Going quiet

I want to write a bit here about taking a break from social media — which I’m doing through November at least. Maybe longer. What I love about social media: feeling connected to distant friends. Being able to educate myself … Keep reading


It got to be October. A lot has happened that I haven’t written about here. I did a bunch of traveling. Here are a few worn surfaces I saw in Covington, Kentucky.     Also a couple of ominous panels from … Keep reading

Status update.

When you’re dealing with difficult things but they’re the same difficult things you’ve been dealing with for years, and you sort of want to talk about them but you’re also tired of hearing yourself talk about them, and you send … Keep reading

I don’t know the photographer to credit for this image. (If anyone reading this does, let me know.) I saw it at, yes, an estate sale, and didn’t buy it, but wanted to remember it. Now you can too. Those … Keep reading

back from Emerald City

I am incapable of taking the train without also taking photos out the window while it’s in motion. Emerald City was terrific as usual. Highlights this year, aside from lovely interactions across the table, included the excellent meetup organized by … Keep reading

Emerald City Comicon

I’ll be tabling at the always-lovely Emerald City Comicon, along with Periscope Studio comrades, in booth #1214. Still figuring out exactly what all I’m bringing, but I’ll definitely have lots of copies of Bad Houses, a Comic Book Tattoo or two, & assorted … Keep reading

PDX Cocoon

Is there anything more relevant to the interests of a YA author than an evening of hearing teenagers tell stories about risk? PDX Cocoon: stories by Portland youth is brand new; last night was the first performance. Lead producer Nico … Keep reading

Four things for February

1. Saw a friend recently, and he asked, “What’ve you been up to?” I paused, shrugged, and we both started laughing. He’s a writer too; we agreed that when you’re not necessarily wanting to talk in great detail about what … Keep reading


The lump in this photo is my cat in his current favorite location, under blankets. Which, right, technically is not subterranean per se as he is not actually underground, but work with me. Things are happening below the surface. Have been … Keep reading

Books I received as gifts.

Books have always been my favorite items to give and receive. This holiday friends & family presented me with the following: Evasion, described by The Insurgent as “many beautiful stories about surviving in voluntary squalor that are human and touching, yet liberatory … Keep reading


Some recent reading: Long Division, Kiese Laymon. Also his essay, “My Vassar College Faculty ID Makes Everything OK.” The Cosmopolitan Canopy, Race and Civility in Everyday Life, Elijah Anderson. “Riots and Reason,” Tressie MacMillan Cottom. “The Pain of the Watermelon Joke,” Jacqueline … Keep reading

Home from Austin

I just got back from YALSA’s YA Literature Symposium. Although this photo is from a few weeks ago and today I’m wearing a different hoodie, me and the cat are in a similar position as I type this. Here are … Keep reading

5 things

1. I’m working in a new space, in my old neighborhood which I haven’t had much occasion to frequent in the decade-plus since I’ve lived there. So the commute puts me in a weird mental state: focused simultaneously on the … Keep reading

En route

…to Seattle as I type, for an event tomorrow at the Oak Harbor Library with Lish McBride that I’m looking forward to.  Have been finalizing details for other events, too — some comics writing classes for teens at Columbus Metropolitan … Keep reading

Rose City

I’ll be a guest at Rose City Comic Con September 20-21st, mostly at booth #1217/1233, signing at the Dark Horse booth #701 on Sunday at 1 pm. Come say hi! If you get a copy of Bad Houses I will draw … Keep reading