Monday, October 27, 2008


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October's been a travel month. First stop Oregon SCBWI Retreat at Silver Falls State Park where I taught Story CPR, met fellow writers, Chronicle books editor, Julie Romeis, and Holiday House editor, Leanna Petronella. Leanna gave a stomping good session on writing YA novels.

Five words for this retreat= Terrific!! Watch out for Bears!

Photo Keven Law

Next I flew to Georgia to keynote the librarian luncheon at the Georgia Council of Media Organizations conference. Saw as we rose out of cloudy Seattle, the morning moon full in the pale blue sky. Flying toward the sun on my right, snowy Mount Rainer down below between the two. All this beauty spread out on the vast canvas of the sky.

Five words for the Librarian Lunch = Laughter, salad, book love, serendipity.

The last word because I ran into YA author Sharon Draper in the lobby of the hotel and we talked for nearly an hour before we identified ourselves as authors. Each of us thought the other was a librarian! We had a laugh about that.

Flew out that afternoon to Missouri for the Children's Literature Festival in Athens MO where I taught "Words on the Wing" to hundreds of students, met thousands of readers and signed books, books, books. Yeah!

Eight words for that leg of the trip: Giant beast fangs don't set off airport scanners!

How did this affect my writing schedule? Have laptop will travel. In the air and on the road, I found free time to daydream about Bound By Three (sequel to Dragon's Keep) and write chapters.

Four words for today = fellow travelers, walk well


Tuesday, October 07, 2008

What a surprise to be nominated for the I Love Your Blog award! And to be nominated by my favorite blog Wordlings by Justina, Justina Chen Headley is a true honor!

Here's the To Do nomination list flying round the web for those of you who would like to join in the fun.

1) Add the logo of your award to your blog.

2. Add a link to the person who awarded it to you. (see Justina's link above)

3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs. (my list below)

4. Add links to those blogs on your blog.

5. Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs.

Blog love . . . pass it on:

Here are the beautiful blogs I visit regularly. And the Nominees are . . . drum roll please:

1) Wordlings by Justina, Justina Chen Headley. I know she nominated mine, but I have to nominate Wordlings because I'm visiting China every week right now vicariously through her blog!

2) Seize the day, Mollymom103. Great writing tips and weekly doodles keep me coming back to Molly.

3) Grow Wings, by Laini Taylor. The art of writing and Art, Art, Art!

4) Opalescent Irritations, Margaret D. Smith. Margaret’s brilliant blog is rich, funny, deep. I go there to be inspired.

5) Bookmark, by O.R. Melling. I like to visit this Irish fantasy author.

6) Brimstone Soup, Holly Cupala. Holly keeps me in the groove.

7) Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast . This is a Wonderland of a book blog!
I could name dozens more (as you can see by my link list) but 7 is the rule and it’s nearly impossible to do this before breakfast!

Until next time

Dream well