Hi, I'm Margaret Dilloway! I write both contemporary realistic and fantasy middle grade; I'm also the author of three women's fiction. I'm an Aquarius, born in the year of the Tiger, on a Wednesday. For fun, I like to do long-form improv, hike, play with my dog, and bake. What Am I Open To? Contemporary … Continue reading PitchWars 2018 Wish List: Middle Grade
This book is the most personal I've ever written, because it's based not only on me, but my daughter. And improv! It doesn't focus on the bits but on the emotional impact of the scenes and being on a supportive team. In the cover copy I wrote that Ava has a "Technicolor inside but a … Continue reading IMPROV BOOK COVER REVEAL!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCiwnWIVwSc&fbclid=IwAR3bjFY-GLso-KtvnqsBGXfE2TAsrJfwilWIEBvXuLTWAEOb1myGFBaUFFQ My amazing improv team, Big Shoes, formed a 48 hour film festival team this year. Two of our members, Mark and Randy, had done the fest in northern CA and Tijuana, respectively. Austin's brother Mason flew in from Austin (ha ha) with his camera equipment and extensive knowledge (he also composed music!). And the … Continue reading 48 Hour Film Project
Dear People of the World: MYOB. I just saw this article about how these parents who live in a beach condo received an anonymous note criticizing their choice to live there with 2 kids. As if billions of other people in the world don't live in far worse conditions. As if there's NOTHING to do so … Continue reading Minding Your Own Business
I’ve seen this article shared a bunch of times on Facebook about how using meditation has improved behavior at a school. I’ve actually used a similar technique in the classroom and I can attest to how well it works. I learned about this meditation technique from a hypnotherapist that was recommended by my pediatrician to help … Continue reading Teaching Kids How to Meditate in 4 Easy Steps
Happy December! Where have you been, you ask? Besides recuperating from my 4th procedure since July, I've been (drumroll) teaching! Yes, teaching creative writing to the sunniest, easiest age group of kids that ever was...middle school. A glutton for punishment, you say? Perhaps. I was hired a couple days before the school year began, and … Continue reading Teaching
A few weeks ago I chanced to see a book and figure about a Halloween witch. This witch, you see, needs your candy. If you don't give her the candy you trick or treated for, her pet will die. Or her broomsticks need it for energy. Or something. I saw a couple different kinds. I'm not … Continue reading What Was Wrong With Traditional Halloween?
I've been having a run of bad health luck lately. I got an ablation to correct an extra heartbeat, and my leg hurt afterward. It wasn't swollen but it hurt as if I'd done 1000 squats on one side and I was dragging it all over the place. My foot burned or felt like pins … Continue reading Blood Clots and Grafts and Other Things
I’m lying on my back looking up at the fluorescent lights and the acoustic tile ceiling at the gym (seriously, do they purposely make the lighting that bad so you look horrible and keep returning in the vain hope that one day you’ll catch sight of your reflection and appear normal?) when it hits me. … Continue reading How Did I Get Here?
My youngest turned 10 a couple of days ago, but this morning it really hit me. We have NO kids in the single digits anymore. Milestone unlocked. Yeah, yeah, yeah, it's bittersweet-- she's our BABY, she's not supposed to AGE!-- but we all know how the days are short but the years are long already, … Continue reading Kid Milestones: Unlocked!