Tom Birdseye

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

Been working the last three days on

5/9/07 — Been working the last three days on STORM MOUNTAIN, particularly as it relates to the main character, Ben, and how he changes /grows during the course of the story. In “writer talk”, this change/growth is called the character arc. To hel…

Whew! I’m back from a long trip

5/1/07 — Whew! I’m back from a long trip speaking in schools in the Orlando area of Florida and in Greensboro-High Point, North Carolina. Great time in both states. Wonderful kids, and teachers, and librarians. On a personal level, of particular …

Below is a photo of my office.

4/10/07 — Below is a photo of my office. I post it because I believe that where a person writes matters. For me, that means a space where I can organize all of my notes, have plenty of light, the equipment I need (gotta have my Mac), and privacy …

A bit confused today on exactly how I

4/5/07 — A bit confused today on exactly how I to handle the two main characters falling into a crevasse in my novel, STORM MOUNTAIN, it was clear I needed to step back and look at the big picture. Once again I resorted to the following handy aid…

I’m back from school visits in

3/23/07 — I’m back from school visits in Michigan. Great trip. Great teachers doing great things with kids. Nice to see.Been working this week on the first rewrite of STORM MOUNTAIN. Have made my way to chapter 6 and so far all is going well. I’d…

Back on February19th I reported in

3/10/07 — Back on February19th I reported in this journal a major shift in the plot of STORM MOUNTAIN. I didn’t reveal it then (got to keep the reader guessing!), but it involved the death of one of the main characters. (Heavy stuff.) Since then …

Started my first rewrite of STORM

3/06/07 — Started my first rewrite of STORM MOUNTAIN. On a whim I tried switching from the first-person present-tense I used in the first draft to third-person past-tense. For example, “I stare in complete and total confusion,” became “He stared …

The last few days I’ve been at work

2/28/07 — The last few days I’ve been at work on what is generally referred to as “promotion.” For me this means designing a mailer that officially announces the publication of my new novel, A TOUGH NUT TO CRACK. (I know, I know, it’s been out si…

Yahoo! I’ve just finished the first

2/23/07 — Yahoo! I’ve just finished the first draft of STORM MOUNTAIN, and it feels great. True, there is a TON of work to do: research, more character development, logistics, and many many rewrites. This draft is rough in the truest sense of the…

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…