A new direction…

In an effort to actually blog at all, I’m changing the format of the blog to focus on, well, nothing. And by nothing, I mean me and my life and more general things like what I’m doing and looking forward to in the writing world. Yesterday was the release day for my friend Megan Mayhew…

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This is Daisy the pug!

This is Daisy the pug! She’s the inspiration for, you guessed it, Daisy the pug! The real Daisy is a crazy, little wiggly girl—and was especially silly when this picture was taken (she was a puppy!:). As she’s grown up, she’s become a lot more like the tough-as-claws girldog Shep meets in The Storm.

The actual Snoop!

The character Snoop the Greyhound was inspired by this guy, the actual Snoop!

A Quote from Alexandra Horowitz’s Inside of a Dog

Things directly in front of a dog’s face are visible to him, but they are not quite as sharply in focus as they would be for us… . In fact, dogs might overlook small things right in front of their nose [because of the way their eyes are structured]. Inside of a Dog (Scribner, 2009; page…

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Exegesis of my Childhood Canon: All Dogs Go to Heaven

If there was ever a banner day in the history of children’s film (at least for my generation), it was November 17, 1989: The day on which both All Dogs Go to Heaven and The Little Mermaid opened on the big screen. It might tell you something that though I saw The Little Mermaid TEN TIMES in the theater, I don’t…

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Not Your Parents’ Novel: Monster and the New Narrative

This month I’m blogging about what I’ve called “textual anomalies,” by which I mean the crazy stuff that writers are allowed to do in middle grade and young adult novels and pretty much nowhere else. Things like changing fonts to indicate a character’sdifferent states of mind or sticking a character’s artwork into the text or simply allowing a…

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“Climb High, Climb Far, Your Goal the Sky, Your Aim the Star.”

The title of this blog comes from the inscription on Hopkins Gate at Williams College, my alma mater. You walk through this gate and past these words after graduating—they set a pretty high bar for their graduates at Williams. The picture is of the coolest birthday present I have ever received (not to slight any…

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Putting the “I” in First Person:

Point of View in How I Live Now I start off, as usual, with an apology—this blog was supposed to post in November.  November it is not. I promise that I have spent the intervening weeks hard at work, writingwritingwriting like a thing possessed, and have emerged spent and happy and eagerly awaiting comments on…

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Wait, Where’s The Thrilling Robot Chase?: Revelation as Story in The Giver

Hello again, dear readers.  After a rather long summer (and fall…) holiday, the blog is back!  And, as promised, is back to discuss Newbery medalist, The Giver, by Lois Lowry. This was a big summer for me—lots of writing and revision and learning about the publishing process by living through it.  It was also a big summer…

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