I had the delightful honor of being selected by my alma mater, Oshkosh West High School, to receive their Distinguished Alumni Award for 2022. The whole school voted and designated me as their role model. As an author for teens and youth, I don’t take that lightly: I often say that it is one thing to gain the trust of adults, but another thing entirely to gain the trust of teens and youth. Want to watch my speech? You can be inspired, too. My talk is essentially is a mini-Moth story of inspiring them to stay true to that inner voice, to stoke that inner fire, especially in hardship. Enjoy.
In case you haven’t heard, I am gearing up to deliver a healing writing workshop for teens in these tumultuous times. Essentially, in 90 minutes, I will tenderly walk them through a process of free writing out their experiences, thoughts, and how they have grown. Then I will teach them how to whittle down all of that writing until they have the essence of these last two years in the form of a haiku or smaller, fitting in the palm of their hand.
If you are interested in receiving the first-to-get-it materials, either for your own school or for your networks, let me know. Because on January 6, a select group of people have signed up to receive it, plus a special discount promo code. You can get it all, too. Send me an email at email@example.com.
I am back on Wisconsin Public Radio! Here, I am sharing how, when I was displaced at the beginning of the pandemic, I returned to my hometown of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, only to have to learn how to drive their dang roundabouts. Join me in this heartwarming, three-minute story about how the pandemic brought a mother and daughter closer together.
And WPR put me on their landing page! Can you find me?
Friends: Crystal is going to be taking a break from being on the road for 2020. Even the earth needs fallow seasons to rejuvenate, and so does Crystal. Feel free to contact her for events and her availability in 2021. Here is to nurturing the creative spirit!
Toronto Public Library chose ALL THAT I CAN FIX for a roundup for mental health books. Huzzah, my Canadian friends! And, of course, lots of other terrific books on an important topic, too. The reviewer said:
“I liked [how this book shows]…how one person’s mental health affects others. A central teen character is holding things together while a parent is struggling with poor mental health. The teens’ feelings about it are pretty authentic, and this could be a great thing for other teens to be able to read, particularly if it reflects their own experience and can show them they are not alone in this.”
Mental health + zany dark humor + exotic zoo outbreak + social critique = ALL THAT I CAN FIX.
I like the words Bookriot uses to describe ALL THAT I CAN FIX: “Compelling”. “Strange.” “Heartwarming.”
Yup. That’s about it.
“Romney and his family are known in their small Indiana town. They’re mixed race and Romney’s father tried to kill himself. That would be enough, of course, but the story adds even more to it: there’s a zoo that’s on the loose. That’s literal. Oh, and with that comes those who want to shoot the dangerous animals and those who are advocating animal rights and gun control. Makersville is making quite a name for itself in this story that throws together many compelling and strange pieces in a heartwarming, worthwhile way.”
Here are some of the places that have put ALL THAT I CAN FIX on their book roundups:
Huzzah! Buzzfeed has included ALL THAT I CAN FIX on its lineup of fantastic summer books.