Street Art in Amsterdam

Rebecca Stead texted me this picture she took near a canal somewhere-or-other in Amsterdam (I have explained before about the sense of direction we both share) with the comment that it immediately struck her as a topless Graceling cover. Publishers: get on it.

Just a Few Amsterdam Scenes

Having trouble with your boat? No. No problem. Why? In Postcards from No Man’s Land,Aidan Chambers describes the buildings ofAmsterdam as looking like books on a bookshelf.Now I always see them that way.  Reason #1 of 2 for spending some of myprecious free time in the Rijksmuseum: detail of The Love Letter, by Johannes Vermeer. #2 of… Read more »

A Traditional Dutch Dinner

My Dutch publisher took me to a traditional Dutch restaurant, and all they gave me was this stick to chew on. Just kidding :). There was a lot of food, and it was delicious. (Though you may find this post gross if you’re a vegetarian.) Bread with butter and a lard type spread that was… Read more »

Madrid Miscellany

¡Hola amigos! Here’s something I saw written on a wall inside a building today in Madrid: I have sometimes dreamt that when the Day of Judgement dawns and the great conquerors and lawyers and statesmen come to receive their rewards — their crowns, their laurels, their names carved indelibly upon imperishable marble — the Almighty… Read more »

Paris Fo Shizzle

Fire cover for the French YA edition, published by Hachette Jeunesse (click to enbiggen) ———–> Hi everyone! It’s my third country in a week and my third language adjustment. Luckily, I never managed to learn much Dutch, so my Dutch is not interfering with my mangled attempts at French the way my Italian is. Do… Read more »