Focusing on the Blog

New way to look at my blog As you know, I work in education. My hobby, writing, is something I hope to grow into over time. I call it a hobby because the time and money I put into writing at this point moves around my day job and does not break even in book sales. So...

When They’re Alone

Talk about a month. November is usually a month we have too much going on to keep up with everything. The children are excited for the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday and know that their winter celebrations are just around the corner, and often we’re hosting a book...

What’s Montessori Library?

This is our first week of school, and I’m a Montessori school librarian, specializing in early childhood. What does Montessori have to do with it? The majority of Montessori students are in the first plane of development, between two and a half years and six. These...

We Work Together

Planning is the name of the game as Washington schools come back to start the new year. Teacher back-to-business week brings a great opportunity to collaborate and to invigorate the teachers a librarian works with. This year I’m switching up the program. How can we...

Real Writer

Recently a friend and writer confided that he had come to a conclusion about his forward path to a writing career. Reading through his well-documented and thoroughly experienced paragraphs on his journey-to-date and the upcoming year’s prospects, I was struck by the...

Accountability and Time Management

Writing is usually done by yourself, but sometimes doing it by yourself isn’t effective. There’s nothing like writing with a friend to help you keep track of your time. if you’re writing a blog post instead of editing a chapter, it still counts....

Moving forward

Today is lovely. The sun shines, the sky offers blue instead of clouds. Roses are blooming. Today I got two rejections. Which one do you think I focused on while walking? Neither, really. It’s the stories I thought about. The stories have to move forward. The...

Winding down

Teaching these Kindergartners and primary students has been a pleasure. I’ve learned so much from them and we’ve had fun all around. The yearbook has pictures of dancing, singing, field trips to the public library, and a couple of plays we put on as part...