This summer has been an interesting one, to say the least. Instead of my kids writing about what they did on their summer vacation, they'll be writing about how they took over all of mom's duties because she had to have a pacemaker/ICD installed. A defibrillator, AKA "the de-freak-o-later," as my youngest dubbed it. I … Continue reading Putting in the De-Freak-o-Later
Tonight is Saturday night. Tonight I wrestled down a copse of dead trees standing between us and the neighbors. I'm sitting here with a hair full of bark and glasses full of sawdust. I'm not sure what kind of trees they were. They were tall, providing privacy; now they're just branches sticking into the earth. … Continue reading Saturday Night
While I was at BlogHer doing the Path to Publishing workshop-- in the MIDDLE of Path to Publishing, actually-- it came to my attention that neither I nor my co-leader knew how to write a query for memoir. I thought it was nonfiction and therefore out of my area, so I hadn't even looked it … Continue reading Writing Wednesday: How to Write a Query for a Memoir
Then, up on a pedestal, we saw the girl from The Descendants and that hot guy whom Lady Mary killed with her lethal pussy in Downton Abbey (seriously, every man she sleeps with dies. Her new suitors ought to be concerned). I actually looked up and just noticed Theo James and thought, "That's that really hot guy from Downton Abbey! Who's that girl?" because Woodley is a really great actress but looks like a regular girl. Which is refreshing, because all the actresses look the same these days. But she looked really tired. Who knows what they had her doing.
This was just a banner week in terms of annoyances. It started off on Sunday with a fire that torched the mountain across the way from our house. I smelled smoke and asked my family, "Does anyone else smell that?" "Nope," they said. "It's your imagination." I looked out the window later and saw smoke … Continue reading Skunks and Other Minor Annoyances
So this is kind of interesting. I sometimes use a site called YouBeauty, and one day they emailed me and said I'd signed up to be a beauty panelist (or something like that, I truly don't remember, I think I signed up for it a few years back) and would I like to try a … Continue reading The Accidental Skin Cream Spokesperson
The Absolutely Definitive Answer to How Many Children You Should Have Have you been wondering how many kids you should have? Have you read article after article telling you you're selfish if you have one, you're crazy if you have more than two? Have you been spotting endless Dear Abbys and Dear Prudences asking HOW … Continue reading The Absolutely Definitive Answer to How Many Children You Should Have
The school year's come to another close, and I I was going to use this post to tell you Important and Fun Summer Activities to do with your kids, but instead I'm going to gloat. I have no at-home summer activities to do with your kids. I don't care about summer organization anymore. Every single … Continue reading The End of the School Year
Author of How to Be An American Housewife Margaret Dilloway’s middle grade debut, MOMOTARO, about a half-Japanese kid whose father disappears in an unexpected storm
Writing Wednesday This is one of the most frequent how-do-I-write questions I get. You're working on The Great American Novel you've harbored in your heart. Should you change it to fit into some genre? I'm probably not the best person to ask. With my first two novels, I just had these very specific stories to … Continue reading Writing Wednesday: Should I Write to a Genre, or Just Write What I Want?