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42176. The Narrative Magic of Picture Books: An Interview with Mac Barnett (@BookRiot)

If you don’t think picture books can be considered literary fiction, that Harold and the Purple Crayon is strictly child’s play, then a few minutes with Mac Barnett may change your mind. The author (whose works include Chloe and the Lion and Extra Yarn) speaks passionately about his craft and has strong opinions about the power and potential of children’s literature. After hearing him at a recent picture book panel in DC (where he held court on everything from metafiction to skeomorphism), I decided to track him down for a few questions.

[Click here for the full interview at Book Riot]

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42177. Book Haul (10)



Titles in video:

Best American Short Stories 2005
Listening Is An Act of Love (mention: All There Is)
A Thousand Sisters: My Journey Into the Worst Place On Earth To Be A Woman
Man's Search for Meaning
The Hunters
The Proposal
Love Comes Softly
The Worst Book I've Ever Read
One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding
Hella Nation
Children Playing Before A Statue of Hercules
Snobbery: The American Version
Snark: It's Mean, It's Personal, and It's Ruining Our Conversation
The Church of Dead Girls
The American Wife
Restless Virgins: Love, Sex and Survival In Prep School
Geek Wisdom: The Sacred Teachings of Nerd Culture
Sex In the South
Savor The Moment (Bridal Quartet #3)
Bobos In Paradise
Shopaholic Ties the Knot
The Big Sleep
In the Neighborhood: The Search for Community on an American Street, One Sleepover At A Time
You Can't Drink All Day If You Don't Start in the Morning
Forgotten Bookmarks
Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression
The Condition

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42178. Second Season of “Teen Titans Go!” Is “A Go” on Cartoon Network

Since its premiere in April, Teen Titans Go! has consistently ranked among Cartoon Network’s top ten programs, so it comes as no surprise that a second season of the Michael Jelenic/Aaron Horvath-produced superhero comedy series was recently ordered from Warner Bros. Animation.

An extension of the Cartoon Network series Teen Titans and freely adapted from the popular DC Comics title of the same name, the show, which focuses on the adolescent angst and domestic squabbles of superhero roommates, mixes a kindergarten cartoon production style with a FLCL anime influence. Season one of Teen Titans Go! is currently airing and new episodes will continue to premiere on Tuesday nights at 7:30 pm.

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42179. Kid Lit Tid Bit Round Up

At the moment the drawing table is overrun with sketches not bound for the blog so I decided to do a round-up of some of the cool kid lit news blogs I've read in the last couple of weeks. I've wanted to do this for a while, and maybe I'll start once a month doing it (maybe I'll also learn how to reupholster a chair, properly do eye make-up, and grow completely organic blueberries.... but I digress.)

Since a creative network is crucial to both starting and maintaining a life in this business, I find blog hopping a great way to do this. With no further ado here's my cool tidbits from this week:

For an interesting peek behind the curtain at Penguin, read this interview with Guiseppe Castellano. Also don't forget to follow his #arttips on Twitter.

Scroll down on the same blog to read Kelly Light's start up story. It's real life, not the Hollywoodesque I-graduated-art-school-and-then-picked-up-this-book-contract-on-the-street-and-then-danced-perfectly-with-Seth-Rogan.

Then check out Eliza Wheeler's tips on gearing up for a book launch

Then for some fun read Tara Lazar's continuing tilt with Barnes & Noble. It's got everything... Breakfast Club! Snoopy! Ryan Gosling!

A little reading on my desktop

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42180. Science For The Summer

Do you want some more ideas for summer fun?

Check out all the great links at SCIENCE NET. Not only are there suggestions for interesting books but loads of links to online activities with a scientific hook.

Take a look at a Hurricane.
Or help a hungry frog catch a fly.
Or organize some animals.

Scientific wonders are all around us. Take a look and see what you can find.


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42181. Cover Reveal for DEFY by Sara B. Larson

One of my fellow 2014 Valentines, Sara Larson, is revealing her awesome book cover for DEFY (Scholastic). The official release date is….January 1, 2014. Happy New Year to Sara! I’m so excited for her and so in love with this gorgeous cover:


From Goodreads: 
The fiercest member of a prince’s elite guard is actually a girl disguised as a boy, who gets embroiled in a deadly game of thrones while keeping her secret, and realizes she has far deeper feelings for the prince than she thought.

I can’t wait to get my hands on this one, and in celebration of her cover reveal, Sara is giving away two books to a lucky winner! Enter below for your chance to win…good luck!

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42182. No, It's Not Digital!



New paintings! And no, they are not digital. I found some of that stinky paper in the storage room at school. I mean stinky, literally. It smells really weird! 

It doesn't have a good texture and it doesn't have a very good weight but for whatever reason, I like to draw on it. 

So I'm working on some new stuff, which is really old stuff cause I always draw the same thing over and over again and that's ok cause it makes me happy. Took these pics on my phone so they are not very good but you get the idea...


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42183. Clockwork

Just three hours, to the dot,
From when my breakfast ends,
Some hunger pangs begin
And their intensity ascends.

It doesn’t matter what I eat,
Though I have my routine;
My body runs like clockwork
Or a well-maintained machine.

Assuaging all that grumbling
Doesn’t take a three-course meal;
A little snack is quite enough
To set an even keel.

Three hours hence, it starts again
And so I nosh or graze.
A token nibble shows who’s boss;
My stomach then obeys.

I’m fortunate my hunger pangs
Are never that severe,
For after several morsels
They just seem to disappear.

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42184. Cover Stories: Rogue by Lyn Miller-Lachmann


Rgz SALON member Lyn Miller-Lachmann has been the Editor-in-Chief of MultiCultural Review; the author of the award-winning multicultural bibliography Our Family, Our Friends, Our World; the editor of Once Upon a Cuento, a collection of short stories by Latino authors; and the author of Gringolandia, a young adult novel about a refugee family living with the aftermath of the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile. Her most recent novel, Rogue--has a very cool Cover Story, and she's here to share it: 

"My YA novel, Gringolandia, had an unusual and powerful cover closely connected to the story, and I was heavily involved in the design process. A small press published the novel, and in general, small presses do give authors far greater input than large corporate publishers. Thus, when I signed the contract for Rogue, I knew I’d get a chance to see the cover beforehand but I’d have little or no role in the ultimate decision-making.


"That said, the result exceeded my wildest expectations. My wonderful editor, Nancy Paulsen at Penguin, commissioned Marikka Tamura, whose work has appeared in The New Yorker and other prestigious venues. We all agreed that the cover of Rogue needed a bicycle, because bicycles of all kinds play an important role in the story. Once we decided on the title of 'Rogue,' after the X-Men superhero with whom my main character, Kiara, is obsessed, we all knew the cover needed a comic-book superhero motif.

"When I first saw the cover design, the only thing that concerned me was the thought bubble that contained the novel’s first line: 'It usually took the new kids two weeks to dump me, three weeks at the most.' The reason is that when I was in school, I used to descend on the new kids, to make them my friends before the more popular kids stole them away. It never worked, and my own friendships never lasted more than a few weeks. So I was nervous about advertising unpopularity—Kiara’s and mine—on the cover.

"My editor did not agree with me. The one change that the publisher made from the galley to the finished copy was to change the thought bubble from pink to blue (see galley cover on the right). And here’s where we did have outside input—not mine, but my seventh grade student’s recommendation.

"When I told my seventh graders that my novel had been accepted, under the title KIARA RULES, and read them the first chapter, a student named Dan said, 'This is the kind of book I’d read, but not if it has a girl’s name in the title and pink on the cover.' So KIARA RULES became ROGUE, but the graffiti 'Kiara Rulz' on the cover recognizes the earlier title and Kiara’s generally fruitless efforts to be 'cool' and in control. And, of course, the pink thought bubble became a blue thought bubble. That was a good move because it turns out that boys do enjoy reading Rogue. It’s rare to have boys pick up a novel with a girl protagonist—The Hunger Games is a notable exception—so I’m thrilled that Rogue is in that company. At the same time, Kiara, like Katniss, doesn’t take on traditional gender roles, and every other character is a boy. Like many girls with Asperger’s syndrome, myself included, Kiara’s first real friends turn out to be boys rather than girls.

"The gender-neutral cover captures perfectly my main character, her tendency to get in trouble even though she wants to be good, her sense of being an outsider, and her superhero obsession as she struggles to find her own special power. It’s also an lively cover that hints at the outdoors setting and the action and suspense that should keep the pages turning."


Thanks, Lyn! I love the idea that seventh graders weighed in here and got a voice at the table! Can't wait to read it!


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42185. Why Novels Matter

“Novels offer us not just a map of the human mind but a way to understand how the individual human mind interacts with the world outside.”

For your Friday enjoyment and thought.


How has technology changed plot and theme? How can we have "distance and delay" in a story when we are so connected.? Chime in here.

Have a wonderful weekend. 

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42186.

Twitter contest! On Saturday, June 2nd one follower @DMSauthor will win a signed copy of FUN & GAMES!


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42187. PERFECT SPOT FOR SUMMER READING!

World&#39;s Tiniest Library Pops Up In New York City


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42188. SEEING RED Playlist

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Although iTunes no longer seems to support the posting of a playlist on a website, I came up with my own by using Amazon.  So, here it is, the playlist for SEEING RED!  It’ll give a feel for the era, the characters, and the story.  And it’s some darn good music.  Enjoy!


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42189. How Bookstores Are Like Greenhouses

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So the other day I’m wandering the aisles of a large garden center—you know, one of those places that sells knick-knacks and bric-a-brac, clothing and scented candles and  patio furniture (always 50% off) alongside the garden tools. I have a specific list of plants I’m looking for—this new garden was in a partly-shaded, often boggy spot, and I did my homework ahead of time.

The place was huge, with what seemed like acres of plants in color-coordinated pots. Still, I wasn’t having much success. I couldn’t quite fathom the organization of the perennials, and I couldn’t locate anything on my list.
While I was poking through the irises, seeking Siberica, a young man begins scooping them up and loading them on a large cart. “Hey,” I say, “where are you going with those irises?”
“We’re putting them on that table over there,” he says, pointing.
“Oh. Is it okay if I look through them?”
He shrugs. “I guess so.”
I continue the hunt—Germanica, Germanica, dwarf Germanica. He continues loading the cart. Finally, I say, “Do you know if you have any Siberian iris?”
            “I’m new,” he says. “Let me get somebody.”
            He comes back with another young man in tow, bearded, a little scruffy-looking. He pulls out two tired-looking Siberian iris for my inspection.
            “I was hoping for white,” I say. “I have a lot of purple.”
            “These are the only ones we carry,” he says, with a bitter smile. “You can have any color you want, as long as it’s purple.”
            “Never mind,” I say. “There are some other things I’m looking for.” I show him my list.  “Belamcanda lily?”
            He looks at the list, looks at me, leans in close. “You know, if you want to get something nice, you should go to Bremec’s,.”
            Bremec’s is a small, locally-owned greenhouse, and a bit of a drive.
            “They have a great selection of hard-to-find plants, and they’ll be in better shape,” he confides. “See, around here, all the plants are the same.”
            I blink at him, confused.
            He glances around, then says, “All plants need the same watering schedule, the same light, the same soil and fertilizer, know what I mean?”
            “Ah,” I say, “well, that’s where I made my mistake. I thought I needed to find plants that like wet feet. And here I come to find out that any plant will do.”
            His lips twitch. “Exactly.”
“Well,” I say,” thanks for your help.”
“Don’t mention it,” he says, turning away. I’m sure he means that, literally. I wonder how much longer he’ll last.
            It reminded me of that scene in the movie, Miracle on 34th Street, where the Macy’s  Santa tells the mom where she can find the toy her son wants at a good price. And it’s not at Macy’s.
            I’ve been in bookstores, too, where everything comes down from corporate, from what books they carry to how they are shelved. Where the booksellers—who know their clientele—are obviously frustrated. It doesn’t have to be that way. Bookstores are a lot like greenhouses, in that many of the people who choose to work there aren’t hoping to get rich. They do it out of love—a love of books. And the chance to spend time with others who share that passion. So imagine what it’s like to find yourself working for people who don’t.
            Those lovers of books and plants and art and music and fine foods can the brick-and-mortar stores’ biggest assets—they are the ones who understand that books, and plants, and people are not all alike.
           



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42190. Cover Reveal for DEFY by Sara B. Larson

One of my fellow 2014 Valentines, Sara Larson, is revealing her awesome book cover for DEFY (Scholastic). The official release date is....January 1, 2014. Happy New Year to Sara! I'm so excited for her and so in love with this gorgeous cover:





From Goodreads: 
The fiercest member of a prince's elite guard is actually a girl disguised as a boy, who gets embroiled in a deadly game of thrones while keeping her secret, and realizes she has far deeper feelings for the prince than she thought.

I can't wait to get my hands on this one, and in celebration of her cover reveal, Sara is giving away two books to a lucky winner! Enter below for your chance to win...good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway



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42191. Katherine Applegate on NPR


Katherine Applegate's Newbery Award winning book The One and Only Ivan is NPR's June Backseat Book Club selection. Yesterday, NPR conducted an interview with Katherine. Enjoy!

PS: Katherine Applegate will be at the National Book Festival this year!

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42192. Katherine Applegate on NPR


Katherine Applegate's Newbery Award winning book The One and Only Ivan is NPR's June Backseat Book Club selection. Yesterday, NPR conducted an interview with Katherine. Enjoy!

PS: Katherine Applegate will be at the National Book Festival this year!

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42193. SIGGRAPH 2013 Keynote Session Will Feature 8 Cartoon ‘Giants’

SIGGRAPH attendees, mark your calendars for Monday, July 22. 11:30am. The SIGGRAPH 2013 Keynote Session is titled “Giants’ First Steps” and the ‘giants’ are all animation directors. The panel, which is co-presented with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, will feature eight animation directors—all male, by the way—who will “share their experiences along complex paths to filmmaking success.”

A ninety-minute session hardly seems long enough to contain the stories and thoughts of the distinguished group of filmmakers who will participate: Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc., Up), Eric Goldberg (Pocahontas, Fantasia/2000), Kevin Lima (Tarzan), Mike Mitchell (Shrek Forever After, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked), Chris Sanders (Lilo & Stitch, How to Train Your Dragon), Henry Selick (Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline), David Silverman (The Simpsons Movie), and Kirk Wise (Beauty and the Beast, Atlantis: The Lost Empire).

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42194. SEEING RED Playlist

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Although iTunes no longer seems to support the posting of a playlist on a website, I came up with my own by using Amazon.  So, here it is, the playlist for SEEING RED!  It’ll give a feel for the era, the characters, and the story.  And it’s some darn good music.  Enjoy!


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42195. Friday Motivation: Start Where You Stand

My favorite poem to read whenever I need a motivational boost:

Start Where You Stand, by Berton Braley

Berton

Start where you stand and never mind the past,
The past won’t help you in beginning new,
If you have left it all behind at last
Why, that’s enough, you’re done with it, you’re through;
This is another chapter in the book,
This is another race that you have planned,
Don’t give the vanished days a backward look,
Start where you stand.

The world won’t care about your old defeats
If you can start anew and win success;
The future is your time, and time is fleet
And there is much of work and strain and stress;
Forget the buried woes and dead despairs,
Here is a brand-new trial right at hand,
The future is for him who does and dares,
Start where you stand.

Old failures will not halt, old triumphs aid,
To-day’s the thing, to-morrow soon will be;
Get in the fight and face it unafraid,
And leave the past to ancient history,
What has been, has been; yesterday is dead
And by it you are neither blessed nor banned;
Take courage, man, be brave and drive ahead,
Start where you stand.

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42196. You may be wondering...

... about that image to the top right of the page. WRiTE CLUB??  What the heck is that??

It's a chance, people. An amazing chance to submit your own unpublished writing in a 500-word sample and have it anonymously go head-to-head with another sample in weekly bouts. The two samples each week will be judged by bloggers and writers like you. It's the third year for this annual contest. You may not be chosen, but you definitely won't be chosen unless you enter!

Visit DL Hammons' blog, Cruising Altitude 2.0 for details.  But hurry -- you only have until June 30, 2013 to submit your writing!

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42197. Cardboard Rocket Ship

Cardboard Rocket Ship

Hey folks! I didn’t mean to be gone for so long. End-of-year activities completely knocked me off course in the last weeks.

Meanwhile, my five-year-old came up with this project. He designed the whole thing, directing me to cut the box into specific shapes and getting me to help him put it back together with duct tape. It’s a rocket for his Lego guys.

Cardboard Rocket Ship

He often has cardboard construction projects going on, but this is by far his best yet. Next up, the two kids are working together on a shadow puppet theater. Hopefully I can share that soon.

As busy as we’ve been, I’ve found a few minutes here and there to finish up a few of my own projects that were alllllmost done, so I hope to show those to you, too.

Sadly, I did not finish my novel revision on time (my personal deadline was the end of preschool). But, I’m stealing all the minutes I can to keep working. Having a deadline definitely helps, even if it’s already passed me by.

What about you? Have you made any summer plans of things to do with the kids, or for yourself? We started making a list of fun things to do together. What’s on yours?


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42198. Inking...


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42199. Indie Artist Spotlight Feature, Courtesy of Jama's Alphabet Soup

This is a time where my tactile creative projects have stilled. In terms of the doll-shop, I have some custom orders in the works, but the time in which I sit down at the desk to sew is scattered. I currently have a completed Goth Queen, but the pattern pieces for a Snow-White inspired doll are waiting for me to bring them together. I enjoyed making a fireworks doll a few years ago, and want to make another one, as that doll sold quickly before most people had time to see her in the shop.

Therefore, I am gratified and honored that Jama Rattigan of Jama's Alphabet Soup featured my shop in her Indie Artist Spotlight series. Those of you who know Jama personally or through her blog are aware of how vibrant and passionate she is about books, food, textiles, films, authors, illustrators, and bloggers. I hope to meet her in person someday, and make both sweet and savory æbleskiver/ebelskiver, as promised.

In the meantime, here is the post:
Indie Artist Spotlight: Farida Dowler of Alkelda Dolls

Who knows what's in the bag?

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42200. 3 Years & Counting...

Today it has been 3 year since I started this blog.  However I am transferred this blog to Wordpress and am now blogging at http://iamareader.com

Stop by to enter my 3 year Blogoversary Giveaway:
http://www.iamareader.com/2013/06/i-am-a-reader-not-a-writers-3rd-blogoversary-giveaway.html

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