Blog Posts Tagged ‘Natalie Standiford’

fall book bonanza

August 28th, 2010

Boy, oh, boy has it been a bumper crop of amazing books this fall. I’ve been lucky enough to read some of them ahead of time and now I’m going to list some of my favorites of the season in this epic fall book review—AND GIVEAWAY—post. I’ll start light and move on to dark. By […]

brief tidbits of awesomeness

August 14th, 2010

First of all: Check out this amazing drawing by Renee Combs. It was in response to my blog post about the bum deal YA gets in review pages (in response to a NYTBR essay about YA). I wrote a line “Wake up and smell the YA” and a bunch of people seized on it as […]

what is ya, exactly?

June 29th, 2010

What makes a book a young-adult novel, versus say an adult novel about young people? I’ve been thinking about this question a lot lately for several reasons. For one, one of my readers asked me if his book would qualify as YA because its narrator is 18 even though the narrator does some very un-18-year-old […]

high school—it doesn’t just never end; it never stops beginning!

September 21st, 2009

So, last week was a Very Big Week for all three of us girls in the Forman household. Willa had her first real week of kindergarten. Denbele started daycare. And I went back to work, doing a first read through of the draft of the thing that I’d been working on when I stopped working […]

baby steps

August 26th, 2009

A couple of very exciting things happened in the last couple of days. Exciting by the relative terms of my life as a shut-in (ahem, stay-at-home mom) with two young ones. And if I have not pounded this point enough, I will pound it again: There is no job harder than fulltime momhood. It should […]

gayle’s good reads

June 22nd, 2009

I know I should sign up for a Good Reads account, but I’m not going to. I did some old Beta version of a Facebook share-what-you’re-reading pre Shelfari thing a while ago. And I spent ages on it, updating what I’d read and writing little reviews. And then Facebook changes its apps and my reviews […]

the 3 days later and suckily non-visual bea roundup

June 1st, 2009

Q: What’s dumber than a writer without a pen? A: A blogger who leaves her digital camera at home instead of bringing it to BEA where she could take pictures of the fancy Penguin booth and her first BEA signing (swarming with people, not empty like I’d feared, Yay!) and her Penguin Peeps (I heart […]