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2013: A Year In Reading

Time for my annual tradition of analyzing my reading for the year (I guess if you do it more than once, it’s a tradition, right?). Goodreads sent me a link to my “year in books” and, honestly, it looked pretty … Continue reading

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2012: A Year In Reading

In previous years, I’ve seen lots of bloggers write posts in January about all the books they read the previous year and the goals they’re setting for the coming year. I always wondered how they managed to do it, and then realized, … Continue reading

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Save My Place, Will You?

I almost never use a bookmark. This is due in part to my nearly perfect memory for the written word, so that when I pick the book up again, I can turn to my page based on the muscle memory of … Continue reading

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Holiday Spirit

I had a pretty crappy Thanksgiving week. Those of you who are my Facebook friends know a little about this.  Suffice it to say, after all the polishing and ironing and dusting and vacuuming and cooking, there was no eating of … Continue reading

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My First Writing Conference – Part One – If You Go

As those of you who follow me on Twitter know, I attended my first SCBWI conference this past weekend.  SCBWI stands for Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators, and there are many regional chapters all over the world.  I … Continue reading

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Doing Business The Old-Fashioned Way

I just submitted a query for “Finding Kate” by mail. I’m not going to tell you who it was.  And, believe it or not, I am not going to rail against their outdated, costly and burdensome requirements. Because, walking out of the post … Continue reading

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Sometimes, I Wish…

Sometimes, I wish I could write the kind of bland, unexciting, generic stuff that lines the shelves of libraries and bookstores. Here’s one about the women in a book club, or a knitting club, or a writing group.  Two sisters open … Continue reading

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How Not To Build Suspense…

Sometimes, it really sucks being a writer.  Like when you’re just trying to enjoy a book. I recently read a book, a YA fantasy with a fairy tale feel to it, partly as “market research” but also because this is the kind of … Continue reading

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The Queen’s Thief Series by Megan Whelan Turner

As part of the Light and Round (L&R) Project, I’m going to urge you to read The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whelan Turner.  In fact, I’m going to insist.  I might even beg. It’s that good. When I decided … Continue reading

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Light and Round (Not Dark and Edgy)

Last weekend, someone denounced the young adult genre as rife with sex, violence and depravity and as inappropriate for its target audience.  This naturally (and as intended, I’m sure) roused the ire of readers, writers and editors, all of whom rallied to the defense … Continue reading

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