Young children

Making art meaningful

Posted on Updated on

Good morning, Write Edge readers! With longer days come longer hours to enjoy the beautiful sunsets, and we get some gorgeous dusk-scapes here in Central Illinois. Everyone sees something different in those breathtaking moments, and often as I look at the pre-twilight colors streaking across the sky I think about how I might describe them for readers. After all, art is about finding purpose in different aspects of life. The challenge for a word artist like me is to make it meaningful for others while retaining the unique quality of a phrase or paragraph, which is certainly not easy. For more on this, go now to “A Writer’s Heartbeats.”

I’ve posted this week’s short fiction for you, and it was a challenging, albeit short, piece for me to get through. I’m not a big fan of conflict in real life, but it’s the engine for most stories. It’s what makes most stories go. Here’s an excerpt of this week’s story:

“I’m saying…I’m saying…I don’t think…all right, it was wrong. I was wrong. I get that, and I take complete ownership of it. But—”

“There’s no ‘but’ when you take ownership for something. You just do it, and that’s it. You don’t get to qualify what you said by adding a disclaimer.”

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

In the middle of the week, I’ll have a new book review for you. As we’re getting closer to the official start of summer, more books get published with a summery feel to them. This week’s book is no exception. Find out what I thought about Someone Else’s Summer by Rachel Bateman on Wednesday on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

No writing prompts this Thursday since we’ll have our monthly writers showcase next week, but I’ll definitely have brand new Spurts to share on Friday on Growth Chart!

Have a fantastic week, readers!


Latest parenting adventures posted!

Posted on

Hello, Write Edge readers! I’ve posted my latest parenting adventures. Today I share with you what happens when a parent can’t manage the fallout from disappointment. Here’s an excerpt:

I held my breath for the few days before we found out they’d both moved up. I knew Ten had a pretty good shot of making it. Eight’s moving up was more of a wild card.

Read the whole Chart now on Growth Chart!


Posted on

Good morning, Write Edge readers! First, a happy belated Mother’s Day to all my readers. We all, regardless of our own “mom status,” have a part in this day. If we’re not moms ourselves, then we have moms (or mom figures) who have loved us, taken care of us, worried about us, watched over us, yelled at us — and had the ultimate satisfaction of saying they’ve known us from the beginning. They’re keepers of our pasts, warts and all.

Sometimes those pasts contain good things; sometimes they contain bad things. Whatever happens as we grow up and grow old, those experiences help define us. They don’t, however, have to entrap us. I watched a movie this weekend that encapsulated that thought and gave me this week’s motivational quote. Find the quote now on “A Writer’s Heartbeats.”

It’s easy to let personal challenges come in the way of us working to accomplish our dreams. Sometimes those personal challenges hamper our growth. Sometimes those experiences inform our future. For a fun take on this, you can check out this week’s short fiction. Here’s an excerpt:

“Well…what if I, I don’t know, made you younger or something?” I asked, the first spiders of panic crawling up my legs. “Would that help?”

The wizard scoffed. “Right, as if changing my age is going to do anything. I’m. Done.”

And before I could argue any more points, before I could even beg for a second chance, he vanished. Poof. Into thin air.

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

On Wednesday I’ll have a brand new book review to share with you. This week I’ll let you know what I thought of The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman. Find that review in the middle of the week on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

This Thursday there will be brand new writing prompts for next week’s story, and at the end of the week on Growth Chart how an eight-year-old copes with disappointment — and why a parent doesn’t always have to be first in line to help.

Have a great week, readers!