“This is not the last snowfall … But if I were that kind of grateful, what would I try to say?”

After a stop in Phoenix for YAllapalooza, I’m on my way to climes eastern and cold. Lnhammer and the tuxedo kitty gang are holding down the fort for the duration.

The northeast is rather cold this week, isn’t it?

One thing about traveling (and even not-traveling) is, you stumble upon fragments of other people’s stories. So here’s today’s:

A mom and teen on the rental car shuttle beside me, daughter holding a slim instrument case.

Mom asks quietly, “You ready for this?”

Daughter answers, more quietly, “Yeah.”


Writing for the Long Haul will be on hold until my return. Why not catch up on earlier posts in the series while I’m gone?

Elena Acoba on touching reader lives
Steve Miller on building a writing life
Sharon Lee on remembering we’re not alone
Betty G. Birney on always challenging ourselves
Nora Raleigh Baskin on making deals with the writing gods
Sean Williams on unpredictability and luck
Deborah J. Ross on writing through crisis
Sharon Shinn on managing time
Marge Pellegrino on feeding the restless yearning to write
Sarah Zettel on embracing ignorance and writing your passions
Uma Krishnaswami on honoring unreasonable exuberance
Jennifer J. Stewart on finding community and support
Sherwood Smith on keeping inspiration alive
Mette Ivie Harrison on defining success
Jeffrey J. Mariotte on why we write
Judith Tarr on reinventing ourselves
Kathi Appelt on the power of story
Cynthia Leitich Smith on balancing business and creativity

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