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Archive for January, 2012

Fan Mail Wednesday #134: Audiobook Blues

Monday, January 30th, 2012 Posted in Bystander, bullying | No Comments »


Hello, I am an 8th gr. teacher in Ashtabula, Ohio and I am currently teaching the book Bystander.  I have searched high and low for an audio CD or cassette for this book to use in my classroom because I ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #133: Anger Issues, or, Ray Liotta Writes a Letter

Thursday, January 26th, 2012 Posted in Fan Mail, Jigsaw Jones | No Comments »


The writer of this piece of fan mail has anger issues. Clearly. And who can blame him? I get mad at bad books, too. I sigh, grumble, throw them against the wall in disgust, shouting over and over again, "Redeculous! Totally ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #132: A Plain Person

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 Posted in Fan Mail, the writing process | No Comments »


I've heard a lot of positive comments about the "Fan Mail Wednesday" feature, now going on its fourth year. But of late, I haven't been sharing too many. I've been answering mail, doing my duty, just not posting it on ...

For Teachers: 13 Ways of Raising Your Hand in the Classroom

Friday, January 20th, 2012 Posted in Around the Web, Fun Clips, In the Classroom | No Comments »


Teachers will like this. All teachers, every one. There will be universal "like" on this little clip. [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2YPBQCHV7E] You can find more of her charming, off-beat clips, here.

Uncorrected Proofs, Living with ARCs: One Author’s Perspective

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 Posted in Before You Go, the writing process | 1 Comment »


I've never been comfortable when people describe themselves as "perfectionists." Especially coming from writers. It implies that, somewhere down the line, they actually do get it "perfect." We don't, not ever. But many of us -- though not all -- try ...

First Review for my new book, BEFORE YOU GO: “I just know it will be a best seller.”

Thursday, January 12th, 2012 Posted in Before You Go, Family | 2 Comments »


I'm thrilled to announce that I just received the first review for my upcoming Young Adult novel, BEFORE YOU GO (Macmillan, July, 2012). Bloggers should note that the reviewer received an Advance Reader's Copy directly from the author by special ...

James Preller Interviews . . . Lewis Buzbee, Author of “Bridge of Time”

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012 Posted in Interviews & Appreciations, the writing process | 3 Comments »


Lewis, I was just so impressed with your new book, BRIDGE OF TIME (Macmillan, May 2012). Congratulations. When I was reading the Advance Reader's Copy, I wished I could talk to you about it, ask questions, dig a little deeper. ...

Quote of the Day: Howard Thurman

Monday, January 9th, 2012 Posted in Around the Web | No Comments »


"Don’t ask what the world needs; ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive." -- Howard Thurman. I came across the above quote in this story from ...

Friday Video Weekend: “(Cups) You’re Gonna Miss Me” Cover by Anna Burden

Friday, January 6th, 2012 Posted in Fun Clips, Music | No Comments »


Here's 90 seconds of joy, a great voice and a great smile, to send you off on the weekend. I can't wait to show this clip to my daughter. Thank you, Anna from Indiana. Now get outta here! [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKcChGsDqnU] Still hanging around? I guess ...

This Married Life

Thursday, January 5th, 2012 Posted in Family | No Comments »


This cartoon from The New Yorker by David Sipress perfectly captures one small aspect of my domestic life. I handed it to Lisa and she exclaimed, "That's us!" The man's cluelessness, the wife's (over)reaction to his cluelessness, and the lack ...