See You Next Year!

on December 30, 2016

 So, the next time I chat with you all it will be New Years Day, and I’ll be all about launching The Virgin Manny, and I hope you all love it! But in the meantime, I thought I’d talk about what I did this year, and what you can expect from me next year, and… Read More

The Heartbeat of Literature

on December 29, 2016

Booklandia has been a bit perturbed in the last couple of days, but instead of talking about that, I thought I’d talk about my release on January 1st instead. The Virgin Manny IS out in the next couple days, and it’s one of the Dreamspun Desires line. Now, I love this idea–I’ve talked about how… Read More

Newt Dewey

on December 28, 2016

Well, the world lost another one today. When I was nine years old, my uncle beat the crap out of me. We’d been wrestling and he was winning (because he was nineteen) and as I knelt at his feet, my hands behind my back, I spit on him. And he lost it, cause, well, gross…. Read More

The White Elephant Exchange

on December 27, 2016

Okay– I always suck at this. My family’s white elephant exchange is this weird little dance between the practical and the practical joke, and for the longest time it was the hardest part of my year.  The trick is to buy something that is both awful and wonderful at the same time. It shouldn’t be… Read More

Sweaters and Novels

on December 23, 2016

I have a couple of confessions to make. The first of which is that I’m not a very good knitter. Nice people will protest– people who have received my knitting as gifts will protest the loudest– but the fact is, when Rance from Winter Courtship Rituals of Fur Bearing Critters said, “My knitting is simple,”… Read More


on December 22, 2016

Okay– so, we’re down to piles and fudge. I know that doesn’t sound exciting, but “piles” is where we sort all of the presents and see how much stuff our kids actually have. Because when you’re throwing it in the cart and trying to keep track of everybody it either A. Feels like way too… Read More

Christmas Shopping–Mate and I

on December 20, 2016

“Okay, so Squish gets the–“ “We already got her the—“ “But what do we have at home?” “I forget– did you get ZoomBoy the–“ “I thought you got him the–“ “But what did you order from the place?” “Do they both get clothes?” “Do they both need clothes?” “But they always get clothes–and pajamas!” “Pajamas!… Read More

And Oh Crap!

on December 19, 2016

So– I’ve been getting to the part of my year where, periodically, I have a quiet moment, gaze serenely into space, and suddenly shout, “Oh crap!” Because one more damned thing didn’t get done. Goddammit and oh crap. So, while I run around and finish an edit and write my Christmas letter so we can… Read More

Past and present

on December 16, 2016

I had a totally different plan for this blog… And then I discovered I could pull up blog pictures from ten years ago and it all went to hell. Aren’t my babies beautiful, back when they were babies? I can’t wait to show them these pictures tomorrow. *sniffle* After I’ve sobbed my eyes out. I’ve… Read More

Just a Little Guilty

on December 15, 2016

Okay– falling asleep, so this is gonna go quick: *  Finished Red Fish, Dead Fish– it’s almost 100K, and it’s a sequel to Fish Out of Water. Woot! *  Attended ZoomBoy’s choir recital tonight–where I was not only impressed with my offspring, but also impressed at how wonderfully all those middle schoolers sang when most… Read More