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...

Hard Reading

The Hate You Give by Angie Tomas and Kekla Magoon’s How It Went Down are two hard reads, but they are necessary to the current conversation around black children and where they see themselves. These are two books that help those in more physically comfortable...