After a lot of thought, I've decided to take a break from blogging for the foreseeable future. With my little C creeping its way back into my life and possible long term treatment now, I need to take a couple of things off my plate for the time being, and the blog is going to be one of those things. As it is, it felt like it was becoming more of a chore than anything else. I need my reading time to be more enjoyable right now, more of the escape that I really need, and what I don't need is the little voice in the back of my head telling me how many reviews I'm behind and trying to come up with what I need to say about the book.

I simply want to read.

I'll more than likely occasionally post on here what I've been reading, and if there is something that really blows my mind, I'll probably have more to say about it and may write up a proper post, but for right now, things are going to be very quiet around here.

As always, happy reading!
2017 edit
I will continue to blog according to my health and ability, and connecting my posts thru Goodreads, so please be patient if things get quiet around here again this year.

2017 edit #2
I am happy to report that my bone marrow transplant was a success and that I'm feeling more like myself everyday. That said, I'm going to try to start blogging a little more frequently, but please bare with me as I still continue to recover.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

MSU Young Authors' Conference

Dear teachers, parents, and supporters of the arts in Michigan,

Michigan State's writing department - the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, & American Cultures - wants to work with you to nourish the writing skills of each Michigan student. We've organized two summer writing conferences (, led by established authors and MSU faculty, for middle school and high school students. These conferences are academic enrichment activities designed to help students achieve the learning objectives established by the Common Core State Standards Initiative ( These conferences are also fun opportunities for students to participate in Michigan's artistic community while meeting peers that share their interest in writing.

Writers, grades 5-8, can join author Merrie Haskell on June 29. This conference will include:
A reading and book signing by Merrie Haskell
Classes taught by Merrie Haskell
Short MSU faculty-led sessions about plot, style, revision, and publishing
Workshops where participants will get feedback on their own short stories

Writers, grades 8-12, can join authors Jim Hines and Mary Robinette Kowal on July 27. This conference will include:
Reading and book signing by Jim Hines and Mary Robinette Kowal
Classes taught by Jim Hines and Mary Robinette Kowal
Short MSU faculty-led sessions about plot, style, revision, and publishing
Workshops where participants will get feedback on their own short stories

The Young Authors' Conference staff requests your help in encouraging students to participate. If you know students who may be interested in attending either conference, please share this information - and the attached flyer - with them. If you are a Michigan educator, please encourage your students to attend. Applications are due by June 1 for the June 29 conference, and by July 1 for the July 27 conference.

If you or your school would like additional information regarding these conferences, please contact Kate Fedewa, the conference director, at Our conference staff would be happy to provide flyers for interested groups or to speak personally with parents, teachers, or schools about the conferences.

We're looking forward to working with you!

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