Lately I’ve been getting very nice emails about Fun Dog, Sun Dog and Cool Dog, School Dog. (Cool Dog is featured in the Scholastic Book Fair this fall.) And it has me all riled up. Well, truth be told, I’m all riled up anyway: SHOULD I GET A DOG? This is the longest I have ever gone in my life without a pet. I grew up with Missy, a yappy but smart and sweet Miniature Schnauzer. (Photo below is, I think, Missy #1. I remember Missy #2.)
I still love Schnauzers whenever I see them, and make a fool of myself talking to them on the street.… Read more
You walk into the office and the women at the desks behind the counter grin from ear to ear and say, "Welcome! We are so happy to have you." (As opposed to … no, never mind, I won’t go there.) That’s how my day started yesterday, at the Samuel K. Faust Elementary School in Bensalem, PA. And then: the principal came out right away to meet me; the kids who spotted me in the hall whispered, "There’s the author," and as I walked around the school I saw that the bulletin boards were filled with all kinds of projects about my books: butterflies, babies, dogs.… Read more
I’ve gotten some really fun crazy dog stories–here on the blog and in e-mail and on Facebook. But because of twitter and facebook technical difficulties yesterday , and because I’ve been busy with other work obligations, I’m extending the contest! Please post or e-mail crazy dog stories to win a free copy of COOL DOG, SCHOOL DOG. So far most of the stories have to do with food. Maybe that’s because I wrote about food or maybe that’s because dogs are all about food. But if you have a crazy dog story that doesn’t have to do with food… send me that one!
Here’s another Tinka story, quickly, to get you thinking: We lived in the woods.… Read more
It will be out in August. Just had to share. A little different from CHARLES AND EMMA…but when kids ask me which is your favorite book and I answer they’re all my favorites… it’s true. Mostly.… Read more
I just spent a lovely weekend, but I didn’t have time to write at all. That doesn’t mean I wasn’t thinking about writing, and thinking about the novel I’m working on, and thinking about Charles and Emma, and thinking about the next non-fiction book, etc. etc. Which got me to thinking about writing some more. And I realized this: I am always writing. When I’m watching a movie (We saw Duplicity Friday night–and although I love Julia Roberts and I really like Clive Owen, and I love a good thriller/mystery, I couldn’t help thinking that it could have been better, and I don’t know if in this case that was because of the writing–with a movie there are so many writers–or the direction or what, but I sure did rewrite it in my head afterwards, a lot), or going to a bat mitzvah (I was paying attention, honest, but I was also thinking about my novel, which has many scenes in a synagogue, and I also realized I could “steal” something from what the rabbi said at one point about how after a girl becomes a bat mitzvah or a boy becomes a bar mitzvah she/he has to take responsibility for her/his actions, and I was also just inspired by my family, and my family history, and so who knows what that will turn into..), or doing taxes (which, though not fun, is a trip down memory lane of the past year since we have to list our expenses–holy camoly, the number of books bought!) or just taking a shower.… Read more