For devotees of Bird by Bird and The Artist's Way, a memoir-driven guide to healing through the craft of writing 

A cinematic exploration of the writing life by Francesca Lia Block, the bestselling author of the Weetzie Bat series of magical-realism novels, The Thorn Necklace: Healing Through Writing and the Creative Process offers visceral insights and healing exercises for the writer who creates as a way to process pain and adversity. Gently guiding the reader down the write-to-heal path, Block offers guideposts of awareness for writers, such as how to find a muse, channeling agony into art, putting chaos into order, ignoring the inner critic, personal perseverance, and thriving as an artist in a troubled world. The author also addresses the intrinsic value of channeling our experiences into the written word, and provides compassionate support to the reader for his or her own write-to-heal process.

You can order it here.

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Photo credit: Teresa Flowers

I met my friend Jade Chang when she interviewed me for Goodreads. And like everyone who meets her, I was instantly charmed and wanted to be her best friend. A short time later she's taking the literary world by storm with her first novel. Here's what she had to say about it:

Flb: Tell us about The Wangs vs.  the World. What were some of your influences?
Jade Chang: Charles Wang is a Chinese immigrant who came to America and built a cosmetics fortune only to lose it all in the summer of 2008. The Wangs vs the World is about what happens to him and his family after that! There's a roadtrip across America and we delve into many different worlds, including fashion, finance, art, and standup comedy. The book really grew from my desire to write a different kind of immigrant story, that wasn't about immigrants or people of color struggling to fit in or who see themselves as outsiders. Instead, the Wangs see themselves as being absolutely central to both their own story and the story of America!

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Last Saturday, Laura Lee Bahr and I held the "Rock Your Reading" workshop at the Fairy Cottage. Everyone read their work and flb gave notes.

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Then Laura coached on how to present to an audience.

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Hi loves,

Come join my lovely co-author Carmen Staton and me at Vroman's bookstore this Friday 22nd at 7 pm. We will be discussing and signing the Weetzie Bat cookbook! Fairies in the Kitchen features Dangerous Angels recipes such as My Secret Angent Lover Man's Guacmole and Duck's fig and berry salad. It will be an evening of recipe-sharing, chatting, food demos and more...

xo

flb

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Join the brilliant Sarah Herrington and me for an afternoon of yoga and writing. We will work to unite the mind and body. Through this conscious focus uncover and learn the narratives you hold within.

For more information on how to register: http://francescaliablock.com/contact

xo

flb

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A shout out to the lovely Linda Oatman High and the LAist. I had so much fun talking with you about my urban muse and writing for both adults and teens. The thought of my stories touching my readers is the true magic of writing...

Here is a snippet from the article:

"For me, love is the ultimate expression of magic and I am fortunate to be surrounded by it. I have also had my share of strange, inexplicable experiences that might be called magic by some, synchronicity by others," she says. "The key to seeing the magic is to stay open and aware."

xo

flb

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I had such a great time reading poetry, hearing the poems of other writers and listening to some music at the Coop in Blue Rooster Art Supplies last Friday.

A very warm thank you to the very lovely Chelsea Bayouth for setting this all up! Not to mention the other very special poets who I had the pleasure of reading alongside. A big shout-out to the enchanting Nikita Liza, Jeremy Radin, Edwin Bodney, Jacqueline Suskin & some more.

So wonderful to be surrounded by this creative energy. It was a truly luminous evening. 

 

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An excerpt from an LA Times article I wrote in the Summer of '92...

Weetzie Bat, the heroine of my first novel, was born full-grown, L.A.-love-goddess-style, but the sea she came out of was a cement road cut through a cool green canyon, an ocean of ruined palaces, overgrown gardens of amaryllis and oleander and legends about rock stars and magicians.

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Find summer solace in one of my writing workshops...http://www.francescaliablock.com/blog/entry/summer-in-the-city ...held not too far from this sunlit skyline on Sunset Strip ~ For more information, please contact me at: http://www.francescaliablock.com/contact

xo

flb

 

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