Posted in Meet the authors

Claribel Ortega

Author website/social media: www.claribelortega.com @Claribel_Ortega – IG and Twitter 

1.     When you were my age (10), did you like to read? I loved to read! Especially Goosebumps books, they were my favorite. 

2.     What is a book that made an impact on you? Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older had a huge impact on me, because it helped me feel brave enough to write about my own culture in a fantasy book. 


3.     Is it hard to come up with book ideas? Not so far! My problem is I have too many ideas and not enough time. 

4. Your new book is going to be adapted? How did that come about? That was all Scholastic! They’d been working on it for a while, and I was just updated along the way. 

5. Is there a new or lesser known author you think kids should be aware of? A fellow spooky story author I think kids should be aware of is Karen Strong who wrote Just South of Home! 


6.     What advice do you have for a kid who wants to be an author? Read a lot and start writing as soon as you can. You don’t have to finish a book or write anything long: I started by writing short stories, poems and song lyrics. I would also watch videos of authors on youtube, many of them have videos about the process of becoming a writer and it might be helpful! You can usually ask questions in their comments too and hopefully they get back to you. 

7.     As an author, do you hear from your readers? What do you like about that? So far I have heard from a few and it’s been great. It’s always fun to be able to hear reader reactions or see pictures of kids reading something I wrote, I hope to continue hearing from you all! 

8.     If you could portal into any book (yours or another person’s), what book would it be? Howl’s Moving Castle, for sure! 

Posted in the great quarantine of 2020

Days 4 &5

I fell asleep yesterday before posting so it is a double day.

Day four was our first attempt at Mom working from home and Lil Brother and I doing school. We started trying that super scheduled day that went around the internet. (Spoiler it didn’t work)

Lil Bro and I made Legos, rode our bikes, read books (well I did) and I did some school work. At the rate I am going, I will be done with sixth grade before I ever start.

I think yesterday went pretty well for me. My meltdowns are reducing. I was really tired and fell asleep very quickly after the one meltdown I had.

Day five : I slept in.. like till 9am. I never do that but it was so nice.

While I was asleep, Mom reworked our schedule. Instead of structured time, we get tokens for 30 minutes of time. There is academic, active, creative, free and computer time. There are more tokens for some than others. Mom says we can be in control of our day this way.

For the first day, I think the tokens work well. I like having some control over my life. I did spend time reading reports Mr Schu shared for my essay. I hope to get more responses for survey and I need to send out my interview questions.

We also are participating in Dan Santa’s Dandemic program. Today we had to sit still for 20 minutes. That is hard but it was distracting.

Today was also Lil Bro’s birthday. It was hard for him to celebrate when we are not allowed near anyone. He did his best and even got some school work done with Mom this evening.

He and his cat went for a walk. Yes his cat doesn’t mind the leash. His cat caught his nail wrong and we had to rush him to the vet. Lil Bro and I stayed in the car while Mom got him fixed. Now Lil Bro’s cat is sporting an orange bandage for a few days.

Now we are finishing our day with some screen time and then books. I think I am getting more use to this crazy situation. It is still scary.