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Readerly Confession: Fear of the Overhyped Book

Every so often, I find myself having the following conversation with another bookish human. Bookish human: Hey! You read. Have you read such-and-such-book? Me: Not yet. Bookish human: Dude. Seriously? Me: Yeah. Bookish human: It’s so good! You’d LOVE it! Me: I’m sure! I’ll…

What British bakers taught me about life

Over the past few months I’ve become enamored of the British Baking Show. There’s just something relaxing about watching them kneading and mixing and activating gluten. Whenever the pressure starts to build, the camera always cuts to someone enjoying a cuppa, the upper lip…

Geek Girl Goals: or 6 ways to grow as a reader in 2019

Living a literary life take building some brainiac muscles, but I think I’m up for that challenge.

Want to join me?

10 ways to get into the Christmas Spirit

I super duper love (almost) everything about Christmas! Decorating the tree, baking cookies, singing carols…I love (nearly) all of it!  What’s that you say? What’s the “almost” and “nearly” all about?  Well. Sigh. There might be a few things about the holiday season that…

Fiction Recommendations for the Book Loving Kids in Your Life!

Every year I get messages from friends, asking for some recommendations for fiction books to give kids at Christmas. I happen to think that books make the VERY BEST GIFTS!!! So I’m always happy to provide titles. This year I thought I’d compile a…

Now Go: Writing and Fear and Madeleine L’Engle

I’m writing the last bits of my 1960s novel before turning it in (deadline is Friday!!!). I’ve been so happy to give my characters good literature to sustain them through difficulty. This quote from A Wrinkle In Time inspired me. I hope it does…

Living a Dream: Ramble and Roar

What’s this? A BLOG POST from Susie? But it’s been ages? I know that’s what you’re thinking. Sigh. It has, indeed, been overlong since last I blogged. But I just needed to use this space to toot the horn for my good-great-fabulous friend Catie…

The Original Uncle Gus and Aunt Carrie

I never met my Uncle Gustav or Aunt Carrie Seegert. They’d been gone for years by the time I was born. But I heard about them often. They were, after all, the folks who took my grandma in when her mother couldn’t care for…

The Original Pearlie Lou

One of my college creative writing assignments was to interview someone. Anyone. Then we were to write an article based on that interview. I didn’t have to think twice about who I wanted to interview. I knew it had to be my grandma. For…

A Song of Home Photo Contest!

All along as I wrote Pearl’s story I found inspiration from the photography of Dorothea Lange.  She had a way of capturing moments, important details, catching personality. She truly was a master, an artist. Now, I wouldn’t say that I’m a great photographer. But I…

But Take Heart

Yesterday afternoon my kids and I were sitting at the table. They had homework and I so did I (just a different kind). They chattered as they worked multiplication tables and nibbled on snacks as they practiced spelling words.   Then my daughter said,…

WhiteFire Scavenger Hunt Stop #14

Welcome to the WhiteFire Publishing Scavenger Hunt! You’ve reached stop number 14! If you’ve just discovered the hunt, be sure to go back to stop #1 and collect all the clues in order. Once you have them all, you’ll have uncovered a secret message….

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