Book Reviews, On Writing

Why “A Wrinkle in Time” was merely OKAY (a review of a classic)

Now I know that this is a classic, and classics are classics for a reason, I suppose, and can sometimes be held above reproach. I am not one of those people. There are classics I love and classics I hate. If you have stumbled upon this review and believe classics to be above reproach, then… Continue reading Why “A Wrinkle in Time” was merely OKAY (a review of a classic)

On Writing

The Dead or Absent Mothers of Literature

I saw a blog opening up the floor to celebrate great motherly characters in literature for Mother's Day. I scanned my shelves for a bit, because the only one that was jumping to my mind was Mrs. Weasley. I tried to think of books not on my shelves, and still wasn't coming up with much.… Continue reading The Dead or Absent Mothers of Literature

On Writing

Raise the Stakes High (Making Readers Care and Building More Tension into Your Novel)

Have you ever quit reading a book part way through? I have a few times. It happens for varying reasons, but most likely, I think it comes down to finding yourself thinking Who Cares? My need to know what happens is so low that it is not worth the remaining 200 pages of this novel. The last… Continue reading Raise the Stakes High (Making Readers Care and Building More Tension into Your Novel)

On Writing

Diversity and the White Writer (Intentionality, A Diverse Cast, and Writing What You Know)

I’ve been doing a fair amount of research on diversity for a large essay I am writing on Diversity in the Language Arts classroom. As I’ve been writing, I have been thinking a lot about how this relates to writing, my own fiction and the novels I read. You don’t have to look too far… Continue reading Diversity and the White Writer (Intentionality, A Diverse Cast, and Writing What You Know)

On Writing

The Gateway Drug (on ‘escapist fiction’ and the beginning of a writer’s blog)

"Fiction is a gateway drug to reading… Once you learn that [reading is pleasurable], you are on the road to reading everything" - Neil Gaiman   This is my first post on this particular site; as a writer you may guess that I've written elsewhere. And that quote is one of my favorites from one… Continue reading The Gateway Drug (on ‘escapist fiction’ and the beginning of a writer’s blog)