also from the laura ashley press show held in central london last week were two new childrens collections. the girls collection was based on patchwork and applique and featured butterflies and flowers. the boys meanwhile had a check and gingham theme featuring 'tractors & trucks'.Add a Comment
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my final few shots from the laura ashley AW12 press show feature a few fashion prints. unfortunately for bloggers who take snapshots the fashion room wasnt well lit and most of my shots were blurred. but i can report there were lots of illustrations of bows for girls and feathers for womenswear. my favourite print was this woodland design (above & below) on a little girls dress. you can see someDisplay Comments Add a Comment
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Trivia: Leap Second . . . & Leap of Faith!
In February, we posted Leap Day Trivia because 2012 is a Leap Year. Did you also know that 2012 has a Leap Second? A leap second is one second added to clocks worldwide to compensate for the slowing of the earth's rotation.
Believe it or not, there is an International Earth Rotation and Reference System Service, or IERS for short. (Wow! I wonder how I get a job with them?!) They determine when to add a leap second. Since 1972, a total of 24 seconds have been added to the clock. And the next one will be added on the last day of June. So on June 30th, 2012, there will be 86,401 seconds instead of 86,400!
In honor of cosmic leaps, we have some wacky Leap Second Trivia for you. Imagine if there were other things you could leap. For instance . . .
- Leap Class! What class would you create, if you had to have an extra class in the school day?
- Leap Grade! Which school grade would you choose to repeat if you had to do it all over again? Or what new school grade would you create to add on?
- Leap Meal! What meal would you choose or invent if you had to have an extra meal each day?
- Leap Sibling! Would you pick an extra brother or sister?
- Leap Birthday! Which birthday party or year would you love to repeat? Or what would you do for your extra birthday this year?
- Leap Gift! What one extra gift do you wish you could get?
- Leap Vacation! An extra vacation anywhere in the world – where would you go?
- Leap of Faith! If you could cure or fix one thing in the world, what would it be?
Let us know your Leap Answers and any other wacky Leap Questions you can think of in the Comments below.
Don't forget there's one extra second on June 30th. Spend it wisely. Myself, I think I’m going to use it to eat an extra Hershey's Kiss . . .
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If you want to be a writer in today’s world, you must have a simple and effective writer website. You need something to come up in searches when people Google you. You need a place where agents and editors can learn more about you and what you’re writing. You need a place to post news and information about yourself so you can connect with other writers and build your platform. A website is this all-important “central hub” for your outreach efforts online. Because having one is so important, WD has enlisted literary agent Kathleen Ortiz to teach a brand new webinar called “Create an Author Website to Sell More Books and Attract Agents & Editors” on Thursday, June 28, 2012. All attendees will also get their website critiqued by Kathleen.
It all happens at 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, June 28, 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.
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All registrants are invited to e-mail instructor Kathleen Ortiz their completed website within 30 days of the webinar. Participants should apply most (if not all) of what they learned to their new website. All submissions are guaranteed a critique by instructor Kathleen Ortiz—including evaluation of construction at that point, as well as suggested next steps to make the site even better. Kathleen reserves the right to ask for writing samples from writers whose sites she enjoys.
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Twitter, Facebook, blogs—all great tools. But without an effective home base to manage your presence, all you have are various online tools with no toolbox.
Author websites are critical for effective online marketing and readership growth. Even unpublished authors can benefit greatly from establishing a starter site. By creating a site, you build awareness of your books to create a platform, make contacts in the writing and media world, and begin accessing opportunities for your writing career.
Agents and editors do explore online and look at writers’ websites, and they also Google prospective clients frequently. Sometimes the available online content alone is enough to garner interest (rather than waiting for an unsolicited query). This webinar will examine current authors whose agents or editors found them online because of their website and online visibility, not because of a slush pile query.
This 90-minute intensive webinar focuses on the simplest FREE tools to get a website up and running in less than 48 hours. Don’tAdd a Comment
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Apparently, Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Star Wars: Clone Wars, Sym-bionic Titan) impressed Sony Pictures Animation with his directing on Hotel Transylvania. Variety reported on Monday afternoon that Sony has enlisted him again to direct a 3D CG Popeye feature. Avi and Ari Arad will produce under their Arad Productions banner with Sony.
(Photo of Popeye and Olive Oyl at the Mermaid parade on Coney Island via Lev Radin/Shutterstock)
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Re-Imagining Your Picture Book
Workshop by Harold Underdown
written by Jennie Chan
Look under, down and deep, even into your character’s underwear.
If you need better advice than that, then you should invest in Harold Underdown’s The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Children’s Books. To my surprise, although he had every opportunity to hawk his own book, Mr. Underdown started the workshop by encouraging us to get what he described as “The Bible”: Ann Whitford Paul’s Writing Picture Books: A Hands-On Guide from Story Creation to Publication. If you can’t decide whether you’re approaching children’s book writing more as an idiot or zealot, then you should check out www.underdown.org for sample chapters and detailed reviews. Or, you can read the rest of this article to get a sense of what Mr. Underdown personally offered at the June 2012 NJSCBWI conference.
As a former teacher, I was impressed by how Mr. Underdown ran the workshop. Efficiently yet gently, with the highest form of technology being a hardcover picture book, Mr. Underdown guided us through a 5-step routine 5 times: He read an excerpt. Pointed out a perspective or strategy. Asked questions to help us apply what we’d learned to our own picture books. Gave us time to write. And listened to us.
If you have a picture book manuscript that could use some re-imagining, here are the 5 writing exercises (in parentheses are the titles and writers of the books that Mr. Underdown read from—in addition to illustrating his points, they are recommendations for the best picture books):
1) Character—Do you know your character? Can you fill a page with your character’s likes and dislikes? What is character’s room like? What is character’s favorite ice cream and why? What is character’s favorite book and why? What interesting quirk does your character have?
(Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are)
2) Underlying emotion—What is your character feeling? Does the feeling change? How does your reader know what your character is feeling? Can the feeling be intuited or is your text telling it? Are you telling a feeling because it’s easier or because of a better reason, such as a rhythmic refrain?
(Ezra Jack Keats’ The Snowy Day)
3) Language and voice—How would your story change if you were to write it from a regional dialect? A jargon used by a particular group, such as parents or firefighters? A style that has a different degree of formality than you’re used to?
Think of a voice you’d like to adopt and rewrite a couple of your manuscript’s sentences in this voice. Even if the results don’t work for your story, developing this skill would be useful in broadening your appeal to a variety of markets.
(Cynthia Rylant’s The Relatives Came)
4) Point of view—This is not just about a first, second or third person narrator; it can also be about revealing story and character through a different form, such as letters.
If you were to write a letter from your main character, which character inside or outside the story would it be addressed to? What would the letter focus on?
(Sarah Stewart’s The Gardener)
5) Setting—How does the setting impact your story? What would happen if you changed the setting? What else would change?
(Vera B. Williams’ A Chair for My Mother)
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As many of you know, over the last few months, the National Year of Reading has overseen a competition for readers aged 12 – 18 to respond to their favourite book in a creative way that promotes the book as a ‘must read’ for all their friends.
Managed by the Centre for Youth Literature on a website hosted by Good Reading Magazine, the competition received over 320 entries.
The judging panels in each state and territory have come back to us with their recommendations. All the panels pointed out how impressed they were at the high calibre and sheer ingenuity of many of the entries, and choosing eventual winners required considerable consultation.
However, a list was eventually arrived at, and you can see it here:
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Maribeth Boelts gave an engaging and thought-provoking talk to my students and I last week. She talked about so much more than just her books and her process — though she did that… Read MoreAdd a Comment
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Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o addressed the just-held South African Sunday Times Literary Awards, and they now print his speech, Linguistic Power-sharing: Culture and the freedom of expression.
Some fun details about his first literary honors ("I am sure I could have done with something less honorary and more monetary"), and then he again makes the case for the revitalization of the use of African languages, concerned that:
The African middle class is running from their languages. In the process they perpetrate child abuse on a national scale. For to deny a child, any child, their right to mother tongue, to bring up such a child as a monolingual English speaker in a society where the majority speak African languages, to alienate that child from a public they may be called to serve, is nothing short of child abuse. To have mother tongue, whatever it is, and add other languages to it is empowerment. But to know all the other languages and not one's own is enslavement. I hope Africa chooses empowerment over enslavement.And, of course, I completely agree with his closing words:
I still like what Mao once said: let a hundred flowers bloom; let a hundred schools of thought contend. So also languages: Let a hundred languages contend and a hundred flowers will bloom.Add a Comment
The Dream Quest One.com invites international entries for their Poetry & Writing Contest. Accepting poems (30 lines max.) and short stories (5 pages max.) on any subject or theme. First prize poetry: $250US; first prize short fiction: $500US. Entry fees: $5US (poetry) and $10US (fiction). Deadline: July 31, 2012.Add a Comment
The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Santiago Gamboa's Necropolis, the first of his works to be translated into English (and just out from Europa Editions).
Certainly an author I'd like to see more by -- Hotel Pekín looks particularly intriguing (see the Schavelzon information page or the Seix Barral publicity page; get your copy of the Spanish original at Amazon.com).
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Today Sam went to day one of a five day Lego Camp. I went a little early to pick him up, just so I could observe a little bit. I was impressed by… Read MoreAdd a Comment
My family is gearing up for a summer full of traveling and local events. If you live in South Florida, check out my list of Greater Fort Lauderdale events on About.com:
We bought tickets to the July 1st Earth Wind and Fire Concert at the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood for July 1 as a Father’s Day gift for my husband. I cannot wait to go to that event. If you’ve never seen them in concert, you simply don’t know what you are missing!
If you are planning any exotic travel this summer, please share your adventures with us! Just in case you need some inspiration, read about my daughter’s Mongolia adventure last summer here.
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I had a wonderful time. Dunno if/when I’ll have a minute to write about it; lots on my plate this week. But the nutshell version is: as always, the best part of a conference is catching up with friends, and this conference was particularly excellent in that regard.
Allison Tran of the Authors are ROCKSTARS podcast was kind enough to request an interview , and she and her guest host, Lalitha Nataraj (filling in for Allison’s co-host Michelle), asked really excellent questions about my new books, my Little House books, my social media junkieism, my Betsy-Tacy junkieism, and the challenge of juggling mom/writer/blogger hats. (Hint: It really helps to have a husband who does all the laundry.) I had a ball. Talked way too much, no doubt. The podcast will run sometime in July, I believe—I’ll post a link when it goes up! Thanks again, Allison and Lalitha—our chat was one of the highlights of my weekend.
Of course there’s never enough time to do everything you want to—especially hang out with your librarian friends, for whom the American Library Association conventions are actually, you know, filled with WORK. Presentations and meetings and panels and whatnot. But I’m grateful for the hours I got to spend gabbing away with some of the funniest, smartest, thinkingest people in the books world. Thank goodness for the internet, is all I can say about having to part with them.
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By L.L. Helland
Reading level: Ages 10-14
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (February 24, 2011)
L.L. Helland’s aptly named The Hellandback Kids takes the reader on a wonderfully wacky, mind-bending fantasy adventure wherein the characters learn as the subtitle warns to “Be Careful What You Wish For.” Although the beginning is a bit stilted, once the four Hellandback children arrive at their great grandmother’s Scottish home for a vacation, the fast-paced action ensues. Gifted with extraordinary magical powers, their goodhearted clairvoyant Granmama and late great-grandfather Alastair help the teens learn life lessons that will allow them to make thoughtful decisions that will change their adult lives. Despite his wry humor, the youngest Chris serves as the emotional heart of the novel.
The four siblings embark on exciting and often dangerous journeys that will test their mettle and lead them to face challenges they never dreamed possible. Along the way they encounter a host of quirky characters including life-sized rats, vampires, giants, and the fun-loving Bundlebobs who disgustingly dip their toenails into their ears as if they were eating chips and salsa. Despite these few gross-out moments, Helland’s novel compels the reader to empathize with her characters as they learn hard lessons about self-reliance, the evils of corporate greed, how to take great risks and trust one’s gut when something feels distinctly wrong.
Perhaps the most moving of the escapades is young Trisha’s when her presumed Prince Charming Godfrey reveals his true identity as a soul-sucking vampire. Thanks to consumer culture’s recent vampire obsession and its predictable girl-must-find-mate plot, Trisha’s story seemed especially perceptive and original. Whether the Hellandbacks take on the bubonic plague or escape from a jail-like tomb, they learn as Granmama advises, “to take charge of their own lives and adventures” with courage and spirit.
Add this book to your collection: The HellandBack Kids: Be Careful What You Wish For
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