Bleary Photo Essay

Let’s start with a new cover that I LOVE. Here’s Graceling in Japanese, published by Hayakawa: Can I have that outfit? At least the boots? Next, here’s one of my favorite things. Let me help you parse that picture: an orchid sits in a leather chair. (No, that’s not where I normally keep it. The… Read more »

A Few of My Favorite Things (In No Particular Order)

Over-the-knee socks. This comment from Cordelia after she saw the stuffed chicken Mom was roasting for Christmas: “Yeah, I hope that when I die, someone sticks an onion up my ass.” Three-year-old cousins-once-removed who want to sit in your lap. Soft, silky cats who let you rub their ginger-brown tummies. This sign, spotted at a… Read more »

I Heard There Was a Secret Chord that David Played, and It Pleased the Lord

What are your favorite sounds? Here are some of mine: Orchestras tuning up. Rain on the roof of a parked car. Bagpipes. Walking through autumn leaves. Thunderstorms. I’m home again; I got home just in time for tropical storm Fay. I spent Thursday through Saturday listening to some pretty dramatic sounds, torrential rain and scary… Read more »


First, the good news: I have a Romanian publisher. RAO is taking Graceling on, and I’m thrilled. I know nothing about the Romanian language, but doesn’t it look beautiful? Now I want to learn more. If you know anything, feel free to educate me. So, I’ve been thinking about favorites. People always like to ask… Read more »