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July 30th, 2021|Creativity, inspiration, women, writing|

I love Aimée Bisonette's essay below because it taps on something creatives worry about incessantly: am I doing it right? Her insights are as refreshing as an icy cold glass [...]

Friend Friday

July 23rd, 2021|books, fantasy, inspiration, women, writing|

I am full of emotion as I write this introduction. First: my heart brims with joy to be hosting Cynthia Leitich Smith in celebration of her latest middle grade novel, [...]

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July 16th, 2021|animals, books, illustration, inspiration, women, writing|

Oh, I wish I had known Carolyn Crimi's secret when I read her delightful novel, Second-Hand Dogs (Balzer+Bray); it would have made reading the book all that much more enjoyable. [...]

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July 9th, 2021|books, Creativity, inspiration, women, writing|

It takes tremendous courage to face the blank page. I am not quite certain, however, what it's called to willingly face the blank page, having tossed out a sweated-over, completed [...]

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July 2nd, 2021|history, inspiration, women, writing|

I discovered Eden Royce's Root Magic (HarperCollins Publishers) through a cover reveal on a favorite blog, the Nerdy Book Club. The cover was evocative, as was the book's description, which [...]

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June 18th, 2021|books, inspiration, women, writing|

To my knowledge today's guest is the first Hall of Famer I've ever hosted! In 2015, Ellen Hopkins was inducted into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame for her powerful [...]

Friend Friday

June 11th, 2021|books, inspiration, women, writing|

Dear Linda Urban: You know I've been a huge fan of your work even before your first published novel, having fallen in love with a picture book manuscript you read [...]

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May 28th, 2021|books, Creativity, inspiration, women, writing|

I still remember my first experience reading When Zachary Beaver Came to Town by Kimberly Willis Holt. I'm pretty sure that's when a Larson family un-favorite recipe, Burned Broccoli, was [...]

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May 21st, 2021|animals, books, fantasy, inspiration, women, writing|

I adore Irene Latham and not just because she included a poem inspired by Hattie Big Sky in her collaboration with Charles Waters, Dictionary for a Better World, illustrated by [...]

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May 14th, 2021|books, inspiration, midde grade, women, writing|

I first "met" Anne Nesbet through the wonderful historical novel, Cloud and Wallfish, becoming a fast fan of her work. Her latest novel, Daring Darleen, Queen of the Screen (Candlewick) [...]