October 14, 2016

"Oregon Reads Aloud" — the book!

This week, I got to be part of the coolest book event imaginable! It took place at Powell's Bookstore in Portland. Photos and video below. 

Start Making a Reader Today (SMART) is a nonprofit dedicated to improving children's literacy skills. And it just launched its first children's book, OREGON READS ALOUD.

The book features 25 illustrated stories—one for each year SMART's been around. Geniuses like Carmen Bernier-Grand, Gina Ochsner, Eric Kimmel, Barbara Kerley, Robin Kerr, Dale E. Basye contributed to it. The book has only one glaring fault—my story, "Paw-sitively Yummy." And even THAT outrage was salvaged by illustrator Carolyn Digby Conahan's superb artwork!

OREGON READS ALOUD is available everywhere books are sold.

The contributors (I'm in the back!)

At some point, every writer gets a message that changes their whole day.

This is THAT letter! :)

(Thanks, Patrick!)

October 11, 2016

October 10, 2016

How to Write a Dramatic Story in Four Easy Steps:

                1. Set the scene
                2. Rising action
                3. Climax
                4. Denouement

October 9, 2016

Hey, who put these @#$! tweets here?

October 8, 2016

This book always gets glowing reviews!

I can count on one hand the times I've re-read it. 

(It's seven.)
Thanks for the heading, Alexis!
The radiation recipe book