When I was in high school, the kids often segregated themselves and I never knew which side of the classroom belonged to me. If I sat on the white side of the class, I’d have to endure girls putting their hands in my hair and exclaiming at its texture. Sitting on the black side of… Read More
Two semesters into library school and my eyes are still full of stars and wonder. Maybe that will fade, maybe it won’t. But one thing that has inspired me lately are the 5 Laws of Library Science proposed by S. R. Ranganathan in 1931.
While writing my capstone (part I of my novel) in 2012, my professor kept reminding me that my characters shouldn’t say “ok.” I didn’t tell her that I had wondered the same thing and that I had already double-checked the derivation of the word. Between my husband’s love of small historical details, our combined degrees… Read More
I’ve always enjoyed this quote. Storytelling through the form of historical fiction bridges generations. Novels based on history offer more than the traditional escape; they encourage readers to imagine the lives of their ancestors and how those lives connect to the present. Or as James Alexander Thom describes in the Art of Writing Historical Fiction,… Read More
I’m still having nightmares about The Road by Cormac McCarthy and the Oryx and Crake trilogy by Margaret Atwood. I had to read the Secret Garden as a sort of palate cleanser. So when I heard about Neal Stephenson’s call to stop being so damn cynical, I agreed with him. When did Science Fiction become so rough… Read More
I’m resurrecting this blog because I’m taking an html class and I want a place to experiment. It’s also a good idea to keep up with the practice of writing things that aren’t all related to information needs, missions statements, copyright law, and all of the other things I’m learning about in school. I know…. Read More