Friday, January 28, 2011


I'm checking in today from a Subaru dealership. Our Forester is getting detailed. It is going to take a while, so I'm charging through some reading. I've been destroying Matt Christopher books. It's amazing how short these things are. You don't realize it when you're young.

<------- The Hockey Machine has always been one of my all-time favorites.

I'm now reading The Day of the Pelican by Katherine Paterson. It was last year's Vermont Reads book, and I never got to it. It's great so far.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Ok, so I just finished the super large residency evaluation form, which means that my semester can officially begin. It was really hanging over me mentally.

So, here it is. This semester - which is the next five months - I will:
-Create a rough draft of a middle grade novel about hockey.
-Read 50-75 books depending on how many picture books are in there.
-Write 10 critical essays based off my reading and research.
-Write 5 Picture Books, one per month.
-Explore memoir if I have any extra time. Note: I hope I do because I have a really great idea.

Way harder than playing hockey. That was easy.

I am also very happy to announce that this semester I will be working with the amazing Laura Kvasnosky. Check out her website:
She illustrates all of her own work, and her story, Zelda and Ivy: The Runaways, was chosen as the 2007 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award recipient.

- Per "The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year."

Not too shabby, eh?

I would always like to say that my residency experience was simply amazing. The program really is second to none. I can't wait to go again in July, and I wish all my new writer buddies the best semester possible.

Friday, January 21, 2011


Okay, so, I haven't forgot about this space, but I'm not really sure what to put here right now.

My experience at the VCFA residency was so amazing and intimate that it is almost impossible to talk about. I think I need another day or two before I can formulate a recap.

Wait till you hear how much work I have to do in the next five months...

Monday, January 10, 2011


Great first two days of residency, but I'm really tired right now. Mostly just orientation stuff...

Tonight I was lucky enough to attend an amazing speech by Katherine Paterson. She basically just told stories. It was a real pleasure.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

One More Day

Residency begins tomorrow. I hope I'm up to it.

The first real day is Monday so look for a play-by-play after that.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Calm before the Storm?

My first residency is only a few days away, and I finally received the detailed schedule of events. I understand why they don't want you to have it too far in advance because they don't want people stressing out. The schedule is intense to say the least. Days are packed with meetings, lectures, presentations and so on.

The second day is the first real work day, but It does end with a great reward: A welcome address/presentation by renowned author and Vermont resident Katherine Paterson. That should be fun.

I am also very excited/nervous to meet my faculty that I will be working with. They sent us these really intimidating bios and resumes of all the faculty. I just have to keep telling myself that these people, although published authors, are normal humans. As I see it, they can't be any worse than some of the coaches I've had to deal with on the ice. I won't mention names.

Last, but most certainly not least, is the workload for the semester. I have to produce a work packet each month that consists of a letter, 2 critical papers, approx. 40 pages of creative work, and an annotated bibliography of the 10+ books I read. Yea, 10 each month! Good thing a lot of them are going to be children's and middle grade titles.

Wish me luck.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


As I write, I often think about how I can make a character stand out from not only other characters in my book, but from similar characters in previous stories.

It makes me think about some of the characters that have grabbed hold of me throughout the years, and even though I had already encountered several great ones, Ged from A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula LeGuin was the character that truly made me love reading and writing.

Saturday, January 1, 2011


Happy New Year to all! I can already tell 2011 is going to be amazing.