Friday, August 15, 2014

books to read

Excited about
my newest stack of
books to read.

The Lightening Thief - Rick Riordan
Warp Speed - Lisa Yee
Under the Egg - Laura Marx Fitzgerald
We Were Liars - E. Lockhart
The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Here’s what I thought about today:

Ambition is pushing through things that sometimes make you uncomfortable. Whereas, contentment is doing the things you’re good at, over and over.

Along this line of thinking, Ramona Quimby just might be the most ambitious character I’ve ever met. I love her curiosity, determination, and willingness to try something new.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

word of the week

Our Word of the Week

that I added to the fish bowl on my desk


cyclical (adjective) 1. something that goes in cycles, or something that occurs in a repeating pattern

Monday, August 4, 2014


Whenever I get home from a writing conference, I feel inspired. At the same time, I’m slightly overwhelmed. There’s so much amazing information, it’s hard to focus.

So, as I read over my notes and think about all of the wonderful speeches, I circle sentences that tug at my heart. Here’s a few:

If you want to write, find your splinter - the thing that pierces you and won't let you go. -Megan McDonald

Treasure your faults. –Meg Rosoff

Be brave in your writing, even if you are not always brave in your life. 
–Judy Blume

SCBWI is an incredible organization and I’m so grateful to be a member.