Category Archives: Stories & the Written Word

It’s Never Too Early (or Too Late) to Start Reading to Kids – Babies, Toddlers, and Up

It’s Never Too Soon to Start Reading Books and Stories to Kids

Reading has always been a part of my life. Some of my best memories growing up are about books. Riding my bike to the nearby Bookmobile and gathering a sack full of books was like having Christmas any time of year! I also loved library days at school where we could go to the library and choose books. I read through all the Nancy Drew books that way…and many others. Nancy Drew ended up having a significant impact on my life as a writer many years later – and I’ll cover that story in a separate blog.

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You Don’t Have to Be a Great Writer to Have a Great Blog

Originally a guest post on WritersOnTheMove.com on 10/30/14

3 Mindsets Bloggers Should Have and Not Have To Be Successful

I’ve been thinking lately about what can help – or hurt – writers who wish to write a blog. When considering my own writing goals, I feel mixed. I have a strong desire to write about things of importance, yet also trepidation that I won’t say what’s on my heart in a way that resonates with readers. If I let myself dwell on the fear of failure, I’ve found I can effectively talk myself out of writing anything.

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Reading, Sunflower Seeds, and Trader Joes (Opened in Boise  February 28, 2014!)

What on earth, you ask, do sunflower seeds and Trader Joes have to do with reading?!

Probably nothing to anyone else, but to me, the ties are strong. It’s no surprise at this point to mention that one of my favorite pass times is reading. And going back to early, early days (pre-teen), a perfect afternoon was spent reading an intriguing book with a tasty big bag of sunflower seeds next to me, plowing my way through both seed and book. You could tell how engaging the book was by how rapidly the pile of sunflower seed shells rose in height!

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15 Ways To Encourage Kids Who Don’t Like Books or Reading

“Nobody hates reading. Some just haven’t found their book yet.” @KarimShehimi

Would that every such book-begone person find their book. And when they — including our kids — find one of “their” books, especially when young, they’ll have learned the amazing fact that there are zillions more where that one came from, just waiting to be discovered and enjoyed for the rest of their lives.

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Who Says Nancy Drew Is Only a 1-Dimensional Character?!

I loved reading Nancy Drew mysteries as a child. So it came as a shock to me as a adult many years ago as a new student to children’s writing to be told by my writing professor that Nancy Drew was emphatically NOT a three dimensional character. WHAT?! Of course she is! I read all of her escapades in the 3rd grade and she was so deeply dimensional I could tell you anything you wanted to know about her, thanks to Carolyn Keene’s great depiction of her. Then came blow number 2. My professor had no mercy when he informed me “Carolyn Keene” didn’t exist – ‘she’ was a ‘them’ – a group of writers who wrote the formulaic Nancy Drew mysteries under the made-up name of Carolyn Keene.

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