books, goals, illustration, MG books, writing

Best. Surprise. EVER.

The interns started howling with excitement today when they unpacked the mail--look what we got a lovely big box of!!! (Yes I can too end a sentence with a preposition.) I keep thinking about seven years ago, when I started this goofy little story in our creaky old house at the top of Cemetery Hill...and… Continue reading Best. Surprise. EVER.

books, MG books

Book Review: The Zanna Function, by Daniel Wheatley

Just finished another fantastic book by one of my fellow 2018 debut authors, Daniel Wheatley! The Zanna Function (JollyFish Press) offers a unique, STEM-infused take on a Harry Potter-type magical school adventure. There's so much to love about The Zanna Function. Mystery, brainteasers, diverse characters, a fascinating world that's part of the regular everyday world, but still… Continue reading Book Review: The Zanna Function, by Daniel Wheatley


Autosave Hell and other Writers’ Pet Peeves

via My top 6 writing pet peeves I just have to share this fantastic guest post by Amy Karian. It made me feel so much less alone! I didn't know that other writers have that thing happen where you've got three characters in a scene, and somehow the third one just...slides out of existence. (Amy… Continue reading Autosave Hell and other Writers’ Pet Peeves

books, MG books

Book Review: After Zero, by Christina Collins.

After Zero, by Christina Collins. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, September 2018. We all say things we wish we could take back -- the stupid joke no one laughed at, the mispronounced word, the awkward conversation with a crush. They're the comments that haunt you at night, the ones that replay in your mind's eye over and over until… Continue reading Book Review: After Zero, by Christina Collins.

books, MG books, writing

It’s here! The Haunted Serpent COVER REVEAL!

It's finally time-- I can show off the cover for The Haunted Serpent! I've been waiting FOREVERRRR (okay, several months, anyway): Ta-da! I'm also super excited about the copy my publisher came up with for the jacket flap: "Spaulding Meriwether just wants to make friends at his new middle school, but sharing his theories about… Continue reading It’s here! The Haunted Serpent COVER REVEAL!

books, MG books, writing

Haunted Serpent is in Booklist!

Waiting for the reviews to come in has been TERRIFYING, but so far, so good! You can't read the full text unless you have a Booklist subscription, but here's my favorite part: "Mitchell’s well developed kid characters and excellent caricatures (both written and visual) of the evil adult despots make this paranormal read engaging and… Continue reading Haunted Serpent is in Booklist!

books, MG books

Book Review! Tiny Infinities, by J.H. Diehl

Tiny Infinities by J.H. Diehl My rating: 5 of 5 stars From the jacket: "When Alice's dad moves out, leaving her with her troubled mother, she does the only thing that feels right: she retreats to her family's old Renaissance tent in the backyard, determined to live there until her dad comes home. In an… Continue reading Book Review! Tiny Infinities, by J.H. Diehl

art projects

The Groke.

Still trying to paint or draw every day! Today's is a little sketch of a mysterious creature known as the Groke from Tove Jansson's delightful Moomin books... (Created with amazing Photoshop brushes available at!)

illustration, silliness

Stuff from Ye Olde Sketchbooke.

I've been drawing every day most of the time, like every good little artist should, but for the last few months most of it has been for my book or my webcomic -- meaning I don't have a lot I can actually share just yet! But I'm trying to get in the habit of doing… Continue reading Stuff from Ye Olde Sketchbooke.

art projects

see, I’m posting again

I'm so totally sticking with my resolution this time!! *knocks wood, secretly expects not to post again for five years* Anyway, I finished another quick painting and thought I'd share. I'm experimenting with painting in Photoshop more than I used to -- I used to only paint traditionally and then do finishing touches digitally. But… Continue reading see, I’m posting again