Monthly Archives: December 2008

Instead of Blogging…

I’ve spent the past week and a half: wrapping and unwrapping gifts. baking and eating cookies. playing Monopoly, Apples to Apples, CatchPhrase, and a strangely addictive Nerf target shooting game. ice skating. visiting with my parents, who made our whole Christmas by coming to visit. getting ready for my husband’s family, a great number of […]

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Saturday Surprises

Earlier this week, I gave a newspaper interview about my second Lake Champlain historical novel for young readers, Champlain and the Silent One.  I had forgotten that it was running in today’s newspaper and just about spit out my coffee when I saw a frighteningly large photograph of myself on the Family Page of the […]

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Five Smiley, Thankful Things on Thursday

I was just about to post a Thankful Thursday blog entry when my writer friend marivee  tagged me for an LJ meme making the rounds this week, where you’re asked to post the last five things that made you smile.  I’m also thankful for those things, as it turns out, so here are my smiley, thankful […]

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Impossible by Nancy Werlin

I’ve been wanting to read this book for a long time. Last week, amid my Christmas book-buying frenzy, I picked up Nancy Werlin’s Impossible as a gift to myself, and what a gift it was. Lucy, the 17-year-old main character, is fighting a centuries-old family curse based on the impossible tasks in the folk song […]

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Places to go, people to see…

I was trying to think of a unifying theme for these links I’ve been collecting for you, but there isn’t one.  Let’s just call it the "new-friends-cool-holiday-gifts-picture-book-pagination" edition. 1. My friend and fellow middle school English teacher marjorielight  is blogging on LJ now, with a cool mix of posts about writing, teaching, and her frequent […]

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Over and Under the Snow has an Illustrator!

If you were reading my blog back in April, you might remember this post  where I was all over-the-moon about my picture book, OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW, being acquired by Chronicle Books.  It’s about a girl on a cross country ski trip who discovers the secret kingdom of animals living under the winter snow. […]

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Titanic Artifact Exhibit

We traveled back in time this afternoon, stepping off an elevator in downtown Montreal into a recreation of the R.M.S. Titanic. Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition opened in November on the fifth floor of the Eaton Centre.  When you purchase your ticket, you’re handed a boarding pass with the name and background of an actual passenger […]

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NEED by Carrie Jones

NEED by Carrie Jones is one of those books that sneaks up on you.  It starts off firmly grounded in the real world, with teens so real you can almost smell them sweating after cross-country practice, a setting so vivid you can feel the winter wind blow, and the very real teen drama that defines […]

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Editor-in-Training

My seven-year-old daughter had been waiting and waiting and WAITING to read the draft of my second MARTY MCGUIRE chapter book, so a few weeks ago, I printed it out for her.  She settled in next to the fireplace with the big folder of papers, and I started making dinner. Pretty soon, she appeared in the […]

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