Sources for stories: Doing what you love, and making money doing it

We are having a wonderful time in the Netherlands, and I’ll do a full write-up of the week when we get back. In the meantime, I’m using a low-key day to get a little jump on next week.
I’m working on a Fast Company piece on career and earning advice from people who’ve found that “do what you love” doesn’t have to be a ba… read more »

When you need a change of scenery

I work late roughly one night a week. When I do, I go to the library. The easiest option is just to go to my local branch, which is only half a mile away, though it’s fairly small, and it isn’t open until 9 every night.  On the nights it’s not open, or if I’m looking to be around people other than the librarians, I go to a bigger branch that’s about 10 minutes… read more »

Writing drills

I’ve been watching a lot of Olympics coverage. I also recently reread A Sense of Where You Are, John McPhee’s profile of Bill Bradley when he was at Princeton (with a brief look at his 1964 Olympic stint, too).
All this has me thinking about training. Describing Bradley practicing alone, McPhee wrote, “he moves systematically from one place to another… read more »

Notes from the writing retreat

I’ve been revising the novel again. As it gets heftier, getting a full sense of all that’s in there gets tough. I really wanted to be able to read through the manuscript start to finish, seeing what works and what doesn’t, without mentally challenging interruptions.
In other words, I needed a writing retreat. My husband kind of owes me on t… read more »

My favorite memories from 2013

I’ve spent some time over my past few non-working, non-blogging days thinking about the ending year. It was a good one. Here are some of my favorite memories from the past 8760 hours.
I went on my first roller coaster rides at Disney World in March. First it was Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom, then the Rock n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith at Disn… read more »