Tom Birdseye

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

Yesterday morning I was reading the

2/21/07 — Yesterday morning I was reading the newspaper and saw an article that almost made me drop my coffee! I had known that there were climbers missing on Mt. Hood, here in Oregon. Now the headline read that, unlike the tragedy of December in…

Oh boy, what a writing day! There I

2/19/07 — Oh boy, what a writing day! There I was working away, thinking I knew what was going to happen at a critical point in the plot, and suddenly I realized that I had it wrong. STORM MOUNTAIN would be much stronger if I went another way. At…

Yesterday morning, as every

2/15/07 — Yesterday morning, as every Valentine’s Day morning, my family and I lit a candle for my father, Irving Earl Birdseye, who died on Valentine’s Day, 1974 at the age of 54. On one level it is a sad moment for me, and marks the beginning o…

I’m back in Oregon and thawed out from

2/12/07 — I’m back in Oregon and thawed out from my trip to New York City. The cold in the Big Apple was intense, with wind chills in the minus 20F range. A couple of times during the week I lost the feeling in my fingers and toes. Still, the ove…

Packing in a hurry to go to New York

2/3/07 — Packing in a hurry to go to New York to meet with editors, my agent, marketing folks, publishers. If you’ve ever been to the Big Apple you know that it’s a hopping place, and arguably the most culturally diverse city in the world. All of…

Took a day off from writing yesterday

2/2/07 — Took a day off from writing yesterday to go skiing with my daughter, Kelsey, and her boyfriend, Tyler. We drove to Mt. Hood (see photo below, the highest peak in Oregon, elevation, 11, 235 feet). Skies were blue, but the temperature was …

Found myself feeling a bit

1/31/07 — Found myself feeling a bit discouraged this morning by the sluggish speed of my writing. The more I thought about the seemingly glacial pace, the more it bothered me. Within minutes I came to a grinding halt, a victim of the dreaded syn…

Action scene today, in this case a

1/29/07 — Action scene today, in this case a fall into a crevasse, which is a giant crack in the surface of a glacier. (See example in photo below.) It was relatively easy writing on one level, there being lots going on and so plenty to talk abou…

I was reminded again today of the

1/26/07 — I was reminded again today of the importance of research in fiction writing, and the importance of sometimes putting it off. Let me explain: First of all, I’m not talking about the kind of research I did so much of in school — for repo…

Writing takes commitment,

1/25/07 — Writing takes commitment, perseverance, and lots of time. It is not about strolling in spring meadows, or lolling about in the shade of an apple tree waiting for a brilliant idea. It is about sitting in front of the computer for hours, …