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1. Kudos & Industry Changes

This black and white sketch was sent in by Barbara DiLorenzo.  Barbara was featured this year on Illustrator Saturday.  She teaches a watercolor class through The Creative Center at Confucius Plaza in NYC one day a week. The rest of the time she is working steadfastly on building her children’s illustration portfolio.
Rob Regan (author and musician) has been working on self-publishing his book titled, Kobee Manatee, Heading Home to Florida - Children’s Informational Picture Book  32 pages (ages 3 to 7)

He sent me a picture of the front cover.  Can you believe that Lauren Gallegoes is the ilustrator?  She was featured on Illustrator Saturday a few weeks ago.  I should have asked when she mentioned she was working on a picture book about a Manatee if it was Robs’.  He plans on releasing the picture book in late spring/early summer of 2013.  He is currently recording KOBEE’S SONG, which will be available for dowload with the book. www.kobeemanatee.com

Gayle Aanensen’s SUMMER OF THE SUFFRAGISTS won Honorable Mention in the 20th Annual Self-Published Book Contest with Writer’s Digest! THE LITTLE ROUGH RIDER AT THE SHORE, Gayle’s first book, won the same Award in 2008!  www.gayleaanensen.com

Jan Milusich’s middle grade fantasy ebook entitled Bryn’s Quest: The Search for Clun’s Treasure is releasing this month. It is being promoted as a 20% pre-order special at MuseItUpublising.
If you haven’t heard by now, Sheri Perl-Oshins is now the Assistant RA for the New Jersey SCBWI and our new Illustrator Coordinator is Karen RomagnaTara Lazar is taking on a new position of Social Media Captain.  I am sure Tara and Leeza will be telling us more about that.
Just in case you didn’t look at my post on Thanksgiving: GOOD NEWS: Ame Dyckman’s BOY + BOT is a FINALIST in the Best Picture Book category for the 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards! You helped Ame make the finals, let’s help her WIN! Voting runs through Tuesday, November 27th. Here is the link to use to vote for Ame.

Kami Kinard’s THE BOY PROJECT TOO: Notes and Observations by Tabbi Reddy, humorously following the efforts of Tabbi Reddy, best friend of Kara McAllister (The Boy Project, Scholastic 2012), as she attempts to use a project for her algebra class as a way to change her unlucky love life into a success story, again to Aimee Friedman at Scholastic, by Rosemary Stimola at Stimola Literary Studio.

Frank Berrios has been promoted to editor for the Random House Children’s and Golden Books licensed publishing group, where Courtney Carbone has moved up to assistant editor.

Congratulations, everyone!

Talk tomorrow,


Filed under: authors and illustrators, Kudos, Publishing Industry Tagged: Barbara DiLorenzo, Frank Berrios, Gayle Aanensen, karen Romagna, Rob Regan, Sheri Oshins, Tara Lazar

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2. 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #307:Featuring Adam Rex and Rafael Yockteng

The finished Mac and Adam puppets from Mac Barnett’s Chloe and the Lion
with pictures by Adam Rex


“Here’s Jimmy. He’s the guy with the shoes.”
– From Jairo Buitrago’s
Jimmy the Greatest, illustrated by Rafael Yockteng
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Since it’s almost December (GASP!), I decided to devote today’s post to two 2012 picture books that I really liked a whole heapin’ lot, yet I had never gotten around to posting about. I do manage, I think, to post about picture books here at 7-Imp in a relatively timely manner, but these two fall into the better-late-than-never category. Here, I post about them before I see that the year has all sneaky-like ended on us — and in my own little effort to tip my hat to this pair of 2012 picture book beauties.

Those two books? Jairo Buitrago’s Jimmy the Greatest, illustrated by Rafael Yockteng and released by Groundwood Books back in April (first published in Spanish in 2010), and Mac Barnett’s Chloe and the Lion, released by Disney Hyperion in the same month — with pictures from Adam Rex.

I’ve got art from Jimmy the Greatest, and for Chloe and the Lion, Adam Rex visits briefly to share art, early sketches, thumbnails, and such. Let’s get right to it… (more…)

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3. What Being a Cybils Judge Is Really Like

Not everyone can be chosen as a Cybils judge. There are only so many spots available, and we like to populate them with both veterans and newbies, and we really do get a LOT of applicants, so we unfortunately can't pick everyone. We know you guys know that.

BUT: if you haven't participated yet and you're wondering what it's actually like being a judge--well, first-time Round 1 YA Fiction panelist William Polking, who blogs at Guys Lit Wire, has written up a thoughtful, funny post at Nerdy Book Club on the trials and tribulations of first-round Cybil-ing.

"I applied and thought little of it until I received a message telling me that I had been selected as a panelist," William wrote. "The message ominously threatened me with brusque claims about how many books I would have to read in the next two months or so. I laughed in the face of such rhetoric. You can never read too many books, or have too many books to read. Then the nominations started rolling in and the database kept expanding. The books began to multiply. I am no longer laughing."

Those of you who have been involved with Cybils before probably ARE laughing, but in recognition. I remember one crazy year when I was a Round 1 panelist for Fantasy and Sci-Fi, BEFORE the category was split into two age group panels. The entire floor of my office went missing for months, swallowed under stacks of books. William's post reminded me how much work it was--and how much fun I had, too. Go check it out.

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4. PiBoIdMo Day 25: Mike Jung Lacks Limitations

You wanna know what’s great about PiBoIdMo? Besides the fact that Tara’s letting a non-picture book author like me make a guest post? What do you mean, you don’t think that’s so great??

The greatness of PiBoIdMo lies in its lack of limitations. This is the idea stage, where anything goes, babies! Do you want to write a book about a reclusive green alien named Melonhead who assuages his loneliness by routinely traveling to the planet Earth and kidnapping pigs from isolated farmhouses in rural America? BAM! Idea Number 1! Have you always had the urge to write a picture book about a pet rock that’s been stubbornly kept in a drawer by a mad scientist since the mid-seventies and gained sentience via an unexpected spill of that scientist’s insane-but-brilliantly-created vat of artificial intelligence serum? Yo, Idea Number 2! A picture book about talking laptop computers who have a wacky adventure when an IT staffer mistakenly leaves a bottle of super-fun shredder lubricant on the ergonomic chair next to the desk where they live? Crap, utter crap, but hey, Idea Number 3!

I’m kidding. Kind of. Not really. I don’t actually mean you should deliberately spend your energy coming up with a bunch of deliberately crappy and unusable ideas. But you could definitely choose to come up with ideas that display some eccentricity, fall outside your normal comfort zone, or feel impossible to actually turn into a book.

By the way, those are all real ideas that I’ve actually tried to turn into real stories. HANDS OFF.

See, I really did try to write this book.

I’ve tried to write picture books, you know, and I don’t know how you people do it—when I try, it feels like I’m performing a lobotomy on myself with a soup spoon and a pair of knitting needles. Picture books are hard. Picture book ideas are easier. That’s true for all kinds of books, isn’t it? I don’t say that to invalidate the worthiness of PiBoIdMo, however, because the fact that coming up with an idea is easier than turning an idea into an actual book doesn’t mean that coming up with an idea is just plain old EASY. These creative processes are infinitely malleable in nature, and unique to the character and proclivities of the individual pursuing them.

During my one feeble attempt at PiBoIdMo I found myself swearing roundly at the horribly mundane, hackneyed ideas coming out of my tortured braincase. At least I thought they were mundane and hackneyed—maybe they weren’t at all, but the fact that I felt that way was messing with my head, you know what I mean? My solution was to say “well then, I’m just gonna use AAAAAALL the crazy ideas. Gonna take the wraps off my inner weirdness and just go to Bizarro World for the rest of the month.”

In creative terms, I do believe there’s a big upside to just thinking about the most wacky ideas in your head, without evaluating them for plausibility, market-readiness, industry trends, or genuine viability as potential stories. I’m a believer in the power of unfettered brainstorming—by removing boundaries on what kind of things qualify as legitimate ideas, you’ll sink a tap into a bigger aquifer of source material than you might otherwise. Your free associations will have more building blocks to link together. You’ll stretch your brain. Maybe you’ll find some avenue of inspiration that you didn’t even know you possessed. And you might be able to take one of those off-the-wall ideas and recognize a sane, strong, usable core inside it.

Or maybe all those daring ideas will come to nothing, I don’t know. That would actually be okay, wouldn’t it? There’s a price to doing business in the marketplace of creativity, and it usually involves the dismissal of efforts that prove unviable or untimely. Then again, maybe one of those cray-cray, easy-to-scorn ideas will turn into something entirely new. Where would we be without the advocates of previously unembraced change, the children’s book creators who were willing to try things that no one else was trying? Where would we be without Scieszka and Smith’s THE STINKY CHEESE MAN AND OTHER FAIRLY STUPID TALES, or Ezra Jack Keats’s THE SNOWY DAY, or Dr. Seuss’s THE CAT IN THE HAT?

Go crazy, people. Test the boundaries of your conceptual world, write down those nutty, unrealistic ideas, and then see if they take you some place you might not have gone if you’d stayed within the borders of The Town of Reasonable Thinking. Me? I’m definitely writing that alien-and-pig picture book one of these days. Try and stop me.

Mike Jung is an author, library professional, public speaker, blogger, amateur musician, former art student, and geek, but his preferred title is “Internet Despot.” Mike blogs, Facebooks and Tweets. He lives in Oakland, CA with his wife and two children. GEEKS, GIRLS, AND SECRET IDENTITIES (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic) is his first novel. 

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5. Gratitude List

Oops…I was supposed to post this yesterday. Oh well, here we go… Gratitudes Dirty Dishes. I cook for my family. We eat together. Again and again. So I smile as I wash and… Read More

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6. Book Review: Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

Book: Prom and Prejudice
Author: Elizabeth Eulberg
Published: 2011
Source: Local Library

As a scholarship student, Lizzie Bennet hasn't had an easy time of it at Longbourn Academy. She's been notified that she's not welcome in ways large and small. But she's going to stick it out, because Longbourn might be a viper's nest of spoiled trust-fund babies, but it's also the only place she's going to get the musical training that she needs and deserves. Still, it's hardly a surprise when arrogant Will Darcy dismisses her after knowing her ten minutes. But it stings more than she expects, and she strikes back with snarky remarks and attitude.

Unfortunately, because their two best friends are dating, they keep getting pushed together. Then he starts turning up even when Charles and Jane aren't around. His behavior is so entirely puzzling that Lizzie starts to wonder . . . is it possible that Darcy might have feelings for her other than contempt? Or are the feelings that have changed just hers?

Pride and Prejudice is my all-time favorite book in the universe, so anytime I see a retelling, I'm compelled to pick it up. It's always fun to see how plot points and characters get morphed into a different setting. This one was enjoyable, if a little clunky in spots. Darcy's interference in Charles and Jane's relationship is completely dropped, for instance, and there are strange moments where dialogue seems to be lifted straight from the book. What works in the 1812 English countryside is a little harder to credit in 21st century Manhattan. But it was an entertaining way to spend an hour.

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7. SkADaMo Day 24

Some of my favorite be-whiskered folk are otters.

Ya know, for some reason, even though I realize they are different critters, “Muskrat Love” was playing in my noggin while I drew these guys. Something about “nibbling on bacon, chewin’ on cheese…”

Swing by here for some fellow SkADaMo shenanigans and check out Illustration Friday‘s “Whiskers” this week. And for a giant shot of inspiration, check out PiBoIdMo.

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8. Rattle Readers -- Make'em laugh.

Hi folks, I'm continuing my series called Rattle Readers. I'm exploring the emotional landscape of books, and this week I'm going to chat about making readers laugh.

First off, laughter isn't far from tears. If you can pull off both in the same book, you are drawing close to revealing life as it truly is. Laughter is about the utterly or obviously senseless. It hits what is illogical and contrary to all reason.  Laughter bubbles up when common sense flaps in the wind. We laugh at the foolish, irrational, and disorderly, especially in the light of close relationships. We laugh at the meaningless. I think it's the slant that's important. In dark places, the author heals our heart by pointing out the humor in the situation.

I love to laugh when reading. Plenty of authors have made me laugh and I love them for it. A few come to mind: Douglas Adams' THE HITCHHIKERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY is one great laugh-my-head-off memories. I'm sure I laughed so hard I fell off my bed more than once. Another book was Louis Sachar's SIDEWAYS STORIES FROM WAYSIDE SCHOOL; this one snuck up on me. I was like ho-hum for like eight chapters, but by chapter 30, I was laughing so hard I spit. Another book that made me laugh so much I slipped out my chair was THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN by Sherman Alexie.  I get the life of poverty, the ridiculous stuff you put up with when you are one the outcasts of society. Sometimes, if you don't figure out a way to laugh, your heart won't function anymore.

I believe that books make me laugh when the author reveals the impossible truth. This takes a sense of humor; an author who can ease the confrontation in the world has a real gift. You might offend people; a good laugh doesn't sugar coat life. You must write what you think is ridiculous in the everyday. Uncover the absurd about life. Reframe tragedy. The best humorous books will make readers laugh and cry. Think about this: Trade mourning for joy. Laughter may be the only thing that gives your characters the strength to endure and will be the gift that is passed on to your reader to alleviate tension in their lives. A secret, you  get to fall out of chair laughing before your readers.

Laughter is powerful and leading and must be used with care. I don't laugh at belittling others. Laughter for me is about uncovering joy in the darkness. Your story will give your readers an island of happy, a place to escape to.  Laughter  helps us dream or dream again. It is a way to reframe all the stupid circumstances the universe has given us. Laughter is relief that danger is over and the promise that good things are to come.  I think laughter is about bonding with each other about the human condition. We are not alone. No.

I hope that you will consider making readers laugh as you write. I'll be back next week with a new series called: SOUL INSPIRATION. Meanwhile, seize the day!

Here is this week's doodle. I call this:  "Woman 2."

Here's a quote for your pocket.

If we couldn't laugh we would all go insane. Robert Frost

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9. Library Loot: Fourth Trip in November

New Loot:
  • Safekeeping by Karen Hesse
  • Breathe by Sarah Crossan
  • The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson
  • Ruins by Orson Scott Card
Leftover Loot:
  • Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version edited by Philip Pullman
  • Reached by Ally Condie
  • Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card 
  • A Crown of Swords by Robert Jordan
  • The Path of Daggers by Robert Jordan   
   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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11. Talk About Breaking Discipline

I have had a fantastic few days, but good times appear to have destroyed my discipline. All I've done for work since Tuesday morning is write an e-mail. An e-mail, as in one. I've spent the last couple of hours researching self-discipline fixes and coming up dry.

Well, at least we're experiencing a little drama here at the OC. Will our intrepid writer get back on task with cleaning her files, laying out her website overhaul, and developing lists of marketing contacts for the launch of the Saving the Planet e-book, just for starters? Or will she throw everything over to hunt for multiple cookie pie recipes?

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12. Picture Book Saturday: Just Right for Christmas

Now that Thanksgiving has passed us, I feel like I can finally write about the Christmas books Elliott and I have started to enjoy. I'm one of those people that really likes to go about my year one holiday at a time, so even though I started to receive the books a few months ago, I was kind enough to spare you the chatter until now. You're welcome. 

Just Right for Christmas by Birdie Black and Rosalind Beardshaw is yet another absolutely charming book published by Candlewick. I can't even begin to explain how much I love their books -- some of the best this year for us. 

In this one, a simple piece of beautiful red cloth makes the "just right" gift for five animal strangers. From a king who creates a grand cloak for the princess all the way down to the mouse who makes a teeny tiny scarf for her little boy mouse, the scraps from each gift are just right to make the next gift, with leftovers to share. 

Not only is the message of the story perfect for this time of year, but the illustrations are just gorgeous. Since E is still pretty young to sit through a whole story, I think his favorite part is the doses of vibrant red on each page. I'm a fan of that to :)

We definitely recommend you add this one into your holiday reading list. It's a very sweet read and holds a great message of sharing with others when you're done using something or recycling things you no longer need. 

Thanks again to Candlewick to sending this one along to us!

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13. Conference Tidbits

Thought I’d share a few nuggets of wisdom about ‘the business’ from the SCBWI NJ Fall Retreat a few weeks ago. In my next post, I’ll share some craft tips.

Editors, Agents and Consolidation
Selling a manuscript is increasingly "more difficult." There are fewer editors, and each editor is responsible for a growing number of books.
  • Each editor has less time available to spend on each manuscript. 
  • The Penguin/Random House merger will only add to this trend. 
  • New authors: try a new and not-yet-established agent or editor, especially at reputable agencies. New authors need more personal attention. These young and hungry professionals can devote more time to you than a more senior editor may have available.
Author Responsibility
Several editors and agents agreed that authors are expected to do even more these days once they are published. Editors are looking for extra content: 
  • short stories, 
  • character notes, 
  • side stories for minor characters. 

You must help, sometimes for free, to build the audience and bridge the time between major publications. Don’t throw away your character sketches or alternative plot notes!

Still, each and every editor professes to be looking for new talent -- but mostly through agents or conferences. As always, put forth only your best work.

Finally, kudos to Leeza Hernandez for keeping the conference on-track after Sandy.  Through our first day, the hotel was running on generator power.  NJ Transit was not in operation. Still we had a full panel of agents and editors, and a full schedule.   Thanks Leeza. 

Good luck and keep at it writers. 

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14. The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

Hey, readergirlz! Did any of you go to the movies over Thanksgiving weekend? Don't forget to go to a bookstore while you're at it and grab the books which inspired your new favorite flicks!

Before his debut novel, Silver Linings Playbook, was made into a major motion picture starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence,  Matthew Quick visited readergirlz. That was back in December 2010, when we featured his first YA novel, Sorta Like a Rockstar. He spoke with us about compassion and kindness, themes that permeate all of his books. Melissa later wrote a Cover Story about Boy21, another Quick pick.

What did you think of the book? What did you think of the movie? Leave a comment below and let us know! (It will be interesting to find out which readergirlz are also Robert De Niro fans...)

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15. Illustration Friday: Whiskers

Cyrano never liked that he has two different coloured eyes, nor does he like the fact that his white whiskers don't stand out against his snow white fur.
That's when he started donning the fake nose.
Typical Leo, always seeking attention!
No apologies to Leo's out there because I'm a Leo too!! 

In my Moleskine, colored pencil and acrylic paint 4 years ago :)

For Illustration Friday: Whiskers

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16. Friday Night at the Question Emporium

I'm currently chomping my way through the QueryShark archives, and finding them extremely instructive, as well as inspiring; thinking in terms of the query has helped me sort out some plot issues in one of my manuscripts. 

I'm not yet ready to query any of my own stuff, as it's all still at various stages in the process (write, incubate, revise, beta read, revise, existential crisis, revise, heavy drinking, revise, and so on), but I'm curious about something.

November is National Novel Writing Month. As an agent, would seeing in the query that a novel originated with NaNoWriMo be interesting, or is it a turn-off?

I don't want to know much of anything about how you dreamed up or wrote your novel. This is one of the things that the phrase "TMI" was coined for. Like making sausages, or writing cover copy: the less I see of the process, the better.

That said, if your novel did start as a NoNoWriMo endeavor, it will be of interest to readers and thus you'll consult with your agent about how to mention this in the pitch letter s/he sends to editors.

The very real problem with NaNoWriMo novels is not that you query them, but that you query too soon.

You may have finished writing your novel on 11/30/12 but that does not mean you're done. Not at all.

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17. after the rush when you come back down

It's taken a little time, after the Clermont Ferrand exhibition, to start getting back to normal. There's so much to process. So many exciting potential opportunities. That's the thing about an event like that (actually, there are not many events like that), it's not just the taking part and the sharing of you work whilst you are there. It's also all the little acorns you plant in people's minds and memories.

These are the things I have been pondering as I've done three loads of laundry today.

Oh, and if you are interested, there's a lovely little review about the Clermont exhibition, by my new sketching friend Omar Jaramillo, on the Urban Sketchers website HERE.

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18. Sheep Dog and Sheep Sheep

Sheep Dog and his self-appointed helper, Sheep Sheep.

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19. Proof by David Auburn

"I'm sure that if I was a child today, I would be diagnosed with something. I just have this thing for numbers." - Olivia Dunham, Fringe, Season 1, Episode 10: Safe

Once again, Fringe echoes something I've said time and time again.

I like numbers. That's an understatement. I enjoy things pertaining to numbers and patterns. So naturally, when I first heard the premise for the play Proof, I was intrigued - yet I didn't read it or see it until just a few weeks ago!

In 2000, David Auburn's play Proof was produced at the Manhattan Theatre Club. Later that year, it moved to Broadway. In 2001, it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play. In 2005, it was adapted for a film. In 2012, I finally saw the piece performed on stage and read it immediately thereafter. I'm really glad that I waited to read it until I saw it, because that allowed the stage production to have a solid impact on me, the elements of discovery and surprise in full effect, rather than knowing what would happen next because I'd read it already.

Proof is the story of Catherine, a twenty-five-year-old dealing a recent loss in her family. The cast is rounded out by her father, Robert; her older sister, Claire; and Hal, her father's former student who is now a teacher in his own right. When Robert, a once-blindly brilliant mathematician and professor, became unable to teach due to a mental illness, Catherine left college and moved home. Being the sole caretaker for her graphomaniac father put a weight on Catherine's shoulders, and that responsibility, coupled with the worry that she might inherit her father's illness, has changed who she is and who she might become. When a mathematical proof is discovered in the household, the characters show their true colors through their reactions and their testaments as to who they trust, what they believe, and why.

Like I said earlier, I like numbers. And I like writing. And I like memory, and memories. And I like plays. (For those of you just tuning in, I'm an actress and a playwright.) And I like it when people trust me, and am heartbroken when I sense distrust, or disappointment, or when people don't realize their true potential. I was drawn into Proof because it addressed a lot of these topics. Even when other characters made me upset, I understood why they reacted or felt the way they did, and I really liked the fact that Catherine stuck to her guns throughout.

My favorite piece of dialogue comes in Act II, Scene 5:

CATHERINE: I'm going to sit quietly on the plane to New York. And live quietly in a cute apartment. And answer Dr. Von Heimlich's question very politely.

CLAIRE: You can see any doctor you like, or you can see no doctor.

CATHERINE: I would like to see a doctor called Dr. Von Heimlich: please find one. And I would like him to wear a monocle. And I'd like him to have a very soft, very well-upholstered couch, so that I'll be perfectly comfortable while I'm blaming everything on you.

So funny. So true.

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20. How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

In her book How to Be a Woman, British columnist Caitlin Moran shares her opinions on topics like music, social status, and feminism while sharing anecdotes from her life. Unabashed and funny, this non-fiction work is definitely not for children, but I know some of you who regularly read this blog will get a kick out of it, especially those who liked Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling. Caitlin details both silly and serious events that happened to her or her family members without shame or judgment. Readers will quickly pick up on her wry sense of humor and her world outlook.

My favorite passages from How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran are a mix of the poignant and the fun:

The people around you are mirrors, I think. [...] You see yourself reflected in their eyes. If the mirror is true, and smooth, you see your true self. That's how you learn who you are. And you might be a different person to different people, but it's all feedback that you need, in order to know yourself. But if the mirror is broken, or cracked, or warped...the reflection is not true. - Page 150

If I'm going to [waste] £500 on a pair of designer shoes, it's going to be a pair that I can (a) dance to "Bad Romance" in and (b) will allow me to run away from a murderer, should one suddenly decide to give chance. That's the minimum I ask from my footwear. To be able to dance in it, and for it not to get me murdered. - Page 198

And if you're a nerdy girl, you've read enough books and seen enough films to know that being on a mission, saving the world, trying to get the band back together, or just putting on a play, right there, in a barn, really is a life well lived. Batman doesn't want a baby in order to feel he's "done everything." He's just saved Gotham again! If this means Batman must be a feminist role model above, say, Hillary Clinton, then so be it. - Pages 238-239

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21. Thanksgiving sick break

So sorry for the post delay the couple of days.  Everyone in the family caught the flu this Thanksgiving Weekend, but I'll get back to writing posts on Monday.  Hope you are having a great Weekend!


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I've been negligent, I know. It's been several weeks since I posted here. I started with real determination to post twice weekly here. But LIFE keeps getting in the way of blogging. So, I'm stepping back for a few months. I am struggling at this time with hard decisions regarding the use of my time - those 24 wee hours that God gives me every day. I want to use those hours doing the work He

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23. The Dream

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24. Submission Tips

An intern from a children's books agency gives her top submission tips to be noticed.


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25. Sketching in Covington, KY

Scan from my sketchbook... It was a beautiful and blustery day...
We walked around Main Strasse yesterday with Troy's parents (and I worked on this in my sketchbook). 

The streets were strangely deserted and many of the shops were closed. Someone talk me down and tell me the area leaps into action after 5 on a Friday. It was a little disconcerting especially on Black Friday. I worry that many of the businesses they are probably struggling. Hopefully they got a boost from small business Saturday today?

Covington is a really beautiful place with a lot of old buildings and cute shops. It seems like a lot of buildings are empty on Pike Street. I hope they can revitalize like the Gateway Quarter has but it is tough. The architecture is beautiful but renovation is very expensive and there are a lot of factors that make these areas living organisms.

We had a great Thanksgiving with a lot of food, wine and good conversation. I hope everyone reading this had a good holiday.

I love this sign on Pike Street. It looks like something out of Game of Thrones...

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