Friend Friday

September 25th, 2020|books, family, illustration, inspiration, poetry, writing|

Three squeezes are woven into the fabric of the Larson family household. From the time my kids were itsy, they knew that three squeezes when holding hands meant "I love [...]

Friend Friday

September 18th, 2020|books, Creativity, humor, inspiration, picture books, writing|

What a treat it is to be part of Josh Funk's Short & Sweet/Long & Savory blog tour! In fact, we're the final stop; check the calendar at the end [...]

Friend Friday

September 11th, 2020|books, illustration, picture books, reading, women, writing|

Who offers a complete stranger a ride from the Detroit airport to nErDCamp? Anica Mrose Rissi, that's who. She's so generous, she not only gave me that ride some years [...]

Friend Friday

September 4th, 2020|books, inspiration, women, writing|

So often the first advice given to writers is "Write what you know." Fleur Bradley has a different take on that advice, which she shares below. Wandering outside her comfort [...]

Friend Friday

August 28th, 2020|animals, books, inspiration, research, writing|

I first "met" Gennifer Choldenko through her wonderful middle grade novel Notes From a Liar and Her Dog many years ago. Since then, I've been fortunate -- blessed!-- to share [...]

Friend Friday

August 21st, 2020|books, inspiration, women, writing|

First time author Rachel Trusty zeroes in on a life principle that she and her main character share in common in her essay below and in her brand new book, [...]

Friend Friday

August 14th, 2020|books, Creativity, inspiration, women, writing|

What a pleasure it is to once again host Jo Watson Hackl for Friend Friday. Jo is not only a lovely person and fabulous writer with a fondness for blackberries, [...]

Friend Friday

August 7th, 2020|books, history, inspiration, research, women, writing|

I believe this is the first time I've ever hosted a costumed friend for Friend Friday; maybe we can start a trend? Nancy B. Kennedy's outfit not only evokes the [...]

Friend Friday

July 31st, 2020|books, history, illustration, picture books, writing|

I so appreciate that complete strangers will allow me to count them as friends! Often, I see a mention of a new book and I boldly contact the author, asking [...]

Friend Friday

July 24th, 2020|animals, books, inspiration, research, writing|

There are so many things I love about Amanda Abler's essay below, but I think my favorite part has to do with an insight she had about nonfiction (I won't [...]