Monthly Archives: November 2009

Turkey Stuffed & NaNoWriMo idea

TweetDid you have a great Thanksgiving? We sure did. Three-quarters of our brood made it to dinner and the missing offspring beamed in for a long Skype visit before we ate. About half of the family made it to the annual Turkey Trot 5K we ran in. Of course we wore our cool custom shirts. […]
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NCTE & ALAN recap – plus bookstore events

TweetWhew! I spent yesterday snoring on the couch, recovering from the wonderful, high-energy weekend at the National Council of English Teachers Annual Conference. Thank you, thank you to everyone who stood in the long lines and who shared their stories of the impact my books have had on their students. You guys made me cry […]
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Bookstore Events and Book Awards, Oh My!!!

TweetSince Laurie is running around like a Mad Woman, and being true to her inner Mad Woman in the Forest, I thought I would share, once again, her bookstore schedule for this weekend! Yes, it is time for her to travel to Philly for NCTE (no, she is NOT packed yet!). Besides the wonderful conference, […]
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TweetI’m writing. Come back tomorrow. Scribble…scribble…scribble…
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TweetI revised all weekend. What about you? If you are working on NaNoWriMo or just putting pedal to the medal to finish a draft, you might want to read the Tips on Writer’s Block I wrote for the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program. Because of the intense revision schedule I’m on, I need to issue a […]
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Behold! My writing cottage unveiled!

Tweet::sounds a fanfare::Without further ado, I bring you the greatest gift a writer can ever receive:
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Marvelous Monday!

TweetThis is how to start the week off with a smile: CHAINS has been nominated to the longlist of the Carnegie Medal!  What is the Carnegie Medal, you ask? It is the top award for children’s novels in England, sort of a combination of the Newbery and the National Book Awards. I am completely blown […]
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Random thoughts, incl Guy Fawkes, Wintergirls & Neeko

TweetDo we teach about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 in American schools? Should we?Remember, remember the fifth of November,The gunpowder treason and plot,I know of no reasonWhy the gunpowder treasonShould ever be forgot.And there is the great speech from V Is For Vendetta. My favorite quote, "Words will always retain their power."LOOK! […]
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Blog appearing soon.

TweetTime has mysteriously condensed again. I have been writing like, well, like a possessed crazy woman who lives in a forest. Tomorrow I hop a plane south so I can speak at the American Association of School Librarians in Charlotte, NC. When I get back, I will have very happy news from overseas to share with you. […]
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Happy Writing Month!

TweetNovember is the month for words – the best one ever. That’s why NaNoWriMo takes place starting today. From their website:"National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30. Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over […]
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