Authors, Developing Words – Chris Ward, Part 1

[Editor’s note: This post is part of a continuing series on how writers craft words to express their ideas and to connect with readers. The interview was conducted by Miriam Ruff on June 27, 2019, and it is divided into two parts. It has been lightly edited for length and clarity.] MR: Welcome to the … Continue reading “Authors, Developing Words – Chris Ward, Part 1”


Authors, Developing Words – Stephen King

[Editor’s note: This post is part of a continuing series on how writers craft words to express their ideas and to connect with readers.] “Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead … Continue reading “Authors, Developing Words – Stephen King”


Authors, Developing Words – Mickey Spillane

[Editor’s note: This post is part of a continuing series on how writers craft words to express their ideas and to connect with readers.] Mickey Spillane is regarded as one of the four “pillars” of the hard-boiled detective fiction genre, joining Dashiell Hammett (“The Maltese Falcon”), Raymond Chandler (“The Big Sleep”), and Ross MacDonald (“The … Continue reading “Authors, Developing Words – Mickey Spillane”


Authors, Developing Words – Philippa Gregory

[Editor’s note: This post is part of a continuing series on how writers craft words to express their ideas and to connect with readers.] Born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1954, Philippa Gregory later moved to Bristol, England. She has been publishing historical fiction since 1987, most especially stories set within England’s Tudor period. Her best-known … Continue reading “Authors, Developing Words – Philippa Gregory”


Authors, Developing Words – Octavia Butler

[Editor’s note: This post is part of a continuing series on how writers craft words to express their ideas and to connect with readers.] It’s “Jeopardy!” time. The answer is: “She was one of the few female African American science fiction writers, one who won multiple Hugo and Nebula awards for her work, and one … Continue reading “Authors, Developing Words – Octavia Butler”


Authors, Developing Words – Stan Lee

[Editor’s note: This post is part of a continuing series on how writers craft words to express their ideas and to connect with readers.] When you think about writers, who comes to mind? Ernest Hemingway? Stephen King? Isaac Asimov? William Shakespeare? What about Stan Lee? Chances are even if you don’t recognize the name you … Continue reading “Authors, Developing Words – Stan Lee”


Reading/Teaching Science Fiction Helps Inspire Students in the Age of Technology

Science fiction may be a relatively young genre in the vast span of human literature, but it holds a unique place in our modern technological world, and thereby in our educational system. Science fiction has the ability to inspire imagination and innovation. It also helps draw young people to the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and … Continue reading “Reading/Teaching Science Fiction Helps Inspire Students in the Age of Technology”


Joumana Kalouch – Multilingual Teacher, Writer, and Avid Reader

[Editor’s note: This interview was conducted by Miriam Ruff, and it is the third installment in what will be a series of interviews about the different approaches people take to discover and learn new topics. It was lightly edited for clarity.] MR: We’re talking today with Joumana Kalouch, a multilingual teacher and avid reader, whom … Continue reading “Joumana Kalouch – Multilingual Teacher, Writer, and Avid Reader”


Interview with Sam Adams – Writer, Poet, and Avid Reader

[Editor’s note: This interview was conducted by Miriam Ruff, and it is the second installment in what will be a series of interviews about the different approaches people take to discover and learn new topics. It was lightly edited for clarity.] MR: We’re talking today with Sam Adams, a reader, writer, poet, and co-founder of … Continue reading “Interview with Sam Adams – Writer, Poet, and Avid Reader”


Mindfulness and Reading

Mindfulness is a state of being where you are present only in the moment, no matter what you’re doing. It’s similar to meditation in that you notice and focus on your breathing, but it also encompasses much more. If you’re on a walk, you might take notice of the sound your feet make on the … Continue reading “Mindfulness and Reading”