Librarian Betsy Bird at Fuse#8 is doing an unscientific poll of the Top 100 chapter books. It closes tonight at midnight if you care to participate. I probably would have seen this before if I hadn’t been so busy finishing the revisions to my YA mystery. So I decided to throw together a list of my top … More Top 100 Chapter Books
I’ve noticed on my blog stats that people have a few concerns about pronouncing Italian words from SAVING THE GRIFFIN. Here’s a quick guide. If you’re familiar with Spanish, it should be extremely easy because the vowels are similar. A: ah as dog E: ay as in day I: ee as in need O: oh as in … More Pronouncing the Griffin
Incoming! Thwump! That’s the sound of 51,000 words landing in my editor’s electronic inbox. My YA mystery is done, at least for the moment. It was a pretty major revision, so I’ll have to see what my editor thinks about the changes and additions. But my kids, who are in high school and college, liked … More Hitting the Send Button
It was so fun to find SAVING THE GRIFFIN in the first verse of the Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl 2009-10 Rap. A clever person from the DeKalb County Schools managed to work the titles for of the various books into a few short stanzas. We’re Deep and Dark and Dangerous And you don’t need to mess with … More The Reading Bowl Rap
I still don’t know a better way to find mistakes in my writing than reading each word out loud. It keeps my eye from skimming over my all too familiar words. Of course working my way through 51,000 words takes awhile….
It took a writing binge of epic proportions, but I completed a draft of the YA mystery very early on Saturday morning after putting in a marathon day on Friday. Deadlines can be a powerful thing. This one was self-imposed. I knew that my technical advisors–aka college-age daughters–would be able to read the book if … More Revising YA Mystery: Done?
I’m still working away at the revision to my YA mystery. I’ve reached page 100 out of about 175. For this revision, I have a new favorite tool that I picked up from Leslie Connor, author of WAITING FOR NORMAL, at a recent SCBWI Michigan retreat. When she get completely stuck on something, she’ll write … More Something Brilliant Goes Here