Scholastic Makes Big Changes to Book Order Flyers: Should Our Kids Only Read Grade-Level Books?

Do you know what my absolute favorite thing about elementary school used to be? Do you know what my absolute favorite thing about being a parent of kids old enough to attend elementary school is now? Scholastic Book Orders! I remember sitting on the floor in my parents' living room, poring over the colorful pages, and circling everything I "had" to have this month. My boys now do the same. But this year, Scholastic Book Orders will have a very different look. ...more
My kids' school switched away from Scholastic because at the book fair there were very few ... more

Scared to Submit Your Work for VOTY? Don't Be!

I know when you’re a small fry in the blog/writing arena, it’s easy to get intimidated and feel left out because those with bigger platforms are being nominated, called out, read, and recognized -- and recognizing their own peers. But hear me: SMALL DOES NOT EQUAL INSIGNIFICANT and is in no way an indication of the value and worth of your work and your story....more
This is great, and perfect, and yes, validating. more

Should There Be Any True Stories in Fiction Writing?

I started working on my young adult novel, The Obvious Game, in 2009, after the hubbub of my promoting my parenting anthology, Sleep Is for the Weak, wore off. I needed a new project, and I knew I wanted it to be a novel. When I thought about what I wanted to write about, I knew it was anorexia. ...more
YES. Definitely. I constantly use things I hear from eavesdropping, put in observations I have. ... more

Is Social Media Killing Television or Making it Better?

It’s always fun to talk about television with my friends, both online and offline. It takes an activity that can be lonely and turns it into something of a party. As someone who has more friends inside the computer than outside, I get that. As someone who works from home and is a mom of young children, I get that. Social media is a good way for me to be, well, social about media. ...more
@Denise  @Virginia DeBolt  Welp, I was just in the doctor's office and was "spoiled" by the ... more

Is Social Media Killing Television or Making it Better?

It’s always fun to talk about television with my friends, both online and offline. It takes an activity that can be lonely and turns it into something of a party. As someone who has more friends inside the computer than outside, I get that. As someone who works from home and is a mom of young children, I get that. Social media is a good way for me to be, well, social about media. ...more
@Jane CollinsOh, I imagine it's a dream come true from that perspective. Even as a writer, I can ... more

Is Social Media Killing Television or Making it Better?

It’s always fun to talk about television with my friends, both online and offline. It takes an activity that can be lonely and turns it into something of a party. As someone who has more friends inside the computer than outside, I get that. As someone who works from home and is a mom of young children, I get that. Social media is a good way for me to be, well, social about media. ...more
@KarenLynnn  True enough! more

'Hating' God as a Form of Prayer?

I went to confession for the first time in five years on Saturday evening. This was about as vomit-inducing as it sounds. I kept praying to God, "I don't want to go. Do I have to go? I don't want to go! Say I don't have to go. You know you forgive me for all of the terrible shit I do anyway, so tell me I don't have to go." God said back to me (yes, God talks to me) (another post for another time? perhaps), "You don't have to go. But you should go."...more