Work work work

I promised my boss I’d get back to work this weekend. She knows I’m gnawing away at this book project (she’s already given me feedback on the sample chapter) but maybe I ought to actually get some useful work done for her sometime, eh? A bunch of you very kindly offered your help; thanks very much! The critiques are drifting …

Interesting topic

On a writing list I’m on, someone asked how a person manages to do the writing that sells when it’s not the kind of writing that she wants to do. Good question. When my son was two, I began my writing career with plans to write creative non-fiction — essays about life as a mother — and occasional articles to …

Writing advice

Here is my advice on getting your work published: Show up. Yes, that’s it. Show up. Send your stuff out. Send it out again. Send it out some more. Get better and better at querying; get better and better at producing. The difference between a published person and an unpublished person is not necessarily talent; it’s determination. It’s hard to …

How cool is this?!?

I got a note from one of my Brain, Child editors today. She said an editor of a magazine in the Netherlands was interested in reprinting my “You’re Not the Boss of Me” article! I went and looked up the magazine and saw it mentioned as “an influential Dutch alternative newsmagazine” and “the Dutch incarnation of the Utne Reader.” I …