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Kimberly VanderHorst
Weaver of Words. Dreamer of Dreams. Devourer of Cookies.
Weaver of Words. Dreamer of Dreams. Devourer of Cookies.
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The Agoraphobic's Closet
The hangers in my closet are askew. I haven't moved the empty ones from the back to the front of the line the way I like to. And there are several pointing upwards at jaunty angles, instead of hanging straight the way they should. Every day, they rattle-cla...

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Finding the Words
I've been smiling a lot lately. We're talking Goofy Grin City, people. It's enough to make a curmudgeon sick. I've also been panicking. Actively. And forgetting to breathe often enough there's this knot of pain dead-center in my chest. My current mantra? "P...

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Hard Things
I have four kids, so I hear the words, "It's too hard" a lot. Often enough that there's this tiny little muscle under my left eye that goes twoink every time I do. Some days? That muscle does the cha-cha on my face. But as often as my kids say it, I say thi...

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Critiquing 101: Building Critique Partnerships that Last
A while back, someone asked me the following question: "Do you think I'm ready for a critique partner?" The answer is yes. The answer to that question is ALWAYS yes. And I've put together a PRESENTATION on Critiquing and Critique Partnerships to shed furthe...

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Team Obi-Wan and the Wookies: Finalists
Like the Force, writing is both mysterious and powerful. There are some things we can make sense of, rules we can figure out and follow, but in the end it comes down to instinct, ability, and bloody hard work.  The authors our team has chosen to showcase ar...

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MG Thriller: My Paper Route and Other Deadly Things
Genre:  Upper Middle
Grade Thriller Title:  My Paper Route
and Other Deadly Things Word Count:  45,000 Special Question:  Kazuko would
choose to be Rey because she’s all about saving herself and others. Also,
because running while holding hands is stupid. P...
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