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Mistress

Mistress

The Amulet Saga, Volume Three The Silver Shores What Came Before: The Silver Shores,     Preparing,     Testing,     Auction Part One,     Auction Part Two Mistress   The woman walked quickly, without stopping for anyone. The crowd parted in front of her, a wave that closed in again almost as soon as it opened. Reith stumbled along behind, […]

Realm Makers 2017 and Hard Decisions

Realm Makers 2017 and Hard Decisions

So, I finally decided. I won’t be going to Realm Makers this year. Sobs and grabs box of tissues. This was such a hard decision, and one I’ve put off for as long as possible. I love this conference! I love my fellow conference attendees, the teachers, the bookstore, and of course the Nerf war. […]

Happy Mother’s Day 

Happy Mother’s Day 

    Hi, this is Zippy. I gave Gretchen Mother’s Day off so she could spend it with her family. Last Mother’s Day she wrote one of her more visited pieces. And this Mother’s day is extra special for Rosie and me. We’ve been late in announcing this, but December 2 we welcomed our firstborn, Shuffler, […]

Auction, Part Two

Auction, Part Two

The Amulet Saga, Volume Three The Silver Shores What Came Before: The Silver Shores,     Preparing,     Testing,     Auction Part One Auction, Part Two Reith set his jaw, determined not to make it easy for anyone to purchase him. There wasn’t much he could do—the cuff ensured that—but he didn’t have to smile or flirt or endear […]

Daughter of the Pirate King Book Review

Daughter of the Pirate King Book Review

“Oh, the ridiculous things one has to do when one is a pirate.”
― Tricia Levenseller, Daughter of the Pirate King

The Benefits of Sprinting for the Distance Runner

I’m a distance runner That’s a label that took me a while for me to wrap my arms around. I always hated running. Like with a passion. Like I walked at least part of the way every time a gym teacher or coach told us to run a mile. There was the time I ran a mile for the […]

The Benefit of Contests

The Benefit of Contests

I judge writing contests on a fairly regular basis. Sometimes for smaller, informal contests, like for a classroom, sometimes larger contests for a conference, and, obviously, the annual Havok contest. First of all, kudos to all of you who have ever entered a contest! It is a huge thing to put your work out there […]