ll share some thoughts with you about a theater performance we saw over the weekend that included one of the kids. For my latest adventures in parenting, come back on Friday to Growth Chart.

Have a lovely week, readers, and be sure to stay warm and dry!



Parenting adventures posted!

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Hello, Write Edge readers! I’ve posted my latest parenting shenanigans for you. Here’s an excerpt:

Their kids’ products taste MUCH better. Why do kids get snacks that are so yummy, and yet adults don’t? It’s like we’re being punished for growing up, despite the fact that we’re the ones who possess the spending power.

But I digress.

Read all the Spurts now on Growth Chart!

Have a wonderful weekend, readers, and stay warm!



Book review now up!

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Hello, Write Edge readers! I’ve posted my book review for you. Here’s the opening to my post on House of Gold by Natasha Solomons:

A powerful European family finds itself bowing under the weight of war. Family members will find themselves on opposite sides of the lines in ideology as well as geography, and they will face hardships unlike any they’ve ever experienced. Author Natasha Solomons offers readers a studied look at how war affects the rich and famous in her unnecessarily drawn-out novel House of Gold.

Read the whole review now on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

Have a good night, readers!