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Peddlers’ Thoughts

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Blame It on the Dog

by Jodi Scheer Hernandez When I left the WordSpring writing conference in April I was so inspired to write. As the days went on I took down a few “glimmers”, as Pam Houston suggested in her workshop, and wrote down a lot of what seemed to be great beginnings but my enthusiasm quickly fizzled out. … Continue reading

A Student Perspective on ‘Teaching to the Test’

by Alexis Butcher Problem As a result of the federal No Child Left Behind law(NCLB) in 2002, schools have had to become “accountable.” This has resulted in requiring all schools to test students in grades 2-12 in reading, math, and science. Each state chooses its own test and standards for proficiency. Schools that don’t show … Continue reading

Protect & Deceive?

“All children have to be deceived if  they are to grow up without trauma” -Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go Do you agree with Ishiguro? Which is more traumatic, being deceived as a child and learning about it later? Or not being deceived, and dealing with some harsh realities about the world at a very … Continue reading


There is a new app that will make your writing bold and clear like Ernest Hemingway. The app ( http://www.hemingwayapp.com) essentially highlights sentences that you need to either shorten or simplify. Let us know: Do you like or hate the idea? Is technology going to far in its effort to make life easier? Or is this … Continue reading

Summer: A Time for Inspiration and Re-connection.

by Jessica Harrington As writers, we spend a lot of time with our heads buried in books, journals and legal pads or with our faces hidden behind computer screens. Whether we’re furiously writing or staring at blank pages waiting to turn thought into written word, we are forever tethered to our work. I cannot count … Continue reading

The Writing Ritual

By Jessica Harrington When I sit down to write, or attempt to sit down and write I should say, I usually think of a million things that need to be done- now. I have never been able to just write, it’s a process. My ritual consists of checking my various e-mail accounts, browsing social media … Continue reading

Summer Came Early

by Mackenzie Stickney            Summer is coming early this year. Spending last weekend sweating, dancing, and then crashing at the Southern Californian music festival, Coachella, was a thrilling vacation between spring break and summer; and, the fun doesn’t stop there. This weekend, April 28th, is the Butte WordFire Writing Conference right here in Chico: … Continue reading

Graveyard Watching

by Mackenzie Stickney For the last few months, I find myself taking naps from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., driving down to work the graveyard shift at the drunk-munchie haven our restaurant becomes after the bars downtown make their 2 a.m. last call. Between chopping thirty-something bell peppers or serving 20-something-year-old-word-slurring customers, I try to … Continue reading

Word Artist

by Jessica Harrington I had great aspirations planned for today, my first day off from life in what feels like months, yet when I woke up to another gray, cold, rainy day those aspirations quickly faded. I made the executive decision that I would spend my day reconnecting with Netflix on the couch. While perusing … Continue reading