Tag Archives: Water Balloon

Hiatus

Wait. I have a blog? There will be lots of exciting stuff going on in 2014: Screaming at the Ump comes out March 4. I get extra nervous awaiting reviews of a novel. (The potential for meanness is greater. It … Continue reading

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So?

Okay, the last time I blogged here it was January. So? That so? reminds me of all the retorts of my childhood. While we neighborhood kids mostly played together, drew with chalk, played Red Light, Green Light 1-2-3 and Giant … Continue reading

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Healthy Writing 101

I have been known to moan loudly while working on novels. I mostly laugh out loud while working on picture books. Sane perspective: Why do I keep writing novels? I’m not sure I know the answer. But it might be … Continue reading

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How to Host a Perfect Book Launch

First, it’s a good idea to title your book WATER BALLOON, so every time you say water balloon launch, it evokes fun images. Preparation: Find a bookstore like Booktowne, where everyone’s friendly and supportive. It’s not a bad thing if … Continue reading

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Carrying the Broken Spirits

I read this post on C.J. Redwine’s excellent blog yesterday. It’s mostly about all the hard work and commitment required to be a successful author, and how a person doesn’t turn into some superstar-other-kind-of-writer just by virtue of having a … Continue reading

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Mixed-Up Interview: Talking Middle Grade

Stay tuned, dear readers, for a meaty interview coming up very soon with author-illustrator extraordinaire, Ruth Barshaw. Until then, thanks to the good folks at the From the Mixed-Up Files…blog for inviting me to stop by. My interview, conducted by … Continue reading

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Time in the Drawer

Okay, so I’ve been a little dormant. I once read an article by Jamaica Kincaid about gardening in which she granted full permission to shrug and say, “It’s August,” when a patch went untended toward the end of the season. … Continue reading

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