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Wear Red for Ed(ucation): A Story of How One Book and One Teacher Changed My Life

My daughter and I dressed all in red today (and a little pink for me). Why? Because I’m devoted to supporting all the teachers out there by “wearing red for public ed(ucation).” In honor of this demonstration of support for the importance of public schools and their teachers, here’s a very personal story about how one public school teacher changed my life.

Writing Inspiration: Wednesday Wisdom From Jonathan Safran Foer

"Be the instrument playing the sound of your life's passing." ~Jonathan Safran Foer

Wednesday Wisdom for Writers

“Let the world burn through you. Throw the prism light, white hot, on paper.” —Ray Bradbury

10 Tips to Overcome Writing Inertia: Fingers in Motion Stay in Motion, Fingers at Rest…

On a recent trip to New York with my daughter for a dance trip, she took a Bollywood class with a very sagely instructor. (See story of that trip here.) I've been thinking about something that teacher said recently. The class was high energy and she told the girls to push through their fatigue. She explained to them that energy creates energy and if you stop when you're tired, it will be harder to stop again. She was basically explaining to them Newton's first law of motion, which describes inertia. But, this law doesn't just apply to physical objects. It's mental as well. And it often applies to writing.

Stranger in a Strange Land: What You Can Learn About a City From Its Airport

I've lived in 4 places in my life - Northern Virginia, central Virginia, NYC and NJ suburbs. So, essentially, I'm a North East kind of girl. That said, I've seen a lot of places in and outside the US. I've visited Australia, Spain, France, Ireland, Australia, Canada and Mexico. I also get to travel extensively in the US for work. In the last year, for some reason, Dallas is a hot spot for travel. I've gone there 5+ times in the last 12-ish months...

Librarian Lisa Guest Blogs Again! An Airport Story: Ask Girls What They’re Reading Instead of What They’re Wearing (#BooksOverLooks)

A few weeks ago my family and I were in the airport, preparing for an overseas trip. In the waiting lounge, I said hello to a young girl, aged around 4 years old, who was waiting with her dad in the seating area. She was very social and immediately engaged with me. Right away, I asked her if she liked reading and what her favorite book was. She absolutely lit up! Her favorite book was Clara the Cookie Fairy and she had the book with her! We sat together for the next 15 minutes or so, reading this delightful and amazing book together. This experience reminded me of the inspiring and creative post below by Lisa Bloom from 2011. It’s an eye-opening approach to engaging a girl about her mind via books instead of what she’s wearing.

Poems and Pictures: Saying Goodbye to Fall

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. Since I live in Northern Virginia, I get to experience fall in it's full glory. Even if fall doesn't officially end until December, unofficially it's nearly time to say goodbye. I'm sad it is coming to a close, but I look forward to it returning again. And, in a way that feels like a larger metaphor at the moment. Therefore, as an ode to fall, I wrote a little poem to say good bye. Oh and there are pictures too.

Journey in YA Lit: Using Stories to Shape the Future

The Travelers, my first published novel, falls into the young adult (YA) genre of fantasy/paranormal/sword and sorcery (I never realized so many genres and sub-genres of YA existed!) People often ask me what inspired me to write for young adults. I had several reasons. For one, young adults seem to actually read books. More importantly, they are more open to ideas and exploration of truths. I wanted to write a book that was fun and exciting. But, I also wanted it to be more than just a book about two teens who fall in love and overcome obstacles. I wanted it to say something, maybe even teach something.

Journey in Inspiration: T-shirt Tuesday Begins, Don’t All Cheer at Once

So, I need a little levity in my life right now. Therefore, I decided to try something new. I'm calling it T-shirt Tuesday. My husband probably has hundreds of t-shirts with funny, ironic sayings or pictures on them. I'm going to use those to draw inspiration for my Tuesday blogs, or at least I'm going to try. Ready? Today's inspiration is...

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