May 15, 2018

I'm in McSweeney's!

My piece, "Philip Marlowe, Zumba Leader," is up over at the humor site, McSweeney's. I am very happy about this.

(Don't know what Philip Marlowe or Zumba are? Check those links!)

May 12, 2018

The Oregon Writing Festival

Time for a dance off!
Last week, I was lucky enough to speak with 425 young writers who came from all over the state for the Oregon Writing Festival at Portland State University. It was amazing — I wish I could explain how inspirational and funny and heartwarming these students are, but I ain’t got the words. (Some writer I am!) 
Before the festival started...

*ulp* I'm on next!
I react in terror to a simple question about the airspeed velocity of an unladen European swallow.
"No, I said 'put your hands in the air like you DON'T care.' But you clearly *do* care. Security? Remove him!"
One writer brought her own copy of one of my books to get signed.
But I wonder if she's really read it?


April 12, 2018

I'm going to read a book today in honor of Beverly Cleary!

She just turned 102! And Cleary used to live near us here in Portland, Oregon. It was here that she wrote about "Drop Everything And Read" day (D.E.A.R.) in RAMONA QUIMBY, AGE 8.