Clever Negotiations

Enjoy today’s edition of Library Moments! Child: One, two. I have two. Can I take another book? Adult: Two sounds like a good amount. Child: What about two more, because what about my brother? Adult: Can you share? Child: No, he needs his own. Adult: [gives child The Look.] Child: Ok, I can share mine…

Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore

Book Review: Jane Unlimited

In addition to blogging here, I post book reviews on GoodReads.com from time to time. Here is one I just wrote, after reading an eARC (eBook Advanced Reading Copy) provided to me by NetGalley. Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book is surrealism defined. It’s like reading a Dali…

Cockatiel Bird

Overheard in the Library

Several children are standing together near my desk, watching our library pet, Libby the cockatiel, who is cocking his head and chirruping at them. They’re discussing things they are old enough to do on their own. First they talk about who gets to check out books on their own, but as they each have their…

Detoxing a Society: A thought experiment

For this Brave Wednesday, I want to share with you the beginning of what I imagine could become a longish short story, or a perhaps a novella. I first conceived of the idea┬áin 2012, and wrote these words after having it occasionally pop back into my mind for about a year. After writing it down…

Catskin: A Cinderella Variant

Two years ago this week, I wrote out a version of a traditional tale I’d been working on for a long while. This is my first time sharing it in its written form, though I have told it orally before, using different bits and pieces each time. Brave Wednesdays are pushing me to look back…

Dove on a tree silhouetted against an orange sky

Poetry

I don’t, generally speaking, consider myself a poet. But then, isn’t everyone, sometimes? Most don’t share their poetry, and that is reasonable and fine. But my goal, the goal of Brave Wednesdays, is to share things that I wouldn’t have been brave enough to share without this weekly nudge. So here is a little piece…

Brave Wednesday: Hands edition

My second brave Wednesday! I’ve spent a lot of time with a sketchbook close at hand. And all of that time, my hands have been there too, surprisingly enough. Generally the right one is not holding a pencil, as I favor my left for sketching. Here are a few sketches of that hand that I’ve…