Author Archives: joanstradling

About joanstradling

I’m a wife, mother, writer, pet wrangler, crafter, student, and anything else I can fit into my busy schedule. I still hope to ride a dragon, discover a new world by walking through a wardrobe, meet a Hobbit, or any of the other amazing things I read about as a child. In the meantime, I imagine and write about my own incredible worlds and characters–and continue to live vicariously through books.

Monday’s Muse–Recent Reads Review style

I know it’s Monday and this really should be a Monday’s Muse post, but I just finished reading this book and feel compelled to take today to post my review. And, really, this read was so inspirational to me that … Continue reading

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Monday’s Muse

I had an amazing weekend. One full of inspiration and awesomeness! And it’s all because I was able to attend the annual SCBWIAZ Welcome to Our House Conference. The faculty was amazing! I threw out a few highlights on Twitter, … Continue reading

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A Very Gloom-y Giveaway

I had planned to start this giveaway on Monday, but then the whole gearing up for WriteOnCon thing happened. The conference was amazing, by the way, and, if you are a writer of children’s literature, be sure to check it … Continue reading

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Gustav Gloom and The Four Terrors—Recent Reads Review

It’s time for another book review (hopefully I’ll start posting these more frequently)! As a reminder of my new scoring system, I’m using emoticons. Here’s what they mean: –WOW—I loved this book and will talk/have talked about/shared it with others. … Continue reading

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Monday’s Muse (sort of)

Writing is like . . . Yeah. I’ve written previous posts in which I’ve compared writing to anything from gardening, to an amusement part, to a road (with agents as a GPS). While those posts still apply, lately I’ve come … Continue reading

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Hello . . . hello . . . hello

Wow. Did you hear that echo? Yeah. Things have been awfully empty and deserted in my blogosphere. I am still here even though I haven’t been “here” posting on the blog (poor neglected thing). I’ve spent the summer in frustration … Continue reading

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Writing Advice from Doctor Who

Please forgive my absence here on the blog. I’ve still been having problems with my foot (went for more x-rays today). During my recuperation, I’ve been travelling with the Doctor. My eyes have been opened to the wonders of the … Continue reading

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