Alert blog-reader Melinda asked how much time I spend writing every day. This varies, depending on how long my 2 year old will nap. Sometimes he naps for more than 2 hours, which is fabulous. I don't write solid for the whole time, being too easily distracted by the internet or other time wasters, but I try to write at least 1,000 words, or if I'm editing, I try to do at least 40 pages. She also said that Shannon Hale's wonderful "River Secrets" was on her Best Of list, which makes me blush. I can't believe I forgot Shannon's book for my list. I loved "River Secrets". Shannon's writing is so beautiful, I'm just in awe of her.