Boys and Girls

If I ever have a second baby, I hope I’ll have the patience not to find out ahead of time whether it’s a boy or a girl. Team Green, as they call it these days. You see, when my husband and I found out two years ago that we were expecting, we were only too…

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What’s With All the “Giver” Hate?

On my first day of school last year, the students in one of my all-boys classes asked if we would be reading The Giver. Published in 1993, The Giver by Lois Lowry was one of my all-time favorite books as a teenager. I read it in eighth grade, and then again in high school, and…

Children and Creativity

I was recently asked if having kids has had any effect on my creativity. This is a question that’s been floating around my household quite a bit, actually. And it’s been especially relevant since about July 16th, 2012, when my husband and I welcomed our first child. See, I’m a writer and teacher with some…

The Joy of Burn-Out

“Burn-out has always been one of those things that happens to other people, not me.” As I read these words by fellow blogger Leanne Yong, I got to thinking, “Hey, I’m other people.” And on that note, let me tell you what’s been going on with me lately.

Baby

I’ve always said that writing is scary. Hey, I built an entire blog on the concept. Over a year’s worth of posts, and it all came down to this: Creating is tough. There’s such an intense sense of responsibility that comes with bringing something to life, with creating something from nothing, and putting it out…

Should Some Writers Stop Writing?

Growing up, my parents, relatives, and teachers gave me a lot of encouragement when it came to writing. And when those positive and supportive people weren’t around, I entertained myself by reading flowery inspirational books about how all of us have the potential for brilliance. Nowadays, I try to pay some of that inspiration back…

Angry Writing

Today, I’m angry. I’m not going to say why, because any explanation I could give would be far too tedious and unnecessary. But rest assured, I’m angry. Blindingly, burningly so. I don’t like to face down a deadline when I’m angry, upset, or stressed about some real life problem. I much prefer to write while calm…

Writing Under Pressure

Some of us work very well under pressure. I never thought I fit into that category, but I’m beginning to feel differently now. I’m not the sporty type. My idea of an outdoor activity is having a picnic outside, and I’d much prefer to have that picnic without someone (Ted) pestering me to play horseshoes…