Author Archives: madelyn

First Day Hikes

I love any idea that will get people outside more. Just thought I’d share this post from Virginia State Parks. The initiative is nationwide. Hoping you get outside — not just Jan. 1 but all year!  

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New Year’s Resolutions from Authors and Illustrators

It’s a new year, and many of us are reflecting on how we want to approach it in our personal lives, our creative lives, and the intersection between the two. I won’t provide a Venn diagram here, but as you … Continue reading

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What to Tell the Children About Trump

I was trying to tuck the kids in late last night with words that would allow them to sleep. I reminded them that we are surrounded with good people, people who are not prejudiced, people who understand what is happening … Continue reading

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Hamilton Vocabulary

I redid my office with the chalkboard paint that I’ve been wanting since my kids were preschoolers. Better late than never, right? My plan was to use the wall to explore different plot points while I was writing. But I … Continue reading

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Fuzzy: Introducing Paul Dellinger to the Kidlit Crowd

I worked with both  Tom Angleberger and Paul Dellinger at The Roanoke Times for many moons. But Paul’s tenure there eclipsed ours. It eclipsed everybody’s, really. For one thing, he was there a lot longer (44 years, people!) But even … Continue reading

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