Steve Martin as Gil, the overwhelmed dad in the movie Parenthood, explodes at his offspring’s whiny “Do you have to?”, snapping, “My whole life is ‘have to.’” Sometimes life sure feels that way. And for most people on the planet, it actually is. Life for millions is a constant struggle for survival. But many North … Continue reading Just Killing Time
Animals have always been an important part of my life. Some of my earliest memories are about a kitten named Tiger; and Ginger, a fluffy Pomeranian. My favorite childhood cat was named Puss (you can probably tell from these names that I wasn’t straining my imagination), who followed me like a dog whenever I went … Continue reading Gone to the Dogs (and Cats)
I’ve always loved a good mystery. I started with Boxcar Children, Trixie Belden, and Nancy Drew and then, added every one I could order from the school paperback book club. I was beside myself with excitement on “book day,” when our teacher lined up our purchases along the chalk tray, with our order slips sticking … Continue reading My Life of Mystery
Where do novels come from? Just as “mighty oaks from little acorns grow,” novels also begin at a specific point, which even the novelist may not recognize until looking back much later. Some writers start with a character—someone they saw at a bus stop, or one that simply springs into their minds and won’t go … Continue reading So Where Do Novels Come From?
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