Tom Birdseye

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

Here in Oregon the snow is

1/9/08 — Here in Oregon the snow is piling high in the Cascades, and the powder skiing is fantastic. But I’m resisting temptation (in the form of numerous invites) to play hooky. Gotta keep my nose to the writing grindstone. It’s paying off. Good…

Lots of people roll their

1/3/08 — Lots of people roll their eyes at New Year’s resolutions, but I’m not one of them. I find the process of reviewing last year and making commitments to the coming year very helpful. For me it’s not just a matter of giving up some bad habi…

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…