Cynsational News & Links

Happy New Year, and much joy and success to all of my Cynsational Readers in 2006! For a report on my New Year’s Eve celebrating, surf over to Spookcyn.

Author Interview: Ellen Jackson by Sue Reichard from She talks about journaling, science writing, writing full time, favorite books from childhood, and more. Her answer to question number 6 quotes some advice from me.

Florida Teens Read: the Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME) offers a new state YA award! Check out the 20005-2006 nominees, which include Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn (HarperColllins, 2001)(related author interview).

Kid Magazine Writers: January update includes: an interview with Becky Ances, editor of Moo Cow Fan Club; an article on goals by author Kathryn Lay; an article on writing poetry about the natural world by Becky Loescher; and an article on how to encourage social consciousness in children without preaching by Rita Milias.

Making Your Writing World Safe by Jane Anne Staw from Focuses on dealing with those negative voices in your head, finding the write audience, embracing the process, and learning to think “small.”

Secrets of Success: An Interview with Marni McGee, author of picture books, easy readers, historical fiction and nonfiction, from Ellen Jackson.

Writer’s Digest offers a new-year-related writing prompt.

Your Favorite Quotes by Kimberly Pauley from Young Adult Books Central.