What I’m Reading. Or Trying to Read. A Pledge to Myself.

 One of the biggest problems I have in terms of time management is finding enough time to read. I don’t mean scanning the newspaper or reading emails, facebook, twitter, etc. I mean, really really read. Books. Long magazine articles. The op-ed pieces in the New York Times. Even (don’t yell at me for this "even," Aaron) really interesting blog posts or interviews people recommend.  

Reading is not only fun and inspiring and soul-enhancing and life-expanding, it is also or should be part of my job as a writer. I read a lot when I do research for my non-fiction books.… Read more

Fake Blog Post–ALA

Since ALA I’ve slept, eaten, and slept. I think maybe I talked to some people, did some emailing. Not sure. It was one of the best weekends of my life, and I promise I will write about it in more detail and with more panache next week. But for now a couple of photos. First, the Printz people,  winners (minus Adam Rapp, who had to leave), and the committee members: 


I will reveal all identities next week. But let me just say that the woman in the purple dress just behind Rick Yancy got her feet kissed Saturday night.Read more

YALSA and me

Hoping that a picture will suffice for now, and with apologies to those who have been asking what it was all like, I’m posting this photo of me and my Editor, Laura Godwin, she holding the plaque all the finalists received, me holding the (insert proper word here–anyone?) I received as the winner of the first ever YALSA Excellence in Young Adult Nonfiction Award. It is a thing of beauty. AND very heavy.

I promise to write soon about the phone calls. For now I will say: with one phone call I scared an entire restaurant (I’m not kidding) and the other I almost knocked down an entire wall of jams and jellies and marmalades.Read more