Friend Friday

It is such a delight to host a not-too-distant neighbor, Rebecca Van Slyke, today. Her hard work and diligence have paid off with a cascade of picture books being published almost all at once! Her first picture book is the charming Mom School (Doubleday), quickly followed by Dad School (Doubleday), both illustrated by Priscilla Burris…. Read more »

Friend Friday

I spent ten days in January in Vermont, as the Writer in Residence for the Vermont Writing for Children and Young Adults MFA program. It was COLD but the students and faculty were incredibly warm. I was fortunate to meet J. Albert Mann and very quickly our conversation turned to historical fiction and Jennifer’s new novel,… Read more »

Friend Friday

I adore Amy Ludwig VanDerwater and I adore birds so imagine my delight, walking the exhibition hall at ALA midwinter, when I discovered Amy’s new book is about birds! Even more delightful is that she agreed to be my guest to celebrate Every Day Birds (Orchard/Scholastic), which publishes this Tuesday, February 23. Welcome, Amy!   I love… Read more »

Friend Friday

This is a week for being thankful and I am especially thankful that I can count the talented Laurel Snyder among my friends. We’ve shared meals and woes and joys together and no matter how many months/years between meetings, we pick up right where we left off. Her warmth and grace shows through in her… Read more »

Every week I’m posting a “raw” poem — unedited, fresh off  the pen — in hopes that some of you will join me in this creative discipline! Cooking Beans water onion tomatoes Dull things each but simmered in my soup pot, with spices to fit my mood and the rainy day they will bubble into… Read more »

Every Tuesday this school year, I’m posting a raw poem. Unedited. Fresh out of the brain. Hoping to jumpstart my creative juices and yours as well. If you or your students follow my lead and write a “day” poem, please share it! (Today’s poem is inspired by the upcoming two busy months of travel.) The… Read more »

Friend Friday

It is my great delight to host Paddy Eger today. She was a student of mine years ago with a powerful historical fiction manuscript. I knew her words would find their way into print. Read on for more of her story!   How the Writing Bug Grabbed Me If you’d told me fifteen years ago… Read more »

Each Tuesday morning, I’m sharing a poem that’s fresh out of my head onto paper. No revisions. It’s an exercise to help me jumpstart my creative day and I was kinda hoping some of you might try it, too!  If you do, please share. It’s a game of hide and seek. And this character is… Read more »

Monday Musings

You know I adore Winston the Wonder Dog (who, by the way is 99% back to normal after being laid low by a tick bite). But sometimes I just have to chuckle at his behavior. This morning we were walking on the spit (officially the Millennium Trail) with Winston’s white tail waving like a flag, announcing… Read more »

(this was inspired by emptying my suitcase this morning after spending the long weekend in Santa Cruz with our kids and their families, celebrating our fortieth wedding anniversary) Here is what I unpack from my suitcase: Sandcastles on the beach Conversations with my children as the sky grows pink then Inky black With candleglow to light… Read more »