family, writing

Boxing Day

“Are you okay?” my 12-year-old asks. We're in the car, heading to the gym so he can lift weights and play basketball. My plan? To head to the neighborhood pub for a lonely glass of wine while he's busy sweating. “Why do you ask that?” I answer. “I don't know, you seem kind of quiet?… Continue reading Boxing Day

nonfiction books, writing

The End

Finishing a project is a sweet-bitter thing. Yes, the relief is great. But also--you miss it. I miss reading Shakespeare. Of course, I can still read him, I know that, but there's less of a hard motivation. It's like clicking well with one person at a party and then wandering off to talk to other… Continue reading The End

editing, education, nonfiction books, Uncategorized, writing

Trying to Inspire

I write and edit children's nonfiction books and I've been wondering lately--am I, are we, so focused on functionality that we're missing the chance to inspire? Most of the conversations around the office have to do with how to make our books easy for teachers to use "right out of the box." We provide essential… Continue reading Trying to Inspire