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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Book review: The books of Crystal Allen

If you like character-driven, middle-grade fiction about realistic kids of color doing real things–with a lot of humor and learning-from-mistakes–check out Crystal Allen’s wonderful books. When I attended the SCBWI Houston conference, I had the pleasure of meeting Crystal and having her review my manuscript. Her advice has been incredibly helpful, and I’m hoping it’s […]