Going to NerdCamp was like getting a crash course in Kindness 101. Since I came home, I’ve been thinking about what I learned–what kindness means–in the real world and for all of us, as we draft and write stories for young people. In this post, I want to think about this goal in order to enrich our lives,...
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We all have days where we don’t feel appreciated, days where we think it doesn’t matter if we don’t write or draw or create or even dream. We all have days when we’re sure nobody hears us, days when we are sure if we don’t show up, no one at all will notice. These were...
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Tip of the Day June 5, 2017 “It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” -Oscar Wilde Dear Writers, Thank you to everyone for helping me celebrate the release of The Wish List #1: The Worst Fairy Godmother Ever! This book is the...
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On Tuesday, The Wish List #1: The Worst Fairy Godmother Ever will be released into the regular world! Want to celebrate with me? Let’s flood the world with official fairy godmother cheer! On TUESDAY (i.e.: not Memorial Day), tweet or post your wish to make someone else happily ever after. Use the hashtag: #BeAFairyGodmother and...
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Good morning! Last week, after I introduced a group of readers to The Wish List #1: The Worst Fairy Godmother Ever, a reader asked me a question I have been asked many times before: Did you design your cover? And in this case, did you draw the illustrations? I LOVE this question! Like many writers, I...
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To celebrate the release of The Wish List #1 — The Worst Fairy Godmother Ever, I want to profile real life godmothers (and of course, godfathers)–people who go out of their way to make others happily ever after! Do you know someone who makes the world a better place? Would you like to celebrate their...
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This month, I am writing fast! I have to write fast! Because I am on a deadline! I have never written fast before, so I made up some rules: 1. NO INTERNET until after 4 pages written. 1a: But first, I made a PLAN. I wrote an outline and a couple of storyboards. So I...
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WHO SAID THIS????? People can judge me for what I’ve done. And I think when somebody’s out in the public eye, that’s what they do. So I’m fully comfortable with who I am, what I stand for, and what I’ve always stood for. And this? You don’t walk away if you love someone. You help...
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Until Election Day, let’s honor our President, Barack Obama. (The truth is: I could quote him all day.) Here’s a really good one: Now, as a nation, we don’t promise equal outcomes, but we were founded on the idea everybody should have an equal opportunity to succeed. No matter who you are, what you look...
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WHY IS TEDDY ROOSEVELT LAUGHING?????? Because he was the president in 1908–the last time the Cubs won. Here’s a look at what else was happening! And here’s a quote!!!! Believe you can and you’re halfway there.  LOVE IT!!!!!! #PresidentsWithoutPolitics!!!!! Thank you, Cubs!!!!! What a game!!!!!
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One from he and one from she: “More than just an end to war, we want an end to the beginnings of all wars.” ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt (Written night before he died) “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt #PresidentsWithoutPolitics #GOCUBSGO!!!!!
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I met Gerald Ford in 1983 (or thereabouts) at Rutgers University. He told me to study hard. And to cover up–it was cold. (I was leaving dance class!) Here’s some advice we all should take: Tell the truth, work hard, and come to dinner on time.  #Presidents without Politics
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