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May Book Wrap-Up: It’s Not Raining on My Parade!

Despite what felt like an inordinate amount of rain this May, I refused to be kept indoors!

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Forget Black Friday, For Book Lovers It’s All About Small Biz Saturday

Baby, it's cold outside. What better way to stay warm and walk off all those Thanksgiving calories than going to the mall? OK, now scratch out "mall" and replace it with "local indie bookstore" because this weekend it's Small Business Saturday AND Indies First. (Insert squeal of joy.)

The Real Reason I Love a Good Renaissance Festival

There is very little "Renaissance" in a Renaissance Festival. A better description is Middle Ages meets Middle Earth with a lot more retail stores and a lot fewer boils and sores. That's not to say I don't love a good Renn Fest!

Monday Blog: Art Set Free in a Prison

A prison is not a place I would think I'd find great art.

Dragon Tales and Carnival Fails

It's the season of the carnival. And this weekend I had one goal and one goal only: brave creaky carnival rides. Seems simple. It wasn't.

Friday Five: 5 Reasons to Go To an Author Event (Even If You’re Not That Into Books)

Bookstore author events might be the best activity you're not doing. For a fun Friday five, here are 5 reasons you should go to more author events.

Stolen Books and Readers in Need: The Story Behind Local NOVA Book Drive and Author Panel

Friend and fellow writer, of the byLisaTully blog, shared the story behind the author panel she'll be moderating this weekend for me and another fellow author in the Northern Virginia (NOVA)/Washington, DC area. This isn't just another promotion for our books. This author panel was the result of a strange occurrence involving stolen books.

The Eternal Spring of Poetry: What Man Has Made of Man #NationalPoetryMonth

There is something about spring that just feels like poetry. Maybe that's why April was chosen for National Poetry Month. Yet, I'm struggling to really appreciate the beauty of this season...Apparently only Wordsworth can tell me why.

Forget April Fool’s Day, It’s National Poetry Month! Here’s How to Celebrate…

Yes, it's April 1, which means it's April Fool's Day. Boring! One day to play jokes on each other? No thanks. I'm more interested in the fact that this marks day 1 of National Poetry Month. Here's how to celebrate. Plus a poem by a wonderful young poet to start the month off right.

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