A Burning Day: Blog Rebirth Underway

Hello y’all! (nope, I haven’t moved to the South–but I did meet a charming gal at residency who is from South Carolina, and now I can’t seem to help myself :-P)

For you dedicated subscribers (all three or four of you) who have followed my blog religiously the past couple of years, I am sorry to say that the blog you have come to know and love is now on its last leg. Like the mythical phoenix, my blog will soon burst into flames so that it may be reborn from the (metaphorical) ashes.

My new baby phoenix blog will be focused more on my experiences as a writer than my experiences as a psychologist. But fear not! I will surely find ways to work psychology into some of my posts, as it is still a strong interest of mine.

However, my posts will primarily now relate to (1) my life as an MFA student (I’ve just started the Writing for Children and Young Adults program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts) and (2) craft issues for writers (specifically children’s authors). I will continue to add books to the Bookshelf, and I will also continue to post links and other tidbits of information that I find interesting, even if they are not always relevant. (If you have any suggestions for my future post topics, please let me know.)  Cheers!

(Click Fawkes to visit the Harry Potter Wiki)

More Must-Read Books

Check out the new Bookshelf shelf (ha, awkward), stocked with miscellaneous book recommendations from yours truly. 🙂

I’ve been reading a lot lately, but I’ve been disappointed with some of my latest YA fantasy selections. So, for a change of pace, I picked up a few books outside of my typical niche, and I was very pleased to find that both Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher and The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen were great reads. They both made me want to sit around in my pajamas reading the day away, which, to me, is the mark of a “must-read.”

Take a peek at their synopses on the Misc. shelf!

Make the Most of Your Memory: 10 Tips for Writing About Your Life

A special thanks to Jane Friedman for inviting me to guest post on her Writer’s Digest blog There Are No Rules. 😀

You can view my post here: http://blog.writersdigest.com/norules/2010/08/30/MakeTheMostOfYourMemory10TipsForWritingAboutYourLife.aspx

Climb Up to the Treehouse: New Book Jacket Summary Added

To read about my creative works-in-progress, or for a list of cool (and kid-friendly) links to author/book series website, visit the Treehouse!

Update Your Summer Reading List With Spells and Secrets

Check out the Children’s/Young Adult Fantasy page of The Bookshelf for a couple of new additions (or ‘editions’! har har). The Magic Thief series by Sarah Prineas will be especially appreciated by the younger end of the 9-12 spectrum, while The Black Book of Secrets by F. E. Higgins is a darkly satisfying read for older kids, teens, and even discriminating adults! These titles have enriched my summer reading list–entertaining me during my recuperation from two separate neck surgeries–and F. E. Higgins has even earned herself a place on my list of go-to authors.

Next up on my reading list is the (aforementioned) seventh book in the Artemis Fowl series, followed by Falcon Quinn and the Black Mirror by Jennifer Boylan. Falcon Quinn may be Jenny Boylan’s first children’s novel, but she is widely known as the bestselling author of the memoirs She’s Not There and I’m Looking Through You, both of which captured my interest with their anecdotes and humor and moved me with their honesty and authenticity. Jenny Boylan resides in my home state of Maine and is an English professor at one of the finest colleges in the country, so I cannot wait to read Falcon Quinn. Stay tuned for these upcoming reviews.

Thanks for reading, as well as for your understanding regarding my lack of research posts this summer. My medical leave will end in September, and then it will be back to the thrilling world of academia for me! So don’t fret–more discussions on the intricacies of the relationship between psychology and creativity will inevitably follow…

Sweet Summertime

Hello readers,

Sorry for the long stretch of inactivity. I allllmost finished my Master’s thesis before the end of the semester, but unfortunately there was just too much to be done and not enough time to do it, so I had to postpone my defense until the fall. Oh well! I guess that will give me plenty of time to make revisions… 

The end of the school year was very busy, but now I have the summer off. I had my first neck surgery on June 8th (to relieve some nerve/artery compression), and I’ll be having a second one at the end of July if all goes as planned. So, this summer will be dedicated solely to rest and relaxation so that I can recover in time for the beginning of classes in September!

Since my first surgery, my computer usage has been limited, but I’m finally starting to feel better and will make posts here and there before I go under the knife again. For now, check out some new additions to The Dictionary page.

Thanks for reading, and come back soon!

The Treehouse

Another new page has been added to the site–check out The Treehouse!

The Notebook

This blog revolves around my two passions–creativity and psychology–but, so far the slant has been in psychology’s favor, for most of my posts (with the exception of an occasional quote) have been written from a scientific perspective. It’s therefore important to acknowledge that the relationship between these two spheres can be explored from other perspectives, as well. The psychology of creativity can be embodied, illustrated, depicted, examined–you name it–both by and through creative writing itself.  Fiction can be a mirror of sorts, one that reflects back on itself, on the creative process, and on the minds that engage in creative activities. It can be a picture and a window at the same time.

I’ve wanted to add this new page to my blog for quite some time, and–with spring in the air–it finally feels like the right time to introduce The Notebook.

Check it out to read creative, rather than scientific, entries. You’ll see that the first post is a “short short” story (a form I challenged myself, as a novelist, to experiment with for the first time last autumn) called “The Bridge.”

As always, thanks for reading!

Yup, the site’s still active!

It’s been much too long since my last real post–I apologize. This semester has shaped up to be a busy one, as I’ve been working on my Master’s thesis and am hoping to defend it at the end of May (wish me luck!).

I’m currently working on another research-related blog post, though, on how the time of day might affect creativity. So stay tuned!

In the meantime, here’s another good quote I recently came across:

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”
~Scott Adams

Kristin Cashore Brings The Heat

Check out the Children’s/Young Adult Fantasy page of The Bookshelf for two new recommendations–Graceling and Fire by Kristin Cashore.

Seriously–do it now. Cashore has skyrocketed to the top of my Favorite Authors list, and, for any reader of YA Fantasy, these titles are must-reads. YOUR LIFE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME.


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