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Smoke



I recently launched my new book, On Fire, at Victoria School. I felt it was the perfect place to launch a YA novel. Vic, as we used to call it is a school for students interested in the arts. Students…

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Tourette’s Girl



Fourteen-year-old Matti Iverly, one of the narrators of my forthcoming novel On Fire (Thistledown Press, Spring, 2013), has Tourette Syndrome, commonly called Tourette’s or T.S. In the opening pages of the book she has this to say about herself: “At…

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Monkey Business



Here’s something I’ve heard off and on all my life: give a roomful of monkeys typewriters (this originally predated the technological revolution), allow them enough time, and they will create a written masterpiece. In one version it’s a great novel….

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Impermanence



I was talking with a friend recently. Just drifting along conversationally. And suddenly the exact word I had ready to pop out into our exchange wasn’t there. Poof. It was gone. I knew the familiar edges of it. With the…

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E-Essays



I’ve been thinking recently about the difference between a blog and an essay – trying to come up with something to call the latter, when it appears on-line. I shared this with my far more techno-savvy daughter, who immediately produced…

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