• Books

    Book Review // Cinder

    Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on. Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is…

  • Books

    Book Review // Hero

    Fourteen-year-old Zach Harriman can feel the changes. The sharpening of his senses. The incredible strength. The speed, as though he can textmessage himself across miles. The confidence and the strange need to patrol Central Park at night. His dad had been a hero, a savior to America and a confidante of the president. Then he died, and the changes began in Zach. What Zach never knew was that his father was no ordinary man-he was a superhero, battling the world’s evil. This is a battle that has been waged for generations and that knows no boundaries. And now it’s Zach’s turn to take on the fight. It’s Zach’s turn to…

  • Writing

    My Writing Story

    I started writing seriously when I was ten or eleven. By seriously, I mean: I had a binder. And I wrote in it. How much more serious can you get? I had written a few stapled-together booklets (that were very heavily drawn from whatever book I was interested in) and illustrated them, but the urge to write – really write – struck at around age eleven. I think my writing interest had been sparked by a skinny American Girl book called Writing Smarts that appeared from I-don’t-know-where. (It’s out of print. I don’t really recommend it… If you want a good writing book for children, try this one.) I especially loved the mini character…

  • Writing

    Beginnings

    I’ve decided to do a post of first lines from my numerous stories/story beginnings/story stuff. A few warnings before we start… When I first began writing, I had a “thing” for fairy tale endings, beginnings, and everything in between. “Once upon a time”, “they lived happily ever after”, etc. Later, I had an obsession with high fantasy (C.S. Lewis, Lloyd Alexander, etc.) and heavy accents that I knew nothing about (mostly influenced by Redwall books). Also, I was heavily under the influence of a… um… a writing program that was… less than desirable? And it told me to use lots of modifiers! Lots and lots and lots! And never use the…

  • Writing

    What I Think Of Emma Woodhouse

    A poem in the style of Doctor Suess // Expressing my righteous indignation at Emma Woodhouse from Jane Austen’s Emma   I do not like her in a book I do not like her in a nook I do not like her personality She would not win Miss Congeniality.   I do not like her here and there I do not like her in her lair If people heard the things she said Behind their backs, they’d flush red.   Perhaps I’d like her with some kindness Her biggest fault might be her blindness Her prejudice could be much less She’s worse than Miss Elizabeth*.   I do not like her…

  • Life

    Goodbye March // Monthly Recap

    April is here and so is spring! It’s boiling, roasting, scalding, scorching hot outside right now. Which is why I’m quite glad I’m in the nice cool basement right now… (Mom said it wasn’t that hot, but it was pretty hot to me. I like air conditioning. It’s still too hot for April.) March flew by (but when doesn’t it?). It was a pretty normal month of school, writing, etc.  Highlights One of our oldest chickens was killed by a hawk. Our power went out briefly after a storm and we sat around the table and drank drinkable yogurt. (Was that redundant? Probably.) Small group (with our church) started. My…