Six Things to Care About in 2021

The year’s days are numbered, which is guaranteed to mean one thing: the internet and airwaves are awash in “year in review” articles and news segments. Rather than jump on that (potentially depressing) bandwagon, I’d like to offer a more hopeful approach that looks to the year ahead, a “year in preview” segment, if you…

Creating in the Time of Corona

This is my fourth attempt at a post for this week’s blog entry. Let’s see if I actually get anywhere with this one. I had several topics I wanted to write about, but after getting a few sentences into each one, I ran out of steam.  Or more precisely, I hated the way the words…

Social Media: Taking a Break or Breaking Away?

Lately, I’ve been toying with the idea of deleting my Twitter account. My philosophy on social media is that it should earn its space in our lives. We should be getting something positive from it, whether its financial, social, or emotional in nature. If I’m being honest with myself, I’m not getting what I need…

Children’s Book Diversity: Getting the Numbers Right

I’ve thought a lot about the 2018 Diversity in Children’s Books infographic since it was published in June 2019. I put together a Twitter thread about my thoughts on it this past spring, but given the important conversations we’re having (i.e., finally paying attention to) about diverse representation in publishing, I wanted to share my…

Autumn, is that you?

We turned off the air conditioner yesterday and opened the windows, as temps peaked in the comfortable high 70s with a lazy breeze. We kept them open as we slept last night, drifting off to the sound of crickets and tinkling wind chimes. We woke this morning to chilly toes and arms sticking outside the…

Spires Virtual Reading on September 20th

Good morning, world. I’ve got some fun news for your Monday morning! My writing group, the Frederick Writers’ Salon, is hosting a virtual reading on Sunday, September 20th from 3:30-4:45 p.m. for our latest anthology, In the Shadow of the Spires: A Collection of Noir Tales from the Frederick Writers’ Salon. Join our talented authors…

Nurturing Non-Writing Hobbies

By a show of hands, who here today is a writer who fits their passion for storytelling into the spare spaces of their life? *raises hand* Yeah, me too! In fact, there was a time when writing was ALL I did during my free time because it was all I wanted to do. I was…