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1. When Hitler Stole the Pink Rabbit written and illustrated by Judith Kerr, 192 pp, RL 4

  Because my mother taught fourth and fifth grade for almost two decades I have known about Judith Kerr's book When Hitler Stole the Pink Rabbit for almost as long as I have known about her Mog the Cat books. For some reason, though, I never put two and two together and it wasn't until I sat down to write about one of my favorite childhood books, Mog the Forgetful Cat, that I discovered that

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2. Webcomic alert: Witness the economic struggle of the cartoonist in ICE CREAM by Alex Fellows

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Here’s a comic that sums up all the money stuff we’ve been talking about for the last few weeks. The unnamed cartoonist in Alex Fellows’ ICE CREAM has just purchased a fancy refrigerator he can’t really afford. I think most of us will empathize with the financial soul searching, credit card juggling and marital discord that follows.

I could pull any number of panels in this comic but here’s just one.

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Ouch.

I wasn’t familiar with Fellows work, but he won a Xeric in 2002 for Blank Slate and a Doug Wright Award for Best Emerging Talent in 2011 for his comic, Spain and Morocco. You can see more of his work here. I’ll definitely be following Ice Cream!

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3. A New Book to Spark an Interest in World War II History

INTO THE KILLING SEAS is a fictional retelling of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis in the waning days of World War II.

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4. Hedge funds and litigation: A brave new world

Hedge funds and other investment funds are emerging as sophisticated litigators, viewing litigation as an asset, which can create value and mitigate risk, rather than something to be avoided or feared. As a consequence, both the market and various legal systems are being disciplined and developed. How and why is this happening? Willing to litigate relentlessly and fearlessly, hedge funds will seek out and find gaps in documents and uncertainties in the law, and exploit them with ruthless efficiency, entering new legal territory and pushing the boundary of legal theories.

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5. Work in Progress

An illustration piece in progress -


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6. HKW International Literary Prize

       The've announced that Amos Oz's הבשורה על פי יהודה, in Mirjam Pressler's German translation (as Judas) has won this year's Internationaler Literaturpreis - Haus der Kulturen der Welt -- the big (€25,000 for the author, and €10,000 for the translator) German best translated (contemporary) book award; see also, for example, Sabine Peschel's report Amos Oz wins major German literature award at DeutscheWelle.
       It no doubt will appear in English translation eventually, but it hasn't yet. (Hey, why shouldn't it appear in ... say, Brazil before it comes out in the US/UK provinces, right ? I do note, however, without comment, that Oz is handled by 'literary' agent Andrew Wylie.)

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7. Spotlight and Giveaway: The Perfect Bargain by Julia London

 
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THE PERFECT BARGAIN
How to Marry a Highlander # 1
By: Julia London writing as Jessa McAdams
Releasing June 30, 2015
Entangled: Lovestruck

 

American lass seeks brawny Scot…

As if being newly single isn’t brutal enough, Sloane Chatfield’s friends are getting obnoxious about setting her up. When Sloane insists she’s waiting for a certain sexy fictional Highlander to come along, her friends surprise her with a trip to Scotland to find her a new boyfriend. She’d rather have a root canal. But if she can find a Highland hunk to “break her heart” before her friends arrive…

In a remote Highland village, Galen Buchanan is struggling to keep the family pub afloat. Everything is falling apart, he’s running out of money, and now there’s an opinionated American lass parked at his best table, driving him mad. But then Sloane asks Galen to be her pretend Highland boyfriend…and offers him enough money to save the pub. It’s only for a few days, he figures. What’s the worst that could happen?

 

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“I happen to be quite good at sizing people up, and you, lass, are spoiled. Donna take it personally—it’s an American thing,” he said casually, as if that were a foregone conclusion.

Now Sloane was indignant.“Watch yourself, Braveheart,” she said, poking him in the arm. “And anyway, how is that even remotely an American thing?”

“It’s the way Americans view the rest of the world,” he said. “Americans think the Loch Ness monster exists, and that we all live in the Highlands in a Braveheart movie. Or, you all read Trainspotting in school and think we’re all on drugs. You think Scots believe in unicorns and our national pastime is the caber toss, and our calendars are manly men in kilts holding kittens.”

“Is there really a calendar like that?” she asked, perking up. If there was, she’d be picking one up before she headed back to the States.

All she got in response to that was an I-told-you-so look.

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Julia London is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author of more than thirty romantic fiction novels. She is the author of the popular Cabot Sisters historical series, including The Trouble with Honor, The Devil Takes a Bride, and the The Scoundrel and the Debutante. She is also the author of several acclaimed contemporary romances, including The Cedar Springs series, and the recent Homecoming Ranch, Return to Homecoming Ranch, and The Perfect Homecoming. Julia has added a short contemporary series to her titles as well, including The Perfect Bargain, writing under the name Jessa McAdams.


Julia is the recipient of the RT Bookclub Award for Best Historical Romance and a four time finalist for the prestigious RITA award for excellence in romantic fiction. To keep up with all the Julia London news, please visit http://www.julialondon.com. Follow her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/julialondon



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8. A West Ender’s stop on Broadway

We’ve got one day here and not another minute…”. Well, not one day exactly, but just five—a short week’s stay in NYC from England, and four nights to catch a few shows. So how to choose? The first choices were easy: two new productions of classic musical comedies, and as it happens, shows by the same team of writers. Betty Comden and Adolph Green were veterans of Broadway by the time they came to write On the Twentieth Century (1978), though merely young starlets when they first scored a hit with On the Town (1944).

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9. Ist wie sandstein Chlor Verschönern eine andere Bezug


In Toronto, das sind stellen Auch. Wenn Sie beabsichtigen auf Einrichtung sandstein hamburg ein brandneues Dielen, erreichen merken Ihre Treppe. Sie können Neues Teppichböden Jogging Abnahme das Zentrum Ihre Treppe wenn Sie usw. Wählen Sie. Es gibt eine Sache anspruchsvolle Bezug Hartholz natursteine hamburg Treppen für die Treppe in Ihrem Haus für die in Ihrem Haus. Sie werden scheinen viel besser als Menschen Regel versichert mit Teppiche und Verwendung legene. Für den Fall, Sie Kasse Teppichboden Treppen sehen Sie über die Ecken nach kurz in dem Aussehen sehr gut angelegt genutzt. Für den Fall, Sie interessiert sind Sie.


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10. CARDS - paperchase

And also catching my eye at Paperchase were these small but very beautiful letterpress greetings cards. Covering Birthdays, Thank you, and some left blank for any purpose it's a really striking collection.

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11. 100 years of black music

Celebrate the end of Black Music Month with this timeline highlighting over 100 years of music created and produced by influential African-Americans. Kenny Gamble, Ed Wright, and Dyana Williams developed the idea for Black Music Month back in 1979 as a way to annually show appreciate for black music icons. After lobbying, President Jimmy Carter hosted a reception to formally recognize the month.

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12. ‘Inside Out’ and ‘Minions’ Are Pulling In Big Box Office

Not one, but two animated features are currently raking in big box office bucks.

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13. Hart-Celler and a watershed in American immigration

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the congressional passage of the Hart-Celler Immigration and Nationality Act, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. It was the culmination of a trend toward reforming immigrant admissions and naturalization policies that had gathered momentum in the early years of the Cold War era.

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14. PAPERCHASE - back to school

And we end to today with a preview of some of things we can expect from Paperchase's forthcoming 'Back to School' ranges. The children may not have even started their summer holiday's yet but retailers like to get ahead. For older students these digital type designs caught my eye. Other new arrivals include several collections Wild Aztec, Speech Bubble, and Pony Party. These designs will be on

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15. Spotlight and Giveaway: Summer at the Shore by VK Sykes

This morning I have an excerpt and giveaway for Summer at the Shore!

About Summer at the Shore

JUST A SUMMER FLING?
Morgan Merrifield sacrificed her teaching career to try to save her family’s bed-and-breakfast and care for her younger sister. She can’t let herself get distracted by Ryan Butler. After all, the rugged ex-Special Forces soldier is only in Seashell Bay for the summer. But her longtime crush soon flares into real desire-and with one irresistible kiss, she’s swept away.


Ryan values his freedom. As much as he wants Morgan, he’s not ready to settle down with anyone, much less in sleepy Seashell Bay. But his code of honor doesn’t allow him to leave a woman in distress-and she’s in desperate need of help to fix the inn. It only takes one day working under the same roof and Ryan is already hoping for a lifetime of hot summer nights . . .

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About VK Sykes

V. K. Sykes is a wife/husband writing team -Vanessa Kelly and Randall Sykes – who write romantic suspense and single-title contemporary romance.  One of the great things they appreciate about being writers is that they can work anywhere so Vanessa and Randy split their time between Ontario, Canada, in the summer and Florida in the winter. Both locations have shores just as beautiful as the imaginary Seashell Bay.

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This time, the smile did reach his eyes. He slid an arm around her waist. “If I wanted company, Kristi’s not the woman at Golden Sunset I’d want in my room.” His arm tightened around her waist, gently pulling her against his naked torso.

Morgan froze, staring at him. The slowly building heat in his gaze sure didn’t look like a joke, nor did the arm around her waist feel like just a friendly gesture—not when she was plastered against all that warm, brawny muscle. And honest to God, she hadn’t a clue how to react.

Liar.

His eyebrows ticked up, then he sighed and withdrew his arm. “Sorry. I made you uncomfortable.”

“You just kind of surprised me.” Morgan swallowed past a lump in her throat. God, she didn’t want him to let her go. “But we seem to be making a habit of this, don’t we?”

He smiled wryly. “If twice constitutes a habit.”

She sucked in a deep breath and decided it was time for some frank talk. “You know I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t feeling the same, Ryan. Like practically every minute since I saw you on the ferry.”

“I hear a ‘but’ coming.”

How could she explain how terribly vulnerable she felt? Between her father’s death, her worries for Sabrina, and her insecurity about her own future, she was close to being an emotional basket case. How could she possibly risk a summer hookup with Ryan? That would lead to a world of hurt down the road—especially since he’d just made it blazingly clear that he avoided long-term commitments.

“But I’m . . . I’m not there emotionally, Ryan. I don’t think I could handle it, no matter how much I might want to. I’m kind of a wreck right now.” She briefly nestled her face against his shoulder. “I’m really sorry.”

“Don’t be. I get where you’re coming from.” Ryan gave his head a shake. “I’m just finding it damn near impossible to ignore all this crazy chemistry between us. Hell, sometimes it feels like I’ve got a grenade inside me.”

Boy, that was exactly how she felt. If Ryan grabbed her and kissed her now, she’d probably be lost. They’d end up naked on this pebbly beach, getting busy in plain view of every boater sailing down the channel.

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16. Truth and Fiction: Girl Cliques

My daughter just finished first grade—a year of filled with holiday parties, cutesy art projects, and learning to read. It would’ve been altogether wonderful if it wasn’t for the mean girl. Yes, the 6-year-old mean girl. It wasn’t anything major, just your typical using-guilt-to-manipulate, ruling-the-first-grade-roost-with-a-pink-clad-fist kind of thing. It ended up being a great learning experience for my daughter, as we were able to teach her some valuable life lessons and give her the tools necessary for dealing with not-nice people. But honestly, in the beginning, I was totally at a loss.

Growing up, I didn’t understand girls; girl relationships were complicated with way too much subtext for me to figure out. So I hung out with boys. Boys were straightforward. I didn’t have to play games or curry favor in order to be friends with them. But my daughter’s a social BEAST. She wants to be friends with everyone and play with everyone and my advice to avoid the little Napoleon just didn’t fly with her. Then one of my friends told me about this book she had read. So I checked out Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman. And oh boy did I get an education.

This book, to put it simply, is AWESOME. Written by a former educator who has spent most of her life studying teens and their group dynamics, it pulls back the curtain to reveal the intricacies of the typical girl clique: the players and their roles, currency within the group, what motivates them, and a ton of other stuff. This book has been incredibly useful because it’s TRUE; as I’ve looked back over my experiences with other girls, I’ve seen it played out at all different ages and in different groups. When I shared what I’d learned with my neighbor, she said that she’s unfortunately seeing this among the women at the nursing home when she goes to visit her 80-year-old grandmother.

So as the mother of even a six-year-old girl, I’ve found this information to be really helpful.  As someone who would like to relentlessly stamp out bullying, it’s invaluable.  But I’m blogging about it today because of its practical use for writers—because if you’re writing about girls (or even women), the information can come in really handy.

As I say in most of my webinars and workshops, one of our most important jobs as authors is to make readers care about our characters. And one way to do that is to write characters who are believable. If your writing involves girls and the popular girl clique, it’s important to understand the way these groups typically operate, so you can write their dynamics in a way that rings true with readers.

Now, I’m just getting started and I know that some of you are already bristling, so please allow me to disclaim. The information from Wiseman’s book is applied mostly to the popular girl clique, not to every group of girls; girl groups do exist that are healthy and positive. Dynamics within these popular cliques are often (but not always) similar. While I’ll be sharing these commonalities, I understand that every human being is intrinsically different and not all girls fit this mold. But by understanding how the dynamics typically work, we will hopefully be able to 1) write girl groups realistically, according to the way they tend to exist, or 2) turn the cliché on its ear by using the information to write girls in a new and fresh way.

Enough posturing ;). Let’s get to it…

According to Wiseman, most girl cliques have an established social structure, with each person playing a clearly-defined position. Today I’d like to focus on those roles within the popular girl group, and what they typically look like.

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Wiseman’s book was the basis for the movie “Mean Girls”

The Queen Bee 

  • Reigns through a combination of charisma, force, money, looks, and social intelligence
  • Strengthens her power and influence by weakening girls’ relationships with each other
  • Is usually at the center of the group
  • Transfers affections from one girl to another as she deems strategically appropriate
  • Seeks revenge when someone has “wronged” her
  • Uses subversive means to maintain control or subdue a perceived threat
  • Is always in control
  • Can manipulate girls, boys, and even adults to get them to do what she wants

The Sidekick

  • Gains power by being in close proximity to the Queen Bee
  • Is closest to the Queen Bee
  • Unquestioningly backs the Queen Bee
  • Works with the Queen Bee to intimidate and bully other girls to get them back in line
  • Becomes jealous if the Queen Bee warms to other girls
  • Often loses her sense of identity as she adopts the Queen Bee’s attitudes, likes, and dislikes as her own

The Banker

  • Gains power by being the one who always knows what’s going on
  • Is the confidant of the group; can easily get information out of other girls
  • Uses learned information strategically against other girls
  • Causes conflict through the sharing of information

The Messenger

  • Gains power out of her ability to “save” relationships and resolve conflict
  • Delivers information about others, but does so out of a desire to act as mediator
  • Appears to be a peacemaker, as she’s always trying to fix people’s problems
  • Loves to create drama
  • Is always involving herself in other people’s conflicts

The Wannabe

  • Gains power by feeling that she belongs in the group
  • Will do anything to keep her spot in the group
  • Imitates the behavior of the others in the group
  • Is always currying favor from those in a position of power
  • Has no sense of personal identity as she takes on the likes, dislikes, and opinions of the powerful girls in the group

The Torn Bystander

  • Gains power through her silence, which she utilizes so she can stay in the group
  • Often disagrees with how the group treats people but is afraid to act on those beliefs
  • Rationalizes her decisions to not oppose the group
  • Often has to choose between friends in the group
  • Tries to accommodate everyone
  • Toes the line when she’s with the powerful girls but is often a truer version of herself when she’s not with them

The Target

  • Has no power within the group
  • Is at the bottom of the pecking order within the group
  • Is often made fun of or humiliated by the other girls
  • Doesn’t truly feel part of the group
  • Will change herself in an effort to fit in

The Champion

  • Gains power by knowing she’s liked for who she is as a person rather than who she is within the group
  • Belongs to different groups and can move freely between them
  • Is able to take criticism
  • Doesn’t view or treat people as commodities in the social game
  • Stands up to the Queen Bee when she feels it’s necessary
  • Treats people with dignity and respect

So there you have it. In most popular girl cliques, these are the players. Depending on the size of the group, some of these can be missing, or numerous roles may be combined and taken on by one member. What’s interesting is that while most parents would say that their daughter is The Champion of her group, most parents would be fooling themselves. But the fact is that every girl can have champion moments; it’s these moments of growth that give girls the strength and confidence to rise above their roles, move out of these relationships—which are sometimes abusive—and become better versions of themselves. In books, it’s these champion moments that provide important crossroads scenarios that can propel our heroes along their character arcs and help them become happier and healthier characters.

So when you’re writing a story where your main character is part of a group like this, consider this information and ask yourself the following questions:

  • Which role does my hero play?
  • Is she satisfied or conflicted about the role she plays?
  • At the end of the story, will she be in the same position?
  • At the end of the story, will she be in the same group?
  • What will she gain by changing her role?
  • What will she lose by staying the same?
  • Who is speaking truth into her life? Who is challenging her?
  • What circumstance would make her rise above her role?

Here are some questions to consider if you’re looking to switch things up:

  • How can I make my girl group different?
  • How does the dynamic change if I remove one or more of the players?
  • What new roles can I add?
  • Does any one character play more than one role?
  • What other ways can a girl gain power within the group? What role might emerge out of a desire to gain power in that way?
  • What character could I add that would throw the group into disarray?
  • If the Queen Bee abruptly disappeared, what would happen to the group? Would it fall apart? Would someone new rise to take her place? Would that person come from within or outside of the group?

I hope I’ve given you some helpful information today, or at least some food for thought—either for a writing project or your own personal introspection. If you’re interested in learning more about girl dynamics, do check out Queen Bees and Wannabes. And because I’m just figuring all of this girl stuff out, I’d love to hear any comments, opinions, or girl-group stories that you’d be willing to share.

photo credit: Yoko @ Creative Commons

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17. बच्चे और कार्टून चैनल

                 बच्चे और कार्टून चैनल –   बहुत सारे बच्चे पार्क में खेलते हुए बतिया रहे थे कुछ स्कूल की तो कुछ होम वर्क की बाते कर रहे थे और एक बच्चों का समूह शायद थक हार कर बैठ गया था  और उनके बीच शुरु हो गया  कार्टून का वार्तालाप. सभी अपनी अपनी पसंद के कार्टून बता रहे थे. किसी को डेक्स्टर किसी को पावर पफ गर्ल तो किसी क शिन चैन पसंद है…

शिन चैन का नाम लेते ही मुझे  याद आया कि कुछ दिनों पहले जब शिन चैन देख अतो उसकी शब्दावली ऐसी थी कि अगर बच्चे बोले तो …. अच्छा नही लगेगा. वैसे  एक ये भी महसूस की कि अगर कोई मूवी डब हो हिंदी में या कार्टून हिंदी मे डब हो तो भाषा बहुत गंदी इस्तेमाल करते हैं जबकि आम बोल चाल मॆं ऐसा नही होता.

इसी की कुछ और बाते सर्च करने के लिए मैनें पर देखा.

आजकल कार्टून की दुनिया भी अपनी सोच और हास्य में बॉलीवुड फ़िल्मों की तरह हो गई है. फ़िल्मों पर ‘क़ैंची’ चलनी तो आम बात थी ही अब बच्चों के कार्टूनों पर भी क़ैंची लगने लगी है.

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आजकल कार्टून की दुनिया भी अपनी सोच और हास्य में बॉलीवुड फ़िल्मों की तरह हो गई है. फ़िल्मों पर ‘क़ैंची’ चलनी तो आम बात थी ही अब बच्चों के कार्टूनों पर भी क़ैंची लगने लगी है.

जिन कार्टूनों को देखकर बच्चे हँसते हैं, ख़ुश होते हैं उन पर भी ‘कैंची’ चलने का दौर शुरू हो गया है.

भारत में पिछले एक दशक में ‘जापानी’ कार्टूनों ने अपना दबदबा बनाया है. जो बच्चे ‘टॉम एंड जेरी’ और ‘टेलस्पिन’ जैसे कार्टून देखा करते थे. वहीँ आज ‘डोरेमोन’, ‘शिनचैन’ जैसे कार्टून चरित्रों के दीवाने हैं.

बी.सी.सी.सी, यानि ‘ब्राडकास्टिंग कंटेंट कम्प्लेंट्स काउंसिल’ एक संस्था है. यहां टेलीविज़न पर दिखाए जा रहे कार्यक्रम के ‘आपत्तिजनक’ दृश्यों के विरोध में कोई भी शिकायत दर्ज करा सकता है.

हाल ही में बी.सी.सी.सी में बहुत से माता पिता ने शिकायतें दर्ज कीं. इन शिकायतों में कहा गया कि कार्टून चैनल ‘अनुचित’ दृश्य दिखा रहे हैं. बी.सी.सी.सी ने तुरंत इन कार्टून चैनलों को हिदायत दी की वे ऐसा कोई दृश्य न दिखाए जो बच्चों के लिए ठीक न हों.

अब कार्टून चैनल आपत्तिजनक दृश्यों को हटा कर उन्हें बिलकुल ही नए रूप में ढाल रहे हैं.

डबिंग इंडस्ट्री के निर्देशक या क्रिएटिव एक्सपर्ट ऐसे कार्टूनों पर अपनी पैनी नज़रें जमाए रखते हैं. उन्हें बदल कर वे ऐसे कार्टून तैयार करते हैं जिसके चाहने वाले देश भर के बच्चे होते हैं.

कार्टून किरदारों को डब करते वक़्त छोटी मोटी तब्दीलियाँ अक्सर हर विदेशी कार्टून और प्रोग्राम में करनी पड़ती है. क्योंकि उनके विचार स्थानीय दर्शकों के विचारों से मेल नहीं खाते.

पर कई बार कार्टून की तब्दीलियाँ काफ़ी अजीब और मज़ेदार होती हैं.

अलका शर्मा अरसे से शिनचैन की आवाज़ रही. ‘शिनचैन’ जापानी कार्टून है. वह एक पांच साल का बच्चा है और अपने माता पिता और बहन के साथ रहता है.

शिनचैन बेहद नटखट किरदार है और बच्चों में ख़ासा लोकप्रिय है. अलका शर्मा ने ‘शिनचैन’ में हुई कुछ मज़ेदार तब्दीलियों के बारे में बताया.

अलका बताती हैं की कई बार डबिंग डायरेक्टर स्क्रिप्ट बदल देते थे.

वे कहती हैं, “अक्सर हम ‘ओरिजिनल’ स्क्रिप्ट को छोड़ देते थे और स्क्रीन पर शिनचैन जो कर रहा है उसी से एक नयी कहानी बना लेते थे.”

उन्होंने आगे बताया, “अगर कोई ख़ूबसूरत लड़की जा रही है तो शिनचैन ‘ओरिजिनल’ स्क्रिप्ट में कहता था ‘ओये होट्टी मेरे साथ डेट पर चलोगी’. तो हम उसे बदल कर बोलते थे ‘अरे दीदी! आपकी ड्रेसिंग सेंस तो बहुत अच्छी है. मुझे भी अपने साथ शौपिंग पर ले चलो.’ इस तरह से हम उसे बिल्कुल सरल और सभ्य बना देते थे.’ See more…

 

 

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एक सूत्र ने कहा कि 72 साल के महानायक ने ‘एस्ट्रा फोर्स’ कार्टून के लिए एंटरटेनमेंट कंपनी ग्राफिक इंडिया और डिजनी से हाथ मिलाया है. इस सुपरहीरो की रचना अमिताभ और ग्राफिक इंडिया के सीईओ और सहसंस्थापक शरद देवराजन को करनी है. अमिताभ बच्चन के सुपरहीरो अवतार वाली इस काटूर्न सी‍रीज को डिजनी चैनल लॉन्च करेगा. यह कार्टून हंसी-मजाक, मारधाड़ , रोमांच और रहस्य से भरपूर बताया गया है.

अमिताभ छोटे पर्दे पर इससे पहले रियलिटी शो ‘कौन बनेगा करोड़पति’ के सूत्रधार के रूप में और धारावाहिक ‘युद्ध’ में मुख्य भूमिका में नजर आ चुके हैं. Read more…

कार्टून साफ सुथरी हों प्रेरक हों तो बहुत कुछ हम इनसे सीख सकते हैं जैसाकि बचपन में हम अमर चित्र कथा पढ कर सीखते थे. अगर सुधार नही होगा हर बच्चा बहुत शान से शीन चैन जैसे किरदार बोलता नजर आएगा और हमारी आखॆ शर्म से झुकती चली जाएगी …

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18. Coloring Page Tuesday - Happy Independence Day!

     Happy Independence Day! The 4th of July is Saturday and I have to say, I am feeling especially proud to be an American this week!! Hope is in the air as is love! Here are two teddies to help you celebrate.
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19. The Princess and The Pony Giveaway

The Princess and The Pony by Kate Beaton

The Princess and The Pony by Kate Beaton

Hark! A giveaway! Read on for excerpts from cartoonist Kate Beaton's debut picture book,  The Princess and The Pony! Click the images for larger versions.

About the Book

Princess Pinecone knows exactly what she wants for her birthday this year. A BIG horse. A STRONG horse. A horse fit for a WARRIOR PRINCESS! But when the day arrives, she doesn't quite get the horse of her dreams...

From the artist behind the comic phenomenon Hark! A VagrantThe Princess and the Pony is a laugh-out-loud story of brave warriors, big surprises, and falling in love with one unforgettable little pony.

About the Author

Photo credit: Notker Mahr

Photo credit: Notker Mahr

Kate Beaton is the author of Hark! A Vagrant, her #1 New York Times bestselling collection of comics which began as a webcomic in 2007. The Princess and the Pony is her first picture book. She is the recipient of multiple Harvey awards, and her work has been featured in the New Yorker, Harper’s, and The Best American Comics Anthology. Kate lives in Toronto, and you can find her online at www.beatontown.com and on Twitter as @beatonna.


Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Samples & prizing are provided by Scholastic.

Alethea's Review

You can't really say I'm unbiased, since I've been a fan of Kate Beaton's work since before Hark! A Vagrant was available in book form. Her webcomic is off-color but still very clever, entertainingly drawn, and well-written. The Princess and The Pony is a lot less off-color and more colorful, and Beaton's signature sense of humor shines throughout.

The Princess and The Pony, pages 3-4

The Princess and The Pony, pages 3-4

Princess Pinecone is no ordinary princess. She's the offspring of two mighty warriors who rule over a land full of fighters, rogues, barbarians, and the like. And she would not like another cozy sweater for her birthday. Instead, she wants a mighty steed, a stallion, a powerful mount to ride into battle! Except, as things go, she may wish she had been more specific.

The Princess and The Pony, pages 7-8

The Princess and The Pony, pages 7-8

I mean, look at this pony. It's chubby. It's a little boss-eyed. It's a bit gassy. It couldn't strike fear into the heart of a romaine lettuce you're about to conquer. Princess Pinecone isn't happy with her present, but she tries to make the best of things.

The Princess and The Pony, pages 29-30

The Princess and The Pony, pages 29-30

Beaton's debut picture book does not disappoint. In addition to great artwork, a hilarious story, and a farty little pony, many readers will appreciate the biracial origins of Princess Pinecone, whose parents are a statuesque dark-skinned gladiatrix mom and a blond-bearded Viking dad. The knitter in me also appreciates all of the fun, silly, though not battle-appropriate cozy sweaters. If you get your hands on this book, make sure you take a moment to check out the back endpapers!

5 Stars - Stay up all night

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20. Guest Post and Giveaway: Once Upon a Cowboy by Maggie McGinnis

Maggie McGinnis dropped by the virtual offices to celebrate the release of Once Upon a Cowboy. Check it out!

Why I Stick to the Sweet Side by Maggie McGinnis

Thanks so much for hosting me today! I’m so excited to celebrate the release of Once Upon a Cowboy with you!

When I first started writing romance, I was pretty secretive about it. After all, I had children … and a mother … and a mother-in-LAW, for God’s sake. What if I was lucky enough to get published? They might—gasp—read my books. And then they’d look at me differently, right? Seriously, we’re talking native New Englanders here. We did not talk of such things as romance in my house, even though clearly, something had happened there at least three times, since I had two brothers.

When I wrote my first sex scene, I immediately chopped it out of the manuscript and saved it in a new file that I named “grocery list.” I mean, what if I keeled over from some mystery illness and my mother ended up in charge of sorting out the files on my laptop? If she came across that scene, the poor woman would be rinsing her eyes for weeks!

Weeks later, I tried again. Chopped it again. Filed it again.

Clearly, my sex scenes were destined to live life undercover … as grocery lists.

Luckily, I found my niche in the world of sweet romance. There’s a whole world of hotness implicit in creating gorgeous sexual tension, and when it comes time for Tab A and Slot B, I can close the proverbial door and let your own imagination take over. There are a gazillion authors out there who write sex really, really well, and I’m happy to recommend them. I’m just … not them.

That said, my grocery list file has become a folder, and I have quite a collection of … lists in there right now. Who knows? Maybe Maggie McGinnis has a hot-hot twin who might someday be able to pull off the whole hot-writing gig.

Just please don’t tell my mother.

How about you? Do you prefer your romances to be on the sweet side? Or super-steamy?

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Once Upon a Cowboy
Whisper Creek # 1

By: Maggie McGinnis

Releasing June 30, 2015

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Blurb

In this sexy Whisper Creek romance for readers of Kristan Higgins, Susan Mallery, and Molly O’Keefe, a red-hot cowboy uses some Montana magic to give a reclusive beauty her happily ever after.

Yoga instructor Jessalyn Alcott radiates peace, calm, and serenity—on the outside. Inside, she still feels like the broken, desperate girl from the trailer park. She’s got dark secrets she can’t share, which is why she never lets her relationships go beyond the third date. But when she travels to the Whisper Creek dude ranch for a friend’s wedding, Jess is enchanted by a cowboy whose deep blue eyes, dimpled smile, and rock-hard body make it tough to remember why she keeps running scared.

Cole Driscoll has struggled to find his place on a family ranch where he’s always played second fiddle. His future might be uncertain, but he’s sure of one thing: He wants Jess by his side. Easier said than done. When it comes to getting close, she’s full of excuses, and he longs to fix the hurt he sees in her eyes. Now that she’s at Whisper Creek, there’s nothing he wants more than to break down the walls around her heart and heal her pain with the power of love.

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Maggie McGinnis, USA Today Bestselling Author of Accidental Cowgirl and Driving Without a License, which was a finalist for Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award is a former high school English teacher, an accomplished musician, and a certified black belt, who lives in New England with her family.

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 Excerpt:

“No. I will not pose for some crazy beefcake calendar. Not happening.” Cole put one hand up, palm toward his sister-in-law as he reached into the fridge for a bottled water. He’d just finished leading a trail ride out to the cliffs, and had stopped by the main lodge for a quick drink.

Kyla smiled sweetly. “It’s not a beefcake calendar. It’s a Men-of-Whisper-Creek memento.”

“Beefcake.”

“Cole! You know it would be a great moneymaker. Every woman who stays here at the ranch would take one home with her.”

Cole shivered dramatically. “That doesn’t make me feel better.” He pointed out the window. “Go take pictures of the scenery! Look! Blue skies, rolling grasslands, big snow-capped mountains in the distance. Make that calendar.”

“Come on. We’ll just take a few pictures. You’d have final say over what shots I use.”

“No.” Cole sighed. He loved Kyla like a sister, and her ideas had been bringing in more money than they’d ever made before she came along, but a calendar? That was putting things over the top.

“Kyla, remember when you thought we should get goats?”

“Mm-hmm. I was right, right?”

“You were right. Kids love them.” He put up one finger, then raised a second one. “And remember when you thought we should add a spa package?”

She nodded. “Right about that, too.”

“Yes.” He put up the rest of the fingers on his right hand. “Also right about the wedding gazebo and the Shetlands and the fishing excursions.”

“Sounds like I’m five for five.” She raised an eyebrow in challenge.

“Exactly. So let’s not mess with your perfect record by pimping out the cowboys for a calendar, okay?”

“Not all of the cowboys. Just a select few. Like, twelve.”

He shook his head. “Not happening.”

“Cole, we have the hottest cowboys in Montana. It makes business sense to capitalize on that and you know it.”

Before he could formulate an answer, Ma blew into the huge country kitchen with a laundry basket full of towels.

“What’s all this jawing about in here?”

Cole raised his eyebrows at Kyla, silently daring her to tell Ma she wanted to put together a cowboy calendar. No way would Ma go for it, and they both knew it.

With a flick of her head, Kyla turned to Ma. “I was just telling Cole I think we should do a Whisper Creek calendar.”

Shit.

Ma pursed her lips, nodding carefully. “Cowboys?”

“Yes.”

Ma smiled benignly as she picked up a towel, folding carefully. “I think it’s a great idea. Is he campaigning to be Mr. February?”

Kyla shot a superior look his way, huge grin on her face, and Cole could do nothing but sigh, slap on his Stetson, and head for the door. Great. Outnumbered once again.

“I’ll let you know when we need you for the photo shoot,” Kyla called.

He opened the door. “And I’ll let you know when I’m headed to Alaska.”

As he walked toward the stable, he saw his brother working one of their new ponies on a long lead in the corral. He approached slowly so he wouldn’t startle them, settling his arms on the top rail as he watched.

Decker spotted him out of the corner of his eye. “How are things up in the henhouse?”

“Your wife is planning a beefcake calendar.”

“Oh, really?” Decker’s eyebrows went upward. “And who does she plan to use for the—beefcakes? Is that a word?”

“Who do you think?”

Decker shook his head. “No way. Not happening.”

“That’s what I told her. But don’t think Ma’s going to save us. She just stamped her approval. I think you need to get some control over your woman, Decker.”

Decker smiled. “Right. You go ahead and tell her that.”

“It’d help if she wasn’t so damn right all the time.” Cole sighed. “Now she’s got attitude.”

“She came with that.” He motioned Cole into the corral. “You want to take the pony for a bit? I need to get ready for that open house up at Boulder Creek.”

Decker might play a cowboy while he was working at the family ranch, but he was also an architect, and phase three of his new housing development on Whisper Creek’s western border was set to open this fall.

“Another fun afternoon sitting around a model home with your fancy suit and shoes on? God, I’m envious.”

Cole stepped into the corral and took the rope from Decker, ducking as Decker tried to cuff him in the head.

“Lot of ways to make a living, buddy. Lot of ways.”

Cole nodded. “Yup. I’m just glad my ways don’t involve suits.”

Decker shook his head. “I’d much rather be here this afternoon, believe me.”

“Sure.”

“I would.”

“It’s okay, Decker. I’ve got cowboy-duty nailed down. Even have my best Stetson on in case anybody shows up early. We’re covered.”

“Are you being an ass?”

“Nope. But if you start scheduling these open houses for every Sunday afternoon, I might turn into one.”

“Well, once we sell all the lots, we won’t need to do any more open houses, right?”

“Not till you start on phase four, anyway.” Cole tried to keep the bitter edge out of his voice, but he figured Decker heard it anyway.

They’d both been raised right here at Whisper Creek, but after their little sister’s death, Decker’d been kicked off the ranch by their despondent father, who’d needed to blame someone. He’d spent ten long years out in California honing his architect chops while Cole and Ma had struggled to keep the ranch from going under completely, but two years ago when Dad died, Decker had finally come back.

And at first, it had been great. He and Cole had poured buckets of sweat into reviving Whisper Creek. They’d worked together, cussed together, drunk beers at the end of the day together, got to know each other again.

But now? It’d been two years since Decker had driven back up the long driveway and into their lives, but they still hadn’t quite worked out the who-does-what equation yet, and Cole was getting itchy.

While he mucked stalls and led trail rides and fed those damn goats Kyla had insisted on, Decker spent half his time up at the new development, or at town council meetings, or glad- handing the guys who would be voting at the next council meeting.

Leaving Whisper Creek certainly hadn’t been Decker’s choice, but Cole just wished now that he was back, he’d be—back. Back in the stables, back on the trails, back in the corrals for more than a passing lesson or two before heading out in his truck for yet another meeting or business lunch.

Decker was working his ass off, no doubt about it. And the Boulder Creek development had been responsible for Whisper Creek’s bank account finally moving into the black, but there didn’t seem to be any end in sight, and Cole was getting a little tired of feeling like he was carrying the ranch on his shoulders.

Especially since he wasn’t one hundred percent sure he even wanted to play cowboy anymore.

He sighed and headed for the stables with the pony. Yep. To the outside world, Decker was saving the ranch with his money, his valedictorian brain, and his housing project, and Cole was—well, Cole was being asked to pose for the ranch calendar.

And that kind of said it all.

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21. Draw Tip Tuesday: Fake It!

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!

Don’t you love those cool hand lettering signs that you see pop up on whiteboards in cafes and on cool instagram feeds for example? You can do handlettering like this too! Here's a simple trick to 'fake' it in case you think you can't!

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22. Board Book: The Doghouse

Board Book: The Doghouse. Jan Thomas. 2008/2015.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 36 pages. [Source: Review copy]

First sentence:
Kick
Oh no! The ball went into THE DOGHOUSE.
Who will get it out?

Premise/Plot: A cow, a mouse, a duck, and a pig are playing ball together....when....it happens. The ball is kicked into the doghouse. Who is brave? Who is scared? Will they get their ball back? Read and see!

My thoughts: I do love Jan Thomas. And The Doghouse is a great example of just why. The Doghouse is funny, playful, and dramatic. Some drama can help keep read alouds fun and spirited. This one is just predictable enough--repetitive enough--to keep it fun.

The same characters can be found in A Birthday for Cow. (Cows feature into two other Thomas picture books: Let's Sing A Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy and my personal favorite, Is Everyone Ready for Fun?)

© 2015 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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23. PAPERCHASE - latest snapshots

Today on Print & Pattern is all about Paperchase. I have picked out some new arrivals such as these fun lunch bags featuring wild animals, robots and rows of cute characters. Also look out for new dinosaur designs, cat burglars, a kitchen stationery print, plus a striking mid century style geometric on a pencil case and plenty of new notebooks.

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24. New Wall Art

Excited to be licensing these two food related images for wall art:



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25. The Festival of Insignificance review

       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Milan Kundera's recent novel -- his first in over a decade -- The Festival of Insignificance.

       Interesting to see the mixed reactions to this -- and also how much review coverage there has been of it (the most, by far, of any book I 've covered so far this year).

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