• These Words Matter: Kathi Appelt

    These Words Matter: Kathi Appelt

    I didn’t begin my life dreaming of becoming a writer. No, I began it dreaming of being a cowgirl. I longed to put on my Stetson hat, strap on my chaps, and ride into the sunset atop my trusty steed, which was almost always a palomino. Together, my pony and I would keep the cattle herded, make sure the bad guys landed in jail, and make sure all the stars were dusted off so that they twinkled like mad in the big, open sky. It was a lusty dream, I tell you, the key and most important element being… horse! I was a girl who couldn’t get enough of them.…

  • Ditch Social Media. Seriously.

    Ditch Social Media

    Happy March, lovelies! I hope February was kind to you (even if you live in a frozen tundra, like me). What have you been up to for the past month? As some of you know, I took February off of Twitter to get deep into the final revision of my current manuscript. What started as a means to get work done turned out to be a much needed break. A month later, I realize, sometimes you just have to ditch social media. It’s funny, really. I didn’t know how badly I needed a break from Twitter until I forced myself to have one. A month off has given me some…

  • These Words Matter: Peternelle van Arsdale

    These Words Matter: Peternelle van Arsdale

    This is a difficult question for me to answer because there were many books that contributed to me being a reader, but there is one (trilogy) that stands head and shoulders above the rest in turning me into a writer. Allow me to explain… Being a writer was not a lifelong dream of mine. If you’d told me when I was in my twenties that I would one day be a novelist, I’d have laughed. When I was about eight years old, I flirted with the idea of keeping a journal and got myself a white pleather-covered diary with a lock and key. I had the idea that having something…

  • 2019 Bucket List

    Bree Crowder

    What’s your New Year’s Resolution? It’s something we come around to at the end of every year. What am I going to do to be better next year? In the past I’ve resolved to eat better, work harder, be kinder, and while those things are wonderful and indicative of working toward a better future, they’re kind of… ambiguous. So, I thought, What if I had tangible goals for 2019? This year, instead of resolutions, I’m rolling with a 2019 Bucket List. The moment I considered writing a bucket list versus resolutions, I thought, This is a wonderful way to see how much I accomplish in a year. These are things I can check off the list; things I can tangibly complete. I don’t know about you, but I rarely remember what my…

  • These Words Matter: Rachel Caine

    The first book I can remember reading all on my own was a collection of fairytales. Not the usual ones; this was an old edition, probably from the early 1900s, of the darker versions of the stories. It had gorgeous Art Nouveau illustrations and it was a hand-me-down from my grandmother. I barely understood most of the stories, but I read it over and over again. After that, I wanted to read more. Lots more. I quickly discovered that the “approved books for girls” at the school library (beyond Nancy Drew mysteries, which I devoured) were all about dating, love, and babysitting, and I wasn’t there for it. I wanted…

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