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Please welcome another newbie to the Social Media team at Oxford University Press, Elizabeth Furey, who joined the gang in August 2015, just two weeks ago, as an OUPblog Deputy Editor and Social Media Manager! You can learn more about Elizabeth below.
LA Splash, a cosmetic company in Los Angeles, has created a line of Harry Potter inspired liquid lipsticks. The vibrant colors of the lipsticks are named after many of our favorite characters in Harry Potter, as well as shades for Nagini and “Spellbound.”
The collection is composed of the most wild colors, as well as some classic deep reds and nudes. Since introducing the collection through their Instagram, LA Splash has been filling up their Gringotts vaults. Huffington Post reported:
The collection includes deep reds and nudes, but in true Potter fashion, also boasts some wild colors, like a sky blue and lavender (appropriately named, well, Lavender).
From the LA Splash Instagram and website, here is a look at this magical makeup.
These lipsticks are selling out rather quickly, but LA Splash is doing their best to meet the high demand. Bellatrix seems to be a particularly colorful shade, and is currently sold out. We have no doubt more Bellatrix will be available soon. If you wish to purchase these lipsticks you can find them on the LA Splash website, here.
To see more photos of real models wearing the lipsticks, please visit the LA Splash Instagram page.
कलाम साहब का दिखाया मार्ग हो या उनकी याद में बनाया मार्ग … दोनों मार्गों पर चलना बेहद सुखद है !!!!जब सुना कि एपीजे अब्दुल कलाम साहब के एनडीएमसी एरिया के अंतर्गत आने वाली औरंगजेब रोड की पहचान अब पूर्व राष्ट्रपति स्व. डॉ. अब्दुल कलाम के नाम पर रखा दिया गया।
कलाम साहब के निधन के बाद से ही दिल्ली की एक प्रमुख सड़क का नाम उनके नाम पर रखने की मांग उठती रही है।
एनडीएमसी ने ये फैसला कर लिया। औरंगजेब रोड का नाम बदल कर डॉ. एपीजे अब्दुल कलाम रोड रखे जाने पर दिल्ली के मुख्यमंत्री अरविंद केजरीवाल ने खुशी जताई है। केजरीवाल ने ट्वीट कर एनडीएमसी को बधाई दी है। यह प्रस्ताव बीजेपी सांसद मीनाक्षी लेखी, महेश गिरि और आम आदमी पार्टी के ट्रेड विंग नेता विपन रोहिला की तरफ से लाया गया है। इस बारे में सांसद महेश गिरि पहले भी चिट्ठी लिख चुके हैं।
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इससे पहले दिल्ली से बीजेपी सांसद महेश गिरी ने भी प्रधानमंत्री मोदी से दिल्ली के औरंगजेब रोड का नाम बदल कर पूर्व राष्ट्रपति कलाम के नाम पर रखने का अनुरोध किया था। इस संबंध में उन्होंने प्रधानमंत्री को एक चिट्ठी लिखी थी कि जनता के राष्ट्रपति के रूप में व्यापक रूप से सम्मानित कलाम की स्मृति के लिए यह एक उपयुक्त श्रद्धांजलि होगी।पूर्वी दिल्ली के सांसद ने पत्र में कहा है कि पूरा देश कलाम की मृत्यु से शोक में है। वह एक महान वैज्ञानिक और समाज सुधारक थे, जिन्होंने देश के लाखों लोगों को प्रभावित किया और अपना पूरा जीवन मातृभूमि के लिए समर्पित कर दिया। जनता के राष्ट्रपति को श्रद्धांजलि देने के लिए मैं नई दिल्ली में स्थित औरंगजेब रोड का नाम बदल कर डॉक्टर एपीजे अब्दुल कलाम रोड रखने का प्रस्ताव देता हूं।
Unwrapping some adorable illustrations to peek at...
About the book...
I loved the message of this book. Piggy let's his emotions get him down when he hears things about himself, tries to change himself and then suddenly comes to realization that he is great...just the way he is!
He discovers that life is not about what other people say about him or how he looks on the outside but it's the inside that counts...
"inside I have a heart of gold,
and that's all that matters!"
He surrounds himself with friends that he can have super times with, like travelling abroad, having fun with his image, and trying new adventures like skateboarding and drama play.
He discovers it's not about what others say or how they perceive you but true friends who love you give you wings to fly and permission to accept yourself for who you truly are....unique and amazing YOU!
About the author...
Scott Gordon is the author of over 100 children's books, including My Little Pet Dragon, My Crazy Pet Frog, Pigtastic, A Little Book About You, A Pocketful of Dinosaurs, Ninja Robot Repairmen and If I Were A Robot. Currently he is hard at work on multiple projects: Secret Agent Disco Dancer, Braedyn Bunny and the Missing Eggs, Baby Bee, Aveline & the Great Pumpkin Patch and more!
Books are available in English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Dutch, Portuguese and Indonesian. Croatian, Bosnian, Serbian, Polish, Hindi, Russian, Arabic, Japanese and Madarin Chinese versions will appear in the future.
Scott Gordon also writes science fiction, fantasy and horror novels under the name S.E. Gordon. His latest release is Netherstream Episode 1: Jane Doe.
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We're delighted to have Melinda Braun join us to chat about her debut novel STRANDED.
Melinda, what was your inspiration for writing STRANDED?
My inspiration for Stranded came from a few different things: I grew up in Wisconsin but now have lived in Minnesota for more than half my life, and one thing Minnesotans really love to do in the summer is "go up north" and "go to the cabin". I've been up in the north woods area several times, but had never done serious camping. I had heard about a Boy Scout troop who got lost out on a lake in the BWCA, but they were rescued very quickly. I also heard a few other stories (short news articles) about other campers having to be rescued for various reasons. The BWCA has also had several large forest fires over the years, and I decided to take all that information and roll it up into a camping trip that goes horribly wrong for a small group of teenagers.
Welcome back to our conversation with author Ashley Hope Pérez, author of the forthcoming YA historical novel OUT OF DARKNESS, which is based on real-life events of the March 1937 gas leak which caused a massive explosion and killed almost 300... Read the rest of this post
CODE OF HONOR is the latest novel by Alan Gratz, and we're excited to have him here to share more about it.
Alan, what was your inspiration for writing CODE OF HONOR?
The idea for CODE OF HONOR was originally, "How do I write a YA version of the TV show Homeland?" The book is very different than the show Homeland, of course, but that's where it began. How could I write a thriller about Middle Eastern terrorists in America that kept you guessing all the way to the end?
What did this book teach you about writing or about yourself?
I learned that I love writing thrillers! This won't be the last one I write, for sure. I also began to understand how thrillers work--whether they're novels, TV shows, or movies. It's all about dangling your main characters into the fire and then yanking them out again at the last second. (While always turning up the heat each time, of course!)
How often do we take the time to just whisper thank you to one in particular. Just a whispered thank you. How often do we count our blessings? How often do we take the time to just relax?How often do we smile for no reason at all? I think we should, on a daily basis. If we did that, we’d see how lucky we are, because there are always others that are worse off.
We get on with our daily lives, but most of us are blessed, sure enough we have problems, various ills, issues at work, with friends, all the daily stuff that I call drudge stuff, but it is in fact life. It is what makes most of us who we are, weak or strong, or somewhere in between. We deal with what life throws at us to the best of our ability without hurting others.
With age comes wisdom, or at least that is what everyone says. Wisdom to take a breath and say thanks, wisdom to know the difference between what is important, and what is superfluous.
I’ve always had the philosophy that you should do what you can now, tomorrow is not guaranteed. Don’t wait to call family and friends. Don’t wait to do what makes you happy; take that road trip, read that book, visit that family member or friend.Stay connected whatever way possible to the people important in your life, and don’t let minor disagreements destroy those human connections.
We’re so hooked on those electronic connections and gadgets that we lose sight of what matters. You go to lunch with friends, sit down and check your phone, start texting, or worse, make a phone call.Wasn’t it the idea to go to lunch with friends-sans the electronic equipage-is it really that important to check that phone? Don’t we get a break, maybe more to the point do we want that break? I know I do. Am I missing something, or is it just the age difference. You know, the with age comes wisdom adage.
Last week, I was walking out of Macy’s and a young thing bumped into me at the door, she didn’t even know I was there, didn’t look up, just plowed ahead. She was busy texting, and what was more telling, she didn’t even apologize. Must be the age thing.
On that note, we should smile, take a breath, and be thankful for what we have, and the things that matter. Others are not so lucky.
Right, I've had to sit down and look long and hard at what I can do based upon the financial situation and the move into Europe.
Firstly, there are about ten stores who will all stock and sell copies of my books to "gauge the market". This means that I pick a certain number of titles I want to go with, say five, and I order them, send them to the store but get nothing back if they sell, however, the store will then decide if they want to then order and pay (at a discount) more copies -postage, etc., payable by me which means IF they took books I would have to sell a lot to even try to make money.
I was explaining this to the old chap runs a stall in St. Nicholas Market, Bristol -he's been in business since the 1940s! He looked at me, mouth slightly open almost as though stunned: "You have not, have you? You haven't?" I told him "no" but that was the deal on offer. His response: "Well, why not ask them if they want ten copies of each of your books and in a year or two they can decide IF they want to pay you or not?" The look of disgust!
He is quite right, though. Say I want to send one copy of the Collected Phantom Detective -I pay for the book but then getting it to the comic shop I have three postal options:
These are standard rates. I DO NOT decide these -the printer has the contract all sewn up so there is no choice.
If I sent a bunch of books this increases and even if the shops were to split the sale 50-50 (which they are not -they have made it clear THEY will decide on what I get) I am quite literally giving these books away (well, I am giving them away). No way am I ever going to get 3% of what they are costing me back. The shops are in fact demanding the same deal as Amazon and others.
This will not get the readership base I need. "Get someone to sell your books at events -you send them the books and organise the table but they will know the way things work" to which I respond: "Oh, like whom?"
Even if I sent books to a relative so I could pick them up for an event it is still going in cold and with no prior build up and I honestly could not afford to lose more money like in 2015!
However, I have had an idea that will help people purchase Black Tower books at a lower cost than via the store front.
Firstly, remember: the postal costs are out of my hands. If you want to order a book I'll let you know the postage options before placing an order.
What I will be doing is, initially, offering ten titles at a discounted price. If you want to order one or more of those books you email me and I will ask which postal option you want and then tell you the total amount. You will then need to send me the postal address and payment via PayPal which protects me and the buyer. That done I will then place the order for you. It then all goes through automatically.
I think it worth trying and you get a book at a cheaper cover price.
So I will decide which books in the next week and then list them here along with single copy postal options if you only want one book.
Am I going to book that world cruise in advance? Give me a break!
There's a Wocket in my Pocket! Dr. Seuss. 1974. Random House. 30 pages. [Source: Review copy]
First sentence: Did you ever have the feeling there's a wasket in your basket?
Premise/plot: The narrator starts out asking a series of very silly questions. There's no doubt there's more silliness than actual plot to this one. Readers "meet" lots of fanciful creatures in, on, behind, up, and under common household objects in a special sort of house. The narrator warns: some are friendly; some are not.
My thoughts: I like this one. I do. It's one I definitely remember from childhood. And it's one I recommend parents read to their children. It's just a lot of silliness!
Have you read There's a Wocket in My Pocket! Did you like it? love it? hate it? I'd love to know what you thought of it!
If you'd like to join me in reading or rereading Dr. Seuss (chronologically) I'd love to have you join me! The next book I'll be reviewing is Great Day for Up!
We're thrilled to have Leo Hunt stop by to tell us more about his debut novel THIRTEEN DAYS OF MIDNIGHT.
Leo, what was your inspiration for writing THIRTEEN DAYS OF MIDNIGHT?
Various sources. When I was a teenager I was very taken with 20th Century horror like Stephen King, HP Lovecraft, that sort of thing. I adore horror as a genre, especially occult horror, so I wanted to write a story that would have some of that atmosphere and imagery: moonlit rituals, stone circles, forbidden books that contain knowledge man was not meant to have, etc. I was also interested in YA at the time as a way of exploring the way family relationships change as you grow older, how you deal with the realisation that your parents are fallible human beings (or maybe even evil), so the idea of a father who had made a Faustian deal which ended up having an impact on his son was immediately interesting to me. I was working on this thing at the time about a failed stage magician who had a ghost butler, and that sad washed-up magician character ended up becoming Luke’s father Horatio in the final novel. The story was the focal point of a few different things I’d been thinking about for a while.
Would have been 98 today. I think people from my generation in comics will readily admit that Kirby was a major influence in art -as Lee was to comic writers. But Kirby had a mind that must have been exploding with ideas we don't even know about.
Our September workshop will open for entries on Saturday September 5, 2015, at noon, EST. We'll take the first five Middle Grade, Young Adult, or New Adult entries that meet all guidelines and formatting requirements. Click here to get the rules. I will post when it opens and closes on Adventures in YA Publishing and on twitter (@etcashman), with the hashtag #1st5pages. In addition to our permanent mentors, we have author JJ Howard and agent Danielle Burby!
And we have a new format! The workshop runs three weeks, but the third week will now include a pitch. And Danielle will select one participant as the “workshop winner”- and the prize is that she will review and comment on the first chapter of the manuscript! So get those pages ready!
If you’re looking for J. J. Howard, you’ll probably find her in Central Florida, but she wishes you’d find her in New York City. NYC, along with books, TV, music, coffee, and her mini-dachshund Willow are on top of her list of favorite things. By day she teaches English and Humanities at a small private high school, and by night she writes, edits, or Netflixes.
Howard’s debut YA, That Time I Joined the Circus, tells the story of Lexi, who accidentally joins the circus (and falls in love) while searching for her missing mother. Her second YA, Tracers, follows Cam, a NYC bike messenger who meets a beautiful stranger named Nikki who pulls him into the world of parkour. Her debut Middle grade, Sit, Stay, Love is coming from Scholastic this January.
Cam is a New York City bike messenger with no family and some dangerous debts. While on his route one day, he runs into a beautiful stranger named Nikki—but she quickly disappears. When he sees her again around town, he realizes that she lives within the intense world of parkour: an underground group of teens who have turned New York City into their own personal playground—running, jumping, seemingly flying through the city like an urban obstacle course.
Cam becomes fascinated with Nikki and falls in with the group, who offer him the chance to make some extra money. But Nikki is dating their brazen leader, and when the stakes become life-or-death, Cam is torn between following his heart and sacrificing everything to pay off his debts.
In the vein of great box-office blockbusters, the high-stakes romance here sizzles within this page-turning thriller that will leave readers feeling like they are flying through the streets of New York.
Danielle graduated from Hamilton College with honors and a double major in Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Before finding her home at HSG, she interned at Writers House, Clarion Books, Faye Bender Literary Agency, Dunow Carlson and Lerner, John Wiley and Sons, and SquareOne Publishers (along with stints as a waitress and a farmers’ market vendor).
Her passion lies in YA, Women’s Fiction, and mysteries. She gravitates toward stories with a strong voice and particularly enjoys complex female characters, narratives that explore social issues, and coming-of-age stories. Genres that appeal to her include contemporary YA, medieval fantasy, historical fiction, cozy mysteries, and upmarket Women’s Fiction. She finds it hard to resist gorgeous writing and is a sucker for romantic plotlines that are an element of the narrative, but don’t dominate it. You can follow her on twitter at @danielleburby.
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Pixar has released a free online course to explain the science and technology behind its approach to making computer-generated animated films. The interactive course covers most of the math-based aspects of the production pipeline, such as character modeling, environment modeling, combinatorics, animation physics, and surface rendering.
Here's the intro video (link to YouTube), which amusingly shows a lot of handmade skills (such as sculpting clay and drawing with markers—and relatively primitive technology, such as an Ektagraphic slide projector.
This video, for example, takes a look at the lighting factors and surface qualities that contribute to the color of an object. (Link to YouTube) The presentation seems intended for school-age learners rather than fellow professionals or mega-geeks. Each segment is presented by someone from the department in question.
Missing from the presentation is the softer science of Pixar's process, such as how they approach story development, character design, and acting for animation. I hope they include those topics in future teaching modules.
Dartmoor Pegasus started as a little 'artifact' created by Philip Reeve at least a decade ago, before I knew him.
And today it's printed in story form in the Telegraph! (Thanks, illustrator Cathy Brett, for alerting us!)
Photo by Cathy Brett
We originally created the story for my blog, day by day. Philip adapted the story slightly when the newspaper asked us if they could print it, so it would work with less images, and you can read the whole fully illustrated version here on my blog.
I love drawing the Dartmoor Pegasus so much! And he so came to symbolise fun, supportive co-authorship to me that we ended up making him the logo for our #PicturesMeanBusiness campaign to get illustrators credited properly for their work. Making stories with a friend is the best thing EVER.