Archive for March 2015

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 illustrator L… 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 »

Postpartum weight loss (round 4)

It’s food week here on the blog, and today I’m writing about my current relationship with the topic. I had a baby 10 weeks ago, and I’m trying to lose the baby weight. Well, sort of trying. Because the truth is that I have a lot of other stuff going on in my life. I am not willing to devote precious mental space to elaborate meal planning or a diet’s prescribe… read more »

It doesn’t have to be dinner

Family dinner has become a Big Thing in the cultural narrative. Various surveys purport to show that kids who eat dinner with their families regularly do better in school, are less likely to use drugs, etc. It makes sense, except there’s a little thing called correlation vs. causation. It turns out that families that sit down at a dinner table frequently of… read more »