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disappointed_fulfilledStruggling with feelings related to the pandemic? Move from darkness into light! 

Our compact Emergency Emotions Set are a FREE GIFT to help with specific emotions teens are dealing with during the pandemic — now. Dream Up Now is all about moving from darkness into light.

Leading up to the official release of Dream Up Now (coming September 2020), we’ve shared these exclusive compact emotions sets that you won’t find in the journal. Dream Up Now is a guided journal for teens offering creative tools for transforming pain into power, and showing readers how to design your life to go the way you want.

You are invited to shared these Emergency Emotions Sets with teens ages 12-18, and any parents, teachers, or organizations who would find them useful for young people struggling with being at home:

I Feel…Isolated / I Feel…Belonging

I Feel…Disappointed / I Feel…Fulfilled

I Feel…Stress / I Feel…Calm

I Feel…Fear / I Feel…Safety


7 diverse YA books that desperately need their own soundtrack

In the spirit of the diverse universe of Young Adult music lovers everywhere, I’d like to recommend these seven books featuring music-obsessed teen protagonists, in addition to my own novel, A SONG FOR THE ROAD.
Check out the music innovators and influencers I’ve highlighted in each category to start building your own historically significant (and ubercool) playlists.

“I wondered whether music might not be a unique example of what might have been – if the invention of language had not intervened — the means of communication between souls.” —Marcel Proust (REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST)


CFC62C84-4C85-46C7-BE93-3B443DA9558DGrief, Loss and Letting Go (a 3-part creative writing journey)

This is one of my most popular (and transformational) creative writing activities for teens–and anyone who has ever lost a family member, friend, pet, or moved away from a close friend. One of the most difficult — and life-changing — emotions humans experience is grief. What kinds of loss have left you feeling grief? Explore your feelings with this creative writing journey.


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8 YA Books Proving Art and Music Can Save You

I work with a lot of creative teens, and continually observe how making art alleviates pain. Music and art don’t judge, they consider the whole person, and they just may save your life — literally. (But sometimes your figurative self needs rescuing, too.) Music and art allow you to finally feel understood, and give you a way to communicate your feelings when words alone are not sufficient. I believe the purpose of art is to express something we’re not yet, but we can become. If you’re curious about how music or art can save you, allow me to recommend these music- and art-themed YA books exploring high school life, family relationships, depression, substance use, body image, dating, and the future.

“In writing songs I’ve learned as much from Cezanne as I ave from Woody Guthrie.” –Bob Dylan


RADIO HEAD Book Club Questions

Rayne’s debut novel, Radio Head, features Shelby Rey, a young woman who believes she can hear music inside others, just by touching them. She offers open-ended discussion topics for Book Clubs, ranging from music appreciation to the consequences of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and addiction.