After a summer of rain in Vermont, travels to visit childhood friends on the Texas Gulf coast and daughters as far away as Paris and St. Louis, I've settled in at home today to begin reading and commenting on the first packets of the Fall 2008 semester of Vermont College. This moment is one filled with excitement and hope. I'm always thrilled to be one of the first readers of a book that eventually many readers will own and enjoy, writing that will be well received and loved by young people and that will have allowed a great deal of growth and self-understanding in the author. I'm all about going deeper in characterization and allowing the characters to lead the way into a plot that only they could have experienced. I believe this process takes a fair amount of exploration and acceptance of oneself and is as valuable as anything else this hard work earns.