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

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”

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

The Color of Mourning

I’ve heard it said that you don’t truly love something until you see someone else love it. I think there is truth to this. I never read much Terry Pratchett to be honest. His books were always high on my list, but I never quite got to them. But people I know loved him, andContinue reading “The Color of Mourning”

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