Tom Birdseye

Tom Birdseye is the critically-acclaimed author of 19 young adult, middle grade, picture book, and non-fiction works.

Recently I’ve had more issues

11/4/08 — Recently I’ve had more issues with the internet plaguing me: web site hosting, software, and email. Don’t you just love technology? Actually, I do enjoy the pleasures of working on a computer, and doing research on the Web, and being ab…

In the past three weeks I’ve

10/30/08 — In the past three weeks I’ve had the opportunity to meet three of my old students from 30 years ago when I taught at Oceanlake Elementary School in Lincoln City, Oregon. What a delight! Even though two of the three sometimes gave me a …

I’m back from a visit

10/21/08 — I’m back from a visit a classroom full of 3rd graders at Jefferson Elementary School here in my hometown of Corvallis, OR. They had just finished a read-aloud of ATTACK OF THE MUTANT UNDERWEAR. When I asked what they’d like to see in a…

Rewarded myself for finishing

10/16/08 — Rewarded myself for finishing STORM MOUNTAIN with a trip to the Cascades for a bit of rock climbing, a ten-pitch (10 rope length) route called The Peregrine Traverse (see photo below of me leading pitch 4). Weather was great, so no “St…

DONE! Finally. After 32

10/13/08 — DONE! Finally. After 32 rewrites and over two years, STORM MOUNTAIN is now on its way to New York City and my agent, and ultimately onto my editor’s desk. Actually, “DONE!” is not right. DONE FOR NOW! is more like it. The manuscript wi…

I ran into children’s author

10/7/08 — I ran into children’s author Kirby Larson at the Kidlitosphere Conference in Portland. She recommended a book on rewriting called NOVEL METAMORPHOSIS: UNCOMMON WAYS TO REVISE by Darcy Pattison. Kirby said she took a weekend workshop wit…

I’m just back from a writers

9/29/08 — I’m just back from a writers retreat on the California coast. Lots of good work time, plus great company. I’m closing on the final rewrite of STORM MOUNTAIN. It won’t make the mail today as I was hoping, but very soon!

Working, working, working —

9/18/08 — Working, working, working — now ratcheted up to ten hours a day. Sometimes I don’t know if I’ve got what it takes to keep pushing this hard. Then I remember last weekend and a rare day off to compete in the Timberline Half Marathon nea…

As I related below in my 9/3

9/10/08 — As I related below in my 9/3 entry, the main character of STORM MOUNTAIN has shifted. Instead of Benjamin, it’s now Cat. And it’s working! Every single one of the nagging uncertainties I had about character development have vanished. Wo…

Late this morning I realized

9/3/08 — Late this morning I realized that I needed a break from writing and went for a mountain bike ride. Huffing and puffing my way up the steep switchbacks on Bald Hill, a question occurred to me: Could some of the trouble I’ve been having wi…