Me and my daughter

I know this doesn’t have much to do with writing but I’m just so proud of my daughter Zoe, who is here singing Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” while I back her up on ukulele This was at a recent open mic night near where we live. Proud dad. 🙂


Amazing Fan Art

Fan Art by Jessica N, Bayside, WI – I Am The Wallpaper by Mark Peter Hughes

Check out this incredible fan art for I Am the Wallpaper, an amazing drawing by Jessica N, an 8th grader at St. Eugene School in Bayside, WI. I love, love, love it!

Any other talented folks out there with art to share? 🙂





Captain Frogman: A short, stupid, kinda fun movie I made as a kid

When I was ten I started making movies using my dad’s super 8 movie camera. This before digital cameras, before DVDs, before making videos was common or easy. The camera didn’t even have sound and I had to save up the money just to buy and process the film so we never did more than one take of any scene, even when things went wrong, which was often. Captain Frogman isn’t great art and it definitely won’t win any Oscars. But it’s a story project I did as a kid. Here it is in all it’s shaky, stupid glory. Enjoy! 🙂


“Lemonade Mouth Puckers Up” Named a Bank Street Best Childrens Book of 2013!

Proud to share that Lemonade Mouth Puckers Up has just been selected as a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the 2013! Hooray!



Is it just me or is the A Crack In The Sky future starting to feel less and less like sci-fi?

Heat-Trapping Gas Passes Milestone, Raising Fears

THE NEW YORK TIMES, May 10, 2013

The level of the most important heat-trapping gas in the atmosphere, carbon dioxide, has passed a long-feared milestone, scientists reported Friday, reaching a concentration not seen on the earth for millions of years…The best available evidence suggests the amount of the gas in the air has not been this high for at least three million years, before humans evolved, and scientists believe the rise portends large changes in the climate and the level of the sea…   (read full article)



Fan-made LM Book trailer

Just saw this, made by a fan. Nice. Many thanks!


Top 10 Library Book

This from the nice folks at the Franklin, MA Public Library. Coolness! 🙂


World Building

An early sketch for the cover of my futuristic novel A CRACK IN THE SKY by the amazing artist Per Haagensen

Some thoughts for writers:

In some ways the writerly concept called “world building” is just another way of saying “writing”. Still, no matter your story’s genre, taking the time to think through and organize some of the story-world’s details and rules up front can help keep the story coherent, consistent and feeling ‘real’ (and save you lots of rework time later). Whether you’re writing sci-fi, fantasy, contemporary realistic, or any other flavor of fiction (or non-fiction, for that matter), the following non-exhaustive list of considerations is intended only as thought-starters as you begin to organize and plan.

What is your story’s world?
A Few Questions/Considerations

Place and Time:

  • When and where does the story take place? An current-day town on an ordinary day? Future Earth? Another planet? An imagined ‘Almost-Earth’? A suburban garage?  Somewhere else?
  • What is the geography? Terrain?
  • What is the climate?
  • Is it a time/place that really existed? Is it totally imagined? Where do the real and imaged overlap?

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Interview Jan 31, 2013

I was interviewed by kids from the school newspaper at the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School in Franklin, MA on 1/31/2013. Coolness… (But I’m not sure what took me so dang long to get rid of that pizza plate.) 🙂


Music’s Powerful Effect On Our Teenage Lives…And Beyond

Mark Peter Hughes

When I was a teenager music was a big part of my life. It still is. But there’s something about the music we listen to when we’re in our teens that sets it apart, it seems to me. At that age music is more than just music, it’s a statement about who we are. We have lots of time for it—at least I did. Time to sit around and listen to a new album, taking in each song, track by track, lick by lick, lyric by lyric, over and over. Absorbing it until it becomes not only a part of us, but the soundtrack of that pivotal chapter in our lives.

I turned thirteen in 1979, so for me it was Talking Heads, The Cars, The Clash, Elvis Costello, the B-52s, The Pretenders, Madness. These sounds (and many others) are now like my own personal time machines, emotionally evocative with a specific power no other music could ever have for me. Even now when I listen to “Planet Claire” by the B-52s or “My City Was Gone” by the Pretenders, I’m a teenager again in a way that simply never happens when I listen to other music, even great music, that wasn’t of that era in my life.

But the music of our teens is more than just a source of nostalgia—and I don’t think I’m alone in feeling this. In ways large and small, the soundtrack of those years actually affected who I became. Really.

An example.

In 1983 I was at my friend Shawn Hainsworth’s house when… (continue reading)