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You Can Be More: Writing for Boys

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You Can Be More: Writing for Boys

My last post shared some honest thoughts from Dave Rudden about boys and how they are taught by expectation and example not to feel. I hope that if you’re reading this blog post, you’ve given his excellent essay a read first. I have never been a boy, so my experience with this subject is certainly different, but I hope that my voice can join the discussion in a productive way. It’s an issue that we should all be talking about. Read the rest of this entry

A Writer’s Soundtrack

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A Writer’s Soundtrack

One of the hardest things for any person to do is to explain how their mind works. For some, the difficulty is that they simply don’t know. This has its pros and cons. For others, they know exactly and could not, for the life of them, describe it in a coherent way. This too, has its pros and cons. As someone in the latter camp, I can tell you it’s a lot like walking in a garden. You know it’s your garden. You know you planted some things. You even laid some of the footpath yourself. But what comes up, what crawls up over the garden wall, what spreads faster than you can cut it back, what ugly thing finally blooms into loveliness—that you never know. Read the rest of this entry

A Thank-You Note

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A Thank-You Note

Dear Mr. Pratchett, It seems that it is a season of sad partings. We are remembering that no one lives forever, and we are remembering that we were blessed to have some giants living among us. In my imagination, you are a great giant, one of the most powerful wordsmiths that has been known in these contemporary times. I was introduced to your words by a dear friend, and after that, we fell into easy conversation, didn’t we? Read the rest of this entry