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Stories that are More

When is a story More than itself?  This question intrigues me.  CAN a story be More than itself?  I think so.  A story is always More when someone reads it, since the author and the reader are collaborating to make … Continue reading

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Virtual reading to celebrate the Lambda Literary Awards–please join us!

Four Minnesota authors who are finalists for the national Lambda Literary Award will be holding their local reading online using Google Hangout’s On Air feature. Readers can tune in from anywhere in the world and attend this live event or … Continue reading

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Rubber(s) and the road

He comes up next to me, opens his arms and says, “Give me a hug.” Because I am his mom, I do. And he shoves my head in his armpit, which makes both of us laugh until we can’t talk. … Continue reading

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Morrissey and graveyards: guest post by Rachael Hanel

I met Rachael Hanel way back when–like WAY back when–when I was new to Mankato and she was new to my husband’s forensics team.  As soon as I met her, I thought, “This woman is a force to be reckoned … Continue reading

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Guest blog post: Shelley Tougas on shifts between genres

  Friends, you need to make the acquaintance of Shelley Tougas.  She is wonderful in many ways, also very wise, and she writes in many genres, which contributes to her wiseness.  She is also the award-winning author of Little Rock … Continue reading

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The 12 Gifts of YA, #12: joy

BEAUTIFUL MUSIC hits it big! See this gold record?  It’s BEAUTIFUL MUSIC FOR UGLY CHILDREN and my Sisters In Ink (my writing group) gave it to me.  Know what I felt when I opened this gift?  Pure joy.   See … Continue reading

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The 12 Gifts of YA, #11: solitude

Welcome to the final gifts of the 12 Gifts of YA! Writing is an activity that can happen anywhere, right?  At coffee shops (absolutely), writers’ retreats (I like those too), and kitchen tables (sure thing)—all those times are great, because … Continue reading

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The 12 Gifts of YA, #10: stories

  OK, raise your hand if you like stories.  See?  All of you. I became an English major  because I liked to read (a fiscally irresponsible/dumb reason to choose a major). I haven’t made a lot of cash at it, … Continue reading

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The 12 Gifts of YA, #9: book spotting

  There are probably writers who get tired of seeing their book(s) in the wild, but that’s not me.  When it happens, it’s a giant surprise, partly because my books had smaller publishing runs so there aren’t that many around, … Continue reading

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The 12 Gifts of YA, #8: Pandora

When you’re a grown-up, you understand emotions differently than you do when you’re 15 (which is a good thing, lord knows).  But you have to hang out with the Four Horsemen of the Teenage Apocalypse as often as you can … Continue reading

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