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i would like to take you on a little tour

of some fun new things on the site.

First, I actually have my blog post categories in the sidebar! And the archives! For the record, I have been blogging since 2007 (a few months after my first book was published) but when we switched over to wordpress in 2009 a lot of those posts were lost and it’s probably for the best. Back then, no one read the blog anyway. Except for you! I love you.

This should make it lots easier to find things. I am quite happy about it.

Second, I have a new event listed on the Events page and it is AWESOME. Gayle Forman (whose new book, Where She Went, is out TODAY–congratulations, Gayle!!!), Margie Stohl, Kami Garcia, and I are having a panel event in Brentwood, CA at Diesel Bookstore. Our event is called YA Smackdown and we are each going to defend our particular genres in YA. So Gayle’s defending contemporary, Kami and Margie are defending paranormal, and I’m up to bat for dystopian. It should be awesome. I’m going to get killed because I will be too busy laughing to talk.

And third, remember how I said I would post about writing today? I lied a little. I will do that post soon. But for now, if you are looking for writing advice or questions, they can now be found in the sidebar under the “writing” category, and also in “a conversation on” and often in “don’t give up.” Some of my most commonly asked writing questions are under the FAQ section of the site. Karen asked some great questions in a comment on my post last Thursday, and some had already been answered, but how was she to know that since I didn’t have any categories listed? So I’ve worked on remedying that instead of writing a post about writing.

Karen also asked this question, which I’ve never answered before on the blog:

How do you justify what you do to someone who thinks that writing fiction (especially for children) isn’t serious work?

The short answer is: I don’t.

The long answer is coming Thursday. *edited: I mean Wednesday. I can’t keep my days straight, apparently.




+ comments (5)
  • Brook
    April 5, 2011

    love, love, love your answer. can’t wait to read more on thursday. . .



  • Karen_St_Louis
    April 5, 2011

    I’m intrigued. Looking forward to the long answer to the question.



  • Shallee McArthur
    April 5, 2011

    Ha! Love that short answer. πŸ™‚ I’m with you– I find enough worth in what I do that I don’t have to justify it to those who don’t understand. I just smile. And luckily, I’m mostly surrounded by great, supportive people that do understand!

    The site looks great, by the way. πŸ™‚



  • Jeigh
    April 6, 2011

    Thanks! I know what I’ll be doing for the next few hours πŸ™‚



  • Rebekah Jones
    May 1, 2013

    This post doesn’t belong in any particular section, but I just wanted to say thanks. I’ve always been a lover of poetry, (one of mine have been published! :D) and reading your books have helped me find a couple more poets that I love! Anyways, I’m taking an AP Literature class at my school, and we have this project where we have to make kind of a “video” of two poems. One of the options was “Crossing the Bar”. I love this poem. πŸ™‚ Thanks for helping me know this poem, and for being an awesome inspiration! πŸ™‚ My writing style is similar to you, so that makes me happy about knowing where I can get in life. πŸ™‚ Thank you! πŸ™‚




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