Thursday, May 27, 2010

Poetry Friday -- Life

My poetry Friday original verse celebrates the birth of my first grandchild, Haily Ann.

A miricle
Where life rebounds
Finds new purposes
To move forward.

Poetry Friday is hosted this week at: The Miss Rumphius Effect
Thank you Tricia for hosting!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Ghosts are complicated

Wow. It's been two months since my last blog. Not good.

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending an Illinois-SCBWI program featuring 2010 Golden Kite winner Julia Durango. After the main program, a few of us lingered and continued talking about writing.

I can't remember the exact topics others were writing about, but they all seemed more important than ghosts. One of my writing insecurities is that my stories are pretty much just stories. They don't teach the reader about another historical era, or another culture or touch upon tough subjects like prejudice, drugs and so on.

When I expressed this, Julia disagreed. Three words of her response gave my subject matter credibility.

"Ghosts are complicated."

It took a while for that to sink in. I feel good about my ghosts, but realize they now need size 14 shoes to grow into.

What statements have you heard from other writers that really made an impact?