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Blog: Sugar Frosted Goodness (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR! The holidays are upon us! In case you didn’t notice, I’ve got a really, really bad case of Holiday Cheer. Gingerbread cookies for everyone! Non-stop holiday sing-a-longs! Ugly sweaters galore! Hot chocolate! Hot chocolate! HOT CHOCOLATE!
One of the best parts of the holiday season is the HOLIDAY CHARACTERS! I am so very thrilled to curl up on my sofa with some fuzzy socks (and hot chocolate) and watch my favorite movies: The Grinch, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Elf . . . It’s not the holidays without movie magic!
Some holiday characters have magical powers, while others just have magical hearts. I’d like to think that the holidays makes everyone a little more magical, am I right? So, if these characters had to duke it out (in the name of saving the holidays, obviously), who would win??
- The Grinch vs. Ebenezer Scrooge from The Night Before Christmas
- Buddy the Elf vs. Tiny Tim from The Night Before Christmas
- The Sugarplum Fairy from The Nutcracker vs. The Little Drummer Boy
- Frosty the Snowman vs. Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer
- The Abominable Snowman vs. The Ghost of Christmas Past
- Jack Frost vs. Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas
- The Nutcracker Prince vs. Cindy Lou Who from The Grinch
- Max from The Grinch vs. Kevin McCallister from Home Alone
Who do YOU think would win? Which holiday characters do you want to see included on the list? Share your thoughts in the Comments below!
Happy happy holidays,
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सलीका खूबसूरती के साथ साथ सलीका होना भी बहुत जरुरी है . असल में ,कल समारोह में एक महिला को देखा जोकि बेहद खूबसूरत लग रही थी. सलीके से बांधी हुई साडी, आभूषण और हलका सा मेकअप सभी कुछ बहुत फब रहा था. मेरे मन में हुआ कि जाकर उस महिला से हैलो बोल कर […]Add a Comment
Blog: The Bookshelf Muse (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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Well, the terrifying shopping season is upon us. I find people either embrace Black Friday with incredible enthusiasm, or they want to get as far from it as they can. I am not a big shopper on my best day, so you can probably guess I’ll be hanging out at home, and any shopping I do will be from my keyboard.
If you’re like me, then I have some good news for you: maybe we can knock a few people off your Christmas list if they happen to be the writerly sort!
First of all, I have created a Pinterest Board FULL of gifts for writers. Oh, the cool things I have found. (I hope Santa is listening!)
Second, Becca and I have put together a page full of the top writing books that have helped our careers immensely. These are our personal recommendations, and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
Finally, if you have been thinking about taking One Stop For Writers for a spin or know someone else who wants to, we now have Gift Certificates available, so if you like, swing by and check it out. They never expire.
Speaking of One Stop, a newsletter just went out that details our planned upgrades. If you’re interested, you can read it here.
So, what are your BLACK FRIDAY plans…fight the crowds, shop at home, or get some writing done? Let me know in the comments!Add a Comment
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What are you thankful for?
Carla Killough McClafferty
Blog: The Miss Rumphius Effect (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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On this day after Thanksgiving I am looking at the calendar, amazed that the month is nearly over. This means that this is the very last Friday I can share a little gem by Elizabeth Coatsworth.
by Elizabeth Coatsworth
And November goes
With the last red berries
And the first white snows,
With night coming early
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.
The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.
While some may be out shopping for gifts today, I'm thinking about poetry presents. If you would like to gift yourself some poetry, why not consider an e-mail subscription? Here are a few of my favorites.
Poetry Foundation Newsletters
You can sign up for a number of different newsletters on the Poetry Foundation site, including a poem of the day. If you like to listen to your poetry, you can also subscribe to the poem of the day podcast at: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/features/audio?show=Poem%20of%20the%20Day.
American Life in Poetry
American Life in Poetry is a free weekly column for newspapers and online publications featuring a poem by a contemporary American poet and a brief introduction to the poem by Ted Kooser. The sole mission of this project is to promote poetry. You can register to receive a weekly email of the American Life in Poetry Column.
Poems From Jane Yolen
Did you know that you can get a new poem a day from Jane Yolen? All you need to do is: (1) subscribe; and (2) pledge to either buy a book of Jane's or borrow one from the library.
Poem-a-Day is the original and only daily digital poetry series featuring over 200 new, previously unpublished poems by today’s talented poets each year. On weekdays, poems are accompanied by exclusive commentary by the poets. The series highlights classic poems on weekends.
Poetry Daily Newsletter
Poetry Daily is an anthology of contemporary poetry. Each day on the web site they share a poem from new books, magazines, and journals. If you sign up for the free weekly newsletter you will receive a poem selected from the archive and information on upcoming featured poets, special editorial events, poetry news and reviews, and more.
Getting a poem in your mailbox is truly a tiny little gift each day. I hope you'll consider one of these (or all of them!) as a way to bring a bit more poetry into your life.
I do hope you'll take some time to check out all the wonderful poetic things being shared and collected today by Carol at Carol’s Corner. Happy poetry Friday friends!
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Our Friday eye candy this week come from the Dutch chain store Hema whose HQ is in Amsterdam. The company are now in the UK, with a British online shop and retail stores in London, Bromley, Birmingham and Stanstead. I had a browse around the website and it is a place to find something a bit different to the high street. Here are some picks that stood out for their surface prints... Read the rest of this postAdd a Comment
Blog: An Illustrator's Life For Me! (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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I sat quietly and sorted the contents into little piles, then methodically drew everything. It turned out to be much more amusing than I expected, because 90% of the contents were either completely unused, had not been looked at in eons, or were so well past their sell-by date, they belonged in the bin (totally dry Tippex with a brush-end like an exploding firework, glue-stick dried to a skinny, petrified finger...)
It took me 3 sessions to sketch it all, but I eventually got it done. It was rather revealing that, in the entire week I had her drawer contents held captive, Sue missed only I item: her stapler. But like many other objects in her drawer, it came with a sibling, so she took one and left me the other to sketch:
Okay, own up, who is already peering sheepishly into their own desk drawer and wondering..?
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Are we at the birth of a new culture in the western world? Are we on the verge of a new way of thinking? Both humanistic and scientific thinkers suggest as much.Add a Comment
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Is it worthwhile to have a Facebook author page as part of your social media campaign?
The big news in Italian publishing this year has been the sale of RCS Libri to Mondadori (see, for ecample, the Mondadori press release), with venerable literary imprints including Bompiani and Rizzoli suddenly swallowed into a 'Mondazzoli' juggernaut (apparently controlling half of the local book market, and seventy percent of the paperback market) -- run by a Berlusconi, no less.
It doesn't come as much of a surprise that many literary types are apparently jumping ship -- led by Bompiani editor in chief Elisabetta Sgarbi, who has now announced the founding of a new publishing house, to be called 'La nave di Teseo'; see, for example, the (Italian) report at Il libraio.
I'm not so sure about that name -- suggested by no one less than Umberto Eco, who is fully on board with the new venture -- given that it's the (Rizzoli-published) Italian title of a ... J.J.Abrams book (see the publicity page)
No real English-language coverage that I've seen so far, but there should be some shortly -- this is a big (and nicely messy) story.
My name is Leah and I am a 7th grader in New Jersey. I put my collage on a boogie board to represent how I love to go boogie boarding at the beach with my cousins. I have a basketball, a soccer ball, rollerblades, and a hockey stick on my collage because these are three of the sports I really love. I also have Stephen Curry, my favorite basketball player.
Beyond sports, I love to draw, hang out with my friends, and play with my stuffed animals. I have a Minion because when I went to Universal Studios in Florida over the summer, I got to ride the Minion ride, which was my favorite. I have pictures of Sponge Bob and Stitch because they are two of my favorite characters. Lastly, I have Snowball, my hamster, because I love to play with her, and I also love animals.
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French magazine Lire annually selects a top book in twenty different categories -- with one crowned as overall "meilleur livre de l'année".
They announced this year's list -- and 2084, by Boualem Sansal, is the not-so-surprising book of the year.
Other category winners include a two-volume Virginie Despentes as French novel of the year, a Jón Kalman Stefánsson as best foreign fiction (beating out titles by Javier Cercas and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie), and Ryan Gattis' All Involved as best roman noir.
They also list the finalists in all the catgories, and among the oddities surfacing there: an Elmore Leonard-biography, apparently translated from (though apparently not yet published in) English, by Laurent Chalumeau -- see the Rivages publicity page -- the author of such works as Anne Frank 2, le retour !, and Fuck (see the Grasset publicity page). I wonder whether this will make it (back ?) into English.
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Seems like the right day to dust this off for the first time in seven years....
You ask me what I'm thankful for....
I hope I don't sound jerky,
But I'm really, truly thankful that I wasn't born a turkey!
I'm also thankful for all of you who are part of my life (virtual, in person, wherever/however it might be.). I wish you and yours a day of peace, joy, and dessert!
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Blog: Children's Book Reviews and Then Some (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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First sentence: It was Christmas Eve, and Harold had to have a Christmas tree before Santa Claus arrived.
Premise/plot: It's Christmas Eve and Harold needs a Christmas tree. With his purple crayon in hand, Harold's adventure begins. He's in search of a tree, so he must draw stars and woods and SNOW. Because he was a little TOO enthusiastic about the snow, Harold finds himself at the North Pole, and, Santa is snowed in. Can Harold draw Santa out of trouble?
My thoughts: This one is so cute and charming. I loved the text. I loved the illustrations. I loved the scene where Harold draws the reindeer and harnesses them up to Santa's sleigh. Have you read this one? What did you think?
Text: 4.5 out of 5
Illustrations: 4.5 out of 5
Total: 9 out of 10
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As representatives from 146 countries gather in Paris for the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference, we’ve turned to our Very Short Introduction series for insight into the process, politics and topics of discussion of the conference. Is the UNFCCC process flawed?
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But then again, the pre-fabricated Hobbit hole would jar in the suburbs of Melbourne and would look downright silly in the Dandenongs, surrounded by gum trees, and that won't stop fans from building them. And I can imagine that seaside Hobbit residence as being a bit like the cottage in The Ghost And Mrs Muir, minus the grumpy ghost, of course, with sand outside, a cosy garden and a view of the waves...
Rivendell is my next favourite Tolkien location. I could live there as long as I was allowed to run the library, and it would be a great place to write that book without distractions(well, Bilbo certainly thought so). I assume everyone would have kitchen duty and housework to attend to(see my post on this blog, "Who Washes The Dishes In Rivendell?"), but you wouldn't have to do that all the time. The rest of the time you could write or go for long walks or read or talk to your housemates...
We never actually get to see Dol Amroth, the home of Prince Imrahil and Faramir and Boromir's Mum, Finduilas, but it's by the sea and you don't have Elves constantly turning up to sail West, so yes, I could build a house there. Maybe that beachside Hobbit hole?
More pretty gift packaging patterns, which I keep seeing particularly on soaps, this time from White Stuff. This fashion label have created a group of home and gift items to compliment their clothing, bags, and accessories.Add a Comment
Look for more to come from Julie this year!Add a Comment
The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Anna Gavalda's Life, Only Better, just out in English from Europa Editions.
I'm always curious about bestselling fiction abroad, and Gavalda is one of the few really popular-in-France domestic authors that is also regularly translated (others like Guillaume Musso or Marc Levy have a much harder time getting translated). This is the fourth of her books under review at the complete review, and that isn't even all of them (I drew the line at Billie).
I do grudgingly have to admit that she's onto something -- indeed, I think these would be good books to dissect in creative-writing classes. I just wish she'd be a bit more (or is it less ?) ambitious with her subject-matter. (It's also why that other very popular French author, Amélie Nothomb, is so much better: Nothomb's aim isn't first and foremost heartstrings-tugging and crowd-pleasing (as Gavalda's so obviously is); Gavalda is a manipulative writer, playing to the crowd, while Nothomb is largely (and wonderfully hopelessly) only caught up/entangled in herself.)
Blog: Becky's Book Reviews (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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First sentence: Tallulah just knew she could be a great ballerina--if only she had a tutu. "And maybe a lesson or two," her mother said with a wink.
Premise/plot: Tallulah is a little girl who really, really wants a tutu. So long as she thinks she'll be getting her tutu soon or even very soon, she's super-motivated to practice. But the tutu is slow in coming, will Tallulah realize there's more to ballet than owning a tutu?
My thoughts: This is a cute book, some might even say a little too cute. But I am not one of them. I am quite tolerant of cute and overly cute books. I am so glad that Tallulah has her own series. I think this would make a great television show as well. Dare I admit that one of my favorite things about the book is Tallulah's little brother Beckett?
I think my absolutely favorite part of the book is the illustrations.
Text: 4 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Total: 9 out of 10
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Blog: The Children's Book Review (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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A Very Special Christmas Tree is a picture book that helps spread the “true meaning” of Christmas.Add a Comment
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