I just had an awesome Skype talk about SCARS with Dee Schmidt Kramer’s students who read SCARS

I just had an awesome Skype talk about SCARS with Dee Schmidt Kramer’s students who read SCARS as an independent reading book at Silver Creek High School in Indiana. The students asked such intelligent, thoughtful questions afterwards. I told them they could ask me anything and I meant it.

And despite some technical difficulties – I couldn’t see or hear them on Skype but they could see and hear me – it went really well. Dee helped solve it in a creative way, using her cell so I could see the students, typing their questions in Skype, and one student turned Dee’s cell to landscape mode so I could see them all.

I enjoyed it so much. I could see them taking it all in, and caring about it. I delight in readers caring about books – and authors!

Petal also made an appearance! (laughing) She’s always by my side, and at the end when I picked her up and she rested her head on my shoulder they awwed. (Smiling)
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#authorskype #skypeauthorvisit
#deeschmidtkramer #SilverCreekHighSchool
#cherylrainfield #YAwriter #LGBTQwriter #booknerd #bookworm #ireadYA #survivor #feminist #YAlit #YAbooks
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I just had an awesome Skype talk about SCARS with Dee Schmidt Kramer’s students who read SCARS as an independent reading book at Silver Creek High School in Indiana. The students asked such intelligent, thoughtful questions afterwards. I told them they could ask me anything and I meant it.

And despite some technical difficulties – I couldn’t see or hear them on Skype but they could see and hear me – it went really well. Dee helped solve it in a creative way, using her cell so I could see the students, typing their questions in Skype, and one student turned Dee’s cell to landscape mode so I could see them all.

I talked about self-harm and why I used it to cope, and myths about self-harm; being queer in a homophobic world; being a sexual abuse survivor; and how I hoped to increase compassion and awareness about those issues through SCARS (and from reader letters, I know I have). I also discussed how much books have helped me, including publishing my own, and especially all the reader letters I receive, told them that my arm is on the cover of SCARS, and when one of them asked why I hadn’t written a book about Petal yet, I was happy to tell them that Petal is in my new manuscript! (grinning)

I enjoyed it so much. I could see them taking it all in, and caring about it. I delight in readers caring about books – and authors!

Petal also made an appearance! (laughing) She’s always by my side, and at the end when I picked her up and she rested her head on my shoulder they awwed. (Smiling)

#authorskype #skypeauthorvisit#deeschmidtkramer #SilverCreekHighSchool#cherylrainfield #YAwriter #LGBTQwriter #booknerd #bookworm #ireadYA #survivor #feminist #YAlit #YAbooks#YAlitmentalhealth #yabookrecs #bookstagram #selfharm #sexualabuse #trauma #healing #MeToo

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I also put up my Christmas tree the other day, and then finally decorated it today.

I also put up my Christmas tree the other day, and then finally decorated it today. It is probably too full of things but I love them all. I have fairies and unicorns and a pegasus; bookish decorations, especially kid-lit ones; superheroes; rainbows; and ornaments from people that I care about or that I bought when I was with them. And of course Petal! All of them have meaning to me. Some of them are for child parts of me that didn’t get to play when I was a kid, some of them are for the writer in me, and there are so many others. I think it’s important that we do what makes us feel good. So it might not look like a tree out of a magazine, but it’s a tree that feels right to me.

What kind of decorations do you like to put on a tree, or have around during the holidays?

#christmastree #writerchristmas
#cherylrainfield #YAwriter #LGBTQwriter #booknerd #bookworm #ireadYA #survivor #feminist

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I also put up my Christmas tree the other day, and then finally decorated it today. It is probably too full of things but I love them all. I have fairies and unicorns and a pegasus; bookish decorations, especially kid-lit ones; superheroes; rainbows; and ornaments from people that I care about or that I bought when I was with them. And of course Petal!

All of them have meaning to me. Some of them are for child parts of me that didn’t get to play when I was a kid, some of them are for the writer in me, and there are so many others.

I think it’s important that we do what makes us feel good. So it might not look like a tree out of a magazine, but it’s a tree that feels right to me.

What kind of decorations do you like to put on a tree, or have around during the holidays?

#christmastree #writerchristmas#cherylrainfield #YAwriter #LGBTQwriter #booknerd #bookworm #ireadYA #survivor #feminist

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I spent time with the four little girls this afternoon. I love them so much. And I love that they love me.

I spent time with the four little girls this afternoon. I love them so much. And I love that they love me. I try to go see them once a month.

I will visit them again on December 24th. They would happily have me over for Christmas but I think I get to sad and down on that day and I’d rather not. It’s been our tradition to have me over there on the 24th the last few years and I enjoy it. I love them all.

#chosenfamily #friendsarefamily
#cherylrainfield #YAwriter #LGBTQwriter #booknerd #bookworm #ireadYA #survivor #feminist

I spent time with the four little girls this afternoon. I love them so much. And I love that they love me. I try to go see them once a month.

I will visit them again on December 24th. They would happily have me over for Christmas but I think I get to sad and down on that day and I’d rather not. It’s been our tradition to have me over there on the 24th the last few years and I enjoy it. I love them all.

#chosenfamily #friendsarefamily#cherylrainfield #YAwriter #LGBTQwriter #booknerd #bookworm #ireadYA #survivor #feminist

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Dear readers, every year Toronto’s children’s bookstore Mabel’s Fables does something special

Dear readers, every year Toronto’s children’s bookstore Mabel’s Fables does something special – they invite booklovers to donate their favorite book to a child in need. If you go into the bookstore you will see hundreds of angel ornaments hanging from the ceiling with a child’s name on it who needs a good story. @mabelsfablesbookstore gift wraps the books and delivers them to Social Services in time for the holidays. What a special gift for a hurting child. If you’d like to take part you can call them up to buy a book for a child who needs one. www.mablesfables.com
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#giveabook #donateabook #booksmakegreatpresents
#mablesfables #toronto #thankyoutoronto

Dear readers, every year Toronto’s children’s bookstore Mabel’s Fables does something special – they invite booklovers to donate their favorite book to a child in need. If you go into the bookstore you will see hundreds of angel ornaments hanging from the ceiling with a child’s name on it who needs a good story.

Mabel’s Fables gift wraps the books and delivers them to Social Services in time for the holidays. What a special gift for a hurting child.

If you’d like to take part you can call them up to buy a book for a child who needs one. www.mablesfables.com.

And don’t forget: Books make great presents for the people you love.

#giveabook #donateabook #booksmakegreatpresents#mablesfables #toronto #thankyoutoronto

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It’s snowing out! Big, white, fluffy snowflakes swirling around. I love the first snow like this.

It’s snowing out! Big, white, fluffy snowflakes swirling around. I love the first snow like this. I love the big fluffy snowflakes. I love how it looks magical and beautiful. I don’t love being cold all winter and trudging through snow. But that first snowfall? It is beautiful.
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#snow
#cherylrainfield #YAwriter #LGBTQwriter #booknerd #bookworm #ireadYA #survivor #feminist
#petalrainfield #chinesecrested #hairyhairless #dogstagram #ilovemydog #ilovemychinesecresteddog #servicedog #dogmom

It’s snowing out! Big, white, fluffy snowflakes swirling around. I love the first snow like this. I love the big fluffy snowflakes. I love how it looks magical and beautiful.

I don’t love being cold all winter and trudging through snow. But that first snowfall? It is beautiful….

#snow#cherylrainfield #YAwriter #LGBTQwriter #booknerd #bookworm #ireadYA #survivor #feminist#petalrainfield #chinesecrested #hairyhairless #dogstagram #ilovemydog #ilovemychinesecresteddog #servicedog #dogmom

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I love the contrast of the dusting of snow on leaves. . . . #Idontmindthiskindofwinterweather #nature #thankyoutoronto

I love the contrast of the dusting of snow on leaves.
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#Idontmindthiskindofwinterweather
#nature #thankyoutoronto

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I just finished THE DELPHI RESISTANCE by Rysa Walker; it was so good I immediately bought the third book

I just finished THE DELPHI RESISTANCE by Rysa Walker; it was so good I immediately bought the third book in the series. If you like YA books with characters who have psychic powers, then you will LOVE this series.

This was another book full of tension, emotion, and great twists. I rooted for Anna and all the other psychically-gifted kids the entire time.

Foster teen Anna is a strong-girl character who works to save herself and others. She can take on the souls of people who have passed-and what I found intriguing and unique is that after she helps them move on, she retains their memories and talents. Anna is such a great, likable character. I also love that her foster brother Deo is bi. We need more LGBTQIA characters in books! 
I also love that her therapist is such a positive character, and love that the physically-powered children fight to free themselves from their oppressors. I found parallels between their experiences and mine as a torture survivor.

If you haven’t yet picked up the first book, I hope you do. They are completely absorbing, thrilling, emotionally satisfying reads. I now have a new favorite author. Highly recommended!

#rysawalker #thedelphiresistance #bookstagram #bookrecs #bookrecommendations #booklove 
#cherylrainfield #YAwriter #LGBTQwriter #booknerd #bookworm #ireadYA #survivor #feminist #YAlit

I just finished THE DELPHI RESISTANCE by Rysa Walker; it was so good I immediately bought the third book in the series. If you like YA books with characters who have psychic powers, then you will LOVE this series.

This was another book full of tension, emotion, and great twists. I rooted for Anna and all the other psychically-gifted kids the entire time.

Foster teen Anna is a strong-girl character who works to save herself and others. She can take on the souls of people who have passed-and what I found intriguing and unique is that after she helps them move on, she retains their memories and talents. Anna is such a great, likable character. I also love that her foster brother Deo is bi. We need more LGBTQIA characters in books! I also love that her therapist is such a positive character, and love that the physically-powered children fight to free themselves from their oppressors. I found parallels between their experiences and mine as a torture survivor.

If you haven’t yet picked up the first book, I hope you do. They are completely absorbing, thrilling, emotionally satisfying reads. I now have a new favorite author. Highly recommended!

#rysawalker #thedelphiresistance #bookstagram #bookrecs #bookrecommendations #booklove #cherylrainfield #YAwriter #LGBTQwriter #booknerd #bookworm #ireadYA #survivor #feminist #YAlit

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Gifts For Writers, Readers, and for Mental Health, December 2018

I love finding thoughtful gifts for the people I love. Do you have a writer or reader you love? Or someone who deals with mental-health issues? Here are some gifts they might enjoy.

Mental Heath Issues

Positive Message, Encouraging Zines by ThingsMadeByZulaikha
Know someone who struggles with anxiety, depression, or self-harm, or struggle yourself? These zines by ThingsMadeByZulaikha may be just what you need. My favourites are 100 Things To Do When You’re Feeling Down ($5.94 US plus shipping); I’m Fine, Coping With Depression ($3.30 US plus shipping); Keep Moving Forward, mental health recovery and positivity ($3.96 plus shipping); and You Are The Entire Universe, a zine about self-love ($3.30 US plus shipping), but there are so many great choices here. You can read some of the pages within each zine before you buy (click on the images below each item).





Essential Oil Dough by DoughForIt
Essential oils can be calming, uplifting, energizing, and help fight depression, anxiety, and other issues. Combine them with something tactile that you can fidget with? Genius! Try these inexpensive, essential-oil scented doughs by DoughForIt on Etsy. $4 US for one tin of dough plus shipping, smaller ones for $3.50. You can choose the scents you want. My favorite is the tangerine oil Calm, which is great for uplifting and fighting depression.






Mental Health Temporary Tattoos by SnugaMate
I love these mental health temporary tattoos by Snugamate on Etsy with positive messages (and great colours and designs). They come in packs of 15; my favourite packs are Bold, which has messages such as “Forgive Yourself,” “I Matter,” “Never Give Up,” and Power, which has messages such as “Believe In Yourself,” “So Proud of You,” “You Are Awesome.” I wish I’d had something like this years ago – a visual reminder of messages we might need on a hard day.






Self Care Kit by Itty Bitty Book Co, Promoting Positivity
This little self-care gift has some positive-message reminders, including a mini book of strength with positive quotes; a greeting card with “breathe” on it; and three double-sided mini laminated prints with positive quotes. ($13.20 plus shipping)








Positive-Message T-Shirts, Mugs, and more by Cheryl Rainfield
I have some positive-message T-shirts, notebooks, mugs, prints, and more available that tie into my books over at Threadless–You Don’t Deserve To Be Hurt, Not By Anyone-Not Even Yourself; You Are Stronger Than You Know; and Sometimes You Have To Be Your Own Hero. Choose the design you want first, with our without the hashtags, and then you’ll see all the products for that design.












For Writers

Slyfur
Anything from Slyfur is sure to be a hit for writers. They have SO many cool bookish items, including a Book Nerd enamel pin ($8.99 plus shipping); bookish sayings pencils set which I LOVE, with sayings such as I Read YA and Professional Bookworm ($4.99 plus shipping); this adorable books and glasses earring set ($14.99 plus shipping); and SO much more.









Writerly and Bookish Enamel Pins
Writerly pins are cute and popular, and an inexpensive gift. There are many awesome, beautifully designed ones, including a set with a typewriter and coffee ($18 US); a set with a composition book and pencil ($18 US); create something new typewriter pin ($9 US); a good book is always too short quote pin ($11.99 US); and more. Is it bad if I want them all? (grinning)








Dixit Storytelling Board Game
Does the writer you know need some more fun in their life? Some more creativity? If they’re feeling burnt out, Dixit, a beautifully-illustrated storytelling board game, might bring them back some spark.











Scrivener Writing Software
Scrivener is a popular writing software tool that many writers love. It’s supposed to make the writing process easier. Check first before you give this gift, as the writer you know may already have and use it. ($45 US)









Writer Enamel Pin by ThatsLovelyDear
I think this little typewriter enamel pin is cute, and it announces that the person who wears it is a writer – a great conversation starter! Also an affordable gift at $9.02 US plus shipping. They also have another version here, and some book lover pins including this one.





Ergonomic Tools For Writers
Writers are working at keyboards all day (or pens and paper), and can easily start to have related health issues such as RSI. To help keep your writer healthy, consider getting them a good quality ergonomic keyboard, mouse, or other equipment. One of the easiest and least expensive ergonomic keyboards to use is Microsoft’s Natural Ergonomic Keyboard at $35 US. I have one and I like it. My top favorite ergonomic keyboard is the Advantage Kinesis, which places your fingers in the best position for the least amount of strain, but it takes some getting used to and is expensive at $319 US. I also highly recommend getting a mouse which puts your hand in a handshake position–also called a vertical mouse–again for the least amount of strain. Anker makes a good one for only $19.99 US. And since writers are sitting all day, consider helping them keep their health with an under-the-desk bike and pedal exerciser.



Writer T-shirts
There are many writerly T-shirts that might appeal to the writer you know, including a Writer T with a typewriter; I’d Rather Be Writing T-shirt; definition of a writer T-shirt (word-lover, artist, healer, researcher, world creator, etc); I’m A Writer; I Dream While Awake T-shirt; and more.







Writer Keyring
This writer keyring by SJJCreations1 on Etsy is a cute and affordable way to show a writer you know what they love – with little laptop, pen, and book charms attached. It would also make a great conversation starter. ($8.95 US)








Banned Book Bag
Some writers have had their books banned or challenged (I have). Most of us support the idea that people should be able to read what they want, and are against book banning. This banned-book bag by Out of Print brings awareness to the issue in a fun way. ($20.00 US) They also have banned book socks ($10.35 US), which I need to get myself some day soon! They also have typewriter socks, and some popular picture-book socks.







Writer Mugs
There are a lot of funny, affirming, and encouraging writer mugs out there. Some of my favourites are: the humorous I am a Writer, Anything You Say or Do May Be Used in a Story by MugCountry on Etsy ($12.95 US); my favorite a Banned Books mug by Out of Print; definition of a writer mug; and an awesome set of typewriter-key coasters in a typewriter.









Custom Book Cover Locket
What writer wouldn’t want one of their book covers on a necklace? It’s a great tribute to their books, and also a great way to start up a conversation about them. This custom book cover locket by SonnetandFable on Etsy would make a sweet gift for a writer.












For Readers

Slyfur Book Goodies
Have you checked out Slyfur? They have SO many cool book goodies, including a Book Nerd enamel pin ($8.99 plus shipping); bookish sayings pencils set which I LOVE, with sayings such as I Read YA and Professional Bookworm ($4.99 plus shipping); this adorable books and glasses earring set ($14.99 plus shipping); and SO much more.












Book Lover Gift Set by Fabulously Feminist
I love this book lover gift set by Fabulously Feminist on Etsy, with a Read and Resist mug; A Well Read Woman Is A dangerous Creature vinyl sticker; Women Who Read Are Dangerous vinyl sticker; Readers Gonna Read 2.25″ pinback button; Book Nerd 2.25″ pinback button; and a TON of 2″ round stickers with bookish sayings, including Live Free & Read; Read & Resist; Diverse Books Matter; and Read Banned Books. ($29.99 US plus shipping)








Reader Socks
Reader socks can keep your favorite reader cozy while they read, and send a message. They also seem to be really popular with a lot of readers, judging by SockSunday on Instagram. I can relate; I’m a book nerd myself and love all bookish things. If that sounds like you’re favourite reader, there are many choices, including: “Shh! I’m Reading” ($11.99 US); Books Turn Muggles Into Wizards by Out of Print ($10.35 US); Banned Book socks (I so want a pair!) ($10.35 US); rainbow library card socks (I need these, too!) also by Out of Print ($10.35 US); and many more.







Bookish Pins
There are a ton of cool bookish pins out there, including Books Turn Muggles Into Wizards; Where The Wild Things Are pins; book nerd; library card and stamp; and a library rolling bookcase with “This is how we roll.”











Reader Mugs
There are a lot of cool reader mugs out there, including “A Well-Read Woman Is A DANGEROUS Creature” by Fabulously Feminist on Etsy ($20.99 US); My Weekend Is All Booked with a beautiful image of a girl reading by ThePaisleyPressShop ($12.99 US); I Read Banned Books mug by SmittenByKristin on Etsy; and Reading Is My Superpower mug by MugCountry on Etsy ($13.99 US).










Reader T-Shirts
There are lots of fun booklover T-shirts, including One does not stop buying books just because there is no more self space; My Favourite Game Is How Many Chapters Can I Read In One Night T-shirt; and many more.








Subscription to a Book Box
There are many neat book subscription boxes that you can get as a gift for your favorite reader, including Uppercase’s monthly YA book subscription box where you not only get a signed first edition, but you also get cool bookish items. I’d love to be able to do this some year!




Bookstore Gift Cards
Don’t forget about bookstore gift cards! Readers LOVE to go wild in a bookstore, buying books they want with someone else’s money! It’s so fun. Don’t forget about gift cards from local bookstores, as well as online.



Signed Book or Book By A Favorite Author
Another thoughtful gift is a signed book (or bookplate) by a reader’s favourite author, or a book by their favourite author that they don’t have yet.

I hope this gives you some great ideas for gifts for people you love.

Petal and I sang Christmas carols with neighbours last night.

Petal and I sang Christmas carols with neighbours last night. I still find many things about Christmas hard and/or triggering, including some carols, but I enjoy singing.
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#cherylrainfield #YAwriter #LGBTQwriter #booknerd #bookworm #ireadYA #survivor #feminist

Petal and I sang Christmas carols with neighbours last night. I still find many things about Christmas hard and/or triggering, including some carols, but I enjoy singing….#cherylrainfield #YAwriter #LGBTQwriter #booknerd #bookworm #ireadYA #survivor #feminist

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Dear readers – if you would like to see SCARS, HUNTED, or STAINED made into a show or movie by Netflix…

Dear readers – if you would like to see SCARS, HUNTED, or STAINED made into a show or movie by Netflix, please could you leave a comment through the link below (naming only ONE title)? You can only nominate ONE book. If you’d like to nominate one of mine, I would be grateful. Wouldn’t it be amazing to see SCARS or HUNTED or STAINED as a movie?? Short link: https://goo.gl/UwuJUL

#writerwishlist #authordream
#booktomovie #scars
#cherylrainfield #YAwriter #LGBTQwriter #booknerd #bookworm #ireadYA #survivor #feminist #YAlit #YAbooks #bookstagram

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Dear readers – if you would like to see SCARS, HUNTED, or STAINED made into a show or movie by Netflix, please could you leave a comment on Netflix’s FaceBook post where they ask for book recommendations? You can only nominate ONE book. If you’d like to nominate one of mine, I would be grateful. Wouldn’t it be amazing to see SCARS or HUNTED or STAINED as a movie??

#writerwishlist #authordream#booktomovie #scars#cherylrainfield #YAwriter #LGBTQwriter #booknerd #bookworm #ireadYA #survivor #feminist #YAlit #YAbooks #bookstagram

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