Book Review: Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix is the first book in her New York Times Bestselling series The Missing.  It is a middle-grade science fiction story published in 2008.   A mysterious event and its cover up launch the reader on a journey to discover the truth, where adoption and family are central themes.  While intended for... Continue Reading →


Last week, in Bible study, we focused on the story of Deborah, a female judge for Israel.  One of the things that really stood out to me was Israel's backsliding.  (In case it is not a term you are familiar with, backsliding is a return to bad habits or choices.)  Take a look at this... Continue Reading →

Fostering Ellie Mae

The first break was unexpected. Ellie Mae had been securely attached to the harness. She did not go far, and I was easily able to reattach what was left of it to the leash. That was my second mistake. The first was bringing a dog in heat to a playground at the city park. Ellie... Continue Reading →

Patterns and Prose

The other day, I stumbled upon a thought-provoking article by Alexander Nazaryan titled Why Writers Should Learn Math.  It was a persuasive article discussing the abstract and imaginative thinking needed for higher level mathematics and how that style of thinking benefits an author's writing.  Before you throw the book at me, let me start by... Continue Reading →

Recommended Wattpad Authors

Wattpad is a great place to find talented writers, including well-established authors, like R.L. Stine.   The stories are mostly aimed at YA and New Adult readers, but all genres are represented. There is a lot of content on Wattpad.  It can seem overwhelming in the beginning.  I recommend searching for an author you already... Continue Reading →

Making Improvements

There is no mythical point at which it isn't necessary to invest in learning.  There is always room for improvement and something new to learn or understand at each stage.  Embrace it and love it. The Beginning When I began to write my first story, I imagined the result and how it would all come together.... Continue Reading →

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