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Dear Bethany House,   I want to tell you a little bit about what it has been like growing up Jewish in America.   When I was in first grade, the crossing guard (a sixth grader) wouldn’t let me cross the street until the bell rang. His reason: Jews cross last.   When I was...
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Stop telling yourself that dreams don’t matter, that they are only dreams and that you should be more sensible.” ~Julia Cameron Dear Writers, Over the past five nights, I’ve been waking up to the same dream. It starts with me finding out that I’ve been cast in an opera. The show is hours away from...
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Dear Writers, So, this past weekend, I did not go to NESCBWI’s annual conference. But I did catch a few tweets about it. And here was my favorite: Dan Santat says, “The key to finding your voice is to LIVE LIFE.” How many ways can I say YES??? and THANK YOU! How many ways can I...
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So, one of the funny things about having a blog and newsletter is being able to go back and see how I did.  For the record, these were my goals for 2014: Maintain balance. Some writing. Some fun. Some teaching. Some learning. Some salad. Some chocolate. Get that new idea on the page. I have two discovery...
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Let our New Year’s resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word. -Goran Perrson Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other. -Abraham Lincoln Happy Happy!!!!! It’s that time of year! This week, many of...
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Every time I get to page 100 of a draft, I make this soup. Since I’m getting close to that magical page, let’s start cooking!!! (Also: my recipe cards are filthy, and I love this recipe so much…I need to preserve it.) Seasoning Mix: 1.5 tsp salt 1 tsp cayenne 1 tsp onion powder 1 tsp...
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Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. -Franklin D. Roosevelt Good morning, Writers! Today, one hour after today’s Monday Motivation came out, I received 25 comments. Apparently, I hit a nerve. Here’s the post: This week, having sent a new manuscript to my agent, I had ONE GOAL. I wanted...
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Today, I had a great experience chatting with a group of moms, concerned about what their kids are reading . . . and what banned books week is really about. It was a fascinating conversation and the questions they asked may aggravate you . . . but all these women had GREAT intentions for their young...
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Today, in beautiful Honesdale, I met with my students one on one and discussed their wonderful, inspiring novels. Right now, I feel so lucky! I am surrounded by smart writers, eating amazing food, and working in a community that is vested in each writer’s success. Tomorrow, I give my lecture. Can ANYONE sleep before lecture...
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I posted this on July 3 on Through The Tollbooth. Here it is again (typos and redundancies included!!) Tomorrow is the 4th of July. Independence Day. Like a lot of you, I will go to parties and watch fireworks. Wave the flag. Chill out. Yesterday, I went to a memorial for the three teenagers killed...
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About Sarah

Sarah Aronson holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is the author of one picture book, The Princess and the Pea: A Very Short Pop-Up, and three novels: Head Case, Beyond Lucky, Believe, and The Wish List.