Recharging

I threw this topic out on Sunday afternoon when I saw a message from Kevin asking what we were going to write about this week. “How do we use summer to refuel and recharge?” Seemed like an easy enough topic to consider. Except when I sat down to write, the first thing I thought of … Continue reading

Who Do I Trust?

Kevin English and I were able to catch up at nErDcampMI last week and we swore we’d get back to challenging each other to blog. I was happy to see an email from him within 24 hours with the following topic: Who do we trust more? People we work next to or teaching friends from … Continue reading

Celebrate: Closing Some Tabs

Summer is hurtling by at an alarming rate. My students have been out of school for two weeks already. Many of the upcoming seniors have already gotten their yearbook portraits taken. I’ve moved from one room to another (what an awesome way to ensure I’ve cleaned out every single little corner of stuff I have … Continue reading

Getting Organized

Some years I get to the finish line and I shove everything into boxes and drawers and my closet and head home. Some years I get this incredible urge to clean and organize and make sure I’m not doing all of that when I return in August when I should be fussing over other details. … Continue reading

How to Disappear Blog Tour & Review

How to Disappear Blog Tour & Review

How to Disappear by Ann Redisch Stampler About the Book This electric cross-country thriller follows the game of cat and mouse between a girl on the run from a murder she witnessed—or committed?—and the boy who’s sent to kill her. Nicolette Holland is the girl everyone likes. Up for adventure. Loyal to a fault. And … Continue reading

My Favorite Poem

Kevin invited me to write about my favorite poem a little while ago, but I haven’t quite gotten my act together to write about it. Maybe it’s because I hadn’t quite decided which poem was going to be my favorite. It is National Poetry Month and this is a great excuse to spend a bit more … Continue reading

A Tyranny of Petticoats Blog Tour and Giveaway

A Tyranny of Petticoats Blog Tour and Giveaway

I have a particular fascination with historical fiction, a love of short story anthologies, and an unapologetic feminist perspective, so when I heard about Candlewick Press‘s new anthology A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers & Other Badass Girls edited by Jessica Spotswood, I literally cheered. When they asked me to be part of the … Continue reading

Tap-Tap-Tapping the Keys

It’s been a long day. I woke up early to the sound of little fingers tapping on the keys of my old typewriter on the other side of the wall. My bedroom wall. At 5:30 in the morning. I love his enthusiasm. He started typing a story on my dad’s typewriter on Sunday afternoon, Star … Continue reading

Celebrate: The Soundtrack of My Life

The world is big. New stuff gets added to it every day. Books. Music. Art. Movies. TV shows. Games. Websites. Apps. Cute animal videos. There is no way there would ever be enough hours in a lifetime to sift through it all and find what I want to experience, let alone what I’d want to … Continue reading