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Boskone 52!

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

I am excited to announce that I will appearing be at this year’s Boskone, Friday, Feb. 13 through Sunday, Feb. 15, at the Westin Waterfront Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. Boskone is New England’s longest running science fiction and fantasy convention. This will be my first time there.

I will be doing a reading, signing books, and participating in five panels. I’ll get to meet fans — so many wonderful fans! — and some incredible talent in the world of children’s books, science fiction, and fantasy. I’m really looking forward to it.

I’m scheduled to appear as follows (although there is a chance of last minute changes):

Friday 6:00 pm – 6:25 pm
I’ll be doing a reading.

Friday 7:00 pm – 7:50 pm
It’s Complicated: Kids and the Culture They Consume
A panel with Veronica Koven-Matasy, Bruce Coville, Lauren Roy, and Stacey Friedberg

Saturday 10:00 am – 10:50 am
KidLit: Great Spec Fic for Young Readers
A panel with Bruce Coville, Jordan Hamessley, Veronica Koven-Matasy, and Hillary Monahan

Saturday 12:00 pm – 12:50 pm
The Wonderful Worlds within Middle Grade Fiction
A panel with Ken Altabef, Stacey Friedberg, Jane Yolen, and Matthew London

Saturday 3:00 pm – 3:50 pm
Writing Great Openings
A panel with Paul Di Filippo, ML Brennan, Alexander Jablokov, and Michael Swanwick

Sunday 10:00 am – 10:50 am
I’ll be signing books with Leigh Perry, Darlene Marshall, and Karl Schroeder

Sunday 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm
YA Then and Now
A panel with Ken Altabef, Bruce Coville, Stacey Friedberg, and Veronica Koven-Matasy

General programming for the convention begins at 2:00 pm on Friday, February 13th and is free to the public from 2:00-6:00 pm. Memberships are required after 6:00 pm on Friday and throughout the duration of the convention. For more information visit www.boskone.org. …

April is School Library Month

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

AASL School Library Month April 2014

April is School Library Month, when, every year, the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) celebrates school librarians and their programs. This year's theme is Lives change @ your library®, and as part of this celebration, I was honored to be asked to contribute to their Gallery of Authors.

I'm featured in their Tip of the Day calendar (April 29), along with a host of very talented authors.You can sign up for all their tips, or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

Thank you to all the school librarians who do so much for kids everywhere. And thank you to the AASL for asking me to participate.…

Catching up

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

I have been very quiet here these last few months, not because I haven’t been busy, but precisely because I have been super-busy. Here are some of the things that have been going on:

* Gil Marsh was nominated for the 2013 Teen Choice Book Awards. (Voting is still open until February 13 here)

* In November, I had the great pleasure of participating in the Bring Your Own Book and Blanket evening at the Davis Street Elementary School in New Haven, Connecticut. I met with a great group of inquisitive and engaged students who joined me to think about how you go about writing books that include many different cultures.

* In December, I finished the novel that I had been working on for NaNoWriMo, only to realize that I have to entirely restructure the beginning. I have since been working double-time to complete a serviceable first draft. At some point I’ll share some of the fascinating research I have been doing to help it along.

* In January, I presented at the first Shoreline Arts Alliance Winter Workshops for Writers & Illustrators in Chester Connecticut, and discussed the art of revising novels. The workshops were well attended, and as a bonus, the proceeds went to benefit the Tassy Walden Awards: Fresh Voices in Children’s Literature.

And coming up:

* Gil Marsh will be released in paperback on February 26th. Woot!…

I’m a NaNoWriMo rebel

Monday, October 29th, 2012

This year I signed up for NaNoWriMo: that's National Novel Writing Month. It's taken place each November for the past 14 years. The challenge: to write 50,000 words (about 175 pages) towards a new novel in 30 days time.

I don't generally need incentives to write novels. I've published three, have four more in my files, and am currently in the middle of writing my eighth.* My problem is that I compose new fiction very slowly.

I've written about this before. I am much happier revising than creating from scratch — that's shaping what's already on the page, work that I enjoy.

Getting ideas in my head onto paper is hard. Until I've written it down, an idea is an unformed possibility. It's a series of images that I see taking shape. The act of writing fixes the image in time and space, like a written snapshot. My job is to not only describe each snapshot of my story, but make the story flow from one to the next in a way that makes sense. I can easily spend half an hour thinking of different ways a story might flow, to get from one snapshot to the next, and not have written a single word.

So, this latest novel I've been working on is about half-written. Maybe more, maybe less. I probably have another 50,000 words or so to go. I figure that if I am forced to get 50,000 words down in 30 days towards this novel, I have a good shot at finishing a rough draft before the year's end.

But, it turns out, that finishing a half-written novel doesn't comply with NaNoWriMo's rules. They state pretty clearly: "Start from scratch. None of your own previously written prose can be included in your NaNoWriMo draft."

Fortunately, the good folks at NaNoWriMo have given me a way out. Even if I've already written half my novel, I can still join. I'm just a rebel, in their parlance, and I'm welcome aboard. They even have a section in their Forum just for folks like me.

Yay!

Check my blog. It'll keep you posted on my progress.

*Little known fact: most writers have written more than they shall ever publish.…

Busy schedule ahead

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

This next month will be a busy one for me. Here’s a list of some of the places I’ll be:

Wednesday, April 18 at 1 p.m., I’ll be appearing at the Barnes & Noble in North Haven, Connecticut with Amanda Marrone, for a talk and book signing.

Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21, I’ll be attending A Celebration of the Picture Book conference at the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Rosemary Wells will be one of the keynote speakers, and my friend, the author/illustrator Deborah Freedman will be presenting at one of the panels, along with many other talented folks.

Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., I’ll be at the Albany Children’s Book Festival in Albany, New York, signing books and schmoozing with over 70 children’s books authors and illustrators.

Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., I’ll be at the Hudson Children’s Book Festival in Hudson, New York, signing and schmoozing with over 85 children’s books authors and illustrators.

If you are at any of these events, come by and say hello!…

Article and video

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

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Today’s New Haven Register features a lovely article about Gil Marsh, and says some nice things about me. The online article embeds a YouTube video by video blogger CapsLock179 who also says some really nice things about the book.

Thank you both!…

 

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