Kids growing up

A topsy turvy week

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Hello, Write Edge readers! As you can see by the post title, this has been a topsy, turvy week. With family obligations dominating my time and energy, I didn’t get a chance to post everything on the usual Write Edge schedule. Rest assured, however, that I’m doing so today.

That’s right — you get a whole week’s worth of content in one sitting.

As I wrote and revised my posts for this week, I started doing a lot of thinking about the place The Write Edge has in my life. It’s an essential part of my writing career; in fact, it’s the impetus for it. As my career evolves, however, so should this blog. I’m not shutting it down, let’s be clear on that. But I do think it’s worth it for me to take some time to consider how I should treat it so I can represent the best of my writing and reviewing for you and so I can continue pursuing other writing projects as well.

More on that when the anniversary of the blog rolls around. :>

For now, we’re off to all our regular spots for the week! First up comes this week’s short fiction. Check out this snippet of the short story I wrote:

He’d never seen her in a weak moment. She’d never shared anything personal. He’d certainly never seen her cry.

“And did you find solace in how much you hurt others?” Neal asked in a quiet voice.

The tears began streaming faster, but Lyla didn’t answer.

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

Next is this week’s book review. While walking through the airport a couple of weeks ago, I wandered into one of the bookstores and saw a book about Agatha Christie called A Talent for Murder. I read it and now have my thoughts on it for you. Here’s an excerpt of my review:

Other fans of Christie’s work may disagree with [author Andrew] Wilson’s conclusions, but for once it’s refreshing to see someone famous portrayed as a person in charge of their own decisions. Whether those decisions are good or bad is another discussion, but at least in Wilson’s world Agatha isn’t suffering from drug problems or even the amnestic state her estate and other biographers claim.

Find the whole review on The Write Edge Bookshelf now!

Lastly, my parenting post. I talk about the double standard us parents often adopt and how it creates a crisis of conscience. Just a little part of it:

Some days I feel a little bad about the fact that there are things I did as a kid that I won’t even consider letting my own children do. I would spend hours at their ages biking around the neighborhood and would often cross the street to our neighbors’ home to play with their daughters. There were the sleepovers, of course, and I had my fair share of Happy Meals.

Get the whole post now on Growth Chart!

Thank you for your patience and support as I continue toward my writing goals both on and offline. I hope I can give you another year of great work in 2018. Have a great weekend, and I’ll be back next week!



Parenting adventures posted!

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Good morning, Write Edge readers! I’ve posted my latest parenting adventures for you. Today I share some special Growth Spurts about our holiday trip to India. While some of you may be expecting details of our excursions to the Taj Mahal or the Golden Temple, and I may yet still share those, I wanted to give you a little bit of a sense of the “every-day” India. Here’s an excerpt:

[I]n a way, this was one of the reasons for us to take the kids to India in the first place, so that they would see how people live on a daily basis. They do get a little bit of exposure from Bollywood films, but movies usually highlight the most glamorous parts of a place. Taking Eleven and Nine to our relatives’ homes gave them an opportunity to see how much was different from the movies and how much was similar to their own lives.

Read the whole post now on Growth Chart!

Have a lovely weekend, readers, and stay warm!


And on with the new year!

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Good morning, Write Edge readers! Happy January once again. :> It’s a new year, a new start, with new goals in mind. Like everyone else, I have several goals in mind for myself this year. We won’t know until the end, of course, how successful I am, but I like the freshness that this month brings. It holds a lot of promise, and it also offers the suggestion that some of those goals might move to the “accomplished” column by the end of the year. For more on this, go now to “A Writer’s Heartbeats.”

I’ve also posted this week’s short fiction for you. Here’s an excerpt:

Finally Cheryl put the flashlight down; she rocked back on her heels and hugged her knees. She huffed her bangs out of her eyes.

“I knew this was a stupid idea,” she said to the trunk. It didn’t offer any reassuring words in response.

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

In the middle of the week, I’ll share a new book review with you. Find out what I thought about Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp. Come back on Wednesday to read my review on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

This Thursday I’ll go back to posting writing prompts for next week’s short story, and on Friday I’ll share special Spurts from our trip to India. You’ll get that brand new Growth Chart at the end of the week!

Have a lovely week, readers!