July 2012

Big Stories from Small Spaces

(Originally published at The Lucky 13s.) If you walked into my house and took a look around the living room, one of the first pieces of furniture you’d see would be the IKEA sofa. You know the one. You probably own it. Everyone seems to own it. It’s small; it’s squat; it’s most politely described as “functional.”… Read more »

Howl’s Moving Castle: An Appreciation

I mentioned a while ago that I wanted to write a couple of blog series: one about the books that inspired Magic Marks the Spot, and another about my favorite middle grade novels. Today I’m going to start things off with a bang by writing about a book that is both an all-time favorite and an… Read more »