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Throwing Away What You Wrote

Today I deleted a whole chapter in my manuscript. Sucks. I spent days writing it, too, trying to get it just right. But in the end, what’s right, is that it’s not in the story at all. 324 more words


1986: Sarah, Plain and Tall (looking for a home on the range)

VERDICT: Treasure

Sally’s Rating 3.5/5

Patricia MacLachlan’s Sarah, Plain and Tall is essentially a character study about a mysterious woman who moves to the Midwest when she answers an advert from a man who is looking for a wife. 265 more words

Book Review

"Ice in the Jungle" Countdown

“Ice in the Jungle” will be published on the 15th of March and will be available for online order.

For the next 10 days I’ll have a countdown on… 11 more words


The Game of Lines by Hervé Tullet

I had no idea that a book filled with only bright pink and yellow lines could be so absorbing, and yet it is so easy to lose track of time when playing… 705 more words

Picture Books

Somewhere in the Greater Antilles

“The storm is getting closer,” Suki thought nervously as she gazed at the soot stained clouds dancing slowly in the distance. Dark shapes appeared to hug the shoreline as the tide violently beat the backs of sturdy boulders built to withstand the sort of destruction that lay ahead. 616 more words


Ambassador Kate DiCamillo at Seattle Public Library

Kate DiCamillo has a Southern accent. I did not expect this because I do not hear it in the lyrical rhythms of her wide-eyed fiction. Both the accent and the wonder are explained by her childhood in Florida, where she experienced a number of unusual theme parks, and was particularly impressed by the vision of hidden worlds granted by glass-bottomed boats. 467 more words


Flashback Friday: Two weeks passed and it happened again . . .

Life is getting away from me here, trying to get back on track, with this very late Flashback Friday post! So, you want to be a writer?   694 more words

Children's Literature