Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello, darlings.  Here it is, one of my absolute favorite days to be an American… Thanksgiving. I didn’t celebrate Thanksgiving when I was little.  As recent immigrants, my parents [...]

Why stand on tippy toes

A recent study showed that men are more helpful to women in high heels.  The study, published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior, measured how people responded to the same woman either [...]

Join this group. Please.

Today I saw this text in an article.  It was sent by a student in the library at FSU when the gunman burst in. The first thing that happened when I saw it is that my eyes filled up with tears.  I [...]

NCTE Signing

Hello, dears! Just wanted to to let you know this weekend’s big highlight is my book signing at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference. A convention center full of [...]

Cheating

I cheated today.  I’m not proud to admit it, but confession is good for the soul, so here goes. It was getting late in the afternoon and I hadn’t written yet.  I was at risk of not [...]

Just stuff

Hello, sugar cubes! Happy Saturday!  I just wanted to check in at the start of my day.  Without kids (they’re about to both go spend the day with friends), I have a fun day ahead and I [...]

Are you at risk?

Yesterday, I read with interest and a little concern the big headline story about the study that suggests that soldiers at high risk for suicide can be identified through a mathematical model. [...]

The bomb

I was in my big meeting of the week yesterday when I got a text from my daughter, “They evacuated us. It’s not a drill.” She’d called first but since I was on a conference [...]

November rose

Happy Friday! Today I am joyful and grateful for many things. I was reminded of this when I saw my strong little Knockout rose still braving a bloom. So many small joys this week: a kickboxing [...]

NaNoWriMo – Day 4

Not gonna lie, peeps, this NaNo is making me feel pretty badass. Yesterday I had a crazy hectic day, worked like mad, voted, had to juggle an appliance repair visit, meetings, a kid with a tennis [...]

NaNoWriMo – Day 2

Things to know about NaNoWriMo: it stands for National Novel Writing Month and every year over 300,000 people participate in it. The goal is to write 50,000 words in one month (average YA novel [...]