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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 …

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 …