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The personal blog of Rilla Jaggia, children's writer. I have the audacity to attempt to write for children without having any of my own. What I do have is one of those dreary multi-cultural backgrounds. I grew up in India and recently moved back to the United States after five years in Sydney, Australia. The resulting crisis of ide
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1. 65 -- Sunny Foggy San Francisco

My mind spins with sights and smells, colors and characters, images from our whirlwind trip to fair San Francisco. Read More... Read the rest of this post

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2. 64 -- SCBWI Turns Forty: Of Phantoms and Dragons and Phantom Dragons

Yes. The SCBWI has turned forty. I didn't think... (Click here to read more)

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3. 63--Under the Roman Sun

I sit at my desk listening to summer raindrops...(Click here to read more)

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4. 62 -- Tuscan Holiday Parte Seconda: Siena

This post is dedicated to my dear friend Marilyn Donahue. Click here to see the rest.

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5. 61 -- Tuscan Holiday

Rilla: Think I'm going to fly. To Italy. Todayeeeee, yeah! Have me a little Tuscan holidayeeeee. Yeah!! To read the rest of this post click here... Read the rest of this post

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6. grrrr

Is everyone having trouble with their Google accounts or is it just me. I've been asked to sign in about a hundred times, even though I'm already signed in...grrrr.

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7. 60--Out of the Tropics into the Desert

Watch Out! You are now entering the desert...(click here to read more)

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8. 59--Food, Fruit, and Flowers Among Friends

Abadiania, Brasil. An hour and a half from Brasilia...(Read More)

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9. 58--On the Road Again! Continent # 6 South America

Brasilia the capital in all (Read More)

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10. To All a Dry Christmas!

'Twas the night before...Click here to read more.

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11. 56 - Ole!

If only I could dance like...that!

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12. 55 — Through a Spanish Window or Door

Ah! Spain! The sights, the sounds, the food, the wine. In June, we spent three glorious weeks traveling through the country, starting out in Madrid, driving through Andalucia...(Read more, click here.)

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13. 54 -- Here There Be Heroes and Giants and Men Made of Stinky Cheese

WHERE ELSE… …would you find children’s writers who loom larger than life...Click here to read more

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14. 53 -- Weaving Wormholes, Making Magic

I spent the last week in Boyds Mills, Pennsylvania. Where? No, the map doesn't know where it is...but the magic does. The Highlights Whole Novel Workshop for Fantasy, in Boyds Mills, Pennsylvania. (Read the rest of this post here)

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15. 51 -- How to Not-Suck at Writing

Get an editor! Click here to read the rest of the post.

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16. 51 -- Writer's Day Block

Yesterday was the SCBWI-LA's Writer's Day and the combined creative talent seated in that one room was enough to give little me writer's block...(Read more here.)

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17. 50 -- Scene in Cambodia (6) Tomb Raiders

Served up by Netflix — Tomb Raider! Yes, I did actually put this movie into my queue…for a reason.(Click here to read the rest of this post.)

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18. 49 -- Scene in Cambodia (5) Mystical Mountains

Well, February has snuck up on me. It’s that sort of month. (Click here to read more.)

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19. 43 -- Confusion, Collusion, and Copyright

"The Google Book Search Settlement is a sweeping agreement that shifts the ground on copyright, and has far-reaching implications for the future of books. Whether to opt in or out is a complex, difficult decision. Authors should strive to inform themselves as fully as possible (a tour of the links below should help with that), and should not allow themselves to be swayed by the small amount of

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20. 44 -- Scene in Cambodia--Fulfilling a Dream

I gaze out the airplane window at flat green land with irregular rectangles for fields and an enormous lake in the distance where trees stand knee-deep in water. The plane touches down and stops a short distance from a low elegant building with a tiled-roof that looks more like a Buddhist monastery than an airport. The doors open, we step out into warm-moist air and down onto the tarmac at Siem

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21. 45 -- Scene in Cambodia (2) -- Roaming the Ruins

Note: this is an ongoing series about our trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia in December, 2009. Part I of this account can be found here.Big plans for our first full day in Siem Reap. My trusty guidebook* offered the following advice - Angkor temples generally have four entrances, one facing each cardinal point. The eastern entrance is the main one most of the time as it faces the rising sun,

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22. rillas rants have become rillas rambles

My blog has a NEW HOME!Click Here to visit where rilla and Rilla will hang out from now on. Welcome to the houswarming party!

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23. 46 -- Wonderland in my Backyard

Sunny and seventy-four, Sunday in early January. The desert calls. (Read more...)

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24. 47 -- Scene in Cambodia (3) Water World

It has rained here in southern California for five days in a row.The lawn is a pond creeping across the patio and lapping at our back door.(Click here to read the rest of this post)

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25. 48 -- Scene in Cambodia (4) Dietary Restrictions

So. I’m on a diet. Invariably, the holiday season has its tradeoffs. A time of reckoning (Click here to read more...)

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