On Sparking Joy

Heather and I have been spending the last few days this month getting ready to complete a couple baby storybooks. Though Haven is 6 months, we want to stay on top of our photos. This is one of the photos going in his photo book. For me, this picture sparks joy!  ...
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On Sharing Our Lost Stories

So my storybook class starts in a couple days. I'm sharing this idea on Facebook because it is an adventure. I want you, my friends, to hold me accountable, to ask how I'm doing in success or failure.  [button link="#http://lillylabs.com/storybookclass/" type="big"...
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This Morning_On the Day I Go to Buy Alabaster Paint

I have finished my 500 words of revising for the day. Why do I revise 500 words at a time? I don’t. Well, I do…. Let me explain The Problem: When I write a first draft of anything I pour out a mess of terrible prose upon the page. My first drafts of books are...
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This Morning_The Hero of My Own Story

This morning I sit in the quiet ready to ponder what it means to pursue this dream of trying to be a writer. The biggest question that plagues me these days is why can’t I get it? I dream of writing middle grade fiction. I dream of having these crazy stories in my...
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The Hope and Habit of Today

When my dreams don't come true I am tempted into despair. Believe it or not, I am not a positive person. I struggle to find meaning each day. Some days I wonder if I can get up. What is the point to all my trying, all my writing, all my work? A wise man once said,...
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This Morning_Tell Me Your Past And Find Your Pain

This Morning_Tell Me Your Past And Find Your Pain

It was curiosity and nagging back pain that led me to the chiropractor's office. As I was filling out the intake form, the chiropractor walked in the consultation room, sat across from me, picked up her pen, flipped through her papers, and said this. "Now, we know...

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All Will be Well: Creating Three Dimensional Characters

All Will be Well: Creating Three Dimensional Characters

All will be well. I can't escape these words. This morning I was again at my computer, working through a revision of a middle grade book for my agent. Her main critique was that my secondary characters/supporting cast were two dimensional. It has been a painful...

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This Morning_Writer, Leave the Dark

This Morning_Writer, Leave the Dark

The children are napping. The room is still. I have just finished rewriting another chapter in a middle grade novel. I have not sold one middle grade novel yet. I have written three since graduating from my creative writing program, but have not been able to convince...

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Storyteller Daniel R Bernstrom

My name is Dan, and I'm the author of One Day in the Eucalyptus Eucalyptus Tree, and more books soon to come from Harper Collins. This is my personal blog. Feel free to read as much as you want. Take care.