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THE FIRST TIME–and a prize!

There’s a new YA anthology in the world, and I’m in it! Check out all the company I’m in–it’s a serious honor to be included. This anthology was born in the Debs 09 community on LiveJournal (we all debuted our … Continue reading

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Outlaw Boots, pair #10: Steve Brezenoff

YUUUUUUUUUUU GIIIIIIIIIIIIIIZE. (Yes, hello and welcome to another pair of Outlaw Boots, but you guys! You need to know this person!) This is Steve Brezenoff, fellow YA writer and good man all around. I like this picture, because you can … Continue reading

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Audience

As writers, we think about audience, especially if we’re kidlit writers. To me, a YA audience seems complicated: does one F bomb make a book inappropriate for 12-year-olds? What about two? Is a trans guy appropriate for 13-year-olds? The answer, … Continue reading

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Musical/visual thinking

I have nothing to say, but I want to post two videos. One is a YA novel I wish I’d written. One is how I feel about writing YA, though the percentages are wrong for me (there’s way more pleasure … Continue reading

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Left out of the library

This week I went to visit a book club here in my town–I love book clubs–and one member told me my local library didn’t have my book. Then she apologized for getting my book from the library, which was sweet. … Continue reading

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Dear Old Flame–the letter I’d write if I knew his address

Dear Old Flame: I saw you not too long ago, and I’m not sure if you saw me. Maybe you were pretending not to see me. But then you were gone, and I was sad, because I need to tell … Continue reading

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Outlaw Boots, pair #9: Amy Tipton, Signature Literary Agency

For the one-year anniversary of Outlaw Boots, I decided to invite one of my favorite outlaws over, the infamous Amy Tipton, of Signature Literary Agency. Amy is my agent, and I am incredibly glad. Why? She doesn’t think my ideas … Continue reading

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My feelings, They Might Be Giants style

I have to go to school today–not bad in and of itself, but I want to make friends with my new book. WAAAAAAAH! So, I thought I’d let TMBG express my feelings (from their album NO (2002), best kids album … Continue reading

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Literary genius seeks 4th grade writing assignment

I found this story of mine in my dad’s things after he died. It’s hand-written on notebook paper, a school assignment, and why he saved it, I have no idea. I wasn’t intending to be a writer when I was … Continue reading

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Gender goes to the movies

When I was working on BEAUTIFUL MUSIC FOR UGLY CHILDREN, I did a *lot* of studying about gender and how it’s expressed in our culture, especially as it relates to trans individuals. What a wild subject! You’ve got to add … Continue reading

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