Red, white, and sew

When I’m between writing projects, I need to keep busy. I just finished a draft of a novel I’ve been working on for a while (woo-hoo!) but am not ready to dive into a new one. So I dug out my sewing machine and tackled some projects I’ve been putting off. This one I’m particularly…Continue reading Red, white, and sew

Writing a novel in verse

I recently took part in an online writing workshop through the Highlights Foundation: Limitations and Liberations of Writing Verse Novels, taught by author Cordelia Jensen. It was excellent! I adore poetry and have been reading lots of novels in verse (scroll down for recommendations). I thought I might try my hand at writing one…with a…Continue reading Writing a novel in verse

A Q&A with mother-artists

Join me on Saturday April 10 at 11am CDT for a screening of All of Me: Artists + Mothers, a short, award-winning documentary by my friend Maria Velasco (that I’m in!). I’ll be participating in the Q&A with the director and some of the other artists as part of an international exhibition called If Not…Continue reading A Q&A with mother-artists

Cozy Gras

Mardi Gras 2021 was unlike any other. Because of the coronavirus, parades and parties were canceled, bars shuttered, and popular streets were blocked off to prevent gatherings. Even Mother Nature conspired to keep us home, giving us the coldest Mardi Gras since 1899. I couldn’t help but feel a little blue during Carnival season, especially…Continue reading Cozy Gras

Book review: The Story That Cannot Be Told

In The Story That Cannot Be Told by J. Kasper Kramer, clever folklore retellings woven with historical fiction result in a delightful story that resonates long after the last page. This middle-grade novel is set in Romania in 1989, the year of the Romanian Revolution. Young Ileana describes life under oppressive Communist rule: people crammed…Continue reading Book review: The Story That Cannot Be Told