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Why Write Novels?

I was privileged to give the keynote address at the annual Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers conference in Denver, Colorado, this weekend. My subject: Why write novels?For those who might be interested, a transcript of my speech is below. Keynote Address: Why Write Novels? As you may have heard, I recently made the change from teaching…

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An Anonymous Author Speaks

As I was preparing to fly to Denver to speak at a writers’ conference, I came across an article Becky had printed for me last year about the trials and tribulations of one anonymous midlist author. I’d forgotten how painful this was to read, but I think everyone who has aspirations of being an author…

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The Doctor, TV, and Me

I did something very uncharacteristic this week. I watched television. I am woefully uniformed about pop culture as far as TV and movies go. If it’s been on television in the last ten years (unless it’s a kids’ show my sons watch) I guarantee you I haven’t seen it. It’s not that I object to…

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The Lightning Thief in the Sunday Comics

Thanks to the Unshelved Book Club at Overdue Media for the hilarious book talk comic featuring The Lightning Thief. To check it out, go to: http://www.overduemedia.com/ and look at the comic for Sunday, September 3. Thanks also to Robin Wood at the San Marcos Public Library for bringing it to my attention. I don’t know…

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The Great Home School Experiment

Two weeks ago, we officially took the plunge. After a year of thought and planning (and a fair amount of worrying) we began home-schooling our older son, Haley. For those who don’t know the background, Haley is now eleven. When he was in second grade, he was diagnosed with borderline dyslexia and ADHD. It was…

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Camp Half-Blood in Colorado

I get many emails from kids around the world asking if I can open a branch of Camp Half-Blood in their area. After the great success of the Austin camp last summer (thanks to Topher Bradfield and Bookpeople) interest in the idea is definitely building. I just found out that Hillary Davis, children’s librarian of…

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Haley’s Recent Reads

My son Haley, eleven years old, offers his opinion on his most recent read, Terry Pratchet’s A Hat Full of Sky. A Hat Full of Sky Review by Haley Riordan If you are into comedy and magic A Hat Full of Sky is a book for you. The story is about a girl named Tiffany…

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The Perils of Proofreading

Oh, the joys of editing! One of my wife’s pet peeves is when people complain about errors in my books. Not as if Becky and I don’t complain about typos, too, when we’re reading novels. Errors are annoying, and they can pull the reader out of an enjoyable story. Still, Becky just hates it when…

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Does a Teacher’s Gender Affect Learning?

This was posted by the AP today — a controversial but fascinating study that suggests boys learn more from men, while girls learn more from women. Certainly this is open for a great deal of debate, but it’s at least food for thought. When I was in the classroom, I was very aware of being…

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The Newbery Post

I’ve gotten more emails about my previous post, Patrick’s Summer Reading Blues, than any post I’ve ever done. It seems I touched a nerve! The responses ranged from “You’re being too harsh on Newbery books” to “I can’t believe you had the courage to say something about the Newbery. Thank you!” Several simply said, “Amen!”…

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