you left footprints

Here’s a little photo poem.  The image here comes from one of my very favorite sites, Square America, an online collection of found photographs and snapshots.  And the text comes from something I wrote years and years ago…

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video: 100 things I am grateful for

It’s been that kind of summer.  The kind where it seemed like a good idea to make a list the things I am grateful for.  I set out to make a list of 100, and once I got going, it seemed it would be just as easy to list a thousand. But I stuck with […]

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Favorite quotes from Everyone is Beautiful

A reporter asked me last week to put together some of my favorite quotes from Everyone Is Beautiful for a story she’s doing.  And so I did.  I’ve been writing new stuff, and blogging, and goofing off with my kids this summer–and it had been a while since I’d spent any time with Everyone Is […]

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revising a draft

Here’s me, yesterday, revising an early draft of a story.  This is what it looks like early on–lots of writing all over the page: arrows, carrots, scribbles.  Then I go back and type in what I’ve written.  Then I print it out and write all over the typed pages again, over and over until it […]

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style with style

I grew up with The Elements of Style, but I guarantee my copy was nowhere near this gorgeous. Maybe it’s time for a new one. I might need to get it for the illustrations alone. These illustrations are by Maira Kalman, who also has a gorgeous and super-fantastic illustrated blog for The New York Times. […]

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writing wednesday! too much coolness is not cool

This Writing Wednesday is about naming characters.  And why you have to do it carefully and not just buy a baby book and pick out your favorite names. Here’s the main point of the video (and you’ll notice that I DO NOT actually SAY IT in the video): Characters and names have a relationship to […]

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the body project

After my friends and I did this project there were comments.  Lots and lots of comments.  And many of those comments said this: I want to do it, too! Which gave me an idea.  Other people should do it, too. I cannot tell you how soothing, amazing, and comforting it is to paint words of […]

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do you make an outline when you write a novel?

It’s Thursday morning!  So that must mean it’s time for Writing Wednesday! This question is from Jaime, who wants to know if I make an outline when I write a novel. And the answer is yes. And no. And sort of. [BlueTube]GEuH_wQb09w[/BlueTube] Usually, my outlines are just numbered lists.  Very broad.  The number stands for […]

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it’s Monday, so that must mean: Writing Wednesday!

I’ve seen enough rambling homemade videos on YouTube to know it’s important to keep these Writing Wednesday clips short.  I’m shooting for 2-3 minutes, and even 3 feels a little long. But it is hard to cover very much into 2 minutes.  Sometimes they seem to raise more questions than they answer. But maybe that’s […]

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writing wednesday: friday edition!

I recorded this Writing Wednesday  post yesterday, and my husband was like, “You do know it’s Thursday, right?”  And I was like, “Man, that’s what Writing Wednesday is all about!” So here’s my Friday post for Writing Wednesday!  Happy weekend! [BlueTube]9a0piIJyFKY[/BlueTube]

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written on the body

I’m not sure how I came up with the idea to do this.  But a few weeks back, I decided that I wanted to paint words all over the body of my friend Jenny and have our friend Karen photograph it.  So I asked them.  And to my serious delight they both said yes. Here’s […]

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couldn’t wait for Wednesday!

There’s a good possibility I may never actually post on Wednesday.  But here’s the first one!  Kicking things off with the first–and possibly best–advice I ever got about writing, courtesy of my dad. Here we go!  And feel free to leave questions! [BlueTube]eTtR9FcpDrA[/BlueTube]

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what better day than Saturday for the inaugural Writing Wednesday?

At the suggestion of my amazing friend Brené, I’m starting a weekly series here on the blog about writing.  She even came up with the title: Writing Wednesday. Of course, I’m doing the first Writing Wednesday post on Saturday.  Cause that’s how I roll. And Brené’s original suggestion was to write a post about writing. […]

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art gallery

Summer is officially here, and with it came stacks of art from my children’s schools.  And just as I was looking at the piles and wondering where I would store it all, it occurred to me that I didn’t want to store it.  I wanted to look at it. So began my project of covering […]

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