Category Archives: Writing

The Power of a Wish

Christmas, at least for me, brings back memories and feelings like no other season can. Every year, in early December, my mom would get out the decorations – glass ornaments, silver tinsel (re-used year after year), and large multi-colored lights. … Continue reading

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Deep Stories from a Small Place

How many people know details about their great-great-great-great-great-aunt’s life? And know the details so well that they can write a fascinating story about an event some would say was a miracle? Obviously, Natalie Kinsey-Warnock‘s ancestors kept the story alive by passing it down … Continue reading

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Their Names Were Brat and Birdy

What kind of person sets out to become a ballerina by reading library books and practicing dance steps in her family’s driveway? Or spends hours studying large medical textbooks, trying to learn about anesthetics … at the age of 12? … Continue reading

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Now … the Rest of the Story

Reading a book by Jon Scieszka is a little like walking through a house of mirrors at the fair. The story sounds similar to things you’ve read before … yet just a little off. In some spots, you do a double-take and reread the … Continue reading

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Simple Stories … or Are They?

I don’t remember when I first read The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton, but the idea of a house with feelings didn’t seem that far-fetched to me. Maybe it was my age. According to Christine Lundberg, a producer and filmmaker who’s been active … Continue reading

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He Was a Man of ‘Style’

I first became familiar with The Elements of Style in junior college, in an English class. It was one of the few books I did NOT return to the used book store at the end of the semester. In fact, I still have … Continue reading

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Along for the Ride?

“It’s funny how ideas are; in a lot of ways they’re just like seeds. Both of them start real, real small and then … woop, zoop, sloop … before you can say Jack Robinson, they’ve gone and grown a lot … Continue reading

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Let Those Ideas ‘Sneak In’

“Travel is the best way of getting new ideas.”  – Graeme Base Graeme Base is what you might call a “Renaissance man.” His dream as a boy was to be an artist or a musician. He became both. But along the … Continue reading

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Pay Attention with Your Heart

“Writing is seeing. It is paying attention.” – Kate DiCamillo Seeing people whom others often overlook – such as stray dogs, strange musicians, and lonely children – is something Kate DiCamillo does well. But in the beginning, she didn’t realize … Continue reading

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Engage Your Audience

This month’s author is someone who’s been called the “Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the 20th century.” Over the past 50+ years, she’s turned out hundreds of books (over 300, to be exact) – primarily fantasy, science … Continue reading

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