Posts Tagged“CelebrateEverything”

I Wanna Be a Real Book!

As I slowly teach myself to #CelebrateEverything, when I find myself reaching a writing milestone, I look for ways to mark and celebrate my place on the writing journey. In 2014, although I had drafted many picture books and had started many manuscripts, I had yet to complete a novel-length story. For me, it was a personal goal to complete a YA-length first draft and when I did, I took it to an office supply store and had it comb-bound into a notebook of sorts. I deliberately bound this first draft in landscape mode to allow myself a wide margin.…

In October 2010, a skilled surgeon at UCLA removed my thyroid and sixty-six lymph nodes in my neck, a post-surgery pathology determining that I had papillary thyroid cancer, diffuse sclerosing variant. This particular variant is a rare form of thyroid cancer, occurring less than 1% of the time with little data about its progressions. Some data suggest that it is a more aggressive variant, and there is an uncertain spot on my lung that is monitored for growth or recurrence. Only a few months before, as a starry-eyed newlywed, I had been diagnosed with thyroid cancer. After I got the…

During this¬†past year I have begun to notice a louder conversation about diversity (or lack of) in stories for kids and teens. Born in America and raised by Korean immigrants who encouraged me to read, this was painfully obvious to me growing up because I never found a character who looked like me or had a similar background. In fact, as a Korean kid, I felt like I was snatching up crumbs to find even close approximations of my identity in books and mass media: the Japanese girl that Ralph Macchio fell for in Karate Kid II, the native island…