Saturday August 29, 2009
Back to School!
It's back to school time! New pencils and new shoes. New teachers and new friends. I hope this year will be the best year ever for you. It's exciting and sometimes a bit scary-but most exciting things are a bit scary, aren't they? You might like to check out some of my back-to-school stories. Hopefully you won't have any swamp monsters in your class! Of course, if you're like Fred you're in a whole other hemisphere and are looking forward to summer vacation soon. Fred, I hope I get to visit your side of the world one day!
Hi Sonja, the book that Marcia and I wrote before I moved to Texas was Frankenstein Doesn't Plant Petunias. It was very sad when I moved because we didn't think we'd ever write another book, but we did! Now we use email to write together.
My summer was mostly about doing rewrites. My daughter, Becky, and I rewrote a story. I rewrote a story by myself. Marcia and I rewrote a proposal and wrote a story. Now, I'm rewritting my silly story. Wouldn't I love it if I could write it once and it could be perfect? Of course, I know the stories are always better when they are rewritten.
Speaking of summer, here I am at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I just went today with my family. Now, I only have one thing left on my summer 'to do' list and that's to work on a story idea I have. I think I did pretty well with my list. How did you make out with yours?
A big congratulations to my editor, Shannon. She was married today, so I wish her and her new husband all the best. Many blessings to you all, Debbie
Monday August 24, 2009
When I was little there were no DVD or VHS video players. The only movies we got to watch were on TV or at the movie theatre. Once a year, The Wizard of Oz movie always played on TV. It was a big deal and everyone watched it. It was very high tech at the time. August 25th is the 70th anniversary of the movie. Did you know that the Wizard of Oz is based on one of whole series of books written by a man named Frank Baum? In fact, a lot of movies are based on books. I must admit I usually like the books better than the movies.
John, I'm glad you like the Bailey School Kids books. Marcia and I were very lucky to have Scholastic buy the first one and then turn it into a series. I wish you and your brother luck. Marcia and I just finished writing a fun story together, but it's not a Bailey School Kids book.
Want to appear in a magazine? You could be in Storyworks magazine. All you have to do is read a book (one of mine, I hope), write 1-2 paragraphs about what you liked about it and a few details about what happened, send in your photo and you could be in Scholastic's Storyworks next issue. Sign your name at the bottom of your review and send it to REVIEWS BY YOU Storyworks PO Box 712 New York, NY 10013-0712. (Remember to include your name, age, teacher's name, school's name and address, and school's phone number.) Good luck!
Fred, is Xian in China or Australia? It'd be cool to go to either place. Are you in school in Australia now? In the United States, most kids are getting ready to go back to school (some have already started). If you've already started, I hope you're having a great new school year. ttyl, Debbie
Wednesday August 19, 2009
Yikes! It's me and Dracula. I'm hoping that's as close as I ever come to a vampire. Actually, this Dracula has wax in his ears. In fact, he's all wax. He was in a cool wax museum in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. I must like Dracula though because I've written several books about him. One of my favorites is Dracula Doesn't Rock and Roll.
Hey Fred, I think it would be so cool to visit China and stand on the Great Wall. Of course, you're a lot closer to it than I am, but I'm putting it on my to do list. Speaking of lists, I'm almost done with my Summer 2009 list of things to do. I had 20 things on my list and I have 6 more to go. (Did you do a summer list? How's it going?) I'd better get busy, because summer is zooming past. The LA Times did some book reviews by kids this summer and nice guy, Eric, did a review of Aliens Don't Wear Polka Dots. Thanks Eric! Take care and enjoy the rest of your summer, Debbie
Friday August 14, 2009
Hi! I just got back from the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. I got to hike, have a family reunion, and visit some friends. I'll be putting some of their pictures on my homepage and in my photo album. Helen, it's good to hear from you. See you soon. Jerry, I have heard of the authors you mentioned. Margarett Mitchell is one of my favorites. Yes Katie, Marcia is my best friend. Bill, it's hard to pick my favorite character from the Bailey School Kids, but I must admit that I do have a soft spot for Eddie. Sonja, there are several different reasons why some series are written by different people. Sometimes the author starts a series and gets tired of it and wants someone else to help them. Sometimes the author dies and the publisher asks other people to continue the series. Sometimes the publisher plans the series and asks if authors are interested in writing some of the books. That's what happened with 39 Clues I believe. I'm glad you like the Bailey School Kids books. Have you checked out Frankenstein Doesn't Plant Petunias? I was able to catch up with Frankenstein in Tennessee.
Fred, I have been lucky enough to travel to other countries, like France, England, Scotland, Italy, Greece, Croatia, Mexico, Canada, Beligum, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. I like to visit places to see how other people live. The most interesting thing I've found out is that there are nice people everywhere. There are many other places I'd like to visit, like the states of Maine, Washington, and Oregon; as well as the country of Australia. Is there somewhere you would like to visit? Best, Debbie
Sunday August 2, 2009
It's raining-it's pouring-I think we're getting flooded. No kidding, there's water everywhere. On the roads, yards, but thankfully not in our house. Hopefully it's not in anyone's house where it's not supposed to be. It just doesn't seem to want to stop raining. It made me think of Dragons Don't Throw Snowballs, where it didn't want to stop snowing. Did you know that story was based on a true story of a school where they actually did get trapped by a blizzard and had to spend the night in their gym? I visited that school. Luckily it didn't happen when I was there. (How would you like that to happen at your school?)
Matthew, I hope you're having a great summer and not getting too much rain where you live. Alexa, I love to write and don't ever want to stop! I'm fine (except for the rain!).
Brittany, your ideas were so funny, especially the poker one. I hope you and your mom are getting along better. If I was you, I'd be upset with your friend. But hopefully you guys are all happy again by now. Naruto, I probably can't use your name in a book because I'm sure it is trademarked because of the games, cards, and shows. Stay out of the rain and have a go0d week! Read and be cool. Many blessings, Debbie
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