Book review: The Bitch Is Back

Great title, right? Perfect for on A Day Without a Woman, when women around the country are marching, striking, and celebrating women’s work and accomplishments (by showing what happens if we step away, Lysistrata-style). I’m home with a sick kid today, so I’m celebrating women by wearing red (and my 1 Billion Rising t-shirt) and…Continue reading Book review: The Bitch Is Back

Marching with 1 Billion Rising

It’s Carnival time here in New Orleans! That means parades, parties, and…protests? Yep. When someone told Emma Goldman “it did not behoove an agitator to dance,” she responded: “I want freedom, the right to self-expression, everybody’s right to beautiful, radiant things.”  YES! In that spirit, on Sunday I participated in a One Billion Rising Revolution…Continue reading Marching with 1 Billion Rising

Book review: The books of Marti Dumas

I recently had the pleasure of meeting author Marti Dumas in an SCBWI monthly meetup. She passed around a few of her books, and I was so besotted, I asked if I could borrow them to write up reviews–and she said yes! My kids and I particularly enjoyed the series Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest (ooo, and…Continue reading Book review: The books of Marti Dumas

Coping mechanisms

When I’m stressed out about events beyond my control, I tend to make stuff. Over the past couple weeks leading up to today’s inauguration, I have: 1. Finished a first draft on a new kidlit novel 2. Knitted a Pussyhat for my sister-in-law planning to attend a Women’s March tomorrow Me modeling the Pussyhat. 3. Made my…Continue reading Coping mechanisms

Book review: Shirley Jackson, A Rather Haunted Life

I just finished Ruth Franklin’s marvelous biography Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life, which would make a great gift for writer-mamas. Best known for her short story “The Lottery,” Jackson wrote six novels–one of which was nominated for a National Book Award and another made into a movie–five story collections, four children’s books, and two…Continue reading Book review: Shirley Jackson, A Rather Haunted Life