Category: Thoughts on Writing

Read Across America

One Fish, Two Fish… Today is Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Theodor Geisel would be 116 years old. This master of the creative word left us a treasury of stories for both young and old. From learning one’s ABC’s to recognizing that a person’s a person… Continue Reading “Read Across America”

Banned Book Week

This week is Banned Book Week. The American Library Association (ALA) keeps a record of books that have been banned, burned, or otherwise discriminated against. Most of the time, it seems these books challenge the current culture, have strong religious undertones, or are explicit… Continue Reading “Banned Book Week”

Misstep by Deborah Harper: a book review

Misstep, by Deborah Dee Harper, is a great winter tale set in a small town with an eclectic group of residents. Hugh is the pastor of the church in Road’s End. He and his wife, Melanie, are newcomers to the town. Throughout the story… Continue Reading “Misstep by Deborah Harper: a book review”

Murder on the Moor by Julianna Deering – a book review

Written in the classic style of Agatha Christie, Murder on the Moor by Julianna Deering is the fifth book in her Drew Farthering Mystery series. It follows Drew Farthering and his wife Madeline to Bunting’s Nest, England, a quaint country town in the 1930s. Drew’s old pal… Continue Reading “Murder on the Moor by Julianna Deering – a book review”

5 Writing Tips for Teens

Getting a teenager to read can be as monumental a task as climbing a mountain. Conversely, for those teens who enjoy reading, getting them to put down their book can be an equally challenging task. Whether a teen enjoys reading or not, writing can… Continue Reading “5 Writing Tips for Teens”

In the Shadow of Denali by Peterson & Woodhouse – A Book Review

In the Shadow of Denali by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse is an historical, inspirational novel set in Alaska during the early 1900s. It follows Allan Brennan on his quest to find the truth about what happened to his father on Denali. Believing the… Continue Reading “In the Shadow of Denali by Peterson & Woodhouse – A Book Review”

A Writer’s Advent – Peace

It’s that most wonderful time of the year. But even with lights, family, presents, holiday movies, and great food, one emotion often eludes us: Peace. We can have everything on our wish list, but that settled calm seems to slip through our fingers.

The Writer’s Advent – Joy

Joy, an emotion that lights up the eyes of a child when they open a gift to find their dreams come true. It fills the soul like a warm cup of soup on a winter’s night. It switches out wrinkles for smile lines on… Continue Reading “The Writer’s Advent – Joy”

The Writer’s Advent: Love

Love. What better topic to cover during this Christmas Season? As writers, we cover the topic of love from many different angles. It’s a desire that drives a character to good or evil. The reason behind a character’s action. Of course, there’s romantic love.… Continue Reading “The Writer’s Advent: Love”

A Writer’s Advent: Hope

I love the Christmas season. It is a time when a child’s wonder is most allowed in adults. Lights sparkle on every street corner. Cheer is in the air. Snow is even more welcome. It is at this time of year, amid all the… Continue Reading “A Writer’s Advent: Hope”

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