Tag: Fill the Well

My UK book birthday!

The U.K. version of  This Raging Light came out this week. It’s of special significance to me for a couple of reasons. One, I lived in London when I was little

My beautiful family

and it’s one of my favorite places on the earth. The street art, the food, the fashion, and I even love the tube. Plus, I have lots of family there and I don’t see them enough. I have dreams of living there when I’m older.



But also, the team at Orchard is extraordinary. Beginning with the letter they wrote during the auction and continuing with a delicious dinner when I went to London, during which I discovered that my editor Sarah and the publisher Meagan could not be more spectacular people, and then most recently what I’ve experienced with their marketing team. It’s one of my favorite things about writing how lovely the people are who find themselves drawn to children’s literature.

My beautiful editorial team


Anyway, I’m so happy to be with them, can’t wait to get back to them, and am in utter admiration of everything they’re doing! So thank you, England! I’ll see you soon.

Fill the Well Friday 1-8-16

In the name of keeping myself and maybe a few others intrigued and entertained, every Friday I’ll post a few thi160104_r27495-320ngs that are keeping me fascinated.

So this week:

I read this article about Asiah Amini. I was feeling sorry for myself that day, and this article fixed me right up. http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/01/04/war-of-words-annals-of-activism-laura-secor. She worked to prevent stoning and underage execution in Iran and is now a hero of mine. Plus look at her eyes!


I watched The Kingsman. It was totally fun. You should watch it too, although it has lots and lots of violence in it, so be ready for that. I tend to be a serious person (see above) and it’s good to be a little silly. And also, there’s Sam L. I love Sam L. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XsJOnZaO5


I read this middle grade book, The Thing About Jellyfish. I have always been fascinated of and terrified by jellyfish, so I particularly enjoyed all the scientific jellyfish facts that did nothing to lessen either my fear or my fascination.  It was shortlisted for the National Book Award last year. This  was my favorite quote: “If people were silent, they could hear the noise of their own lives better. If people were silent, it would make what they say, whenever they chose to say it, more important. If people were silent, they could read one another’s signals, the way underwater creatures flash Unknownlights at one another, or turn their skin different colors.”  Isn’t that great?







I’m really excited there’s going to be a Deadwood movie. http://consequenceofsound.net/2016/01/saddle-up-hbo-confirms-work-on-deadwood-movie/ So yippie kai yay (is that how you spell it?) or cheers or whatever. There’s going to be a Deadwood movie!



I also read this book, There is No Right Way to Meditate by Yumi Sakugawa. My ex-husband’s girlfriend gave it to my daughter for Christmas (yes she did, at the Christmas we all spent together because we’re super 21st century and everything), and I immediately ordered the other two she’s written, Your illustrated Guide to Becoming One With the Universe and  I Think I Am in Friend-Love with You. This one made me cry, talking about the rock in my chest becoming a crystal and stuff. It took five minutes to read. I highly recommend it for everyone, whether you meditate or not.



And on the subject of writing, this one is excellent. Why the British Tell Better Children’s Stories. This reminded me I want to read the book about the Inkwells, C.S. Lewis and Tolkien’s friendship and writing posse. http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/01/why-the-british-tell-better-childrens-stories/422859


I haven’t been outside in days. Not really. It’s been snowing and snowing out and I’m not one to be all, yay snow! I like it because it makes my kids happy because they like to ski and say things like “powpow” on good powder days, and snow makes it even cozier to stay inside and read. But my grandmother was from Martinique and I think she haunts me and makes me extra-cold. So I’ll leave you with this picture. It’s where I live in my head. Next book will not take place in winter.



Happy reading and may your well be full!th