Official Teenager

Aaaaaahhhhhh, this kid:

(Yeah, the one on the left, cracking up.)

Still my baby, even though he’s technically 13 today and (therefore) officially a teenager.

Still our joy, always making us laugh when we most need it.

Still our “happy kid” (did I mention that his dad wanted his middle name to be “Happy”? Woulda worked!).

Still that crazy kid who has a cool combination of being very laid back and very off-the-wall at the same time.

Still the smallest one in the class, though he’s shot up at least two inches just this fall alone! (Go Nate!)

Still our Nate the Great.

Happy Birthday, Baby!

The Next Big Thing

I was tagged in a writer publicity tour called “The Next Big Thing,” where writers from around the world tag each other to say who they have their eye on as the next big writer. (Whoo-hoo!)

I was thrilled, of course, to be tagged by my friend, literary writer Nancy Freund in Switzerland (more about her below), to answer the following questions about the manuscript I’m working on now.

Here are her answers about her next book, Effort of Will.

And now here go mine:

1. What is the working title of your book?

Making Waves

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

I had this character floating in my head, because I’d been writing her sister’s book for the previous two years. In that book, her slightly-jealous dear-ol-sis says “Giselle looks like Grace Kelly – everyone remembers her.” … But I had the sense that a lot more was going on in Giselle’s seemingly perfect life. … Continue reading

Halloween at Disneyland


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I’m updating my blog and trying out the new TwentyEleven theme, which has “gallery posts” now, like the above. (You might have to click on the link.) (I wish the whole gallery would display on the front page. Hmmm …) Well, still … Continue reading

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