Category Archives: music

Hamilton Vocabulary

I redid my office with the chalkboard paint that I’ve been wanting since my kids were preschoolers. Better late than never, right? My plan was to use the wall to explore different plot points while I was writing. But I … Continue reading

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So what’s the link between these pictures?               Ready? 3 2 1 The answer is literacy! Also: yesterday. Yesterday, I received a Russian translation of The Schmutzy Family from Holiday House. The new edition … Continue reading

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Earth, Wind & Fire

I’m not going to write about the death of every music icon, I swear. But music is woven into our memories. Music is what holds our memories in place. Here are a few, courtesy of Earth, Wind & Fire. – … Continue reading

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The One Where I Somehow End Up Defending Phil Collins

Not that he needs it, but I’m here to defend Phil Collins. Yes, that Phil Collins (or, as my husband refers to him: Phil’s Colon.) I am here to defend his right to make beautiful music or complete dreck if he … Continue reading

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A lot of my writer friends suffer from some form of anxiety. Maybe that’s because as writers, we’re always imagining possibilities for our characters — the worst possibilities. And we do it in our own lives, too. This morning, I couldn’t find … Continue reading

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