Category Archives: Reading

Be A Maker

Engineer Jennifer has always been a builder. LEGOs were a right of passage for me – probably for most kids headed for a career in Civil Engineering. Among my peers, there were two schools of thought regarding those LEGO kit … Continue reading

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Social Media for Middle Graders

Recently I’ve noticed an increasing number of authors on Facebook asking what social media 12-year-olds use. Writer Jennifer understands the question. These authors want to keep their writing relevant to modern kids by incorporating the methods of communication being used … Continue reading

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Working As A Reader To Improve My Writing

For the past four months I’ve been sneaking a peak behind the scenes of a New York literary agency. Yes, I was snowed in at my Midwest writing office most of that time. I’ve been working remotely as a middle … Continue reading

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The Open Question

My first revelation of 2018 is that MFA programs have magical time slip powers. I last blogged in September when my third semester at VCFA was just getting started and I had taken on the challenge of writing a pretty … Continue reading

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Super Hero Writers

Last weekend Super Heros flew to Chicago to gather for SCBWI Prairie Writers & Illustrators Day. This year my conference posse grew from two writers to four, including one of my VCFA classmates. We happened to sit in the Maw-ha-ha section … Continue reading

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Stories for All

This week Shannon and Dean Hale released the second book in their Princess in Black Series: Perfect Princess Party. Nicole and I devoured it on release day. It’s an early reader chapter book with hilarious illustrations by LeUyen Pham. Love … Continue reading

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The Heart of the Story

This week Jennifer Lynn Barnes published The Fixer, hyped as a YA version of Scandal. As a fan girl of both Jennifer’s books and all political thriller TV shows, I immediately pre-ordered my copy. I’m probably curled up in my … Continue reading

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How to Find New Adult?

This week I’ve begun researching my new manuscript, the tale of a futuristic version of our society where everything is digital. Identity theft has become obsolete, overshadowed by the larger concern of being digitally erased. My main character, a mob … Continue reading

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Save the Cursive!

School has started and our household now contains a proud second grader. I approached this milestone with both joy and dread. Second grade was very memorable for me. I had the meanest, strictest second grade teacher ever, so it was … Continue reading

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Busy Reading

Sorry, Jen cannot blog today because her nose is buried in this awesome new middle grade series. You should check it out.  Yes, this is shameless advertising.  No, I did not write this book, but I am mentioned in the … Continue reading

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