Read Aloud America

The Read Aloud America website has announced the 2008 lists of books recommended as read alouds. My picturebook, 19 Girls and Me, tops the list of K-1 list! This pleases me, because when I write picturebooks, I’m most concerned with the sound of the language. Making a picturebook text a great Read Aloud is one […]

Crazy days

I’m still poking around for ideas for a new novel. These are Crazy Days I’m avoiding writing, or I’m writing frantically about nothing or everything. I’m doing small chores which I’ve put off forever. Shameless Commerce Division: If one of those small chores YOU have put off is posting a review of Novel Metamorphosis on […]

Starting a Novel

I have finished a big project. I’ve done lots of small housekeeping and bookkeeping chores. And I have to face it. The decision of what novel to write next. Deciding What to Write Next This is the hardest thing to me: what to commit to. I’m playing with ideas, but nothing has struck me yet […]

UK & Europe Novel Metamorphosis

If you are in Europe, you can still order Novel Metamorphosis: Uncommon Ways to Revise on the UK Amazon site. Delivery is faster, easier and cheaper for European sites from the UK Amazon. And you can still find it at the US Amazon.

Plotting Difficult Topics: Loss, action

This is part of a series of posts on Plotting Difficult Topics In Inviting the Wolf In: Thinking About Difficult Stories by Loren Niemi and Elizabeth Ellis, the authors recognize that how you approach a difficult subject can make huge differences in voice, POV, plot and resolution. They suggest 32 different approaches and this series […]

Plotting Difficult Topics: Loss, Grief

This is part of a series of posts on Plotting Difficult Topics In Inviting the Wolf In: Thinking About Difficult Stories by Loren Niemi and Elizabeth Ellis, the authors recognize that how you approach a difficult subject can make huge differences in voice, POV, plot and resolution. They suggest 32 different approaches and this series […]