Monthly Archives: February 2011

My letter to my teen self at Dear Teen Me

I wrote a letter to my teen self at Dear Teen Me. I hope you’ll check it out. It also features some of the art I did as a teen, including one drawing I mentioned in Scars.

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Tips on Dealing With Self-Harm

My tips on dealing with self-harm are now up on my site. (I had some technical difficulties with my redesigned site.) These are the tips I wrote that are on the back of my three bookmarks. If you know someone … Continue reading

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review of picture book S Is For Story

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New non-profit organization for children’s literacy

There’s a new nonprofit organization for children’s literacy–KeenReaders, that looks like a great resource. It has a special focus on parents or mentors of reluctant readers, fourth grade and up, but also has pages for kids and teens themselves. There … Continue reading

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I will be speaking on an ALAN Panel in November

I just found out–I will be speaking on the ALAN Panel “Books that Are Challenging, and Are Challenged” Nov 21st at 2. Such ironic timing, with Scars being challenged now–and good, too! I’ll be on a panel with Lauren Myracle, … Continue reading

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My response to the specific challenge to Scars

As in any community, there will be differing opinions and views of what is right, what is healthy. I understand that. But to try to remove my book SCARS–which is about breaking silence, finding healing and safety–feels wrong to me, … Continue reading

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More details on the challenge to Scars

Through Kids Right to Read/ABFFE, which contacted the Boone County Public Library in Kentucky about the challenge to Scars, we’ve been told that: “…after they got the patron complaint, they put together a panel of librarians (YA librarian, children’s adult … Continue reading

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Librarians are authors’ friends and their best advocates

I’d like to make some things clear. Scars is still under review at Boone County Public Library. But it’s under review because a patron–a member of the public–made a challenge against Scars. The library has to review Scars because of … Continue reading

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Scars is being challenged

UPDATE: Boone Library left a comment on my blog–Scars is on their shelves! BUT I just found out–Scars is STILL under review at Boone Library. Writer Debbie Ohi found out for me, and clarified. Scars is being challenged at Boone … Continue reading

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Editing Your Fiction Manuscript

I really love editing my manuscripts—as much as I enjoy writing them! Part of that enjoyment is knowing that I can make good (or crappy) writing great through editing (and re-editing) my work. There’s a feeling of such satisfaction when … Continue reading

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