Happy Spring

Sure is spring-like around here. This No Blogging thing is intensely peaceful, but I thought I’d break in with a few things that’ve been piling up. First, the Horn Book Magazine asked me what’s the strangest children’s book I’ve ever read… so I wrote them a little piece about Moomins. If you can’t get your… Read more »

Sleep, Pretty Darling, Do Not Cry… and Other Thursday Randutiae

Happy Pan-Universal Be Who You Are Day! Someone who uses voice recognition software and draws should start a VRS comic strip. The objects that appear suddenly in my scenes because my VRS has misunderstood me are visually amusing. I just dictated the line, “‘I will,’ she said with a sob,” and my VRS typed, “‘I… Read more »

NCTE-ALAN. Also, fun things.

I would like a poster of today’s xkcd to hang on my wall: Diagram of the Up Goer Five. Also, I like this (surreal!) video about Finnish ice fisherpeople. ****** Okay. Here’s my public events schedule for NCTE-ALAN in Vegas next weekend. Location of all events: The MGM Grand Hotel & Casino | 3799 Las… Read more »

Links for a Sunday

As we move nervously toward election Tuesday, I’ve got no juice for the post I would like to write.  Chances are, a lot of you have no juice to read it, so maybe it’s for the best. Here’s what I do have: a beautiful photo of the recent Hunter’s Moon rising above the Alps. And,… Read more »

More October Randutiae — Including Something About Self-Exposure as a Writer

I like the funny political videos the folks at actually.org are creating. Rosie Perez sets Mitt straight on whether it’s easier to get elected as a Latino; Sarah Silverman and Lizz Winstead agree with Mitt that people aren’t people, corporations are people; and here’s W. Kamau Bell, who hates science: (Thanks, B.) *** Sometimes, after… Read more »

Checking In

Re: Bitterblue travel: I’ll be in Sweden (Stockholm and Kristianstad/Malmö), Spain (at least Madrid, not sure beyond that yet), France (Paris), and the Netherlands (at least Amsterdam) in September — it’s official, my transatlantic flights are booked — and I’ll post more details when I have them. Re: blogginess: There are a few updates I… Read more »

Talking about Frankie Landau-Banks

I am stupendously pleased today to direct you to Amy Stern’s latest post at the YA Subscription, “The Disreputable Analysis of Frankie Landau-Banks.” Back in January, some friends and I spent two happy hours analyzing E. Lockhart’s The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. We filmed it. Amy has now uploaded 15 clips from our conversation,… Read more »

Do What Makes You Happy

First, it’s come to my attention that Amazon has the prologue and first chapter of Bitterblue online, for anyone who wants a sneak peek. MORE IMPORTANTLY: As you may or may not know, in conjunction with the soon-to-be-released Hunger Games movie, THERE IS NAIL POLISH. I’ve always been led to believe that the ultimate goal… Read more »

This Week in Women

Sometimes I wonder if Rush Limbaugh is a secret liberal whose strategy is to make the far right look JUST THAT BAD. If only. But listening to all the conversation and outrage that’s followed his most recent vile contribution to the national dialogue, I can’t help but feel like he’s accidentally done feminism a favor…. Read more »