Category Archives: Editorials

What’s in a Name? (Part 2)

My sons love Family Feud. Gio, especially, is quite taken with the whole show and has memorized the sequence so much that he has gotten quite good at “fast money”. We indulge this hour of family time each evening, careful to note that the innuendo and adult material flies right over their heads, leaving us with…

The power of prompts

I won’t lie. For a while I stopped responding to our own prompts. It wasn’t that I didn’t find them interesting — after all, I write a bunch of them, and I don’t try to bore anyone — but time was tightening. I had projects to edit and story ideas in my brain and in my drafts…

What doing squats taught me about writing goals.

At the beginning of January – in the tradition of new year resolutions – I started one of those 30-day challenges that flood Pinterest. My focus for 2014 is HEALTH, so I chose the squats and crunches challenges. On the first day of the month I started with 50 squats and 20 crunches. On the…

What’s in a Name?

  One of my favorite stories to tell is how we came up with the names of our twins. Even though I am quick to tell the asker they should settle in, because those names mean a whole lot to me and how we came to bestow them on Giovanni Damien and Jacob Francesco is not a five…

Write at the Merge: Feedback Received

Let me start by saying thank you for taking the time to let us know your thoughts. It heartening to have you all engaging with one another and us. It shouldn’t be heartening, though. It should be the norm. I am the first person to hang my head in shame: my life turned unexpectedly upside…

On writing endings, as seen by Grisham

I finished The Appeal by John Grisham over my winter vacation, one of only a few Grisham novels that I haven’t read yet. I’ve been a Grisham fan since I read The Street Lawyer back in high school – a book I picked up because of a boy. I loved the drama so much, I went and binged…

On the Eve of New Beginnings

New Year’s Eve is time on the cusp. Teetering between the past and the wide open future, it can be easy to rue the mistakes we’ve made and make wild claims that all will be different next year. Fear lurks in the shadows while we make those claims. It awaits the light of New Year’s…

Promises, Promises…

“Writers, Write!” We’ve all heard the chorus of motivations,  felt the poke-at-the-tender-tissue-under-your-ribs or the faint but unmistakable tap on the shoulder that urges you to pick up a pen, hover a keyboard and spill your stories. “Exercise it like a muscle!” “Find something to say every day!” “Don’t ignore your inner voice, your characters or…

Goodbye Task Lists, Hello Coziness

Writers, I’m not going to lie. I am behind on pretty much every aspect of this holiday season, and that includes having my thoughts in a coherent line for a post today. Yesterday I told Mandy and Cam that my motto for the rest of Christmas is going to be: Take your cozy where you…

Lessons in writing from Once Upon a Time

I have just finished binge-watching the first two seasons of Once Upon a Time, an incredible television show from the writers of Lost and Tron: Legacy. The series takes place in the fictional Storybrooke, Maine, where the residents are characters from fairy tales. In the first season of the show, the residents are under a powerful curse and…