Libraries are obsolete — NOT!

Libraries are obsolete — NOT!

When politicians with a mandate to make cuts cast their eyes on libraries, we need to rise up and shout. Why? Because far from being stacks of dusty books with people reading quietly within, libraries have evolved into what some call “knowledge hubs” or...
Birds, bees and boys

Birds, bees and boys

When your son (or boys in your classroom) are within reach of puberty, who initiates The Talk? Who teaches them about the birds and bees? Does their sex education include a chat about porn? It should. In his book Man, Interrupted, author Philip Zimbardo speculates...

Help me help refugees

I have a new hobby in between writing young-adult books and doing school presentations: helping refugees adapt to life in their new country. I’m on a steering committee* that is fundraising to provide English as a Second Language classes to newly arrived Syrian...

My new book cover: Bungee Jump

Announcing (drum roll…) my UPCOMING release, which is for ages 10-14: Bungee Jump with Orca Currents. It will be out September 2016, but you can pre-order it as of now, and see the cover (above). Thirteen-year-old Chris and his family are setting up a bungee...
Prevent rejection: Four fiction-writing lessons (IV of IV)

Prevent rejection: Four fiction-writing lessons (IV of IV)

How to revise in fiction for too much telling, not enough showing: “before” and “after” examples My intro as published earlier… I try to post each Wednesday. The bad news is that my latest manuscript has been gathering rejections. The...
Prevent rejection: Four fiction-writing lessons (II of IV)

Prevent rejection: Four fiction-writing lessons (II of IV)

 Stay current with teen talk: “before” and “after” examples My intro as published earlier… I try to post each Wednesday. The bad news is that my latest manuscript has been gathering rejections. The good news is that the rejections have...
Prevent rejection: Four fiction-writing lessons (I of IV)

Prevent rejection: Four fiction-writing lessons (I of IV)

How to lighten up your writing & characters: “before” and “after” examples. As posted last week, my intro…. The bad news is that my latest manuscript has been gathering rejections. The good news is that the rejections have come with...

Prevent rejection: Four fiction-writing lessons

The bad news is that my latest manuscript has been gathering rejections. The good news is that the rejections have come with consistent feedback. That’s rare and highly useful, and therefore something to appreciate as I, by necessity, must now transition from writing...
The teen-editor challenge

The teen-editor challenge

Calling all middle-school and high school teachers, and teen boys interested in applying to be my next teen editor. Dear teachers: Do you have a male student who likes to read, perhaps even aspires to be a writer or editor, and who is assertive (isn’t afraid to...