Posts Tagged ‘Development’

I’ve posted on this before, but the issue recently came up again in my practice so I’ll get back on my soap box. Why should I read to my toddler? Everyone says I should . . . but why? An IPad can read a book to a child and the child can even control it—isn’t […]


OK, Snow White . . . Trust me as I digress a bit. I’ll get back to Snow White. One of the most profound differences between Newtonian physics and modern physics–Quantum Mechanics and Relativity and such–is the recognition that the observer makes a difference. In General Relativity, the accelerated observer carries with him a metaphoric […]


There’s so much to talk about, and so much that a daughter hears when her mother reads this story. Jan’s comment on Snow White, when I told her that’s what I was looking at today, was, “It’s so hard for a mother to find a balance where she’s not trying to prevent her daughter from […]


What have we established? Kids love stories, and some stories seem to be timeless. They occur across cultures and over thousands of years. Children’s picture books are loved through generations and these books and fairy tales seem to accrue power through repetition.  (OK we didn’t actually establish the repetition thing, but anyone who’s had the […]


Back to M. T. Anderson‘s Thirsty. I’ve talked about how deftly the reader is led into a world where vampires are real, where vampires are killed publicly on recognition because if you are a vampire and you are alive, you are a murderer. And we see that world through the eyes of the protagonist. {SPOILER […]


Claire Gordon et al at http://www.doublex.com/blog/xxfactor asked why step-mothers are always evil, and in the course of the discussion, Rachael Larimore mentioned the dearth of two parent families in Disney movies. The second comment really is less complex than the first, but both are fascinating. My two cents: As a writer, any story interesting to […]