new perspective

January 05, 2009 | 6 Comments

Santa brought a new lens for the Nikon D-80. It’s a portrait lens, very fast and bright. Note the lovely depth of field. However, it’s been forever since I’ve used a fixed lens, and I need a lot more practice at it. Here are my inaugural shots. I didn’t crop these but WordPress did, sorry. Barkis is my guinea dobe:

unretouched with the 85mm f/1.8D
unretouched with the 85mm f/1.8Dblurred background is also known as "bokeh"


handsome little dude
handsome little dude
okay, so now hes getting bored...everyones a critic...
okay, so now he's getting bored...everyone's a critic...

Braille Bicentennial

January 04, 2009 | 2 Comments

Lillian, a reader, and her guide dog Lucy
Lillian, a reader, and her guide dog Lucy

It’s the 200th anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille, who invented a way for the blind to read and write. Genius! Another technology hasn’t replaced Braille for writing–it’s still the standard.  I first met Lillian as a reader who wrote me letters about my books. Last year at a booksigning, we finally got to meet. I know she joins me in saying, Bonne anniversaire, Louis!

Do you know a kid who loves to write and draw?

January 03, 2009 | Leave a comment

What’s better than a brand new novel from a beloved children’s author?

A free copy plus a $40 certificate to buy any book you want! See below for entry info:


fabulous for readers 8-12
fabulous for readers 8-12
In Fortune’s Magic Farm (coming March 1, 2009), Isabelle meets two people who share a very special magical skill.
Imagine your own story in which your hero discovers that he or she has a special magical power. Write a few paragraphs about the moment when your hero discovers that power.
Email your story to Suzanne at Be sure to put “contest” in the subject line. Or mail your story to Suzanne at Writing Contest, PO Box 10414, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Include a drawing if you’d like.
Four winners will each receive a $40 gift certificate to the bookstore of his/her choice and a signed copy of Fortune’s Magic Farm. Winning stories will be posted on Suzanne’s website. Entry deadline: February 1, 2009.