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Thank you for the stories, Richard Peck

I met Richard Peck through Grandma Dowdel. She’s not my grandmother. In fact, she’s his. Not in the way you might expect, though. Grandma Dowdel is a character in Richard Peck’s novels “A Long Way From Chicago,” “A Year Down … Continue reading

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The power and importance of constructive criticism

When I finished writing my second novel in seventh grade, I was appalled at the idea of an editor suggesting changes to my masterpiece. “I’m never going to let an editor change my work,” I vowed back then. Erm … … Continue reading

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New year, same old story

2018 is already more than a week old. Meanwhile, I’m blinking and flabbergasted, wondering, “Where is the time going?” A year ago, I set a goal to finish writing “The Mountain of Dempsey Molehill” within the 365-day time frame of … Continue reading

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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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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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