Friend Friday

January 20th, 2017|inspiration, reading|

There are so many terrific people in the kid lit world, and Margie Culver is pretty near the top of my [...]

Friend Friday

January 13th, 2017|Creativity, inspiration|

Augusta Scattergood (Glory Be, Making Friends with Billy Wong) emailed me awhile back, raving about a friend's new book. "It's [...]

Friend Friday

January 6th, 2017|Creativity, writing|

What an honor to host H.M. Bouwman today! Her book, A Crack in the Sea, (G.P. Putnam and Sons Books [...]

Friend Friday

December 31st, 2016|Creativity, poetry|

I can't think of a more fitting way to ring in the new year than with the words and thoughts [...]

Friend Friday

December 23rd, 2016|friends, gratitude|

(For most of this month, I have been celebrating readers, rather than writers. Enjoy this little diversion and then stop [...]

Friend Friday

December 16th, 2016|inspiration, Uncategorized, writing|

If you follow Friend Friday, you know I usually use this feature to celebrate writers; for most of this month, [...]

Friend Friday

December 9th, 2016|gratitude, inspiration|

This regular blog feature is celebrating readers, instead of writers, most of this month (check back on December 30 for [...]

Friend Friday

December 2nd, 2016|inspiration, Love|

I'm doing something a tiny bit different for the next few weeks; instead of shining the spotlight on friends' new [...]

Friend Friday

November 18th, 2016|Creativity, writing|

The first time I met Lynn Brunelle, she asked for ground pepper. A whole dish of it! And our host was [...]

Friend Friday

November 11th, 2016|Creativity, writing|

Please welcome Robert Wilder today and help me celebrate his new book, Nickel (Leaf Storm Press), with its can't miss [...]

Friend Friday

November 4th, 2016|animals, environment|

Ginger Wadsworth and I met at the amazing Humboldt County Authors Festival eons ago. She is a lovely person and [...]

Friend Friday

October 28th, 2016|inspiration, writing|

I have a passion for chapter books -- they were the first of my stories to be published. They're little [...]

Friend Friday

October 21st, 2016|friends, writing|

I am so very lucky to count among my friends some of the most talented, generous and kind people in [...]

Friend Friday

October 14th, 2016|inspiration, writing|

It is such an honor for me to host Sharon Mentyka. I first met Sharon through the (sadly now-defunct) Whidbey [...]

Book Birthday!

October 11th, 2016|books, gratitude|

Today is the book birthday for Liberty -- hooray! Writing Liberty was like wrassling alligators in a vat of gumbo. My [...]

Friend Friday

October 7th, 2016|women, writing|

Though I have yet to meet Alexandra Diaz in person, she is in a critique group with my dear, dear [...]

Throwback Thursday

October 6th, 2016|history, inspiration|

My newest book, Liberty (it publishes in a few short days, on October 11), is set in New Orleans during [...]

Friend Friday

September 30th, 2016|inspiration, writing|

I first met Uma Krishnaswami via email, when, as then faculty chair, she invited me to be a guest lecturer [...]

Throwback Thursday

September 29th, 2016|history, writing|

On one of my trips to New Orleans, after Hurricane Katrina, I stumbled on an art collective displaying the work [...]

Wednesday Wisdom

September 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. Anais Nin