Things that inspire me to write #10: The Queen Who Stole the Sky

  Apparently I have always harbored a weakness for really pretty clothes. One of my favorite books as child (after Cinderella for Obvious Reasons), The Queen Who Stole the Sky, is about a woman who cuts down the sky and turns it into a ball gown—her hem shimmering with golden stars and rose colored sunsets as she […]

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Things that inspire me to write #13: Six-Word Memoirs

As much as I love J.R.R. Tolkien’s 30-page long descriptions of a dandelion leaf, there is something to be said about the short and concise. You can do a lot with a little and nowhere is that more obvious than in I Can’t Keep My Own Secrets: Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous and Obscure. Every […]

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Things that inspire me to write #20: Cinderella’s dress

Even today, my heart beats a little faster whenever I get my hands on a copy of Cinderella. First I flip to the Fairy Fashion Intervention scene so that I can once again behold that dress, then it’s the picture of her Reunion with the prince (for obvious reasons), then her arrival at the ball, and […]

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Things that inspire me to write #21: The Giving Tree

It’s sweet, simple, a pretty accurate portrayal of what it means to be a parent and according to the inscription scrawled across my mom’s copy, The Giving Tree is the first book I ever read. Evidently Shel Silverstein‘s most well known publication set me off in the right direction, because not only do I still love to consume […]

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Things that inspire me to write #22: Jonathan Livingston Seagull

“Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding. Find out what you already know and you will see the way to fly.” ― Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull My bed creaks like an elderly cat. Constantly. It is very annoying–especially whenever I think about replacing it with one […]

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Things that inspire me to write #25: Fairy Tales

Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk…with Philip Pullman’s recent re-release of the Brothers Grimm, people are once again talking about the incredible power and endurance of fairly tales–and as someone who reads these same stories to a two year old on nightly basis, I can only agree. I don’t know […]

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