What I Write About When I Write About Books


Despite my slow brain, my middling mood, my many insignificant problems, I’ve been writing a lot lately. My return to the world of freelancing has been halting and scattered. I’m going where my interests take me these days. Yes, I’m aware that “I’m a writer who writes about things that interest me” is not really an identity, but it’s a good way in. At the very least it leads me towards topics I find fascinating and personally resonant, and more often than not those topics are books (historical, bawdy and banned) and authors. Surprise!!!!!

I try not to be too >>>

📅07 August 2014 2 comments
Upcoming Appearance: Kansas Library Association


I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be speaking at the 2014 Kansas Library Association Conference this October.

The conference has a theme that’s close to my heart, indeed: Out of the Stacks: Engaging Communities, Promoting Learning. I’ll be doing two sessions…a breakfast session on finding a book for every reader and a workshop on how librarians can connect their young readers to the stories behind their favorite stories.

As a library school dropout and a passionate advocate for the good libraries do in our schools and our communities, I couldn’t be more honored. Even better, the invitation came from >>>Read more<<<

📅17 July 2014 1 comment
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Pioneer


Your fearless author is on the left, in the outfit she forced her mother to sew for her and wore to school and everywhere at all times. >>>Read more<<<

📅03 July 2014 1 comment
When Floor Equals Bookshelf


“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
― Stephen King >>>

📅12 June 2014 0 comments
Icebergs, Petticoats, and the Tragedy of the Left-Out Detail


Oh, history. You have so many alluring details. There are soiled petticoats, angry letters, dramatic turns of phrase. And if you’re anything like me, you have a whole boatload of must-include details in every historical piece you write. Except there’s that whole word count thing. And that whole you have to write something people will actually want to read thing. Right. Something must be left out.

I tend to subscribe to the Iceberg Theory of detail in both non-fiction and fiction. (This description is altogether too long and ridiculous, but long story short is that you want your work >>>Read more<<<

📅11 May 2014 0 comments