Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Shaken... and Stirred

Earthquakes are kinda cool. I don't mean the really big ones that damage things and cause tsunamis and hurt people and stuff, but the little tremors that we feel so much here in Tokyo. They're more like little shudders than quakes, really, and it's interesting to me to feel the differences in each one.

Japan has about 1500 earthquakes a year. I am not kidding. 1500. Not many of them are severe. Some we don't feel at all. For instance, I didn't even know about the recent Hokkaido quake until friends and family from the States wrote to ask if we were OK. Quakes are so commonplace around here that they aren't really a news item. This one hit the wires because a tsunami warning was issued. Nothing happened, though.

Anyway, nature struck again this morning... about 3:30 a.m., I was shaken out of bed by an earthquake. I don't mean literally shaken so I fell out of bed or anything, but it woke me up and once I'm up, I'm up. This one lasted a long time - usually the tremors we feel last only a few seconds. This went on for at least half a minute. I could hear the house creak and doors sway gently on their hinges and could feel a little shaking, like someone was at the foot of the bed, jiggling it. That was about it. Everyone else in the house slept through it.

But for some reason, these occurrences leave me energized. It's like the earth is giving up some of its energy and I am a conduit to receive it. Plus, in my weird mind, it's exciting. I note the unique features of each quake - how long did it last, was it a jolt or a gentle shake, did it move side-to-side or undulate up and down?

I hope to never experience a full-out shake-em down earthquake, but for now... earthquakes are cool.

Monday, January 15, 2007

For Those Who Dream

We honor a great man today. A man who looked for a better world than the one he was faced with. On this day, as we reflect on the dreams that Dr. King dared to articulate, let's take a long, hard look at where we are as a nation and where we need to be.

My challenge for you today is to learn all you can about Dr. King. Listen to his "I have a dream" speech. Take his words and think of what you, as an individual, can do to make this world a better place.

Dare to dream. Then work to make that dream come true.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Big Bunnies

I'm not kidding. These hasenpfeffer are huge! Link to the story in a German newspaper lifted from agent Jenny Rappaport's blog.

Anyone else think it's kind of amusing that these rabbits, which are as big as dogs, are being bred for Korean appetites?


More News

Yes, there is a reason for the long silence. Leaving one agent for another is never an easy thing. Especially when the first agent is responsible for opening the door and letting you into the game. But, as these things go, the time had come to step it up, so, as hard as it was, I had to say sayonara.

However, it is with great pleasure that I announce my new agent: Elaine Spencer with The Knight Agency.

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007


Yay! I just got the green light to share the news with you all.

Announcing Wendy Toliver's YA sale to Simon Pulse!!! Her new book is titled "The Secret Life of a Teenage Siren" (working title), about a band geek who turns into a Siren on her sixteenth birthday. It will be published in Simon Pulse's romantic comedy line, fall of 07. Watch for it!


Monday, January 01, 2007


Happy New Year, everyone!
According to the Asian Zodiac, 2007 is the Year of the Boar. In Japan, anyway. In China, some translations list it as the Year of the Pig. Kind of the same thing, but kind of... not.

For one thing, pigs are cuter than boars. Cartoon pigs, anyway. And maybe potbellied pigs. Or little baby pigs...

On the other hand, what boars lack in aesthetics, they make up for in brute strength - and wouldn't you rather have your year dedicated to a strong, bold, take-it-to-the-mat kind of animal than your basic ham and bacon variety? I'm just saying...

Whatever your preference, have a great 2007! May it be your best year yet!