Today is a big day for a young writer I know, but I can't be with her to celebrate. So, I decided to dedicate today's blog post to her instead. She's not just a creative spirit and dedicated student, she's also my daughter. That pretty much guarantees that we won't see eye to eye on everything, but there's no doubt that I am very proud of her accomplishments so far, and I can't wait to see what she does next. Like me, Dana started her first novel before graduating from high school, and she was quite far into that project when she headed off to begin working on her degree in a STEM field (bioengineering). She will probably find, as I did, that the work involved in completing a degree will limit her writing time. However, she managed to make good progress in high school despite having a heavy class load there (including multiple AP classes), so I expect her novel will continue to grow. She takes her writing seriously and was very pleased to meet Yann Martel, author of Life of Pi, when he visited her university — and he gave her personal writing advice, making the experience even more memorable.