Author Archives: Julie Stroebel Barichello

Let’s start at the beginning: A writing update

Books start at the beginning. They have a first chapter, a first page, a first word. It’s the logical place to start. That’s also the hardest place for me to begin writing a book. I usually know what happens in … Continue reading

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How readers can react to ‘Handbook’ ruckus

On Thursday, YA organizations and social media were buzzing about the New York Times best-seller list. The short version of what happened: A new teen novel, “Handbook for Mortals,” came out of the blue to bump “The Hate U Give” … Continue reading

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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 more 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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