Writing about Time Management, Life, Careers & Family

Update on Q1 goals

I’m interrupting “creative careers” week on the blog to post an update on my Q1 goals. This year I elected to set quarterly goals rather than New Year’s resolutions. I have a lot of things I want to do this year, and spacing it out helped me feel like it would all happen. So is it happening? I had my baby on January 15 (yes, that was a Q1 goal… read more »

My advice for a first-time book author, and not about the writing part

Dear first-time author: Congrats on your book contract! This is a major accomplishment. You’re no doubt nervous about writing a 75,000 word manuscript over the next 6-9 months, and you’ll get all kinds of advice on that. This post is about the other part. The marketing part. Between now and when your book comes out 18 months from now, you will need to learn… read more »

How to be creative on demand

“Deep in the countryside of Bordeaux, France, anyone out wandering one early-January night in 2013 might have caught a curious sight: a black-haired woman in a lit studio window, scratching out ink drawings of the Alaskan tundra…” So begins my short ebook, What the Most Successful People Do at Work, in which I profile children’s book illustra… read more »

What a lark! What a plunge!

I’ve been on a real Virginia Woolf kick this weekend. I finished Adeline on Friday night (a Norah Vincent novel that’s out in about a week; Virginia Woolf is the protagonist). I realized I’d never read The Hours, which is Michael Cunningham’s novel that spins off of Mrs. Dalloway. I started reading that on Saturday while everyone was otherwise occup… read more »


It’s food week here on the blog, and as I thought about it, I realized I am not just a consumer, procurer, and preparer of food. I am also a producer. I have spent close to 4 of the last 8 years nursing (and 36 months pregnant!). I’m not sure when else I’ll get to share my hard-won baby-feeding wisdom, so here it is. I think I did well with baby #1, considering the… read more »