Secret Ingredients – 10

I'm starting a new series on here about the books that influenced me growing up. These are the books that shaped my brain. Gave me my fears, values, and passions. The Julie Secret Ingredients!   Seven Alone by Honoré Morrow   This book was required reading in middle school. I have a flashbulb memory of … Continue reading Secret Ingredients – 10

February’s Quick Look

I didn't read as many books this month, and the books I read were a bit disappointing. I did stumble over a lot of great articles, magnificent poetry, and if you need an audio alternative, I've got you covered. A glimpse of my February mental space: Books You Play The Girl by Carina Chocano - … Continue reading February’s Quick Look

A Look Back

I'm lousy at slowing down to appreciate my own good news. It's one of those got-it-together-adult skills I never learned. I'm going to practice taking up my own space and making a joyful noise by taking a moment to acknowledge all the creative success I've had this year. Thanks for all your encouragement! I finished … Continue reading A Look Back

Wednesday’s A Moment

The water is there Kinetic Edges held static By concrete and sand The dam is loud But I cannot hear it From where I kneel On pebbled land There's a city under there Drowned Doorjambs empty Of daily homecomings I could walk The entire circumference And still feel a stranger To its clouded feelings And … Continue reading Wednesday’s A Moment

Melody the Mage

Happy Saturday! I slept in today, like a pampered princess. A long week filled with NaNo prep, a SCBWI meeting, and a conference with a mentor will wear a writer right out. I learned a lot this week about myself and the industry. I'm still chewing it into pieces I can swallow, but once I've … Continue reading Melody the Mage

Jeff Sullins – writer & beta-reader

What defines a writer? This is an internal fight many of us battle daily. Many of us don't feel we qualify, even though we write. I don't have an answer, but I do know that each of us has value to contribute to the conversation. If you'd like to do an interview, contact me. It's … Continue reading Jeff Sullins – writer & beta-reader

The Catalyst – SCBWI meeting

I attended my first local writing group through SCBWI, and whoo! Talk about impostor syndrome. It’s real y’all, and if you experience it, you are, ironically enough, in good company. One of the women who attended is an award-winning illustrator. Now, those of us who aren’t artists believe anyone who can draw more than a … Continue reading The Catalyst – SCBWI meeting