Monthly Archives: April 2006

How Teen Authors can get burned

TweetHave you been following the news of the very painful Kaavya Viswanathan situation? Read the article at CNN or NY Times or many others places for all the details, but I’ll summarize. Briefly, Kaavya was given an alleged half-million dollar advance (which is an astounding sum of money – I have never come close to […]
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Excellent

TweetToday was an excellent day. I spoke at Fairport HS in Fairport NY (where Philip Seymour Hoffman went to high school – LOVED him as the writer in State & Main) and Minerva, the 9th grade building. Everyone was mellow and sweet. I think maybe it is because this is the end of April and […]
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Applicious MacWonderful

TweetI HAVE MY COMPUTER!!!!! ::rolls on floor with glee like a cat on a mountain of catnip:: I have one million gazillion emails to answer plus a lot of other stuff, but it is all possible now because I HAVE MY COMPUTER!!! :: more rolling and gurgling with happiness:: A deep bow of gratitude and […]
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And now I’m leaving again..

Tweet::sighing:: But this trip is shorter and closer to home. I’ll be speaking at the Fairport schools in Rochester Thursday and Friday. Saturday should be a blast – I’ll be at the Rochester Teen Book Festival, along with LOTS of other YA authors. This one is definitely worth the drive, folks. And it won’t snow. […]
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I’m home

TweetWa-hooooooo!
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Where am I?

TweetSometimes I wonder… Actually, I’m in PA again. The great part about this trip is that I am able to see two of my daughters while on the road. Hung out w/ Stef last week, have been bugging Mer and her friends all weekend. The weather was cruddy yesterday, so I dragged Mer to a […]
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Wind-up Author Doll

TweetA rather busy week. In fact, it’s been a blur. I am writing this from a library computer… I’m afraid if I wait too long to update, I’ll forget everything. It’s already beginning to fade……. Thanks to everyone who came to Moravian College Tuesday night. It was my good fortune to sit on a panel […]
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Happy Easter/sick computer

TweetHappy Easter to all who celebrate!!! (end of happy part of post) So the good news about my computer getting sick? It didn’t happen until after my last presentation in Ohio. And it’s an Apple Powerbook, so we just drove to the store straight from the airport and the EMTs took my poor baby out […]
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The SPEAK house

TweetI’m back in Columbus, OH, where they filmed SPEAK. The librarian at Columbus School for Girls, Beth Abramovitz, generously drove me to the street where the House of Speak is so I could see it. Ta-da! (Yeah, I think they’ve painted it.) Thanks to the young women at CSG for being so sweet and energetic […]
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Amazing Timken Experience

TweetDays like yesterday give me faith in the American High School. Yeah, I really just wrote that. I can’t believe it, either. I have lots of faith in teenagers and good teachers, but I have been in way too many schools where administration was a weak link, and the kids suffered from a lack of […]
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