I’ll probably be wearing these at World Fantasy Con in San Diego, later this month. Handmade in Portugal, these shoes by a designer with a sense of whimsy are also comfortable! I covered the Javitts Conference floor at BEA in them. He also stands behind them, making repairs for life.

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Living in Southern California, we can take the good weather for granted. But today was unusually tropical. It was over 80 degrees, then storm clouds moved in. The temperature only dropped a few degrees, but it poured. Not for long. And then, a few hours later, we got this amazingRead More →

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http://www.animalark.org/ If you visit Reno, be sure to stop by the Animal Ark, a wildlife preserve where they rescue animals in need. Some of them are ex-movie actors, some have been found injured on the highway. This large, clean open area has generous enclosures and every animal was happy andRead More →

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This was in the convention showroom at WorldCon Reno for people to sit in, have their photo taken, and imagine they wielded the power to choose who lives and who dies. I’ve been on blogcation but working very hard. My rewrite deadline for STARTERS is this month. I asked myRead More →

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I soon leave for Worldcon 2011, in Reno this year. This is a major science fiction convention for writers, readers and fans. George R.R. Martin is one of many top writers speaking. He’s giving several talks on the writing process and you can bet I’ll be there. Why am IRead More →

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This is credited to the writer Wendy Werris   http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-industry-news/article/48317-scbwi-conference-celebrates-40th-anniversary-with-record-turnout.html IN THE NEWS SCBWI Conference Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Record Turnout A surprise guest appearance by Judy Blume at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators annual summer conference in Los Angeles made the 40th anniversary of the organization evenRead More →

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Before I explain this photo, please visit this wonderful site for YA books: http://presentinglenore.blogspot.com/ Lenore Appelhans has her own debut called LEVEL TWO coming out fall 2012. It sounds like it will be a book I’ll devour. She also runs a wonderful website for YA books.  And today, I haveRead More →

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I’ve gone to the Society for Children’s Book Writers Summer Conference three times before. It’s one of the biggest conferences, covering several floors of a large hotel, with wonderful authors, editors, agents and illustrators giving panels and workshops. They have a pro track, a state-of-the-market address, and always have atRead More →

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I had brunch with my agent today at a Hollywood hangout. We sat on a terrace by the pool overlooking a fabulous view of the city, and talked about STARTERS. Everything is so new to me, and she’s wonderfully patient with all my questions. We’re not even at the halfwayRead More →

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