james bradley is a graphic design student at the university of cumbria who has been creating designs based on the relationship between pattern and typography. james has created a promotional book to introduce his work which he has called a 'maifesto of me' and here are some the colourful graphic patterned pages... Read the rest of this postAdd a Comment
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i enjoyed having a good look around the joules website recently -so many lovely dresses. joules is a british brand with a country style heritage and shops all across the country. i was there however to look at children's designs and here are some cute patterns, placement prints, and nusery decor that caught my eye.Add a Comment
museums and galleries have recently launched a new co-ordinated stationery range, using a selection of patterns from the archives of the victoria and albert museum, as part of a celebration of mid 20th century british textile design. and also from museums and galleries (below) designs on notebooks from the wedgwood museum range featuring classic eric ravilious images.Add a Comment
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If you’re a letterpress fan, be sure to check out the work of UK-based Ian Gabb. Ian is a designer, printer and letterpress technician at the esteemed Royal College of Art. He has a fantastic array of printed work on his table-top style website.
Ian is a true craftsman, as is made obvious by the exquisite execution of his work. I love the mixture and play between the digital and analog elements in his work, and his interesting layouts and color choices.
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This will be a fun blog to follow: Jennifer L. Holm, Author (I wear slippers to work)
Here, I learned that she will be appearing with her brother Matt Holm at the Dallas BookSmart Festival at the Dallas Museum of Art this weekend.
On her "Coming Soon" tab she talks about the new Babymouse for President book and Eighth Grade Is Making Me Sick: Ginny Davis's Year In Stuff which is the sequel to her absolutely brilliant Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff. These books tell their stories in a scrapbook fashion. What is astonishing is how Holm manages to tell a humorous, poignant and tender story through a collection of post-it notes, texts and the flotsam and jetsam papers of daily life.
I'm looking forward to seeing what she wants to share on her blog.
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Salamander 2012 Fiction Prize – DEADLINE: June 15th
$1,500 Honorarium and Publication
Final Judge: Carolyn Cooke
SUBMIT: Online or by mail from May 15 through June 15, 2012; on-line submission available at end of day on May 15th.
Reading fee: $15
•All entries will be considered for publication. All entries will be considered anonymously.
•Send no more than one story per entry. Each story must not exceed 35 double-spaced pages in 12 point font. Multiple entries are acceptable, provided that a separate reading fee is included with each entry.
•Please submit two separate cover sheets with each entry, one with the title of the story only, and the other with the title of the story and your name, address, phone number, and email. Your name should not appear anywhere on the story itself.
•Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but the contest fee is non-refundable if the submission is withdrawn. Please notify the editors as soon as possible if a submitted story is accepted elsewhere.
•Previously published works and works accepted for publication elsewhere cannot be considered. Salamander’s definition of publishing includes electronic publication.
•No handwritten, faxed, emailed, or poorly copied/printed manuscripts will be considered.
•Salamander will not consider work from anyone currently or recently (within the past 4 years) affiliated with Suffolk University or the prize judge.
•If you wish to be notified of the arrival of your manuscript, please enclose a self-addressed stamped postcard. Please also include a self-addressed stamped business-sized envelope for notification of contest results. Manuscripts cannot be returned.
•Contest reading fee includes a one-year subscription. Checks should be made out to Salamander. We will send your subscription to the address on your cover sheet unless instructed otherwise. Overseas addresses, please add $10 for subscription postage ($5 for addresses in Canada). Please note that we cannot accept money orders or checks from foreign banks.
Here is the link to submit: http://salamandermag.org/contests/contest-submissions/
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going on in my head that I remember to this day, forty years later: “I don’t want to write a cookbook for kids. I want to write science for kids.” At that moment the title “Science Experiments You Can Eat” popped into my head. I had an instant vision of the work. I knew enough about cooking and enough about science to immediately sit down and write an outline right off the top of my head. As it turned out, I wrote that book by myself and it was published in 1972, revised in 1994 and is sti Display Comments Add a Comment
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Dear Dumb Diary fans know that Jamie Kelly is in Year 2 of writing her dumb diary (which you do NOT have permission to read)! But. . . in case you did happen to sneak a peek into the first book from Year 2: School. Hasn't This Gone on Long Enough?, then you might be interested to know that the next book, titled The Super-Nice Are Super-Annoying, is coming out this month. (Steal a sneak peek at the first chapter here.)
AND, you can enter for a chance to win both books from Year 2 plus an autographed print from the author, Jim Benton! When you enter your reading minutes in the Summer Challenge, you can also enter for a chance to win this amazing prize! The contest ends on June 27, so go to the Summer Challenge now.
PS. If you haven't already seen how awesome Jim Benton is, then you should also watch this random, hilarious pancake love story video. Just watch it. That's all I'm sayin'.Add a Comment
The original English translation by Geoffrey Dunlop has been revised and expanded by translator James Reidel and scholar Violet Lutz. The Dunlop translation, had excised approximately 25% of the original two-volume text to accommodate the Book-of-the-Month club and to streamline the novel for film adaptation.Hey, it only took ... 78 years until the full translation could be published ..... (The Dunlop translation first appeared in 1934.) (But: great that Godine has managed to do it.)
Leibovitz suggests that:
Read in chronological order, Franz Werfel's work leads through all the dreams and nightmares that Europe had withstood in the first half of the 20th century.And about The Forty Days of Musa Dagh in particular:
Werfel's narration is weighted down by his predilection for bombastic turns of phrase, but he impressively soars and dips in and out of numerous characters' consciousness, narrating the unfolding events from various points of view. And just as some bit of symbolism begins to feel too cumbersome, he delivers stunning passages about cruelty, compassion, and the strange logic of extermination attempted on a very large scale.Get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk. Add a Comment
Maya Sela reports in Haaretz that: 'Ten top Israeli authors tell their publishers they don't want their books sold at discount prices at the 51st Hebrew Book Week, describing low prices as 'humiliation'', in David Grossman and Amos Oz don't want to be a bargain, as:
The writers are demanding that their publishing houses not allow their books to be included in the big sales, because they say, "We can no longer participate in the humiliation of our works in particular, and Hebrew literature in general."An impressive list of writers. Add a Comment
Those who spoke out against the sales are David Grossman, Haim Be'er, Ronit Matalon, Amos Oz, Eli Amir, Yoram Kaniuk, Orly Castel-Bloom, Judith Katzir, Meir Shalev and Zeruya Shalev.
Euro 2012 -- the European football (soccer) championships -- are being co-hosted by Ukraine and Poland this year, and start on Friday. At the Slovakian Salon Yuri Andrukhovych -- or Jurij Andruchovyč, as they transliterate the name here -- promises: We'll treat you to a Euro to remember ! [via] -- more threat than promise:
Oh, you naive Europeans ! You still think that during talks with Ukrainian leaders you are really talking to politicians ? Some politicians -- these are common criminals !After tune-up losses in the last week to non-qualifier Austria (2:3) and now Turkey (0:2) the national team looks to flop out of the competition quickly, so at least the local
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It’s time to vote again for the next art reveal from The Manual of Aeronautics, the four-color all singing and dancing art supplement to the Leviathan series. This time we’re going Clanker!
Here are the three possibilities:
1) The Sultan’s elephant walker
2) An interior cutaway of the Stormwalker
3) And for you cosplayers, Alek’s and Count Volger’s uniforms in full color!
Use this comment thread to argue and discuss all you want, but please vote by number.
If you’re age 18 to 25 and live in Queensland, Australia, the State Library is running a Young Writers Award competition that you might be interested in. It has a first-place cash prize of $2,000, and also lots of runners-up prizes, including a 12-month youth membership to Queensland Writers Centre. Any story length of up to 2500 words is acceptable.
You can find more info by clicking here.
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Thank you to Viviane Schwarz for posting this commencement speech by the fabulous Laurie Anderson.
I have a new assistant helping out in my studio.
Her resume says:
Age: 1 year old
Previous Experience: Two months at an animal shelter in Chicago.
Pros: A great kisser.
Cons: Poops in the yard and hopefully never in the studio.
Goals: Hopes to be adopted by a cartoonist/children's book illustrator, his lovely wife and their other dog, Derby. DONE!
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As this month’s personal hobby, I am working on finalizing our travel plans to New Zealand. Things are starting to swing into focus. My goal is: have a wonderful experience at LIANZA; meet many fantastic librarians; see libraries; see a wonderful country; get some quality time with Sandy; chill out…
I realized as I was putting my plans together that some parts of my life have become very oblique to anyone not following me on FaceBook, now that I am flying through the Tunnel of Academic Library Administration, hanging on to my seat for dear life. (Overheard at an event today: “Oh, that’s Karen Schneider–I don’t see her too much any more.”) I recently realized I had been losing vacation days for several pay periods and wondered how I got in that predicament (which I promptly addressed by taking a couple of days off, and will take several more over the summer, though we’re being prudent about travel and other expenses so we can enjoy New Zealand).
Part of it was hospice care for a wonderful tabby we adopted in early 2011 after our old tabby died and Emma, our elderly tuxedo cat, was clearly lonely. Prada, the new tabby, was healthy when she arrived, and quickly fit in, but right before the fall semester (my life now being driven by the academic year) was stricken with a fast-moving, highly pernicious oral cancer. She soldiered on, a brave and uncomplaining lass, but needed much TLC on a day-to-day basis; and when Prada finally left this world early this year, we couldn’t bear leaving Emma alone again, but of course, we wanted to be careful about not just rushing out to get any new kitty. So the vacation count crept up me, and then it was spring, and honestly, there’s no time for vacation during the regular semesters. (Prada’s successor is Samson, a hearty 8-year-old ginger cat who loves all of us and approves of our generous meal plan.)
Anyway, these rough plans are driven by a few things, such as our preference for cities and sedate activities, my wish to do my talks before my personal travel, the KiwiRail schedule (which in an effort to “to transform the service into an internationally recognised tourism product” has reduced service to an awkward several days per week), my unwillingness to drive on the other side of the road (I did that for a year in 1984–my very first car, a junker purchased on the RAF Lakenheath “Lemon Lot”–but I wouldn’t risk it now), and my vague sense that we should have footfall on both islands, even though I would not suggest that a Kiwi visiting the continental US should also travel to Alaska and Hawaii. Because it’s the semester and there is Much To Do, as well as a busy time for Sandy’s job, and yet we are also cognizant this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, we’re trying to balance this trip so it is neither too long nor too short.
But it’s a draft — not a final plan. Input welcome!
First Draft, NZ Itinerary
Friday, 9/21 (pm): Depart California
Saturday 9/22: Arrive Palmerston North, check in, decompress/de-lag. We will look terrible and behave strangely, so probably an in-room night.
Sunday: more de-lagging. Church somewhere? A stroll on PN’s Square? Possible conference event in evening.
Monday, 11:30-12:30: Lead workshop on change management (working title: “Change is Easy, You Go First” — thank you, George Needham)
Tuesday night: Conference dinner
Wednesday: Closing keynote
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I know BB King when I hear him. I may not have heard the song before, but a few bittersweet notes from his Gibson guitar is all it takes to make a positive identification. His sound is unique, an expression of his singular personality. Like a song, a novel is many things. It’s a collection of characters and storylines, dialog and descriptions. But it’s also an expression of the author. When I write a book, I want people to know I wrote it. I want my finished product to be an extension of my personality. Something nobody else could’ve written. BB King sounds like BB King. And I want to sound like me.
GIVEAWAY: Warren is excited to give away a free copy of his novel to a random commenter. Comment within two weeks; winners must live in Canada/US to receive the book by mail. You can win a blog contest even if you’ve won before.
Guest column by Warren Hammond, author of the gritty, futuristic
KOP series. The next KOP title (KOP KILLER) comes out in June 2012.
By taking the best of classic crime noir and reinventing
it on a destitute colony world, Warren writes to create dark tales of
murder, corruption and redemption. warrenhammond.net.
Make no mistake, a novel is firstly about your characters. It’s their story. Your characters need to stay true to their own motivations and personalities. But you’re the one telling their story. You’re the one who needs to connect with your readers so you can bring them back again and again, book after book. Drizzle your pages with your sense of humor. Indulge your own interests and passions, not too much, but enough to allow your personality to shine through your words.
Develop your style. Your voice. The book industry is a competitive field. So many voices compete for the attention of agents and editors that they sound like a droning cacophony. You want your voice to stand out like a gem amongst the uncut stones. It doesn’t have to be the perfect diamond. Rough edges will be forgiven as long as the voice is compelling.
Look at your favorite authors, and I’m sure you’ll find a strong narrative voice in their books. They speak through their dialog. They speak through their descriptions. They speak whenever they choose their protagonist’s next challenge. Read a great book, and you’ll find the author’s fingerprints on every page.
So how do you develop a voice? Start with writing what you love. Your voice won’t show through if you’re not in love with your characters and your story. I’m not a believer in writing for the market. Where’s the passion in chasing the hot genre of the day?
Write what you love, and you’ll naturally see bits of yourself spilling onto the page. Share your efforts with other writers who will give you an honest opinion. Hone your craft. Write a good book.
Write your book!
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Does you novel or screenplay have all the crucial Elements of Story? Have you mapped out your hero’s quest? Are you maximizing every scene? Does you story keep the energy level high, or are there passages you find yourself skipping through while rereading?
If you can’t answer these questions with a confident yes, we have a great new webinar for you. Larry Brooks, the creator of Storyfix.com and the author of Story Engineering, is teaching “The Elements of Story: Transforming Your Novel from Good to Great,” on Thursday, June 7, 2012. The new webinar also comes with a personal critique for all attendees.
The event happens at 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, June 7, 2012, and lasts 90 minutes. Each registration comes with access to the archived version of the program and the materials for one year. You do not have to attend the live event to get a recording of the presentation. In all WD webinars, no question goes unanswered. Attendees have the ability to chat with the instructor during the live event and ask questions. You will receive a copy of the webinar presentation in an e-mail that goes out one week after the live event. The answers to questions not covered in the live presentation will be included in this e-mail as well. Sign up here.
ABOUT THE CRITIQUE
All registrants are invited to submit a short outline of your novel for critique. Submissions limited to two pages, addressing the following Elements of Story:
- What is the CONCEPT of your story? How have you evolved your initial idea to the level of a compelling concept?
- What is the primary need/quest/journey of your HERO in this story? What obstacles stand in your hero’s way?
- How, and where, are you executing the primary pivotal scene (moving from “set-up” to hero’s full-blown confrontation with her/his problem)?
- What about this story energizes you? What will separate it from the crowd of well-written stories being submitted/sold in the marketplace? Sign up here.
This level of critique is available regardless of where you are in the process—either a finished story, or a story under construction. All submissions are guaranteed analysis and a written critique by instructor Larry Brooks.
ABOUT THE WEBINAR
Ask any agent or editor what they’re looking for in a novel, and the answer is always the same: “good writing.” They seek a great story, plain and simple—and how one can compose a great story is what this new webinar is all about.
This workshop targets all skill levels, from beginner to published author. It will break storytelling – both process and end-product – into component elements through mission-driven criteria. It will separate storytelling into two realms: the search for story… and the execution of story, with a discussion of inherent risks and available opportunities.
A story lacking in several specific elements (which will be clearly defined and discussed) will not compete in the market, no matter hAdd a Comment
Puno’s Art for Babies
Everyone’s all cray cray for babies. Even Puno is making Art for Babies. (etsy link)
“Research shows that high contrast graphics improve baby’s early recognition. Infants prefer to look at high contrast edges and patterns. Adult eyes can distinguish millions of different shades of
light & color, while baby’s eyes can only detect large contrasts between light & dark. Black and white patterns are the easiest for newborns and young infants to see.”
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I posted back in the fall about our partnership with our local YMCA Afterschool sites and the programs my staff and I are doing there. Now that the school year’s wrapping up and our visits have come to a close, I wanted to give you an update on what we’ve been doing with the kids since September and what books have been a hit with our kids.
I came up with a regular schedule of visits (first Tuesday, second Thursday, etc.) that really seems to have helped with everyone keeping track of when we’re coming. Any crowd control issues we had at the beginning of the year were resolved fairly quickly by YMCA site staff. As I mentioned in that post, I split up the nine visit sites between four full-time staffers (including myself). For some of the larger sites, I send two people, meaning each of us visits two or three schools every month. As much as I can, I try to keep my staff visiting the same sites each month so that they’re able to get to know the kids and the kids are able to get to know them.
The two schools I visit regularly are just about as different as they can be. SR is a city school with a fairly small group (around 12-20), mostly boys who are very reluctant listeners. These are the kids who greet me with “Oh NOOO, not YOU again!” when I come in the room (I choose to believe they say this with love). FK is located in one of our wealthier suburbs and has a very large group in which all the kids are very attentive and look forward to library time. These are the kids who, when I came back after missing a visit because of ALA Midwinter, greeted me with “Miss ABBY!!! DID YOU GET A HAIRCUT!?” (I couldn’t believe they would notice or remember what my hair had looked like before!)
Although all the Afterschool sites we visit are great groups, I feel very lucky to have these two because I feel like each group stretches me in a different way. With SR, it’s a constant challenge to find uber-appealing books or present books in ways that would hold the interest of my most reluctant readers. With FK, I am able to bring some of the longer readalouds that I wouldn’t dare try with other groups because I know those kids will go along with whatever I bring. I’m doing good to get through two or maaaybe three books with the kids at SR, while the FK kids will often sit through four or even five titles.
So what books worked the kids at these very different schools? I’ll start with the reluctant readers at SR.
Nonfiction is a big hit. How Big Is It? by Ben Hillman was my first hit with them. I didn’t read it straight through, but showed them some of the spreads and read them a couple of sentences from each spread. When sharing this one with a group, it’s a great idea to go through the book and pick out what you want to share with them beforehand. I had great success with Nic Bishop’s Frogs, too. I showed them some of the coolest photos in that book and told them a fact or two about the frog in question.Add a Comment
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Got a way with words?
State Library of Queensland
Young Writers Award is now open!
If you’re 18 to 25 and live in Queensland,
enter your short story today for a chance to win $2000.
Entries close Friday 13 July.
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