Subtitling — help, please

I’m reading — again! — through my first draft of Mosaic. It needs to be in to my editor by August 1. My 7-year-old and I have been discussing the idea of drafts, and that first versions are seldom as good as the final copy will be. So when he saw me scrolling through the manuscript, he said “Mommy, is that the bad version?” Thanks ki… read more »

Writing for the ear

I read through Eudora Welty’s One Writer’s Beginnings this week. I’d read it decades ago, but after reading The Optimist’s Daughter earlier this year, I thought I’d pick it back up off my shelf (this is why I don’t get rid of things!)
It’s a short and lovely memoir. Like The Optimist’s Daughter it packs a lot in with an economy bred of skill. One… read more »

The LeBron James letter

I like to watch basketball, though I can’t say I follow any team or player closely. I hadn’t been paying attention to the whole LeBron James saga until it exploded all over my Twitter feed Friday.
The general consensus was that he left Cleveland poorly 4 years ago, with a lot of bad feelings, or even if the feelings weren’t particularly pronounced, they g… read more »

Sustainable progress

I’ve been a bit, um, swamped this week. It’s the usual problem of attempting to take a week off, in this case before the 4th. I wind up needing to do 2 weeks’ worth of work at once, including writing about 8 different articles. Good times.
So I’ve put myself on a strict schedule. Every article has been given a day. I give myself the morning to write 2 article… read more »

The lure of lazy writing

Read a lot of women’s magazines, and you start to notice something. A lot of articles start with first person anecdotes. Our writer has been struggling to schedule date night, to lose weight, to find a method of birth control she doesn’t hate, to get ahold of her finances. She achieves some epiphany, and then we move into the bulk of the article.
There are a f… read more »