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March 7, 2013

Short Version:
I just sold a picture book that I wrote for Kaden while pacing the hospital.

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Published on March 07, 2013 14:46 • 863 views

December 31, 2012

As anyone who follows me online anywhere knows, my spouse & I have spent the past year working toward adopting.

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Published on December 31, 2012 07:32 • 745 views

November 6, 2012

In June, I was in the desert with family & friends. Our friends hadn't seen the desert yet, but they trusted me enough to agree to go (even though it was a little hotter than perhaps I'd mentioned). Luckily, they loved it :) We had fairly normal goals (hike, rock climbing for spouse & kids, & general unwinding) and a checklist of Want To See (sheep, coyote, rock art, roadrunner).
Day 2, 6am, on the trailhead: We meet a very friendly man who stops & says "you might still be able to catch the sheep."Day 3, 5am, trailhead: Sheep!!! Coyote!!! Friendly Man. He is washing rocks along the trail to help remove the taint of careless visitors. We christen him "Desert Man." I think it may be a little odd to crush on a man almost twice my age, but I have a historical weakness for Senior Citizens. Seriously, if someone is over 65, I forgive 99% of anything. Cut me off? Call me "sugar buns" (no joke, when I was bartending) or "Wench"? It's ok. Be terribly rude? Still ok.Day 4, 5am: No sheep. No Desert Man. I am sad. Still, we hiked to an oasis that was pretty awesome.Day 5, 5:30am: Desert Man is tucked into a nook between rocks. I am inordinately excited to see his skinny legs and long grey hair. He invites me to a nearby rock, & we sit in the sun watching the world, talking about life and coyotes while my family members clamber over small cliffs with a speed that make me unable to watch. I ask for his address to send him a thank you for the sheep tips. Desert Man tells me he's decided he approves of me and offers a secret.DM: "Have you ever seen petroglyphs?"
M: Only twice.
DM: "There is a secret cave here."
M: Nearby? *gets maps from backpack*
DM: Oh, it's not on maps. There is no marked trail. We unmarked it. *he laughs* A few times.
M: Oh.
DM: I will trust you though. *gives directions that include climbing through things & scrabbling up a edge*
M: *Calls over friend. Gets repeat of directions.*

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Published on November 06, 2012 13:49 • 396 views

October 23, 2012

HISTORY:
In 2005, I started writing a book for my then-12-year-old daughter, Asia (who is now freshman at university!). That book sprung from a short story ("The Sleeping Girl & The Summer King") I wrote in 2004 (which is now published in my Faery Tales & Nightmares collection). The story became a novel (Wicked Lovely) & then a book series & then had short stories and a manga series and a film option.  

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Published on October 23, 2012 10:57 • 474 views

August 16, 2012

Now that the EW exclusive has expired, I can embed the book trailer here:

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Published on August 16, 2012 15:09 • 418 views

August 14, 2012

So the book trailer I've been so excited to share is OUT now.  It's exclusively on Entertainment Weekly right now, so I can't embed it.  You, however, can see it if you want. Just go here: 

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Published on August 14, 2012 17:36 • 535 views

August 3, 2012

I've talked some about the Carnival trailer, but I'm now allowed to share more information.  The trailer was created by a film team (Noorderwind Productions) that included script writer, director, professional fight choreographers, costume & set design, film editors, effects team, fire twirler, glass ball artist ... It was an incredible group of people, and I had the great fortune of getting to chat with them almost daily sometimes as the project unfolded.

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Published on August 03, 2012 10:23 • 195 views
I've talked some about the Carnival of Souls trailer, but I'm now allowed to share more information.  The trailer was created by a film team (Noorderwind Productions) that included script writer, director, professional fight choreographers, costume & set design, film editors, effects team, fire twirler, glass ball artist ... It was an incredible group of people, and I had the great fortune of getting to chat with them almost daily sometimes as the project unfolded.

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Published on August 03, 2012 10:23 • 514 views

August 1, 2012

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Published on August 01, 2012 15:08 • 617 views

July 26, 2012

If you are looking to say hello, I'll be out & about from Philly to Alaska in September. Aside from the events that month, my only other event for 2012 is in November. [NOTE: No, I am not adding anything else in 2012.] Below is my travel overview. Below THAT is my release schedule as of now.

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Published on July 26, 2012 10:13 • 322 views