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1. Sketchbook Exhibition at The Point

I've got a mini-exhibition of my sketchbooks this month at The Point gallery in Doncaster. On Tuesday, I travelled there for a meeting, to finalise which sketchbooks I am going to have on display and to install them. 

For now, it's only a small display: just 6 open books in neat glass cases, set into the wall of the gallery. I chose various contenders to show to the curator at the gallery. I also needed to test out which would fit best in the spaces, which are only 12 inches square, which meant neither small ones nor long ones would work. 

Luckily they were perfect for A5 books, of which I have quite a few. We chose a selection of different subjects, for visual impact, but also to get across the idea that you can sketch anything. I was keen to show work in various media too, because for me, sketchbooks are about experimentation and having fun, rather than creating predicable results.

It was lovely seeing the gallery. It's not somewhere I was aware of before they got in touch, which is shameful, given how close it is. The Georgian front belies a very modern interior. It's more than a gallery too: it's an arts centre, with music and dance studios, as well as a lovely cafe (which was very good value - lovely coffee for £1!)

If you are thinking of going to take a look, you have until October 21st.

There is also currently an Urban Sketching exhibition on, with drawings by artist Terry Chipp. There's free parking for 2 hours on the street outside the gallery too. What more could anyone want?

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2. FREE!!!!

I want to do something special for my readers, so for the next three days (October 4-6) Something Within will be available on Amazon (Kindle Direct) for FREE download! Pass the word!   I am busily typing away book two. I'm up to chapter 19, and the plot is thickening! *squee!* I'll be posting a tid-bit or two shortly, but unitl then...happy reading! :)

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3. Archie the Daredevil Penguin

I adore this little book trailer about a penguin who longs to fly. Has anybody seen the book yet? (Click the image to watch on YouTube.)

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4. Cozy

Life seems rosy
When you're feeling cozy.

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5. 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #452: Featuring Moira Birch Swiatkowski


Hey there, dear kickers. I had a post lined up today, saying that I’d be taking a week-long blog break. A couple months ago, I received the James Marshall Fellowship from the University of Connecticut. That means I’m going to head up there to look through the papers of author-illustrator James Marshall. (Big fan here of his work. I’m excited!) I was going to do that this week, but plans have changed. My father is actually on hospice and is, I think, nearing the end. So, I’ll do that trip another day, another time.

But that sudden change in plans left me with nothing to post today, especially since I’m out at my parents’ house. You all know it breaks my heart to put up a post without any art. I decided to ask the talented Moira Birch Swiatkowski, a regular kicker herself (and an artist previously featured here at 7-Imp), if she could share some art. She gave me permission to pick whatever image I wanted from her site, and I thought the above image was fitting. As you can read here, it’s all about breakfast and all about fathers.

Since I’m around this week after all, please do leave your kicks, if you’re so inclined.

[Note for any new readers: 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks is a weekly meeting ground for taking some time to reflect on Seven(ish) Exceptionally Fabulous, Beautiful, Interesting, Hilarious, or Otherwise Positive Noteworthy Things from the past week, whether book-related or not, that happened to you. New kickers are always welcome.]

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6. Philosopher of the month: Karl Marx

This October, the OUP Philosophy team are highlighting German social and political theorist Karl Heinrich Marx (5 May 1818 – 14 March 1883) as their Philosopher of the Month. Known as the founder of revolutionary communism, Marx is credited as one of the most influential thinkers for his theoretical framework, widely known as Marxism.

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7. What an Agent Looks For

Obviously an agent wants to see good writing, but what else is important?


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8. New Book I'm Reading...

I read a post on The History Girls blog, by my friend Gillian Polack, in which she mentioned a fascinating book she had read recently, A Drizzle Of Honey: The Lives And Recipes Of Spain's Secret Jews by David M Gitlitz and Linda Kay Davidson.

Of course, I had to have it and it was available on iBooks, so...

It's proving an enjoyable read. There are quite a few history-themed cook books out there, yes. I have a few myself. The Heston Blumenthal one about medieval cooking is great! But it's more of a history book than a cookbook. Which is fine for research and even a bit for cooking.

But this one has a bit of everything and it's not just "how to cook the way they did in medieval Spain" or even "how Jews cooked in medieval Spain" but about what could happen to you in Spain if you were caught cooking in a certain way or at certain times that might suggest you were secretly Jewish, especially after the Inquisition turned up. And a lot of these recipes are based on trial records, when people's neighbours and servants noticed that someone was doing things the Jewish way, maybe too fond of eggplant and chick peas, cooking your Saturday meal on Friday, having a salad with the girls on Saturday arvo... The evidence against one man who was burned at the stake included a type of casserole he had cooked! This has to be the first cookbook I've read where cooking could get you killed.

The authors have found recipes in a number of medieval Spanish and Moorish cookbooks that sounded like the ones mentioned in the trial records. They have made sure the ingredients were available in your average supermarket. And since so many have a lot of saffron in them(as they say, if you used the amount given in some of the recipes you'd have to take out a second mortgage!), they only include saffron where you really can't manage without it. If you just want the colouring, they say, turmeric will do.

Anyway, it looks good so far. I'm hoping to find something I can try, for which I have the ingredients in my pantry, fridge or fruit bowl!

Meanwhile, back to the book.

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9. घर परिवार

घर परिवार 


घर परिवार और समय का महत्व

कल शाम एक जानकार से बात हो रही थी.बातों बातों में मैंने  बताया कि एक टीवी पर बहुत ही अच्छा विज्ञापन आ रहा है जिसमे बेटी अपनी मां को बेटी कह कर पत्र लिखती है और उन्हें ब्लड प्रेशर चैक करने की मशीन भेजती है और लिखती है तुम्हें इसकी जरुररत है तुम्हारी मां … !!पर मेरी इस बात पर वो जानकार उदास हो गईं और बोली कि तुम तो लिखती रहती हो ब्लाग …क्या मेरी बात को लिख दोगी…

मैंने कहा, अरे क्यो नही आप बताईए तो … इस पर वो बोली कि उनकी शादी बहुत अमीर घर मे हुई. हर तरह की सुख सुविधाएं थी. सारा समय किट्टी पार्टी, सोशल वर्क में लगी रही और घर के लिए समय नही दिया. पति वैसे भी ज्यादातर बाहर रहते और उन्होनें दूसरी शादी भी कर ली थी जिसका उन्हें बहुत बाद में पता चला…  बेटा पहली क्लास में हुआ तो मसूरी होस्टल भेज दिया ताकि झंझट ही न रहे… बेटे से मिलने जब भी जाते तो उनके दोस्तों की पूरी फौज जाती ताकि सैर सपाटा और आऊटिंग भी हो जाए…

कभी उसके बालमन को जानने की कोशिश नही की कि उसे भी मेरी, घर की याद आती होगी.. वो भी मेरी गोदी चाह्ता होगा मुझसे लिपट कर रोना चाह्ता होगा. शिकायत करना चाहता होगा … जाने अनजाने बहुत दूर कर लिया मैने उसे अपने आप से … आज वो विदेश में है और शादी कर ली है दो बच्चे भी हैं और खुश है अपनी दुनिया में … आज मैं उसे याद करती हूं मुझे उसकी जरुरत है पर किस मुंह से बुलाऊं … आज बहुत पछतावा है .. काश मैंने उसे समय दिया होता…. काश  उसके बालो पर हाथ फेरा होता….  काश उसे थपकी देकर सुलाया होता तो …आज सब कुछ है मेरे पास पर फिर भी कुछ नही है … बिल्कुल सुनसान है घर … और बेटे की बनाई कुछ तस्वीरे दिखाने लगीं …

भरे हुए गले से वो तस्वीरे दिखाए जा रही थी और मैं अपने आंसुओं को चाह कर भी रोक नही पा रही थी. मैं बस उसका हाथ पकड कर उन्हें सिवाय दिलासा देने के कुछ नही कह पाई और बाहर आकर सोचने लगी कि बहुत जरुरी है अपने परिवार अपने बच्चों को समय देना. ये हमारी सबसे बडी दौलत हैं और इन्हे सहेजना हमारा कर्तव्य… बच्चों के अच्छे भविष्य के लिए बाहर भेजना कोई गलत नही पर जब वो छुटटियों में घर आए या जब हम मिलने जाए तो पूरा स्नेह दर्शाना बहुत जरुरी है… नही तो जैसे मेरी ये जानकार दुखी हैं और पछता रहीं है और रो रही है वैसे हमे भी इसका सामना न करना पडे… बच्चों का अपने पेरेंट्स और पेरेंटस अपने बच्चों की तरफ लगाव और प्यार सदा बना रहे…


घर परिवार और समय का महत्व आपको कैसा लगा …!!! अगर आप भी अपना कोई अनुभव सांझा करना चाहें तो आपका स्वागत है !!!home family photo

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10. Review: Vicious by VE Schwab

In light of VE Schawb recently announcing on twitter that Vicious is getting a sequel (!!), I decided I needed to review this book here. ASAP. Because it is glorious. It’s about super villains! It’s dark and scary and evil and full of anti-heroes with complex backstories and warped thinking to justify their evil intentions. Also […]

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11. Grave News

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12. Wands and Worlds Has Moved

After ten years, it's time for a change. I've moved to a new blog platform, and have other changes planned. Don't worry, I'll still be covering mainly children's and YA fantasy and science fiction, but I hope to post more frequently and be a little more relaxed about it. Please see the new blog at blog.wandsandworlds.com and don't forget to update your blog reader!

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13. Inktober 2015 - Day 3

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14. it was a busy september....

working on some woodland animals...

and a couple commissions. haven't been great at blogging this week...:(

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15. Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Apply for An ALSC Professional Award

ALSC Professional Awards

Get your application in for an ALSC professional award today! (image courtesy ALSC)

It’s ALSC professional award season and our goal this year is to see you apply for one of these great grants and scholarships. To help you understand why, we’ve prepared a list of the top ten reasons why you should apply for award or grant this fall!

1. Programs are expense

ALSC has a bunch of great grants that will help cover the cost of materials, speakers fees, and other assorted costs.

2. Your boss will love it

Nothing says, go-getter like going and getting a grant or award. Especially for early-career professionals! Go get ’em!

3. Your community will love it

Awards and grants are great public relations fodder. When you win, you can share the news with your local newspaper. Brag a little!

4. A gateway to becoming more involved

ALSC professional award winners are in a special community among themselves. Winning an award with ALSC shows that you are ready for bigger things. Think of the places you’ll go, for instance, if you won the Bechtel Fellowship and spent four week studying children’s literature at the University of Florida’s Baldwin Library!

5. Take advantage of membership

Most ALSC professional awards are open to ALSC members, so make sure to use this benefit to your advantage.

6. Host a famous author or illustrator

This is specific to one amazing award…the Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Award. You could bring a recognized author/illustrator to your school or library!

7. Showcase your great ideas

Think you have a really innovative and exceptional program? This is a great way to show it off. Apply for a grant like the Light the Way or Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Grant which recognize outstanding ideas.

8. We tailored these specifically to librarians involved in youth services

You’re probably already doing these things in your library, so why not get recognized for it?

9. You can also recognize someone else!

The ALSC Distinguished Service Award recognizes an ALSC member who has made significant contributions to and an impact on, library services to children and ALSC. Know someone like that? Nominate him or her!

10. Money doesn’t grow on trees..nor do books!

Maybe your parents told you this at one point, but it’s true! ALSC grants and awards are a great way to supplement your library budget. If you’re in a small library that wants to build your collection, consider applying for the Bookapalooza program (applications open soon)!

Hurry! Many ALSC professional awards have deadlines of November 1, 2015. 

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16. Best Selling Young Adult Books | October 2015

This month, the best selling young adult titles include books by super-talents Neil Gaiman, Chris Riddell, Rainbow Rowell and Sarah Dessen.

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17. Random robotics

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18. What is your favourite Shakespeare adaptation?

In anticipation of Shakespeare celebrations next year, we asked Oxford University Press and Oxford University staff members to choose their favourite Shakespeare adaptation. From classic to contemporary, the obscure to the infamous, we've collected a whole range of faithful and quirky translations from play text to film. Did your favourite film or television programme make the list?

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19. Charles Mudede for Seattle Review of Books

Each week I will feature a different author portrait in this new Seattle Review of Books column "Portrait Gallery."

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20. Archive: Ian Rankin

       In the Daily Record they're reporting that Rebus author Ian Rankin aims to leave his literary archive to the National Library of Scotland.
       He kindly wants to donate his archive -- including "his boxes of receipts, bills" -- though it's unclear how much insight his faded faxes will offer scholars:

"I was going through some boxes of stuff recently, stuff from the late 80s when the fax machine was god, and I had all these rolls of shiny fax paper, and they have now faded to blank sheets.

"I have just got boxes full of blank sheets of paper, where faxes once were, probably from my publisher.
       (Quite a few of the Rebus-novels are under review at the complete review, beginning with the first, Knots and Crosses.)

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21. Telltale Games MINECRAFT: STORY MODE To World Premiere In LA

Telltale Games rolls out the redstone carpet for the Minecraft Community in LA

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22. Archive: Maurice Blanchot

       Via I'm pointed to the report at Harvard University's Houghton Library's weblog, Modern Books and Manuscripts, that Maurice Blanchot papers acquired by Harvard -- some twenty cartons worth.
       I suspect not everything is ... revelatory ("Real estate transactions including the sale of 48 rue Madame, 27 rue de Vaugirard. 1 folder" or "Wall calendars: 1965, 1971"), but a lot is intriguing -- including the: "Correspondence including Jacques Derrida, Edmond Jabès, Monique Antelme, Jacques Abeille, René Char, and presidents of France" (presidents ! plural !).

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23. Hiromasa Yonebayashi On ‘When Marnie Was There,’ Being Scolded By Miyazaki, and Studio Ghibli’s Future

Yonebayashi's second feature "When Marnie Was There" arrives on Blu-ray next week.

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24. Celebrating World Teachers’ Day on Two Writing Teachers #WorldTeachersDay

October 5 is World Teachers' Day. Thank you, teachers, for all you do!

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25. #743-45 – Charley Harper’s Animal Alphabet, Count the Birds and Book of Colors by Zoe Burke and Charley Harper

Charley Harper’s Animal Alphabet— Count the Birds — Book of Colors Written by Zoe Burke Illustrated by Charley Harper Pomegranate Kids     6/30/2015 978-0-7649-7233-1 — 978-0-7649-7246-1 — 978-0-7649-7261-4 20 pages     Age 1—3 Today is not December 8th, but that is the date of Charley Harper Day in Cincinnati, Ohio where Mr. Harper …

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