meeting holly black

When I registered for the most recent SCBWI-Western Washington conference, I checked the box asking if I’d like to volunteer during the event.  It seemed an innocuous enough thing. Then I unchecked it.  And checked it...

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making the blank page less scary

This weekend, I’ll attend another SCBWI conference. I was so afraid of everything the first time that I had a hard time taking in the good stuff. Now that I’m on my fourth of these (including one in New York City)...

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introverts, unite!

It’s amazing to me how a person can be involved in something so intensely, then go outside and find that life is carrying on in an ordinary fashion for everyone else. I had this experience emerging from the hospital after...

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the kindness of strangers

… and of a friend. The conference this weekend could have been disastrous: I was itchy with anxiety going into it.  Add: more than 400 people in the main ballroom for opening speeches and panel presentations.  Combine...

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