Wisdom of Merlin: Bloggers Get Inspired

My upcoming book, The Wisdom of Merlin: 7 Magical Words for a Meaningful Life is being released on March 24th. In celebration, I reached out to a number of bloggers from all different backgrounds, and asked them to share their thoughts on one of Merlin’s magical words. The response was overwhelmingly positive, and I’m thrilled…

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A Letter to My Readers in China

In advance of the publication of The Merlin Saga in China at the end of this month, I wrote the following letter for my Chinese readers. If you’re in China or you enjoy reading in Mandarin Chinese, I hope you’ll consider picking up these new editions. Greetings to all my readers in China! China is…

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How Do I Apply for the Barron Prize?

Every day, kids all over the country participate and take the lead in extraordinary service activities to benefit other people or the planet we share. Are you someone between 8-18 who has spearheaded a service effort in your area? Or perhaps you are a teacher or other community leader who knows of a young person…

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How I Got My Start As A Writer

I have always loved the world of stories, ever since I was a kid. In fact, I loved stories so much that I even made up my own little magazine when I was in 5th or 6th grade. Unfortunately that little venture almost got me expelled when I decided to do a little exposé about…

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Halloween Costume Contest Winners!

There were so many marvelous entries for Best Fantasy Costume that I just couldn’t make up my mind, so I am awarding TWO prizes in this category! One prize is awarded to Ashley for her portrayal of the Mad Hatter, and the other to Tina (and friend) for their costumes of Schmendrick the Magician and…

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Dragons I Have Known

“How do you describe a dragon?“ Dragons are a frequent subject in the marvelous messages I receive from readers, and many of them have put this question to me in one form or another. Describing characters well is a great challenge for any writer, and the truth is I use the same three-layered process to…

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Inspiring Youth To Make A Difference:Announcing The 2014 Barron Prize Winners

Every person, no matter how young, can contribute to making the world a better place. The mass media gives our kids all sorts of negative, demeaning messages — telling them their self-worth comes from what they wear or drink or drive, not who they really are down inside. We need our heroes today more than…

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Encouraging Kids to Become Heroes: Ideas for Parents and Teachers

One of the things that you may already know about me is that I believe that all kids can be heroes; we can do a lot as adults to foster that ethic in young people. For my readers who are parents, I’d love to share some of my ideas on how you can encourage your…

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Welcome back to my website tour series exploring the “For” sections of my website. So far, I’ve covered For Readers and For Educators. I hope you’ve found these pages and the resources within fun and useful. This month, we’ll take a quick tour through the For Writers section. I’m often asked for advice on writing…

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Wild Magic

I love summer, and especially summer in my home state of Colorado. I spend as much time as possible outdoors hiking, camping… and just being. There’s nothing that makes me feel more alive and more at peace than gazing across a mountain ridge laced with sun-bright snow. The summer’s first wildflowers — yellow glacier lilies,…

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