Book Review: Flash Burnout

Flash Burnout is a perfect YA book. Well, the story is perfect. I’m not digging the cover so much. And, while the jacket copy was clever, it didn’t give me an accurate sense of the story – the frame of the story, yes, but the heart of the story, no. I may not have readContinue reading “Book Review: Flash Burnout”

Jody Sparks Alphabet Z

Here it is: My alphabet conclusion. And because Erin started this meme, I’m ending it the way she did! Z is for Zero. Here is a list of things I’ve done zero times: (Anything with a star means that even though I haven’t done them, I’d like to.)     – Won a game ofContinue reading “Jody Sparks Alphabet Z”

Jody Sparks Alphabet U – Y

Spelling Bee update: We got there thinking there would be one more Bee before Nationals. Wrong. There was only to be one winner, and that kiddo went to Nationals. So, there was an additional amount of pressure. Eleanor made through two rounds, and went out on the third round with ROTUNDA, which she spelled Rhotunda.Continue reading “Jody Sparks Alphabet U – Y”

Jody Sparks Alphabet P – T

Day four of the alphabet game. And speaking of letters, Eleanor has correctly spelled all fourteen lists worth of study words. Now we review. Tomorrow is the day, folks! Her favorite word is bolshevik. Mine is schnecke. And gesundheit.  And tchotchke. Anyhoo — P is for Precious. I think you can only pull off usingContinue reading “Jody Sparks Alphabet P – T”

Jody Sparks Alphabet K – O

Saturday Morning. Finished Flash Burnout yesterday. I was moping because it was over. Josh asked me if he should buy my flowers. He was only kidding in part. He gets it. Some books are like that. Looking forward to writing in my own book today. It’s nice to feel inspired. Now, on with the alphabetContinue reading “Jody Sparks Alphabet K – O”

Jody Sparks Alphabet F-J

Day two of the Alphabet posts. This is the perfect way to spend my time between waking up and the kids two-hour school delay. I feel edgy though, like I’m running late. And there’s the small matter of getting my car out from under the snow and ice. I think this day is going toContinue reading “Jody Sparks Alphabet F-J”

The Jody Sparks Alphabet

Challenge accepted!! The lovely Erin McCahan, over at Beach Notes is taking the week to post a personal alphabet in which she gives us snippets of her life and personality, letter by letter. She was basically like, “You do it, too. Or I’ll fill your locker full of Rice Krispies and ask your crush toContinue reading “The Jody Sparks Alphabet”

Off My Printz Game

I’m off my game, people! I normally try to predict the Printz winners and honors for the year, but the awards have been given and I haven’t posted! The Micahel L. Printz Award (< click for the complete list) is given annually to the best young adult book — like the Newbery Award, but forContinue reading “Off My Printz Game”

My Life As a Book Cover (4)

I think this would be a rad book cover. I’m totally this guy right now: A dopey-grinned, coffee-drunk, cartoon penguin. Mmmmmmmm. I have finally finished the…let’s call it…the Landing Zone draft. The one where you know the story is finally in place. For me this one took three false starts. I’d get 45,000 words orContinue reading “My Life As a Book Cover (4)”

Book Review: Gender Blender

I was really slow getting on the Blake Nelson train. I just read Paranoid Park last year. Didn’t even know it had been a movie. Still haven’t seen that, but I was in love his writing from the start. When I think of edgy YA fiction, I think of Paranoid Park. That book was dark,Continue reading “Book Review: Gender Blender”