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Aug.02.2011
Wow! It is so exciting to read all the comments you posted to my blog, Facebook, and Twitter yesterday! I don’t keep hard and fast numbers about this challenge, but it sure seems like we have a record number of participants, with more joining by the hour. How cool is that!!?? So…. how did it go...
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Aug.01.2011
It's August! That means the Fourth Annual Write Fifteen Minutes A Day© Challenge is here! Get ready to scribble! The rules are simple. In fact, they aren’t even rules. They’re more like guidelines, the Pirate Code of Writing. 1. Commit to write for 15 minutes a day for the entire month of August...
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May.29.2011
You all know of the devastation that hit Joplin, MO. Folks are still looking for loved ones. Those who survived the storm have to figure out how to start their lives over. From scratch. Most people have the inclination to be generous at times like this. But then they get busy, because the...
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May.28.2011
Three days breathing Javitz Center air have left me feeling a little delirious. But before I self-medicate by planting flowers and working out at the gym, let me share a few BEA pics with you. (pic from Mitali Perkins Twitter feed) Mitali Perkins, Jennifer Donnelly and I did a good job...
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May.28.2011
One of the highlights of BEA so far has been an early morning run in Central Park with Christopher McDougall, author of the life-changing book, BORN TO RUN. He is a super-nice guy!! (If you’ve ever thought of running, you need to read this book!)
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May.28.2011
I am so horrified by the destruction in Joplin, MO, that I am following the enlightened example of Maureen Johnson and am auctioning off a manuscript critique. All of the proceeds will be donated to Shelter Box USA. They do good work for people in need. </br> I’ll blog with more details...
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May.28.2011
-- BEA – the ginormous annual publishing conference – is just around the corner. I’ll be there Monday- Thursday, and plan on having a Very Good Time Indeed. One of the coolest things at BEA is the Silent Auction. This takes place Wednesday night. The best illustrators in the business such as...
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May.28.2011
Happy Birthday to my favorite (and my local) bookstore, River’s End Bookstore in Oswego, NY. This week is the store’s 13th birthday, which they are celebrating by unveiling their e-commerce site. The owners of the store, Bill Reilly and Mindy Ostrow, have made a tremendous difference to the...
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May.28.2011
It is hard for me to think about anything except for the struggles of the Japanese people right now.
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May.28.2011
Helllllllooooooo Women’s History Month! The fantabulous dames over at readergirlz have designated March as Risk-Taking Month. On the last day of February (Loyalty Month) they featured Independent Dames; What You Never Knew About the Women and Girls of the American Revolution. But given the...
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Mar.04.2011
This October I’ll be turning 50 years old. I am using this as my excuse for just about anything and everything these days. One of the things I decided around New Year’s was to give myself permission to exercise as much as I want all year. I adore working out but often allow other commitments to...
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Feb.01.2011
I was talking to some friends last weekend about how much pain reviews can cause. Even the good ones can hurt because writers are mostly neurotic and we will find the phrase or the one word that is less than complimentary and then we obsess about that word until we’ve driven ourselves into a...
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Feb.01.2011
I feel like my blogging skills have gotten a bit rusty since the book tour. Sorry about that, friends. I promise to try harder. Sometimes the problem is that the kind of thoughts that I want to put into a blog post feel like they will need hours of writing and shaping, and then I’ll have to find...
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Jan.27.2011
I am coming to New York City!! On Sunday, March 20 at 4pm, I’ll be speaking at Symphony Space. I am VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS!!!!!! (so excited, I find myself pounding the caps lock and spitting out exclamation marks!!!!!!!!!) It gets better. I will be chatting with the One, the Only, Maureen...
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Jan.27.2011
I am still playing catch-up with a few things (not helped by this morning’s -25 temperature), but am getting to the bottom of my to-do list. Here’s a Big Item. WINTERGIRLS is now available in the United Kingdom!!! Here’s a book trailer I made for our friends across the pond. http://www.youtube....
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