dont give up

Writing the books I never got to read #DontGiveUp

A lot of times writers are asked why they write, or–as Daniel Jose Older put it at Kweli’s Children’s Writers of Color Conference yesterday–why they came into the game. I’ve said it before, but it rings truer now: I came into the game to write the books I never got to read. And if not to… Read more »

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THE DARKEST CORNERS by Kara Thomas (<333)

My Review Owl Rating: I want to preface this review with saying this is THE book I’ve been looking forward to reading for the past year/since the author, Kara Thomas, hinted at it via a tweet (I believe the tweet compared it to Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places, which I was reading (& loving) at the… Read more »

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RIP Alan Rickman #RaiseYourWands

As we all now know, Alan Rickman has passed away. To say a light is gone from this world is an understatement. And although I didn’t know him in the way his friends and family did. I like to think I knew him well enough. For those of us of the Harry Potter generation, Alan… Read more »

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Sexuality, Gender, and Race: On YA’s Lack of Intersectionality for Queer Girls

I’ve written about diversity in children’s literature here and here. I’ve also talked about it a ton on social media. There are times when I feel I’ve expressed everything there is to express and then, there are times like this morning, when an incredible discussion on identity politics, sexuality, and gender breaks out on Twitter… Read more »

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Fall ’15 Writing Bootcamp Update One (#YABfwb2015)

Hey Readers– How’s it going? Things have been pretty busy on my end (got sick, changing jobs, life…). The YA Buccaneer’s Fall Writing Bootcamp started last week and, since I’m behind, this will be one mega update post! I’m aiming to update y’all weekly from here on out. It’s very fitting that it’s fall and this is… Read more »

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Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi…

This piece was originally published on September 16, 2013. While I’m redesigning my blog, I’ll be re-publishing popular posts and those that speak to me now. -P “Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi,” or “It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten.” For the longest time the Sankofa… Read more »

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It’s More Than Representation: My Thoughts on the Lack of Diversity in Children’s Books

While I’m redesigning my blog, I’ll be re-publishing my favorite popular posts. This piece was originally published on March 24, 2014. It sparked an amazing Twitter discussion, because the agent I mention below reached out to me. So much has advanced in one year in terms of diversity in children’s literature but the movement’s ongoing. For… Read more »

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A Different Kind of Sick

Sick days. Everyone is allowed to have them, right? But what happens when they occur all too frequently? What happens when they’re not a result of an illness that’s easy to explain?  As you probably know, today’s World Suicide Prevention Day. And because I’ve struggled with depression & anxiety my entire life and have been pretty vocal… Read more »

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My Foolproof Way to Revise Your Manuscript

This piece was originally published on January 22, 2013. While I’m redesigning my blog, I’ll be re-publishing my favorite popular posts. (Also, in case you’re wondering, yes I am working on a new project… TBA!) -P Revisions…yucky. My last major revisions came out looking like this: …Fun Zapper And revisions like that can take forever!  Yes, I… Read more »

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Why I Write: A Continuation

Somewhere around the end of December 2014 and beginning of January 2015, my life unraveled. I’ve always been a bit of a control freak. (A lapsed control freak.) In other words, I knew how to chill. I had a strong group of loyal friends, I knew how and when to take time for myself, and I… Read more »

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    Writing the books I never got to read #DontGiveUp

    A lot of times writers are asked why they write, or–as Daniel Jose Older put it at Kweli’s Children’s Writers of Color Conference yesterday–why they came into the game. I’ve said it before, but it rings truer now: I came into the game to write the books I never got to read. And if not to… Read more »

  • the darkest corners

    THE DARKEST CORNERS by Kara Thomas (<333)

    My Review Owl Rating: I want to preface this review with saying this is THE book I’ve been looking forward to reading for the past year/since the author, Kara Thomas, hinted at it via a tweet (I believe the tweet compared it to Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places, which I was reading (& loving) at the… Read more »

  • TNUHF_ExQsBx

    RIP Alan Rickman #RaiseYourWands

    As we all now know, Alan Rickman has passed away. To say a light is gone from this world is an understatement. And although I didn’t know him in the way his friends and family did. I like to think I knew him well enough. For those of us of the Harry Potter generation, Alan… Read more »

  • sunset-hands-love-woman

    Sexuality, Gender, and Race: On YA’s Lack of Intersectionality for Queer Girls

    I’ve written about diversity in children’s literature here and here. I’ve also talked about it a ton on social media. There are times when I feel I’ve expressed everything there is to express and then, there are times like this morning, when an incredible discussion on identity politics, sexuality, and gender breaks out on Twitter… Read more »

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    Fall ’15 Writing Bootcamp Update One (#YABfwb2015)

    Hey Readers– How’s it going? Things have been pretty busy on my end (got sick, changing jobs, life…). The YA Buccaneer’s Fall Writing Bootcamp started last week and, since I’m behind, this will be one mega update post! I’m aiming to update y’all weekly from here on out. It’s very fitting that it’s fall and this is… Read more »

  • sankofa-bird2

    Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi…

    This piece was originally published on September 16, 2013. While I’m redesigning my blog, I’ll be re-publishing popular posts and those that speak to me now. -P “Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi,” or “It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten.” For the longest time the Sankofa… Read more »

  • diversity_tinakugler

    It’s More Than Representation: My Thoughts on the Lack of Diversity in Children’s Books

    While I’m redesigning my blog, I’ll be re-publishing my favorite popular posts. This piece was originally published on March 24, 2014. It sparked an amazing Twitter discussion, because the agent I mention below reached out to me. So much has advanced in one year in terms of diversity in children’s literature but the movement’s ongoing. For… Read more »

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    A Different Kind of Sick

    Sick days. Everyone is allowed to have them, right? But what happens when they occur all too frequently? What happens when they’re not a result of an illness that’s easy to explain?  As you probably know, today’s World Suicide Prevention Day. And because I’ve struggled with depression & anxiety my entire life and have been pretty vocal… Read more »

  • B42ART Editing an English language document

    My Foolproof Way to Revise Your Manuscript

    This piece was originally published on January 22, 2013. While I’m redesigning my blog, I’ll be re-publishing my favorite popular posts. (Also, in case you’re wondering, yes I am working on a new project… TBA!) -P Revisions…yucky. My last major revisions came out looking like this: …Fun Zapper And revisions like that can take forever!  Yes, I… Read more »

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    Why I Write: A Continuation

    Somewhere around the end of December 2014 and beginning of January 2015, my life unraveled. I’ve always been a bit of a control freak. (A lapsed control freak.) In other words, I knew how to chill. I had a strong group of loyal friends, I knew how and when to take time for myself, and I… Read more »