Author Archives: Shala Howell

About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, or musing about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.wordpress.com.

What’s The Ten-Year-Old reading this week?

This week, The Ten-Year-Old discovers a wonderful new-to-her middle grade mystery series by James Ponti. Continue reading

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The Ten-Year-Old Presents: The Best Books of Her Fourth Grade Year

School’s out, so it must be time for The Ten-Year-Old to pick her favorite books of fourth grade. The Ten-Year-Old strongly recommends you have copies of both Spaceheadz by Jon Scieszka and Marley by John Grogan on hand this summer in case of reading. Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Whatcha doing, CatMom?

In which Canelo’s curiosity gets the better of me. Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Pictures my daughter takes when I’m not looking

I was flipping through the photos on my phone this morning and I found several that I have no memory of ever taking. They are of subjects near and dear to my daughter’s heart, though, so I suspect she had a hand … Continue reading

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What’s The Ten-Year-Old reading this week?

Mabel Gray and the Wizard Who Swallowed the Sun by Clayton Smith First, the disclosure: I learned about this book two years ago, when I took a self-publishing class from Clayton Smith at the Chicago Writer’s Conference. I laughed my … Continue reading

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Caterpickles Cleans House, Part 5

How did grapefruit get their name? Why do cats have three eyelids? And why are they called wisdom teeth anyway? Today I answer multiple questions briefly in the hopes of clearing the decks a bit before summer. Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Spring!

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The Ten-Year-Old asks the most important question of her life

When I picked The Ten-Year-Old up from school yesterday, she wasted no time. “Mommyo, I have to ask you the most important question of my life.” Uh-oh, I thought. That’s gonna be a doozy. She’s at that age, you know. … Continue reading

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What’s The Ten-Year-Old reading this week?

Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe Being able to explain complicated ideas in simple terms is one of my favorite art forms. In Thing Explainer, Randall Munroe sets out to explain how complicated stuff like the microwave (food-heating radio boxes), the International Space Station … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: The Ten-Year-Old’s favorite part of the playground

My daughter has been complaining about the fact that her school plans to replace her favorite playground with an outdoor classroom ever since she first learned of it last week. Yesterday, I got tired of all the unproductive griping. So I handed her my … Continue reading

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