Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I love kids

From a fan:

I think you've noticed that I like stories with stolen items or pets in it.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Another reason...

...to know your characters well:

Your dialogue will be better.

I just wrote:

"I bet Levi and them were lying," Stella said.

And when I was typing that into the computer, it hit me right away that it was wrong.

What Stella would say is:

"I bet Levi and them were fibbing."

[and that's such a good word "fibbing", isn't it?]

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Tooley Graham came to live with me!

The frog in my new novel, The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester, is named Tooley Graham.

He arrived at my house!

(Yes, that is iTunes on my computer. But I really was working. I swear. Just took a little iPod break.)

He's a puppet!!

Many, many, many thanks to my jewel of a friend, Grier Jewell. It's no secret: she's fantastic.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Monday, August 16, 2010

Another dress dilemma

It's official! How to Steal a Dog is going to be made into a movie in Korea!

So, now, which dress should I wear to the premiere?

(You might have noticed that I always use the same photo. That's because it's too dang much trouble to use Photoshop and make a new one.)

Here's the official announcement:

Asian territory film rights to Barbara O'Connor's HOW TO STEAL A DOG, about a recently homeless young girl who plots to help her family move out of their car by collecting on a "Lost Dog" reward poster for a dog she will steal herself, to Hak Jun Kim (200 POUNDS BEAUTY, TAKE OFF) and Samgeori Pictures by Sean Daily at Hotchkiss and Associates on behalf of Barbara Markowitz at the Barbara Markowitz Literary Agency.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Friday, August 13, 2010

Making progress?

I have moved on to my second notebook for my work in progress.

Ordinarily, this would be a good thing.

But this time, um, not so much.

Because I have a lot more writing in the notebook than I do actual manuscript pages that I'm using.

Which translates to a lot of writing not used.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Oh, no....

She did it again!

I finally gave up and hung it on the fence. Hahaha!

Ruby Ruby Ruby

My husband is a Lawn Guy.

He recently had some sod put down in various parts of the yard that were not Lawn-Guy-Worthy.

There's this one spot by the grill that he likes a lot.

He waters it every night.

Today we were in the kitchen and I noticed Ruby running wildly around the yard.

I commented, "Ruby is running wildly around the yard." Chuckle chuckle

Then I thought, "Hmmm, I wonder why Ruby is running wildly around the yard."

Uh oh

Don't worry, honey, I'll put it back.

Oh, dear, it goes in that spot by the grill.
I'll fix it.

There! Good as new! (Sort of)

Friday, August 6, 2010


You know my outdoor office that I love so much?

The wind blew the patio umbrella over and it yanked the glass right out of the patio table.

My "desk" became a gazillion pieces of glass beside the pool.

I am bummed.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Macmillan Kids

Work in Progress Check-In

On the Road to Mr. Mineo's has turned into a multi-viewed point, multi-layered beast that I'm trying to wrestle into submission. It's been a weird and fun process that's taken on a life of it's own.

My problem is that it has pieces that need to fit together with a very smooth seam.

Can I do it?

See that red index card? That one showed up out of the cosmos while I was having a memory of my grandfather, whom my grandmother called Mutt.

That orangish card is called Little Brown Dog. I love it. But can I get it to fit into the story? I must. I will.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Queen Ann's Lace

This is one of my favorite flowers ever. So many childhood memories. Now I have one teeny weeny one in my yard. My husband will probably poison it tomorrow.

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A terrific new web site

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From the site:

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