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Welcome to Cynsations at LiveJournal

Thanks so much for surfing by!

Whether you're new to Cynsations or just new to it at LiveJournal (as I am), I'd like to take a moment to welcome you.

My name is Cynthia Leitich Smith. I'm the author of a new YA gothic fantasy novel, Tantalize (Candlewick, 2007) and several books for younger readers. I have been offering since July 2004 a blog called Cynsations and since August 2004 a blog called Spookycyn at Blogger. These are both still active.

Along the way, I have had ties to the LiveJournal community through syndications of these accounts. However, I of course have no control over those, and occasionally errors or blocks occur. (At the moment, Blogger has flooded the Cynsations syndicated as a result of "upgrading" the blog and the file is too big to post).

For these reasons, I'm launching a mirror Cynsations here on LJ. It will feature both those posts that appear on the Cynsations at Blogger and  those posts from Spookycyn that I believe are of global interest to our community (as opposed to more idiosyncratic ones). My hope is that--tech gremlins aside--one or the other will always be running.

The scope of the blog will be: interviews, reading recommendations, publishing information, literacy advocacy, writer resources, breaking news in children's and young adult literature, and my own occasional author insights.

You are welcome to read here or at the original Blogger blogs. It will probably take a while for me to get fully familiar with this program. I have yet to decide whether to facilitate comments and other higher maintenance features (my main site gets 1.6 million visitors a year, so the administrative end is somewhat more complex than it might be otherwise). However, it may be easier here than I expect, and I'll keep you posted. At the moment I'm just trying to figure out how to post pictures.

Thanks again for all of your interest and support!

Warmest Wishes,
Cynthia Leitich Smith

about me & cynsations

Cynthia is a New York Times and Publishers Weekly best-selling author of fiction for young readers. Graphic novelist. Fond of cats, comics, and cocoa.

Cynsations is a source for conversations, publishing information, literacy and free speech advocacy, writer resources, inspiration, news in children's and teen literature, and author outreach.

Note: via various means and mirror sites, Cynsations has about 6,000 regular subscribers and averages 80,000 page views a month.

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