"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen


When I Knew Michigan Was My Home

I'm a California native now living in West Michigan. And, contrary to popular belief, I was not dragged here kicking and screaming. In fact, it didn't take long for "home" to be the Midwest to me. And I can pinpoint the exact day - the exact moment, in fact - when I knew Michigan wasn't going to be a problem.
The Barn Door

I'm over at the Midwest blog The Barn Door today, talking about that day, two decades ago, when I knew I was destined to be a Michigander. Stop by and see!

My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. Psalm 45:1

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