Category: Writing

“A good conscience is a continual Christmas”

I spent a lot of this weekend reading Benjamin Franklin. I have been noodling around the idea of creating a reading guide of sorts that would contain half a dozen ready-made "to be read" lists based around a theme. One of those is self-help (well, "your best life" sounds better). I'd remembered reading part of Ben Franklin's autobiography and liking it, and so… read more »

The mid-week rendezvous

After leaving New Orleans on Wednesday, I flew to Washington DC for an event honoring new recipients of a journalism fellowship I won several years ago. It was good to catch up with people. The most fun part for me, though? My husband scheduled some meetings in DC on Thursday, so he came down to meet me Wednesday night. He was a good sport through the dinner, and th… read more »

The heft of a manuscript

Predictions of the paperless office have been greatly exaggerated. While only a few strange folks still print their emails, most of us deal with plenty of documentation. Nonetheless, I seldom print much of what I'm writing anymore. It goes from draft on my screen to a website for publication. So I wasn't going to print what I had of my draft of Off the Clock, my n… read more »

Snow day grumpiness

I have spent approximately 2.5 hours today shoveling snow. This particular winter storm involved a mix of snow and ice and so this shoveling has been taxing physical labor. The upside is that at least it feels productive, which I can't say of much else I did today.* I went through credit card statements highlighting business expenses. I bought a plane ticket f… read more »

How to write a book in a year (guest post)

(Laura's note: Got a book idea? Of course you do! So does everyone! Getting it written is a different matter. Today's guest post is about one blog reader's plan to finally get her book written by the end of 2017.) by Jennifer Dabbs Sciubba One of the items that has made it onto my New Year's Resolution list every year as long as I can remember is to write a novel. Not t… read more »