THE WESTING GAME came in at #11 on the Fuse #8 countdown of the top 100 Chapter books. Whenever any of my writing students express an interest in mysteries, this is one of the two or three books that I suggest. Usually, I like to stick to books published in the 21st century when I make recommendations because this … More The Westing Game
I made a new category for my current work-in-progress: Calyn. That’s the name of the main character. It shows some of the issues that sometimes come with a massive rewrite.
Fuse #8’s unscientific poll featuring the Top 100 Chapter Books featured another one of my favorite books today: THE HOBBIT. It was ninth on my list, but on another day, I might have put it higher. It created a deep and abiding love in my heart for Gandalf the Grey. The day that the Fellowship … More The Hobbit
I was stuck for well over a week in a key scene for my current manuscript. But after pounding head and fingers against the keyboard, I finally made my way through it. The next few pages flew by, largely intact. But then I found Calyn musing on a set of circumstances that had now changed. I’ll be helping her adjust to … More Setting up Obstacles
I did a brief Skype visit for Peachtree’s Author Mingle and 2010 Spring Book Look today. For a few minutes, I talked to the visiting teachers about my books and the topics of my school visits. I did have to explain at one point that I hadn’t done any Skype school visits up to this point, … More Skype Visit
When I scheduled the dentist appointment last fall, I clearly didn’t know this would be the day that Megan Whalen Turner’s CONSPIRACY OF KINGS would be coming out. But thanks to good flossing habits, it was a rather quick and painless appointment this morning. From there, I went directly to the bookstore. I had already read the … More Conspiracy of Kings
This bit of fun turned up in my email. It’s not at all what I expected, but is quite fun nevertheless!