I’m thinking this morning about how growing up means, in time, that you become a responsible adult. Yes, yes, I know not everyone does this process. I’ve known some who were stuck in the teen years forever. But most of us do grow up, and start making tough decisions, and taking on an adult role.… Read More Growing Older
This book comes too late for me. But it might be in time for my kids, and I plan to present my eldest with a copy soon, as she heads into her sophmore year of high school. But as I enter my Junior year as a college student, pursuing a dual degree in Microbiology and… Read More Review: The New School
We are capable of more than we are asked to do. I have discovered this over the years as I gained in experience, learned that I have a decidedly not-normal life, and have observed other, more normal, people. Recently I keep hearing how astonished people are that I can do what I do. I’ll let… Read More Dirty Little Secret
A couple of years ago now I was taking an Abnormal Psychology class, and the instructor asked us to do a paragraph on why legislating that all firearms be pink would reduce crime. I responded at greater length than required, and with citations, which I don’t think he was expecting… I don’t recall putting this… Read More The Pink Rifle
Mirror-posted at Mad Genius Club today. I found a post on Passive Voice about the Five Finger Rule, which I wasn’t familiar with. I had a good chuckle over his one-finger salute of it, and read the comments for further insight. In the comments, Will Entrekin came up with a lovely rebuttal, and one I… Read More The Rule of Fives
Christmas is coming fast, and there is snow on the ground, but the house is dry and warm, so I am happy. Doesn’t take much to make me happy. More photos of kids, baking, charlie-brown trees, and possibly cats, this week. Growing up we never had trees at our house, so I had to go… Read More Beautiful America: Merry Christmas!
I was talking to a friend about the post at Mad Genius Club which I wrote in protest over being bullied into not parenting my children by gently steering them away from books I felt were inappropriate to their ages. She pointed out that I am arguing for innocence. It’s something we have far too… Read More Preservation of Innocence
I’m working on a short story today, about a boy and his dog… and the boy’s spaceship. Then Dave Freer posted this: Zamzummims, where he laments the loss of Science Fiction Giants in the world of the young. We need writers who can give our children wonder, adventure, and a solid science in their fiction.… Read More Young Science Fiction
My short story Snow Angel will be free for five days. Download a copy for yourself, and tell your friends about it. When you have time to read it, and if you like it, leave me a review! I love to hear feedback, it keeps me writing. This story is dedicated to my sister Juniper,… Read More Free Story!
When I first started writing stories for my children, my ex-husband looked at them and said “you’re using too many big words, you know.” Well, since I was told in highschool by my English teacher to stop using so many big words, this stung, and I started looking into how to write for children. After… Read More Sheer Twaddle
I was thinking this morning, as I was folding towels and realizing I need to replace some, that most of my life is boring. Most of all our lives are boring, really. I mean, you don’t want to hear about my towels. But when we start talking to people, we talk about the interesting parts… Read More Being an Odd