Archive for the ‘Family News’ Category

New Year’s Wish

Happy 2017, friends! I have been away in paradise, and came back with jet lag and a muddled sense of time. (Fiji time is addictive – no deadlines, no worries, no stress. Bliss!) So far this year, I’ve unpacked, written … Continue reading

Holiday Reflection: What Lasts?

Happy December, friends! I’m taking off for a couple of weeks, and was trying to think of a worthwhile post to mark the end of this very difficult, very strange, and sometimes wonderful year. And then my teenager asked me … Continue reading

Wish Girl in the World and Much More!

Happy day, reader friends! I hope your October is off to a great start. Can you believe it’s FALL already? Anyone out there besides me thinking about doing NaNoWriMo next month? (I’m planning to lie down and see if the … Continue reading

School Visit Fun & Pics in PW

Howdy, y’all! I’m back from Oklahoma again, and working hard on my next book. Not much time to blog, but I’ll drop a few pics from my super fun days in Tulsa with Kerr Elementary Librarian Extraordinaire Kim Sloggett… and … Continue reading

My Week in Books: Texas Book Festival 2015 & More!

  Every year, there’s a holiday I love more than any other. I get to see all my friends, and my family, and go to fancy parties, and eat too much, and enjoy the sights, and buy tons of gifts … Continue reading

Thank you forever, Aunt Trudy.

My first grade teacher, Aunt Trudy, passed away this week. Aunt Trudy was an amazing person. She was generous and quick-witted, warm, kind, clever, and all the things you dream of having for a teacher when you are any age, … Continue reading

Summer So Far: Pretty Darn Amazing

Wow. This summer has been one for the books, pun intended. Not only did I take my family on a trip to British Columbia and Washington State… … but while I was away, the Writer’s League of Texas notified me … Continue reading

Wish Girl in Spanish!

When I was a little girl, my grandparents took me to Mexico with them many times in the summers. My grandfather studied art at the Instituto de San Miguel, and my grandma … well, I have no idea what she … Continue reading

Recap: Fun at the Book Spot!

Okay, I KNOW this is a super late recap of some of the summer coolness that took place in super-hot August, but I have to share the fun event that was the End of Summer Middle Grade event at the … Continue reading

The Nightingale Summer: Where I Went, Who I Saw, What I Loved

The writing of a book, especially a book that is intensely personal and meaningful like Nightingale’s Nest was for me, is only the beginning. After the drafts, and the revisions, and the copy edits, and the worrying whether people will … Continue reading