YA Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event is a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome [...]

Thinking it through

Anyone who has ever loved me, or even interacted with me in any significant way, has at one time or another offered the advice, “You should think less.” Well-meaning, of course, but [...]

The unpainted lady

This last week, I hung a painting in my kitchen. She’s not new. I started her years ago, inspired by some stylized image of a sprite. Back then, I went and bought the canvas – [...]

Spread the word!

I will be at Nutley Library Day at the Clifton Commons Barnes and Noble (Clifton. New Jersey) on Saturday, November 14th at 4:00 p.m.  The event is for a great cause and a portion of everything [...]


Last night I had the most horrifically realistic nightmare. I was walking around my neighborhood – sometimes I was me as I am now, sometimes I was a child – and I suddenly became [...]

How great is this!

There are just eleven days to go for the Texas Teen Book Festival.  Today I just got a copy of the poster for my panel “Free to Be Me”… note that Maria from Sesame Street (Sonia [...]


I am something of a caffeine junkie. I always walk around fearing I’m not going to have enough energy for things, so I preemptively caffeinate. (Honestly, it’s a miracle I never [...]

Thank you, rain

As I write, a lush, late-summer rain falls quietly outside. It’s a good thing, too, because my area has seen one of the driest Augusts on record, with voluntary water restrictions announced [...]

Wanting it all

I am not what you would call a consumer. I hate the mall.  I spend next to nothing on clothes. I don’t eat out a ton or waste money on frivolous things, for the most part. I food shop with [...]

On a Buzzfeed list

There have been many small joys in the year since my book was published. There have been reviews – mostly kind – media attention, invitations to prestigious book festivals. Today, I [...]


Don’t be afraid of the lost page Or the skipped paragraph Or the ending that breaks your heart Just read Don’t pick the safe stuff The book on the lists – not just that one, [...]

October 19, 2006

I have every diary I’ve ever written since I was twelve years old.  Today, looking for a missing cheese knife for a party I’m hosting, of all things, I found one from 2006, separate [...]


You know how marriage is between one man and one woman? And how sometimes it’s between that same woman and a different man? And, then, how it can be between yet again that woman and a third [...]

The history of cars

I am a woman who doesn’t care one bit about the state of my vehicle.  I mean, don’t get me wrong, I want it to work. But if I have to hold it together with duct tape, I am thoroughly [...]