2017 Favorites

Nothing like sliding in at the last moment to keep your blog from dying after six months hibernation…. //READING// The Empty Grave by Jonathan Stroud I was a latecomer to Lockwood & Co., so I got to read ALL FIVE THIS YEAR. This series rocketed to one of my favs, and I’m already dying to […]

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Pitch Wars Bio

I’m a Latin teacher living with my husband and menagerie (two cats + corgi) in Alabama. I wrote a lot of stories in middle school and high school, determined to be the next Agatha Christie, but gave up in despair and went to college. No creative writing happened for a long time, but there was a whole lot […]

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the dog days are [not] over

Well there went my post-every-two-weeks-ish plan. With school looming on the horizon, it feels like the summer is over. I have to remind myself that we still have a month and a half left to swelter through. (Oh let’s be real. Alabama doesn’t cool down until Thanksgiving, and sometimes not even then.) So if I wasn’t […]

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summertime swelter

I used to hate the summer. Don’t judge me too harshly. When you live in a state whose climate is classified as humid subtropical, spending time outdoors can be mildly unpleasant. My childhood was an endless game of mom pushing me outside to play and me sneaking inside to read in the AC. It took years of living […]

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writing is a giddy thing

School’s out, I’m writing like a madwoman, and blogging is the last thing on my mind, but this post has been simmering for a while. It’s time to serve it up before it completely evaporates. Writing used to stress me out. I enjoyed it enough to keep going, but my type-A-eldest-child-perfectionist nature insisted on proofing as I wrote. One step forward, […]

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speaker tag woes

When a brilliant writer invites you inside his head, you don’t decline. In the Postscriptum to The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco illuminates the process behind the book’s creation, from choosing the time period and location to fretting over medieval language. Though I’d like to blog my way through each section, today I’m focusing on the bit about […]

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the beginning

Every time I have a new batch of 3rd/4th graders in the classroom, they goggle, fume, or groan at my instructions to re-write their assignments. “I hafta write it AGAIN?!” “Yes, dear,” I coo. “Writing is re-writing.” (Especially when you can’t follow directions to save your little life.) They act like the first rewrite is cruel and […]

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