Tom Birdseye

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

I’m back from the writer’s gathering

4/7/08 — I’m back from the writer’s gathering. You know you’re with a group of committed wordsmiths when you can have a three hour discussion about the use of flashbacks in a story and everyone thinks it’s intensely interesting. Most people would…

Today is Debbie and my

3/18/08 — Today is Debbie and my Month-a-versary, celebrating 33 years and 10 months of marriage. Boy, did I luck out with her for a partner. She’s a keeper!On the writing front, I’m working on the 18th draft of STORM MOUNTAIN. So far, so good. H…

Finished the latest draft of

3/14/08 — Finished the latest draft of STORM MOUNTAIN yesterday. I’m going to take today off from writing and paint my new office. With both of our girls out on their own now, I’m moving out of the tiny room in the back of our house that I’ve bee…

Feeling much better now.

3/5/08 — Feeling much better now. As has often been said: Nothing like getting sick to make you appreciate good health. Ah! I’m brimming with appreciation. Received a photo from my recent trip to Sinton, Texas. The three students from Smith Junio…

Last week I was in Sinton, TX

2/25/08 — Last week I was in Sinton, Texas (a small town in the southeast part of the state) where one of the librarians, Sally Hart, showed me a version of a writer’s notebook she’d come up with. It’s like the one I carry around in my pocket, ex…

Wow! From the emails I’ve

2/12/08 — Wow! From the emails I’ve been receiving it’s clear there is a lot of strong feeling out there about standardized testing and its impact on kids and teachers. Next to none of it is positive. Many teachers feel put-upon and pressured. Ki…

I’m back from a fun week of

2/6/08 — I’m back from a fun week of speaking in schools. Got to meet hundreds of great kids, and staff after staff filled with dedicated and hardworking educators.I couldn’t help but notice, however, the high stress levels among kids and teacher…

Got another dose of real-life research

1/23/08 — Got another dose of real-life research for STORM MOUNTAIN on Saturday. Granular snow was blowing so hard in the high country it stung like needles. Had to really batten down the parka hatches to keep my face from going numb. Nature in a…

I’m now done with the

1/16/08 — I’m now done with the crevasse scenes of STORM MOUNTAIN. Wrapping that part of the book up this afternoon, I realized that I’ve vicariously spent a lot of time inside the glacier with my characters, and have actually grown very fond of …