Friday Fun: Timber

I’ve been watching a lot of logging videos. Pretentious admission: it’s research for a book I’m working on. It’s awfully fun to watch the trees go over, too, though.

Video Link to Springboard in a Schoolmarm Cedar

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The Problem with Self Publishing 1

I have not, as a rule, used this venue to talk about work. I’m not really sure why that is. I guess I’ve always had enough room to express my thoughts about work on work blogs and websites. Not that those venues don’t still exist, they do: rather, I think I want to say things […]


Word of the Day: New

Of particular interest, given the new year. New adjective \ˈnü, chiefly British ˈnyü, in place names usually (ˌ)nu̇ or nə or (ˌ)ni\ a :  beginning as the resumption or repetition of a previous act or thing <a new day> <the new edition>   b :  made or become fresh <awoke a new person>    

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Tuesday Quotivator: 1

It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad. – […]


Fun Reads: The Castle in the Attic

The word on the street is that some kids don’t like to be encouraged to read books. I never had that problem, or if I did, I don’t remember it. Betsy Hoke told me to read this book, if I remember correctly. She made me read Bridge to Terabithia, too. That’s the first book I […]

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Somebody sure likes to take breaks:

I know, I know, I just took the week off for Thanksgiving, didn’t I? Well, it’s been a tremendously busy few months for me, so I’m taking a few more weeks off. I’ll see you in the new year!


Friday Fun: How Books Are Made 2

If you’re one of the four people who read here, you know that I’ve been working my hind-quarters off on publishing Story Warren’s first book, The Green Ember. A few weeks ago, I went looking for good “how it’s done” videos to help Sam’s kids and my own kids understand exactly what was taking so long […]

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On Spoilers and Kids

There is, rumor has it, a trailer of some sort for the new Star Wars movie. I’ve worked hard to not see it. I’ve seen a couple of still images floating around on twitter and facebook, but I’m trying to keep it as much out of my head as I can. See, back when the […]


Word of the Day: Thankful 1

thank·ful adjective \ˈthaŋk-fəl\ : glad that something has happened or not happened, that something or someone exists, etc. : of, relating to, or expressing thanks Full Definition of THANKFUL 1:  conscious of benefit received <for what we are about to receive make us truly thankful> 2:  expressive of thanks <thankful service> 3:  well pleased :  […]

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Tuesday Quotivator

I must lose myself in action, lest I wither in despair.   – Alfred, Lord Tennyson (whose name I can never spell right)