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Jody Casella
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Young Adult Fiction Writer
Young Adult Fiction Writer

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Riding in cars with boys
I was sixteen. I don't remember the day, or even the time of the year. But I can tell you what I was wearing. My school uniform. I can tell you I was walking home from school, out early because I didn't have class the last period of the day and I hated scho...
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On Kindness, Friendship, and Rage: Three Books I Love This Week
Adrian Simcox Does Not Have a Horse, by Marcy Campbell, illustrated by Corinna Luyken.  Adrian Simcox tells everyone who will listen about his beautiful horse, but classmate Chloe knows that he's lying and she sets out to logically prove it, only to realize...
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The roof is higher than it was the last time
I was up here. I have a thing about ladders. Going up isn't so bad, throwing your leg up and over. It's the climbing down that gets me. I have to brace myself. Look straight ahead. Imagine myself already on the ground. In the meantime I stay low, inch my wa...
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Battling through Writer's Block
I hate to use the word battle.  I want to be the kind of writer who takes joy in the process and approaches the day's writing as Play. The Julia Cameron Artist's Way writer who pampers my Artist-Child Within by taking myself on solo dates to museums and col...
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Last week I drove my daughter to college
well, okay, she did all of the driving. It was her car and I had an awful head cold, basically plunked in the seat beside her and blowing my nose through an entire box of kleenex. It's a nine-hour drive to Memphis where she goes to school, and where I went ...
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I wrote a book about Elvis once
It was the second book I tried to write. I wrote it how I used to write short stories when I was in college. Take something true and twist it. In this case the true thing was my father died and I spent a lot of my childhood and teen years trying to understa...
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Dude, where's my car?
I am going to blame it on the heat, a busier than usual weekend, house guests? But Saturday, I lost my car and get this... I didn't know I'd lost it until Monday. Hear me out. So, Saturday I drove to work at the bookstore. I don't usually work on Saturdays ...
Dude, where's my car?
Dude, where's my car?
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How to Write a Chapter in Six Weeks OR what to do after you get a seven-page editorial letter
1. Fiddle with the original first chapter for a while, holding on tight, allowing only for a shift of a sentence or two, a shuffling up of a paragraph, because you spent so much time working and reworking those scenes and if you let them go, then what? A wh...
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News Detoxing
I've always been a news junkie. Even as a kid I pored over the local paper-- the comics, Dear Abby, the editorials. As a teen, I wrote letters to the editor, once getting into a dueling editorial argument with my history teacher over the Equal Rights Amendm...
News Detoxing
News Detoxing
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Why I'll Probabably Never Join a Cult
because I'm skeptical about pretty much everything. The other day, for example, I got an email with my name and an old password in the subject line (which, okay, did freak me out momentarily) and then I read the email that basically said that I'd been doing...
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