March 19, 2014
"For it was you who formed my inward parts;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
that I know very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes beheld my unformed substance.
In your book were written
all the days that were formed for me,
when none of them as yet existed.
How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
I try to count them—they are more than the sand;
I come to the end—I am still with you."

— Psalm 139, verse 3

March 10, 2014
"You don’t have to stay anywhere forever."

February 15, 2014

justdorothynodandridge:

Kayden’s first time experiencing rain (x)

Best thing ever

(Source: tatymaslany, via callmecordelia)

January 5, 2014
Pitch Perfect

Started working on a new story tonight, and after struggling through a few false starts I decided to write the pitch first. It forces you to encapsulate the main conflict in two or three sentences. For my myopic friends out there, it’s like looking through that contraption with all the lenses at the ophthalmologist’s office. All of a sudden everything comes into such clear focus.

It’s necessary for me these days to streamline my life as much as possible. Having a baby on the verge of walking leaves little time for the luxury of writing, or perhaps more importantly, reading. It’s such a vital pursuit for anyone who aspires to write. I have to ease back into this life gradually, like inching into a cold swimming pool. One book this month is my goal, read in stolen minutes between nursing sessions and nap time. That, along with my hour of writing time after baby goes to sleep, is as good as it’s going to get for me. It will have to be enough for now.

January 4, 2014
scholasticreadingclub:

randomhouse:

teachingliteracy:

areadersjournal:
TBR BOOK JAR!! :D
Recently my TBR pile has been growing (especially with my recent hauls) and I figured this would be the perfect way to get started on some those titles.
I’ve put books in the jar that I own and have yet to read as well as books that I want to read but have yet to purchase. Hopefully this will help me get around to some of the trilogies and classics that I have been neglecting :)
Plus it takes away the tough decisions involved in choosing a book when there are so many choices :)
- J

We’re seriously considering this option for dealing with our post-holiday out-of-control TBR shelves…

Where has this idea been for all of our reading lives? So smart!


Great idea for all those “to reads” on my shelf…

scholasticreadingclub:

randomhouse:

teachingliteracy:

areadersjournal:

TBR BOOK JAR!! :D

Recently my TBR pile has been growing (especially with my recent hauls) and I figured this would be the perfect way to get started on some those titles.

I’ve put books in the jar that I own and have yet to read as well as books that I want to read but have yet to purchase. Hopefully this will help me get around to some of the trilogies and classics that I have been neglecting :)

Plus it takes away the tough decisions involved in choosing a book when there are so many choices :)

- J

We’re seriously considering this option for dealing with our post-holiday out-of-control TBR shelves…

Where has this idea been for all of our reading lives? So smart!

Great idea for all those “to reads” on my shelf…

(via noseinabook)

December 30, 2013

They are all okay, and all those things could exist in the same woman. Women shouldn’t be valued because we are strong, or kick-ass, but because we are people. [x]

In books, men so often can be whatever they want, but female characters must be likable. It needs to change. This is a great reminder. I haven’t seen New Girl, but maybe I should…

(Source: jess-miller)

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November 13, 2013
"Mother, he is a gentleman.
He is a builder with bricks of moonlight.
He knows the secret places of the earth.
He washes the sleep from the eyes of the souls.
He lets them look on beauty.
He lets them tell him they hate him.
In the mornings, I gather berries and apples.
I scrub his back with rind.
I weave spider-spit, eyelash.
He talks in his sleep: pudding, fire, discus,
the things he misses.
He breathes, Your body is my orchard.
I am undulating grass.
I am a field of wheat he parts with his fingers.
Poppies bloom in my veins.
When he kisses me, he tastes pomegranate.
The night crawls nearer.
The moans of the dead roll and swell.
Mother, we are well."

— Tara Mae Mulroy, “Persephone Writes to Her Mother” (via fleurishes)

(via comesalong)

September 25, 2013
Framing the Story

Awesome talk from the TED Radio hour on storytelling. Distilled advice: make your reader care.

September 25, 2013
"…but as for me, I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote."

— Melville, Moby-Dick

September 9, 2012
Advice I should take…

Advice I should take…

(via bookriot)