Hello Readers! I'm excited to write that I was given the opportunity to participate in a guest post in anticipation of my fantasy novel, A Smuggler's Path, being released later this summer! Please take a moment to visit the website, The Once and Future Podcast, and then check out my post on their blog and … Continue reading My Guest Post on The Once and Future Podcast!
As you know, dear readers, I have a complicated relationship with fairy tales. On the one hand, they're a great source of historical values and entertainment. But on the other, the anachronisms are hard to stomach sometimes. Especially as a woman. Even with my serious case of doublethink, I seek the stories out to better … Continue reading In search of other stories–part one
Mary Mary quite contrary How does your garden grow? With silver bells and cockle shells And pretty maids all in a row I am a terrible gardener. More to the point, I’m a reluctant one. I find people and animals more rewarding than plants, so it’s hard to make myself pay the attention necessary … Continue reading Gardening Tips from Mary, Mary Quite Contrary
Having a blog has taught me some interesting things about myself. Some things I already knew and the blog just solidified the fact (i.e. I thrive on deadlines because without them my default is lazy). Some were funny (like how ridiculously happy it makes me when someone leaves a comment). How guarded I am … Continue reading Transformations with The Little Mermaid
If ever there was a fairy tale character to look up to, I think Grimm’s The Valiant Little Tailor should be at the top of the list. Here was a man who had no problems telling the world about his amazing deed, even though the “seven in one stroke” he killed were only flies who … Continue reading The Valiant Little Tailor and Other Brave Declarations
“Why did you start a blog?” It’s a question I get asked periodically by people who don’t write blogs. The honest answer is “platform”. It’s one of those buzzwords you can’t escape if you go to conferences, subscribe to newsletters, and generally stay abreast of the latest in writing and publishing. You hear it often … Continue reading Community in the Wilderness: Searching for a Writer’s Group in the Wilds of the Web
In the course of my life I’ve had many music teachers for piano, voice, music theory, and music history. I’ve taken classes in movement and drama, but I always knew that I would never be a professional musician. For me, music was another language in which to communicate. And even though I never had any … Continue reading Music For Writers
When I was an undergrad, I had a work-study in the school career center. My main role was internet research, a sweet gig for a sophomore which came with an office and unfettered access to a computer. One day I was called into a planning meeting for a networking event. What made it different from … Continue reading Will Multicultural become a new genre?
According to my outdated (read: paper copy!) Webster's Dictionary the definition of fairy tale is a story about fairies, magic deeds, etc., while folklore is defined as the traditional beliefs, legends, etc. of a culture. So does that mean all fairy tales and folklore have in common is etc.? What's etcetera anyway in this case? I like … Continue reading At the Crossroads of Fairy Tale and Folklore
As some of you already know, I'm a writer. As to the titles of my works that can be found on a shelf or e-book, let's just call me pre-published. I'm working on the third book in my series called Rhymes & Misdemeanors, a YA fantasy. But as my series progresses, following the adventures of … Continue reading What’s in an age appropriate label?