Fulfilling a long-time goal to have backyard chickens (and more importantly, their eggs), we got ten baby chicks last week. Though I had no confidence in my ability to keep them alive, they’re thriving so far and I’ve even let my kids name them. The problem is, they’re like donuts—you go to Tractor Supply, pick … Continue reading What Color is Your Potato?
Busy week here at Frederick Spy Cat . . . er, Rescue Cat Academy. Timber Howligan would like to report that the two youngest recruits made it through boot camp and are off to their next assignment, infiltrating the animal rescue network and living off nothing but the bottle-fed handouts of total strangers. They're well … Continue reading Spy Cat Academy Update
It's been over a year since my last blog post. Any blog post that begins with an apology for how long it's been since the previous one is doomed, so--no apologies here. Just the facts, and no excuses. If I haven't been blogging, what have I been doing? In the past year, I: parented two … Continue reading Why I don’t write (here)
There’s a list out there of “Ten Ways to be the Worst Mother in the World” (I can’t find it, but trust me, it’s out there) but it’s a total lie, because I read it to my kids, and they said, “You do all those things and they make you a great mother.” They’re not … Continue reading The REAL way to be a bad parent
I believe in equal opportunity reading. Having both a boy and a girl, I’ve seen some differences in their preferences for certain kinds of stories…they’re gender differences, but is that a bad thing? When my daughter wants to fill her shelves with Fancy Nancy and Pinkalicious, I don’t make a big deal out of it. … Continue reading Does Timber Howligan pass the Bechdel test?
Have you read every book in the library? Every one in Barnes & Nobles? Do you have any idea how many used book stores there are in the world? Even if the book industry collapsed today, we’d all still have plenty to read for the rest of our lives. But our kids especially want the … Continue reading With all these books, do we need one more? (Hint: We do)
As a parent, school fundraisers aren’t usually something to look forward to. But every year, I can’t wait for our school’s Literary Festival. We held it last weekend at The Regulator bookstore, and it was a huge success. It’s not just because I’m a writer, although that helps. It’s not just because this is the … Continue reading The Literary Festival–How to do it right
Are Young Adult books just for girls? Should they be? Well, no. But how do you explain this: “Imagine your local independent bookstore’s shelves. They teem with pouting girls and hunky boys and various shades of purple. Few self-respecting teen boys would venture there to find their next great read…So you are taking quite the … Continue reading Is YA just for girls?
Title: Emily of New Moon (first of three in the Emily series) Author: L.M. Montgomery First Published: 1923 Opening Line: The house in the hollow was “a mile from anywhere”—so Maywood people said. Plot Summary: Emily Byrd Starr is orphaned at the age of 11 when her father dies of tuberculosis (“consumption”). Her mother’s people … Continue reading Rediscovering A Wonderful Book for Young Readers…and Writers
A Message From Writer Beware Co-Founder and Chair, Ann Crispin (Thanks to The Passive Voice for the article) This is the second time this year I am learning about an acclaimed author through their blog posts, just as they near the end of their life. The first was Scottish science fiction author Iain M. Banks, … Continue reading “The will to finish and a good contract”