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I met YA writer, librarian, & blogger Bridget Zinn at the Kidlitosphere conference last September.  She’s lovely, so it made me sad to hear that she’d developed colon cancer.  Jone MacCulloch (aka Deo Writer) is organizing a couple of fundraisers to help Bridget and her husband with the expensive treatment.  There will be an online auction starting next week that I’ll keep you posted about, and a silent auction in Portland on May 29th at the Lucky Lab. You can help by contributing something for the auction, or making a bid. Like the Holms!  Jennifer Holm is offering to name a character in an upcoming book after some lucky bidder, and Matt Holm is offering a school visit!

More details on Jone’s blog.

SCBWI’s 38th Annual Summer Conference is right around the corner, and they’ve posted the details.  It looks like a great time! Registration begins on May 5th, and the conference is August 7th-10th.  I will be there, will you?

Ambassador Jon Scieszka is rolling into town in a couple of weeks for our conference.  Have I mentioned that here?  Hmm, I can’t recall.  Anyhoo, if you’re not going to the conference, or even if you are but you can’t get enough of the ambassador (Who can?  He’s delightful.), than you should attend the soiree that Secret Garden Books is putting on with the CBC to celebrate Children’s Book Week.  It’s on May 14th at Secret Garden, and more details are here.

When you see George Clooney, do you think Kermit the Frog?  I did not.  Here’s a little editing exercise, via Michael Stearns on Facebook.

The conference is in one month.  One month!

A super blog post about self-promotion from Crowe’s Nest.

How am I not more familiar with the lovely illustrations of Taeeun Yoo? I LOVE them, and you can buy prints on Etsy– which also holds a little place in my heart.

Barbara O’Connor won the COOLEST TROPHY EVER from Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District in Texas.

Have you seen the results form Fuse #8’s 100 Picture Book Poll yet?  Have any of yours made the list?  I’m guessing that there might be…two from my list.

This stop motion video is absurdly creative. Go, Pig. Go!

Do you know how I like to blog?  I like to share things.  I like to pass things on that I find interesting, that you too might enjoy.  In order to do that, I need time to peruse the internet.  I haven’t had so much of that lately, and all signs point to the next six weeks being even busier.  I’ll try to blog when I can, but I’m warning you now that it will probably be sporadic.

You know where I would really enjoy blogging?  Marrakech. I would blog the heck out of Marrakech.  Especially if I had a lovely office like this.  I covet.

A “friend” sent me this “blog” of “unnecessary” quotation marks and it gave me the “giggles.”


Lee & Low is holding a contest for unpublished writers of color with a picture book manuscript. Details here.

Delacorte is holding their annual contests for a first middle-grade or YA novel. Details here.

Fairy Godsisters Ink are a few collaborating writers full of goodwill offering a scholarship to someone interested in going to the SCBWI International Summer Conference in L.A.  The deadline is next week, so giddy up!

I have to tend to our newest pets now.  When I get really busy, I tend to pile even more on.  I seek out more responsibility.  It’s what I do.  I’m neurotic.  So, in typical maladjusted fashion, I became intrigued with urban homesteading. I’ve added to our population.  Do you know that it is chick season?  I did not.  Right now there is a makeshift brooder on the other side of the room.  Three downy little occupants are peeping away.  I suspect they found the bottom of the box under the shavings again, and that is the MOST EXCITING THING EVER.  They do, in fact, have bird brains.  As do I, apparently.

I’ll post a picture soon and then you will see how I was unable to resist. Stop judging!

I write stories for kids while volunteering as the Assistant Regional Advisor and Conference Coordinator for the western Washington chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

I live in Seattle with my family and a small zoo of animals. I drink copious amounts of coffee and assign complicated life stories to passing strangers. I'm currently working on a middle grade novel.

There's a wee bit more on my website. You can also follow me on twitter.


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