Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Edgar Nominees For Best Juvenile and Best YA

It's Edgar nominee time! Here is the full list of nominees; I've pasted the YA and MG ones below.

As in previous years, I'm planning to read all before the awards announcement May 2, and will let you know my predictions. It's fun, so join in if you like....


Fake Mustache: Or, How Jodie O’Rodeo and Her Wonder Horse (and Some Nerdy Kid) Saved the U.S. Presidential Election from a Mad Genius Criminal Mastermind by Tom Angleberger (Abrams – Amulet Books)
13 Hangmen by Art Corriveau (Abrams – Amulet Books)
The Quick Fix by Jack D. Ferraiolo (Abrams – Amulet Books)
Spy School by Stuart Gibbs (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage (Penguin Young Readers Group – Dial Books for Young Readers)


Emily’s Dress and Other Missing Things by Kathryn Burak (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group – Roaring Brook Press)
The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George (Penguin Young Readers Group – Viking)
Crusher by Niall Leonard (Random House Children’s Books – Delacorte BFYR)
Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield (Penguin Young Readers Group – Dutton Children’s Books)
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (Disney Publishing Worldwide - Hyperion)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Making travel plans for 2013--where are you going?

January means organizing and planning for me, which also means making travel plans. I have a few things still in the works, but spring is mostly sorted.

In case you're interested, here's where you can find me until April.

Now I'm deciding for the rest of the year... So I was hoping you'd inspire me, tell me if you're traveling (for writing or not), and what your plans are for 2013.

Are you staying around your own neighborhood, or are you venturing out?

Monday, January 7, 2013

Are You Influenced By Other Writers?

I heard this song a few weeks ago, by Gary Clark Jr. It's pretty good, but I instantly recognized several of his influences: Lenny Kravitz, Jimmy Hendrix, to name but a few. It's so obvious, I'm sure Mr. Clark is aware.

Which made me think of writers, and my own writing. Am I influenced, like this guy, by others whose craft I admire?


How about you, fellow writers? Have others ever told you that your writing is like someone else's?


Thursday, January 3, 2013

Kickin' Off The New Year With Good News

It's 2013!

I know, this is sort of old news, but I've been a bit slow joining the new year. Blame it on the leftover snacks in the fridge.

But then I got some good news: Seattle Mystery Bookshop's Amber listed Double Vision as one of the best middle-grade mysteries of 2012. And I got fanmail (how cool is that?) from an awesome 7th grader who chose to do his English project on the book. So I'm honored, and inspired to get to work.

Now all I need is some New Year's resolutions....

How 'bout you? Any plans for lucky 2013?

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