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 »

In Paris, Remembering Bologna

Is it possible that Bologna was only a week ago? The following photos were taken by Federico Borella, who kindly gave me permission to display them on my blog. Thank you, Federico! (And click the pictures to enbiggen.) The sword-fighting took place in a courtyard adjacent to the Piazza Maggiore in Bologna’s center. Sword-fighting experts… Read more »

Thoughts on Writing While in Bologna

Is it in Dicey’s Song that a teacher accuses a character (Dicey) of plagiarizing an essay, when really, Dicey was only influenced by something she’d been reading at the time? Or is it Julie in Up a Road Slowly, or some other book I read when I was young? Anyway. Regardless. What I’m reading at… Read more »


The night before I left for Bologna, an orange cat (of whom I’m very fond) randomly, with no urging from humans, walked a protection circle around me. I realize this year what a good visit to Bologna I had last year because I keep stumbling across my favorite old haunts and realizing, “Goodness me, I… Read more »


Spanish cover —> click to enlarge —> Hi everyone! What’s going on with you these days? Ready to hear my 4 for the win? 1. TWO OF THE WORLD’S BEST PUBLISNOODS So, if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you may recall my snood-ish battle cries, such as, OUT, DAMN SNOOD! and SNOOD,… Read more »

This Post Is About People

Hellooooooooooo beautiful people! I’m home. I’m still processing the last two weeks, so this post might be scattered. I’ll start in Bologna, where I had dinner in a restored medieval tower with my editors / publishers from Italy, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Finland, and Spain (both Castillan and Catalan), not to mention my wonderful agents… Read more »

On My Way (plus, a cover!)

I have officially lost my mind. But that’s okay, because very soon I’ll be in an airplane, communing with the gods. (Who are in the sky, you know. Airplanes bring you closer to the gods. And the gods give you back your mind if you’ve lost it [and if you happen to fly by].) Like… Read more »

A Few Books (And a Few Questions)

I don’t know where to start with Melissa Marr’s Ink Exchange, and I don’t know how to express how much I loved it without giving away spoilers, so I’m not going to say much. I know there are a lot of mixed reactions to the book out there, and I understand that. But my experience… Read more »