This year, I had the pleasure of attending ALA Annual in Chicago, IL with my critique group. There are 15/16 of us total in the CP group, 12 of us you might be familiar with on Writer’s Block Party. Anyway, of the 14/15 (minus me since I’m not counting myself here), I met 7 of them in person for the first time at ALA. That’s HALF of my CP group… so to say that this experience was surreal is a huge understatement.
Scholastic played a huge part in my love for reading growing up so I am really excited to spread the word about their campaign this week! I Read YA Week runs from July 10th-17th this year and the theme this time around is #YAStandsFor. What does YA stand for to you? Which YA book has helped you find your voice? Who is your favorite YA literary hero? What’s a great YA friendship you think deserves some love? What’s a life lesson you’ve learned from a YA book and will always stick with you?
After a killer All Stars season, Face Off is back from a very short hiatus (perhaps its shortest yet?) and ready to Divide & Conquer. This season is being touted as unlike any other season as the artists are divided into two teams that act as two separate makeup FX shops which compete each week.
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