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In Others’ Words: How Stories Conquer Fear

In Others’ Words: How Stories Conquer Fear

So … the robot. I came upon him while walking with my husband and youngest daughter during a a foggy day in Carlsbad, California last summer. Some ingenious artist painted him on the side of a building. And yes, this painting told a story. You can come upon stories in the most unlikely places. We expect them within the covers of a book. But stories also appear in a conversation between two a... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Leap of Faith

In Others’ Words: Leap of Faith

“Mom! Don’t take his picture!” I was walking around Breckenridge, CO with my husband and 16-year-old daughter. I had one camera and my daughter had another as we captured images of the town. But my daughter whispered “Don’t!” when I stopped to photograph the painter standing near a bridge, intent on the hanging basket of multicolored flowers. How could I not tak... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Insight

Creativity takes a certain kind of insight. Insight that sees beyond the blocks of marble — or snow — and recognizes the angels or warriors waiting to be revealed. Insight that looks beyond the blank pages and imagines the stories waiting to be told … with words that become sentences … that become paragraphs … that become chapters … that become Once Upon a Time ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Spine Poetry

It’s getting late on Thursday night. I’m not feeling particularly productive or creative … and there’s a blog post to write. So I’m taking advantage of others’ creativity and sharing some of the Spine Poetry fun that’s been happening on my Author Facebook page. I’ve run into some incredibly imaginative people this past week — and they’ve ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Imagination

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”  ~Albert Einstein, physicist A few months back, I was trying desperately to come up with a new story idea. As the saying goes, I had nothing. I played the writer’s “what if?” mind game while I drove around town. While I moved laundry from the washer to the dryer to the laundry basket. While I groc... Read More »