A New Book! This Would Make A Good Story Someday is coming

It’s that exciting and sometimes slightly nausea-inducing moment when I realize that something that I made up while sitting alone in my office in cat-hair-covered yoga pants is actually going to go out into the world with my name on it!

Coming to bookstores, libraries, and bookshelves near you (I hope) is my newest […]

Yom Kippur at the Beach

Some lessons learned from a day at the beach

I’m not what you’d call a practicing Jew, what with being married to a lapsed Catholic and considering bacon and lobster two of the world’s best foods. But I am Jewish, and our family (like my fictional Fletchers), does our best version of God’s Greatest Hits […]

I’m Tagged in a Blog Hop (Or, “You throw one kidney bean in one purse, and look what happens”)

As previously mentioned, I don’t blog regularly anymore. (Actually that implies I used to blog regularly, instead of at rather more frequent random intervals, but allow me the rose-colored glasses of nostalgia). HOWEVER. When the talented and hardworking Catherine Egan sent a runner on horseback, waving a banner with the royal colors of my house*, […]

WINTERKILL, or The Book I Didn’t Write But am Proud of Anyway

Almost four years ago, in October 2010, I exchanged emails with another writer I found on the Absolute Write writers forums. For those who don’t know, the Absolute Write online forums are a huge and helpful, if slightly daunting resource, for aspiring writers. Whether you’re writing picture books or poetry, memoirs or thrillers, that website […]

Imagination Wednesday

So, I waste a lot of time on the internet. I was going to say I spend a lot of time researching, but while that’s definitely true, I also am doing an awful lot of stuff that nobody could call research, even a fiction writer.* But sometimes the internet just delivers the right dose of […]

In Which I Greatly Admire Rick Riordan

This quote below from wildly crazily best-selling author Rick Riordan is ALL KINDS OF RIGHT. (His newest book, House of Hades, is the latest in the gods of Olympus/Percy Jackson series. If by some odd chance you haven’t heard of him or his books, learn more here. http://www.rickriordan.com/home.aspx) I’m currently navigating the wild world of […]

Monday Needs a Poem

Why writers need to shut down their computers and go away:

Ode to a Book (1) (excerpted)

When I close a book I open life. I hear faltering cries among harbours. …

Book, let me go. I won’t go clothed in volumes, I don’t come out of collected works, my poems have not eaten poems […]

News Worth Sharing

So, as you probably know I’ve been writing these books for the past three years lately at 5:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. and sitting in hockey rinks when I can find the time.

The process goes something like this:

Write:

Query:

REJECTION:

repeatrepteatrepeatrepeatrepeatrepeat

Of course there were some other steps. There was […]

Junk in the Trunk

Hello blog!! *dusts off corners* *straightens pictures*

Well. It has been a while, hasn’t it? This summer has been many things, but conducive to blogging has not been one of that. I sort of knew that, of course, which is why I left you all with a farewell (and a picture of a kitten) back […]

Chasing My Own Tail

So, school is out, camps not yet started, end-of-year shenanigans completed (5 teacher gifts, 3 crossing guard gifts, countless end-of-year party donations, 1 full day chaperoning…someone hand me a drink). I have, I confess, dropped every ball I was juggling except for the ones that were either, 1) flaming (and thus required my attention, or […]