Sunday, April 16, 2017

Stuff and Things

Today we moved me into my new office (yay!) and it feels so good. The coming week has a trip and my house move, so it'll be a few days before I'm in the office regularly, but I can tell I'm going to love it. I'll post pictures once it's in order. Send good thoughts to my enormous corn plant, which definitely experienced some trauma during the move today... I think the plant might hate Kevin now, actually, though he was only doing what had to be done (and what I couldn't do, because I can't lift the damn thing!). It didn't fit in the van and had to be propped weirdly sideways and wrapped up in garbage bags and hauled back and forth; it crashed to the ground more than once; we also repotted it today. But you're home now, plant! Live!

So, that's my new cover above. Here's the link again for anyone who'd like to read an excerpt. Pub date is September 19 :o).

And in the meantime, some really, really lovely news about the Graceling Realm books: they're going to be translated into Farsi, and published in Iran, by Houpaa, a publisher of children's and young adult books based in Tehran. I am thrilled.

Be well, everyone. Happy spring (in the northern hemisphere) and fall (in the southern). :o)

Friday, April 7, 2017

Jane, Unlimited Cover and Excerpt

I am happy and proud to direct you over to Entertainment Weekly, where my new cover is on display, along with an excerpt from the new book :o). Jane, Unlimited comes out September 19. Thank you so much to everyone at Penguin, especially Kathy, Claire, Elyse, and the entire design team, for this lovely cover reveal. My character Jane is an umbrella-maker... see if you can sense the umbrella-ness of the cover :o). Enjoy!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Upcoming Cover Reveal and Excerpt

I have permission to share that my cover reveal for Jane, Unlimited will take place on Friday at I'll link to it once it's up. An excerpt will also be available, so you can get a taste of this book that's very different from anything else I've published so far :o).

And that's all the news for the moment. More soon!

Friday, March 24, 2017

March Check-in

I have been the worst at blogging. With an impending move, tax organization, and many upcoming trips to plan, not to mention the usual fog created by the current administration, I'm struggling to hoard writing time whenever I can. Blogging gets pushed aside.

But here are a couple quick visuals of what we've been up to. Because it hasn't been all work and no play :o)

In case you can't see it, there is a small sled under me. I'm not sliding down the hill on my butt :)

Thanks for the pics, Dan Greening! :o)

When I have time, I'll write in again, including a report on our recent new things.

Monday, February 20, 2017

An event, and an office!

Two important things. First, I am the absolute worst for taking so long to announce this, but I'm doing a panel this coming Thursday, February 23, with my dear friend and the author of the Wings of Fire dragon books, Tui Sutherland!

It's called A Midwinter Night's Fantasy Panel. The Horn Book Magazine's Martha Parravano will be moderating. It's from 5:30–7:00PM at Simmons College, 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA, Management Building M501/502.

This panel is hosted by Children's Books Boston and space is limited, so if you'd like to go, register here.

And sorry for the late notice. The truth is that ever since about, oh, I don't know, the second week of November, I've been dropping a lot of straws.


The other important thing is that I just wanted to let all of you know that I found the perfect office :). It's close to my home, it's in a lovely, historical office building, it has all the space I need, and its existence is making all this moving stuff feel much less daunting. In fact, after I post this, I may go pack a box.

Many, many thanks to everyone who read my post, passed it on, and/or got in touch with us. You are generous and kind and I thoroughly appreciate it.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Please help me find an office so that I can keep writing books!

Hi everyone – I'm reaching out with an unusual request.

We're looking to rent some office space for me outside our home. I'm pretty flexible in terms of what would work. A room I could have unlimited access to and also furnish myself would be amazing, but I'm open to all sorts of creative arrangements. Which is why I've decided to reach out. Maybe there are possibilities out there that exist in your brain, but that I would never think of.

These are my only absolute requirements:

I need a room or space to myself where I will have uninterrupted solitude and access to a bathroom, generally during business hours.

I need it to be within a one- or two-mile radius of the Whitney Hill Park/Cushing Square area of Watertown/Belmont, OR, be within easy walking distance of the 73 bus line which runs from Belmont Street to Mount Auburn Street to Harvard Square. (Click the links for more geographical info.)

That's pretty much it. Other perks would be great, but this is all I really need. Please note that open-office shared spaces like Workbar won't work for me. The need to be social pulls me out of my creative focus.

I'm happy to begin occupying this space as early as April, but don't absolutely need it until July.

If you have any leads, would you please contact us at at If you have an idea and are worried it might be stupid, or not what I'm looking for, or in some way objectionable, please contact me anyway! I bet it isn't, and  I'm open to considering everything, and ideas always lead to more ideas. And please feel free to pass this on.

Thank you so, so much for reading, and thank you in advance to anyone who might be able to help. I'll keep you all posted. I'm very excited; I've felt for a while that an office outside my home would be good for my writing and my life. :o)

Be well everyone.


Happy Pan-Universal Be Who You Are Day Eve!

That's a mouthful.

February 14 is Pan-Universal Be Who You Are Day! (For those of you who are new to the blog, eight years ago I decided to reclaim Valentine's Day and turn it into something else.)

I don't have a lot of time this afternoon, but in the spirit of this alternative holiday (ack, the word "alternative" no longer means what it used to mean),  here are fifteen funny cards for people who see Valentine's Day differently from how we're told to see it.

And here is an article, with lots of pictures, about an artist named Ambivalently Yours who considers ambivalence to be a form of feminist resistance. After I read this article, I wandered over to Ambivalently Yours's website and spent some time scrolling through her various drawings. It made me feel... seen, as a sensitive, emotional, complicated, and strong-as-nails person. Maybe it'll make you feel that way too.

I hope you have a lovely day, being whoever you are. :o)