Neil Gaiman at The Ocean at the End of the Lane reading

Neil Gaiman at Temple Judea

Not too long ago I had the opportunity to see Neil Gaiman speak at the Temple Judea in Miami as part of an event hosted by the fabulous local bookstore, Books and Books. I arrived at the event about 20 minutes before the start and it was packed. I shouldn’t have been surprised, given his … Continue reading

The Violet Hour

“The Violet Hour” by Katherine Hill

3.5 / 5 Stars I just finished reading The Violet Hour, a book written by someone who was in my graduating class in high school. It’s her first novel, though she’s had short stories published before and has been working in the literary field for years. It’s not often that someone you know, even someone … Continue reading

Pickle Things

Memories of Reading

I recently attended an education research conference where PhD and master’s students, along with other scholars, presented their work. One of the presentations I attended was “Family Literacy Practices: Traditions and Transitions” by Althea Duren and Cynthia Januszka. Their paper discussed family literary practices in a historical context, but also shared the content of practices … Continue reading

Teenage Me

When I used to write poetry…

I used to write constantly. Relentlessly. Much of it was poetry. In high school, beyond passing notes to friends or creating a continuing story in a notebook that passed hand to hand I wrote in my journal. I had little bound books, decorated somewhere. I feel like I felt things so strongly, so intensely. Ideas … Continue reading

Dragonriders of Pern

What Makes a Good Sequel?

By Bahia Simons-Lane ©2012 Bahia Portfolio bahiaportfolio.wordpress.com My aunt and author D.S. Thornton posed this question to me over email the other day. She continued: What makes a successful sequel? What sequels really held up to their predecessors? What sequels really added to the story? Which ones were satisfying and why? Which weren’t and why … Continue reading

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