Sunday, September 30, 2012


     Hello. I Skype classrooms, libraries, writers and writer's groups. 

EDUCATORS:   My fees are negotiable but if your school or library has NO budget, I am free. Most of my sessions are between 45 minutes and an hour, depending on the age and needs of the audience. 

 I have written over 80 books for young people K-YA in the last two decades. My work has won starred reviews, kids' choice state awards, and Kirkus "Best of YA" featured/reviews.

Skin Hunger, a dark, complex YA fantasy was awarded a National Book Award Silver medal. 

I've been on faculty for MFA programs, critiqued manuscripts at countless writers' conferences, and have spoken at many of SCBWI's Los Angeles international conferences. I was part of an SCBWI mentorship faculty 2012 and hope to do it again soon. I will be in Monterey CA teaching at their festival of the arts this summer and on faculty for the Wisconsin SCBWI conference this fall.

So. Skype is not as good as being there in person, but it is still a great way to interact with kids and writers without involving planes.

More about my sessions for writers:
contact:  kathleenduey @ earthlink dot net

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Starting chapter 77

  1. Lunch break here:  I am on chapter 77 and am stunned by what is happening.  I really didn't see this coming at all. This is where NOT outlining can be useful.
  2. I did a blog interview on world building. This is the first half of the blog:  The second half:
  3. In the picture below I am staring at nothing.  I stare a lot before the typing starts.
  4. There is a reason there are no "author" reality shows

Adding this a day later. 

In Limori, the sun is just coming up. There are carts like the ones farmers use to carry potatoes to the wash tubs. The wheels creak, there is a hard plank for the driver to sit upon. The ponies cannot fly. There is no magic here, just a long, sad line of carts leaving the city. I think I know what they are carrying. Today I will find out.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Starting Chapter 76.  (Probably about three more to go)

Market Square is a din of voices, all of them full of hate, sharp with fear. Human history is clear on this: People who oppose their rulers rarely survive. So I am just trying to get my own hopes and wishes silenced so I can write the truth...whatever that turns out to be...