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The Art Of Saving The World by Corinne Duyvis is an exciting read

The Art Of Saving The World is an exciting, suspenseful sci-fi/fantasy YA novel. Duyvis’ book starts out with a bang–the rift that opened on Hazel’s farm the night she was born–gripping the reader immediately, and never letting go. The novel … Continue reading

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Bookish Artisan Gifts From Etsy

I love finding nice gifts for people. If you have someone bookish in your life, here are some lovely gift ideas from artisans on Etsy, many of them handmade! This wooden handmade bookmark by Arboree is adorable and sweet, and … Continue reading

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My talk on my experience with SCARS being challenged, and what to do if a book is challenged

On Oct 1 I talked to Dixie K. Keyes​’ class at Arkansas State University through Zoom on SCARS being challenged and what to do when a book is challenged. I talked about the importance of teens finding reflections of their … Continue reading

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My newest needle-felted painting: a dolphin and calf

I love how compassionate, loving, gentle, and playful dolphins are. I have always longed to swim with them. I hope you can feel that here, in my new needle-felt painting. (Smiling) I worked on it in between working on my … Continue reading

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My needle felted painting process

Some people have asked me about my process for needle felting. Remember that I am completely self-taught. But I have always loved and worked with art. The first thing I do is decide on my subject, and find a photo … Continue reading

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Needle Felt Painting Is Relaxing and Good For Our Mental Health

I’ve always created both writing and art, and I’ve found that I use different parts of my brain for creating each. I usually need at least a week between them to focus well on one or the other. Lately I’ve … Continue reading

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A Great New Tool For Writers: The Occupation Thesaurus

It’s release day for The Occupation Thesaurus–and there’s a bonus and a giveaway running July 20-23. I love Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi’s writer thesaurus books so much that I wanted to be part of spreading the word. So I’ve … Continue reading

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The Pandemic Is Traumatizing. Join me Thursday, April 23 in letting others know there is #NoShameInCoping and that it’s okay to #ShieldYourMentalHealth and to #ReachOutToConnect.

The pandemic is traumatizing. There are constant updates of sickness and death rates on the news and social media, overwhelmed healthcare systems, and shortages of medical supplies. We may know someone who died from covid-19; worry about our loved ones … Continue reading

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I am honored that SCARS was quoted in an article on self-harm in Psychology Today

I am honored that SCARS was quoted at the end of article “The Secret World of Self-Injury” by Kristen Fuller, M.D., in Psychology Today. The article has many good tips for parents, including educating themselves, and that is where some … Continue reading

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Some tips for writing fast for #NaNoWriMo. And any new words are an accomplishment.

If you are taking part in NaNoWriMo this year (National Novel Writing Month), or want some tips on writing a first draft faster, these are some things that help me write faster, that might also help you: -I try to … Continue reading

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