Showing posts from December, 2016


The kids are on vacation. The relatives are coming to visit. And you're not really feeling yourself--between the wrapping and the baking and toilet-scrubbing, you're not writing enough. Take heart, my beleaguered writer friends! Remember that the life you are living right now is fodder for the stories you will soon tell. Meanwhile, take heart in these writerly observations about this festive season. “It snowed last year too: I made a snowman and my brother knocked it down and I knocked my brother down and then we had tea.”  ―  Dylan Thomas ,  A Child's Christmas in Wales “It was the beginning of the greatest Christmas ever. Little food. No presents. But there was a snowman in their basement.”  –Markus Zusak,  The Book Thief “ I know what I really want for Christmas.  I want my childhood back... A child who is impractical, unrealistic, simpleminded and terribly vulnerable to joy.”   ―  Robert Fulghum ,  All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten "As w

Giving: Holiday Books

Some are spectacular new hardcover titles. Others are old friends, already-available-in-paperback. Prose, verse, historical, fantastic...all are highly recommended for the MG and YA readers on your "nice list"!


This weekend, I had the good fortune to go twice to the theater. On Saturday night, I saw KING CHARLES III at Seattle Rep, and on Sunday afternoon, I was wowed by the Emerald Ballet Theatre's NUTCRACKER. I always cry when I see that Christmas ballet not just because it brings back childhood memories or because I am impressed by the virtuosity of the dancers, but because I identify so closely with those teen ballerinas who have given their childhoods to their art and are now on the cusp of having to forego (or delay) a college education or to walk away from the identity they have so arduously, elegantly crafted for themselves up to now. Intriguingly, KING CHARLES III tells a similar story. It is a fictionalized tale of the ascension of England's current prince to the throne upon the death of his mother. Charles has been waiting in the wings for seven decades. Not unlike a young dancer, he has spent his entire life being cultivated to fill this unique role and so he must...of
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