• These Words Matter: Christine Lynn Herman

    These Words Matter: Christine Lynn Herman

    I loved stories long before I ever learned how to read. I spent my early childhood enraptured by my family’s imagination, listening to elaborate bedtime renditions of classic Grimm’s fairytales mixed with original characters my family had decided to throw in, just for fun. Most of my extended family have a fondness for a good yarn and a storyteller’s ear. A simple trip to the grocery store becomes a three-act event that hits just as many beats as the traditional hero’s journey, and our own pasts and personal histories all feel like part of a collective mythos that’s told and retold at parties and holidays. I always knew I was…

  • Book Review: “Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins

    Book Review: "Mockingjay" by Suzanne Collins

    Listen, I know I’m really late to this series. I acknowledge that. In fact, I’m jealous of those who read The Hunger Games books as they came out. There’s nothing quite like reading a wonderful series as it publishes, and I missed that with The Hunger Games. However, even coming to the series late (and after watching all of the movies), I enjoyed these books more than anything I’ve read in months. I would say all three of The Hunger Games books deserve five stars, but Mockingjay really sticks out for me. I am not only awed by how little changed during the book-to-movie translation–and there was very little changed–but…

  • These Words Matter: Kesia Lupo

    These Words Matter: Kesia Lupo

    I’d like to say I remember the first time I read C.S. Lewis’ The Magician’s Nephew, but I don’t. I was probably seven or eight, though, and I remember how my paperback copy had clearly been read a lot, even before it was mine. The spine was cracked and the pages thumbed through, slightly browned with age. Someone else had known and loved this book, and that intrigued me. I eventually owned the rest of the Narnia series, pristine and new, but this one was from a different, older set. I got it first, and loved it most. Because I largely grew up overseas – an ‘army brat’ in one…

  • 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…