Surfin' Spy Mice

August 10th, 2009

nenelogoFun!  I just found out that my book Spy Mice: The Black Paw has been nominated for a 2010 Nene Award in Hawaii!  Kids in fourth through sixth grade all over the Aloha State will read the books on the recommended list this coming school year, and then vote on their favorites next spring.

Several friends are on the list, too, which makes me even happier — including fellow Oregonians Rosanne Parry, for her fabulous debut novel Heart of a Shepherd, and Graham Salisbury, for his hilarious Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet.  Congratulations, everyone!

It's reigning Julia

August 8th, 2009

2009_julie_and_julia_001Just in the door from seeing “Julie & Julia” — in a word, divine!  Meryl Streep is amazing; they might as well just hand her the Academy Award right now.  Stanley Tucci more than held his own, and Amy Adams was adorable as always.

The HP (Handsome Prince, my mother’s code name for my husband) took me out for French fries afterwards — Five Guys, of course, he knows me well.  OK, so a patio table on a sidewalk in Beaverton, Oregon isn’t quite the same as a corner booth in a bistro in Paris, France.  We pretended to be Paul and Julia anyway…

Still waters

August 3rd, 2009

I’m a still water girl.  Always have been, always will be.  For other people, the crash of the surf does it, or the thrill of the rapids.  Not me.  Give me a quiet lake in the mountains and I am a happy camper (literally).  Add a canoe or a kayak and I’m ecstatic.

Here’s one of my favorite spots in the whole world:

Oregon's Best Kept Secret

Nice,  huh?  I’ve been day-dreaming about it a lot recently — especially when temperatures here in Portland soared to a HUNDRED AND SIX degrees last week! 

If all goes as planned, we’ll be there in a little over a month.  But I have whole lot of writing to do before then.  So I’ll get back to work now.

OK, I can’t resist.  One more picture:

Oregon's Best Kept Secret 2

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