Quote of the Day

Quote-MadeleineLEngle-BookstarI love this illustration by Debbie Ridpath Ohi. The quote by Madeleine L’Engle seems particularly apt for Banned Books Week, as her most famous book, A Wrinkle in Time has been on banned and challenged book lists since its publication in the 1960s.

Debbie has lots of other awesome illustrations available for sharing and printing. Make sure to check out her great work and share your enthusiasm for reading!

Links Galore

A few links for your week:


Friday Fifteen

Happy Friday, everyone! I feel like this week has been about three weeks long, so I’m psyched to get to the weekend. Here to start things off, a look at what I’ve been reading and writing.

ReadingThank You for Your Service by David Finkel
A very tough but very necessary read about veteran care and PTSD.

Writing: I haven’t gone to confession since I started junior year.
A new WIP, a new first page I’ve re-written about five times.


Quote of the Day

From “The Battle of The Pen and the Scissors” by Shem Tov Ardutiel (Santob de Carrión):

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I recently read The Dream of the Poem: Hebrew Poetry from Muslim and Christian Spain, 950-1492 by Peter Cole (translator) and I loved coming across poems about the act of writing. Like in the one above, even though they were written literally hundreds of years ago, it was so cool to see how writers face the same frustrations and challenges.

So take it from Shem Tov Ardutiel–tomorrow’s writing doesn’t matter today. Focus on getting the work done now.

Friday Fifteen

Happy Friday, everybody! Although I’m still in denial that it’s actually Labor Day weekend, I’m so excited to be heading into a long weekend with the possibility of s’mores in my future. Let’s start things off with a look at what I’ve been reading and writing in fifteen words or fewer:

ReadingRunning Like a Girl: Notes on Learning to Run by Alexandra Heminsley
Light but motivating look at running for people who don’t think they’re runners.

Writing: There’s always a sacrifice in fairy tales—a heart, a home, a body.
New story at the Hanging Garden coming on Monday!

Links Galore

Lots of links I’ve been saving:

Waiting for the First of September at 11 o’clock



Happy Hogwarts Express Day!


Make sure you have your owl cozy:

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Between September 1 (first day of Hogwarts) and July 31 (Harry Potter’s birthday), Rowling’s world has a real effect on how I see the yearly calendar. Fictional days are the best!