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Pokemon Going

POkemonGo1I have captured 8 Pokémon, you’ll be pleased to know.

Surely by now you’ve seen troops of people wandering around with their phones, flicking their fingers on the screens and chortling. I have yet to master any subtleties of Pokémon Go, but no matter.

It’s a charming experience to see yourself as a character walking in a landscape that matches your own, especially when goofy cartoon creatures magically appear for you to lobby with Pokémon balls. PokemonGo2My whole family’s playing, naturally. It’s kind of like we’ve all agreed to… Continue reading

Happy Trails

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I distinctly recall sitting at my desk in my 5th grade classroom, looking out the window past the pencil sharpener to the green of the playground and longing for summer vacation. Soon, I thought. Soon I’ll be free.

June freedom still calls to me, and I luxuriate in the long sunny evenings and weekends of adventure. I hope you soon find yourself on a hammock with a book, on a screen porch with a frosty glass of lemonade, or in a canoe with a dog. Embrace the kid in your heart heart. Happy trails.

The Rule of Mirrors Is Out!

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The Rule of Mirrors in the wild. From left: Laura Smith, Nancy O’Brien Wagner, Caragh O’Brien, and Tomy O’Brien III. The Red Balloon Bookshop, St. Paul, MN February 16, 2016.

Yay!  The Rule of Mirrors is out!

My sisters Laura and Nancy and my nephew Tomy accompanied me to the Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul today to seek out copies of my new novel and rejoice.  I am so happy about this book!  

To all of my friends and family who have been so supportive while… Continue reading

Look What Arrived!

The Rule of Mirror arrives!

The Rule of Mirrors arrives!

My editor sent me copies of The Rule of Mirrors!  I have the actual book in my hands. It’s a thrill to see this novel in its final stage after all these months of labor and conniving. Thank you to my lovely editor, Kate Jacobs, for helping me all along the way!  

My brother Tomy O’Brien was visiting when I opened the package, and he snapped this happy photo. It was great to have him here to help celebrate. He even read… Continue reading

Why Do We Stay Up Late Reading?

To sleep or read, that is the question.

To sleep or read, that is the question.

The other night, I was reading Andy Weir’s The Martian, and once I hit midnight, I deliberately quit checking my watch because I didn’t want to stop reading. When I finally stumbled to bed around 2 a.m., with half the book still to go, I was exhausted but gleeful. Stealing time from my sleep is frankly irresponsible, but that doesn’t stop me. In a way, it adds to my pleasure because it’s a minor rebellion.  

Loving a book enough… Continue reading

A Long-Distance Visit to Topeka

Seaman High School Library Book Club

Seaman High School Library Book Club

A Skype visit took me to the Seaman High School Library in Topeka where I had a chance to talk with Marian Sweany’s most excellent book group this morning.  The seven lively students were full of insights and questions about the Birthmarked series.  It was cool to hear their observations about the reversal of the power dynamics between men and women in the first two books, and they seemed to think a fourth book is in order so they can see… Continue reading