Catching Fireflies

finding magic along the way

Monthly Archives: June, 2012

Taming the green-eyed monster

The other night I watched Rizzolli and Isles.  In this particular episode, Angela, Rizzoli’s mother, starts a blog.  A few days into her writing she comments, “Oh look, I have twelve followers.”  Rizzoli looks at the laptop and says, “no, Ma, you have twelve thousand followers.” During this scene I felt a slight twist in my …

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Renewing vows

This Saturday we will be celebrating my parents 50th wedding anniversary and as part of the celebration, they will be renewing their vows.  We are talking the whole nine yards here – tux and gown, brunch reception, receiving lines etc.  It is supposed to be a beautiful day and we are looking forward to seeing …

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Quit Playing by the Rules

Throughout our lives we are given advice and taught the rules to live by.  Parents, teachers, guidance counselors, friends and even well-meaning strangers will often tell you a “rule” that you should incorporate into your life.  Now, some of these rules, I have always followed and they seem to be working out pretty well.  Always …

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I’d like to thank the academy!

Just when I was having a Monday… I win a Liebster award for blogging!  Thank you Samantha Stacia for nominating me for this and for understanding the difficulties in starting and maintaining a blog.  Support from a fellow member of is always appreciated! Now, for those of you who, like me, were unfamiliar with the Liebster …

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Dipping your toes in the everyday moments

When I was in high school and college, many of my angst filled journal entries looked like poems.  That is not to say that I ever set out to write poetry.  That is just how the words laid themselves out on the page. As I have become more and more interested in writing fiction, my …

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Whatever happened to the lazy days of summer?

I miss summertime.  You know the feeling I am talking about.  The long days stretched out ahead of us with nothing to do but wallow in the warmth and wonder from activity to activity.  Months of not being tied to a timetable. Granted, I haven’t had a summer like that since I was probably about 15 …

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Glorious Mistakes

The other day I was lucky enough to come across this video of a commencement speech given by author Neil Gaiman. Watch the video here. I love how he does not claim to have all the answers.  He can tell us how he came to be a published author and how he approaches the job …

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No Applause, Please!

Last week, I sent my first query letter and the first five pages of my YA novel to an agent.  Two days later, I got my first rejection letter. It was bound to happen.  Odds are always against the first time novelist when approaching agents and publishers.  And I expect to get many rejections in …

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