Tom Birdseye

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

Busy time here at my house

12/18/07 — Busy time here at my house, and it will be getting busier. Still, I’m getting in my writing time, and will continue to do so, even after the girls arrive on 12/21. Sure, I’ll take family time off. We’ll go skiing on 12/24, a tradition …

I’ve just returned from an

12/8/07 — I’ve just returned from an unexpected trip to South Carolina to visit my 86-year-old mother in the hospital. It was a difficult week in many ways, dealing with the realities of the hospital environment, then transferring her to a rehab …

Good writing today. I’m

11/28/07 — Good writing today. I’m still standing at the keyboard to work. Looks like this may become permanent. On second thought, “permanent” is probably not the right word. Makes it sounds as if I’ll be standing there in front of my desk forev…

Done with school visits for 2007

11/25/07 — Done with school visits for 2007, I’ve turned my full attention back to STORM MOUNTAIN. This past Monday, after a particularly long day of writing, I got up from my desk feeling very sore, especially in my hips, which have been botheri…

It’s Saturday in Norman,

11/10/07 — It’s Saturday in Norman, Oklahoma, and I’m halfway through a two-week stint of school visits here. Wonderful experience so far — fun kids, dedicated teachers and librarians. To top it off, I’ve been getting lots of ideas to jot down i…

I’m involved in a research

10/31/07 — I’m involved in a research project this evening, on which type of goodie is the most popular among Halloween trick-or-treaters. So far anything chocolate is the clear leader. I, of course, have sampled all that I’m offering, twice. No,…

More great school visits last week

10/29/07 — More great school visits last week — this time in La Grande, Oregon. Fantastic kids and educators all around. Anyone who says there are no good things happening in schools today has their head in the sand. I drove instead of my usual …

I’m home from the wonderful

10/18/07 — I’m home from the wonderful Florida Association of Media Educators (FAME) conference in Orlando. (Thanks for the great hosting, Cecelia!) Being on the road so much recently (Bangladesh, Kentucky, Portland, Florida), my writing times ha…

Good writing today. Just not

10/10/07 — Good writing today. Just not enough of it. I leave tomorrow for Orlando, Florida to speak at the state librarians’-media specialists’ conference. I’ve printed out a couple of chapters to work on during the flight cross country. Less th…

Yesterday I ran the Portland Marathon

10/8/07 — Yesterday I ran the Portland Marathon. As I suspected, my jet lag and chest cold took their toll. Although on my goal pace for the first 17 miles, it all caught up with me as I crossed the St. John’s bridge. If it hadn’t been for family…