Writing Review – April 2016

Writing (like a boss.)

After graduating in January, I spent the remainder of my paternity leave (a couple weeks in January) working on a revision of my middle grade novel. Then I went back to work, and the writing slowed down quite a bit. A well-timed weekend writing retreat at the beginning of April was just the kick in the … [Read more…]

Where I Write


Hello, and welcome to Day 2 of the Front Row’s Blogging Series. The topic: Where I Write. Hopefully you enjoyed Sarah’s post yesterday. I’m excited about this series because I love to see writer spaces, and even though I know my Front Row people very well, I haven’t seen all of their writing spaces. Basically, I … [Read more…]

On Being Pushed

Photo courtesy  of Zack Wilson

So, it looks like all of March went by without me posting to this blog. Classic me. I have been writing, though. I’m still working on an overhaul of a middle grade novel. And while I know what I must do, actually sitting down to work on it can be daunting. Also, real life is … [Read more…]

Forever Unclean

Fingal office chair from IKEA.

I was reading in bed last night when I heard a strange splattering noise coming from my daughter’s bedroom. I ran in to find my middle daughter sitting in her sister’s IKEA desk chair with her pants around her ankles. She was not awake. Her body must have sensed the chair and thought, “good enough.” … [Read more…]

On Parental Dread


I had a dream the other night that my nine-month old daughter died. She is my third daughter, and I’ve had this dream about the other two as well. It’s a completely jarring experience. In this most recent dream, Hattie died from an illness, and she was scheduled to see the pediatrician the very next … [Read more…]

Assassin’s Heart, by Sarah Ahiers


Assassin’s Heart is a Young Adult fantasy about Lea Saldana, a seventeen year old assassin who belongs to the top family of assassins in Lovero. In total, there are nine families of assassins, and they are allowed to legally “clip” people because their city’s patron goddess is the goddess of Death and Resurrection. The families … [Read more…]

Lion, Lion by Miriam Busch and Larry Day


Lion, Lion is a picture book about a little boy who’s looking for Lion. He encounters a giant, vaguely threatening lion, and tension increases when the lion says he’s looking for lunch. I don’t want to give too much away, but the boy endeavors to help him find some lunch. Along the way, the boy … [Read more…]


I defy you to find a better group of people.

I graduated from Hamline’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults this past Sunday. I knew the journey would be a quick one, and it was. It’s hard to believe that I won’t be working on a writing packet and I won’t be assigned an advisor. It’s been a great ride. … [Read more…]

Pull the Plug


DR. JONES: Pull the plug. We’re wasting our resources with this simulation. GRAD ASSISTANT BEN: But doctor, this simulation has come a long way. JONES: Has it? I don’t see how it can be redeemed, quite honestly. BEN: Just give it a little more time. JONES: It’s already degrading the server. We might as well … [Read more…]