From the archives

June 29th, 2013

The desk-cleaning and letter-answering continues.  Look what I unearthed today:

Ian and Ben 1993 or 1994

These are our boys when they were little snappers.  They’re in their 20s now. They claim that I used to dress them like Thing 1 and Thing 2 (from Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat)!

 

 

 

Fan art Friday

June 28th, 2013

So this week I’ve been tackling my (staggeringly ginormous) pile of mail, now that the first draft of my new novel is finished. I just love reading letters (and email) from my readers, and I treasure each and every one.

Here are a couple of fun items that turned up over the past couple of days.  They were mailed to me a LONG TIME AGO, and I truly apologize for the lateness of my replies, girls!

First up is an owl collage from Colette:

Owl collage(Click on it for a larger view.)  Isn’t that gorgeous?  She did it just for me, because she knows I’ve had owls on my mind recently. (You can read about that by clicking here and here.) Thank you, Colette!

As if that wasn’t enough riches for one week, I also received this totally fabulous drawing from Emma!

Emma's drawing

 

(Again, click on it for a larger view.) Emma is a third grader who wants to be a writer, too.  I think she should illustrate her own books as well, don’t you?

Thanks so much, girls!  And look for a letter from me soon…

Done and dusted!

June 25th, 2013

Good news!  The first draft of my new novel is DONE!

Fireworks

I sent it off to my editor yesterday, and am now footloose and fancy free for a little while until I have to dive into the revision process.

Well, OK, not really footloose and fancy free. You should see what happened to my desk while I was on deadline.

Messy Desk

Desk? What desk, you ask?

Trust me, there’s a desk under there. And you wonder what we writers do when we’re not writing!  We’re cleaning off our desks! Which for me, means answering the hundreds of letters (emails and snail mail) that have been piling up.

pile_of_mail

This is how I like to imagine myself answering my letters from fans:

fountain pen writing

Because in my daydreams, I live in Jane Austen’s world.

This is how I REALLY answer my letters from fans:

Typing on a keyboard

So for all of you who have been patiently waiting … and waiting … and waiting to hear back from me …

mailbox vintage

… hang in there — it shouldn’t be too much longer now!

 

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