Category Archives: writing

A very 90s ghost story…about the magic of literacy!

Holy snapdragons, Bookwyrms! It’s my 200th post!!! In honor of this momentous occasion, I’ve decided to rrrrrrewind to one of my other favorite 90s kids’ shows, which inspired me to become a lifelong literacy activist.  Through the magic of YouTube, … Continue reading

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Salt inside the words: Helen Frost on writing for children

A few weeks ago, Fort Wayne author Helen Frost led a children’s lit workshop at the Allen County Public Library, where she offered advice on historical research, “writing the other,” and not stressing too much about the children’s publishing industry. … Continue reading

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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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