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One Month and Counting!!!!!!! (and more W&PQ)

TweetLet the countdown begin! WINTERGIRLS goes on sale one month from today!!! In a month, I’ll be on my way to the airport to catch a flight out to California for the beginning of the book tour. The spring will be almost as much of a travel blur as last fall was. Laurie’s Totally Excellent […]
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CHAINS extras and genre-bending questions

TweetMy author copies of CHAINS arrived! Opening that box is sort of like being handed your new baby in the hospital. All you can do is gasp and coo and babble. Of course, now I have to keep my very ill Chapter 15, she of the dripping nose and viral motivation infection, from infecting the […]
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Majoring in Creative Writing and other questions

TweetReaders questions are pouring in! Many folks are asking about one of my responses to Katrina’s questions earlier in the week about majoring in Creative Writing in college. I wrote: Don’t major in Creative Writing, but take some of the classes if the professor has a good reputation with the other students. This made some […]
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in the middle of the night…

TweetI woke up at 3:30 this morning thinking about the chapter I’m revising. I took this as A Sign. When the Muse kicks you in the rear end in the middle of the night, you might as well get out of bed. I’m glad I did because this is turning out to be a scribblecious […]
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As the tummy turns

TweetI feel much better today, but am still hovering on the edge of the crud. (note – I originally misspelled that as “xrud.” I think it works better that way.) BH has had it worse than me. I think another 24 hours of solitude and we’ll be all set. I am feeling just xruddy enough […]
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looking for SPEAK teachers, my thoughts on TV for writers

TweetI have an email from a teacher in Australia who wants very much to teach SPEAK. She needs our help. The books have already been purchased, but the principal is having second thoughts about putting the book in curriculum. She writes: …could you please help me with some real examples of ‘Speak’ being used effectively […]
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Inspiration, revision truths, and silliness

TweetThis is a revision weekend. I’m actually excited about it, though I am feeling a little confused about a scene that I know should be in the book, but since I changed some things, I cannot figure out where to put it. Paging the Muse, paging the Muse, clean up in aisle three… I had […]
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Reader question about writing process

TweetOn my Facebook Wall, Robert W. from Michigan asked a great question: …But, especially with you working on your next novel, how is it you approach each book? What is your general approach to writing a book? Your novels always seem SO carefully pieced together, and I’ve never read endings better than the ones to […]
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Taking stock, answering questions, counting to 100

TweetI am feeling an enormous, cranky rant coming on, but I was raised to believe that before you complain about something, you should take stock about what is working in your life. So today, I am digging for the good stuff. (But I swear I will rant tomorrow.) To start with, the ALAN online chat […]
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Talking about TWISTED

TweetI got the greatest fan letter on my MySpace the other day! The guy who wrote it has set his account so that I cannot directly respond to him, so I thought I’d repost it. Here goes. The Subject line reads: “Dude…. I loved your book.” “Alright so there I was, vacant as can be, […]
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