"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." —J. R. R. Tolkien

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

See you in Vegas!

I'm off this weekend to the American Library Association annual conference, this year held in Las Vegas! I've never been to Vegas before, so color me double excited.

In case you'll happen to be there, I would love to see you! My schedule is:


Saturday, June 28th, 2014

AAP Children’s Author Speed Dating 
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Las Vegas Convention Center | Room N112

Pre-BFYA Feedback Lunch
11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m
 Las Vegas Convention Center Room N113


Sunday, June 29th, 2014

YALSA’s YA Author Coffee Klatch
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Las Vegas Hotel | Ballroom C

Signing The Emerald Tablet #477
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Signing Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life at booth #532
3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.


Happy ALA!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Featuring Stacy Nyikos and "Toby"

Today I'm so happy to feature friend and fellow author Stacy Nyikos with her latest picture book, TOBY!

For anyone who's been fascinated with the amazing journey that cute little sea turtles have to take when they hatch to make it to the ocean, TOBY is perfect. I admit that while reading the book, it found a special place in my heart. We watched the sea turtles be released into the ocean a couple years back at Padre Island National Seashore, and I couldn't help but think of those darling little turtles as I read TOBY. It's fun. It's cute. What more could you want?

TOBY by Stacy Nyikos (Stonehorse Publishing, June 30, 2014)

About TOBY:

Birds and crabs and crocs - oh my! - stand between Toby and his new ocean home. Can he outslip, outslide, out double-flip and dive them? Join this plucky little sea turtle on his adventures from egg to ocean.

About Stacy Nyikos:

In a quiet little office/at a comfy little desk/Stacy Nyikos chews on pencils/and scribbles silliness…when she’s not plucking splinters from her teeth, that is. Stacy holds an MFA in Writing (silliness) for Children from Vermont College. She spends her days chasing—or being chased—by stories. Toby is her latest catch. He sees it the other way around—catching her in the form of two very curious but courageous rescue sea turtle’s she met during a behind the scenes tour of her local aquarium. Either way, a lot of pencils got crunched writing his story.

TOBY releases on June 30, 2014!
For other stops on the Toby blog tour please check http://www.stacyanyikos.com/blog.html.

Source of book: From author at request

Friday, June 06, 2014

Thank you, Kirkus!

There is not much better than starting the weekend out with a **sweet** review from Kirkus for TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE!

"...the tension between Tut and creepy Horemheb is a well-placed and -paced plot driver. 
 A pyramid history buffs and fantasy fans will delight in excavating."Kirkus

Thank you, Kirkus!

Yay, and hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

A Shout Out for the Writing Barn

I just want to do a quick shout out to The Writing Barn, one of the most awesome locations for a class, retreat, or party right here in south Austin. My pal Bethany Hegedus is the owner of The Writing Barn, and I've been there for classes, parties (with goats and a rockabilly band), and just to hang out. In case you are ever looking for something like the barn, here are the official details!


The Writing Barn is a retreat, workshop, and event space located in Austin, Texas. 

Writing Barn Presents events are designed to offer thoughtful programming to engage writers of all levels to continue to study craft, provide a safe space for experimentation, read and analyze current books, and to come away from the intensives with revision ideas, and tips and tools to take works-in-progress to the next level.

The 2014 WB Presents events are:

Full Novel Revision Week: YA, MG and More with Kathi Appelt, Shana Burg, Rita Williams-Garcia, and Bethany Hegedus  coming up in August.

The Complete Picture Book Workshop: Tips to Help You Write, Revise, & Sell with top-picture book agent Erin Murphy and best-selling authors Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick in September.

Along with special events, where writers of all levels are welcome to apply, we also offer Advanced Writer Weekend Workshops.

The goal of this AWWW series is for dedicated and productive writers (agented/published/or on-the-verge) to spend time with their peers, attending lectures and workshop to enhance skills and to re-energize their commitment to their craft as their career develops and changes.
Faculty lectures are on par with MFA programs.
We welcome attendees from around the country, and have lodging options for those traveling from outside Austin.

The 2014 AWWW series includes:

Advanced Writer Weekend Workshop, Writing Outside the Box with author/agent Ammi-Joan Paquette and author K.A. Holt in October.

The Art of the Sale: with best-selling authors Jenny Han and Siobohan Vivian in December.

The Book House, our new lodging will have bedrooms: Pulitzer and Booker on the top floor. These rooms will have two double beds. The Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz rooms will be on the ground floor, with two single beds per room. Each room has its own private bath.  Complete with a galley kitchen and a living room, the Book House has it all. There is even a wrap-around porch with plenty of outlets for writing outside.  The Book House opens in August!

Private & Group Retreats

With the addition of The Book House, The Writing Barn  7.5 acre grounds will sleep 18. The Writing Barn 3-4, The Book House 10, and The Cabin 3-4. Each building may be rented independently or as a whole. If traveling from out of town, consider a week long retreat, as we offer discounts for longer stays.  Peak season is winter through spring. Low season: the holidays and summer months.


Please visit The Writing Barn site for more information!