Tom Birdseye

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

I’m working these days with

9/12/07 — I’m working these days with fine sandpaper. By that I mean that the changes to STORM MOUNTAIN are getting smaller, more in the realm of finishing touches. Well, actually that might be a bit of an exaggeration, giving the impression that…

Writing takes a backseat

8/28/07 — Writing took a backseat this past week, being filled with preparations to take my youngest daughter, Amy, to college. Car crammed with her gear, we finally headed off for two days of orientation. Very exciting stuff, both for us as pare…

Slogging through the literary muck

8/16/07 — Slogging through the literary muck with a sleep deprived brain this afternoon. Fresh air is what I need. Think I’ll go for bike ride downtown to run a few errands, then try again.Later: Hey, it worked! Writing is not just mental. The wh…

After several days of getting caught

8/14/07 — After several days of getting caught in the trap of over thinking my story (a tendency of mine, my wife, Debbie, tells me), I loosened up again and had a productive writing session today. My goal is to finish this rewrite of STORM MOUNT…

Crevasse Adventure

8/3/07 — Photos below are from the previously mentioned crevasse adventure on Mt. Hood, the purpose of which — besides a fun day in the high country — was to help me with the crevasse rescue scenes in my book, STORM MOUNTAIN. The White River Gl…

After many frustrating weeks trying to

7/27/07 — After many frustrating weeks trying to ferret out why I can’t access this blog, then hours sitting at my desk with the telephone to my ear, listening to musak while on hold with tech support, I have finally — FINALLY — gotten the bugs…

Early Wednesday I got a sudden gut hit

6/1/07 — Early Wednesday I got a sudden gut hit that maybe I needed to spend even MORE time on character development in order to proceed with STORM MOUNTAIN. At first skeptical of my own intuition, I resisted. After all, hadn’t I already spent to…

A big benchmark reached this past

5/25/07 — A big benchmark reached this past Tuesday: I am now done with author visits for the 2006-2007 school year. It all ended at Hayden Meadows Elementary in North Idaho, a wonderful school full of enthusiastic teachers and young writers. (An…

Trip report: Had a great weekend

5/16/07 — Trip report: Had a great weekend on Mt. Hood. Below is a photo of me after the steep hike up to the cabin. At 5,800 feet above sea level, there was still plenty of snow on the ground, at least five feet or so. The debris you can see on …

I’ve had a productive week

5/11/07 — I’ve had a productive week of writing, and now for the icing on the cake! Early tomorrow morning my wife, Debbie, and I leave for a trip into the backcountry of the Oregon Cascades. We’ll drive from Corvallis to the north side of Mt. Ho…