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


I haven’t forgotten about my commitment – my promise to myself – to write more and to challenge my friend Kevin to blog more. But the two of us found ourselves bogged down with a zillion extra things in the past couple of weeks (You can see more about what’s been going on with him to hold … Continue reading

Celebrate: Snow Day

I know it’s Saturday. I know that it’s snowed and is snowing enough (in my opinion) for an entire winter…in one day. I know I had things planned that I wanted/needed to do today…and that none of that really involved pushing snow off the deck or helping clean off the cars or documenting the snow … Continue reading

Celebrate: Be Yourself

I will admit that I didn’t quite bounce out of bed on Monday morning, but by the time I got to first period with my freshmen, I had more bounce than Tigger in my step. The ALA Youth Media Awards announcement website was up on the big screen in my room and I could hardly … Continue reading

Eulogy for My Father

Four weeks ago, we publicly said goodbye to my father. This morning, we privately said goodbye in a small graveside service. We had done something similar when my brother passed away, giving us all a bit of space and time to prepare to take that last step in saying goodbye to his earthly remains. I … Continue reading

Celebrate: What a Difference a Note Can Make

Celebrate: What a Difference a Note Can Make

On Monday afternoon, between school and musical practice, I stopped in the high school office for my once daily check in. I anticipated some junk mail – the stuff that is addressed to Cindy Minnich or Current English Teacher* – but not the handwritten, personally addressed card envelope, one with a stamp on it. I … Continue reading

Writing Myself Accountable

Last week Kevin issued this writing challenge: For our next post, let’s write about one of our goals. I’m hoping that by doing this, we’ll build in a little more accountability. How can we help each other achieve the goal, or what have we done to work toward it? True to form, we both pushed … Continue reading

One Little Word: I’ll Try Again

I have been trying these One Little Word resolutions for the last few years. In 2013: I first picked MOVE. Then I changed it to HABIT. I later said I should’ve picked REVISE because neither word took all that well. In 2014: I picked BALANCE. I wrote about that as a real juggling act just … Continue reading