Brave Wednesday: Ducky leash

This past Saturday, a tragedy almost happened in our family. We almost lost Ducky, my 3 year old’s lovey when she dropped out of the stroller unnoticed on our way to a friend’s house. That we found her again was fairly miraculous, and involved my retracing our route in the dark with a flashlight and…

Seven Awful Minutes

If you could trade seven minutes of your time for a calmer and more productive day, would you? Does your answer change if those seven minutes are awful? Have I sold you on trying it? This week’s Brave Wednesday is brought to you by yet another snow day! Unlike my usual Brave Wednesday offerings, it…

Brave Wednesday: snow day edition!

Please enjoy today’s Brave Wednesday, brought to you by the wet March snow. Today is a snow day! I am spending it very pleasantly, inside with my daughter. We made play dough and cookies, and then while she was napping, I went down to my studio and put together two things I’ve been intending to…

Brave Wednesday: doodle style

Perhaps unsurprisingly, life as an elementary school librarian is busy and tiring. But the world keeps turning and I’m still committed to sharing things I create, big and small. So for brave Wednesday today, which I know is a Thursday, here is a doodle for you. Enjoy!

beauty in clumsy fragility

Brave Wednesday & an Announcement

Welcome to this week’s Brave Wednesday! Above you will see the sketch I’m sharing with you today. It is somewhat cropped by WordPress to fit the space allotted, so here is a link to the complete image. I believe I’ve spoken in the past about my propensity for sketching my right hand (I’m left handed,…

Characters free from stereotypes

Books written for early readers are built with simple characters. This is good for emerging readers. They can come to appreciate running gags, as a character does the same thing in different scenes. The simple character can be described with few words, and takes does not take long to feel that the character is a…

popping the balloon

Brave Wednesdays: The Musical Episode

In June of 2014, I wrote a song. I’ve written a couple of songs over the course of my life, although I can’t remember most of them. I remembered this one. A couple days later, I wrote it down. A week or so after that, I added a bridge to my three verses. I left…

Brave Wednesdays Report

I jumped back into it with a very brave act- I got up I front of people with my questions. I taught and I learned. It was electrifying and incredible and really everything that Brave Wednesdays are all about. Allow me to back up and explain:

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 in 2012, and wrote these words after having it occasionally pop back into my mind for about a year. After writing it down…