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Mail’s Here!

The UPS man just dropped off a package. What could it be? Oh my! Let us see what's inside. Could it be... illustration proofs? Why, it is! Okay, okay, so I knew these were coming, but I didn't know they'd look so great! Before it sounds like I'm patting myself on the back here, I should point out that the lovely Trish Parcell at Random House cleaned up my pen-and-ink illustrations so that they would nice and crisp. I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out. Charlie and the Grandmothers comes out everywhere books are sold...

Tell Me a Grandmother Story!

The release date for Charlie and the Grandmothers is five months away! You'll be seeing a lot more info about the book as the weeks go by. In the mean time, we all know some scary (and nice) old lady stories. Maybe there was a spooky spinster on your block. Maybe you have a favorite urban legend. Maybe your own grandmother was suspicious! Or maybe you ARE a scary old lady! ;-) Share your stories with me in the comments here or on Facebook.

Happy Friday the 13th!

Hello, hello, everyone! It's been an age, hasn't it? I've been working away at animations and my second book and figuring out just what I'm going to do for 31 days of Halloween this year! That's coming up in a couple of weeks! Can you believe it? (By the way, thanks for all the heads' up on missing installments of previous years' 31 Days. I'll fix that soon). Speaking of that second book: since it's been a while, and you've been so patient, and since it is Friday the 13th, I'll tell you my working...

Skary Childrin and the Paperback of Sorrow

Skary Childrin and the Carousel of Sorrow! Coming in paperback March 12th! Go get it! What? You already have it in hardback and as an ebook? Then you'd best complete your collection! ;-) And because I know you'll ask: I'm presently wrapping up some edits on Chapter 2 of my next book. So another book's happening, too. But it'll take a little longer than March 12th.

Hold your mail!

I'm changing my PO Box! The old one is officially closed. I'll post my new address once that's all set up. So, if you were wanting to send me letters or books to sign, please hold onto them! My PO box mail will not forward! Stay tuned for the new address. More news: As usual, whenever I release anything, I get a lot of questions about Boy. Boy is still in the works, though I've had to put it on hold for other projects. Death & Elsie is something to keep you all entertained for...

El carrusel de las sombras: y los niños espantosos!

Oh, hey! I can't read anything on this site because my knowledge of Spanish is limited to a few polite greetings and half the lyrics to "La Bruja," but it looks like this is one place where you can purchase EL CARRUSEL DE LAS SOMBRAS: Y LOS NIÑOS ESPANTOSOS. If you know of any other sites selling the Spanish translation of Skary Childrin and the Carousel of Sorrow, let me know!

Scrivener vs. Napkins

I've moved forward on the third chapter. I now have enough notes that I can almost just paste them all together and call it done. You know, except it would be terrible. But the content's there! I've also realized that the entire fourth chapter according to my original outline is totally redundant now. That's what happens with these things. I've started using Scrivener to keep all my notes all organized and whatnot. Last time, I used several paper journals, index cards, sometimes napkins, Google Docs, and Word. Those work, of course, and it feels more...