All writing & no play makes you very dull

The past month or so, I’ve gotten very frustrated with the online writing community. Not necessarily individuals; more, writers participating in social media as a whole. Let me explain a bit more before you run to get that tar heated up. Writing by nature is an...

The Tale of a Debut Novel

For years—centuries, really—publishing was a mystical beast. Publishers produced books and people read them, but there was hardly any interaction between the two, with booksellers acting as intermediaries. Most people did not feel the desire to write books, and if...

Dear Frustrated Author,

Dear Frustrated Author, I’m going to offer some advice that contradicts what most writing instructors say: Let yourself feel discouraged. By that, I mean, let yourself feel the emotion because it is a real worry for you. Don’t let it overwhelm you, but...

My picture book horoscope

I loved this idea from the Fuse #8 blog on the School Library Journal website: Picture Book Horoscopes! In honor of this fabulouness, I’ve created my own horoscope using the picture books published the year I was born as guides. Jumanji + Outside Over There +...

If vomit makes you squeamish, don’t read this post

Most people don’t know the real reason why opening a children’s bookstore has been a godsend for me. There are plenty of reasons why no one knows, the largest of which is because I didn’t want anyone to know, and so I didn’t tell them....