"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen


Midwest vs Amazon

You may or may not know that I had the opportunity to visit the Amazon rainforest with some middle school kids about 15 years ago (and no, contrary to popular belief, I was NOT a middle schooler 15 years ago :P). And it left quite an impression on me - but maybe not how you think.
The Barn Door

I'm at the Midwest blog The Barn Door today, talking about that experience - and how it affected my perceptions of my own back yard (actually, my front yard, but who's being THAT specific?). Come see what I have to say about Noisy Quiet.

My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. Psalm 45:1

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