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This is where I put my musings that don’t make it into my paper journal. I try to write about things that might interest other writers and readers, including reviews of MG books I’ve been reading.

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...

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...

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...

Other Words for Home

“Other Words for Home,” by Jasmine Warga, is a novel in verse about the grief and happiness of trying to adapt to an entirely new culture, while living an ocean away from your loved ones and...

What Can White People Do?

What Can White People Do?

I was planning on talking about the simple pleasure of holding physical books again, as my local library is now delivering books curbside. And that is a simple pleasure that I am grateful for. But...

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