Metta (Lovingkindness) Meditation

When the news from my own home is so sad, this is all I feel I have to offer: instructions for a metta meditation. “Metta,” also known as “maitri” and often translated into English as “loving-kindness,” comes from the Buddhist tradition. Here are some links, in case you want to know more about the roots… Read more »

Nasturtium Season at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

The nasturtiums are currently hanging from the balconies in the courtyard of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and it’s a breathtaking sight, so much so that when I got home from the museum, I wrote hanging nasturtiums into the courtyard of the building in my current WIP. They’ll be on display until mid-April or so…. Read more »

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 »


That bud on the upper left has beencurled tight for two and a half months. Look what it did today.

Novel Snowstorm

Me in an email: Guys, it is snowing like the dickens. Rebecca in response: It is snowing like the Dickens, the Austen, and the Brontë.

For Those of You Who Don’t Get to See Snow

It has just started snowing in Central Square, where outside the post office someone clearly has strong feelings about their jacket. Residents are making wise decisions about their windshield wipers. Constructions signs are honorably telling the truth of the matter. Yes, I would agree that that’s a significant delay. Meanwhile, the lights are on at… Read more »

Cambridgeport Scenes

To my wonderful readers in France: I will be at Étonnants Voyageurs (which is an international festival of books and film) in Saint-Malo from 18-20 May, and will be making my second appearance at Imaginales (a stupendous fantasy conference) in Épinal from 23-26 May. I hope to see you there. To reassure those of you… Read more »