How Tolkien Ruined Fantasy

Anyone who knows me knows how I love Tolkien’s work. It was dear Frodo who drew me into books and writing. So, as an avid fan of his work, why would I say that Tolkien ruined fantasy? It’s simple. There is one inexplicable truth in writing that will always plague us: very few authors are […]

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Presidents in Publishing

Sometimes I wonder why anyone would ever want to be President of the United States. For one thing, it’s a huge time commitment. You live where you work. You’re responsible for an entire country. Plus, you’re guaranteed to come out of the experience having aged twice as much as you would have otherwise. Then, I figured […]

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Reading Maya Angelou In Virginia

     When I caught a snippet of an NPR news broadcast yesterday, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. Last October, before the election, a group of five teenagers vandalized the historic Ashburn Colored School in Ashburn, Virginia. They spray-painted swastikas and the words “White Power” on the old building. Since the court […]

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Fahrenheit 9 3/4

Watching Harry Potter weekend on the FreeForm channel is one of my favorite things to do. While most people were off debating over the Falcons and the Patriots, I sat back and fully immersed myself in J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world last Super Bowl weekend. But as I was watching these films, I just couldn’t help but think […]

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5 Reasons Why The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery Should Matter to You

Anyone close with me knows I’m obsessed with octopuses (yes, that is the correct plural form – Greek roots, not Latin). I’m fascinated by these mysterious creatures’ intellect, strength and playfulness. I dream of meeting an octopus one day – author and naturalist Sy Montgomery did just that. I noticed The Soul of the Octopus […]

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To the YA Author

I used to like Young Adult fiction. Even now, most of my favorite books are older books of the genre. These books were unique. They were exciting. They were fun and enchanting and everything I could ask for in the world of literature packed into small, easy-to-read volumes. Then came Twilight. I don’t blame the […]

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