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how to help your kids love reading

The title of this post makes me smile a bit in self reflection. Before kids, I might have thought it silly that there was any advice needed on helping kids love reading. You hand them books, they read them, and it’s love all around, right? My firstborn understood this. He enjoyed a good picture book, contentedly sat with a pile of books as a toddler, and stumbled into his own love of reading around the age…

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so the thing is…

Hey, folks. This little corner of the internet has been quiet for a few months. I realize that’s no great loss, as the internet is not lacking for ideas or voices. But after a few months of not posting here, I start to get this funny feeling that some ideas are quietly building up, stacking up like boxes in a closet. Until one day I realize I have so much in there that it won’t…

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152 insights into my soul my book

a confession, a whim, and an unforeseen plot twist

It hasn’t been a great season of writing for me. I finished the first draft of a middle grade novel last fall. I found some readers, collected some feedback, and then…imploded. I can’t explain it really. I felt creatively lost and so deeply discouraged. It was a darkness I could not understand, let alone describe. So we took a break, this manuscript and I. (I was all, “It’s not you- it’s me. You’re great. Really. Well, there’s something…

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