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Kaddish: Before the Holocaust and After

Holy Cow! Press (October 12, 2021) ISBN-10: 0998601098 ISBN-13: 978- 0998601090 I write a poem a day and send them to subscribers for free, though once a month subscribers are supposed to either purchase a book or reread one of mine they already have, or borrow a book of mine from the library. Been doing …

Showing Up

I have talked about “showing up” before. But here are some further–though rather scrambled–thoughts about it. Being a writer–or any kind of artist–is essential a selfish activity. Note I don’t, as far too many people do, call it a “lonely” job. Maybe an alone job, but lonely? Not when I am surrounded by my invisible …

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Rum Pum Pum

So, David L. Harrison was posting on his personal web page about how when his son (now in his 60s I believe) was a boy, David had always promised to write him a story about a lonely tiger, but never did. And so I wrote back (also on David’s site) the beginning of the story set in India and after we had this open to the public several pages going on, I said: “Think it’s time to take this offline and really go for it.”

Bear Outside

Bear Outside turned out to be my first ever book with the famed editor Neal Porter and my (accidentally) 400th book. It has an interesting backstory. About five years before I wrote and sold A BEAR OUTSIDE, I had been helping one of my editors find an illustrator for a different bear book of mine.

Looking Back, Looking Forward

I had one grandchild with Covid (she’s doing fine, now, thanks). One in full bubble because her best friend had Covid. One son because someone at work had Covid. All fine. But the fear never leaves. And I will be 82 in February, Peter will be 84 in June.

So what do I do? I write.

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Plymouth Rocks

So the phone rings. My Charlesbridge editor said, “I have a book idea for you.” (This happens, but rarely.)

I said…”Okay.”
“In two years it’s going to be the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims landing on Plymouth Rock. Big celebrations and. . . ”
“It didn’t happen, you know,” I said, figuring she knew. She was a Harvard graduate after all.
“What didn’t happen?”

Interrupting Cow and the Chicken Crossing the Road

As I began writing the second Interrupting Cow book (likely to be six of them) about a chicken–a Rhode Island Red– and why it crosses the road (each one uses an old joke at its center…the next two are about an old dog learning new tricks and a horse of a different color) I realized that all of Cow’s new friends, her accidental herd if you will, are different colors and different kinds of animals. A virtual variety.

How to Prime the Pump

  I tell my writing students that the magic word is BIC: Butt in Chair, or for those who faint at the thought of using the B word, try: bottom, backside, behind, or  buhunkus. Then get off your fainting couch and get to work. Of course, just staring at the piece of paper or the …

Cover of Interrupting Cow by Jane Yolen

Interrupting Cow

A new line of easy readers (the next up from my Fish School rhymed books,  all for Simon & Schuster) are the INTERRUPTING COW books, This is the first, (2 and 3 are already written!) full of gag lines, puns. and each based on the interrupting cow plus…