Sitting Around Feeling Like a Failure

On Saturday I enjoyed a wonderful day at Spotlight on Books in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.  Besides the wonderful opportunity for sharing my historical novels, Abercrombie Trail and Pomme de Terre, with an audience of librarians,  the conference included excellent workshops by Sarah Weeks and Alison McGhee. One thing that Alison McGhee said continues to resonate […]

Comments from Kids

A while back I told you about my invitation to speak to a class of 3rd and 4th graders in a multi-age classroom at a local elementary school.  You may remember my anxiety about trying to teach story structure to kids.  I used Cinderella as a template for structure and invited the children to make […]

Critique Groups

I enjoy the wonderful experience of being in an online critique group.  Only three members, the group  schedules submissions every two weeks with scheduled critiques to the others on the opposite week.  It keeps us busy! How did I find this group?  I was approached by another student at a writing workshop we both attended […]

Reading at Long Prairie

This week I did a reading for the good people at the Todd County Historical Society in Long Prairie.  The weather threatened but hearty Minnesotans braved the snow in their usual fashion.  We shared a great time talking about Minnesota history and Scandinavian immigration during the 19th century.  I read a passage from POMME DE […]

public readings

Today I enjoyed a pleasant luncheon with the Nisswa Women’s Club.  They invited me to come and speak about my novels, ABERCROMBIE TRAIL and POMME DE TERRE.  I was surprised to find 94 women in attendance. Reading from my work at public events can be very stressful.  I’m an ordinary person, not a public speaker.  […]


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