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Jun.09.2009
I fell off the radar temporarily last week. Lost all communication. It was a combination of the end of school, huge trip, and finishing my WIP, Pelorus Jack. Most of all, though, I was an emotional wreck. My kids left on Friday with my husband for Germany. I stayed at home in the empty nest. My...
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Jun.03.2009
ShiftJennifer BradburyMay 2008AtheneumISBN: 978-1-4169-4732-5Retail: $16.99 Jen and I spoke together on a panel at NCTE, and I got her book then. I've been meaning to read it ever since. I'm so glad I finally did. Shift is the story of two 18 year-old high school graduates, Win and Chris, who...
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May.29.2009
In these trying economic times, we all need a little lift now and again, a little ray of hope on the horizon. And we all try our best to keep it together, to cut back, to stretch the almighty dollar or yen or denomination of your choice just a little further. Some of us even resort to games of...
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May.27.2009
Memorial Day started out kind of slow. I snuck into the office to write. My daughter vegged out on cartoons. Until my husband suddenly appeared with the kite. We hadn't been kite flying in ages. Suddenly, the house was a blur of action. Kite flying. It was contagious. We couldn't get out the door...
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May.22.2009
Some weeks, I can think of at least three things I could write about in this Friday post. Other weeks, I'm praying to the gods of inspiration for, well...inspiration. Of course, I could do the high functioning thing and write down the extra two ideas in the creative weeks, but somehow, it never...
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May.19.2009
My oldest hit the double digits this Friday, and oh, what celebrating there was! I was all ready for that. I'd made one cake, bought another, wrapped the presents, gotten the house ready for the onslaught of ten year who would pour into it the next day. We were ready to celebrate. What I wasn't...
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May.15.2009
Ooh, after the week I've had with babysitter woes, I have really been looking forward to my Friday post where I get to let my hair down, sit back, and ponder the inane, quirky habits of that ecelectic species, writer. This week's spotlight gelled for me in a dream last night. I haven't had the best...
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May.11.2009
This weekend supplied me with countless material for an edgy teen novel, or at least, a realistic one. It all began when my husband and I decided to live life on the edge and go away for a weekend. We have two kids, seven and ten. So, we needed a responsible person to take care of them. We asked...
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May.08.2009
What's your verb? I love that Nike commercial. Verbs are the cornerstone of good writing. I'm always searching for a better one. Why use walk quickly, when you can say sprint. Or swagger. Or, a personal favorite, sache. But what about the verbs we writers us to describe our profession? You...
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May.01.2009
Do people come up to you and ask you to tell their story? Do you walk away from school visits with loads of new story ideas that kids give you like sticks of gum? Do adults drop hints about stories you could work on? What about your family? Are they the worst of all? You might be a writer if...you...
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Apr.27.2009
Thank God it's Monday. I never thought I see myself saying, thinking or writing that. I usually long for the weekend. I spend my weekdays in my office slaving at the computer, storytelling, and I really enjoy turning my brain off on Friday. However this weekend...yeesh. It all started Saturday...
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Apr.24.2009
Rousseau cautioned in his writings that the way to true happiness was to walk the middle path, virtu, not too much of one or the other. I wonder sometimes if his advice was self-directed. I mean, he was a writer and a philosopher, the double whammy. The likelihood of falling down Alice's...
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Apr.20.2009
I'm a little ahead of the rolling current this week, which is something. I'm usually trying to swim to keep up with it. Not this week. This week it's Earth Day. That's a big day for my kids. They go to a Montessori school, which hopefully explains A LOT. Earth Day is a major event at their school....
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Apr.17.2009
Where do you get those ideas? Wide-eyed, mouths open, kids ask me this at least five times a day at a school visit.  Let's face it, so do my friends. Until they read my books. My friends, that is. The answer I give? Ideas are all around us. You just have to listen and choose the ones that speak...
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Apr.13.2009
The sun was out. The weather warm. And the flowers blooming. It was a perfect day for a lemonade stand on Saturday, and my kids were all over it. Over the last year, they've become lemonade stand pros. They have their own stand, their own company name, they even sell cookies to spice things up a...
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