Author Archives: Julie Stroebel Barichello

A day at the American Writers Museum

Writers and readers alike, rejoice! Chicago is home to a new museum tailored just for us. The husband and I spent Thursday afternoon absorbing the halls and galleries of the American Writers Museum, 180 N. Michigan Ave. An elevator ride … Continue reading

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Home is where the literary link is

A few weeks ago, I had a visit from Susan. Susan grew up in the house my husband and I bought in April. She was visiting Illinois (she now lives in California) and asked if she could drop in to … Continue reading

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Let’s start at the beginning: A writing update

Books start at the beginning. They have a first chapter, a first page, a first word. It’s the logical place to start. That’s also the hardest place for me to begin writing a book. I usually know what happens in … Continue reading

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How readers can react to ‘Handbook’ ruckus

On Thursday, YA organizations and social media were buzzing about the New York Times best-seller list. The short version of what happened: A new teen novel, “Handbook for Mortals,” came out of the blue to bump “The Hate U Give” … Continue reading

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Welcome to the new writing digs

My blog has been mostly cricket chirps lately … it’s been silent. There are two good reasons for that, though. Reason 1: Tapping out more chapters of “The Mountain of Dempsey Molehill” during Camp NaNoWriMo . Reason 2: I’ve been setting … Continue reading

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Introducing my plot bunny

How many times do you set an alarm on your phone as a reminder to complete a task? I do it frequently, although not as often as I should. Because there should be an alarm going off every morning saying, … Continue reading

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There’s always an excuse not to write

Thank goodness for paid vacation time and Camp NaNoWriMo. It’s been weeks since I’ve written a word. The last time I had a productive day of writing was February 2. Since then, progress has been minimal. But this week, I … Continue reading

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