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I began collecting books when I was in my teens. It was at this time that my mother noticed that most of the family library had disappeared from the bookshelves and was reasserting itself on any horizontal surface in my room. I was reminded that more people than just myself enjoyed reading and the books were returned to their previous homes. Well, most of them. Although, whenever I return home I run across the odd sticker in the back of a book. It features a bear lounging on a stack of books and reads: “From Wendy’s Library.” So apparently, I was possessive of books at an early age as well. It wasn’t just science fiction and fantasy (which I consume voraciously) that I purchased as a teenager but children’s literature also. When I find that magical balance between beautiful illustrations and an engaging story it’s like opening a treasure trove.
Our family and my book collection moved to England (or as I like to refer to it “Fantasy Island”) and I was constantly amazed as to the legends with whom I shared my existence. Jane Austen lived here, J.R.R. Tolkien lived there, C.S. Lewis stepped right where I’m stepping! It was a constant source of excitement and wonder. We’re on the move again. This time to Germany. I’m so excited to open another door into literature and increase our multilingual library. Most of my days are spent with Bug, my son, adventuring through life. He seems very interested in books so far. Of course, I’m using all of my book knowledge to encourage that blossoming relationship.
I’ve created this site to be a few things. First, as I sift through old favorites and discover new friends I shall be reviewing them here. Also, I believe (from my teaching days) that first introducing a topic and then reinforcing it with an activity is the best way to cement an idea or encourage interest. As Bug and I delve into the universe of literature, I’ll post ideas in the Crafty Corner (I’m a sucker for alliteration). Finally, I’m including the Writing Zone. When I have spare time I try and spend some time jotting down something, anything. As any mother will tell you, the idea of “spare time” is somewhat mythical but every now and then I find some and nail it down. I’ll endeavor to post something at least once a week here. Whether it’s a short story or a chapter from the next novel I’m working on.