Some interesting things have happened lately. I received a request for permission to reprint one of my favorite stories, The Magic Dreidels, in Russian. The book has been out-of-print for several years. I immediately wrote to the illustrator, my good friend Katya Krenina, to share the good news, although I suspected she had already heard. […]
I just returned home from four days at the Oregon Coast. I spent the first three days at Warrenton Grade School, just southwest from Astoria. Kathi Merritt, the librarian, has been a good friend of mine for years. This is the fourth time she’s had me visit. An added plus is that I got to […]
My writing’s been getting me down for a while. I tried lots of different ideas. Nothing seemed to work. My agent, Jenn Laughran, was working hard. Nothing was working at her end either. Sitting down to write anything was becoming painful. I spend my time over the holidays doing other things. It’s easy to find […]
Yow! Has it been that long since I posted anything? I went on a cruise along the Inland Waterway, from Charleston to Florida. I still have to post some of the photographs. Then the holidays hit. Once you get out of the habit of posting, it’s hard to get back. Okay, I’m back. No excuses.
Sasha Lauterbach, the librarian at the Cambridge Friends School in Cambridge, MA, sent me the most remarkable email. Back in 2000, her students decorated library chairs to go with their favorite books. You’re not only reading a story when you sit down in her libary; you’re sitting on one. Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins has […]
I received the most wonderful letter yesterday from Sasha Lauterbach, the librarian at the Cambridge Friends School in Cambridge, MA. Sasha is going to send me pictures of the Hershel chair and the goblin puppets. I can’t wait to see them. Sasha has given me permission to post her letter. I’ll post the chair and […]
Spread the word. The Runaway Tortilla, long out-of-print, is available as of September with new illustrations by Erik Brooks. Click HERE to check it out.
We had a wonderful time during our three-day holiday at Yachats on the Central Oregon coast. A pod of gray whales stays offshore year-round. On a good day you can see their spouts just beyond the surf. Conditions have to be right. If there’s too much wind and the water is choppy, their spouts are […]
We are taking a short holiday at Yachats, on the Oregon Coast. It really hasn’t been such a great summer. It has been unseasonably, record-breakingly hot. Now we’re dealing with the smoke from terrible forest fires in Central Oregon and Washington. It will be good to breathe sea air. There’s also a pod of gray […]
I did my first author program of the season yesterday afternoon in Camas, Washington at the beautiful Camas Public Library. I felt like an ancient fossil since the two highly talented writers presenting with me—Katy Towell and E.S. Gibson—were just starting their careers. It was an exciting afternoon. I learned a lot, especially about using […]