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1. 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #297: Featuring Edward Hemingway

Here’s an illustration from artist Edward Hemingway’s forthcoming illustrated title, Tiny Pie, written by Mark Bailey and Michael Oatman and coming in May from Running Press Kids.

Edward, who paints with oils on canvas and wood, also saw the release this year of Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, August 2012), all about an apple and a worm who become good friends — and weather hard times, given the funny looks and mean comments they get for being friends in the first place. (Let us not forget the enduring wisdom of the popular mid-’90s bumper sticker.)

Edward is here today to talk a bit about his books, his paintings, and I also couldn’t resist briefly asking him about his heritage. Yes, he’s Ernest’s grandson.

Let’s get right to it, since Edward shares so many images today. And for that I thank him.

P.S. If you read below, you’ll see that this is a very special day for Edward … (more…)

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2. Book Review: The City's Son by Tom Pollock

Book: The City's Son
Author: Tom Pollock
Published: September 8, 2012
Source: Review copy from publisher via NetGalley

Beth Bradley loves London. She runs the streets of her city at night, spreading her artwork with her faithful best friend Pen. But there's another London underneath the one she knows, one where the statues and lightbulbs and the very rubbish of the streets are alive, and powerful.

One night after a terrible betrayal, Beth runs headlong into the magic of her city, in the form of a boy. Not just any boy, mind you. This is Filius Viae, the Son of the Streets, whose mother is the incarnation of the city itself. But the Goddess is lost and gone, and her mortal enemy, Reach, is gaining power.

Beth gets sucked into a power struggle between Filius and Reach. In the process, she discovers the beauty, and the danger, of the city she's always loved.

A lot of books claim to be urban fantasy, and really just mean "chick in leather fighting vampires." This is truly urban fantasy, where the city itself is as wild and weird a landscape as any that George R.R. Martin ever dreamed up. Is there anybody who's ever lived in a city and not believed that it was alive? Not just because of the people in it, but the city itself. Pollock has harnessed that instinctive fantasy, brought it to life, and thrown it into political turmoil as pitched and white-hot as any human war.

The reason I kept picking up my e-reader to finish this book was the atmosphere. Sure, there's a pulse-pounding plot, and yes, Beth is pretty awesome, and true, there's a compelling subplot about her best friend. But truly, it was Pollock's imagination at work, sucking me in. There's something downright magical in his descriptions of sentient lightbulb spirits made of glass, coldly efficient chemical beings, and statues that house living, unwillingly immortal souls.

Not only is every detail of the city imbued with its own animus, there are complex politics at work, making every character or group of creatures a wild card in Filius and Beth's struggle against Reach. For my part, I can't wait to see how everything plays out in the rest of this proposed trilogy.

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3. A Debut Author’s Dream…? (in full color!)

I fell asleep earlier and dreamt about my first book signing for THE MONSTORE. It was so glitzy and glamorous, I wanted to reenact it for you. Unfortunately, my makeup smeared onto my pillow and my hair got all matted, plus I lost my Jane Jetson mask, so these cartoon characters offered to be my cast.

But I don’t think they got it quite right. Especially that dude with the camera.

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4. A Debut Author’s Dream…? (in full color!)

I fell asleep earlier and dreamt about my first book signing for THE MONSTORE. It was so glitzy and glamorous, I wanted to reenact it for you. Unfortunately, my makeup smeared onto my pillow and my hair got all matted, plus I lost my Jane Jetson mask, so these cartoon characters offered to be my cast.

But I don’t think they got it quite right. Especially that dude with the camera.

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5. A Few Great Quotes

Masterpieces are not written, they are edited.
James Owen - Author

Don't cry because it's is over. Smile because it happened.
Dr. Seuss

All your dreams can come true if
you have the courage to pursue them.
Walt Disney

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6. Dealing with problems

Most of us who are leading worry –free happy lives have our own problems which we haven’t considered discussing with anyone. Instead, most people choose to pretend as if nothing is wrong and learn to live with the problems. Though problems are a part of our lives, it certainly doesn’t mean that we let them rule our lives forever. One day or the other, you’ll have to stand up and say – Problem, I

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7. Midnight's Children

A group of friends and I saw Midnight's Children in its New England premiere as part of the Telluride at Dartmouth program at Dartmouth College. (I saw a bunch of the films last year, but don't have time this year and, in any case, am not as enthusiastic about the selection as I was last year.)

The group of us had very different reactions to the movie, with some people extremely enthusiastic about it. For me, it was unfulfilling, and seems a perfect illustration of two general rules: 1.) novelists should not adapt their own books for the screen; 2.) Great books don't make great movies.

A surprising amount of the plot of Salman Rushdie's original novel is retained in the film, and this seemed to me the heart of its problem. A novel of 500+ pages has the room to let its incidents spread out and breathe; a 148-minute film can only include the majority of those incidents if it spends very little time on any of them. And that's what happens. The movie zips along, but it's in such a hurry that nothing much feels like it matters. A story like Midnight's Children, which takes place over many decades and various locations, is especially unsuited to such crammed rushing. It flattens characterizations, making everyone seem like a caricature, and accentuates the many coincidences and contrivances that feel less ridiculous in a large novel. The effect is to make the world of the movie feel absurdly small, and, by the end, to leave it no recourse other than a thin sentimentality. The film sacrifices everything to get as much of the book's plot in as possible, and thus ends up less like an adaptation of the novel than of its SparkNotes summary.

One of my pet peeves with adaptations of complex works of literature is that they rarely seek to find a cinematic equivalent to the literary style. Midnight's Children is interesting as much for its language and structure as for its events, but neither Rushdie in his linear and unimaginative screenplay or Deepa Mehta in her direction find any sort of analogue for that. Rushdie himself gives an ever-present narration in voiceover, further making the film seem like an illustration of the book — we get to look at pictures while somebody reads at us! Last year, I had mixed feelings about We Need to Talk About Kevin, but one of the things I most admired was its determination to be a movie unto itself and not merely an illustration of the novel. The book exists as a work of art in its own right; the movie should, too.

I was often annoyed by the film's colors, which are frequently saturated and sometimes desaturated — manipulation that renders all the whites glowing, blank, and depthless, giving the whole movie an unreal quality that was certainly intentional but to my eyes screamed of kitsch. The same is true for some digital effects in the last third or so of the film, where it sometimes looks like lost outtakes from 300. Occasionally, such as scenes in a Delhi slum, the saturation of colors provides beautiful greens, reds, blues, and yellows, but on the whole the effect was distracting, and especially disappointing given that I thought Mehta's earlier film, Water, was visually powerful and affecting.

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Artie’s new story The Race for Space was published in the September issue of the Teachers.net Gazette. To read the story please click on the image below. (This story is dedicated to the memory of Neil Armstrong, whose courage and heroism will live on forever)

Artie’s children’s book Living Green: A Turtle’s Quest for a Cleaner Planet is now available as a free video for kids through StoryCub. A shortlist finalist for the national 2012 Green Earth Book Award, Thurman the turtle is tired of seeing the land he loves cluttered with trash and decides to take action.

To watch the Living Green video on Youtube, please click on the cover below. StoryCub videos are one of the most watched programs on Apple’s iTunes Kids & Family section.


Use of any of the content on this website without permission is prohibited by federal law

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9. Go Strolling

Ahh. The sweet smell of Dencorub and muscle linament filled the early moring train carriage. It must be the Sydney Running Festival - and then when we walked onto Milson's Point Station we definitely knew we were in the right place. Not only was the aroma so very, very strong but there were a gazillion bodies dressed in varying forms of running gear (and lots of lycra). And no - we weren't running. We were in the family and community groups section of the running festival. We strolled across the Sydney Harbour Bridge as part of the orange-clad Books In Homes crew. It was an absolute thrill to be part of the team (thanks Hester for organising our gathering) and we must have stood out because as we crossed the finish line (46 minute stroll) at the Botanical Gardens our team was congratulated over the PA system! Yeah for Books in Homes!

Not sure about Books in Homes? It is one of the organisations which I am delighted to be involved in. Books in Homes Australia’s vision is to re-awaken a sense of wonder in children and excitement in parents, by creating an Australia where every child and family has access to books of choice at home. There are Books in Homes Role Models across the country. We volunteer to inspire young readers and are featured in the Books in Homes catalogues, participate in school Book Giving Assemblies, and promote the enjoyment of reading ... something that is right down my alley!

Find out more about Books in Homes here.
We are most definitley walking the bridge again with Books in Homes in next year!

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10. French Circus Carousel Miniatures - Rotates Mechanicals

This was resized in my Studio for the MINIATURE / CIRCUS / CAROUSEL / LOVER.
Handmade in my studio. The Artwork is from an Antique print.

French Circus Carousel Miniature
• The expression image d'Épinal has become proverbial in French and refers to an emphatically traditionalist and naïve depiction of something, showing only its good aspects. Info sourcs- wikapedia
• Épinal prints were prints on popular subjects rendered in bright sharp colours, sold in France in the 19th Century. They owe their name to the fact that the first publisher of such images — Jean-Charles Pellerin — having been born in Épinal, named the printing house he founded in 1796

It took over 2 days for me to print, cut and assemble.
Each tiny Circus figure is carefully cut and assembled to the interior wheel.
• THe small one is 4-1/2"" High x 2" diameter base
• Working mechanical.
• The inner carousel rotates clockwise as the viewer turns the bead on the top.
• Each CIrcus performer is cut out separately and glued into place on the wheel that rotates.
• The center post is wood, the topper is a dimensional AB plastic crystal bead with the very top being a gold colored bead -all the rest of the Carousel is of cardstock paper.
• Reproduction of a paper toy.
• The coloring may vary from the original Antique print and shades shown here.

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11. New Adult fiction genre #WriteTip


There is a new genre emerging..."New Adult" fiction for older teens. You never stop growing up, but little in the market seems to address the coming-of-age that also happens in your 20s.

Just as YA is fiction about discovering who you are as a person, NA is fiction about building your own life as an actual adult. As older teen readers discover the joy of the upper level Young Adult genres, the New Adult—demand may increase. This, in turn, would give writers the chance to explore the freedom of a slightly older protagonist while also easing some of the logistical aspects of writing YA. Hmmm…

Eighteen to Twenty-five protagonists are surprisingly rare; in a panel on YA literature at Harvard’s 2008 Vericon, City of Bones author talked about pitching her novel, then about twenty-somethings, as adult fiction. After several conversations, Clare realized she had to choose between adults and teens. She went with teens.

St. Martin’s Press: We are actively looking for great, new, cutting edge fiction with protagonists who are slightly older than YA and can appeal to an adult audience. Since twenty-somethings are devouring YA, St. Martin’s Press is seeking fiction similar to YA that can be published and marketed as adult—a sort of an “older YA” or “new adult.” In this category, they are looking for spunky but not stupid, serious but not dull, cutting-edge, supernatural stories.
Would you buy New Adult books? 
Does the genre appeal to you? Does it sound better than YA? 
Or are you happy with YA as it stands?

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12. New Folding Dollhouse - Miniature Lithographed Toy - McLoughlin Bros. - C. 1894

The original McLaughlin Dolhouse closed was 13 square x 1 inch

• Inside cover top shows the information from the original advertisement as follows:
• The house folds down to 13 x 13 x 1 inch. It makes 4 rooms:
• Each 13 inch square, without roof, parted off by partitions 13 inches high. It is designed to be played with on a table. A number of little girls may thus get round it to the very best advantage. It is made out of stout binder's board covered with colored designs representing the carpets, walls, windows, mantels, etc. as seen in houses. It is designed to be furnished with paper or other small furniture, and to be occupied by paper or other small dolls. Single rooms are also put up, instead of four rooms together.

• Mine is a reproduction of a paper toy originally designed as 13 x 13 x 1" by McLoughlin Bros. New York.
• Box to hold the Dollhouse 3-1/4" square x 1/2" High.
• Dollhouse opens up to a 6" square x 3" High.
• Dollhouse closed is 3" square x 1/4" HighNew Folding Dollhouse - Miniature Lithographed Toy - McLoughlin Bros. - C. 1894

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13. Geneseo Bear Miniature

This is my sculpture of the 'Geneseo Bear"  9 inches high. 
He is in for repairs as he jumped off a shelf.  He is ok, just the street light is off kilter.

geneseo_bear_ mini_clay       geneseo_bear_mini2

The Bronze Bear
The Bronze Bear Fountain is on Main Street, Geneseo, New York
Just off campus, in the center of Main Street in Geneseo sits the famous Bronze Bear statue. "The Bear"
also plays host to any number of spontaneous decorations and pranks throughout the academic year. A
story also circulates that one of the wealthy Wadsworth daughters saw the bear fountain in a small town in
Germany, fell in love with it, bought it, and sent it back to Geneseo in the early 19th century. This story is
unverified, but an excerpt from a history of the family that settled the valley implies that this is not true,
and that the fountain was designed and built for its current location: "[Main Street] is still dominated by a
drinking fountain for horses dedicated to Mrs. Emmeline Austin Wadsworth. For some obscure reason its
designer placed a short pole in its center on top of which sits a cunning little iron bear, who is generally
known as 'Aunt Emmeline'.
The Wadsworths of the Genesee. New York: Coward-McCann. 1959. pp. 205.

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14. Last one for tonight...

Here is the last one of the series for Marie Antoinette... unless Anka would like me to do more!  I have tons of sketches...   so if she wants more, I hope she's ready for many many more!

But, meanwhile, there is a chance for modifications and of course, this could be it.


It's been fun!

I think this might be my favorite.

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15. Celebrating Womanhood Giveaway

I'm not really a writer so I thought I'd share a couple of my favorite quotes by Marjorie Hinckley and then offer a giveaway.  Marjorie Hinckley was the perfect example of the kind of woman I want to become.

We are all in this together. We need each other. Oh, how we need each other. Those of us who are old need you who are young, and hopefully, you who are young need some of us who are old...We need deep and satisfying and loyal friendships with each other. These friendships are a necessary source of sustenance.

I don't want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails.I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp.I want to be there with grass stains on my shoes from mowing Sister Schenk's lawn.I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbor's children.I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone's garden.I want to be there with children's sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder.I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived.

We women have a lot to learn about simplifying our lives. We have to decide what is important and then move along at a pace that is comfortable for us. We have to develop the maturity to stop trying to prove something. We have to learn to be content with what we are.

Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, “Wow what a ride!” 

Celebrating Womanhood Giveaway - I've got 2 great books to giveaway to 1 winner. Motherhood Matters & Through His Eyes.
Open to US only.
Ends 10/4/12

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16. Carrot Car

I did this bunny and carrot car using paper scraps. I don't know what it is but I am just not loving the background. I can't let it go so I am probably going to change it. 

I have several more animals and cars that I am working on so hopefully I will get the background figured out. What do you think?

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17. Adults In The Dark: Avant-Garde Animation at MAD

It all kicks off on September 27th at New York’s Museum of Art and Design (aka MAD) with a screening of the works of James and John Whitney. This is followed in mid-October every Friday and Saturday with a curated series of screenings dedicated to Ralph Bakshi, The Hubleys, Sally Cruikshank, Martha Colburn, Jim Trainor and Robert Breer. The restrospective is called Adults in the Dark: Avant-Garde Animation at MAD and it runs through mid-November. It’s an important compilation of landmark animated works by some of the true artists in the field. New Yorkers, check it out!

(Thanks, Aaron Anderson)

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18. Another...

Here is yet another...

More to come! ;)

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19. Sometimes Name Recognition Works

I have to admit that I don't have a lot of interest in Albert Einstein. I picked up Albert Einstein when I saw it at the library because I recognized the author, Kathleen Krull's, name. I remember her picture book Fartiste, and I liked what I thought was the novelty of her book Lincoln Tells a Joke. Plus, I believe Kathleen is a Facebook friend. My point being, that name is definitely filed away in my mind, and when I saw it on a book cover, the metaphorical equivalent of a bell rang.

I found Albert Einstein, part of Krull's Giants of Science series, to be a very readable book. Seriously, on a couple of occasions I looked forward to going back to this book over some other ones I was reading at the time. The text seemed as if it could have come from one of those well done magazine profiles that often grab me.

I can't say that I have a better understanding of what Einstein actually did, though I think I do have a grasp of his process. I have a much better understanding of the significance of his work in the bigger scheme of things. I am left, after reading Albert Einstein, not liking him very much. That was an interesting aspect of this book. I felt that Krull put out details of Einstein's personal life (his treatment of the women in his life, for instance) without making any value judgments, herself. I, however, felt free to do so. I also felt she did a good job of placing him within his time period and showing historical events' impact upon him. In one case, in particular, she showed the impact he appears to have had on a historical event.

This book includes a list of sources, but no citations in the text. I am seeing this in nonfiction books for adults, as well as children, and don't know what the significance is. The absence of citations wouldn't keep me from encouraging a young person to read the book.

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20. wangie: Some ballerina thumbnails I did for The New Yorker, AD...


Some ballerina thumbnails I did for The New Yorker, AD the excellent Jordan Awan, who asked for something a little more visually abstract. I had such a blast making these!

Everyone: meet Angie Wang. She just blew my mind with these illustrations. Pure, elegant, minimalist, dynamic. Killing me! Don’t forget Angie’s website too.

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21. Holy Spirit School Ryde Supports ‘Room To Read’

Room to Read www.roomtoread.org partner of The National Year of Reading 2012The beautiful kids and teachers of Holy Spirit School North Ryde have embraced Room to Read – www.roomtoread.org 

- Educating the Children of the developing world.

So far Room to Read has reached 6.6 million children in countries including Vietnam, Nepal. India … Uganda and aims to reach 20 million children by 2020!

I’m proud to be a ROOM TO READ Author Ambassador.

Ambassador for National Year of Reading, www.love2read.org, www.monkeybaa.com.au




I was there with 4 hats as a:-

Room to Read Author Ambassador

Ambassador for the National Year of Reading 2012

Patron of Monkey Baa Theatre www.monkeybaa.com.au

Monkey Baa Theatre's adaptation of Susanne Gervay's 'I Am Jack' March 11 to 15 -2013,at Lendlease Darling Quarter Theatre Darling Harbour Sydney The author of:-

NO to School Bullying & I AM JACK

Universal Human Rights – everyone has the right to a nationality & ‘Ships in the Field’

It was a warm, wonderful and joyous day there.

Thankyou Kosalay Pather for inviting me to your school.

Room to Read endorses ‘I Am Jack’.

 Monkey Baa Theatre’s adaptation of ‘I AM JACK’ will be performed at the Lend lease Darling Quarter Theatre Darling Harbour 11-15 March Bookings:-



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22. Nicholson from Memory

I had a go at painting my favourite Ben Nicholson picture entirely from memory for the Masterpieces From Memory Group.
Gouache 20cm x 28cm.  Click to enlarge.

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23. Small Press Expo

Open to the public Saturday and Sunday, September 15 and 16, 2012.
Saturday, September 15: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sunday, September 16: noon - 6:00 pm

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24. Library Loot: Third Trip in September

New Loot:
  • Shirley by Charlotte Bronte
  • The Sadness of the Samurai by Victor del Arbol
  • Binky Takes Charge by Ashley Spires
  • No Crystal Stair by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
  • The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
  • A Memory Between Us by Sarah Sundin
  • Blue Skies Tomorrow by Sarah Sundin
  • Evolution of the Word by Marcus J. Borg
  • Chosen by God by R.C. Sproul

Leftover Loot:

  • Shiver Me Timbers: Pirate Poems and Paintings by Douglas Florian
  • City by Clifford D. Simak
  • Worship: The Ultimate Priority by John MacArthur
  • Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems
  • Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
  • Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman
  • A Gentleman of Fortune by Anna Dean
  • A Woman of Consequence by Anna Dean
 Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire and Marg that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.  

© 2012 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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25. The Great Pumpkin Run - Flyer

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