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April 2017

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It's spring--I think

After a crazy week that included eighty-degree heat, a visit to Dr. Seuss's garden, classes on the craft and business of writing at the New England SCBWI spring conference, a visit with family, mountain hikes in both sunshine and snow (yes, snow), and a stint at the Albany Book Festival, I'm back online. My trusty work-in-progress manuscript accompanied me through all my recent adventures--from the summery to the wintry--providing its own special complications and joys.

On this Sunday when I'm reentering the atmosphere of my ordinary life, I thought I'd share this quote, which has been appropriate to so many stages of my journey:

"All the good things that have happened to me in the last several years have come, without exception, from a willingness to change, to risk the unknown, to do the very thing I feared most. Every poem, every page of fiction I have written has been written with anxiety, occasionally panic, and always with uncertainty about its reception. ... I have not ceased being fearful, but I have ceased to let fear control me. I have accepted fear as a part of life, specifically the fear of change, the fear of the unknown."

-- Erica Jong, "Blood and Guts: A Woman Writer in the Late Twentieth Century," from What Do Women Want?

And for some thoughts on spring as related to the writing life, here's my post at YA Outside the Lines on "Spring, romantic (or not)."


There is an old thought that goes: if you've spent your whole life never taking chances, then you haven't truly lived.

Obviously that notion could be taken to the extreme, which I try hard to prevent these days with my teenaged sons, but the basic truth of it has always made a strong impression on me.

Sounds like you had quite the Fire & Ice type of week.
It's true that it's hard to bring new adventures and experiences into a life if one is just trying to be safe and secure.

And yes, the 50-degree temperature swings were wild!