Home again! Home again! Jiggity Jig! And trust me, I’ve been doing a little jig since stepping off the airplane on Friday morning. There, meeting me at the airport, were a few of the readergirlz divas: Lorie Ann Grover, Holly Cupala, and Janet Lee Carey. I was so touched! And felt so loved!!! And my … Read More
So my good friend and co-diva of readergirlz, Lorie Ann Grover, challenged me to find the most fashionable figure in Shanghai. Out to lunch with my family, I spotted The One: Hip down to the dog’s four-sneakered paws. Fashionable or questionable? Today I am thankful for all things ludicrous that make me laugh.
A night after crashing catatonic in bed without changing positions for seven hours straight, I’m happy to report that a more alert Me presented at Day Two of the WLMA / OASL Conference in Portland, Oregon. My audience was skeptical when I told them that I get inspiration for my novels from so many places: … Read More
I’m back in the States! My peeps have asked me what I miss most about the U.S. Was it the food? (Well, I did have a hankering for a hamburger…and satiated it with a big, greasy one!) Was it the clean water? (Yup, missed being able to drink and brush my teeth with tap water.) … Read More
Greetings from Dunhuang–the upper northern reaches of China. I’ll be posting soon about the truth about camel rides and sunrises in the desert. But first…this… After bad times (read: evil taxi driver from hell) and hard times (read: melamine scare in milk), you know who your reals friends are. Thanks to everyone for emailing me … Read More
Other than writing and procrastinating (I mean, researching) in Shanghai, I also happen to be one of the co-founders of readergirlz, the leading online book community for teens! Along with my divas divine–Lorie Ann Grover, Dia Calhoun, and Mitali Perkins (all fellow award-winning YA authors)–we’ve spent the last 18 months or so creating fun literacy … Read More
Here I am, on the eve of leaving America to move to China for our year abroad. It’s been a lovely whirlwind of family and friends that’s often felt like my own Olympic of goodbyes. My emotions by Wordle: The week started with a last goodbye with the readergirlz divas where we toasted each other … Read More
When I wrote the Mama Lecture Series in Nothing but the Truth (and a few white lies), I never really thought I’d be scripting my own lectures. But here I am, telling (lecturing) my kids that nothing really matters in life except for friends and family. (This, I’m sure, will come back to haunt me … Read More