Archive for June, 2009

I hang out in the bookstore cafe a lot, writing, reading, just generally chilling out. My favorite spot, thus far, is the Barnes and Noble in Vernon Hills. The people who work there are awesome, and it’s a big B&N so there’s plenty of opportunity for one of my other favorite activities: people-watching. Or, in this case, people-listening.

Writers are, I think, natural eavesdroppers. It’s not intended maliciously, of course, but I think we’re just eternally curious and hearing snippets of lives going on around us is intriguing. We fill in the gaps with what we think the story should …

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I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about the process of writing. I’m always looking to understand my own process better and learn something new, some way of making this even just the tiniest bit easier.

My friend Isabo Kelly and I have discussed this several times, and I think the analogy we came up with holds true. Writing a book is like finding your way across an unfamiliar room filled with furniture…in the dark. You stumble into things, bark your shins, get stuck in a corner, yell for help, and finally eventually make your way through it. But, …

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Alona and Will’s story will continue! Disney-Hyperion, my publisher, bought the sequel, which is called Princess Poltergeist, and a third book in the series. I am SO excited! 😀

The official blurb is below (my thanks to my friend and fellow author, Juliana Stone, for sending this to me):

Stacey Kade’s PRINCESS POLTERGEIST and an untitled sequel, continuing the story that starts in the forthcoming GHOST AND THE GOTH, about a newly-dead homecoming queen and the tragically uncool spirit guide she has to work with in order to get “to the other side”, to Christian Trimmer at Hyperion Children’s, in …

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I’ve been a fan of Chuck Taylors (some of you may know them as Converse) since my sophomore year in college when I bought my first pair (w/blue and green plaid flannel…hey, it was the mid-nineties and flannel, baby, was hot!) My dad was amused. They were very retro to him because, as a kid growing up in the 50s and 60s, that’s what he wore.

So imagine my delight when I was browsing the web (read: procrastinating) and found that you can make your own custom Chucks! You can pick the colors, the pattern (no, thank you) and even …

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