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Wednesday, 17 August 2011

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I’m doing the 12 week Artist’s Way program. One of the first exercises Julia Cameron prescribes is the writing of three pages every morning, before doing anything else. This is supposed to be the place and space to spit out all the self-doubt and fears, so that by […]

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I just came back home from El Paso, and I’m so excited to still have one more month before the kids go back to school! No more going away every summer because of Jeff’s work! It’s been an adventure every year, visiting new places like the real Little House on the Prairie or exploring Washington […]

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Wednesday, 29 June 2011

A couple of weeks ago I attended the WIFYR writers’ conference. The best part of the conference was the morning workshop with Martine Leavitt, author of Keturah And Lord Death, Tom Finder, and Heck Superhero among other amazing books. I’m still trying to internalize the wealth of knowledge I received during the week, and I […]

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Monday, 30 May 2011

Shelly Waters is holding an amazing contest. Again. This time we have to post the first page of our book for an opportunity to have ten pages critiqued by Judith Engracia of Liza Dawson and Associates! I know I’ve had this page, chapter and book critiqued to death. But several extra eyes won’t hurt! Thanks […]

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Monday, 30 May 2011

I’m not perfect doing my Insanity workout. But I do it every day, and I enjoy it. I promise I do. And I do pretty well on my diet, except on Sundays or when my mom cooks and makes the most delicious food in the world. Today I can’t blame my mom. It’s May 29th, […]

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Monday, 23 May 2011

Last weekend I read a very popular YA Contemporary author for the first time. I write in the same genre, and I was curious to learn how her books became such favorites. So with pen in hand (I always take notes on my books; that’s why I like to buy my own), I dove into […]

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Last week I had the opportunity to attend the LDStorymakers 2011 writers’ conference. If you attend one conference a year, this is the one you should choose. The tuition was very affordable, with options for people who could only attend one day or all three. I have a wonderful critique group that I treasure. My […]

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I remember one day, bored at my aunt’s house. My two older cousins were probably out with girlfriends, and the little ones were taking naps. A small, wobbly bookshelf full of books called me into the semi-darkness of the living room–a welcome invitation in a hot summer day. And there, wedged between two fat books […]

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Saturday, 2 April 2011

Taffy, my fellow Shark and Pebbles member, entered the Show Me the Voice contest and won an agent critique of her manuscript. Since the fates are favoring one of my crit partners, I thought, “Maybe the luck will follow me next time!”When I saw the amazing contest Shelly Waters is holding in celebration of reaching […]

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Sunday, 13 March 2011

Mothering, very much like writing, is a lonely affair. Especially during the first few months as a new mom. When my Gorgeous Boy was born, Jeff and I didn’t have the support of our parents nearby. We lived far from our family and from our friends who were also having babies at the same time […]

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Yamile Saied Mendez

Yamile (sha-MEE-lay) Saied Méndez is a fútbol-obsessed Argentine-American, Picture Book, Middle Grade, and Young Adult author.

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