A few months ago, after I submitted my YA Joan of Arc novelization to yet another publisher and was feeling like I was moving into a wait-and-see phase concerning all my YA novels, I decided to turn my attention to picture book texts. I had already written a few over the years, but they needed a lot of work, and so I plunged into that, and wrote a few new ones, too. After a burst of activity that surprised me a little, I had seven completed texts, which I’m currently submitting to agents. (more…)
Tue 19 Jul 2011
I’ve decided to start posting recordings of myself reading some of my favorite poems aloud, and believe that there can be no better starting point than this poem of Wallace Stevens’ that is very much about the act of poetic creation and expression.
Fri 8 Jul 2011
Haiku Diem reached Day 365 today!
In my Haiku Diem blog post about this milestone, I announce that I’ll be producing a book of the best haiku from the past year, and that my readers will be able to vote on the final three to be included, and possibly win a free copy of the book just by voting. (Please do check it out, and cast your votes!)
Here, I’d like to ruminate a little on the other announcement I made in that blog post: that I’ll be changing the format of the haiku I write from 5-7-5 to 3-5-3. And I’d like to begin by confessing that, except for tomorrow’s haiku, which I wrote yesterday and which basically just announces the change in syllable counts, I’ve never written a 3-5-3 haiku! (more…)
Mon 3 Jan 2011
To see all my Lord of the Rings songs on one page, go to: www.FreemanNg.net/hobbitsong
Sun 7 Nov 2010
I’ve written an article describing a new Internet threat that can steal your identity on services like Facebook, Twitter, or web-based email if you access them over a public wifi hotspot. If you do any web surfing from your local cafe or from airports or any other unsecure wifi networks, please read the article to find out how to protect yourself!
Sun 29 Aug 2010
Thu 22 Jul 2010
I just learned that today is International Pi Day and thought I’d share this poem I wrote a while back: (more…)
Sun 18 Jul 2010
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Mon 1 Feb 2010
Or: “How the Internet has expanded what it means to be published.”
About a week ago, I read a piece by Andrew Leonard, one of my favorite Salon.com columnists, about Clarence Thomas’ crazy solo dissent in the recent Supreme Court decision on corporate political spending. (Along the theme of this post: I say “columnist” though you could also call him a blogger. However, what is a blog that exists as part of a larger publication but a column?) I’d long been aware that Thomas often stood alone on issues brought before the court, and realized that now was the time to finally write about it. (more…)