• Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Awareness Day

    We take a break from our regularly scheduled programming for a health item. Today is ME/CFS International Awareness Day. It’s on May 12th because it’s the birthday of Florence Nightingale. I love that fact as she was one of my favorite historical figures in my 4th grade history book. I had plans to go to… Continue reading

  • A Little Housekeeping

    If you’ve visited my website in the last month, you may have wondered what was happening. Were there coffee beans in the banner? Well, my theme expired, and I didn’t have the energy to do anything about it until class let out. I’m noticing some other things that need updating on the site as well.… Continue reading

  • A Pure and Beautiful Story: Space Boy

    Some writers in my spec fic group recently recommended the webtoon Space Boy. Space Boy has to be one of the purest stories I’ve ever read. The characters feel so authentic and real, but there aren’t really any terrible characters. There are characters who make terrible choices, but they feel like read people who have… Continue reading

  • All My Work

    Update: Apparently there was some kind of auto-recovery, and the house came back! Yay! My elementary-aged daughter loves designing houses using a free house plans software. Today, she spent all of her screen time working on this really amazing house with ball rooms and chandeliers and rooms for cat families, etc. But she didn’t save… Continue reading

  • Look Back on 2022

    In spite of my health being not great, 2022 was actually a pretty good year for writing/authoring. I had my first ever author event at This House of Books in Billings, Montana. I represented Chicken Scratch Books at a homeschool conference in Houston, Texas. Talking with all of the homeschool families, and especially kids interested… Continue reading

  • Writing Communities and Secret Santa

    Now that it’s after December 20, I can finally share the digital art I made for The Silver Eye Secret Santa 2022! One of things I have enjoyed about reading The Silver Eye is the fandom. I love how the author gets to interact with the fans and see their reactions in real time. Some… Continue reading

  • The Silver Eye–Go Read It Now! It’s Amazing!

    For your Christmas Present, I am going to introduce you to The Silver Eye. I have long admired the artwork of Laura Hollingsworth, but somehow, I missed the fact that she is writing a webcomic. Then about three months ago, she posted in a writer’s group we both belong to that all her notifications for… Continue reading

  • A Fall of Survival

    I had grand plans for all the posts I was going to write this fall, but this fall has been a season of survival. I had to let go of my blog and marketing my book for a little in favor of personal needs, like my job and being there for my family. I went… Continue reading

  • Cinema Therapy

    Recently, I have really been enjoying Cinema Therapy videos on YouTube. They are definitely for adults (some swearing and adult references), but they are pretty clean. They analyze movie characters from the perspective of a therapist. However, the two hosts are a therapist and a film maker, so they have some neat insights into film… Continue reading

  • Book Review: Shadow and Sword

    I am quite behind on my book reviews. Actually, I’m behind on everything. Since my diagnosis with ME, that’s pretty much become my life. But in the midst of everything I have to do in order to survive, it’s good to take a little time to myself when I can. So hopefully, I’ll catch up.… Continue reading

  • July Fundraiser Update

    Fundraiser update! We have enough donations to purchase 6 handbooks! Thank you for the support! I currently have 10 students enrolled who NEED handbooks and 6 more who would benefit from handbooks. To purchase 4 more handbooks, we need to raise just $80 more. To purchase each enrolled student a handbook, we need to raise… Continue reading

  • My First In-Person Workshop!

    This June, I had the opportunity to lead my first in-person story workshop for ages 8-13. I had a blast. All of the organizers were wonderful, and the venue was beautiful. I was a little nervous about leading a 4 1/2 hour workshop because of my health, but with my wheelchair, it went fine. The… Continue reading

  • Author Signing at my Homeschool Alma Mater

    I’m so excited tomorrow to go to the family picnic and new member meeting of the homeschool group I was a part of in high school. SHINE even sponsored a full-fledged graduation for me and the other seniors my last year of high school. We joked that we were a graduating class of eight valedictorians.… Continue reading

  • Houston Convention

    As promised, here are some pictures from the Houston Called-to-Teach Homeschool Convention! I had such a good time. I got to talk with homeschool families. I got to talk about all the wonderful Chicken Scratch Books (I’ve read all of them now except the most recent release, but my copy is all queued up!). I… Continue reading

  • A Word about Patriotism

    We take this break from our regularly scheduled programming to share a word about patriotism. I’ve been learning a lot more about American history lately–focused on US history, but I’m trying to learn more Canadian history, too. I know sadly little about Canada, and it’s our next-door neighbor! One of the things I’ve really appreciated… Continue reading

  • Raising the Next Generation of Writers

    Hey everyone! It’s been a busy summer with traveling, author events, writing workshops, and catching up with dear friends. I’ve also been prepping for my classes this fall! I hope to get a bit of writing done in July, but in the mean time, I’ve created a fundraiser to raise textbooks and resources for my… Continue reading

  • Called to Teach Convention

    Hey everyone! This weekend, I’ll be at the Called to Teach Homeschool Convention in Houston, Texas. If you are in the area, stop by the Chicken Scratch Books booth to say hi. I’d love to meet you and sign a copy of Best Friends Playbook for you! You’ll also have the chance to meet my… Continue reading

  • Superhero Inspiration

    Whew! It’s been a busy spring! I’m still used to calling January through April “spring” because it’s the spring semester of school, and in Texas, it’s not out of the realm of reason for January through April to be spring (or summer). Anyway, it’s been busy! Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been doing… Continue reading

  • Character Stress and Motivation

    I have some time to myself today for the first time in quite awhile. I also am taking time to relax for the first time in quite awhile. It’s the perfect writing weather for me: cool and misty. So I have a cup of tea, and my 00’s rock music is playing. I’m not in… Continue reading

  • Kid Lit Six

    This week, Julie from Kid Lit Six features authors from Chicken Scratch Books! These are really fun, short videos to help middle schoolers and their parents and teachers decide what to read next. I highly recommend this channel. Here’s today’s video to get you started! P.S. I love that Hope Bolinger wore her dinosaur suit… Continue reading

About Me

I have always loved writing stories, but I was surprised as an adult to learn I love teaching as well. I hold a B.A. in Digital Writing and an M.F.A in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Fantasy has always been my first love in literature. Superheroes and science fiction also hold a special place in my heart. My favorite audience is middle grade readers, but I enjoy young adult fiction as well.


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