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Archive for July, 2009

Music Video Weekend: The Jayhawks, “Blue”

Friday, July 31st, 2009 Posted in Music | 3 Comments »


"Where have all my friends gone/they've all disappeared." A favorite band, the mighty Jayhawks. Have a great weekend. [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9rFR2Jll1I]

Fan Mail Wednesday #56

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 Posted in Fan Mail, Jigsaw Jones, School Visits | 1 Comment »


Sometimes fan mail comes from unexpected places . . . and says just the things you long to hear. Hello Mr. Preller, I am a full time dad for 3 young boys, Isaiah (8), Luke (7), Noah (3). Your books have been ...

Life, Little League, and Popsicles

Monday, July 27th, 2009 Posted in Family | No Comments »


Nice photo, right? That's Gavin and a friend. A couple of pretty good baseball players. They come to your town, it's best you lock up the women folk. I helped coach eleven All-Star games across two tournaments, and the experience occupied ...

The Book Nut’s 100 Top Middle Grade Books

Monday, July 27th, 2009 Posted in Around the Web, Six Innings | 1 Comment »


This is nice. And more than a small surprise. Someone named Melissa from Wichita, Kansas, a stay-at-home mom with "an Avid Love of Reading," has put together a list of of 100 Top MG Books. You can keep up with Melissa's ...

Stories Behind the Story: The Case of the Sneaker Sneak

Friday, July 24th, 2009 Posted in Jigsaw Jones, the writing process | No Comments »


When I speak to students, I remind them that I'm an ex-kid myself. It's not as obvious as it used to be. I was a boy who loved boy things, with no burning interest in books or writing. I make ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #53-55

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 Posted in Fan Mail, Jigsaw Jones, the writing process | 2 Comments »


Watch out, folks -- step back, step waaaaaay back. Because this here is Fan Mail Wednesday, the Triple Threat Edition! Hello! I am an elementary school teacher and have a collection of author signed books in my classroom. I was wondering ...

Jigsaw Jones: The Musical, and That Thing Called “Writer’s Block”

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009 Posted in Current Events, Jigsaw Jones, Music, the writing process | 3 Comments »


First off, apologies to my Nation of Readers -- I'm looking at you, Liz -- for the sporadic posts this summer. But it's not like I didn't warn you. Back about a year ago, I posted about a phone call I'd ...

Clip of the Week

Friday, July 10th, 2009 Posted in Fun Clips | No Comments »


Dan Finnerty and The Dan Band (he's the wedding singer from The Hangover and Old School) recreate Beyonce's hit, "Single Ladies." Have a nice weekend. [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WQHcQ3ueYA&feature=related]

Final Cover: Bystander

Thursday, July 9th, 2009 Posted in Bystander, the writing process | 3 Comments »


I remember how I first dreamed of a book with my name on it. I'd read about other writers and how they felt. The way William Faulkner exalted on the day when he finally received the finished jpg file in an ...

James Preller Interviews . . . Travis, of 100 Scope Notes!

Monday, July 6th, 2009 Posted in Around the Web, Interviews & Appreciations | 8 Comments »


I've enjoyed doing this semi-organized, possibly-ongoing series of interviews, especially when it comes to meeting important voices in the kidlitosphere. I hope you agree that it's nice to get to know the people behind some of our more frequently-visited blogs. ...