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Kindness. Gratitude. All the colors of the rainbow. We need it. Here’s some.

May 9, 2017

Look at this beautiful photo by Tiffany Matthies, artist and teacher extraordinaire. I am just now delving into the thank you notes these lovely third graders sent me last week.  I am taking my time. I don’t want to rush through them. They are like little sunshine bonbons.  Here’s the first one.  I’ll post more in the coming days.  The bright pictures and kind, gracious words of these young people put a smile on my face and I hope they will for you too. We need it now, don’t we? 

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Look at this beautiful photo by Tiffany Matthies, artist and teacher extraordinaire. I am just now delving into the thank you notes these lovely third graders sent me last week.  I am taking my time. I don’t want to rush through them. They are like little sunshine bonbons.  Here’s the first one.  I’ll post more in the coming days.  The bright pictures and kind, gracious words of these young people put a smile on my face and I hope they will for you too. We need it now, don’t we? 

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Pink’s is for medievalists

March 25, 2017

First I got to talk about This is Not a Werewolf Story with a bunch of people who love medieval literature as much as I do, then I got to go to Pink’s. Best long weekend ever, thanks to the Medieval Association of the Pacific, Loyola Marymount University, and my fellow panelists Jes Battis and Kim Zarins. Who knew there were so many of us writing YA works inspired by our scholarship?

First I got to talk about This is Not a Werewolf Story with a bunch of people who love medieval literature as much as I do, then I got to go to Pink’s. Best long weekend ever, thanks to the Medieval Association of the Pacific, Loyola Marymount University, and my fellow panelists Jes Battis and Kim Zarins. Who knew there were so many of us writing YA works inspired by our scholarship?

Pink’s is for medievalists

March 25, 2017

First I got to talk about This is Not a Werewolf Story with a bunch of people who love medieval literature as much as I do, then I got to go to Pink’s. Best long weekend ever, thanks to the Medieval Association of the Pacific, Loyola Marymount University, and my fellow panelists Jes Battis and Kim Zarins. Who knew there were so many of us writing YA works inspired by our scholarship?

First I got to talk about This is Not a Werewolf Story with a bunch of people who love medieval literature as much as I do, then I got to go to Pink’s. Best long weekend ever, thanks to the Medieval Association of the Pacific, Loyola Marymount University, and my fellow panelists Jes Battis and Kim Zarins. Who knew there were so many of us writing YA works inspired by our scholarship?

Whidbey News Times

March 4, 2017

Lucky to meet so many kindred spirits at Crescent Harbor Elementary. Thanks to Daniel Warn for this article.

Lucky to meet so many kindred spirits at Crescent Harbor Elementary. Thanks to Daniel Warn for this article.

Home

March 4, 2017

Last Friday I had the chance to go back to Whidbey Island and visit the students at Crescent Harbor Elementary. Like a lot of the students in the library that afternoon, I’m a Navy brat. That means answering the question, “Where are you from?” always takes a beat or two to answer.  

To me, where I’m from is a place I’ve never really lived.

A few months ago I was driving I-5 north of Burlington, heading towards the Canadian border. The highway narrows there, hacked into the hillside, evergreens crowd either side.  Home. The word was there.  This stretch of freeway leads to the little town where I was born and lived for the first few years of my...

Last Friday I had the chance to go back to Whidbey Island and visit the students at Crescent Harbor Elementary. Like a lot of the students in the library that afternoon, I’m a Navy brat. That means answering the question, “Where are you from?” always takes a beat or two to answer.  

To me, where I’m from is a place I’ve never really lived.

A few months ago I was driving I-5 north of Burlington, heading towards the Canadian border. The highway narrows there, hacked into the hillside, evergreens crowd either side.  Home. The word was there.  This stretch of freeway leads to the little town where I was born and lived for the first few years of my...

Home

March 4, 2017

Last Friday I had the chance to go back to Whidbey Island and visit the students at Crescent Harbor Elementary. Like a lot of the students in the library that afternoon, I’m a Navy brat. That means answering the question, “Where are you from?” always takes a beat or two to answer.  

To me, where I’m from is a place I’ve never really lived.

A few months ago I was driving I-5 north of Burlington, heading towards the Canadian border. The highway narrows there, hacked into the hillside, evergreens crowd either side.  Home. The word was there.  This stretch of freeway leads to the little town where I was born and lived for the first few years of my...

Last Friday I had the chance to go back to Whidbey Island and visit the students at Crescent Harbor Elementary. Like a lot of the students in the library that afternoon, I’m a Navy brat. That means answering the question, “Where are you from?” always takes a beat or two to answer.  

To me, where I’m from is a place I’ve never really lived.

A few months ago I was driving I-5 north of Burlington, heading towards the Canadian border. The highway narrows there, hacked into the hillside, evergreens crowd either side.  Home. The word was there.  This stretch of freeway leads to the little town where I was born and lived for the first few years of my...

An interview with Author Magazine’s Bill Kenower

December 19, 2016

Bill Kenower interviewed me a few weeks ago when I was at the University Bookstore in Seattle.  I’ve been a fan of his for a long time, so it was kind of intimidating at first.  But he put me at ease pretty quickly. I love how he edited it to focus on my relationship, over the years, with criticism. I hope it encourages anyone out there who wants to be a writer to keep plugging away at it. 

Bill Kenower interviewed me a few weeks ago when I was at the University Bookstore in Seattle.  I’ve been a fan of his for a long time, so it was kind of intimidating at first.  But he put me at ease pretty quickly. I love how he edited it to focus on my relationship, over the years, with criticism. I hope it encourages anyone out there who wants to be a writer to keep plugging away at it. 

One of Our Kind Boarding School Holiday Newsletter

December 13, 2016

Putting together the blog tour with Prism Book Tour has been so much fun!  I’m grateful for the kind reviews from the bloggers, and even more grateful that so many of them took the time to read my story at all. The Holiday Newsletter has been posted page by page over the last two weeks. If you’d like to read the whole thing, and find out what the TINAWS’ characters have been up to the last few weeks, then head over to Prism Book’s Grand Finale and you’ll be able to read all 6 pages in order.  There are some really nice reviews there, too. 

Putting together the blog tour with Prism Book Tour has been so much fun!  I’m grateful for the kind reviews from the bloggers, and even more grateful that so many of them took the time to read my story at all. The Holiday Newsletter has been posted page by page over the last two weeks. If you’d like to read the whole thing, and find out what the TINAWS’ characters have been up to the last few weeks, then head over to Prism Book’s Grand Finale and you’ll be able to read all 6 pages in order.  There are some really nice reviews there, too. 

One of Our Kind Boarding School Holiday Newsletter

December 13, 2016

Putting together the blog tour with Prism Book Tour has been so much fun!  I’m grateful for the kind reviews from the bloggers, and even more grateful that so many of them took the time to read my story at all. The Holiday Newsletter has been posted page by page over the last two weeks. If you’d like to read the whole thing, and find out what the TINAWS’ characters have been up to the last few weeks, then head over to Prism Book’s Grand Finale and you’ll be able to read all 6 pages in order.  There are some really nice reviews there, too. 

Putting together the blog tour with Prism Book Tour has been so much fun!  I’m grateful for the kind reviews from the bloggers, and even more grateful that so many of them took the time to read my story at all. The Holiday Newsletter has been posted page by page over the last two weeks. If you’d like to read the whole thing, and find out what the TINAWS’ characters have been up to the last few weeks, then head over to Prism Book’s Grand Finale and you’ll be able to read all 6 pages in order.  There are some really nice reviews there, too. 

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