Post-holiday summer

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Hello, Write Edge readers! If Memorial Day is the official kick-off to summer, the 4th of July, for me at least, signifies the official middle. After this it’s a matter of waiting for school to start.

Of course, none of us know what that means at this point. We’re all troubled by the thought of sending our kids back to the classrooms yet grapple with the fact that, in a normal setting, that’s actually the best place and best way for them to learn. These, of course, are not normal times.

As we continue to work through the emotions and the information, I’m continuing to write and work through stories. My own as well as those of writing friends and contest entries. It’s an immense challenge doing so during these times, but sitting here at the keyboard gives me a semblance of normalcy and makes me feel like I’m doing productive.

To that end, this week’s motivational quote. The saying goes that there are no truly original stories in the world. What, then, inspires writers and other artists to continue in their craft? Here’s one way of looking at it:

“The story is less powerful than how we tell it.”—Tyler Labine as Dr. Iggy Frome on “New Amsterdam”

Speaking of powerful stories, I’ve been at the edges of one. A friend got a medical diagnosis last year that shocked those of us who know them, but we rallied around our friend. This summer, our friend is celebrating their first birthday post-diagnosis, and their story inspired me to write a poem (I know, right? Me. Poetry.) It’s in free verse and not too long at all, so I won’t share an excerpt, but you can read the whole poem now on The Write Edge Writing Workshop. I don’t claim to be anything near the most amazing poet in the world, but I did put all of my energy into writing this.

In the middle of the week, I’ll share a book review of a new novel. Debut author Anna Downes’s book The Safe Place comes out next week, and I’ll let you know what I thought of it. Be sure to come back to The Write Edge Bookshelf to find out what I rated the book!

Lastly, it’s back to parenting posts this week as well as another birthday in our house. Check out my thoughts on being the mother of a teen and a tween, especially when that tween is more teen than not. Come back at the end of the week for all of that on Growth Chart!

Have a good week, readers, and please — PLEASE — stay home and stay safe.


Parenting adventures now up!

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Happy Friday, Write Edge readers! I’ve posted my latest parenting adventures for you. Check out the following excerpt:

“I know your tells,” she said.

“Really?” I asked. “What are they?”

“Wha—no. That’s not how this works. I’m not going to tell you, otherwise you’re going to try not to do them.”

Read the full post now on Growth Chart!

And please, please, PLEASE stay safe, readers. Make smart, considerate, compassionate choices for others as well as yourself. A night out on the town without a mask or in big groups isn’t worth a serious illness or potentially infecting others.

Have a good weekend, and take care of one another out there.