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July 15, 2014

It’s on Amazon already, so I’m overdue posting it here:


Oooh! Pretty! And I'm told it will have a sheen to it, like the purple Seraphina cover.

Oooh! Pretty! And I’m told it will have a sheen to it, like the purple Seraphina cover.


Yes, the wood-block print is by the same artist who did Seraphina‘s cover, Andrew Davidson.


The Amazon listing describes it as “a companion to Seraphina,” which is already causing a little confusion over on Twitter. Let there be no doubt:Shadow Scale is a sequel, plan and simple, told from Seraphina’s point of view. It begins about three months after the...

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June 30, 2014

So my lovely Madrigalians gave a concert yesterday evening, and it went wonderfully well. Each member of the choir was “piece monger” – meaning chooser, conductor, and ultimate arbiter of taste – for one song. That meant we sang as many songs as there are members of the choir, which was a lot of music to learn!


Anyway, it occurs to me that I can give you a virtual concert right here, or nearly. None of these recordings are us, of course, but here’s what we sang, in order:


Belle, qui tiens ma vi...

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Published on June 30, 2014 09:53 • 44 views

May 30, 2014

Ahhhh… you know what I missed being able to do while I was working on the sequel? READ. Ye gods. I felt guilty any time I did, and even when I had time and leisure it was hard to really dig into anything. I just didn’t have the energy and mental resources to spare, so what I read slid off me, water off a duck’s back (the exception being non-fiction, which I would read because it was relevant).


Now I am afflicted with Cookie Monster Brain. I don’t merely want books, I want to eat them noisily a...

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May 23, 2014

After three weeks of aggressive laziness, I find myself feeling all squirrelly and full of vim today. I spent much of the last week on the floor with a heating pad after throwing out my back; I’m sure it’s no coincidence that I’m feeling better today.


Long ago, my grandmother advised my mother to spend time every day sitting in a chair, getting used to being old. My mother, ever the contrarian, did not follow that advice, but that’s how I’ve felt for the last week, like I was practising senesc...

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Published on May 23, 2014 14:52 • 64 views

May 7, 2014

I read thisarticle at Paris Reviewabout a high school student in 1963 who surveyed famous writers about their use of symbolism. The impetus seems to have been an argument with his English teacher about whether writers put symbols into their work intentionally. The answers the writers give are varied and fascinating, and I think I want this quote from Ray Bradbury tattooed on my bicep:


I trust my subconscious implicitly. It is my good pet. I try to keep it well fed with information through all...

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Published on May 07, 2014 11:12 • 72 views

May 5, 2014

The sequel. Written. Sent.


All out of words.


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May 1, 2014

The jolly, jolly month of May! Here’s how I’m feeling right now:



Five days ’til Le Grand Deadline, darlings. I am so close to done, I can taste it. I really am ready to come up out of this hole I’ve been living in and go biking and singing in the sunshine.


Back soon!


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March 6, 2014

Because it seems not to have Februaried on this blog. Hm. Extraordinary.


I’m not really here. Or more accurately: I am here but briefly, giving myself a break from writing. As if blogging weren’t writing.


I hit my Jan. 31st deadline hard, with a hammer, and then I was tired. I rested for a couple-or-three weeks, until my editor started slipping me revisions again. They’re GOOD revisions, and I can’t underscore what a relief that is. However, that means I am in the throes of work again, at least...

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Published on March 06, 2014 12:24 • 103 views

January 23, 2014

Last of the Morris interviews! Elizabeth Bunce talks to Elizabeth Ross about Belle Epoque!


I hope you’ve enjoyed all of these. I sure have. The Morris Award will be announced with the rest of the ALA Youth Media Awards (the Printz, the Coretta Scott King, the Caldecott, etc.) on Monday, January 27th, in a ceremony beginning at 8am EST.


That’s 5am on the west coast, here. I’d whine about that, but I’m sometimes up that early anyway. If you follow that ALA link, it looks like there’s going to be...

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January 20, 2014

Hello darlings! It is time once again for our ongoing series of Morris nominee interviews, and today is my lucky day, because it’s finally my turn to introduce you all to Stephanie Kuehn (pronounced “Keen”).


Kuehn’s debut novel isCharm and Strange. Here’s the summary from Goodreads:


No one really knows who Andrew Winston Winters is. Least of all himself. He is part Win, a lonely teenager exiled to a remote boarding school in the wake of a family tragedy. The guy who shuts the whole world out, n...

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Published on January 20, 2014 08:21 • 74 views