Tonight in Game 2 of the World Series, the Chicago Cubs won 5-1. Yeah! What a great way to end a very long day. The Cubs have been my favorite baseball team ever since I began my research for my novel, Double Play. I am so happy that they are in the World Series, and I'll be… Continue reading The Cubs Win!
It’s been pouring for two days and nights now. I think the drought is over. I had a lot of things on my to-do list today, but after a short walk with my dog, Rocky, in the cold wind, with purple clouds overhead threatening to dump more water, I climbed back in bed with a… Continue reading Rainy Days
After three weeks of thinking I was going to die from the plague, I think I'm finally getting better. Today I got out my laptop and started reconnecting with the world. It’s amazing how the email, etc. can pile up when one is sick. I haven’t had the energy to do much except read. And… Continue reading I’m Back!
I have been tutoring two students since the fall, using the Star reading program. Each day we meet, they work hard at reading, decoding, and learning the phonics skills they need in order to be good readers. It has been very gratifying to watch them go from barely able to read to being able to… Continue reading Read to Children
In my work as a reading tutor at the elementary school, one thing becomes very clear: children who are read to at home become good readers. The wonderful world of books is opened to them, their eyes are wide, and they are eager to learn what is within the pages. Children who are not read… Continue reading The Best Gift
Well, it's Monday, and I've got 2,683 words written for NaNoWriMo. That's not near enough if I'm going to meet my quota, so I've got to put in some solid writing tonight on City of the Giants. So, instead of telling you about my wonderful week with my son, daughter-in-law, and grandson; or giving a… Continue reading Monday, Monday
Robin McKinley’s new book, Shadows, came out last Thursday. I’d been drooling over the ads for ages, so naturally I just had to go run some errands that day and (surprise!) ended up at the bookstore. I could hardly wait to get home and begin reading. I stayed up late and finished the book in… Continue reading Shadows
The end of August is upon us, and Utah Book Month is almost over. But that won't stop all of us book lovers from reading. Today I am happy and honored to spotlight another great author, Lisa Mangum. By day, Lisa is an Assistant Editor for Deseret Book/Shadow Mountain, but at night she writes YA… Continue reading Featuring Lisa Mangum
As part of Utah Book Month, I'm excited to spotlight Suey, the author of the website It's All About Books. Interview with Suey from It’s All About Books Suey is a busy mom from Utah who takes the time to read and review books on her website. Her website biography is deceptively simple. She says,… Continue reading Featuring Suey
I started listing all the books I’ve read in the past six months, and I am surprised at how many there are. My husband teases me that the only people who call the house are salesmen, my sister, and the library informing me that my books are in. I have to sheepishly admit that I… Continue reading Too Many Books? No Such Thing.