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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Starters with No Finish

Did you ever have a half dozen starters to a slice but nothing afterward? Here are my starters, maybe you can use one:

  1. Sometimes I wonder...(Why did we buy a 16 foot top beam for the swing set, OY).
  2. And now I wait...(Wrote an article, waiting for the editor to reply, but my editor is about to have twins, OY).
  3. Where is this all going? (We have a pile the size of a small planet that needs to be removed from my driveway, NOW! OY).
  4. When is that going to happen? (We need a new roof, but my husband is handy and is determined we will do it ourselves. Money saver yes, time saver, OY)!
  5. Are you having trouble hearing me because it looks like you just did the opposite of what I said. (Yeah, it's summer and yeah, my kids are getting the best of me, and the worst of me, OY).
  6. Let's plan a trip to...(We are planning a mystery trip for my kids, should be fun, I hope they love it. Someday I will have to tell you the story of the mystery trip my parents took my sister and I on, pretty epic...right Lori? Pretty sure she just said, OY).

Tuesday, June 23, 2015


While I was at ALL WRITE!!! this past week, a conference in Warsaw, IN, I had a conversation with Donalyn Miller about starting a grown-up book club. It made me gulp a little at the thought of trying to find a book Donalyn Miller hasn't read already and the fact that I can't remember the last grown-up novel I read. Sad, I know. I constantly read blogs, articles and professional text with a middle grade or YA novel thrown in for good measure now and then. But a grown-up novel, well, it's been a while.
Then I had a conversation with Jen Serravallo about the book club idea and she loved my hashtag, #GULP, which stands for Grown-Up Literary People. She was interested too.
What now I thought. Am I really going to start a book club? Can I handle it? Well, summer is probably the best time to try it out and maybe if I get myself on a role with some nice novels I'll find that I really enjoy them again.
What is a recent novel you have read that might be a good book to start with? My friend Robin recommended The Light Between Oceans by Stedman. I know nothing about it, but it has great reviews, so that is a start. I'm taking nominations and members, so let me know!