To E-read or not to E-read…

Are you hoping to find an e-reader under the Christmas tree this year? With the proliferation of devices such as the Kindle, Sony E-Reader, Nook and Nook color, iPad, iPhone, and Android phones, more and more of us who once swore we’d never give up our print books are jumping on the bandwagon. That’s not […]

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Holiday Gifts Featuring Colorado Authors, Part II

Today I’m moving on to Colorado’s outstanding middle grade and picture book writers. Let’s begin with Middle Grade. As before, the links are to author web sites. Claudia Mills:  ONE SQUARE INCH; HOW OLIVER OLSON CHANGED THE WORLD Mary Peace Finley:  THE MIDNIGHT RIDE OF BLACKWELL STATION Claudia McAdam:  RIDDLE AT THE RODEO Ann Nagda:  […]

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Holiday Gifts Featuring Colorado Authors

Subscribe in a reader It’s that time of year…Aren’t there some children, tweens, or teens on your list who would love receiving a book for Hanukkah or Christmas? As a child, a book was (and still is) my favorite gift! Today’s post is dedicated to Tween and Teen books. A follow-up will feature middle grade, […]

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Steampunk. Who Knew?

At our RMC-SCBWI Fall Conference, I had the pleasure of sitting next to a group of young adult librarians at the Saturday lunch. Shamelessly, I wasted no time in picking their brains to get ideas for my YA Lit class, which I’ll be teaching again this spring. One of them said the best book she’d […]

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Plotting Simplified

Okay, I admit it. Plotting is really challenging for me. I’ve read countless articles and books on the subject, attended so many sessions at conferences, I couldn’t possibly remember them all, and sought advice from the expert plotters in my critique group. I’ve tried using index cards—even made a template for them so I wouldn’t […]

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Still in Love with Shakespeare!

Do you remember the movie Shakespeare in Love? Won five Academy Awards? I happened to catch it on Encore recently. Having been so immersed in Shakespeare’s world the past few years as I worked on Kissing Shakespeare, I watched it with a new appreciation. I’d already seen it, of course, but this time, it meant […]

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Critiques

Tomorrow my critique group is meeting here at my home. Aside from dressing in Halloween costumes and gorging ourselves with snacks, we have a manuscript to critique. A year or so ago I wrote about the experience of having my own manuscript, Kissing Shakespeare, critiqued by my group. To say I was somewhat stressed is […]

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Misery Lit: Have We Had Our Fill?

I recently read that Daisy Goodwin, Orange Prize chair, was bothered by the unrelenting “misery” going on in the books eligible for the prize. In case you’re not familiar, the Orange Prize is awarded to a woman writer of any nationality for a novel written in English. After reading 129 novels, Ms. Goodwin told the […]

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Wolf Hall

I savored Wolf Hall. I made it last as long as possible. Like nibbling on a brownie, or spooning tiny bites of ice cream. My strategy worked, too. I got it for Christmas, and here it is, Feb 6, and I just finished it. It’s the kind of book that allows you to savor it, […]

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