Feed Hope with Dia Calhoun

December 12, 2008By justinaAlaska Airlines, Dia Calhoun 5 Comments

My dearest friends have been welcoming me home to Seattle in full force! Just yesterday, Dia Calhoun–she of the Mythopoeic Award for Fantasy Writing!–dropped by with a handpainted piece of work she had created just for me. I’m hanging it over my front door. Feed Hope. It is my mantra for this next year. FEED … Read More

I Love Your Blog, Too!

October 3, 2008By justinaAlvina Ling, Blue Rose Girls, Design Sponge, Dia Calhoun, Holly Cupala, Lorie Ann Grover, Mitali Perkins, Moo.com, Mrs. F-B's Book Blog, readergirlz 6 Comments

Greetings from Dunhuang–the upper northern reaches of China. I’ll be posting soon about the truth about camel rides and sunrises in the desert. But first…this… After bad times (read: evil taxi driver from hell) and hard times (read: melamine scare in milk), you know who your reals friends are. Thanks to everyone for emailing me … Read More

readergirlz around the world!

September 19, 2008By justinaDia Calhoun, Holly Cupala, Lorie Ann Grover, Mitali Perkins, Night Bites, readergirlz, YA novels, YALSA No Comments

Other than writing and procrastinating (I mean, researching) in Shanghai, I also happen to be one of the co-founders of readergirlz, the leading online book community for teens! Along with my divas divine–Lorie Ann Grover, Dia Calhoun, and Mitali Perkins (all fellow award-winning YA authors)–we’ve spent the last 18 months or so creating fun literacy … Read More

Parting Thoughts

August 17, 2008By justinaButton Arcade, Dia Calhoun, Girl Overboard, Janet Lee Carey, Janet Wong, Lorie Ann Grover, Moms Rising, National Bone Marrow Registry, Puget Sound Blood Center, readergirlz 3 Comments

Here I am, on the eve of leaving America to move to China for our year abroad. It’s been a lovely whirlwind of family and friends that’s often felt like my own Olympic of goodbyes. My emotions by Wordle: The week started with a last goodbye with the readergirlz divas where we toasted each other … Read More

Charmed, I’m Sure!

August 9, 2008By justinaDia Calhoun, geocaching, Holly Cupala, Interactive Reader, Janet Lee Carey, Lorie Ann Grover, Nancy Pearl, North of Beautiful, readergirlz, Sara Easterly, StrataGem No Comments

When I wrote the Mama Lecture Series in Nothing but the Truth (and a few white lies), I never really thought I’d be scripting my own lectures. But here I am, telling (lecturing) my kids that nothing really matters in life except for friends and family. (This, I’m sure, will come back to haunt me … Read More