Category Archives: writing

The greatest Independence Day party ever

And by Independence Day, I mean the Lithuanian one, of course. The ultimate expression of Lithuania’s year-long 100th anniversary celebration happened the first week of July in Vilnius, and hardcore LT fan that I am, I was there to see … Continue reading

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#HPBTeensRead – write reviews, win prizes!

I recently joined Half-Price Books’ mailing list, and just found this in my inbox: You can click on the image for more info, and read the official rules here.

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Dear Authors: Not every YA heroine needs a boyfriend

Cross-posted from Insatiable Booksluts. ________________ I like a good literary romance well enough.  Aw, who am I kidding, I’m the shippiest shipper in all of shipdom.*  I was on Team Ron/Hermione right from Sorcerer’s Stone (I swear I started this post before … Continue reading

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Right on, Seanan McGuire!

I was browsing through Seanan McGuire’s LiveJournal, having just begun exploring her Fae-verse in the e-novella, In Sea-Salt Tears (it’s a companion to Book 5 of the Toby Daye series, but it’s understandable enough for someone who hasn’t read the main … Continue reading

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Characters Approved

I just found this through a recent Waking Brain Cells post – the USA Character Approved Blog‘s two newest Writing section posts focus on YA fiction.  Now two of my favorite things – NCIS and YA literature – are indirectly … Continue reading

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Sheboygan Book Fest: Year 2

And we circle back to Postcards’ beginnings!  As in October 2010, I drove up to Sheboygan, WI last weekend for the Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival.  Thankfully, the forecasted showers never came, so in addition to attending author presentations and visiting … Continue reading

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Character descriptions

I found this article on excellent character descriptions through dmacabre‘s blog.  The list focuses mainly on adult novels, but  does include a few Juv/YA gems:  Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and The Golden Compass.   To the list, I would … Continue reading

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Author talk: Siobhan Vivian

This morning I attended a lecture and mini workshop at my local library, led by YA author Siobhan Vivian.  In a little room with paintings of princesses and castles on the walls, and a giant dragon on the floor, Vivian … Continue reading

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The Juv/YA stigma

You may have already heard about Martin Amis’  comments on BBC’s Faulks on Fiction, regarding children’s books.  Specifically: “People ask me if I ever thought of writing a children’s book. … I say, ‘If I had a serious brain injury I might well … Continue reading

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Sheboygan Children’s Book Fest

I took a day trip to Sheboygan, Wisconsin yesterday for WI’s first children’s book festival. First, I met Kathi Appelt, who writes the kinds of folklore-inspired fantasy novels that I’m dying to finally translate from brainwave to book.  My inner 7-year-old … Continue reading

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