Blogging, Middle Grade Minded, Writing

Sorry, Aunt Mabel, but Harry’s already sitting there…

'Tis the the season of elastic waistbands and passive aggressive family meals, so I'm over at Middle Grade Minded today talking about my ideal Thanksgiving dinner guests! (Hint: They are fictional! And some of them have magical powers! And vats of brown sugar! And extremely sharp teeth!) Because there's nothing crazy about breaking bread with… Continue reading Sorry, Aunt Mabel, but Harry’s already sitting there…

Books, For Readers

The Short Story — In Search of a Cure for Reader Burn-Out

[picapp align="center" wrap="false" link="term=person+happy+reading+a+book&iid=5156925" src="http://view2.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/5156925/portrait-young-woman/portrait-young-woman.jpg?size=500&imageId=5156925" width="349" height="488" /] During my big-haired days of high school, I came to dread that point in English Lit. where we would inevitably begin the "Short-Story Unit."  After years of reading novels with happy, or, at least, tidy endings, the short story was like an alien to me and many of my classmates.… Continue reading The Short Story — In Search of a Cure for Reader Burn-Out

Books, For Readers

Friday’s Literary SMACKDOWN — Who’s the Stronger Character?

Yes, my readers, it's Literary Smackdown time. In this corner, we have Laura Ingalls Wilder of the Little House series -- a sassy pioneer with spunk and spirit who can sew on a button before you've (done) finished this sentence. In the other corner, we have Anne Shirley Blythe of Anne of Green Gables --… Continue reading Friday’s Literary SMACKDOWN — Who’s the Stronger Character?

Blogging

Blogging Paranoia…(It’s All About Me!)

Before I started amanda's wrinkled pages a few weeks ago, I had never intentionally read or sought out another blog.  Borrowing from that timeless classic of artistic expression, Pretty Woman, I'll say, "Close your mouth, dear."  It's true, and I had no idea what I had been missing.  After awhile, I started surfing around more sure-footedly, and was amazed by how much talent (and crapola) had… Continue reading Blogging Paranoia…(It’s All About Me!)

Books, For Readers

Magic Underwear (Part II), and Aren’t Book Clubs Fabulous?

There's a notion in theater that you shouldn't display a gun in Act I if you're not going to shoot yourself in the a$$ in the Final Act (or something like that).  Following that mindset, I don't want to create a Part I without making good on its other half, so here goes...   My book club met and discussed this month's selection, The New York Regional Mormon… Continue reading Magic Underwear (Part II), and Aren’t Book Clubs Fabulous?

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Magic Underwear…Part I?

Magic Underwear...save me from this book!  Okay, maybe Elna Baker's, The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance, A Memoir, wasn't that bad.  The title was great, but then things quickly fizzled from there -- perhaps, much like this article is about to do. I'm still trying to figure out Baker's book and its intended audience -- we'll see if there's… Continue reading Magic Underwear…Part I?