Tag Archives: VCFA

Using the Sh** of Life as Fertilizer

I’ve been struggling with this blog. I’ve been struggling with the way that I present myself to the outside world. (I am a person who struggles.) I blog about tough things on here. I often blog about personal things. And … Continue reading

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Rogue to the Rescue!: A New Novel by Lyn Miller-Lachman

The Vermont College of Fine Arts Writing for Children & Young Adults residency is in full swing and I am here in Santa Fe feeling homesick. So I want to take this opportunity to talk about a fabulous new book … Continue reading

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Not the Only Journey

I was speaking to a writer whose work I very much admire tonight and the conversation turned, as conversations between writers inevitably will, to whether there is in fact more than just one story. The one story being “the Hero’s … Continue reading

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Spiritual Books for the Hurting Chickpea

One of the main ways people cope with tough times is to seek out spiritual guidance. I do it myself, often and a lot. Even though spirituality can be used in the name of hatred to hurt others, when used … Continue reading

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A Question about Fairy Tales

It turns out that I am a stop and go blogger. I know I haven’t really posted in a month and here I’m about to post twice in one day, and yet the times when I’ve decided to save the … Continue reading

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Rainbow Rumpus–Literary Magazine for children with GLBTQ parents

Cruising around for magazine markets to submit my writing to today (yes, I have finally decided that this is the year to take the plunge and get over my fear of submitting), I was delighted to discover what looks like … Continue reading

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Interview with Franny Billingsley, Author of Chime

It’s taken me a couple days to get this up because the little foster boy who my partner and I had for a while has suddenly popped back up in our life–we’ve got him full-time for the rest of the … Continue reading

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Victim Characters and Passivity

So, Lyn Miller Lachman started a great discussion on my graduate student forum about writing about characters who are victimized, and it really sparked some thoughts I have about the subject that I thought I’d share with you all. I created this … Continue reading

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Something to Ponder: Review of Something Like Hope by Shawn Goodman

So, I received a book–that I’d requested–to review ages ago. And I took a very long time to read it, but still I didn’t review it. I’ve been thinking about this book for months now–generally a good sign, but I’m … Continue reading

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Romancing Reality in YA Fiction: Guest Post by Mandy Robbins Taylor

I saw a bumper sticker slogan on a Facebook page recently that read: “BOYS IN BOOKS ARE BETTER.” Of course, the comment thread that followed was a long string of female readers’ bemoaning agreement. I have to agree as well. … Continue reading

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