Each time I view my photos taken in France, I receive inspiration. Expect to see my next middle grade novel filled with an imagination sparked via the French countryside and Paris. In the meantime, enjoy this selection of photos!
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Writing books, whether for children or adults, is a business. Yet, after a 25+ year business career, the camaraderie of aspiring authors and authors in the Society of Children Book Writers strikes me as unparalleled. I took a moment to reflect on this following my month-long writing residency at Centre d’Art Marnay Art Centre (CAMAC) […]
The headline of this blog post summarizes the Guardian news article I am attaching. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/may/28/paris-soldiers-on-street-change-way-of-life As the article states, French writer Albert Camus writes of individuals and their “ability to forget.” It was disconcerting to walk around Paris and regularly encounter a team of four soldiers, with weapons at the ready. Paris remains on high alert […]
As I left a beautiful Bed and Breakfast in Paris this week, a proprietor said to me, “Hopefully, you are finding inspiration.” Indeed. And in ways, I could have scarcely imagined. Writing in a country new to you opens up the eyes unlike anything one would experience at home. Surrounded by artists who have trekked […]
It’s nearly end of week 2 of my writer’s residency in Marnay sur seine, France. I’ve enjoyed the local cuisine and libations. You can’t beat fresh champagne from the Champagne Ardenne region southeast of Paris. During these two weeks, I’ve worked on the outline and plot points for my second middle grade manuscript. I’ve sent […]
Long walks among nature, discussions over dinner with strangers, time to reflect and crystallize ideas. These are the hallmarks of an artist or writer’s residency, whether it’s in France, Martha’s Vineyard, or far flung places of the earth. A recent discussion at CAMAC, Centre d’ Art Marnay Art Centre prompted me to reflect on what divides […]
I have completed week one of my month-long writer’s residency here in Marnay sur Seine, France. It is very much an artist’s paradise. Located along the Seine river, with a 12th century church bell tolling the hour and the half hour, wildlife of all sorts play inches from the balcony of the room where I am writing. […]
Don’t mistake this for a political message. I’m writing this from Marnay sur Seine, France on the eve of the French election. I’ve been awarded an international artist residency at the Centre d’Art Marnay Art Centre located in a village of about 250, an hour and a half southeast of Paris. For one month, […]
The journey of getting one’s children’s book published is filled with anticipation, excitement and downright disillusionment. I’ve never taken ‘no’ for an answer, so I focus on the blessings to date. I’m submitting to agents and getting rejections, so I’m closer to acceptance of my middle grade manuscript! For those who have passed on the […]
We, the people. In addition to existing as a memorable preamble to our U.S. Constitution, these words were repeated by outgoing president Barack Obama in his final address. President Obama sought to remind us to become “jealous guardians of our democracy” and that “for all of our outward differences, we all share an important title: […]