Review: The Secret Billionaire

The Secret Billionaire by Teymour Shahabi Genre: YA Mystery Release Date: September 2016 An orphan, a private school, and a missing fortune. Teymour Shahabi’s The Secret Billionaire follows the misadventures of Andrew, a teen boy without a family as he struggles to fit into a posh new school, only to find himself stumbling upon one bucket of […]

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Review: Windrunner’s Daughter by Bryony Pearce

Rating: Four out of Five Stars I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review as part of a YA Bound Book Tour. Summary: Think Whale Rider meets Dune. Windrunner’s Daughter offers up a good old fashion girl power story with an unusual twist: hand gliding on Mars. Wren is young woman living […]

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On paying attention: a lesson in toothbrushing and writing from Colette Brooks

On one block I see the windows through which scores of young women once leapt to their deaths, fire driving them from factory floor to the cool of the open air…someone else who remembers place white roses on the sidewalk (Brooks, In the City).” In my attempt to be more mindful of the world around […]

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On the Importance of Doing Nothing: Brenda Ueland & Writing

I have been carrying some pretty heavy writer guilt around lately—and I don’t mean heavy as an office water cooler, I’m talking heavy as-an-Assembly-on-Drunk-Driving, plus the whole damn Mulligan delivery truck. Despite managing to spend plenty of time getting all wet and sandy with my three-year-old, several months have passed and I still haven’t produced […]

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Debbie Millman on writing sucess and why I don’t need a bigger home

The last time I completed a manuscript I was filled with excitement and anticipation. This time, it was more like WIDE EYED FEAR. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that the last few projects have fallen flat on their 12 point font faces, that after over a year of work I am […]

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Anne Lamott on how to tackle the Great Blank Page

I finally bid farewell to a manuscript I have been working on for over a year as of just yesterday.  My mom’s going to proofread it, then it’s off to my agent friend and the world beyond. Needless to say, I was feeling pretty good about the accomplishment, and stoked to start a new project–until […]

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The secret to writing success: no bathroom breaks

My armpits are sticky, my floor is so dirty it crunches, and  yet another episode of Dora The Explorer is glowing across my toddler’s face. I am leaving for a trip to Montreal in exactly one week and have been racing for the last month to get my final final manuscript draft completed before my […]

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