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Aug.02.2013
The Moment An Editor Was Nuts: Eh, I’d rather not talk about it. But suffice to say, it was a nightmare! OK, I will say one thing: When an editor refuses for a long time to let you see her notes and then when you finally do see them, you realize a lot of insane rambling has been going on, including...
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Aug.01.2013
The Moment There Was A Scroll: Two girls emailed asking for my address. They wanted to send an eleven-foot illustrated scroll they’d created, detailing their love for The Sisters 8. When the mailer arrived, I removed what did indeed resemble a scroll. Out of curiosity, I got out my yardstick. Yup,...
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Jul.31.2013
The Moment There Was A Board Game: Two girls wrote to say they’d created their own board game based on The Sisters 8. They enclosed pictures. Sure enough, there was an actual board with eight character pieces bearing the likenesses of the octuplets. Sadly, I did not receive instructions but I could...
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Jul.31.2013
Writing Plateaus I have an odd hobby. I study Chinese characters. I once studied a lot of Mandarin (the most widely spoken of the Chinese languages), but a few years ago, I realized I couldn’t remember most of my Chinese characters. I dug up my old flash cards (kept in a box since 1983!). On one...
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Jul.30.2013
The Moment I Said Oui: For some strange reason, I decided to look up the French edition of The Thin Pink Line on Amazon France to see how it was doing in the country that reveres Jerry Lewis. It was ranked something like #132. Insane, mais oui?  
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Jul.29.2013
The Moment I Liked And Disliked A Cover: I saw the cover for The Education of Bet. It was a very pretty cover: a faceless young woman in a long, pale green gown with old-looking books behind her. There was just one problem. It was in no way expressive of the story inside. If I’d had my way, the...
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Jul.29.2013
“Imagine the writing process as a heart pumping blood,” writes Alice W. Flaherty in The Midnight Disease. Flaherty is a physician and author who studies the biology of creativity and, especially, all the complex things that go into the urge and ability to write. Her heart metaphor offers a fresh...
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Jul.28.2013
  The Moment I Went Back In Time: The private school I attended from grades four thru nine, Unquowa, invited me to give a Commencement speech thirty-four years after I graduated. Considering that in my first year there a teacher sent a note home to my parents saying, “Lauren is a butterfly who...
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Jul.27.2013
The Moment I Got Historical And Contemporary: I love playing with classics, trying to find a new entry into an older story. One day I thought: What about Tom Brown’s Schooldays meets She’s the Man? So that’s what I did. I started writing a seriocomedic book about a sixteen-year-old girl in...
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Jul.26.2013
Zen teacher Charlotte Joko Beck calls them “concepts”: mental images of the way we think things should be. Another word for them is “shoulds.” Everyone is plagued by these stress-inducing demons, and writers are no exception. Most of us spend our entire writing careers thinking about what we ...