Monday, March 29, 2010

Busy All Around

I spent a productive hour this afternoon interviewing a carbohydrate chemist about sugars. When I got off the phone, I learned that my toddler had been busy too--her bedroom floor was covered with books and dismantled clothespins.

Someone should tell Virginia Woolf that writing mothers need more than just a room of their own.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

SCBWI applause

I like to attend our local chapter SCBWI meetings, especially when I have good news to share. So, after a few months' absence, I was finally able to attend. When they asked about good news, I raised my hand to announce a recent Highlights acceptance. But when I tried to stand up, I got trapped by the desk. I delivered my news half-crouched, and was so worried I would crash the folding desk that I didn't hear any of my applause. Sad!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Pieces of a Writing Life

"Writing" I did over the weekend
--researching airfares and hotels to plan my candy experiments presentation in Washington DC
--getting interviewed by a high school senior who needed to talk to someone in her chosen career
--editing a dermatologist's CV
So where was the writing in all that? Oh, yes. The short glimpse I sneaked at an article draft before the baby woke up crying.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


My article on Northwest zoos just got posted to ParentMap. Ever want to feed a kangaroo or mingle with tortoises? Find out how!

And here's a delightful surprise: the magazine reposted my article from last year on local hikes. It just goes to show: free outings are still the best.