Archive for the ‘People I Love’ Category

School Visit Fun: RJS STEM Makes the News

Howdy, y’all! I am just back from Whidbey Island, where I spent a week writing in one of the most beautiful places on earth! I came thisclose to finishing a draft of a new novel, and that made me very … Continue reading

Coming Soon! The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival in San Antonio

Happy 2019, writer and reader friends! I hope your year is full of books… and maybe even a few short films. 🙂 Once again, I have the great pleasure of co-hosting the annual 90-Second Newbery Film Festival in San Antonio, … Continue reading

Spooky Story Celebration at Bookpeople, 10/20!

  Are you a young writer (or know a young writer) in search of the perfect creepy tale to tell? Join the amazing Kat Shepherd and me for a writing and craft-filled workshop sure to scare the stories out of … Continue reading

Spring at the Library!

Hi, y’all! I’ve been away from the blog for a while, mostly working on a couple of new books, but also visiting some great schools and libraries. I had a wonderful time last weekend at the new Seguin High School … Continue reading

A Poem for My Grandma

Hello, friends. I’ve neglected my blog terribly because I’ve been taking care of something–someone–else. I’ve neglected my writing as well… but I’ve gotten a lot better on the guitar, and my singing voice is back in form. (Did you know … Continue reading

Goodbye, 2017!

Oh, friends, this year has been… memorable, to say the very least. For me it’s been full of tragic lows (my father died) and incredible highs (I wrote another “book of my heart” and signed with my lovely new agent, … Continue reading

NaNoWriMo Youth Writing Workshops in Austin

Happy October, friends! I hope you’re doing what I’m doing these days! That is, writing spooky stories, picking your Halloween costumes, planning where to hide the Snickers bars from your own dear trick-or-treater children, and gearing up for NaNoWriMo, or … Continue reading

Bee Cave Book Haul Podcast Time!

Oh frabjous day! Friends, if you are the sort of reader/writer/librarian/humanoid who listens to podcasts… or likes book reviews of fun/funny/wonderful middle grade books… or wants to laugh as I use ALL THE  EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!! while talking about great books?* … Continue reading

KidLitCares Auction is Live Now!

Hey, friends! What are you doing here at my blog, instead of spending your free hours scrolling through the TWO HUNDRED (or so) amazing items on Kate Messner’s KidLitCares auction, for Hurricane Harvey Flood Relief? I’m been bidding on items, … Continue reading

Happy Book Birthday to Witchtown!

I interrupt my summer writing and blog-ignoring to say a huge, happy book birthday to my friend Cory Putman Oakes on the launch day of her utterly amazing, incredibly fun/creepy/fast-paced/mysterious YA WITCHTOWN! I snagged an early reader copy of this … Continue reading