Halloween: Bad Decisions

So, first of all I love Halloween. Every part of it. Big gaudy decorations and scary movies and trick-or-treating. For a long time I had a huge collection of hideously tacky Halloween earrings–plastic rats and spiders and light-up ghosts. But several years ago a burglar broke into my house while I was out of town, although…

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New Book Coming Out!

I’ve just sold my next novel, Beautiful Things, to Viking! My editor will be the wonderful Laura Tisdel, and here is the most shocking part: they plan to release the novel in MAY 2017! That’s an eight-month turn-around from the signing of the contract to the actual book in customer’s hands, which is, oh, maybe half…

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A Little Hamilton Lip Sync

For anyone who is obsessed with Hamilton as my entire family is….or, really, for anyone who likes seeing five-year-olds pretend to be singing Founding Fathers…. Here’s a little video.  

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Top Ten Best Things in San Francisco *

What I Loved About San Francisco in January (in no particular order)… 10) The playground at Mission Dolores Park–When traveling with a four-year-old, you learn about good playgrounds in a city. This one is SPECTACULAR, even though we went there in the rain. And here’s a thing that I learned: did you know that if…

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Ah, X-Files, I Loved You So

Mulder and Scully. Oh, how I loved you.   Was anyone else out there super-pumped about this new X-Files miniseries? For me it brought up very fond memories, not only of the characters, but of actual real life. Back when I was in my twenties and all my friends were single and there was no…

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The Lost Bliss of Saturday Morning Cartoons

I was not an early riser. Ever. One of my earliest memories is laying, wide-eyed, in bed after my mother had forced me there, and waiting forever until I heard Johnny Carson’s intro music from the den where my father was watching television. I’d wiggle off the bed, very slowly, toes dangling in mid-air, trying…

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Coming Back to Real Life

It occurs to me that coming back from another country feels a little like closing your computer at the end of day when you’re writing a novel. It’s not that easy to turn off the other world—it’s still there, lurking, pressing in around the edges. It’s been nearly three weeks since we got back from…

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The Effects of a Siege

So my son used to have impressive obsessions–presidents, geography, the solar system–but now it is largely battles. Fights and weapons and warriors. Although at least it’s medieval battles that interest him. You could argue that it’s about history, not violence and mayhem. You could, you know, argue it unsuccessfully. So we build siege weapons and attack…

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New Kids’ Book

So A Little Bit of Spectacular was released yesterday, and tomorrow, May 7, 4:30 -6:30 p.m., we’ll have the book launch party at Trattoria Centrale in downtown Birmingham. For anyone who’s able to come, it’s worth it for a) free tasty scones, and b) checking out the bathroom walls where the main character in the book…

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