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This week is Spring Break so I've been hitting the rough draft of the second book in the goddesses series and going over the revision of a critique buddy.

***And there's a great deal going on over at Amazon for my ebook EARRINGS OF IXTUMEA for $1.99! For those of you who are asking for fantasies with PoC, well my book has one! What a deal!

1. Saw two movies with similar themes of struggle with faith.

God Is Not Dead

Intriguing argument for and against God in the classroom. That was the strength of this movie. Some of the other parts bordered predictability.

2. I thought this one though handled the subject better and was nothing like I thought. I went in as a skeptic and came out moved.

Heaven Is For Real

3. Really loving the voice in this memoir:

4. Can't wait to read this one:

5. Went to Mother-in-law's assistant living community for an Easter party. And yes, Easter bunny came!

12 year old got to help his grandma and other elderly lady to dye Easter Eggs:

**Guilty pleasure:

Hope to go to Frye's and pick up a new laptop. Angelina, my current cherry red laptop, is five years old and dying.

Plus, want to treat self to a grande Starbucks drink!

**Photo courtesy from

Definition of frugal

A young princess didn't know the meaning of the word "frugal."
She asks her father, the king, for a definition. He answers,
"frugal" means "to save." A few days later, the princess is
on the lake in her row boat. A wave overturns the boat. She
calls out, "Frugal me! Frugal me!" A knight passing by saves
her. She was so grateful that they marry and live happily
ever after.
Title: True Friends Will Never Stab You (but They'll Hurt You All the Same)
Author: ___clash
Word Count: 6162
Alternate Links to Fic: AO3
Pairing: Albus Severus/Scorpius
Rating: NC-17
Author's Summary: Scorpius is frustrated. Albus aims to confuse. Together, they don't make much sense—only, perhaps they do, because it's them.
Why everyone should read this: This was sexy and cute and hurt so much. Scorpius is in love with Albus who doesn't do relationships. Probably my favourite AS/S trope.

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IronKeyScreenshotOnce again, super fast because I’m about to get on the road to Easton, PA, for this year’s YAFest! I’ve been doing a lot of writing lately — both for the next book after To Bear An Iron Key and for my MFA project — and I’ve been planning ahead far more than ever. I’ve previously blogged about the joy of outlining. I have to stress just how helpful this has been for me, now that I’m juggling more than one writing project. I have a complete chapter outline for the book after Key, and I have what screenplay writers might call a Beat Sheet for my MFA project, in which I’ve hit 15 major points that must happen in that book — forming a very rough outline. While the chapter outline has almost everything spelled out, the Beat Sheet allows for a ton of flexibility. Very, very happy about this new skill of imagining the finished story before writing it.

And one quick tip, then I’m really out of here: If you haven’t figured out what writer’s block means for you, do so. I think it means something different for every writer. For me, when the words just stop after I’ve written a sentence, that tends to mean I’ve taken the story in the wrong direction and I need to backtrack, try something different. Like with the MFA project: I was stalled for a day until I decided to scrap the current chapter and try something else — and that moved me forward five pages (until I ran out of time today). So if the words have stopped, TRY SOMETHING ELSE. Change the POV character. Start the scene elsewhere. Skip ahead. Backtrack. Take a shower and imagine how the scene should flow. And then put fingers to the keyboard and write. :)

Hope to see you in PA!

Five Things on a Friday

1. My friend, author Tamra Wight, took this great photo of one of the fox kits at their campground (Poland Spring Campground). Tami is the author of the Cooper and Packrat series of mystery books.

2. A week from today, I'll be speaking at the 27th Annual Conference on Children’s Literature in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. It's free and open to the public, though they do ask you to register. The focus this year is on disability, both in books and in creating inclusive programming.

3. We had snow one morning this week and my son woke me up demanding, "WHERE'S MY SPRING?!"  Indeed.

4.  I have received three school visit requests for school visits for Half a Chance, including one All School Read of the book in Tennessee next year. Time to come up for a program for that book!

5.  Happy Easter, everyone, from my two Easter bunnies.

Photo: My cuddle bunnies

LiveJournal not affected by Heartbleed

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As you might have heard, a major vulnerability in SSL (the secure channel used for HTTPS) has been detected recently. As many as two thirds of internet sites were affected, including social networks and major web sites.

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