Monthly Archives: January 2012

Work and Joy: Lessons from Simon the Juggler

At the gym where I’ve been taking a morning fitness class lately, there’s a racquetball court with big windows that I pass on my way out.  Sometimes, I’ll see people hitting a ball around in there, but mostly, it’s empty in the morning.  Yesterday, though, there was a man – maybe about fifty years old […]

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Thoughts on Inspiration, Part 2: The Fine Art of Faking It

Writing is special. It is. Telling stories for a living and having other people connect with those stories is magical. And that’s part of the problem when it comes to inspiration. Sometimes, honoring the magic of writing prevents us from doing the work of writing, especially when we buy into the belief that we shouldn’t […]

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Some thoughts on Inspiration, and writing anyway

How do you get inspired to write every day? I get asked this question quite a bit…by writers and people who think they might like to be writers. It’s a question that popped up even more often when I was still teaching full time as well as writing, and even though my writing time has […]

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MARTY MCGUIRE Contest Winners Announced!

Many thanks to all who entered my winter contest to help spread the word about MARTY MCGUIRE and its upcoming sequel, MARTY MCGUIRE DIGS WORMS!  The winners are…. (drum roll, please) Signed Copies of MARTY MCGUIRE DIGS WORMS in April: Alisa Kohn Debbi Michiko Florence Marilee Haynes Coleen Patrick Kathy Schmidt ** Crystal Brunelle ** […]

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OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW update

I struggled a bit with my college economics class, but the laws of supply and demand always made sense to me.  Until now… Can you make out those prices? They are silly prices. I’ve been flooded with emails this week (most, from grandparents, for some reason) saying some version of “Dude…why is your book SEVEN […]

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Real Revision: An Interview with Lauren Oliver

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that my first book for teachers, REAL REVISION: AUTHORS’ STRATEGIES TO SHARE WITH STUDENT WRITERS, was released from Stenhouse last summer. I’ve celebrating with a series of author interviews on the topic of real revision…the nitty gritty, make-the-book-better strategies that some of my favorite authors […]

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I’m giving a TED Talk!

While I got the official invitation in December and have known about this for several weeks, it’s still surreal, like maybe I’ve been imagining the whole thing. But today, TED announced the speaker lineup for its 2012 Conference in Long Beach, and there it was…in black and white (and polka-dots!) The full TED 2012 speaker […]

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OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW’s fox…in real life!

OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW illustrator Chris Silas Neal just shared this YouTube video on his blog, and it was too amazing not to pass along. Remember this spread in our picture book? Well, the BBC shared a video of a real-life red fox doing just the same thing. I watched this over and over […]

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Starting a New Book

I’m starting a new book on Monday morning. Not starting, really. Because there have already been many months of research and brainstorming, timeline-drafting, character-building, outlining, and scribbling of scenes.  The story is written in my head. But on Monday morning, after the kids are at school, I’ll open an empty page and type Chapter 1, […]

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Cover art for MARTY MCGUIRE DIGS WORMS!

The second MARTY MCGUIRE book is less than three months away!  There’s nothing like a final cover to make it seem real.  My editor sent this today… And hey… there’s still time to enter my Spread-the-Word-About-Marty-McGuire contest.  You could win a $100 gift card for your favorite book store, signed books, a virtual writing workshop […]

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