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Archive for December, 2011

Overheard: Maggie comments on the interior design of Chipotle

Friday, December 23rd, 2011 Posted in Family | 2 Comments »


I know: I said I wasn't posting until 2012. And that's still totally true! Except . . . that Maggie just said another one and I had to get it down on paper. Or something like that. Anyway, my two boys, ...

Soul Christmas Playlist

Monday, December 19th, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »


This will be my last post until 2012. I want to thank you for stopping by -- I really do appreciate your interest and your support. I wish you a healthy, happy holiday season. I love Christmas music, all of it, of ...

Photo

Friday, December 16th, 2011 Posted in Family | No Comments »


My youngest turns eleven tomorrow. I came across this old photo of us, probably about seven years ago. A certain kind of guy might even get a little weepy looking at it. Happy birthday, Mags.

The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers

Thursday, December 15th, 2011 Posted in Along Came Spider, Interviews & Appreciations, the writing process | No Comments »


I've been enjoying Linda Perlstein's wonderful book, Not Much Just Chillin': The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers, which you might recall from a previous post, here. I'm not really interested in conjuring up a new review for it, since most ...

Confession: I Finally Got Around to Reading “The Chocolate War” by Robert Cormier

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 Posted in Bystander, Interviews & Appreciations, bullying | No Comments »


- And indeed there will be time To wonder, "Do I dare?" and, "Do I dare?" -- I'm not a ticker by nature. You know tickers, right, those bird-watchers who have the list in their back pockets, and are all too delighted at each ...

A Jigsaw Christmas

Friday, December 9th, 2011 Posted in Jigsaw Jones | 1 Comment »


Maybe the worst part of writing a series is the nagging sense that, after ten books or so, nobody really notices if the books are any good or not. Especially not your publisher. Your editor cares, for sure, but everyone ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #131: Upcoming Books

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 Posted in Before You Go, Fan Mail | No Comments »


Hello!  My name is Russell. I want to read all of your books. I am enjoying Bystander so much. I was just wondering what other books you have besides Bystander because I am reading it now? Please contact me back ...

Santa Always Disappoints

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 Posted in Around the Web, bullying | No Comments »


A writer friend of mine, a relatively new mother, recently commented: "Every year I'm thrown by what an as*hole Santa is to Rudulph." I nodded in agreement. That movie, which I love, probably contains the worst characterization of Santa ever. He's never ...

“Bad Decisions Make Good Stories.”

Monday, December 5th, 2011 Posted in Bystander, bullying, the writing process | No Comments »


I came across this wall photo on the web. I wasn't too crazy about it, frankly, didn't strike me as hysterical, but number 10 got my attention: Bad decisions make good stories. (Click on the image if you wish to make it ...

The Picture Book Pledge

Friday, December 2nd, 2011 Posted in Around the Web, Interviews & Appreciations | 1 Comment »


I discovered this great post from The Arts Room blog, where they are taking their 2nd Annual Picture Book Pledge just in time for the holidays. Please follow the link above to read about the pledge, find some book recommendations, and see ...