How Writing is Like Sailing

Sailing in the Flying Scot North American Championships Writing well is hard. So many elements go into it: pacing, structure, vocabulary, voice, not using filter words (words like feel/smell/saw). I feel like I finally get the hang of one element and then another pops...

Song for a Whale

Watching a panel on portraying deaf and hard of hearing characters in middle grade novels made me realize I had not yet posted my review of panelist Lynne Kelly’s book, “Song for a Whale,” which I had reviewed in March, 2020, for the Champaign-Urbana...
July Newsletter

July Newsletter

At the Corner of Doom and Gloom: Doomscrolling Vs Curate Your Brain I recently came across the term “doom scrolling” or “doom surfing.” As you can imagine, these phrases refer to the practice of scrolling through social media posts, consuming more and more negative...