Monthly Archives: December 2007

DETAIL, DETAIL AND MORE DETAIL

Its all in the details. This, by the way, is something that J.K.Rowling does extremely well. Her characters, her settings live and breathe (if a setting can be said to breathe) because of all the glorious detail she puts in. … Continue reading

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END OF THE YEAR

Its almost the end of the year and Im thinking of course- being an introspective, self-absorbed kind of person- of everything that happened to ME this year. The NY Book Expo; appearing at a big Borders store in front of … Continue reading

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GOLDFISH IN A BOWL

You know that myth about goldfish? That they can live quite happily for years in a small bowl with perhaps a wisp of artificial seaweed, some colored rocks, or a plastic deep sea diver? Supposedly its because their memories and … Continue reading

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RIPPING OFF J.K. ROWLING…

…OR IS IT BAD THING TO BE DERIVATIVE? Let me say immediately that I am not saying that there are authors out there who plagiarize knowingly, but there have been accusations Im sure. This usually happens whenever a writer rockets … Continue reading

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IMPROV…NOT JUST FOR THEATER GEEKS ANYMORE!

I led my fourth workshop at the local public library last week. Its an on-going mini-writing workshop for 9-12 year olds and I tend to get the same mix of ten or fourteen kids, mostly girls strangely, every time. I … Continue reading

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WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW & then, DO ALOT OF RESEARCH

  Writing fantasy is hard. One of the foremost rules (and in this a ‘rule is not a bad thing- think of it as a helpful guide; a small, furry marsupial with big, dewy eyes perhaps) of writing is to … Continue reading

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School Library Journal Review

From School Library Journal Grade 4–6—Feltus Ovalton LeRoi, 11, has moved from his old home into a new apartment, far away from his best friend, and he hates his new school. His socialite parents are emotionally distant and seem not … Continue reading

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MY MUSE IS A TOAD. WHAT’S YOURS? a mini-writing workshop

I’m leading a mini-writing workshop for kids aged 9-12 tomorrow Saturday December 8th at 3:00 pm at the Woodstock Public Library. I’ll be reading from my new book, Feltus Ovalton and the Awful Becoming, discussing technique and inspiration,and then we’ll … Continue reading

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“OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES…

…COMES ALL MANNER OF THINGS,” says the poet. Well not my babe, because all that comes out of her mouth is half-digested rice cereal or mushed banana. In this case were talking about wisdom and that peculiarly insightful and trenchant … Continue reading

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