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Young Adult Writer, mom, and erstwhile artist.

The morning after the election, I did what I could to keep my world from falling apart. I kept my writing date with my friend, burying myself in my novel. I took refuge in my own world, that of my own creation. Is this an act of defiance, or retreat? Is art only self-care? What is the value of writing stories, especially when that time could be spent on the resistance effort? It can seem a sort of betrayal to do your own work, to continue carving [...]

They said we were crazy. They were right. Anyone who signs up to write a 50,000 word novel in one month has delusions of grandeur at the very least. I had to see some of these fellow deranged writers. So, you ask...what's it like to attend NaNoWriMo's Night of Writing Dangerously? Put another way, how many angels can tap dance on the head of a pin, while simultaneously typing 3200 words in 30 minutes? (More on tap dancing later). I had an inklin [...]

"Let it go, let it go!" Ever since my daughters saw Disney's Frozen, hardly a day has gone by without the girls treating the household to Queen Elsa's anthem on infinite loop. With no escape from this song in the foreseeable future, I have taken an extreme measure to restore my sanity: "Let it go" has become my mantra. Maybe I've just been brainwashed by the cultic chant of my burgeoning songstress offspring, but I can't help but see a grain of [...]

Mistake number one: feeding the kids first. I had all the stuff out for my leftover tuna salad lunch of healthful goodness, but what kind of mom eats first while the kids wait around for their PBJ? Answer: the one with enough foresight to eat a little earlier, before the kids are starving. I think you see where I'm going with this. The delightful scent of summer in the form of jam, slicing the chewy seed-strewn bread, kids bouncing at my elbow [...]