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Young adult author and psychologist Jennifer Barnes gave a talk on “Imaginary Friends and Real-World Consequences: Parasocial Relationships” at TEDxOU. We’ve embedded the full presentation in the video above.
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The Vast and Brutal Sea
by Zoraida Córdova
Release Date: June 2, 2015
This epic clash of sand and sea will pit brother against brother-and there can only be one winner
In two days, the race for the Sea Court throne will be over-but all the rules have changed. The sea witch, Nieve, has kidnapped Layla and is raising an army of mutant sea creatures to overthrow the crown. Kurt, the one person Tristan could depend on in the battle for the Sea King's throne, has betrayed him. Now Kurt wants the throne for himself. Tristan has the Scepter of the Earth, but it's not enough. He'll have to travel to the mysterious, lost Isle of Tears and unleash the magic that first created the king's powerful scepter. It's a brutal race to the finish, and there can only be one winner.
DYLAN: THE SEA CHAMPIONS OF THE VICIOUS DEEP TRILOGY
Before he was a champion for the crown, Dylan, son of Ammon, merman of the Western Seas, was in love. His name was Evan.
Evan, a merman of the southern coast had dark hair, dark skin, dark eyes. He was the opposite of every thing Dylan was. Brave, eager to fight for his king, and a ready friend to all.
Before the court of the Western Sea set off for Toliss, where their king announced he had a newly discovered grandson, a human grandson at that, Dylan was hopeful he could lead a very happy life. Let the human boy have the crown. This Tristan Hart didn't look like much from faraway, but he'd learn the way Dylan had learned to pick up a sword and say the right things to keep his corner of the seas at peace. But the other champions wouldn't stand back, and Dylan's father wouldn't have their family bow down to a halfbreed human boy.
So they set sail after the presentation of the champions when King Karanos broke his trident into three pieces and set them loose in the oceans. Lord Ammon's ship had their best men, a court of chattering princesses, and two ancient augurers. While the augurers dug their scaly fingers into the bellies of spotted sharks, Dylan leaned against the side of the ship and watched the waves toss around them. His legs itched where skin replaced the light blue of his scales. He wiggled his toes, just like they all did when they were in this form.
For a people who hated humans, they didn't mind the magic in their veins allowing them to use the convenience of legs. Dylan sighed at the open sea, and thought it was curious how dark the sky was already in this part of the world.
"Nasty surface weather," Evan said, coming up beside him.
Dylan felt his body do many things at once. His stomach fluttered, his heart expanded, and his tongue went dry. It was always this way when Evan was around. Evan with his lovely dark eyes. His armor gleamed in the soft light of the moon. His hand reached out for Dylan's, and rested there for a good long while.
"I don't like this," Dylan told him.
"Sorry, my Prince." Evan withdrew his hand instantly.
Dylan felt his face burn. "That's not what I meant." He loved when Evan touched him. He loved when Evan looked at him. He couldn't get enough of it, really.
"Never that," Dylan said, threading their fingers together. "I mean the championship. How are we supposed to get answers from the tribe? And even if I do find a piece of the trident, am I really supposed to...kill the others?"
Evan smiles at him. He loved it when Evan smiled, but there were few things about Evan that Dylan did not love. The only thing he could think of was Evan's duty to the guard, and worrying on whether or not he'd return to him or get cut into surf at the bottom of the ocean.
"You'd make a fine king," Evan said. "I know it in my bones. You're just. You're fiercely loyal. And you're brave."
"Brave?" Dylan shook his head. "You flatter me. Do you know the only thing stopping me from jumping into the sea and swimming far far away is you?"
"I'd follow you," Evan said.
"And bring me back?"
"No." Evan grabbed onto the leather sheath on Dylan's chest and pulls him close. He presses his lips to his and they kiss softly, but quickly. "And do that."
Somewhere on the ship an augurer shouted, "We're approaching the mist, my Lord Ammon!"
And a princess wanting to become Dylan's queen stormed away and landed into the arms of a member of the guard.
And a decrepit creature clawed its way up the side of the ship and on board. It's teeth ripped into the shoulder of the first guard it found. It's jagged claws ripped through the neck that followed.
It was not alone.
They moved too fast to draw screams, the shouts still lodged in the throat of their victims.
"We're under attack!" yelled Lord Ammon, trying to draw his long sword. But the ship heaved and he lost his footing, damn his legs. He shifted into his tail and slapped the vicious merrow that attacked him. If he were to die, it would be as his true self. He would die fighting. He could see Dylan running to his aid, but the creatures kept coming. Ammon grabbed one of the infernal merrows by the ankle and pulled him to the ground. He stared into its shark-like face, breathed the rot in its mouth, and twisted the creature's neck. It's decomposed in seconds, oozing black blood.
"Father!" Dylan shouted. He was covered in blood, black and red, and an angry gash cut his chest. "Evan!"
Dylan swung his sword left and right, and tried to reach for his father, who lay beaten and disarmed. He couldn't find Evan. When the shouting started Evan kissed him, fast and hard as a goodbye, and ran into the fray.
"The mist," Lord Ammon yelled. "Go, my son."
Dylan shook his head, surrounded by bodies torn in half and the deformed creatures he'd only heard about in stories of old. He couldn't get his feet, his stupid human feet, to move.
The merrow pushed Dylan to the ground. It's fists were ready to rip into him, but Ammon blocked the blow with his whole body. The spear-like nails dug into Ammon's chest. Even as Dylan screamed, his father, one of the ancients of the seas, petrified into coral, then crumbled into pieces.
Dylan didn't have time to scream. The merrows overran the ship. He took his father's sword a sliced through one, two, three wretched bodies at once. He broke the skin of his fists on the merrow's coarse hides. He screamed Evan's name and was answered by growling and the cry of the dying.
Then he felt the mist.
He grabbed a flaming torch and threw it on the ground. He knew he had to go now, go far, while he had the chance.
"Evan!" He screamed again. But no one answered. As the ship went up in flames and the merrows feasted on the bodies, Dylan jumped into the mist.
He never saw Evan again.
Zoraida Córdova was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where she learned to speak English by watching Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker on repeat. She studied English Lit at Hunter College, and The University of Montana. She is the author of The Vicious Deep Trilogy (YA) and the On the Verge Series (NA).
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27-year-old Dan Luffey essentially knew he would be going to Japan to translate works there since his days as a kid. Born in Pennsylvania but growing up in California, after going to Japan as a high school student he ended up loving his time in Japan. So much so that he attended Kyoto University. Yes, ... Read moreAdd a Comment
Did you ever want to be a storyteller? You probably already are! Join author/illustrator David Hyde Costello at the Drawing Table and help him figure out what to do about one scary lake monster. Is he friend or is he foe? Your ideas are needed!
Deborah Harkness has a number of different positions listed on her resume: historian, wine blogger, and novelist. The author concluded the All Souls trilogy with The Book of Life in 2014. We spoke with Harkness to pick her brain about research, the editing process, and her forthcoming new projects. (Photo Credit: Scarlett Freund)
Q: How did you land your deal for A Discovery of Witches?
A: My long-time agent, Sam Stoloff, took the book through the submission process. I was thrilled to work with Carole DeSanti at Viking.
Q: Can you describe your research process? Did you take a different approach with each installment or did you use the same method?
A: Much of the research for the books was done some time ago, and for another purpose entirely. As a professor of history, I’ve spent the best part of the past thirty years researching and writing about the sixteenth century and the history of science. Still there was work to be done, most notably visiting places I’d only read about previously.
As a historian, that’s not always vital, but as a novelist it is—or at least it is for this novelist! I had to figure out information that we don’t necessarily teach graduate students, like how fast a horse can travel on frozen ground in November. I also had to keep up with breaking developments in genetics as I wrote. That field moves very quickly, and the landscape looked very different in 2008 when I started the trilogy than it did five years later when I finished. Some of the hypotheses that my protagonists were working with in A Discovery of Witches were proven during that period.
Q: In your opinion, what’s the best way to self-edit?
A: For me, I have to step away from the manuscript for a day or so. Then I download it to my iPad and read it there, noting what needs work. I find that changing the way the manuscript is displayed really helps give me a sense of detachment from it.
Q: How do you feel now that you finished such a massive trilogy?
A: Tired. Satisfied, too, because I set out to write a story about Diana, Matthew, and Ashmole 782 in three parts and I stuck to that plan.
Q: What’s next for you?
A: I’m honestly not sure yet. I’m still teaching at the University of Southern California. I’m involved with the BBC’s efforts to put the All Souls Trilogy on the small screen. I’m researching a work of academic history on 16th- and 17th-century scientific and medical miscellanies. And I’m playing around with a few ideas for novels. It’s an exciting time for me, full of brainstorming and possibilities.
A short list of tweets from the past week of interest to teens and the library staff that work with them.
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When I was a youngster, I remember reading Mollie Whuppie in one of the many fairytale collections at the public library. I am a fairytale kind of person. Mollie Whuppie is a little short on sparkles and ball gowns and a little long on violence and greed.
I don't know why I like the story so much. It may be the archaic dialog between Mollie and the giant she torments. It might be that Mollie is an unexpected hero - the runt of the family, and a girl to boot.
When I figure it out, I'll let you know. I have to admit, I did not tell the original ending. That ending is a bit too gruesome for my tastes.
Today, I decided to share Mollie Whuppie with the sixth graders at Nazareth Intermediate School. My version has some (ahem) blood in it and there's lots of action. I guessed, correctly, that the guys would like it. What I didn't expect was all the questions the kids had during and after the story. One question that cropped up in three of the four classes was this. "How did the King know what the Giant had and where he kept it?"
Yeah! How did he know that? And why did he keep sending this tiny girl out to steal from the Giant? And why did the parents abandon the three youngest children and not the three oldest children - who might have a better chance of surviving?
And why did Mollie carry the treasures back to the King? Why not keep them for herself?
And why didn't those old time storytellers ask these questions themselves and answer them in the story? (My question.)
Perhaps Kings were such powerful people that listeners at the time thought Kings knew what everyone had and where they kept it. I bet that they felt that way at tax time.
And powerless people always like stories about small powerless people who prevail.
Now, about keeping the loot for herself, Mollie had to protect her sisters who might suffer at the hands of the King if Mollie "cheated" him.
As to abandoning the youngest rather than the oldest, I invite you to offer reasons for that.
In the meantime, these questions make great writing prompts and I imagine a comic book series about The Adventures of Mollie Whuppie. Although there are picture books out there starring Ms. Whuppie, she could be a superhero.
Mollie Whuppie, Unexpected Hero!!!
No smoking please
एक जानकार बहुत स्मोक करते हैं वो हर बार अपना टारगेट रख लेते है कि बस होली के बाद कभी लूंगा… फिर राखी पर बात आती है फिर दीपावली पर और फिर नए साल पर … साल दर साल गुजरते जा रहे हैं पर छोड नही पा रहे. मुझे एक बात याद आई कि एक आदमी ने पेड पकडा हुआ और जोर जोर से चिल्ला रहा कि बचाओ पेड ने मुझे पकड रखा है .. जो देखता हंसता कि भई पेड क्या पकडेगा. तूने ही पेड को पकडा हुआ है. हमारे जानकार भी हालत भी ऐसी ही है. सिग्रेट को पकडा उन्होनें हुआ है और चिल्ला रहे हैं कि बचाओ सिग्रेट ने उन्हें पकडा हुआ है … ह हा हा !!! वैसे हंसना नही चाहिए क्योकि बात बहुत गम्भीर है.
31 मई को वर्ल्ड नो स्मोकिंग डे है सोचा आज इसी पर अपने विचार लिख डालू smoking पर सर्वे करने के बाद हैरानी ये पढ कर हुई कि नशे की लत में महिलाएं भी पीछे नहीं हैं और तो और महिला स्मोकर्स की तादाद में तेजी से बढ़ोतरी हो रही है। एम्स के डॉक्टरों का दावा है कि पिछले पांच सालों में महिलाओं में स्मोकिंग 11 पर्सेंट से बढ़कर 20 पर्सेंट तक पहुंच गया है। डॉक्टरों का यह भी कहना है कि महिलाओं में स्मोकिंग की यह लत साल दर साल बढ़ती ही जा रही है.
ग्लोबल एडल्ट टोबैको सर्वे (गैट्स) के अनुसार भारत में कुल जनसंख्या के लगभग 35 पर्सेंट लोग नशा करते हैं। इसमें युवाओं की संख्या सबसे ज्यादा है। मौजूदा समय में 20 पर्सेंट महिलाएं नशे की गिरफ्त में हैं। 31 मई को वर्ल्ड नो स्मोकिंग डे है। स्मोकिंग को लेकर एम्स के डॉक्टरों का कहना है कि आजकल अगर कोई नशा करता है, चाहे वह महिला हो या पुरुष, अब वे स्मोकिंग को अपना स्टेटस मानते हैं और मजबूरी नहीं, बल्कि शौक से पीते हैं। यही शौक उनकी लत बन जाती है और फिर यह लत एक दिन उन्हें बीमार करती है। अब पुरुषों की तरह महिलाएं भी कम उम्र में सिगरेट पीना शुरू कर रही हैं। कहीं-कहीं तो यह भी देखा गया है कि महिलाएं पुरुषों के मुकाबले ज्यादा सिगरेट पीती हैं। उनकी यही आदत स्वास्थ्य को बहुत ही ज्यादा नुकसान पहुंचा रहा है। इसकी वजह से उनमें फेफड़ों के कैंसर का रिस्क और भी ज्यादा बढ़ जाता है।
इस बारे में राष्ट्रीय दवा निर्भरता उपचार केंद्र (एनडीडीटीसी) के हेड डॉक्टर एस. खंडेलवाल का कहना है कि तंबाकू का यूज चाहे किसी रूप में किया जाए, उसका नुकसान तो होना ही है।
एनडीडीटीसी में अडिशनल प्रोफेसर डॉक्टर सोनाली ने कहा कि आजकल बच्चे भी नशे के आदी होते जा रहे हैं। बच्चों में नशे की लत इतनी तेजी से बढ़ रही है कि अगर उसको रोकने के लिए जल्द ही कुछ कड़े कदम नहीं उठाए गए, तो उसके नतीजे काफी खतरनाक हो सकते हैं। क्योंकि अगर बच्चे दस साल की उम्र में कोई नशा करते हैं तो वह लंबे समय तक इसका यूज करेंगे और उसे खतरनाक बीमारी होने की आशंका ज्यादा होती है। डॉक्टर ने कहा कि अब स्मोकिंग छोड़ने के कई उपाय हैं जिनमें मेडिकेशन, काउंसलिंग और जरूरी दवा के जरिए अपनी इस लत से छुटकारा पाया जा सकता है
No smoking please….
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सस्मोकिंग की चाह जगे तो पुस्तक पढें, कसरत करें और ध्यान में मन लगाएं। सकारात्मक सोच और दृढ़ इच्छाशक्ति से ही इस बुरी आदत से मुक्त हो सकेंगे। आयुर्वेद विशेषज्ञों के अनुसार शतावरी, ब्राह्मी, अश्वगंधा जैसी जड़ी-बूटियां और त्रिफला व सुदर्शन चूर्ण शरीर से दूषित पदार्थों को बाहर निकालने का काम करते हैं। लिंग और जरूरी दवा के जरिए अपनी इस लत से छुटकारा पाया जा सकता है
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कुल मिला कर यही कहना है कि जो अखबार मे लिखा रहता है कि सिगेट पीना स्वास्थय के लिए हानिकारक है वो ऐसे ही नही लिखा हुआ … वाकई में बहुत भाव छिपा है इसके पीछे … अगर आप वाकई में … गौर कीजिएगा, वाकई में छोडना चाह्तें हैं तो आप इसे छोड सकते हैं क्योकि सिग्रेट ने आपको नही बल्कि आपने सिग्रेट यानि मौत को पकड रखा है… और शुभ काम के लिए हर समय शुभ है और सिग्रेट छोडने से ज्यादा शुभ विचार कोई और हो ही नही सकता
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Amazon is looking to get kids into eBooks with a new offer called the Kindle for Kids Bundle.
The bundle includes an ad-free Kindle device with a two-year extended warranty from SquareTrade to cover replacements against accidental spills and drops. The device is outfitted with Kindle Free Time, a tool to help kids, parents and teachers track reading progress and earn badges for meeting reading goals.
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The app allows readers to sample, purchase and read eBooks and recommend them to friends. The service has more than 300,000 books in its library with titles from more than 600 publishers. The site also includes curated recommendations from its staff editors, as well as from authors.
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When I visit schools — which is often, and always gratefully — if time allows we’ll arrange for me to enjoy lunch with an intimate group of students. It’s always relaxed and informal, just talking, hanging out together, trading desserts. In some groups the conversation turns to literary concerns, but more often we just sort of chat, talk about ourselves, and try to crack each other up. I like it because, finally, it’s not strictly about me, me, me. My power point, my dumb books. These visits become more about them, and the truth is that I’m probably more comfortable that way. I’m surely more entertained.
Anyway, there was a white board in the room earlier in the week. Toward the end, as the principal was trying to pry the students away, a few of them wandered over to the board to write brief messages. I snapped a photo of these two, just to share with you, My Mighty Nation of Readers!
Sophie, you are welcome, the pleasure was all mine.
And Elizabeth, I’m not offended at all. There’s so many great books out there, I’m just glad you picked one of mine.
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Author Veronica Rossi has unveiled the cover for her forthcoming book, Riders.
We’ve embedded the full image above—what do you think? Tor Teen, an imprint at the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, has set the publication date for February 02, 2016.
Over on Twitter, Rossi shares this bit of advice for fellow writers: “Always write what’s in your heart. Don’t let anyone tell you you don’t deserve to be heard. You do.”Add a Comment
Nothing in life is alien to you:
I was a penniless girl from Summum
Who stepped from the morning train in Spoon River.
All the houses stood before me with closed doors
And drawn shades- I was barred out;
I had no place or part in any of them.
And I walked past the old McNeely mansion,
A castle of stone 'mid walks and gardens,
With workmen about the place on guard,
And the County and State upholding it
For its lordly owner, full of pride.
I was so hungry I had a vision:
I saw a giant pair of scissors
Dip from the sky, like the beam of a dredge,
And cut the house in two like a curtain.
But at the "Commercial" I saw a man,
Who winked at me as I asked for work--
It was Wash McNeely's son.
He proved the link in the chain of title
To half my ownership of the mansion,
Through a breach of promise suit - the scissors.
So, you see, the house, from the day I was born,
Was only waiting for me.
- Ida Frickey in Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters
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King Bronty ruled in the days of the dinosaurs when there was a great deal of havoc. I believe we have much to learn from the great thunder lizards and their royal family!
One amazingly interesting creature is the octopus; this cephalopod can twist and turn its body into many shapes, suction to all types of surfaces, and use a cloud of ink to distract predators. This week, researchers uncovered the California two-spot octopus’s ability to sense light through its skin.
When the scientist shone a beam of light on the skin of an octopus the chromatophores (pigmented structures in the skin) expanded and the skin changed color. When the light was turned off, the chromatophores contracted again and the octopus was back to its original color. Why does this happen? Scientists determined that the octopus’ skin has proteins called opsins that work with the chromatophores for this reaction to occur.
Changing colors is nothing new in the octopus species; they can become red with anger, or transparent in sunlight. The more tools the creature has to camouflage itself the better chance for survival in the wild depths of the ocean where predators are abundant.
To learn more about the octopus or how other animals use light in the depths of the ocean here is a short underwater reading list!
Octavia and her Purple Ink Cloud
Octavia Octopus and her sea-animal friends love playing camouflage games to practice how they would hide from a “big, hungry creature.” Octavia, however, just cannot seem to get her colors right when she tries to shoot her purple ink cloud. What happens when the big, hungry shark shows up looking for his dinner? This creative book introduces basic colors along with the camouflage techniques of various sea animals; a great introduction to marine biology!
A Day in the Deep
Travel deep into the ocean way below the surface and you’ll encounter some creatures you never knew existed! This book takes you on a journey through the dark depths of the sea towards the ocean floor. Most ecosystems need sunlight, but deep in the ocean where the sun doesn’t shine animals have adapted some very interesting ways to see, protect themselves, and eat. Discover the unique habitats, adaptations, and food chains of these deep -sea creatures.
Ocean Hide and Seek
The sea is a place of mystery, where animals big and small play hide and seek! Can you imagine a shark hiding in the light? What about a clownfish in plain sight? Don’t believe it? Then, sink into the deep blue sea with Jennifer Evans Kramer and Ocean Hide and Seek! Surround yourself with the vibrant ocean illustrations of Gary R. Phillips. The ocean is an old, old place, and the exotic animals in the depths have learned to adapt to their surroundings to survive. Can you find the creatures hidden on every page? Or will you, too, be fooled by an ancient, underwater disguise?
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For many, writing is a solitary activity. For the Stanford Law School class of 2015, it has become a group effort.
85 graduates have volunteered to collaborate on a speech. Marta Belcher, the student who initially suggested this crowdsourcing idea, will join together with several other students to share the finished address at a graduation ceremony set to take place on June 13th.
Here’s more from the Standford Law website: “In the first phase, students were given access to the wiki and added their ideas for overarching themes of the speech to a running list. Stage two focused on submitting content ideas, which resulted in the creation of more than 3,000 words of raw content in rough, bullet-point form. The third stage was the editing process, which began with an edit-a-thon on April 30, where students pulled from the content contributed during stage two to create a detailed outline of the speech that they filled in with proposed language.” (via Fusion.net)Add a Comment