Showing posts from July, 2012

Phrases That Have Changed My Life

"You have been called to serve as a missionary in Switzerland, Geneva..." "Will you marry me?" "Yes." "There's two pink lines.  That's positive, right?" "Congratulations, you are no longer pregnant." "I present the graduating class of 2002!" "I present the graduating class of 2005!" "You've been accepted to Washington University..." "It's positive." "It's positive."

Why I write novels...

I think about this topic so often, I'm surprised I haven't actually written a post about it.  This is a good question.  Why do I write?  Why do I skip sleep, sacrifice social interaction, food, just about every basic need a person could have to write?  There is only one answer:  Because I have to.  Writing for me is an art.  Artists are passionate to create what they see, feel or hear and then share what they see, feel or hear with others.  I've always loved making people laugh and cry.  That's why I gravitated toward theatre in my youth.  Writing is an extension of that.  And it's a cheap hobby. The other reason is for me.  I use my novels to work out my demons (I have many), express feelings I may not want to deal with in any other form, maybe even discover feelings I didn't even know I had.  Writing helps me release those feelings, deal with them and move on.  It's pretty cheap therapy.

Jodi Picoult comes to St. Louis!!

 Jodi Picoult speaking to many attendees at SLCL. Ms. Picoult and her daughter signing "Between the Lines" their collaborated YA novel. So, I have a confession to make.  I've never read anything by Jodi Picoult.  In fact, I had to Google her name to find out what's she written.  She's written some 20 books, some you may have heard of since they made it to the silver screen, like "My Sister's Keeper."  What drew me to this event, and to buy the book, was this sweet notion of a mother-daughter writing team.  How awesome would that be to work on a project with your daughter!  That would rock!  I hope my daughter wants to write when she's a little older.