Excited to share the cover of my forthcoming book, available through ALA Editions Fall/Winter 2019. So my publisher, ALA Editions has given me the official go-ahead to share my cover design! Isn't it beautiful? Although written primarily with the library market in mind, the case studies of culinary literacy programs in action can be used... Continue Reading →
Warning! The scenes that follow are not suitable for all audiences. Because 'tis the season, I've spent some quality time browsing Halloween animatronics online. Why not? What else are you doing with your Tuesday nights? Anyway, here are my top thirteen favorite horror animatronics...if I only had $50,000 to spend on this sort of thing.... Continue Reading →
As an art lover, I dream of owning original Kahlos, Boschs, Carringtons, and Varos. Alas, I am but a librarian author so it's doubtful that will ever come to pass. And so to feed my artful addiction, I collect books, objets, and prints. And online, I curate my favorite bits into a Pinterest board entitled... Continue Reading →
It’s here once again – that time of year when we reflect on what we’ve done this past year and think about what we want to do the following. Some people write down New Years Resolutions. Others clean and simplify. And yet others plan. This year I’m doing a combination of all three. Although our... Continue Reading →
While in South America, my sister and mom alternately check my PO box. Here's what came in today's mail: For those of you in the know, you get how huge this is. For those of you not in the know, let me explain. L. Ron Hubbard, other than being known for Scientology, was first and... Continue Reading →
It usually starts with a phrase or a complete sentence. This will come to me out of nowhere, or sometimes inspired by one of the many "what if" questions I ponder throughout the day. Everything I see is potential fodder for a story. How did that crack in the wall get there? Why was that... Continue Reading →
Here's something fun to read this holiday season: Released as part of a Holiday Sci-fi-tri-fecta, my flash fic story in Space Squid. A Cheater’s Guide to the 10 Questions (Reprinted from the Underground Citizen Advisor, August 1, 2084) By Hillary Dodge Before you take the test, there are a few things you need to know. There... Continue Reading →
March 26, 2017 This story will be much better told if I don’t relate the outcome at the beginning. It began with a campsite. And what campsite it was! A rolling field of green tumbled with mottled stones stretched a long way down to the mud-slicked rocks at the water’s edge. Gently lapping waves washed... Continue Reading →
This is a photo of a typical residential street in the capital city of Santiago. Because I’m from the U.S., I’m going to use that as my point of reference when describing the differences between the Chilean residential street and one in the U.S. This following picture is taken in the neighborhood in which I’m... Continue Reading →
Because this is a topic close to my heart, I thought I'd share a list of beautiful books I've encountered that include multiracial families. There are plenty of multiracial families out there that would love to see themselves represented in a book. And NOT a book all about how multiracial families are normal - rather,... Continue Reading →
Mark and I were interviewed by Marinel M. de Jesus for her nomad lifestyle podcast, On My Way: From a Lawyer to a Mountain Nomad. Listen to the full interview here.
It's easy to get wrapped up in someone else's drama. Heck, that's why we read books, isn't it? But when it comes to your professional community, I think careful consideration of the known facts alongside tempered but honest reaction is best. So I'm going to take a librarian's stance and post some thoughts on how... Continue Reading →
The average Brit checks their smartphone 221 times daily and has their eyes (and hands) glued to the device roughly 3 hours each day (itproportal). According to a very scientific conversion formula, that means that Americans must check their phones exactly 3,554 times daily, spending nearly 18.74 hours on their devices. That seems legit, right?... Continue Reading →
You have a day entirely to yourself. No deadlines are pending and you can do whatever you want. How do you spend your day?
For the hardworking professional, it can be hard to "turn off" at night and get the rest we truly need. Try out these tips for ways to wind down before your head hits the pillow: 1. Jump Around As simple as running around your house or dropping some crazy dance moves to your favorite song,... Continue Reading →
I don't have to tell you - zombies are everywhere. I do not mean to say that the zombie apocalypse has begun (although that would certainly make for an interesting post). I mean to say the obvious - for the past few years, they have been and remain super popular. For zombie fans, this is... Continue Reading →
Having been to two conferences over the past two weeks and having heard the F-bomb dropped several times by presenters...
Being a children's librarian has many benefits and I would argue, is one of the most fulfilling library careers out there. But listing all the reasons why being a children's librarian is awesome isn't the point of this post. Rather, I'll be focusing on one specific benefit: Having experience as a children's librarian can improve... Continue Reading →