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Saturday, February 25, 2017

The First Amendment

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." -- The First Amendment


Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution.

National Archives, Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Court Wizard Reviewed in Renaissance Magazine!

The Court Wizard received a very lovely review in Issue 108 of Renaissance Magazine! This is a magazine available at Barnes and Noble and other brick-and-mortar stores, so it's very exciting. 

Here's an excerpt from the review by Jessica Titterington: "Overall, Winnifred's tale has all the hallmarks of a fun coming-of-age adventure story. She's refreshingly less a damsel in distress and more an emerging leader as she grows up. I'd recommend "The Court Wizard" to any pre-teen interested in medieval fantasy novels."





Friday, February 3, 2017

The New Colossus

"The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus (inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty)
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
MOTHER OF EXILES. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!


Photo credit Elcobbola

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Strangers

The Book of Sir Thomas More by William Shakespeare, Act II, Scene 4:

You’ll put down strangers, 
Kill them, cut their throats, possess their houses, 
And lead the majesty of law in lyam
To slip him like a hound; alas, alas, say now the King, 
As he is clement if th’offender mourn, 
Should so much come too short of your great trespass 
As but to banish you: whither would you go? 
What country, by the nature of your error, 
Should give you harbour? Go you to France or Flanders, 
To any German province, Spain or Portugal, 
Nay, anywhere that not adheres to England, 
Why, you must needs be strangers, would you be pleas’d 
To find a nation of such barbarous temper 
That breaking out in hideous violence 
Would not afford you an abode on earth. 
Whet their detested knives against your throats, 
Spurn you like dogs, and like as if that God 
Owed not nor made not you, not that the elements 
Were not all appropriate to your comforts, 
But charter’d unto them? What would you think 
To be us’d thus? This is the strangers’ case 
And this your mountainish inhumanity.  


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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Friday, October 21, 2016

KidLlitCon 2016

Last weekend, I attended #KidLitCon 2016. This is an annual conference held in a different city each year, and this year it happened to be in Wichita. I had the fun of seeing The Court Wizard on a table for sale with other books at a conference for the first time. =)  I also met some very nice writers, bloggers, and librarians who accepted me into their group and made me feel at home in my own city.  #KidLitCon16


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

"Murder on Mykonos" Published in FICTION on the WEB!

My short story, "Murder on Mykonos," was published on May 27 in FICTION on the WEB! This is a free, online, British magazine. As the title implies, this story is a murder mystery. Editor Charlie Fish gave it this description:

Ginny is asked by her wealthy former roommate to accompany her characterful family on a yacht trip to Mykonos; by J.R. Sparlin.

If you'd like to read it, here's the link: "Murder on Mykonos" in FICTION on the WEB