Writing

NaNo Now What

Congratulations! You've the parent of a manuscript. Now the real work begins. Obviously this is a post-NaNoWriMo post. I always picture editors bracing themselves on December 1st for the onslaught of manuscripts submitted at 12:01am. Okay, I don't really think that happens...any more than the normal percentage of people who think their first draft falls from… Continue reading NaNo Now What

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Story Structure Explained with a Sharpie

http://youtu.be/ht47sDJZ3Eo This weekend I recorded a "guest appearance" for my friend, author and librarian Jenny Martin. She's teaching fifth graders about reading plays as literature, and since I've written (and acted in) plays and written novels, too, she thought I could do some compare and contrast. Here's a clip were I explain story structure with… Continue reading Story Structure Explained with a Sharpie

Real Life, Spirit and Dust, Uncategorized

The Epic Update (is epic)

Here's what's been going on in RCM land since my last post: School Library Journal gave Spirit and Dust a starred review and said this: Daisy is an endearing, strong heroine. Her magical interactions with the spirit world are made utterly believable by finely drawn, evocative details of how she achieves them and the side… Continue reading The Epic Update (is epic)