What are Alpha and Beta Readers?

Writers throw around terms like alpha and beta readers. But really what is that? Why two different groups? Alpha readers Part of the confusion is that there are subtly different definitions depending on who you ask. Some will say that an alpha reader is simply the first people to read it–no other qualifiers. That’s how I defined it for many years. Then I read another description of it which made sense. This definition distinguishes between readers who are writers and readers who are readers. Both types of readers are critically important.

Desperate Trolls Call for Desperate Measures, my First Publication is Out in the World!

My First piece of writing is finally out in the world for all too see! I was wondering what art work they would put with it. The art is perfect for the story. I couldn't possibly be any happier! It's about a 15 to 20 min read. So without further ado... Issue 71 April 2019... … Continue reading Desperate Trolls Call for Desperate Measures, my First Publication is Out in the World!

January Reading Challenge

Not everyone has the privilege of being a teacher of such diverse populations, but there is no better way to learn how others think and view the world than by reading what they write. So this month I recommend that you read at least one book that is written by someone from another country or someone from a different culture than your own.

Quill and Books Reading Challenge- October

How is the challenge going? Have you started? Have you discovered a new book that you love? I hope so! Time for something scary and intense! I am a big chicken so I don't often read anything very horror like Stephen King, but I have read a few books in that genre that I like. … Continue reading Quill and Books Reading Challenge- October

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Book Review

This book has been on my to-read list for...well since the book came out. Somehow I never made time for it, until it showed up as a choice on the reading list for my Youth Literature class. Now, it was homework... the best kind of homework ever! I am loving this class which forces me to make time to read some awesome books! 

Girls Who Code Book Review

This is a book that makes my feminist heart happy. The author, Reshma Saujani, visited a lot of schools and saw that there were many boys in coding classes, but few girls. When she did some number checking, she learned that women only make up 4% of the workforce who code.   Her response to … Continue reading Girls Who Code Book Review