“Making Things”

Want some insight into the creative process and a life spent working only for yourself? Well, I could blather on about it, but you’re better off reading this most excellent cartoon from The Oatmeal, which distills the whole thing down into about a 5-10 minutes experience.


Charity Auction for Sandy Victims

Hey, all!

As you no doubt know, Hurricane Sandy tore through my part of the world a little while back and wreaked serious havoc. I was fortunate enough to be untouched, but many, many people lost everything. Hell, two weeks later, there are still people without electricity!

The kidlit community has rallied to help the victims, and I’m doing my meager part. Through November 23, you can bid on a prize package I’m donating, with all proceeds going to the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

What are you bidding on? Well, you get a set of five signed books from yours truly, as well as a one-hour Skype visit to your school, library, bookstore, whatever. And on top of that, you can also request that I name a cop or a victim (your choice) after you in the third I Hunt Killers book!1

So, you get some cool stuff, and you help out some folks who really, really need it.

To bid: Click here and follow the instructions!

The auction kicked off at $30 and quickly jumped to $100. You have until November 22. I know times are tough and money is tight, but please think of the Sandy victims and consider bumping up that bid. Every last dollar helps.


  1. Sorry it couldn’t be in Game, but that book is done already!

Vegas, Baby!

Next week, I’ll be in Las Vegas for gambling and booze the ALAN conference. I’ll be part of a panel with Dan Wells (Mr. Monster) and Derf (My Friend Dahmer), talking about — what else? — serial killers. (Remember when people only ever asked me about teacher sex scandals?)

The panel takes place at the ungodly hour of 8:15am and lasts a half hour. Look, people — I’ll manage to drag my lazy, exhausted, broken-footed carcass out of bed to blather at entertain you. You can make it. Bring coffee and a bagel. And bring something for yourself, too.

We’ll be cutting up in the MGM Grand, Premier Ballrooms 309-311, and a signing will follow the panel. See you in Vegas!

10 Questions, 1 Minute (Not Really)

Earlier this year, my editor — the redoubtable Alvina Ling — interviewed me for a segment called “10 Questions, 1 Minute.” I was assured that no one ever keeps their answers to a minute. Which is a good thing because I definitely went over. What did you expect???

I neglected to link to the video, so I’m rectifying this now. From Winter 2012, here it is!

Memory Monday: Super-Temper and…John Green???

A couple of weeks ago, we saw an example of Superman’s ego. Now, sadly, we see another of the Man of Steel’s negative traits. Did you know Superman actually has a temper?

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