Author Archives: Julie Stroebel Barichello

Welcome to the new writing digs

My blog has been mostly cricket chirps lately … it’s been silent. There are two good reasons for that, though. Reason 1: Tapping out┬ámore chapters of “The Mountain of Dempsey Molehill” during Camp NaNoWriMo . Reason 2: I’ve been setting … Continue reading

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Introducing my plot bunny

How many times do you set an alarm on your phone as a reminder to complete a task? I do it frequently, although not as often as I should. Because there should be an alarm going off every morning saying, … Continue reading

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There’s always an excuse not to write

Thank goodness for paid vacation time and Camp NaNoWriMo. It’s been weeks since I’ve written a word. The last time I had a productive day of writing was February 2. Since then, progress has been minimal. But this week, I … Continue reading

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5 great TED Talks about children’s literature

I got hooked on TED Talks over the weekend. Despite the fact I kept telling myself, “Just one more, and then I’m going to stop watching these,” I kept watching. (No regrets.) Below are five talks about children’s literature worth … Continue reading

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Guess how many words I’ve written in 3 weeks?

Zero! (That’s the answer to the headline, in case you were wondering. Sorry … I didn’t give you a chance to guess.) Zero is the sum of words I’ve written in “The Mountain of Dempsey Molehill” this month. You’d think … Continue reading

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Representation matters. Here’s why you should care.

I didn’t think much about diversity in childhood. I grew up in a rural Midwestern elementary school district primarily comprised of white middle class students. A portion of the student body was Hispanic and Latino. Throughout my entire grade school … Continue reading

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Happy birthday! Here’s a book giveaway

Today I turn 30. I can’t recall if any of my childhood wishes on candles included seeing my name on a book cover; if it was, then there’s definitely some reliable magic in birthday wishes. Birthdays are a big deal … Continue reading

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