Thing 1 and Thing 2; or, Photos from the Tour

At Sirens, in Vail, Colorado, I learned how to wear chain mail and intimidate people. AARRRR! I WILL CRUSH YOU!!! Thanks to Artemis for the photo :o) Moving on, at stop three in the tour — Seattle — my dear friend, secret codename: T. Lovely R., took me to meet the Troll Who Lives Under… Read more »

Not Dead Yet

So, am I insane if after traveling from Vail to Denver to Seattle to Palo Alto to San Jose to Austin to Houston to Miami to Jacksonville all in one week and doing lots of events and not getting enough sleep, I’m ecstatic that today I’ll be spending the day in a very small house… Read more »

A Letter to My Readers

Dear Readers, Last week, I flew to Florida to meet two new friends. We had lots of fun! We did some eating…. We did some writing…. We hung out. We also had dance parties. Do you realize how many songs lyrics are secretly about babies? For example, “I want a girl with a short diaper… Read more »

A Gallery of My Favorite Objects (And Other Nonsense)

My Finnish translator, Maria Lyytinen, has one gray eye and one brown eye. She’s a Graceling! Kiitos for translating my book, Maria — I can’t imagine anyone more appropriate! :o) The Simmons Summer Institute is this weekend; I speak Friday, which I’m very grateful for, because it means I’ll be able to enjoy Saturday and… Read more »

Haves

I have furniture. I have the Internet. I have food in my fridge, sheets on my bed, and clothes — well, I have clothes all over the place. I have the Rockies in the office, the Alps in the kitchen, the Andes in the bedroom, and the Himalayas in the living room (when it comes… Read more »

A Snood FAQ and a Pride and Prejudice Poll

I bet I’m the only YA writer who gets asked frequently, “What’s the story behind your snood fixation?” Well, dear reader, I’ll tell you, and by the time I’m done telling you, you’re going to wish you never asked. It all started last August. I was preparing for a School Library Journal photo shoot in… 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 »

Moses Supposes His Toeses Are Roses (But Moses Supposes Erroneously)

So, my sister (secret code name: Cordelia) and I have a lot of deep and meaningful discussions. Often, we find ourselves on the same side of the argument. For example, we’ve decided that given the choice of living with a whiner, a wino, or a rhino, we would both choose the rhino. And, the other… Read more »