Category Archives: research

Eavesdropping — A Dialog-Writing Exercise

So yesterday in my Novel Writing class, I sent the kids into the commons for the last 20 ┬áminutes of class, which happens to correspond with the lunch they don’t have. The commons was full of teenage humans. I instructed mine to sit down somewhere and start eavesdropping. They were to write down random lines […]

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Research is Awesome

SO I’m researching 1920’s hair oils for men (because OF COURSE I am). I found the best article in the Art of Manliness blog. This guy is excellent. But the comments. Guys, the comments. I couldn’t stop reading. These men are so sincere about their love for Vitalis and Bryllcreem. It’s adorable how much they […]

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Taking a tiny break

Well, okay. I finished a draft of a very small thing. I sent it out to three fine readers and to Husband, who is very busy cursing the rain in Hawaii and probably won’t be able to read any sort of early-reader chapter books any time soon. And yesterday I took the draft (which I […]

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HELP! I’m Shamelessly Exploiting YOU!

So I need to know: If you could have written a letter to an advice column in High School* what kinds of things would you have asked about? (My concerns may not have been entirely, um, of general interest.) *Bonus points if you’re actually IN HIGH SCHOOL. Use LOTS of CAPS in your COMMENT, and […]

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Good Morning

It is. A good morning, I mean. One thousand words down pre-Kid-wake-up. Plus some research. And do you know what I am finding? In that research? That symptoms of just about any disease or emotional disorder or abuse can be confused with all the others. Which is good for purposes of this novel, but tricky […]

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