11 Things About Me: Slice of Life #sol18 4/31

Inspired by lists at Elsie Tries Writing and Wahoo Literacy Teacher and in honor of the Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge’s eleventh year, here’s a list of 11 things about me: I live in Western South Dakota where the prairie meets the hills. When I moved here for a teaching job, I never meant…

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Reasons Why I Love Art Journaling

It’s an excuse to buy more notebooks. And art notebooks have the kind of wonderfully thick and toothy paper that I always have trouble finding in a writer’s notebook. My favorite notebooks right now are Moleskine watercolor sketchbooks. The 16 x 12 is so impractical, but I love it so much. The supplies! The amazing…

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Problems

The Broke and Bookish host a Top Ten list every Tuesday. This week’s topic is book-related problems. And I have a few. Self-Restraint As in, I have none. I periodically make a resolution to buy no more books for two or three months, usually in an effort to get the credit card debt back to…

Books I Got For Christmas

I am not sure my mother was quite prepared for the length of my Christmas book wish list, but she gamely and generously ordered all of them. Even though I knew what all of the books were, it was still very exciting to open all of them yesterday. Now I have piles of wonderful new…

Top Ten Picture Books Overlooked by the Caldecott

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten Underrated Authors or Books in X Genre. The illustrators on my list are hardly underrated: many have won major prizes, including Caldecott Honors.  But each illustrator has a particular book that I find deserving of the…

Top Ten Books for People Who Love to Make Lists

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books If You Like These Movies, TV Shows, Plays, etc–“basically any sort of other entertainment.” I was debating possibilities with my husband, when he gave me the best idea ever: what about a list of…