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Where Do Writing Ideas Come From?

So a lot of people ask writers where the ideas come from. I can’t speak for all writers, but for me, the ideas—the good ones, the ones I want to pursue—come from questions I can’t answer. Everything springs forth from … Continue reading

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I Give This Topic Two Stars (Or Maybe Twenty-Seven)

I’m a big Goodreads user; I would not even consider reading a book before I put it on my virtual currently-reading shelf. I set reading goals and meticulously keep track of what I’ve read and what I liked (or disliked) … Continue reading

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Crisis Mode

I’m really bad in emergencies. I’m the person who starts running around in circles and asking irrelevant questions about family history of heat rash while someone bleeds to death in front of me. Case in point: I once came upon a … Continue reading

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Fudge: The Midlife Crisis Years

I first read a library copy of Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume when I was in second or third grade. I adored it. I managed to get a hold of my very own copy of Superfudge … Continue reading

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The Earthquake Whistle

A few years ago, during a faculty meeting, we were all presented with whistles (nice ones, with lanyards!). The idea behind the gift was this: if the big earthquake strikes—Salt Lake City is on a major fault line—my fourth-floor office … Continue reading

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Jersey Shore Is the Perfect Shade of Orange

I admit it: I watch the Jersey Shore and I love it. Even when I hate it.  I’m an MTV fan girl. Watching coming-of-age stories that involve a bunch of clowns GTLing really appeals to me. As a general rule … Continue reading

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I Need a Typewriter

Two weeks ago, my first novel sold. I’ve had other projects since I first wrote that sucker, including some magazine pieces and two additional novels, one of which I’m trying to finish. I’m on sabbatical from my “real” job (as … Continue reading

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Welcome

Here begins my blog about reading terrific books (particularly Young Adult books). It’s also a space to talk about my own adventures as a YA writer. Check back soon! Book Recommendation of the Week:  When It Happens by Susane Colasanti

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