With our late-October freak snowstorm, four-day power outage, and the start of National Novel Writing Month all hitting at about the same time, the degree to which I’ve over-scheduled and overcommitted myself and my kids became alarmingly clear. The chaos began with my husband’s lay-off in March and has just continued long after its neededContinue reading “Perspective”

Mice in the Basement

NaNoWriMo Day 9 Word Count: 15,712 The prompt from NaBloPoMo today is about the time you realized your home was different from other people’s homes. I think I might have come to this realization rather late. Until I was in ninth grade, we lived in military housing. Our houses were essentially identical to everyone else’sContinue reading “Mice in the Basement”

Injustice and Inaction: A Blog Post Disguised as a Book Review of The Buddha in the Attic

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka My rating: 4 of 5 stars This was a quick, powerful read. Written in the first-person plural, the story is at once personal and essentially anonymous. It is not the story of just one person, but of a people. The use of the “we” brings attention toContinue reading “Injustice and Inaction: A Blog Post Disguised as a Book Review of The Buddha in the Attic

Parental Preferences

NaNoWriMo Day 7 Word Count:12,052 “Let’s finish breakfast so we can do our history lesson!” I said to the kids this morning. “We’re going to read about mummies today!” “No, not mommies,” my two-year-old said. “Read book about daddies!” This isn’t the only time my son has expressed a preference for his father (and fathersContinue reading “Parental Preferences”

Ambiguous Morality in Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer My rating: 4 of 5 stars It’s not a coincidence that I started reading this book during a days-long power outage. By candlelight, of course. Actually, that’s a lie. It was a coincidence. I’d gotten it from the library weeks before and I just didn’t get to itContinue reading “Ambiguous Morality in Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer”

Rhetorical Questions About Bold Ideas

NaNoWriMo Day 5 Word Count: 8,750 This morning, my family took a walk on an old farm trail near our house. We’ve taken this walk before, a couple of weeks ago, before the snowstorm and before most of the leaves had changed and before the corn field had been mowed or plowed or whatever theyContinue reading “Rhetorical Questions About Bold Ideas”

Power of the Pen

NaNoWriMo Day 4 Word Count: 6,907 When the power was still out on November 1st, I was a little nervous that I’d get behind on NaNoWriMo. I’m not sure how long my laptop would hold its remaining charge, and typing is difficult with frosty fingers (and near impossible in mittens). And the thought of returningContinue reading “Power of the Pen”

Silence! Writer at Work!

NaNoWriMo Day 3 Word Count: 5,130 Some people like to write with music on. Some people, I’m told, even need music to write. I am not one of these people. Although I’ve been known to write with a Curious George audio book playing in the background, I mostly require silence when I write. Especially whenContinue reading “Silence! Writer at Work!”

A Vow to Write Poorly

Having read The Help recently and about one-third so far of┬áHotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, I’ve been thinking about books on the bestsellers list. Specifically, I’ve been thinking about the poor quality of the writing in books on the bestsellers list. Or perhaps that’s too harsh. At the very least, it requiresContinue reading “A Vow to Write Poorly”

Week 17 Review: Utah Snow versus Ohio Snow

Earlier this week, we had a blizzard. It was windy and snowy for about an hour and then it was pretty much done. I was in a few blizzards in Ohio when I lived there, and this one wasn’t much like those. I hear Utah doesn’t usually get blizzards, so perhaps it’s just out ofContinue reading “Week 17 Review: Utah Snow versus Ohio Snow”