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Archive for December, 2008

One Little Word

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008 Posted in Around the Web, Uncategorized | No Comments »

A simple concept: Pick a word, any word, and let it be your word for 2009. That's the idea behind "One Little Word." My thanks to Stacey and Ruth at Two Writing Teachers -- a great site -- for first mentioning ...

To Music, To Seven Things

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008 Posted in Around the Web, Music | No Comments »

I'm writing to direct you to a wonderful post I just discovered at Seven Impossible Things. It's dated 12/12, written by Jules, and titled, "Poetry Friday: To Music." I often wonder what this blog should be -- this creature -- ...


Tuesday, December 30th, 2008 Posted in Current Events | No Comments »

Welcome to the world, Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston, son of Levi and Bristol, and grandson of Sarah Palin. Only one question: Was Misstep already taken?

Books for Boys?!

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008 Posted in Along Came Spider, Bystander, Greatest Hits, The Gender Gap in Reading | No Comments »

School Library Journal recently ran a review for Along Came Spider. Written by Elizabeth Swistock, you can read it in full by clicking wildly right here and scrolling insanely downwards. I think Ms. Swistock gives an accurate, sympathetic review, while noting ...


Tuesday, December 30th, 2008 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

As my ex-brother-in-law would say, "Rats and snails!" I just accidentally deleted a bunch of comments from the past few weeks. Sorry about that, people like Deb and Matthew; the comments are one of my favorite parts of this whole endeavor, ...

Christmas Cheer from Sleeveface

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008 Posted in Around the Web | No Comments »

Another pointlessly creative site that I'll bop over to every once in a while is Sleeeveface. Described as: "one of more persons obscuring or augmenting any part of their body or bodies with record sleeve(s) causing an illusion." I've just got ...

Star of Stars, Wonder of Wonders

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 Posted in Around the Web | No Comments »

Feeling small. It's a good thing, right. Just to be reminded of that fact. Our smallness. A sense of awe, full of awe, the awfulness of being. This site does that for me. A good place to visit every now and then. A ...

Some Photos from NYC

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 Posted in Family | No Comments »

I just downloaded some photos from our recent trip to NYC, where my friends at Feiwel & Friends gratiously put us up in a fancy hotel for the night. I attended a New York Public Library function with Liz ...


Monday, December 22nd, 2008 Posted in Music | No Comments »

Assuming that everybody has at least 4:16 to kill during the holidays, I thought I'd share this song with you. Written by one of my musical heroes -- the amazing Richard Thompson -- this video features a duet with his ...

Jigsaw Jones Cover: Part 5, Jennifer the Art Director

Sunday, December 21st, 2008 Posted in Jigsaw Jones, the writing process | No Comments »

At last, here's the fifth installment of a series of posts following the creation of a single book cover. As I follow this trail, coming across talented, creative people along the way, I keep thinking of that scene in The ...