Posts Tagged“community”

from the Mad Tea Party illustration by John Tenniel, image in public domain

A wonderful writer friend of mine initiated a brilliant motivational tool this month called March Madness. Writer-friends from around the country opted in to be part of a month-long initiative to write at least 350 words every day of the month with three opt-out vacation days. Every morning, usually during the wee hour of 2:00 am my time, I (and the rest of the group) would receive an email from Wonderful Writer Friend which included a meaningful quote about writing or creativity or perseverance. It was the first boost to jump-start us to meet our daily minimum quota. Throughout the…

16th Avenue Tiled Steps in San Francisco, photo by Heidi M. Kim

On a recent trip to San Francisco a good friend took me to see these beautiful tiled steps high above the city at 16th Avenue & Moraga Street. It happen to coincide with a time when I was feeling particularly dispirited about our society and what seemed to be a lack of kindness and caring. Perhaps tainted by politics and media, I felt an emptiness from the tearing down and destruction and rifts I was seeing and feeling in the world around me. So on a clear and cold day, we went to these unassuming steps that rose high above…

Jandy Nelson, Ally Condie, and Meg Wolitzer at San Diego Public Library

On November 6th, the San Diego Public Library hosted an event featuring Young Adult authors Jandy Nelson, Meg Wolitzer, and Ally Condie. Not only was it wonderful to hear them talk about their books and their writing journey, it warmed my heart to see the number of young readers present who were avid fans of their work. As a little groupie myself, I stood in line to get my books signed and to bask in the glow of these wonderful writers. During my few moments of chatting with each, I asked each of them to indulge a strange request: would…

Matterhorn peak in summer, photo by Heidi M. Kim

2015 is the 150th anniversary of the first ascent of the famous Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland. Since that time, the mountain has claimed more than 500 people who have tried to reach its summit. In 1865, countries were assembling teams of climbers who were competing to be the first to plant their flag at the top. I recently learned about the various people in the first summit party. Each had their role in the rope line and in the climb overall. One of the most incredible jobs was that of the foot-setter. A Swiss guide had a young son who…

"Your people are the people that you can talk to without having to create context.”

- Shannon Hale at SCBWI 2015 Summer Conference

Writing Community

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…

Sculpture by Yutaka Sone (Photo by Heidi M. Kim)

  Priceless /ˈprīsləs/ So precious that its value cannot be determined: priceless works of art (Oxford Dictionaries)   When I was learning new words, one of the ones I stumbled on was priceless. To me, it seemed like one of those words that sounded like it meant the opposite of what it really means. I thought it meant ‘not worth anything’. These days when I hear the word priceless, my ears expect it to be followed by art. On a recent trip to New York City, I was walking along the High Line. The park was coming to life as the City seemed to turn the page of winter…