Do you understand how amazing my critique partner and friend Kerry O’Malley Cerra is? So amazing that she invited a bunch of other authors to the launch of her book, JUST A DROP OF WATER, and invited them to sign books alongside her. So thrilled for Kerry and so honored to be sitting with her today!

Do you understand how amazing my critique partner and friend Kerry O’Malley Cerra is? So amazing that she invited a bunch of other authors to the launch of her book, JUST A DROP OF WATER, and invited them to sign books alongside her. So thrilled for Kerry and so honored to be sitting with her today!



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Happy birthday, Harry Potter!

To celebrate Harry’s birthday (and my undying love for the series), I made my own covers! I created patterns (Thanks for the inspiration Scandinavia!) using a significant object from each book. I used those in the movies as reference and digitally painted them. You can view the whole project here! :)

(It’s already July 31 here in the Philippines. Haha.)

These need to be real.

SO NEED TO BE REAL. 


I’m so excited to finally announce this! It’s been in the works for a long (loooooong)…

I’m so excited to finally announce this! It’s been in the works for a long (loooooong) time. I’m teaming up with my publisher, Amazon Children’s Publishing/Skyscape, and five other amazing authors within Amazon/Skyscape family, and together we’re launching THE SKY’S THE LIMIT writing contest!

Who else is involved? Why, these awesome folks:

  • CHRISTINA FARLEY is the author of GILDED and SILVERN…

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Announcing THE SKY’S THE LIMIT WRITING CONTEST!

Announcing THE SKY’S THE LIMIT WRITING CONTEST!

I’m so excited to finally announce this! It’s been in the works for a long (loooooong) time. I’m teaming up with my publisher, Amazon Children’s Publishing/Skyscape, and five other amazing authors within Amazon/Skyscape family, and together we’re launching THE SKY’S THE LIMIT writing contest!

Who else is involved? Why, these awesome folks:

  • CHRISTINA FARLEY is the author of GILDED and SILVERN…

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Going through the proofread (and almost final!) version of BLACKOUT. It amuses me to no end that Merriam Webster has an entry for the correct way to write douche bag. #blackout

Going through the proofread (and almost final!) version of BLACKOUT. It amuses me to no end that Merriam Webster has an entry for the correct way to write douche bag. #blackout


We were grabbing a bite of lunch at a small cafe, in a mall, right across from a booth that sold jewelry and where ears could be pierced for a fee. A mother approaches with a little girl of six or seven years old. The little girl is clearly stating that she doesn’t want her ears pierced, that’s she’s afraid of how much it will hurt, that she doesn’t like earrings much in the first place. Her protests, her clear ‘no’ is simply not heard. The mother and two other women, who work the booth, begin chatting and trying to engage the little girl in picking out a pair of earrings. She has to wear a particular kind when the piercing is first done but she could pick out a fun pair for later.

"I don’t want my ears pierced."

"I don’t want any earrings."

The three adults glance at each other conspiratorially and now the pressure really begins. She will look so nice, all the other girls she knows wear earrings, the pain isn’t bad.

She, the child, sees what’s coming and starts crying. As the adults up the volume so does she, she’s crying and emitting a low wail at the same time. “I DON’T WANT MY EARS PIERCED.”

Her mother leans down and speaks to her, quietly but strongly, the only words we could hear were ‘… embarrassing me.’

We heard, then, two small screams, when the ears were pierced.

Little children learn early and often that ‘no doesn’t mean no.’

Little children learn early that no one will stand with them, even the two old men looking horrified at the events from the cafeteria.

Little girls learn early and often that their will is not their own.

No means no, yeah, right.

Most often, for kids and others without power, ”no means force.”

from "No Means Force" at Dave Hingsburger’s blog.

This is important. It doesn’t just apply to little girls and other children, though it often begins there.

For the marginalized, our “no’s” are discounted as frivolous protests, rebelliousness, or anger issues, or we don’t know what we’re talking about, or we don’t understand what’s happening.

When “no means force” we become afraid to say no.

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Getting this scribbled-in, doodled-on copy of THE EIGHTH GUARDIAN in the mail from some of my lovely One Fours was the best present a girl could ask for. I will cherish this forever! Thank you, @onefourkidlit!

Getting this scribbled-in, doodled-on copy of THE EIGHTH GUARDIAN in the mail from some of my lovely One Fours was the best present a girl could ask for. I will cherish this forever! Thank you, @onefourkidlit!