Gold for Reality Gold
Reality Gold: Long List for the Dante Rossetti Award
The one where I discuss my obsession with Phish Food...
I popped by The Cover Contessa for a chat today and I *may* have worked my obsession with Ben & Jerry's Phish Food into the conversation. Check it out here!
My interview with Two Ends of the Pen
Loved chatting with Debra and David on their blog, Two Ends of the Pen! Check out the interview here!
Where the ideas come from...
Jena invited me to guest post on her blog, Character Madness and Musings. Check out my post here! Thank you for hosting me, Jena!
Conversation with Becky on Books
I stopped by "Becky on Books...and Quilts" to chat about my book. Read her original post here!
Hard--no, impossible--to choose my favorite books, but here's a list of the ones I routinely recommend. I've only found one lone soul who appreciates The Silent Land as much as I do (thx, K!) so if you love it too, let me know. We'll start a club.
Summer Travel Programs for Teens: Get Out and Explore the World
It's never too early to plan for next summer. In Reality Gold, one of the character's next adventure is a community service trip working with sea turtles in Costa Rica. That program really exists, and there are plenty more like it: hike Mt. Kilimanjaro, skydive in Fiji, work with elephants in Thailand, study whales in Australia…if only these things existed when I was younger. Well, I probably would have said no thanks and read a book instead, but still! It would have been nice to have the option. But if you're more adventurous than I was, and this sort of summer travel/service/adventure is for you, here are some great programs to look into.
For anyone ready to go beyond YA, here’s a list of books with crossover appeal, and I swear you will not be disappointed if you start with either of my two faves: The Magicians and Special Topics in Calamity Physics. Plenty more on this list to love just as much.
Think you can find the treasure before Riley? Here's the map. Give it a shot:
So You Want To Be A Star?
Every time a reality show comes on tv, I spend half the show wondering how the contestants even knew how to audition for the show in the first place. Various family members swear if only they knew how to audition, they'd be on that baking show, building fires on that survival show or running naked and unafraid through the woods. I never believe them, so if they ever decide to prove me wrong, I found a list of casting sites for all kinds of reality shows. As for me, no thank you. I'll just bring my laptop and observe.