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A Fabulous “New” Video of Elinor Smith!

See Elinor SOAR- and talk, too! The University of South Carolina’s Moving Image Research Collection has posted new archival footage of Elinor’s attempt to set the world altitude record- with her powerful Bellanca “Geraldine.” What a treat to hear Elinor’s own words as she describes her terrifying recovery when the engine suddenly stopped at 25,000… Read more »

Great News! A New Book!!

News Flash! My Vermont College of Fine Arts classmate Debbie Dunn and I sold our new book WANTED: WOMEN MATHEMATICIANS. WANTED will be published by Disney-Hyperion in 2019. Common wisdom suggests computers are an exclusively male domain– ironic when one considers that women invented computer programming. WANTED: WOMEN MATHEMATICIANS tells the story of a team… Read more »

What? A Plot!

The Shocking Truth! Novels have plots. I have a confession- For me, like a lot of other novelists, plotting used to feel IMPOSSIBLE. As unfathomable as an algebra problem. And just as bound up by some weird set of rules I thought I’d never understand.

Storyboard Your Way Out Of The Forest

Are you a plotter or a plunger? Can I see a show of hands for each category? I’ve always hated that question a little because I just don’t get it, at least for my own writing. Plotters plan ahead, arranging the sequence of events in their novels with the precision of a German train schedule. Plungers… Read more »

This Is Your Brain On CREATIVITY! Storyboarding Part 2

There are sound neurological reasons storyboarding works for some of us. It literally probes the deepest recesses of the creative mind. How? Neurology. A human brain is a mysterious thing and as a writer I’m always looking for ways to push inside my unconscious, to lift the veil between what I know on the outside… Read more »

Levitate Your Fiction Hand Out!

EVERY NOVEL HAS “UNBELIEVABLE“ ELEMENTS.  YOUR JOB AS A WRITER IS TO “MAKE BELIEVE”—THAT IS MAKE YOUR READER BELIEVE THE PARTS OF YOUR STORY THAT DON’T MAKE LITERAL SENSE. SUSPEND DISBELIEF! HOW? HERE ARE SEVEN (PLUS ONE) TOOLS.