Hello, Popcorn Enthusiasts!
So as I kill time this summer waiting for my book to come out (August 20th, people! This is happening.), I find myself going to the movies a lot. And thinking about movies a lot. And mumbling to myself incoherently about movies a lot.
And, well, I've decided to stop doing that last one. So instead of randomly whispering things to myself such as, "Gosh, that Jaden Smith sure seems sad," I'm posting all of my Summer 2013 movie thoughts on this here blog! Read More
Today is February 14th, Valentine's Day. It is a time to honor not just your own Sweet Baboo, or the greeting card company billionaire geniuses who created this day, but really, it's a time to celebrate all who have ever loved.
And, in particular, let's celebrate the characters from books who taught us about love. Even though "books" are going extinct in like two years, I think we can all agree that virtually all of history's greatest romances (except for Justin & Kelly) have come from the world of literature.
Hi, Literate Folk!
The Next Big Thing Blog Hop is a series of blog posts in which an author answers ten questions about his or her upcoming book while simultaneously tagging other authors who then take to the Internet to answer the same ten questions about their own books.
It's not unlike a chain email. *~*~*~*PASS THIS POST ALONG TO TEN FRIENDLY ACQUAINTANCES BY MIDNIGHT OR ELSE YOU WILL GET LEPROSY. *~*~*~* ...But I digress. Read More
I love seeing as many movies as I can every year in theaters. I love writing preposterously long blog posts. And, against my better judgement, I love awards shows.
So with the Golden Globes gone by and the Oscars yet to come, it is only natural that I, a person who is just as ill-informed and fickle-minded as any of the voters for those awards, have decided to create an awards show of my own. Read More
Hi, Constant Readers!
This past weekend, I was lucky enough to get to attend the Annual Convention of the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) on behalf of my book, Trash Can Days: A Middle School Saga(coming out in August 2013 -- check it out, you can actually pre-order the book on Amazon -- even though it's a whole human pregnancy until the release date!).
I drove down to Vegas last Friday with my Official Girlfriend of the Trip Courtney and we had ourselves quite the weekend. We met some authors, stole a bunch of free crap, avoided some scary Vegas people, and, of course, we waded our way through hundreds and hundreds and thousands and thousands of English teachers -- a veritable post-apocalypse's worth of book lovers. It was awesome. Read More
Two years and one day ago, on my 21st birthday, my little sister Emma, as a present for me, drew me the coolest sketches of a bunch of the characters in my book, Trash Can Days: A Middle School Saga. At the time, my novel was basically just a second draft--waaay far removed from publication--and so those drawings were the first real, actual glimpse I got into my story's potential as something that wouldn't just be living inside my brain for eternity. Read More
Rabbit Rabbit, everybody! Happy October! And, most importantly, Happy Trash Can Days: A Middle School Saga COVER REVEAL DAY!!!!! Below, you'll find the cover art for my debut novel. Yes, it is real and it is spectacular. I cannot stop looking at it. I love looking at this cover as much as I have loved looking at any thing ever (I've never had a baby so it's okay to say this). Read More
Hi, Future Readers!
A long time ago, I wrote a book for kids. A long time from now (10 months and 28 days, to be exact), it will come out. In between those two times, I have gotten and will get a ton of questions about my book.
However, I have received several other questions about my book, some very worthy questions, and so I thought it would be worth a blog post to address these questions so that in the future, anybody who wants to can just check my website for the answers at any time they want.Now, of course, when people find out I’ve written a kids’ novel, most of their questions go along the lines of, “Is it about sexy vampire teens? Is it about lusty werewolf tweens? Is it about ugly Minotaur babies?” (Answers: no, no, YES.) Read More
Hi, Rabid Consumers!
So I don't know whether it's because of the recent Mad Men finale, my bizarre addiction to the actually-kinda-boring reality show The Pitch, or the fact that the NBA Playoffs have forced me to watch live ads for the first time since, like, 1999, but I've been thinking about commercials a lot lately. Read More
Hi, people snooping in my diary!
So all truly great works of art must have sequels. The Old Testament had the New Testament, The Lion King had The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, and Da Vinci's Mona Lisa had Julia Roberts' Mona Lisa Smile. Read More