The sooner you learn that it’s on you to make life interesting, the better off you’ll be. Maria Semple

Book Birthdays and Giveaways, Oh My!

Two special Butterfly Sister book birthdays today: Barbara O’Connor’s WISH and Augusta Scattergood’s MAKING FRIENDS WITH BILLY WONG. My third Butterfly Sister, Susan Hill Long, launched her book in May (THE MAGIC MIRROR); my latest (AUDACITY JONES TO THE RESCUE) launched in January. For a quick recap of how the Butterfly Sisters came to be, visit Barbara O’Connor’s blog…. Read more »

Monday Musings

I’ve been out of touch for a very good reason: Ryan Evelyn Larson was born (a smidge early) on August 25 and we are in CA helping out the new family. I had to share, however, something received from Barbara O’Connor. She was cleaning out her inbox and found an email where I’d been whining… Read more »

Chance is the first step you take. Luck is what comes afterward. Amy Tan

Read widely and without apology. Read what you want to read and not what someone tells you you should read. Joyce Carol Oates

Try to be the rainbow in someone’s cloud. Maya Angelou

You will have only one story. You’ll write your one story many ways. Elizabeth Strout

I would always rather be happy than dignified. Charlotte Bronte

Throwback Thursday

A Washington D.C. newsboy plays a big role in Audacity Jones to the Rescue. The character, Juice Johnson, is about 12 years old. But during the time period of the story (1910), there were newsboys as young as 5! One “juicy” fact that I tried to work into the book, but just couldn’t, was that… Read more »

Whatever you’re meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible. Doris Lessing