Children’s book author Pat Zietlow-Miller led a Wisconsin SCBWI-sponsored program all about using favorite picture books (mentor texts) for inspiration to create something equally wonderful but uniquely your own. Thanks Pat! I’ve got lots of ideas brewing.
Tracks in the sand. No, not monster truck tires, but those of an adult female green sea turtle. Each morning in Tortuguero, Costa Rica, dozens of tracks line the beach. Follow them to nesting pits made the night before with only a few humans and the star-studded night sky as their witness.
Last month I spent 8 days as a volunteer at the Sea Turtle Conservancy’s research station in Tortuguero, Costa Rica. Sea turtle eggs have an incubation period of about 60 days. At the 62-63 day mark the nests are excavated to see if the clutch has hatched. Quite often there are a few baby turtles that … More I Saved a Sea Turtle
Mañana, viejo a Tortugueros, Costa Rica trabajar con el Conservation de Tortugas Marinas. Mi fascinación con estas descendientes de dinosaurios empezó hace 30 anos en Isla Mujeres, Mexico cuando tuve un buen vistazo con tortugas verdes. I have logged over 40 miles beach-walking on the shores of Lake Michigan in training for my research work … More Cost Rica Here I Come
My daughter Savannah & I met Barbara Josse, author of one of our favorite children’s books–“I Love You the Purplest.” When our children ask, “Mommy, who do you love the most?”, we are momentarily tongue-tied. How can we answer this question? We love and cherish them in unique ways. Author, Josse finds a beautiful and … More I Love You The Purplest
Check out my short story “I Hate Being Jewish” published in The Jewish Literary Journal’s January issue.
Mary Alice Monroe visited Boswell Books this week. I got a much needed dose of inspiration from this accomplished author who, like me weaves ecology themes and a love of nature into the story she tells. Have been ‘stuck’ with plot revisions after finishing the first draft of my middle grade novel, but am now motivated to get … More Boswell Books Author Talk
Transported to the Caribbean islands-at least for a few minutes when I read from my novel, Spice island at Sugar Maple Brew Pub in Milwaukee. Great to feel the warmth & camaraderie of local writers sharing their work. Fun kick-off of Picture & a Thousand Words. We used photographs as prompts to inspire a 1,000 word story.
“In Nature” this week. Taking advantage of the gorgeous fall weather in Wisconsin to bike Milwaukee’s Oak Leaf Trail. Part of my life as a writer involves finding time away from pen and paper to clear my head, mull over story plots and ponder character development…Oh, and sometimes figure out what I’ll make for dinner. PEDAL POWER!
Built a Sukkah in our backyard last week. The yearly celebration of Sukkot has dual significance. Giving thanks for the fall harvest & commemoration of the 40 years Jews wandered in the desert after being freed from slavery in Egypt. That’s me with a ‘Jacques Cousteau’ red cap and my dog Fig. Quite often you can find me … More “In Nature”…Sukkot