The Beautiful Trap of Belzhar

Meg Wolitzer is revealing herself to be a terrifically nimble, as well as prolific author. Since 2011 she’s published The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman, an acclaimed middle-grade novel, and The Uncoupling and The Interestings, both for adults, following a career that’s spanned over thirty years so far. Forthcoming in September 2014 is Belzhar, Wolitzer’s foray … Continue reading The Beautiful Trap of Belzhar

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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 … Continue reading Boys and Girls

Reaching Out in Melbourne

Written by Edna Truong. There are so many communities, groups and other individuals out there to support writers, and all you really need to do is reach out and know where to look. Writing can be a lonesome task, but it doesn’t have to be. Not all the time. Melbourne, dubbed one of the Cities … Continue reading Reaching Out in Melbourne

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 … Continue reading What’s With All the “Giver” Hate?

Radio Dreams

Written by Edna Truong. My tutor asked, “has anyone heard a radio drama before?” The room was hushed, eyes darted left and right, then downwards. Only a handful nodded their heads. I sat with my eyes wide open, eager for the tutor to explain further. Of course, I belonged to the majority of those puzzled, … Continue reading Radio Dreams

Life Lessons (and Lesson Plans)

As of June 19th of this year, I am no longer a teacher. I have been a professional educator for seven and half years. Now I have no classroom and no current contract. And this isn’t just a matter of summer vacation either; I have no job to go back to in the fall, and … Continue reading Life Lessons (and Lesson Plans)

One of the Cool Kids

When I was at school, I never wanted to be one of the cool kids. I simply didn’t care. I had my group of friends, and that was enough. We were the ones who hung out in the library or raced straight to the computer labs at lunch. We were the ones who did the … Continue reading One of the Cool Kids

Failing Loud and Proud

I attended a panel at a writers’ festival today, and I heard something that really struck a chord with me. “Don’t compare yourself to other writers,” one of the panelists said. “In this age of social media, where everyone celebrates their successes publicly, it’s easy to just see those. No one blogs about their failures, … Continue reading Failing Loud and Proud

The Dream Room

I’ve dreamed about my ideal room many years now. It’s an all-in-one theatrette, library and lounge. Probably a bedroom as well. (Who needs a bed when you have a comfy couch?) I don’t need any fancy architecture. A plain rectangular room will do me just fine. It has high ceilings and polished wooden floors with … Continue reading The Dream Room

How to Keep Bloggers Happy: An Editor’s Guide

I've learned a few things from being the editor of the Nose. My goal is to help writers write regularly, and learn how to work with an editor. I've also learned a lot about how to work with writers along the way. This is written to other editors who might want to put a blog … Continue reading How to Keep Bloggers Happy: An Editor’s Guide