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I was just like your daughter - couldn't wait to get back to the routine of school! Now, it's a little harder to juggle all the balls I must keep in the air, and still find time to write.
Thanks for the reminder that it's all about "showing up to the page"!


Becca - Ah, the juggling. I know!


I liked school for about a week after summer vacation, and then I was back to hating it.

On coffee shops, well, we'd all like to be JK Rowings (or at least as successful), but I'm looking for myself a quiet place to sit (coffee shops must not be like the old days since the advent of loud music technology). Not that I don't like hanging out in coffee shops people watching, being "seen" as a writer, listening to music and of course drinking coffee. But its more like play to me than work. I like it, but I like completing a story better. Sorry for the long comment. Love your site.


Storyblogger - I agree about school. I never liked it after the first few days either. You gave me an idea for a post: Where's Your Place to Write? Thanks -


I totally want to do Diana's dream MFA progarm too! How much fun would that be?Great interview, great writer. Thanks. I'm looking forward to her new books.

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