Blog Love, Kiva, and Writing Workshops

Blogging is toil, and I've been doing it for 3.5 years. That's why love like this cyber kudo from Mother Reader means so much.

I was also delighted to find out yesterday that my friend Aline Pereira of Paper Tigers somehow managed to convince KIVA (an organization I love) to feature RICKSHAW GIRL as a recommended resource.

One of the best parts of my job description is to inspire other writers, young or old, to create a sense of place in fiction. I kicked off my fall season of author visits with a workshop last Saturday in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.

YA librarian Dan (who did an amazing job convincing a bunch of kids to show up on a sunny Saturday) has posted some of the products of that workshop here.