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Archive for March, 2010

Around the Horn

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010 Posted in Around the Web, Justin Fisher Declares War! | No Comments »


* Want to know the secret of how to write for boys? I refer you to this post. * If you write a book about bullying, sometimes a guy will give you an eye-rolling response like, "Oh please, you big wuss." ...

Overheard: Rainy, Sneezy Morning

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010 Posted in Family | 1 Comment »


It was one of those mornings every parent knows too well. My daughter Maggie woke up groggy, coughing, sneezing, with a thtupped-up head. She'd been under the weather for the past couple of days. So it was a struggle getting ...

Cue the Inspiration: “It’s the End of the World”

Monday, March 29th, 2010 Posted in Music, the writing process | 1 Comment »


"Why do the birds go on singing? Why do the stars glow above?" I've been writing my first YA novel, and as much as I've enjoyed the process, it's often felt like a death match. I'm like that guy on the ...

Happy Nappy Bloggy Baseball: Around the Horn with Doret

Friday, March 26th, 2010 Posted in Interviews & Appreciations, New York Mets, Six Innings | No Comments »


My friend, Doret Canton, of The Happy Nappy Bookseller blog, goes around the horn with nine authors of children's baseball books. It's a pretty cool lineup with some heavy hitters, sure to score runs in bunches. Doret's come up with a ...

Breaking the Silence: Interview at Boylit.com

Thursday, March 25th, 2010 Posted in Bystander, Interviews & Appreciations, The Gender Gap in Reading, the writing process | 3 Comments »


I'm breaking my self-imposed gag order to alert my Nation of Readers of an interview I did with Carl DeLuca over at Boylit.com. Click here like a crazed ferret and you'll find it. I think anyone interested in boys and books (together, ...

What’s Writing All About?

Friday, March 19th, 2010 Posted in the writing process | 3 Comments »


You want it in one word? Here goes: I always shake my head when people talk about "multi-tasking" and what an essential skill it is for the next generation and blah blah blah. I don't believe a word of it. For me -- ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #82-83

Thursday, March 18th, 2010 Posted in Fan Mail, Jigsaw Jones, Six Innings | 2 Comments »


I'm running a day late again, and falling behind on everything. So let's hop to it! Letter #82: I replied: JonJon, Thanks for the letter and the book report. I'm glad you connected with Six Innings. I'm a big reader of baseball books myself; ...

Music Video Weekend: St. Patrick’s Day Edition, “The Raggle Taggle Gypsy”

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 Posted in Music | 1 Comment »


"What care I for my money-o?" Must be the weather. I'm feeling St. Paddy's Day a wee bit early this afternoon, so started listening hardcore to Irish tunes. And me being me, I just had to share one of my favorites. ...

Bring Change 2 Mind: “Words Have Power Over Us.”

Monday, March 15th, 2010 Posted in Bystander, Current Events, Family | 2 Comments »


I was impressed and pleased to find this full-page advertisement, featuring actress Glenn Close, that addressed the stigma of mental illness: Here's the body copy of the advertisement: Glenn Close's sister Jessie and Jessie's son Calen have a disease. And even though ...

“Bystander” Review

Saturday, March 13th, 2010 Posted in Bystander | 1 Comment »


Mary Ann Gallagher writes of Bystander: This fast-paced read is an eye-opener for children in the often-confusing world of middle school. For the full review, click here. To discuss books with Mary Ann, who owns a bookstore in Canada, you may visit her ...