From the Archive, Nano 2011: Why Writers Should Visit a Large Bookstore at Least Once a Month

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

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Colored Pencils Should Be Easier to Erase

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

From the Archives: Why Writers Should Visit a Large Bookstore at Least Once a Month

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

Dear High School, You Suck, Sincerely, The Real World.

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.

MMGM: BREAKING STALIN’S NOSE by Eugene Yelchin

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

Fighting (and losing) The War on (brown-skinned) Boys.

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 Reads, Book Tweets and Thoughts on Smoking in YA Lit.

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.