March 18, 2013
Did you ever look at something but not really see
it? That was my relationship with birds for the longest time. I knew the basics. I could tell a robin from a crow from a blue jay, but that was about it. I longed to know more, but never seemed to have the time (or take the time) to learn. When my husband and I bought our first house, I plunked a monstrosity of a bird house (mansion?) in the middle of the lawn, filled it with 20 pounds of seed, and waited for the birds to come. They didn’t.
In my eagerness to commune with nature, I had not done my homework. I didn’t know that birds need cover; they look for trees to shade and...
November 12, 2012
When I was kid, the moment the first fall leaf crunched underfoot, I had Halloween on the brain. I spent as much time as possible contemplating, debating, soliciting opinions, deciding, having second thoughts, and re-deciding about what costume to wear for that spooky, magical occasion. I drove my family nuts. But I had a pretty good reason.
At my elementary school, we had an annual Halloween parade. You brought your costume to school in a bag and for the final hour of the day, you changed into it and joined the parade of other kids. You strolled from one classroom to the next, showing off your costume and collecting goodies from the...
November 12, 2012
November brings to mind so many things that are good for the soul: gold and red leaves swirling in the wind, warm pumpkin pie fresh from the oven, and gathering with friends and family to give thanks for our blessings.
For me, November also means love.
When I was a freshman in college, I planned to major in journalism so I thought it would be a good idea to join the student-run TV station. At the first meeting, I, being new and shy, sat in the back of a packed room. The male and female students running the meeting were doing fine, though I noticed that whenever anyone had a question that required anything beyond the most basic...
September 05, 2012
I love chatting about my life outside of writing here, but since today is
launch day for my new tween novel, Stealing Popular
, I thought I'd deviate and share a bit about the book.
The story revolves around 12 year-old Coco Sherwood, a Navy brat who’s seen the inside of many schools in a short amount of time. She notices that at each school she attends the social pattern always seems to be the same: a small group of popular kids dictating the rules for everyone else. When Coco’s first real friends fall victim to this same oppression, she decides to take matters into her own hands, taking from the...