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Nov.05.2010
In a hurried early morning phone call to the Forest, Laurie asked that I fill you in on her activities since she last posted. Laurie is so grateful to everyone who has come out to see her at her many events; those that walked a block and those that drove for hours, doesn’t matter, she thanks you...
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Oct.25.2010
Some people have asked about my decision to travel with only a carry-on on this tour. So far, it’s going great. It helps that I am not terribly fussy about my clothes. I’m wearing dri-fit yoga pants on the tour, with a dryfit black tee-shirt topped by a shirt which is, I hope, more or less...
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Oct.25.2010
WHATTA BIRTHDAY!!! Thank you to everyone for the kind messages and good thoughts. If the rest of the world knew how much fun it is to turn 49, they wouldn’t angst about it so much. Special thanks to the teens, parents, librarians, teachers, and booksellers at the Pittsford B&N for making my...
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Oct.23.2010
First – apologies for not posting in the past week. Things have been crazy, wonderful and busy. Second – thank you, Garrison Keillor!!! I have been a huge fan of his forever and a long-time follower of his daily Writer’s Almanac feature. So you can imagine my thrill when I woke up this morning and...
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Oct.23.2010
I’m leaving for the airport in a few minutes! This is an experimental book tour; I’m only traveling with a carry-on bag and a big purse. Am bringing my iPad instead of a laptop. Traveling so light feels a little weird and a little scary, to be honest. So stay tuned. I’ll try to blog everyday....
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Oct.23.2010
Things are shifting into high gear in the Forest as the book tour approacheth. The suitcase is semi-packed and the washing machine is busy. Hotel and airplane reservations have all been made. More chickens have decided to lay eggs. Ok, that last bit it not exactly tour-related. But this is....
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Oct.08.2010
Went to sleep last night with stars in my eyes, because FORGE has been granted its THIRD starred review. (I will disclose the source and the review itself next week.) Woke up with butterflies in my stomach. Why? I leave on the FORGE book tour in one week. I am probably better known as an author...
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Oct.07.2010
You know how when J.K. Rowling or Stephanie Meyer or Suzanne Collins releases a new book there are VERY STRICT RULES about what day it is allowed to be sold to the public? And how bookstores hold parties the night before the on-sale date and start selling the book at the stroke of midnight?...
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Oct.04.2010
Remember Risha Mullins, the nationally board certified English teacher who was hounded from her job in Kentucky last year? Risha has written about the entire episode. It will chill your blood. This is why we must continue to speak loudly.
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Oct.04.2010
- Banned Books Week is over. I wish I could report on the status of Wes Scroggins’ challenge in Republic, MO, but I have not been able to get official notification of  what is going on. There is a school board meeting later this month. Perhaps they’ll post something in the minutes. There are a...
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Oct.04.2010
Yesterday, my publisher decided to speak loudly about the MO banning attempt by taking out a full-page ad in the main section of the New York Times. My dad bought nearly every copy of the Times in Oswego County and cheerfully distributed them all day to friends, strangers, and everyone in between...
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Sep.30.2010
Sit down. I have a story for you. So we have a neurotic six-year-old German Shepherd. I generally refer to her as The Creature With Fangs. tho’ truth be told, she rarely uses them.           Isn’t she lovely?         We’ve known for a while now that...
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Sep.29.2010
I baked on Monday night. It was a shocking event. When my kids were little, I used to bake a lot, but as life got busy, it slipped off the priority list. But the writer’s group was coming to my house on Tuesday, and I wanted to do something nice. Why did I make banana bread and apple brown betty...
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Sep.25.2010
When I sat down on Sunday morning to write my blog post about the book banning  in Republic, MO, I had no idea what I started. You – my readers – changed the world this week. It started when Paul Hankins, an English teacher in Indiana, started a dedicated Twitter feed, #speakloudly, to spread the...
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Sep.19.2010
Remember last September, when the book banners crawled out of their pits of nastiness to try to remove YA literature from classrooms and libraries? It is September again, my friends. Wesley Scroggins is an associate professor of management at Missouri State University. He was also a speaker at...
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