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Thank you, Connor, for this awesome drawing!

Thank you, Connor, for this awesome drawing!

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Quote from Alexandra Horowitz’s Inside of a Dog

There is evidence of distinct dog breeds as early as five thousand years ago. In drawings from ancient Egypt, at least two kinds of dogs are depicted: mastiff-looking dogs, big of head and body, and slim dogs with curled tails. Inside of a Dog  (Scribner, 2009, page 48)

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I just came back from a trip to South Florida…

I just came back from a trip to South Florida, which is the setting for the Dogs of the Drowned City series. Though Shep doesn’t know (or particularly care) what city he lives in, the city described in the book is a fictionalized version of Miami. I got the idea for the setting while visiting […]

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A new direction…

In an effort to actually blog at all, I’m changing the format of the blog to focus on, well, nothing. And by nothing, I mean me and my life and more general things like what I’m doing and looking forward to in the writing world. Yesterday was the release day for my friend Megan Mayhew […]

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This is Daisy the pug!

This is Daisy the pug! She’s the inspiration for, you guessed it, Daisy the pug! The real Daisy is a crazy, little wiggly girl—and was especially silly when this picture was taken (she was a puppy!:). As she’s grown up, she’s become a lot more like the tough-as-claws girldog Shep meets in The Storm.

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The actual Snoop!

The character Snoop the Greyhound was inspired by this guy, the actual Snoop!

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Some things in our world are quite mysterious to dogs…

Some things in our world are quite mysterious to dogs…such as toilets. Shep called a toilet the “white bowl”. What do you think this Yorkie calls the toilet?

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A Quote from Alexandra Horowitz’s Inside of a Dog

Things directly in front of a dog’s face are visible to him, but they are not quite as sharply in focus as they would be for us… . In fact, dogs might overlook small things right in front of their nose [because of the way their eyes are structured]. Inside of a Dog (Scribner, 2009; page […]

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Exegesis of my Childhood Canon: All Dogs Go to Heaven

If there was ever a banner day in the history of children’s film (at least for my generation), it was November 17, 1989: The day on which both All Dogs Go to Heaven and The Little Mermaid opened on the big screen. It might tell you something that though I saw The Little Mermaid TEN TIMES in the theater, I don’t […]

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Not Your Parents’ Novel: Monster and the New Narrative

This month I’m blogging about what I’ve called “textual anomalies,” by which I mean the crazy stuff that writers are allowed to do in middle grade and young adult novels and pretty much nowhere else. Things like changing fonts to indicate a character’sdifferent states of mind or sticking a character’s artwork into the text or simply allowing a […]

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