Author Archives: Annette Lyon

Community Voices: English as “Fluffy”?

Last month I had the chance to speak to an English 195 class at BYU, which is a class made up of mostly freshman. I took that class before most of those students were even born, in a building that’s … Continue reading

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Announcement: Whitney Awards Rules Change

Two and a half months. That’s all the time left for readers to send in Whitney Award nominations. A big announcement regarding the awards recently came out, but before I get there, here’s a quick refresher on what they are … Continue reading

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The Writer’s Desk: Sadism and the Writer

I’ve come to realize that I’m a sadist, but in the best way, if that’s possible. Some time ago, I received two e-mails from readers about a day apart. They were of the variety that make you think, “Yes, I … Continue reading

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The Populist’s Soapbox: My Reading, My Quirks

I’m a firm believer that to be a good writer, you must read, and read a lot. I don’t read nearly as fast as many people do, but I manage to get in 60 – 70 books a year. Sometimes … Continue reading

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The Populist’s Soapbox: “Clean” vs. Kid-Friendly

Recently my good friend Heather (H. B.) Moore received a rather scathing review of one of her books. Apparently the reviewer had bought the audio version  and had it playing in the car during a family trip. She was horrified … Continue reading

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The Writer’s Desk: Pen Names

I know a lot of aspiring and published writers alike who think about pen names. Will they ever use one? If so, why? (And many of us have one already picked out.) Because of that, I thought it might be … Continue reading

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