Welcome.

 Thanks for visiting my blog, Dr. Sasslyn’s Thoughts.

A little about the name — when I was in Hamline’s MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults, my cohort found out that I had a PhD. They encouraged me to embrace my Dr. They also saw me go from a shy, quiet, not talking person in the back row, to a strong individual with a lot of opinions. Thus, my nickname was born. Dr. Sasslyn. 

I hope to post every two weeks or so with a combination of opinions about the world, writing thoughts, book observations and an on-going discussion of my favorite — verse novels and poetry. I hope you’ll come back and check it out!

Writing, Supernovas and Other Emotional Explosions

Writing, Supernovas and Other Emotional Explosions

I don’t really write memoir. Or autobiography. Mostly, I think I’m writing pain. My pain. Poetry, short stories, novels. My characters always have the same inner problem. They have a lot of emotions. But they don’t think they do. And they think the answer is to grind...

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Who Am I

Who Am I

I was a fundraiser. I was a database analyst. I’m telling you all this so you can hold me accountable. Because I keep thinking solicitation strategies and database configurations are the only card of value I hold. They aren’t. I think I’m ready to say it. That’s not...

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Listen to Young People Representation Matters

Listen to Young People Representation Matters

Hey Folks. Let's talk about story for a minute. There is a TV show that has a strong fandom – not gonna name names. But, basically, their finale was bad storytelling. Promises to the viewer unfilled and such. Out of Character moments. Whatever. I’ll write about that...

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My Fellow White People

My Fellow White People

“Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue.”* —Martin Luther King Jr, “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” 14 April 1963 I want us to really...

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Listen

Listen

I was asked, what I thought, an easy question recently. “What is one thing I’ve learned in 2020 about being anti-racist.” Yes! Right! I’ve got this. Right? What hasn’t 2020 taught me? I mean, if you are existing in 2020, how can you not learn about being anti-racist? ...

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Twitter Accounts I Love

Twitter Accounts I Love

Friends – it’s been a LONG time, hasn’t it? Your world and mine has both shifted dramatically – or has it just made more of us see what was always there?  I thought to warm up to new blogs, I’d share my favorites on Twitter to educate myself on issue that are...

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Liquor Acrostics and More featured on in parentheses

Liquor Acrostics and More featured on in parentheses

Remember how I said how much I loved acrostics? Turns out the editors at in parentheses do too! They’ve published four acrostics and a fifth poem of mine on their blog last month. I hope you will check these out! And the in parentheses is a great resource for exciting...

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Emmy In the Key of Code

Emmy In the Key of Code

I remember the moment when Aimee Lucido told me she had an idea for a verse novel.  “Something with coding, cause it’s like music and poetry, and a young girl.”  I think that’s what she said. We were standing outside of our workshop during residency at the Hamline MFA...

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Welcome.

 Thanks for visiting my blog, DR. SASSLYN’S LOG/BLOG! 

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A little about the name — when I was in Hamline’s MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults, my cohort found out that I had a PhD. They encouraged me to embrace my Dr. They also saw me go from a shy, quiet, not talking person in the back row, to a strong individual with a lot of opinions. Thus, my nickname was born. Dr. Sasslyn. 

I hope to post every two weeks or so with a combination of opinions about the world, writing thoughts, book observations and an on-going discussion of my favorite — verse novels and poetry. I hope you’ll come back and check it out!

Latest Posts:

Writing, Supernovas and Other Emotional Explosions

Writing, Supernovas and Other Emotional Explosions

I don’t really write memoir. Or autobiography. Mostly, I think I’m writing pain. My pain. Poetry, short stories, novels. My characters always have the same inner problem. They have a lot of emotions. But they don’t think they do. And they think the answer is to grind...

read more
Who Am I

Who Am I

I was a fundraiser. I was a database analyst. I’m telling you all this so you can hold me accountable. Because I keep thinking solicitation strategies and database configurations are the only card of value I hold. They aren’t. I think I’m ready to say it. That’s not...

read more
Listen to Young People Representation Matters

Listen to Young People Representation Matters

Hey Folks. Let's talk about story for a minute. There is a TV show that has a strong fandom – not gonna name names. But, basically, their finale was bad storytelling. Promises to the viewer unfilled and such. Out of Character moments. Whatever. I’ll write about that...

read more
My Fellow White People

My Fellow White People

“Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue.”* —Martin Luther King Jr, “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” 14 April 1963 I want us to really...

read more
Listen

Listen

I was asked, what I thought, an easy question recently. “What is one thing I’ve learned in 2020 about being anti-racist.” Yes! Right! I’ve got this. Right? What hasn’t 2020 taught me? I mean, if you are existing in 2020, how can you not learn about being anti-racist? ...

read more
Twitter Accounts I Love

Twitter Accounts I Love

Friends – it’s been a LONG time, hasn’t it? Your world and mine has both shifted dramatically – or has it just made more of us see what was always there?  I thought to warm up to new blogs, I’d share my favorites on Twitter to educate myself on issue that are...

read more

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