Monthly Archives: August 2013

A Preview of my 2013 Three Day Novel Contest Story

Once again I am getting ready for the 3 Day Novel Contest. I’ve reblogged my thoughts on the contest from last year (see below), and as I reread what I wrote, I’m a little surprised that I am going in … Continue reading

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Essay Chat: “On Three Ways of Writing for Children” by C.S. Lewis

My mother went to university when I was in grammar school. One of the great payoffs for me was her Anthology of Children’s Literature. It was a mammoth, double-columned tome of poetry, folklore, myth, and short stories. I loved it, … Continue reading

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The Wildwood in The Decemberists

Last week I reviewed Wildwood by Colin Melot and Carson Ellis. Colin Melot, who is the literary creator of the NewYorkTimes bestseller Wildwood Chronicles, is also the chief lyricist for Grammy-award winning The Decemberists. One might wonder what children’s writing … Continue reading

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Meeting Prue: Reflections on Wildwood by Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis

I am always struck most by the female protagonist. Both of my children’s books and a fantasy book I am working on, The Curse of Téarian, feature young women as the driving forces of personality in the narrative. In Harry … Continue reading

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Telling it Slant: The Problem With Writing Conversions

Oranges and Archie I never went to church much growing up. There was a little white church a mile or so from my house that gave out free oranges and Christian Archie comic books at Christmastime, so sometimes I would … Continue reading

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Idea-Seeds in C.S. Lewis’ Letters

One of the reasons I like reading C.S. Lewis’ letters is that I get to see hints of ideas that will one day become books. Except for some time in his 20s, we don’t have Lewis’ diaries, and most of … Continue reading

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A Shore-side View of the Pilgrimage: My 2nd Anniversary Reflection

I am writing this post from one of Prince Edward Island’s gorgeous beaches. This Eastern Canadian Island of Hesperides is filled with incredible beaches: miles of blonde sand slicing the world between an endless blue ocean of white cresting lines … Continue reading

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