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Who I am
Welcome to By Singing Light! My name is Maureen LaFerney (I have gone by Maureen E online). I currently work as a library assistant in one public library in the Indianapolis area, and also just so happen to be a voracious reader.

I grew up in Indiana and Ohio, spent four years at college in Oregon, and moved back to Indiana when I graduated.

In spring 2009 I studied abroad in London for three months. It was an absolutely incredible experience. I chronicled it all here

You can reach me by e-mail at elvenjaneite AT gmail DOT com.

About the blog

I started By Singing Light on Blogger in 2006, having decided that I was not going to have a book blog. I wanted to do a little bit of everything rather than focusing on one aspect of my life. But gradually I realized that this was a book blog for all intents and purposes, so in the last few years I’ve been much more focused on that aspect.

My reviews usually reflect my reading habits. I love middle grade and young adult books, especially science fiction & fantasy. I also like adult SFF, mysteries, and historical fiction. Basically, I’m a genre reader. I’m also pretty passionate about diversity in books and am working to make my own reading habits reflect that. Feel free to check out the Index of Book Reviews to get a better sense of what I talk about. My Favorite Authors page is another good place to start.

Since I started working in a children’s room, I’m also doing a Picture Book Monday feature once a month/when I remember, looking at juvenile books.

I also do a regular feature featuring some of the crafts and cooking I’ve done over the past month. You can find all those posts here.

I’ve been a Cybils Judge from 2012-14 and can’t say enough about how awesome the people involved with these awards are.

About the name

It comes from a Dylan Thomas poem, “In My Craft or Sullen Art”:

In my craft or sullen art
Exercised in the still night
When only the moon rages
And the lovers lie abed
With all their griefs in their arms,
I labour by singing light
Not for ambition or bread
Or the strut and trade of charms
On the ivory stages
But for the common wages
Of their most secret heart.

Not for the proud man apart
From the raging moon I write
On these spindrift pages
Nor for the towering dead
With their nightingales and psalms
But for the lovers, their arms
Round the griefs of the ages,
Who pay no praise or wages
Nor heed my craft or art.

Favorite Poets (a partial list)
John Donne, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Elizabeth Dickinson, Christina Rossetti, Dylan Thomas, W.B. Yeats, W.H. Auden, T.S. Eliot, e.e. cummings, Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Places to find me on the internet

Book Likes

I am on LiveJournal as well; send me an email if you want me to consider adding you.

13 replies on “About”

Hi Katharine! I have a few, all of one project. They’re here and here. I haven’t done any big projects in recent months (I just finished undergrad) but I’m sure when I do, I’ll put them up.

Hi Maureen,

I followed you here from a comment you made on another blog about Akathists! You said you have one to St. Anna the Prophetess and I would love to get that somehow as she is my saint. I am an Orthodox Christian in Seattle, WA.

Thank you,

Hi Donna! I’d be happy to e-mail it to you, if that would work. Feel free to e-mail me at elvenjaneite at gmail dot com.

Sent my book The Silent Summer of Kyle McGinley to you to meet the Dec. 7 CYBILS deadline. Tracking through the Post Office reveals it went out for delivery Dec. 2 but offers no record of it actually arriving. Am sorry to trouble you but would be grateful if you would let me know. Huge thanks for all your good work. Jan Andrews (

Hi Alina! Yes, I’m on Goodreads, but my BookLikes account is more active at this point. Feel free to add me either place!

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