It’s November and that means it’s NANOWRIMO. To celebrate my first Nanowrimo novel, Zero Repeat Forever being on the way to publication by Simon & Schuster I’m revisiting a few posts from that crazy month, November 2011. (Posted 11/11/19) I stopped in at Chapters yesterday, on my way back from somewhere. I didn’t buy anything. These days … More From the Archive, Nano 2011: Why Writers Should Visit a Large Bookstore at Least Once a Month
Buying a Christmas present for a child in need today (can I digress and say how hard it is to buy a present for a 12 year-old girl you have never met and know nothing about?) I discovered erasable pencils crayons. What wonders. Made me want to repost this rather depressing meditation on what it … More FROM THE ARCHIVES: Colored Pencils Should Be Easier to Erase
I stopped in at Chapters yesterday, on my way back from somewhere. I didn’t buy anything. These days I buy most of my books from a small retailer near my daughter’s swimming lesson. They have a limited selection, especially when it comes to middle grade and YA, but I only buy bestsellers that I’m desperate … More From the Archives: Why Writers Should Visit a Large Bookstore at Least Once a Month
Well, this hasn’t happened in a while. A news story has inspired me to rant. Actually that happens all the time but whatever. For some reason I’m drunk. The reason could be the debate tonight, or possibly I’m just an alcoholic. Anyway. Here I go. So this week, Whitney Kropp, a high school girl, who was voted homecoming … More Dear High School, You Suck, Sincerely, The Real World.
Not long ago my sister and I were talking about the emergence of high school Gay Straight Alliances. My sister was impressed with these clubs and commented “There was nothing like that when we were in school”. “Sure there was,” I quipped. “It was called drama club.” I’m not gay, but I was fat, nerdy, … More My Heart Is A Judgment Free Zone
For this week’s Marvelous Middle Grade Monday I whipped through the Newbery Honor Book BREAKING STALIN’S NOSE by Eugene Yelchin. Sasha Zaichik has known the laws of the Soviet Young Pioneers since the age of six: The Young Pioneer is devoted to Comrade Stalin, the Communist Party, and Communism. A Young Pioneer is a reliable … More MMGM: BREAKING STALIN’S NOSE by Eugene Yelchin
So last week I ranted about criminal justice in the USA. In this post I’d like to combine some more thoughts on this topic with reviews of three excellent books on the subject. PARANOIA AND HEARTBREAK by Jerome Gold is made up of unedited entries in the journals Gold kept while he worked at Ash … More Fighting (and losing) The War on (brown-skinned) Boys.
June was another big reading month. I tweeted most things and reviewed a few things too. Here’s the run down with a few other thoughts, particularly about smoking in YA lit. THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky, Tweet: PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER Stephen Chbosky – compelling read. Charlie felt ynger than … More June Reads, Book Tweets and Thoughts on Smoking in YA Lit.
I went to a big bookstore today. Unlike most of my visits there, which are purely about browsing, this time I made a few purchases. I had gift cards, a thank you present from a student I mentor. As I was paying for my books I smiled to myself at the stack of books displayed … More Why I’m Okay with Fifty Shades of Grey
In the United States, while you are reading this, a teenage girl will make a very difficult decision. This decision is what is best for her, but also, good science suggests, good for society. Somewhere in the world, about every ten seconds (it’s difficult to measure), a teenage girl makes this same decision – a … More Terrific Teen Tuesday: YA’s Last Taboo