Dear Husband, Thank You for Not Waiting for Me

  This is a response to an essay posted on Scary Mommy Dear Husband, I know that while there are days we both long for the simplicity of just us, before we had our beautiful daughter.  We were able to have each other to ourselves, and yes, I miss the long hours of playing video … Continue reading Dear Husband, Thank You for Not Waiting for Me

“How to Write Strong Female Characters”

  This is an open letter to the aspiring author who asked, "How do I write female characters who are strong, but not bitchy? Who can fall in love and want kids and marriage without seeming weak.  I want a female who isn't overly emotional, but still somehow inherently female. I just don't know how … Continue reading “How to Write Strong Female Characters”

What Girls Read Matters Earlier Than You Think

As the year came to a close I, a dutiful new mother, wrote in my daughter's baby book the novels my husband and I read to her. We have developed a pretty solid reading ritual, reading a chapter of a children's or young adult novel to her each night, and so have read her about … Continue reading What Girls Read Matters Earlier Than You Think