Monthly Archives: February 2009

Virtual Author Visits: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, & the Awesome

There’s been a lot of online chatter lately about virtual author visits, and as someone who wears two hats, I’ve been paying special attention. Because I’m a middle school English teacher as well as an author, my ability to travel for school visits is somewhat limited, so I’ll be using Skype videoconferencing software to offer […]

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A Breath of Summer

If you read my blog with any regularity, you know that we love winter at my house.  A big snowstorm, in all its fluffy white glory, is about as good as it gets for this family of skiers.  But every now and then, we start to miss colors like green and red and purple.  Yesterday, […]

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GIANNA Z’s Page Proofs

So all this week, I’ve been reviewing page proofs for THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z, looking for any mistakes that survived the copy editing process and any typos that were introduced during type-setting.  I was distracted throughout this process because when page proofs arrive in the mail, your actual title page is included.  I […]

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How They Got Here: 2009 Debut Author Stacey Jay

This post is part of a year-long series of blog interviews I’ll be hosting with my fellow 2009 Debut Authors, called "How They Got Here."  It should be an especially helpful series for teens who write, teachers, and anyone who wants to write for kids.  2009 debut authors will be dropping by to talk about […]

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Thank you, Folsom School!

It’s been my experience that when you walk into a school, you get an immediate feel for what the place is all about.  When I walked up to the door of Folsom Educational Center in South Hero, Vermont this morning with my arms full of equipment and papers and artifacts, two young men rushed to […]

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Thank you, Dodge Memorial Library!

2009 marks the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain’s voyage from Quebec to explore the lake that now bears his name.  There are big doings to mark that anniversary this year, and special Quadricentennial groups in New York and Vermont are planning more events for the summer. Since my middle grade novel CHAMPLAIN AND THE […]

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How They Got Here: 2009 Debut Author Saundra Mitchell

 This post is part of a year-long series of blog interviews I’ll be hosting with my fellow 2009 Debut Authors, called "How They Got Here."  It should be an especially helpful series for teens who write, teachers, and anyone who wants to write for kids.  2009 debut authors will be dropping by to talk about […]

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Why I *Heart* Kids Heart Authors Day

What started with an idea Tweet from author Mitali Perkins turned into quite a party this morning, when authors and kids and parents gathered at independent bookstores all over the country.  I spent an amazing morning at Flying Pig Bookstore in Shelburne, Vermont. Flying Pig co-owner Elizabeth Bluemle had the kids laughing out loud as […]

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Kids Heart Authors Day in Vermont!

Who loves books? Who loves independent booksellers? If you’re waving your hand wildly now, I’m right there with you, and here’s one of many reasons why.  When my husband and I walked into Flying Pig  Bookstore a few weeks before Christmas, we were, as usual, trying to fit too many errands into a couple hours.  […]

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Creating Characters

I’m teaching a brand new elective at my middle school this semester — Advanced Creative Writing — and I’m lucky enough to be working with ten of the coolest, smartest 7th graders you ever did meet.  They’re working on independently selected writing projects, from novels to short stories to screenplays.  Along the way, I’ll be […]

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