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JJ  S. Jae-Jones, but just JJ, if you please. NYT bestselling author of WINTERSONG. And she abandons her mind to obscure arts.

As a child, I never really appreciated the architecture of my hometown. Los Angeles isn't "old", and I was more into colonial history and gothic architecture. But there's something to be said about the Spanish-influenced Art Deco around here.
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On my to San Diego for #SDCC2017! Hope to see some of y'all there!

When I was growing up, downtown LA was not a particularly "hip" place to be. Like the Financial District in NYC, it more or less shut down after 5PM, at the close of business. But now it seems to be experiencing a revitalization and a rebranding as "DTLA" (snortscoff). But some side effects are pretty cool, like this restoration of a pretty famous mural of Anthony Quinn.

"If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite."
—William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
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Spent the day at the Broad Museum here in LA. I majored in English literature, but my other degree was in art history. I was a visual artist in high school, not a writer. My arts conservatory teacher had us take AP Art History in addition to making our portfolios for AP Art, but my first introduction to pop/modern/contemporary art was actually through my fencing coach. He brought us to MOCA in LA and asked us to contemplate blue. I never did find out what he meant, but I appreciate the introduction.
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Swipe through for more pics. Some artists featured include Yayoi Kusama (the Infinity room), Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, and Roy Lichtenstein.

Back in my hometown as the sun returns to the place of my birth. Happy birthday to me.

If the 90s had a wall.

You can't tell me what to do, Pepto-Bismol pink wall!

Azaleas? Hibiscus? Whatever, I love Asian malls.

Today's office.

Hey, I'm part of a #WritingInColor #LoopGiveaway featuring nine #POC #YA #AuthorsOfInstagram! To be entered into a draw to win ALL of these books, you must like/follow/comment on every author IG in the loop. All books ship to the US only.
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I'm giving away a copy of #WINTERSONG!
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Follow each author account in the loop, like each picture, and tag friends in the comments. More friends tagged means more chances to win!
1. Tap the photo to head to the next author in the loop, and repeat until you're back to the original author you started with.
2. Contest ends Monday July 2nd at midnight EST. No purchase necessary. We will be checking to make sure the winner followed all the rules!

Guess whose Bear got her a typewriter? 😍🐻💖

The magic of a post-thunderstorm south.

Sometimes, the south can be quite beautiful.

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