Writing

Co-Sleeping (Writer Style)

Where: My bed When: Midnight Who: Me, Blissfully Sleeping Husband, and a Cast of Annoyingly Needy Fictitious Characters *** (Rumblings of chatter and laughter) Me: "Okay, okay, everyone. Settle down. You've been keeping me up every night for the past three weeks, and I'm exhausted. If you're not going to leave me alone, at least… Continue reading Co-Sleeping (Writer Style)

Writing

How An Irreverant Penmonkey Got a Traditional Girl to Read a Book on a Screen

This is the story of how a girl who recently lamented the impending death of the bookmark came to read a book on a screen. A self-published book. I know. Today's post comes from the perspective of a reader, and over the past two days I've been happily reading the short story collection Irregular Creatures by Chuck Wendig. A… Continue reading How An Irreverant Penmonkey Got a Traditional Girl to Read a Book on a Screen

Get Inspired Mondays, Writing

It Only Takes One Yes — Guest Post

Get Inspired Mondays — Guest Blogger Series Welcome to the final guest post of the January edition of Get Inspired Monday!  Each week, a different writer has shared their story of finding inspiration -- often from an unexpected source.  To read the previous posts, click here, here, and here.  Today's guest is author and illustrator, Erika Marks. Erika's blog "on writing, publishing and… Continue reading It Only Takes One Yes — Guest Post

Writing

An Acute Case of Writer’s Amnesia

  I don't believe in Writer's Block.  "Good Idea" Block?  Sure.  "Can't Get My Lazy Butt to Sit Down and Put Pen to Paper" Block?  Definitely.  There's always something to write.  Even if it's just, "I don't know what to write" over and over (and over) again. No, I don't buy into Writer's Block, but… Continue reading An Acute Case of Writer’s Amnesia

Books, For Readers

You Can’t Judge a Person by Their Book Covers

There are so many reasons why I love going to the library: the books, the all-knowing librarians, the books, the atmosphere. The books.  And, now that my kids are all in school, I can actually go to the library by myself and spend more than the usual fifteen seconds looking around. Even better, though, I… Continue reading You Can’t Judge a Person by Their Book Covers

Books, For Readers

Pardon Me, While My Brain Turns to Mush

 [picapp align="left" wrap="false" link="term=dunce+cap&iid=5289222" src="http://view.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/5289222/dunce-cap-stool-corner/dunce-cap-stool-corner.jpg?size=500&imageId=5289222" width="380" height="380" /] Boy, can I tell it's summer!  I'm starting to hear things like, "more funner" and, "What's 3x9, again?" seeping from my kids' mouths when they don't think I'm listening.  By virtue of not being in the classroom every day, they think it's OK to not "think school" (or act… Continue reading Pardon Me, While My Brain Turns to Mush