Many years ago, when my twins—who turned eighteen in January—first discovered The Magic School Bus series, I remember thinking, “When I grow up, I want to be Ms. Frizzle.” Ms. Frizzle is the hilarious, knowledgeable science teacher who makes learning fun and takes her students on fabulous adventures (to the ocean floor, inside the human…

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Writing communities are vital to the health and well-being of an author and their works. One of the most robust writing communities lives here in the Dayton area: the friends, supporters, attendees, and faculty of the Antioch Writers’ Workshop. Shuly Xóchitl Cawood has been a part of that workshop, as attendee, speaker, and supporter. And that’s where…

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Checking in almost midyear (well, spring, really) isn’t something I normally do. After all, we’re all busy, and talking about that busy is boring. So I won’t do it. But I made a promise to myself in January, before all the rigmarole of COVID-19, when I said that I was “taking hold of this new…

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Dear Diary, People told me to start writing to you earlier. “You’ll want to remember these times,” they said. “You can keep track of all that happens, capturing a you that’s never been seen before.” One historian made a great case for journaling during a pandemic, and my son’s history teacher sent emails saying, “You…

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A drive down the street proves the point: uncharacteristic darkness within businesses and schools and traffic is lighter even at rush hour. The state has shut down. People have been commanded to stay inside their houses, and if they walk outside, they need to keep six feet away from anyone who passes. The only place…

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The act of writing connects all authors, but each author I’ve encountered is so vastly different from another, it’s no wonder the products of our writing are so varied. In this installment of the Author Interview, I’m pleased to present V. Jolene Miller (all the way from Alaska!), whose background and life are so different…

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In early December, I interviewed for a science editor position with a company whose employees all worked remotely. The interview went well, and the interviewer told me, “Your editing test was fantastic! What you did is exactly what we’re looking for. If we offer you the job, when would you be able to start?” For…

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My computer took a brief hiatus, which sent me into a tailspin. What about all my writing? Had I backed any of it up? What about that manuscript I’d been working on for a client? Was all that work wasted? I’m happy to say that all files are safe and sound, but do you know…

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Monday evening, 8:14 p.m. Just as I’m getting ready to head up to put Melina to bed, my phone rings. A call from the place my parents live at this time of the night doesn’t bode well, especially when it’s not my dad doing the calling. “Christina? It’s Pam. Your dad is complaining of chest…

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Dear Zoe and Talia, January has been a long month. Abnormally long. In fact, I feel as though we should be in March right now, even though I don’t really want to be in the third month of the year. And with the month feeling so long, I should have had time to prepare for…

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