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1. Leaving Megalopolis tops Comixology Submit’s top books of 2014

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Comixology’s Submit portal is a way for independent and self published digital comics to get onto the largest digital comics service out there, and many people have taken advantage of it. While no one seems to have gotten rich off it, a sale is a sale. And COmixology has just released a list of the top 25 sellers for 2014, topped by Gail Simone and Jim Calafiore’s Leaving Megalopolis. This superheroes with a twist story was originally Kickstarted. The impressive Testament Omnibus by Douglas Rushkoff and a bunch of awesome artists was second, and Joe Benitez’s Lady Mechanika was #3. Severl anthologies Kickstarted by the tireless C. Spike Trotman were also on the list…she is a powerhouse.

There are some excellent comics by top creators on the list, so the lesson for how to be successful on Submit it…be totally excellent.

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Here’s the full list of the Top 25 comiXology Submit Titles of 2014:

  1. Leaving Megalopolis
    Writer: Gail Simone; Artist: Jim Calafiore

  • Testament: Omnibus
    Writer: Douglas Rushkoff; Artists: Gary Erskine, Peter Gross, Dean Ormston, Liam Sharp
  • Lady Mechanika #3
    By: Joe Benitez
  • Watson And Holmes Vol. 1: A Study In Black
    Writer: Karl Bollers, Artists: Rick Leonardi, Larry Stroman
  • Smut Peddler: 2014 Edition
    Writers: Kate Leth, Trudy Cooper, Blue Delliquanti, Joanna Estep, Jess Fink, Erica Henderson, and more; Artists: Kate Leth, Trudy Cooper, Blue Delliquanti, Jess Fink, Niki Smith, C. Spike Trotman and more
  • The Sleep of Reason
    Writers: Blue Delliquanti, Rachel Edidin, Meg Gandy, KC Green, Brittney Sabo, Jason Thompson and more; Artists: Langdon Foss, Meg Gandy, KC Green, Kel McDonald, Brittney Sabo, C. Spike Trotman and more
  • Snow: Complete Edition
    By: Benjamin Rivers
  • Lady Mechanika #1
    By: Joe Benitez
  • Brandi Bare #1
    Writers: Joe Pekar, Jeff Outlaw; Artist: Joe Pekar
  • Testament Vol. 1
    Writer: Douglas Rushkoff; Artists: Liam Sharp
  • Lady Mechanika #2
    By: Joe Benitez
  • Fade Out: Painless Suicide
    Writer: Beto Skubs; Artist: Rafael de Latorre
  • Saga Of A Doomed Universe #1
    By: Scott Reed
  • Jackie Rose Vol. 1: The Treasure of Captain Read
    By Josh Ulrich
  • Snipe
    Writer: Kathryn Immonen; Artist: Stuart Immonen
  • The Book of Five Rings: A Graphic Novel
    Adaption: Sean Michael Wilson; Translation: William Scott Wilson; Artist: Chie Kutsuwada
  • Requiem Vampire Knight Vol. 1: Resurrection
    Writer: Pat Mills; Artist: Olivier Ledroit
  • Oh Joy Sex Toy
    By Erika Moen
  • Template: The Complete First Season
    Writer: Quinton Miles; Artist: Andres Quezada
  • Sinsationals #0
    By Scott Jones
  • Brandi Bare #2
    Writers: Jeff Outlaw & Joe Pekar; Artist: Joe Pekar
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  • Moth City Preludes #1
    By Tim Gibson
  • The Pride #1
    Writer: Joe Glass; Artists: Marc Ellerby, Joshua Faith & Gavin Mitchell
  • Anne Bonnie #1
    Writers: Tim Yates, Lelan Estes; Artists: Tim Yates, Tony Vassalo
  • The Package
    Writer: Elliot Blake; Artist: Alexis Ziritt

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    2. Entertainment Round-up: Gorilla Grodd, Dollmaker on Gotham, Baron Zemo?

    daniel bruhl chef movie casting Entertainment Round up: Gorilla Grodd, Dollmaker on Gotham, Baron Zemo?

    With warm wishes for our friends getting snowed upon in the Northeast, here’s a few items that have crossed the newswires this Monday morning:

    The Flash is, on balance, probably my most looked-forward to superhero series each week (give or take Agent Carter), but nothing about that show excites me more than the upcoming appearance of Gorilla Grodd. He’s an evil, psychic, talking gorilla for pete’s sake! We don’t know much about who is voicing him or how CW’s generally meager budget will be able to manage the villain, but yesterday Andrew Kreisberg tweeted out the following:

    Grodd is expected to appear this season. The high pierced squealing sound you hear upon his debut is probably me. Don’t mind it too much, okay?

    Gotham continues to build up Batman’s rogues gallery and their latest acquisition is veteran actor Colm Feore, who will be playing The Dollmaker. You’ll probably best recognize Feore as Laufey from Thor (a movie that continues to grow in my estimation over the years). Gotham‘s version of The Dollmaker has ties to Catwoman as he’s behind the kidnapping of Gotham’s street children. A nicely surprising casting coup for the series.

    MovieCastingCall.org has posted info regarding the upcoming shoot for Captain America: Civil War, which is filming not far from my home here in Atlanta. According to the write-up, Daniel Bruhl, who recently joined the cast of the upcoming Marvel film will be playing Baron Zemo. Additionally, here is their description of the plot:

    In Captain America: Civil War, billionaire Tony Stark is pitted against Captain America aka Steve Rogers in an ethical face-off over the U.S. government’s Superhuman Registration Act, which requires all superpowered individuals register their powers and report to S.H.I.E.L.D.

    I’d take this with a grain of salt right now, Baron Zemo is certainly the go-to guess regarding Bruhl’s role, but the site in question has been known to post potentially dubious info on occasion.

    On that same subject matter, Robert Downey Jr. recently spoke with Empire regarding the third Captain America film and his upcoming appearance (via Collider):

    They said to me, ‘If we have you, we can do this, or Cap 3 has to be something else.’ It’s nice to feel needed. And at this point it’s about helping each other, too. I look at it as a competition and I go, ‘Wow, maybe if these two franchises teamed up and I can take even a lesser position, with people I like and directors I respect, maybe we can keep things bumping along.’

    And he also described some of the character evolution in Tony that will lead to this antagonism between he and Steve Rogers:

    It’s natural to change your views…The main thing to me is, what sort of incident could occur, and what sort of framework could we find Tony in? The clues about where we might find him next are in Ultron. But what would it take for Tony to completely turn around everything he’s stood for? Joss brings this up all the time. It’s kind of weird that these guys would have all these throw downs all over planet Earth and yet when the movie’s over, nobody minds. What would the American government do if this were real? Wouldn’t it be interesting to see Tony doing something you wouldn’t imagine?


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    3. On writing, privilege, and being a working mom

    A Salon article sparked some conversations yesterday on twitter and rightly so. I thought the article writer made some excellent points (as well as missed some others), but it all feeds into the conversation we've been having the last couple of weeks about writers and money and how we use our time. I think it's vital to acknowledge privilege wherever we have it--yes I've worked hard, I've sacrificed a lot to be able to write books, but I've also had help. It was a huge help that for the first 8 months of my marriage we lived on my husband's income while I finished The Goose Girl. When my student loan payments kicked in, I put aside fulltime writing to get a job, and my writing became slower and more sporadic.

    We had some rocky years with job losses and recession, but then there were 2 1/2 cushy years when he had a job that paid our bills and I was able to stay home with our first child, who did not have special needs and was a good napper. (I did have two books published at this point, but that income was pocket change.) I was able to write Princess Academy, River Secrets, and Austenland during that time. I've written while having a fulltime job, I've written with small children and no babysitting help, I've put in the hardcore years. But I've been much more productive when I didn't have to work full time, when I did have a babysitter, etc.  Circumstance has as much to do with the ability to create art as talent and passion.

    Privilege also meant I was born in a house with books in it. Both my parents were college graduates. I didn't have to worry about where I was getting my next meal. I wasn't mocked for spending a Saturday reading. I was encouraged and able to attend college. I was encouraged and supported in my decision to get an MFA. At every point in my life, I've been surrounded by people literate in things like how to apply for college or a student loan or a checking account, all the nitty gritty stuff that helps lead to success that I had the privilege of taking for granted.

    One part of the article stood out to me. The writer tells about a bookstore event she attended for a breakout, successful author.

    "When...an audience member, clearly an undergrad, rose to ask this glamorous writer to what she attributed her success, the woman paused, then said that she had worked very, very hard and she’d had some good training, but she thought in looking back it was her decision never to have children that had allowed her to become a true artist. If you have kids, she explained to the group of desperate nubile writers, you have to choose between them and your writing. Keep it pure. Don’t let yourself be distracted by a baby’s cry."

    When I was young and hopeful of becoming a writer, I believed that was true too. I'd heard other women writers say the same. I thought I'd have to choose between being a writer or being a mother. It was a great motivator for me, actually, to finish The Goose Girl because I thought that would be it. I needed to get one book out before having a kid because then it would be all over.

    Twenty books and four children later, it's not all over.

    I've written at length about living in the crossroads of art and mothering. It's challenging for sure. And I have a feeling that the books I write (genre, for children), that glamorous, childless writer wouldn't consider real books anyway. But it's simply not true that children prevent deep thought, the creation of art, the passion for something as involved and longterm as writing a novel. There are many writers who have proved otherwise, over and over again. And for me, the more years I spend with my kids, the more stories I'm eager to tell, both for them and for me.

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    4. Still a Mom, reading to my Kids

    Wow. I nearly forgot about this blog. I came back to it today, looking for a picture of a friend and me in high school. I read through a few of my Mommy's piggy tails stories and LOVED it! Why have I not been doing this blog still?

    And then I remembered why. All FIVE reasons why.

    Yep. I now have 5 kids! And I'm busy. And I'm run down. And whenever I have a spare moment I usually don't want to spend it blogging!

    Ironically enough, my new baby boy is named Oliver. I just saw that the last time I posted on here was about the book Oliver Twist. :)

    However, as I read through my old stories this morning, it made me want to start blogging again. I think it's therapeutic. I still have our family blog where I put pictures of my kids, and our family and what we've been up to. And I like to do instagram. But, I'm thinking this blog will be more for me.

    I still have a dream of becoming a published author one day. But I'm pretty content with the fact that it's just a dream. Maybe it will happen. Probably not. But, like I said, I'm ok with that.

    My oldest son is 7 and is a GREAT reader. I love that. My second son is 5 and is learning to read, and picking it up quickly. I love that too. I read books when I can, and I sometimes pawn the bedtime reading off to the oldest. And I won't lie, sometimes we don't have time for bedtime reading. And that's ok too.

    So, I'm thinking I'll try to blog when I feel like it, and share more stories from my life. I used to keep a journal very regularly. Up until about the time I had kids. Now, It's very sporadic. Usually when I'm very stressed or very happy. Which is fine. But, I know there are plenty of stories that happen that I would love to share with my children and their children and theirs someday. So. I'll write them here.

    If anybody still reads this, great. Let me know what you think. I'm not so good at linking up, but maybe we can encourage each other and choose topics to write about together. If nobody reads it, that's alright too. :)

    In the mean time... I think I'll go snuggle with my sweet baby girl who slept in until 10:30 this morning. Probably means she's not feeling so well... Read the rest of this post

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    5. One good thing about a blizzard

    When the weather is dreary
    it's time to query!

    My feeble attempt at rhyme................. Read the rest of this post

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    6. Explore Dr. Seuss’ Creative Process: VIDEO

    What type of creative process did Dr. Seuss use? In the video embedded above, Lynda Claassen talks about how the famous children’s books writer and artist created Green Eggs & Ham.

    Claassen, the director of the U.C. San Diego Special Collections & Archives, showcases several pieces that illustrates the development process for Seuss’ beloved story. What do you think?

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    7. ‘Breaching the Seawall’ by Adam Wells

    When Laurel Fantauzzo met a young woman and her bicycle in Manila, her relationship to the city was transformed.

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    8. Scott Peterson on my reckless snack-distribution habits

    “I trust you with my life, I trust you with my children’s education, I trust you with my finances—but I do NOT trust you with marshmallows.”

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    9. David Foster Wallace Movie Debuts at Sundance

    The End of the Tour, a biopic about author David Foster Wallace, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival this week in Park City.

    James Ponsoldt’s film is based on David Lipsky’s piece Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself in Rolling Stone. The essay is based on five days Lipsky spent interviewing Wallace while he was on a book tour in Minneapolis in 1996. Lipsky never published his intended profile, but after Wallace’s death published a transcript of the encounter. The film stars Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg.

    Follow this link to check out a video from the set of the film.

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    10. The Best Mobile App Award normination!!

    Junganew: A Herd of Sounds get nomination for The Best Mobile App Award!! You can download Junganew from iTune Store @ http://goo.gl/L6USgd

    Creator, Writer and Executive Producer - Esther Giordano
    Executive Producer - Timothy Michael Harrington
    Art Director - Alina Chau
    Lead Software Engineer - Skye Freeman
    Music Composer and Sound Designer - Max Repka
    Animator - Jen Paehr 

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    11. Life Begins Where Your Comfort Zone Ends

    Hi there Koosje!

    Don't you just love surrounding yourself with fabulous art tools, beautiful sketchbooks and watercolor paper, and maybe even books about art and drawing to inspire you?
    A lot of people do. And then... they don't draw!
    Does that sound familiar?
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    Getting started can feel like a big step.

    Even though you know how good it will make you feel once you're in the process of doing what you love, it can be kind of scary. You never know what's going to happen once you start, do you?
    Well here's the two choices you have:
    1. Keep feeling uncomfortable about it, don't start, and feel frustrated with yourself.
    2. Embrace the fact that you can't control a drawing, jump in and enjoy the process and let the drawing unfold. Let go.
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    Needless to ask which one of the above you prefer.
    When I hear myself think 'I can't do this', I just know that when I push through, I will find that most of those limits are inside my head, and I can exceed them. Not just when drawing. The quote here on the right applies to many situations in life.
    So THAT is where the sweet stuff is:
    Right there, when you step outside of your comfort zone, is where the magic happens.
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    Some people claim you should do something that scares you every day. I don't know about that, but I sure do know that you can accomplish a lot by sinking your teeth into those large or small challenges.

    So what are you doing today to challenge yourself?

    Whatever you do, have a great day, and make awesome art.

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    12. Winter, Winter, Winter

    Snow has arrived in Pittsburgh, but nothing compared to what New York and other Northeastern states are going to get.

    Stay safe if you are affected.

    Here are two shots.  One out of my front door and one out of the back door.  I love seeing the bushes and trees covered.

    This may cool off anyone who is having hot temperatures.  :)

    Are you getting any snow?


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    13. David Tennant will be The Purple Man on AKA Jessica Jones

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    Former Doctor Who star David Tennant is coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and he’ll be doing it all covered in purple.

    The Scottish actor will be joining the cast of AKA Jessica Jones, the second Marvel-Netflix series after Daredevil debuts in April, as Kilgrave. Kilgrave aka Zebediah Killgrave aka The Purple Man is described as an enigmatic figure from Jessica’s past whose reappearance will “send shockwaves” through her world.

    Tennant will be the main antagonist of a series that’s already netted Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad) as Jones and Mike Colter (Criminal Minds) as Luke Cage.

    Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg had this to say:

    I’m so honored and excited by the prospect of David inhabiting this multifaceted character. He can deliver the most heart-wrenching moment to the driest of lines, and all points in between. He’ll make Kilgrave a truly original villain.

    While this is an exciting casting announcement, and makes for the fourth big BBC star to join the MCU after Benedict Cumberbatch was cast as Doctor Strange, Karen Gillan as Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy and Christopher Eccleston played (and was wasted as) Malekith in Thor: The Dark World, I’m hopeful Tennant will either be allowed to keep his Scottish accent or really master a Serbo-Croation one in a way that’s better than his attempt at an American accent in Gracepoint.

    AKA Jessica Jones will debut in 2015.

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    14. The Best Read-Along Ever!

    Listen Linda. (if you don't get this reference, you're welcome) If there is ONE BOOK I could've made everyone read in 2014, it would've been THE WINNER'S CURSE. Now if there's ONE BOOK I could make you read in 2015, it is THE WINNER'S CRIME. This is one of my absolute favorite series EVER. EVER EVER.  So I'm super excited to be teaming up with a couple of blogging buddies to bring you a

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    15. David Arnold's MOSQUITOLAND

    A few days ago, I wrote about the ways that Amazon is using a snippet of School Library Journal's review of David Arnold's Mosquitoland, due out this year

    In contrast, Barnes and Noble uses the entire review. The reviewer, Angie Manfredi, pointed to Arnold's use of lipstick as "warpaint" and noted that the protagonist is "part Cherokee."

    Today (January 26, 2015), David Arnold tweeted the photograph to the right as part of a hashtag started by Gayle Forman. I take it to be his way of showing us his protagonist in her "warpaint."

    Mr. Arnold? Did you imagine a Native reader of your book? Did it occur to you that this "warpaint" would be problematic?  I see that this is the person in the book trailer. In it, she is shown putting on this "warpaint." How did the particular "warpaint" design come about?!

    The book trailer ends with "Mim Malone is not ok." What you have her doing is not ok either.

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    16. Young Adult Authors & The ‘How I Learned’ Storytelling Series Get Booked

    92YHere are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.

    To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page. Please post your event at least one week prior to its date.

    Three young adult authors, Gayle Forman, Libba Bray, and E. Lockhart, will appear together at Barnes & Noble (Tribeca). Meet them on Tuesday, January 27th starting at 6 p.m. (New York, NY)

    The next session of the “How I Learned” storytelling session will take place at Union Hall. Join in on Wednesday, January 28th at 7:30 p.m. (Brooklyn, NY)

    Writer Marissa Meyer will celebrate the latest book from The Lunar Chronicles series, Fairest: Levana’s Story. Check it out on Thursday, January 29th at the 92Y starting 7 p.m. (New York, NY)

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    17. February Connecticut Children's Literature Calendar

    A so-so month for author events. Note that we have more library events than bookstore. I've been seeing this kind of thing over the last year.

    Notice that I'm getting this calendar up before the snow devil hits? Well, it is snowing, but not in a particularly devilish way.

    Sun., Feb. 1, Lynda Mullaly Hunt, West Hartford Public Library, Bishops Corner
    Branch 2 to 4:30 PM  Please note that this event is at the Bishops Corner Branch, NOT the Noah Webster. The site was changed.

    Wed., Feb. 4, Wendy Rouillard, New Canaan Library, 3:30 PM

    Thurs., Feb. 5, Eric Walters, Bank Square Books, Mystic 4:00 to 5:00 PM

    Sat., Feb. 14, Cindy L. RodriguezWest Hartford Public Library, Noah Webster Branch 12:00 PM

    Sun., Feb. 15, Jane Sutcliffe, UConn Coop, Storrs 3:00 PM

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    18. The Daily Routines of Famous Creative People: INFOGRAPHIC

    Haruki Murakami works on creative projects from 4am to noon. He spends the next hour exercising and the rest of the day on food/leisure until he goes to bed at 9pm.

    Maya Angelou wakes up at 5am and writes from about 6:30-3 and the rest of the day eating and having leisure time except for a half hour of creative time at 7:30.

    Podio.com has created an infographic outlining the daily routines of famous creative people. We’ve embedded the entire graphic after the jump.

    Want to develop a better work routine? Discover how some of the world’s greatest minds organized their days.
    Click image to see the interactive version (via Podio).

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    19. China Forces Authors to Abandon Pen Names Online

    Chinese authors have a tradition of using pen names, particularly when writing about controversial subjects. The government wants to put an end to this practice for authors publishing online.

    China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, has released new guidelines requiring all authors that publish literature online to register their real names with the publishing platforms they use.

    The New York Times has more:

    Under the guidelines, creators of online content will still be allowed to publish under pen names. But unlike before, when some writers registered accounts under fake names, websites will know exactly who is publishing what.

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    20. A Rose by Any Other Name Can Be...a Heather: Naming Characters

         There are two things about writing that never get any easier for me. . .coming up with a good title and naming characters.  I still have a hard time with titles, but I have developed strategies to give my characters good names.

        I spent most of my pregnancy struggling to come up with just the right name for my daughter, a name that would be all her own. In writing, I do not have the luxury of spending eight months on one character name.

        I believe that name is the single most important aspect of a character. It is usually the first thing a reader learns about him.  The name should reflect the character's personality is some way, however subtle.  Sometimes that is a mysterious process that goes on in the author's head, unexplainable to anyone else.  I do not know how E.B. White decided on Charlotte and Wilbur, but can you imagine them named anything else?  A book called Barbara's Web?  A pig named Bob?  No, somehow Charlotte and Wilbur, along with Fern and Templeton and Mr. Zuckerman are so right, they could not be anything else.

        Since I write historical fiction, I have a second barrier to finding just the right name. My names need to fit the time period.  The characters in Yankee Girl were pretty easy.  The book was about my sixth grade class.  I used names that were popular in 1964, as well as names that were popular in the South.  Jimmy's Stars, which takes place in 1943, was a little more difficult.  I knew that my main character was born in 1932, and would have graduated from high school in 1950. I scoured libraries and second-hand stores for 1949-50 high school annuals. (There were an awful lot of girls named Betty.)

        Contemporary fiction isn't much easier.  Names change as quickly as any other fashion.  Some names scream a particular decade.  I am a baby boomer, and I was usually the only Mary Ann in a class full of Debbies, Karens, Cathys and Sharons.  When I was a middle school teacher in the late 80's, I taught more than a few Farrahs. My friends who had babies about then named them Ashley and Kate (not after the Olsen twins!)  When I had my daughter in 1994, I was the only one in my childbirth class who did not name their child Tyler or Taylor (regardless of sex).

       Then there are adult names. In children's books, they are usually not a central character but occasionally they are.  (Miss Gruen and Reverend Taylor in Yankee Girl come to mind.) How do you name adults?

       Here is a list of sources I have compiled that help me with The Naming Game.

       1.  Baby name books.  These often reflect the popularity (or lack of popularity) of a name, as well as give a cultural origin. (Warning:  I learned not to carry one of these in public unless I wanted to start rumors about a possible new addition to my family.)

       2.  School annuals.  These work for both contemporary and historical fiction.

       3.  School directories, websites, newsletters, newspapers, class lists.  Schools in my neck of the woods generate an enormous amount of student information. If you don't have access to your own personal student, read the school news pages online or in your neighborhood paper/website.

       4.  Obituaries.  Yeah, I know it's kind of morbid, but I have collected a number of "old-timey" names from them.  Around here, they usually include the person's nickname as well.

       5.  Observation.  I live a mile away from the fastest growing immigrant community in the country.  Call me nosy (or a writer), but I notice workers' name tags.  I ask the employee where they are from and how they pronounce their name.  No one has been insulted (yet), and I have collected names I would never have thought of on my own.

        6.  The Social Security Index of Popular Baby Names. This site is unbelievably cool.  It lists the top 200 names for boys and girls for each decade, from 1880 to 2010.  Not only is it searchable by decade, but by each state as well. (Apparently Mary and James were the hot names of my decade.) http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/babynames/decades

       What do I do with all these names?  I list them in a notebook, separate from my regular journal. Right now, the 1910 Social Security list is getting a heavy workout from me.  My characters are named.

          Now if I could just think of a title...

         Don't forget about our current book giveaway.  For more information click here.

    Posted by Mary Ann Rodman


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    21. Living next to a Superfund site

    We don't really hear much about Superfund sites anymore but they haven't gone away. From last month's National Geographic Magazine:

    Money remains a constant problem. The Superfund program once had two pillars: rules that held past polluters liable for cleanup and a "Superfund"--financed by taxes on crude oil and chemicals--that gave the EPA the resources to clean up sites when it could not extract payment from the responsible parties. Congress let those taxes expire in 1995; the program is now funded by taxes collected from all Americans. It's low on staff. The Superfund itself is nearly empty.

    Superfund sites have entered a mostly benign but lingering state, dwarfed in the public's eye by issues like climate change, says William Suk, who has directed the National Institutes of Health's Superfund Research Program since its inception in the 1980s. "It's not happening in my backyard, therefore it must be OK," is how Suk sees the prevailing attitude. "Everything must be just fine--there's no more Love Canals."

    Check out the full photo gallery here.

    [Post pic by Fritz Hoffman via Nat Geo: "The municipal water supply in Hastings was contaminated by landfills--and by the FAR-MAR-CO grain elevator. Fumigants sprayed to control rodents and insects leached into the ground. The city closed some wells, but cleaning the groundwater will take decades."]

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    22. Rental House: Ugly Wallpaper

    This wallpaper used to be in one of the bathrooms in the rental house. And this was actually just one of the pictures on the wallpaper. There were several different bathroom scenarios – I think one of them was a naked man peeing into the toilet.

    What were they thinking putting that on the walls? Were they trying to be funny? Because it wasn’t only inappropriate, it was the ugliest wallpaper I’ve ever seen.


    I wonder if we’ll look back on the fashion choices we’ve made today and think, “What was I thinking?”

    Actually. We already do. HA!

    Filed under: Rental House Woes

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    23. Avoiding LGBTQ Stereotypes

    How to make your young adult LGBTQ characters fully realized instead of being stereotypes.


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    24. Early Bird Registration is Open for #alaac15

    Christy Estrovitz, Chair of the ALSC Local Arrangements Committee, and Carla Kozak, Chair of the ALSC Pre-Conference.

    Christy Estrovitz, Chair of the ALSC Local Arrangements Committee, and Carla Kozak, Chair of the ALSC Pre-Conference (photo courtesy of Christy Estrovitz)

    Ready to leave your heart in San Francisco? Early Bird Registration for the 2015 ALA Annual Conference is now open! Get ready for the Also Truly Distinguished Pre-Conference, scrumptious meals, delightful colleagues, cultural outings, great programs, beloved Karl the Fog, and more.

    A word to the wise from the Local Arrangements Committee, book your hotel soon. ALA Annual coincides with the 45th Annual San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade. AirBnB is another lodging opportunity and splendid way to immerse yourself in one of SF’s neighborhood. Stay tuned for more tips from the locals.

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    25. PASSION by Lia


    Submitted by Lia for the Illustration Friday topic PASSION.

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