Monthly Archives: December 2010

Year’s End in the Forest

Tweet Things have been a-hopping in the Forest for the past week as we’ve been enjoying all kinds of family gatherings and celebrations. We hung eleven stockings by the chimney with care (including one for each dog). No, the chickens did not get stockings. However I decorated their coop with big red bows and made […]
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Video to bake by

TweetThe cleaning and decorating in the Forest in finally done. (Pics tomorrow!) Today I’ll be trying to make a gingerbread house and baking biscotti and other family favorites. And it’s time to make the rice pudding for the Julenisse! While puttering around the kitchen, I’ll be catching up on videos that I’ve bookmarked. Do you […]
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Finding Light in the Winter Bleakness of Rejection

Tweet As we approach Winter Solstice and Christmas (and just enjoyed Hannukah), your thoughts are likely drawn to the way we crave light in the darkness. If you are a writer, this means your thoughts drift to rejection. I wrote a guest blog post on how to triage rejection pain over at The Debutante Ball. […]
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Need a last minute gift? Or some snow?

TweetWe’ve had about 8 inches of snow in the last couple of hours, with more on the way. It is officially a Snow Day in the Forest! The dogs are loving it! Truth be told, I am, too. As soon as I get the day’s writing done, I’m going to shift into decorating mode. Might […]
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And about that suitcase…

Tweet Given that many of you will soon be packing for end-of-year travels, I thought I’d let you know how my experiment with travelling lightly went. (You remember – I only took a carry-on for my five week book tour. Details here.) In a word – fantastic!! It helped that all of my travels were […]
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RIF, FORGE & me in DC

TweetHere is a great video of me on book tour courtesy of RIF (Reading is Fundamental). This was shot at one of the KIPP Academies I visited in Washington, DC (You saw one their cool murals in Tuesday’s blog post).   Another highlight of the day for me was the chance to get to know […]
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Chill time

TweetThe good news is I got in a couple of hours of writing this morning. The bad news is I hardly accomplished anything else I had planned because I spent three hours chiseling the ice of my dad’s driveway. Some days you just gotta go with the flow. Or the ice floe. In keeping with […]
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Pigs DO Fly!

Tweet A lot of people have written to me in the last few months, asking what a typical book tour day is like. Elizabeth Bluemle of Flying Pig Bookstore did a write-up of the day I spent in the Burlington, VT area. It gives you a pretty good picture of the day: three school visits, […]
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Best Intentions

Tweet Remember when I used to blog? A lot? Well. I got out of the blogging habit during the FORGE booktour! ARGH! I’m sorry! I miss you guys! So I am trying to get back into the habit. Right now. I think one of the things that has been holding me back (other than catching […]
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