Spring ILC, Week 4: I have a really good excuse this week, I swear.

Most of my “free” time this week was used to update my resume and write a cover letter for a promotion at work. I had my interview on Friday and should hear back before the end of this week. Wish me luck! I did churn through 80-something pages in Writing Irresistible Kidlit and several more articlesContinue reading “Spring ILC, Week 4: I have a really good excuse this week, I swear.”

Spring ILC, Week 3: Do the actual work

I did it again—I came to the end of another week without doing any actual revision. So I sat down on Sunday night and pushed out 3 1/2 new pages. (Afterwords my brain was done, so that’s why this reflection is a day late.) The thing is, I could do planning work all day long—worldbuilding,Continue reading “Spring ILC, Week 3: Do the actual work”

Spring ILC, Week 2: Planning for the unplanable

I’m such a planner when it comes to short-term stuff like this ILC, or stuff that doesn’t go anywhere without me like my novel. (This is the exact opposite of how I am with long-term life stuff.) It’s only Week 2 and already I’m thinking “I don’t have enough sources for my paper (that IContinue reading “Spring ILC, Week 2: Planning for the unplanable”

Week 2 exercise: TRUCKS

Techniques of Revision Used by Cheryl Klein (TRUCKs) from Second Sight TRUCK #1: Write out the story of your book in one sentence. Thirteen-year-old Gaudiloquence must use her gift of storytelling to recover the magical fire stolen from her village and revive her loved ones who have been frozen.  Wow, that sounds long and awkward.Continue reading “Week 2 exercise: TRUCKS”

Spring ILC, Week 1: What the heck is an ILC?

This quarter I’m doing an Independent Learning Project (ILC), Evergreen-speak for doing whatever you want (with faculty support) and getting credit for it. I’d been planning for a while to do an ILC this summer (my last quarter here) to learn about the world of publishing, make professional networking connections, and try to get oneContinue reading “Spring ILC, Week 1: What the heck is an ILC?”

The time I met Kate DiCamillo and everything was wonderful forever

It was 2003 and I was a senior in high school when I first saw the newly published The Tale of Despereaux on a bookstore shelf. I remembered a quote from my high school English/Theatre/Creative Writing teacher: “‘Don’t judge a book by its cover.’ Bull$#!&! Judge it!” And I did. I looked at the illustrationContinue reading “The time I met Kate DiCamillo and everything was wonderful forever”

There is no map to the place where YA fiction and social justice meet

There’s a question that’s been percolating in my mind for a couple of years now. I first gave voice to it at a writing workshop called “Queering Writing” put on by my own dear Writing Center (this was before I worked there, but it was where I met my boss and mentor Sandy). I askedContinue reading “There is no map to the place where YA fiction and social justice meet”

The Virgin’s Coffin: Snow White, the Brothers Grimm, and Appropriation

Guess what, y’all. That paper I was working on so hard for class turned out awesome. The Virgin’s Coffin: Snow White, the Brothers Grimm, and Appropriation In the tradition of early Christian martyrdom, “virginity could be the equal of any martyr’s death, signalling one of the most persistent themes in female spirituality” (Rubin, 156). AllContinue reading “The Virgin’s Coffin: Snow White, the Brothers Grimm, and Appropriation”

Why I don’t feel bad about giving up on NaNoWriMo this year

Snow White and the Seven Deadly Sins is the fifth rough draft I’ve gotten out of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). But this is the first time I’ve attempted to finish NaNoWriMo while going to school full time, working 18 hours/week, and commuting 12 hours/week. It was ridiculously optimistic of me to attempt it in theContinue reading “Why I don’t feel bad about giving up on NaNoWriMo this year”