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Since I’ve last posted, I’ve been on another racecation for the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon which I hope to blog about soon, once I get my life back in order. I’ve also been working on a rewrite and my NaNoWriMo novel which I hope to finish soon, once I get my life back in order. And I’ve been working double time putting out fires for my other two jobs (office and rental property management,) in an effort to get my life back in order.

Are you sensing a theme here?

My life has been seriously out-of-order for some time now and I’ve been dropping so many balls, my bruised toes look like blue sausages. So when Laura Gehl asked what topic I’d like her to write about for her ONE BIG PAIR OF UNDERWEAR blog tour, my answer was a no-brainer: Juggling writing with real life!

One Big PairShe was happy to comply. But first, here’s the scoop on her adorable picture book, ONE BIG PAIR OF UNDERWEAR!

Count and share with…underwear! Come along on a zany adventure with hilarious pictures from the New York Times bestselling illustrator of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. [click to continue…]


My Baltimore Running Festival Half Marathon Recap, hon!

Since NaNoWriMo started on Saturday … and for some insane reason, I decided to attempt it … I’m glad I wrote this Baltimore Half recap last week! (Still need to do one for the Tower of Terror 10-miler but yeah, that might be a while.)

The quick version: I loved it.

The long, long version: It all began sometime in early spring when I registered for the full marathon.

IMG_6485No, scratch that. It actually started when I first saw the painted finish line on Ravens Walk before a football game. (Sorry, couldn’t grab more than ‘ltimo’ without being crushed by the herd.) I’ve always dreamed of doing a marathon. And finishing between Camden Yards and M&T Stadium? Yeah, that’d be awesome, seeing as how I’m a big O’s/Ravens fan. So on the day when many of my running pals were signing up for the runDisney Dopey Challenge and I was feeling rather mopey and left out, I did it. I signed up for the Baltimore Running Festival Full Marathon.

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NaNoWriMo Day 1!

Happy (late) Halloween from Poe to you!

Happy (late) Halloween from Poe to you!

IMG_7839So, while working at my favorite coffee shop yesterday, I had a conversation with Edgar Allan Poe about NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. I asked him if he thought it was crazy for me to even think about signing up, seeing as how I also have a midgrade to rewrite per an editor’s notes, (a head to toe and all crannies in between rewrite,) as well as another midgrade to finish. And we’re going to Disney again for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon. And there’s Thanksgiving to cook/clean for. And Christmas to get ready for early since my son is getting major surgery in December. And I’ve been swamped with my two other jobs.

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Busting through my Blogging Identity Crisis

IMG_6331bThere’s a spot on my running route that always gets me.

It’s just a small hill about a quarter-mile in, one that’s hardly epic, nothing to break a big sweat over, but for some reason, I’m always a breathless, gasping mess by the top, every single time. It doesn’t matter if I’m only out for a quick three-miler or a weekend long run. Breathless by the top. Every. Single. Time.

Now, about ten strides later? I feel fully recovered as though it never happened, ready to charge ahead. Still. The fact that this hill leaves me so tired and wheezy bothered me for the longest time. I’ve tried extending my warm-up, running at a slower pace, shortening my stride, lengthening my stride, what have you, it doesn’t matter.

Breathless. Every. Single. Time.

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Coffee & Conversation with David Teague

Cross posted on As The Eraser Burns.

With only six more weeks until the On the Road to Sparkling Literature Conference on September 20-21, you know what that means, right? Another series of awesome speaker interviews! We’re kicking things off with David Teague joining us in the cyber café and he’s brought along one of our best “favorite place to work photo” so far.

santoteague-author-photo-color-277x300David is the author of the picture book Franklin’s Big Dreams and the forthcoming Henry Cicada’s Anything But Ordinary Adventure. He lives in Wilmington, Delaware with his wife Marisa de los Santos and their two children, Annabel and Charles. Marisa is the author of the New York Times bestselling adult novel Love Walked In, which is also a perennial staple on YA fiction lists, as well as Belong to Me, Falling Together, and the forthcoming The Precious One. Saving Lucas Biggs is David and Marisa’s first middle-grade novel, and their first collaborative project. [click to continue…]


When It’s Not Your Writing Season

Things I’ve learned while training for my first marathon:

1. “I’ll do my work first and then run later” usually translates to “I’ll most likely miss my run today and then feel like crap about it later.”

2. Ice baths are awful.

IMG_62013. It’s not a good idea to tuck a Gu Energy Gel under my running belt, thinking it will stay. Especially the salted caramel kind with the Yeti on the front because the stuff tastes like liquid gold candy and shouldn’t be wasted. (Lost this one two steps into a hot six miler. I’m sorry, Yeti.)

4. If I forget to bring tissues, either my sleeves or shirt tail will get very dirty as a result because I refuse to snot rocket. Re. Fuse.

5. Accidentally swallowing a bug and then imagining it trying to crawl up my throat to freedom really messes with my mind. (Huh. That would make for a cool picture book, right? No? Okay, forget I asked.) [click to continue…]