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I am writing this from the small town of Tecate, in Baja, California, where I am spending a week with three women friends...away from snowy New England.  Here's a photo of the view from the terrace of our little casita:Tecate

As you can see, the sky is very blue and the landscape quite rugged. Two mornings ago, looking out from this very spot, I watched a mountain lion move across the tall grass in the open space behind the small tree. When I mentioned it to the staff here, they said, "Must have been a stray dog." But I know a dog when I see one. This was a large CAT, moving in the sinuous way of cats...the size of a German Shepherd, tawny gold, and with muscles in its shoulders...completely different from a dog.  Later they acknowledged that there have been occasional sightings...and in fact there are signs at the entrances to hiking trails alerting hikers to the presence of mountain lions...so I feel quite certain that's what I saw.

It made me want to go back and re-read Jean Stafford's book "The Mountain Lion" which I loved in the past, and I can envision exactly where it is, in a bookcase in my Maine house.

We began our trip here with a mishap, when one of my friends fell and gashed her forehead on the corner of a chair...so there was an unplanned several-hour visit to a hospital ER in San Diego, and now she has a Frankenstein-looking stitched-up wound, but is doing fine...no concussion, no fracture.

Linda Sue Park and I have been having an e-mail conversation geared around the Newbery Medal, with this year's selection coming up; it will be published on Amazon at the time of the ALA (I'll have to find out how to get to it)... already I would like to re-write my half of it. She was more eloquent than I. Bummer. Story of my life.

And though newspapers are sporadic here and TV non-existent, someone has told me that Katherine Paterson is to be our next children's literature laureate, and they---whoever they are---could not have made a better choice.

I'll be back in Boston next weekend and  briefly at the Horn Book booth on Saturday the 16th during the ALA convention for an interview by Roger Sutton, who will be conducting a succession of interviews with authors.

I have brought work with me and will go back to it now...

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Tracyene Monday, 29 November 1999

I agree completely for the books I'm reading for plot. There are others that I'm reading to relish the writing. For those books, the more description the better.

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Kate Monday, 29 November 1999

I just picked up a copy of Rabble Starkey this weekend. I read many of your books as a child (probably most), but if I read this one, I don't recall it. Also found a copy of Starring Sally J. Friedman as herself, which I definitely read as a child, and I remember Blume saying is one of her more autobiographical book. It's fun to read these books as an adult and see how my perceptions change. There's also usually stuff that I realized I missed entirely as a child. I find your books hold up very well for adult readers.
Also reading the second book in The Hunger Games trilogy, which is getting a lot of deserved attention. You might like to read them sometime.

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ojimenez Monday, 29 November 1999

Often, good fiction writing 'depends' on what is left out by the writer for the reader to 'fill in' in her mind.
An extreme example of writing that gives readers the maximum latitude for conjuring up worlds, feelings and emotions while savoring language is 'Poetry.'
Recently, I ruined the experience of imagining a character while reading a book when I saw the face of the actress who plays this character in the movie. (I saw it while web surfing) Now all I see is someone else's interpretation of what MY main character looks like, darn!
Cheers!

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Brigrd5 Monday, 29 November 1999

Lois, I truly enjoy your writing here on this blog. I could not agree with you more about the fine line between too much description and not enough. A writer who over describes comes off to me as insulting, taking away from me what I so enjoy as a reader. Thanks for sharing!

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Jennifer Elliott Monday, 29 November 1999

Just thought I would say that I appreciate the title of the blog post and some of your other ones as well. Very cleverly written as well as humorous (some of them).

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Krista Monday, 29 November 1999

Thank you

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Pat Wooldridge Monday, 29 November 1999

Great comments, Lois, and I love the account of the Nantucket summer visit and Breakfast In the Yard. Thank you for sharing that, as well.

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