“My tooth is not a ghost.”
“Ghosts taste like broccoli and cheese and flowers and the ocean.”
“They’re here! The shadow people are here! They want their daylight dinner.”
“I’m pretending to be a cat. Cats scratch furniture to keep the furniture from taking over.”
“When you roar like a monster it tickles my feelings.”
“Your voice is too low and booming for me. It needs to be higher and squeakier.”
“I have my toy shovel and I want you to help me bury up a person. Please?”
“Before I was born, when I was in my mom’s belly, I had nothing to do except play with her skeleton.”
“Dad, when you’re dead and I’m a writer, I will take your place.”
The great Kelly Murphy created cover art for A Properly Unhaunted Place, and I adore it. The book itself comes out next summer.
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I teach in the legendary kidlit-writing program at Vermont College, and this year I had the terrifying honor of delivering a graduation speech.
Here it is. Huge and happy congrats to the grads.
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The great and powerful Cynthia Leitich Smith moderated a We Need Diverse Books roundtable discussion between biracial / bicultural authors. The first post features Chrystal Chan (author of Bird) and myself. Stay tuned for more from Kekla Magoon, Jo Whittemore, and Yvonne Wakim Dennis…
Newbery Medalist Karen Cushman just published Grayling’s Song, her first fantasy novel, which adds actual magic to her already-magical depictions of medieval Europe. She invited other fantasy writers over to her blog for conversation and celebration. (Susan Cooper! Susan Fletcher! Anne Ursu! SUSAN COOPER! The Dark is Rising shaped much of my young brain…)
Ahem. My contributions are here.
K.C. Maguire, science fiction writer and graduate student at VCFA, asked me a bunch of crafty questions about speculative things. The answers are all posted here.
I need to talk about narrative structure in Hamilton‘s “Satisfied.” That song is an entire Jane Austen novel squished into five minutes and twenty-nine seconds. It undoes me. I must understand why.