I write everyday (well, almost everyday). But, with the busyness of parenting, teaching and my ensuing lack of energy, on some days it can be challenging to write. Now, add random commitments, household tasks, insecurity and writer’s block to the mix. It’s a wonder I ever get any writing done.

Pomodoro has helped me a ton. Not only is the little tomato cute, but it has become like a personal coach. A tough and cute tomato…who would have thought?

I don’t use the technique correctly, but the following is what works for me. Maybe it can help you, too.

  • Pomodoro is on my computer: it’s a fancy 25 minute timer that keeps track of your accumulated 25 minute work chunks (and schedules in an occasional 5 min brake).
  • When I don’t think that I can write, I remind myself that all I have to do is work on my novel for 25 minutes. That’s it. Very rarely am I unable to motivate myself for 25 minutes of work.
  • If I’m super tired, I just tell myself to read Mirror of Sparrows for 25 minutes (of course, I never just end up reading my work).

Now, when I look back on how many 25 minute Pomodoro chunks I’ve completed, I’m super stoked. Writing, editing and re-writing my novel is such  long process. Sometimes, it feels like I have little to show for it. But then I look at the time I have investested, and I realize how awesome this journey is. I love to be able see, in minutes, how far I’ve come.

Are you working on a big project? Do you work on it daily? Please let me know in the comments. I’d love to find out what you are up to.

Ed Reid

Last night, I found out that I have a great uncle who was the author of a number of non fiction books on organized crime in New York and Las Vegas. He won a Pulitzer prize for the Brooklyn Herald in 1951 and faced some dicey situations because of his reporting…Ed Reid 1

Ed Reid, author and journalist, exposed organized crime in New York and Las Vegas. Reid used his writing to fight corruption and, in 1951, his reporting for the Brooklyn Eagle earned the public service Pulitzer Prize. [1] Reid, with Ovid Demaris, co-authored The Green Felt Jungle, a New York Times Best Seller for 23 weeks in 1964, that exposed greed and depravity in Las Vegas. [2]
Books by Ed Reid include The Green Felt Jungle, MAFIA, Las Vegas City Without Clocks, THE GRIM REAPERS – the anatomy of organized crime in America, and The Shame of New York: The Inside Story of the Secret Crime Kingdom which reaches from City Hall to the farthest suburbs.


sparrow sketch borrowedI love symbols.

My sister is getting married this Sunday, and her and her hubby-to-be are using a number of cool different symbols. Two of the main ones are salt and a deer hide.

The salt is a symbol of purity.

The hide means that he will provide for my sister and care for her.

Other people may not always understand what a symbol means, or may interpret things differently. I never thought of salt as purity, the way they do. I thought of salt as flavor and being true to yourself, but now I have a new perspective, and salt has a new beautiful meaning to me.

A symbol is a reminder, a special beautiful language. Symbols are powerful. They unite, inspire, comfort and challenge.

I love symbols.