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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Get More When You Give

It is a real pleasure being interviewed by Kristine Carlson Asselin for her blog, Writing. For Real. Actually, she gave me a gift.

I found myself reflecting on the reasons for starting a small press. I realize that for me, much of it has been because books have always been available to me. My parents, although they never gave my sister, brother, or I any homework support, they did give us books. I may not have been the best student, but I could read and read well. My comprehension of any material I read, was reinforced by the follow up conversations I had with my parents about what I was reading.

I taught myself so many things by reading how-to books, and travel guides. If I was interested in something, I'd walk to the library and find a book. I learned about Machiavelli, and Plato, read about the American Revolution, learned how Penicillin was discovered by Alexander Fleming in 1928, and learned the names and legends of the constellations; all from the books I read. I loved getting lost in a new world or imagine I was the main character having a grand adventure. Sometimes I still do!

I love to turn pages and feel the paper between my fingers and miss this tactile element when I read on my Kindle.
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Friday, November 4, 2011


When I walked into the house, Crossed by Allie Condie was on the kitchen island waiting for me.

My kids, both book lovers, were calling dibs before I could even rip the plastic wrap from it. Before I could enjoy the cover.

I smoothly and very mom-like, swatted away their grubby, little book-stealing hands, ran from the room and hid it from them until I can start reading.

I plan on reading it this weekend. Maybe, I'll start it tonight and read it straight through the night until finished. It's been a very long time since I've done that.

What are you reading this weekend?

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

NESCBWI 2012 Conference

It’s closer than you think….