Season of Gratitude

As the month of Thanksgiving winds down, the turkey platters returned to the out-of-the-way shelf, and the last of the big meal's leftovers disappeared from the refrigerator, it's nice to take a moment to reflect. Many writers are participating this month in NaNoWriMo, aka National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to kick start a... Continue Reading →

Bird Q&A To Make Your Day

I'm a backyard birdwatcher and came across this most excellent, funny, and yes, alarming, series of questions by Buzzfeed's Erin Chack and answers by Audubon Society's Purbita Saha. There is so much information and hilarity herein. Please enjoy. Birds in the News BuzzFeed Asked a Bunch of Bird Questions—and We Answered 'I like birds as... Continue Reading →


I write with fountain pens. Full disclosure. I don't write every single thing ever with fountain pens. However, I have two beautiful pens, both gifts, and writing with them is absolutely delightful. More disclosure. I love office supplies. Wandering up and down the aisles of Staples, Office Depot, or even the office supplies aisle of... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Even though it is the middle of national novel writing month (#NaNoWriMo), we still must find time to enjoy reading! I love to read. In today's blog, I'm reviewing The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. One of the greats benefits of working as Shelverine (my alter ego when I work part time in school libraries)... Continue Reading →

It’s a Small Animal! It’s a Writing Contest! It’s Nanowrimo?

This year I’m participating in a writing contest called NaNoWriMo. Here is an excellent blog about this writing event by K.L. Kranes, author of YA fantasy novel The Travelers.

K.L. Kranes

The first time someone said the word “Nanowrimo” to me was in a Starbucks. An established author, who kindly met me for a jolt of caffeine and advice, wiggled in her seat and with a huge smile said, “I won Nanowrimo this year.” I was glad she gave me some context in her sentence, otherwise, I would have thought Nanowrimo was some sort of science experiment aimed at making a miniature rhinoceros.  (When she said it, it sounded like Nanorhino to me.)

mini rhino.jpg Nanorhino: Like this, but real

From her expression, I knew I should be impressed. And, winning any sort of writing contest always sounds impressive to a fledgling writer like me. But at the time I didn’t quite grasp what it meant. In fact, I didn’t really grasp what it meant until last Wednesday night, my first attempt at Nanowrimo.

But first, do you not know what Nanowrimo is?

If you’re not…

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This past weekend I (and two other brave souls) had the pleasure of taking a group of middle school girls camping. Fortunately, the weather cooperated and we had warm sunshine, beautiful skies, cozy campfires, and unfulfilled threats of heavy rain. Usually, when we camp from Friday through Sunday, we have many activities planned. However, as... Continue Reading →

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