They say teachers make over 100 decisions an hour. Writers are right up there, too. Global vs. Local Choices We face the big plot questions, all those arcs and growth and struggle. There are the back stories of characters that need exploration but not to the point … [Read more...] about All in a Hour’s Work
Archives for December 2017
I've read many amazing books this year! Find all the reviews at my Goodreads page. A Time to Dance (YA, MG): About pursuing artistic passion (dance) and losing a limb. My review at Teachers Workshop is here. A Wrinkle in Time (YA, MG): About love and hope and interstellar … [Read more...] about YA Wonders from This Year
“Why didn’t she say something?” That's what a reader asked me back in 2013, angered that Wendy suffered in silence after an assault. My YA novel, How Wendy Redbird Dancing Survived the Dark Ages of Nought, grapples with a survivor’s dilemma: speak up and risk not being … [Read more...] about Why Didn’t She Say Something?
Ever give someone feedback--nicely said, constructively given, solicited, in the appropriate context--and someone still gets mad? Mad because they didn't think of it themselves? Cold and resentful because they suddenly aren't the smartest person in the room? Ever ask for … [Read more...] about Why Do You Assume You’re the Smartest in the Room?