We Are All The Hardest Working Man in Show Business

Yesterday, I started the 7-minute workout, the latest fitness craze made popular by an article in the NY Times. According to the article, “exercises should be performed in rapid succession, allowing 30 seconds for each, while, throughout, the intensity hovers at about an 8 on a discomfort scale of 1 to 10.” So, when IContinue reading “We Are All The Hardest Working Man in Show Business”

Win Tons of Books & Stuff at TeamTEEN Author’s Dare Day Challenge

Guess what, teamTEEN author fans?  It’s Dare Day again!  I know I said that last week, but apparently I jumped the gun a bit.  Whoops.  But the good news is, this week, you can enter to win books & stuff! To check out all of the fabulous PRIZES, just go to the TeamTEEN Author Dare Day Contest,Continue reading “Win Tons of Books & Stuff at TeamTEEN Author’s Dare Day Challenge”

Dare Day: In Which I Reveal My Biggest Celebrity Crush

Guess what, teamTEEN author fans?  it’s Dare Day again!  Oh yes, I already completed my qualifying dare last March (see below). But I’ve never been one to turn down a chance to humiliate myself on the interwebs.  And so, I present to you, my biggest celebrity crush. My Celebrity Crush Likes Richard Nixon! I guess I’m aContinue reading “Dare Day: In Which I Reveal My Biggest Celebrity Crush”

Household Hints from Hilary

If you’re a slob like me, it’s hard to find the time to clean house after a long day’s work.  Or ever.  And even with a semi-regular housekeeper on the payroll, the mess can pile up quickly (ususally from fifteen minutes after said housekeeper leaves up until the next time she comes). Except for thatContinue reading “Household Hints from Hilary”

Fiction and Movies and Blogs, Oh My!

Just got back from a whirlwind trip to NYC for Teen Book Fest, (where my speaking engagement didn’t exactly go as planned) then Portland, Maine for the Chidlren’s Film Festival (where my speaking engagement went better than planned).  But both trips were full of unexpected book & movie-related delights along the way. Delight #1 –Continue reading “Fiction and Movies and Blogs, Oh My!”

Ever wonder what to do with all those old VHS tapes?

Ever wonder what to do with all those old VHS tapes?  My 7-year-old son has the solution!  Just grab a hammer and start smashing, and soon you will unravel a world of hidden treasure. Did you know that it takes 3 minutes and 24 seconds to unravel one 30-minute VHS tape end to end? TurnsContinue reading “Ever wonder what to do with all those old VHS tapes?”

Cool Animation by Moss Moon

My friend Bill Long is a talented artist & animator & I’m proud to share the latest installment of his web series here.  Those of you who know me may recognize the voice of Zara, the hottie on bass.  Too bad the non-animated version of me doesn’t look that good in a purple micro-mini. 😉Continue reading “Cool Animation by Moss Moon”

Come to the Dark Side: Ten (Moody) Must-See Films for Teenagers

Ever since Meghan Cox Gurdon accused young adult literature of being “too dark” in a Wall Street Journal editorial last June, authors, readers, and other people whose coming of age did not take place inside of a magical bubble of rainbows and unicorns, fired back, citing the innumerable reasons why teens enjoy dark fiction andContinue reading “Come to the Dark Side: Ten (Moody) Must-See Films for Teenagers”

Want to discover your life’s passion? The clues (you left) are already there.

I believe I was meant to be a writer.  And by that, I don’t mean my career choice was mapped out by the stars (but who knows?), I mean that when I look back on my life and the choices I made, it seems laughable that it took me until the ripe old age ofContinue reading “Want to discover your life’s passion? The clues (you left) are already there.”

Holden Caulfield Wasn’t Built in a Day: Why Writing Is Revising

The first version hardly ever works.  On paper, or in life.  Think about the first version of the adult you.  Got a mental picture of it? that haircut still gives me nightmares Just like you were not a suave seductress tossing out insightful yet witty bon-mots about the latest Terrance Malick film while you wereContinue reading “Holden Caulfield Wasn’t Built in a Day: Why Writing Is Revising”