It's that time of year when everyone seems to weigh in with a list of Best Books of the Year--from libraries and magazines to authors and bloggers, including our own Rosalyn Eves and Amanda Rawson Hill. I'll admit, I'd planned to post my own list today, and it included Long Way Down, The 57 Bus, Orphan Island, … Continue reading Best Books of 2017: A List of Lists (and What to Do with It)
Next Tuesday, my sophomore novel, Paper Chains, will be released into the world. In the weeks ahead, I’ve got school visits, a book festival, a writing conference, a library event, and the high-profile privilege of being interviewed by a fourth grader (one of the perks of writing for kids.) This particular fourth grader asked some really … Continue reading Story Soup -or- Where Do You Get Your Ideas?
As I draft this post, I'm sitting in an Airbus A320 from KDTW to KDEN at flight level 370. I don't know this because I have a great deal of aeronautical knowledge or because I was even particularly paying attention to the pre-flight speech; I know this because my aviation-obsessed son did a little research … Continue reading From Passenger to Pilot
We are all storytellers here, and today's post is about my most recent experiences with one specific form of storytelling: live theater. Due to ridiculous good fortune and a particularly skilled friend, I found myself in possession of a (reasonably priced!) ticket to see one of the very first performances of Hamilton in San … Continue reading The World is Wide Enough: Rethinking the “-er” and the “-est”
There are some excellent posts on revision in the TTOF archives, including Rosalyn's post just last week. Today I'm hoping to add to the canon by sharing one of my own rules of revision. The title of this post comes from Tina Fey's hilarious and smart book, Bossypants. The whole book is excellent, but my very … Continue reading The First Rule of Improv/Revision
The year is drawing to a close, and one of the themes that seems to be on everyone's mind is time. It's certainly on mine. A couple of months ago, I was asked to speak to a group of students at the university where I teach. The topic? Time management. My gut reaction was, "Let's find … Continue reading Considering the Cost
Last Tuesday, my first book was published. We had a launch party full of great food and laughter and families gathered. It was wonderful. And a big reason it was wonderful was the Shakespear family. Erin is a beloved member of the TTOF family and one of my closest friends, and she recruited her husband … Continue reading In Memoriam