March 2009

because I love her…

If it’s true you’re judged by the company you keep, then I am doin’ good! I’m proud to be a part of this collection of essays, which includes pieces by

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musical interlude

Watch Porter the dog play and sing. You won’t be sorry. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-UE1kN38wo&feature=player_embedded] There’s always something good on the menu at the Daily Dish.

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Okay, so I lied…

I said I was going to shut up and write, and I am, but first I had to visit with editor Andrea Richesin about, well, everything. Our conversation is posted

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Okay, I'll shut up and write now.

It’s been so much fun talking with Deborah Bouziden all month! Our interview will be published in its entirety later this year–without all the asides to show you pictures of Barkis

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"Walk away."

As you know, I always create a playlist for the book I’m working on. Sometimes, a character gets his own theme song. If you read the end of Chapter 2

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The trailer gets a thumbs up.

I’m a tough sell when it comes to movie adaptations of books. When the book is a beloved children’s classic–even tougher. When the adaptation is a feature-length film based on

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more of the tell-all interview

Deborah Bouziden: What is the most difficult thing about being a writer? What is the most rewarding? SW: The most difficult? The competitiveness of some writers and no, I’m not

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Timeless.

Can she really be 75? It doesn’t matter. Her influence and wisdom are timeless, and she is as beautiful as ever: A sample of things Gloria Steinem has said: Writing

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How do you plot a novel?

Deborah Bouziden: How do you plot? Use an outline? What are your most common plot problems and how do you handle them? Have you ever had a plot disaster or

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