My First Writers Conference

Last weekend I attended my first writers conference at UND. It was actually the 32nd Annual Writing for Children and Young Adults Conference. Yes, 32nd annual, and I just heard about it for the first time, thanks to my mom who spotted it in the newspaper. I have absolutely nothing to compare it to, but…
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1.1 Mil And Counting (or What I’ve Been Writing)

So what have I written, you might ask. Lots of stuff, I would answer. I started writing in January 2010 and the words come quite easily. Up until then, I didn’t know what to write about but I had these characters in my head and started getting their story down. One led to another then…
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Reading Is Important Too

One of the things “they” say you should do to become a better writer is to read, read, read. And of course you should read in the genre for which you are writing. That means for me, young adult. Last summer I started reading contemporary ya books and since then, I’ve read more books in…
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Oh Really

I generally won’t post funny things my kids say, I like to save that for Facebook. But I’m going to give Miranda a post since it relates to books. As we were at the bmx park watching Lincoln ride his bike on the track, 4 year old Miranda says to me, “I know a lot…
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Why Literary Engineer

Because it sounds cool. Engineers often don’t like when people call themselves a “blank engineer” if that person doesn’t hold the degree. For instance, maintenance engineer (janitor) or computer engineer (software designer). You should have an engineering degree to call yourself an engineer. Of course people without that degree do engineering work all the time…
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