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Monthly Archives: June 2009

How not to respond to a bad review

If you read my Twitter updates, you probably saw this one: “Never, never argue with a bad review. Chant fifty times. Repeat ad infinitum.” It’s so tempting to explain exactly why a reviewer who didn’t like your book has the comprehension skills of a mole. But every writer I know who’s done this regrets it. […]

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-06-28

Getting ready to watch another global-disaster mini-series. I think the moon is going to hit the earth. I LOVE these. # Off the grid for family day (not to be confused with “day off”). # Email box is down to 115 messages! Woo hoo! # DS12 is making pumpkin cookies. # DS12 is eating pumpkin […]

An hour and a half at the TV studio, a fifteen-second soundbite, and then…

Michael Jackson swallowed the entire Fourth Estate. Whole. So yesterday was my Writing Day, the day I usually try to go off the grid to get some actual WORK done. But by the time I got to my office, I already had four emails and five voice messages from reporters asking for comments on Governor […]

I want this guy’s life.

Maybe it’s just an aftereffect of doing all the history, but I want to make up universes for the next ten years for $$$$. One Million Pounds= = Slightly Less

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-06-21

Monday, family day: heading off the grid now. Without my to-do list. # And the to-do list RETURNS! (cue spooky monster music) # Rediscovering a basic truth: once you become a “real writer,” it gets harder and harder to find time and space for actual writing. # Today is feeling really complicated… # DS15 determined […]

Let’s see, how far behind have I gotten with my 52-books-in-52-weeks challenge?

Just so you know, I’ve been happily reading a book per week. Just haven’t had the energy to post reviews. (Remember that whole post-medieval world burnout thing? Still…burning.) So here’s a massive mini-review: Week 17: Curtis Sittenfeld, American Wife. Really? Seriously??? A top ten book from Time, People, and Entertainment Weekly? A New York Times […]

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-06-14

Heading off the grid for family day. (DD8: “Mommy, today we can do a REALLY BIG PROJECT together!” I am afraid.) # Monday is my day off. Tuesday is my Monday. I’m not crazy about Tuesdays. # Andrew Sullivan, thanks for the book mention: http://bit.ly/BuYQJ # Just finished my first taekwondo lesson in the company […]

That’s it. As a society, we’re probably doomed.

A couple of days ago, I got the following email from a member of the Teach for America corps who knows me through my connection with William and Mary. (I’m posting this with the teacher’s permission and have removed identifying information.) Read it and weep. I am finishing up my second year of Teach for […]

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-06-07

Walking right at dusk: lightning bugs, moonshadow in front of me, the air smells like barley. # Back to work today. Writing 1st, small-press business 2nd, take DS12 to violin lesson 3rd, supervise schoolwork 4th, collapse in heap 5th. # Random statement of the day: DS17, walking into kitchen: “Mom and Dad, the FBI called. […]

Dispatch from Salt Lake City

So I’ve just finished speaking to the very friendly attendees at the Utah Home Educators Association convention. Talked to a lot of readers, signed a bunch of books. I promised a few scenes from Salt Lake City, and here are the ones that struck me… roses (they must like desert air–roses in Virginia don’t look […]