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Saturday
Jun282014

Summer Flash

This month, my flash piece "Seven Eight Nine" appears as part of Baltimore's Style magazine's summer celebration of fiction. The links below the story lead to four other brief, great pieces by Jessica Anya Blau, Jen Michalski, Timmy Reed, and Jen Grow.

(In Baltimore, it's bunny season.)

Wednesday
Jun042014

Attn: SUMMER READERS!

I have loads of Genie Wishes bookmarks as well as vintage circus postage stamps and mailing envelopes. If you, your children, your students, or your library patrons are looking forward to summer reading and would like a few bookmarks mailed your way, leave a mailing address via the Contact button and I'll drop some at my local blue box. Happy summer, everyone!

Thursday
May292014

Glimmer Train 

I'm pleased to report that my short story "In the Bed" received Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train's March 2014 "Family Matters" competition. I can't share it yet, because no one has actually published it, but I'm hoping that another journal will pick it up. In the meantime, here's a photo of a new shoot sprouting on the Schefflera beside me. Sweet, no?


Thursday
May222014

National Book Festival

I learned the other day that Genie Wishes will be part of the Library of Congress's National Book Festival this year--as the book representing Maryland on the festival's Discover Great Places Through Reading brochure/map. For me--a Library of Congress fangirl who used to walk the three or four miles from Georgetown University to the LOC once a month or so--this is all-the-flowers-blooming-at-once exciting. (These, by the way, are some of my back yard azaleas, posing last week after a crazy-long winter.)

I'll be at the August 30 festival, at the Maryland table in the Pavilion of States, when I'm not wandering around trying to spot my favorite authors (and illustrators) and work up the nerve to talk to them.

Thursday
May012014

Beached Whales, Then and Now

This week's news story of beached whales in Newfoundland took my college friend Jennie and me back to the days of our Prints of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries art history class with Walter Melion, in which we studied amazingly interesting prints, like this one by Hendrick Goltzius:

In fact, beached whales were a common subject in Dutch art of this era. (For more on this, click here.)