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42176. Best Books of May 2014

May 2014: 22 books and scripts read

Scripts made up the overwhelming majority of my reading list this month. Amongst the binders and staples and papers and scribbles, there was Deb Caletti's latest novel, The Last Forever, a beautiful story that was a great read, especially as the cold weather here gave way to sunshine. Read my full-length review of the book.

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42177. Poetry Competition: Arts & Letters Prime Poetry Prize

Arts & Letters: PRIME POETRY PRIZE

Arts & Letters is currently accepting submissions to the PRIME Poetry Prize.
Winner receives $401 and publication in Arts & Letters.
Online submissions only: entry fee of $6.
Alice Friman is the final judge.

Deadline: July 31st, 2014.

For more information and guidelines visit our website.

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42178. comes a time...

 ...when you just have to stop pissing around, avoiding what needs doing, and buckle down to it.
 This girl, and bench, will be leaving for London VERY soon.
As usual, I've left ALL the work until the last minute, but there's nothing like a deadline to get things moving.
 Anyway, just thought I'd give you a little update on how this project is looking (excuse the poor quality photos).
And the poor quality words too. I've lost the power of speech. Still, just a week of sleepless nights ahead of me and then I'll be back to normal. Whatever that may be.

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42179. Annette Spanski

Keep Life Simple: An Easy-to-Read Book on Anti-Aging for Today’s Modern Woman by Annette Spanski

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42180. Call for Poetry Submissions: Words Beats & Life: Global Journal of Hip-Hop Culture

Words Beats & Life: Global Journal of Hip-Hop Culture, a peer reviewed journal of hip-hop studies is seeking poetry for itsBrazil Themed issue to be published winter 2014.

Since the early 90s, Brazilian hip-hop has had a significant musical presence in the country, especially in cities like Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, where in the favelas colorful graffiti decorates every spare surface and hip-hop beats dominate the soundscape. Like the first artists out of New York City, hip-hop in Brazil was born out of 1980s favela street parties, where DJs played the latest American funk and soul records to largely Afro-Brazilian crowds and young people began rapping as a way to express the economic and social problems of their neighborhoods.

We are seeking poetry submissions that respond in any way to the topics of Brazilian hip-hop, hip-hop in an international context, or Brazil more generally.

Submissions are welcome in Spanish, English, Portuguese or any hybrid in between. Please submit 3-5 poems by 7/15/2014 to editor Melissa Castillo-Garsow, American Studies & African American Studies, Yale University:

melissaDOTcastillo-garsowATyaleDOTedu (Change DOT to . and AT to @ )

For more information about the journal visit our website.

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42181. From Rauschenberg to Jeff Koons - The Eye of Ileana Sonnabend at Ca' Pesaro, Venice

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Nine Jackies by Andy Warhol (1964)
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Inc., by SIAE 2014 
© Sonnabend Collection, New York
(Venice, Italy) The visionary gallerist and art collector Ileana Sonnabend left behind a treasure trove of art when she died in 2007, eight days shy of her 93rd birthday, and a good chunk of her collection has found a "European Home" here in Venice. From today, May 31, 2014 through January 4, 2015, seventy pieces from the hundreds of works on long-term loan from the Sonnabend Collection that have been housed here in Venice since 2013 are now on show on the entire second floor at Ca' Pesaro, Venice's International Gallery for Modern Art.

Eat Death by Bruce Nauman (1972)
Ileana had a daring eye, and many artists are now household names thanks to her championship. Together with her former husband, Leo Castelli, she shaped post-war art both in Europe and North America. From Neo-Dada to Pop Art, Minimal Art to Arte Povera, Conceptual to Neo-expressionism, and up to contemporary photography, artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jeff Koons, Jasper Johns, and Jim Dine achieved an international level of recognition due to her efforts.

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Little Aloha by Roy Lichtenstein(1962)
© Estate of Roy Lichtenstein, by SIAE 2014 
© Sonnabend Collection, New York
Ileana was born into luxury in Bucharest, Romania; her Jewish  father, Mihail Schapira, was financial adviser to the king; her mother, Marianne State-Felber was a refined, intellectual Viennese. As a child, Ileana was dropped off at museums to look at art while her mother and older sister, Eve, shopped for clothes. When Ileana was 17-years-old, she met Leo Castelli, who was born Leo Krausz in Trieste, Italy to a Hungarian-Jewish banker; his mother was the Italian heiress Bianca Castelli. Leo was a voracious reader who spoke many languages, who, at the time of their meeting, reluctantly worked for an insurance company, positioned there by his father. Ileana married him a year later. Ileana remarked:

"Since I found my life rather stifling, I had only one wish: to get married. As a child, I always knew that someone would take me away. I met Leo. He wasn't like everyone else. He was going somewhere. He was going to leave Romania, and as I wanted to get out of Romania at any cost, I married him."

The young couple moved to Paris in 1935, Leo getting a job, again through his father, in banking, which he found as boring as insurance. He began womanizing, and Ileana tried to keep an open mind, taking a lover of her own -- their new daughter's pediatrician. Ironically, Ileana would spend her days shopping at Elsa Schiaparelli, designer to the elite on Place Vendôme. Thanks to Ileana's father, who loaned Leo the money, he, without Ileana, opened a gallery in 1939 with his friend and partner René Drouin located in between the Hotel Ritz and Schiaparelli's boutique. The Surrealists flooded in -- as did the war. The Castellis fled to New York, where Ileana's father had bought a townhouse, and where, years later, Leo would open his first gallery in his and Ileana's apartment. 

During the war, thanks to his many languages, Leo was employed by the OSS, the US intelligence agency, and stationed back in Bucharest, while Ileana enrolled in a French literature class at Columbia University. There, while studying Proust, she met the only other person who could speak French: Michael Sonnabend. 

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Figure 8 by Jasper Johns (1959)
© Jasper Johns, by SIAE 2014

© Sonnabend Collection, New York
Leo's war contribution made him a US citizen, and he returned to New York, becoming a partner in a knitwear firm -- again, thanks to his father --and  dealing art privately on the side, while continuing his womanizing, leaving Ileana depressed. But they shared a strong bond when it came to contemporary art. Together they went to visit Robert Rauschenberg's studio on Pearl Street. Rauschenberg went downstairs to get ice from a refrigerator he shared with Jasper Johns; the Castellis met Johns, and Leo exclaimed he wanted to give Johns a one-man show. Johns' show opened at the Castelli Gallery in January, 1958 and transformed contemporary art; Rauschenberg's show opened two months later. The Castellis divorced in 1959.

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Interior by Robert Rauschenberg (1956)
© Estate of Robert Rauschenberg, by SIAE 2014

© Sonnabend Collection, New York
In 1960, Ileana married Michael Sonnabend. They moved to Paris and opened a gallery, the first show again by Jasper Johns, introducing Europe to the new American art. The shows were well-attended, but the critics and dealers were harsh, resentful at having the center of the art scene moved from Paris to New York. Leo often supplied Ileana with artists, but she also had her own eye, with strong encouragement by Michael, and showed artists such as Jim Dine and Claes Oldenburg. Andy Warhol's first European show opened at Gallerie Ileana Sonnabend in January, 1964.  
 
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Del Monte Boxes by Andy Warhol(1964)
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Inc., by SIAE 2014

© Sonnabend Collection, New York

When Robert Rauschenberg won the International Grand Prize at the Venice Biennale in 1964 -- the first American to do such a thing -- all hell broke lose. Leo Castelli was accused of manipulating the jury. The week before the opening, he had been holding court at Caffè Florian with his second wife; Ileana and Michael Sonnabend were only tables away. The United States of America had thundered into the world of contemporary art. 

Then, in the late 1960s, the Sonnabends hired Antonio Homem, a Portuguese student, as gallery director, who was said to be a kind of alter-ego to Ileana. In the early '80s, they adopted him -- something unusual as he was then in his 40s and had a son of his own, but looking toward future, it would legally make things easier to transfer.


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Per Purificare le Parole by Gilberto Zorio(1969)
© Gilberto Zorio, by SIAE 2014

© Sonnabend Collection, New York
Ileana's Paris gallery stayed in operation until the mid-80s, but in 1970s, the Sonnabends made their presence known once again in New York. Ileana reversed the trend she had started in Europe, introducing Americans to Arte Povera, European artists such as Gilberto Zorio, who used throw-away materials to create their work. After she opened a gallery on Madison Avenue, Leo convinced Ileana to move down to SoHo at 420 West Broadway back when it was a wasteland of empty industrial space inhabited by artists who valued the high ceilings and natural light. On September 25, 1971, four galleries opened at 420 West Broadway, Ileana one floor above Leo, starting another revolution in the World of Art.

The art scene next moved to Chelsea, and in 2000, Ileana opened a gallery there with her adopted son, Antonio Homem, who is co-curator of this current exhibition, Da Rauscenberg a Jeff Koons Lo sguardo di Ileana Sonnabend, along with Gabriella Belli, Director of Venice's Musei Civici.

Wild Boy and Puppy by Jeff Koons (1988)
© Jeff Koons

© Sonnabend Collection, New York
Even though they would divorce and marry others, Eleana Sonnabend and Leo Castelli would remain lifelong friends, their respective galleries promoting American art in Europe, and European art in North America. Ileana had her own distinct eye and her own specific taste, and is gently coming into her own after living in the shadow of her flamboyant ex-husband. Ileana gathered together an immense collection of precious art, while Leo was more about the deal. Together with Peggy Guggenheim, these distinct individuals helped to transform the World of Art after the Second World War.

From Rauschenberg to Jeff Koons
The Ileana Sonnabend Collection

From May 31, 2014 to January 4, 2015
Ca’ Pesaro – International Gallery of Modern Art, Venice

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Ciao from Venezia,
Cat
Venetian Cat - The Venice Blog

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42182. Krista Sieger with Alison Pack

Inside Hope by Krista Sieger with Alison Pack

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42183. 2014 Book Bloggers Conference

This post was originally published on Randomly Reading, but I'm just too tired to come up with another post about the same day so I am repeating it here for different readers. 

I was off at BEA in NYC this week, but I feel like I have been gone from here since forever (and now you all know I don't schedule posts ahead of time, which is really surprising for someone a little on the OCD side).  Today is the official last day, and I was really hoping to be there, but it turns our that yesterday was my last day.

What did I do at BEA for three days, besides stand on long, long lines?


On Wednesday, I went to the Book Blogger Conference, which was more a lot more useful this year.  I met up with my friend Elizabeth from Silver's Reviews and she introduced me to Laura, a blogger from Library of Clean Reads and a senior coordinator at iRead Book Tours.  It's always nice to see old friends and meet new ones.

The day began with opening speaker was Maureen Johnson, YA author of 10 novel and contributor to two short story collections.  She was very funny, has an adorable new puppy named Zelda after Zelda Fitzgerald, and told us that book bloggers have and use their ability to shake up conventional reviews that tell us not to read a particular book and counter denouncements such as today's YA literature is too dark (Maureen started the YA Saves Campaign back in 2011 - read her article about UA in the Guardian HERE).  In short, bloggers can and should shake up the status quo.

After Maureen's keynote speech, we broke up into different sessions.  The first one I went to was Design 201 - Taking your Blog to the Next Level with Hafsah Faizal of Icey Designs and David Piakowski of BookLikes.  The basics of a great design were covered and include:

1- Color - use color to match your blog's theme: use dark colors, if your blog is dark; light if your blog is light.  But always use hues that you really love and don't limit yourself to one color.  Hafsah recommends using kuler.adobe.com

2- Branding - this defines your blog.  Make sure to have a nice square logo that encompasses your blog and you, and be sure to include your blog's name in it and don't keep changing your logo.

3- Layout - make sure you have a responsive design which is a layout that accommodates all screen sizes: desktop, tablet, phone or any other device.

4- Themes - if your blog is on Wordpress, you can find themes at themeforest.net, starting at about $3.00, or at creative market.com.  I don't recall anything being recommended for Blogger.

5- Design - it's all about you and how your readers feel while visiting your blog.

Some more pointers from Hafsah:
1- Do make your content area 1000px
2- Do place icons for all your social networks in a visible location
3- Do make sure you have easy to follow navigation
4- Do add a search function to your site
5- Do make sure your site loads easily
6- Do ensure your graphics across social networks match your blog
7- Do use web fonts to spruce up your content
8- Don't clutter your sidebar with too many gifs and worse, animated gifs
9- Don't have annoying pop up messages

We were give 5 tips and tricks:
     1- Use gifs, you can find some at giphy.com
     2- Be social - interact with your readers
     3- Have a proper photo of yourself
     4- Show what you read - put a bookshelf on your site
     5- Introduce yourself on your sidebar (longer intro goes on your about page)

The next session was on Software 101, Best Blogging Tools with Thea James of Book Smugglers, Sarah Wendell from Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, Stephanie Sinclair from Cuddlebuggery Book Blog, and Becca Brennan from Mad Mimi.  The panelists talked about histing, RSS feeds, scheduling posts, plugins and things that again mostly pertained to Wordpress, includingAkismet for spam control, Jetpack and  Co-Scheduler and sucuri.net for male ware control, which gives you a free scan but the rests cost $$$.

Next was Blogging and the Law with Amanda Brice, Allison Leotta and Katie Sunstrom

The gist of the session was to know what is copyrightable and make sure you have a copyright on your blog.  You can register your blog with the United States Copyright Office and of course, there is Creative Commons.  Be sure to display your copyright on your blog.  The Electronic Frontier Foundation has a lot of information, including a Legal Guide for Bloggers which might be very helpful if you aren't sure of something.  If you think someone is stealing your stuff from your blog, you can find some help at PlagarismToday

Finally, the last session was called The Publishing Process: How Bloggers Have Changed the Game with Merrilee Heifetz, Senior VP, Writers House Literary Agency, Emily Meehan, Editorial Director, Hyperion Teen, Alexandra Bracken, author of The Darkest Mind series, Christine Riccio of Poland Bananas and Andrew Sansome, online Marketing Manager, Disney Publishing.

Apparently they didn't get the memo about the session topic.  It was all about YouTube blogging, which nobody in the audience was interested in.  Alexandra Braken was part of a vlogging video to promote her book, and that was OK, she was interesting to hear and we got free copies of The Darkest Mind, but the message we got from the rest of the panel was that vlogging was better that blogging.   People walked out!

The day ended with lots of giveaways, music from Tiger Beat and a free beer or soda.

It was a busy day, and for the most part productive.

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42184. Call for Submissions: Ploughshares

Mark your calendar! Ploughshares submissions will reopen this Sunday, June 1! We'll be accepting submissions for Ploughshares literary magazine and for our Ploughshares Solos series of long stories and essays. Starting Sunday, you can submit all those poems, essays, and stories that you've been working on and saving up since January. For guidelines and to submit, visit our website.

Remember, if you have a subscription to Ploughshares, you can submit online free of charge. Visit our website to subscribe.

Sincerely,
The Ploughshares Staff

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42185. Color temperature in the shadow out-of-doors

The Bath, (Baño or Jávea), 1905 by  Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (Spanish, 1863–1923)
This ebullient painting by Joaquín Sorolla is an example of the common principle: In the shadow, up-facing planes are cool and down-facing planes are warm.

The shift from warm to cool occurs both in the figure in the foreground and in the rocks in the background. The reason for the shift in color temperature is that the up-facing planes pick up more of the sky color and the down-facing planes receive more of the ground color. The actual color mixture is a combination of the surface color of the skin and the color of the light striking it.


One last thing to note is that the warm/cool shifts in the shadow planes can occur at nearly equal value, and it's often very effective to paint them that way.
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Oil on canvas; 35 1/2 x 50 1/2 in. (90.2 x 128.3 cm)
The painting is in the Metropolitan Museum collection, though not on view now.
High res file available from Wikimedia Commons
Sorolla book: Sorolla: The Masterworks
My book on Amazon: Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter
My book on color, signed for you

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42186. Employment Opportunities: The Sun

The Sun is hiring!

We’re searching for an Associate Publisher to direct business operations, finance, and personnel. We also have openings for a Manuscript Editor and an Editorial Assistant. All three positions are full-time and based in our Chapel Hill, North Carolina, office. Click the job titles below for details. (No e-mails, phone calls, faxes, or surprise visits, please.)

Associate Publisher

Manuscript Editor

Editorial Assistant

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42187. Want to buy our house?

It has come to that time for our family to move into a bigger house as our family grows. (No, no third kid just yet...) So...looking to move to Northampton, MA? Want to buy our house?


It won't be on the market until June 10th, but if you want to make a jump on it, our realtor is Craig Della Penna and he is at 413-575-2277

We did everything to update this turn-of-the-century house to make it our home. We maintained all of the integrity of the original hard-wood detailing and floors, and updated electricity, plumbing, renovated the bathroom and kitchen to bring them to modern tastes and standards. Tile floors, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances—all top-notch. Also, we brought electricity, cable, telephone and the gas line to a one-car garage and transformed it into a working artist's studio/home office. 

3 bedrooms, 1 & 1/2 baths. We fenced in the large yard, added a storage shed. We are a 1/3 mile walk to downtown Florence (Miss Florence Diner!) and a 1/3 mile walk to Look Park. We're around the corner from the bike path. We're going to miss this place!

(And to our local pals, we are looking to love locally, you aren't getting rid of us!)

Also—two lavishly painted murals by yours truly in two of the bedrooms! 

There will be more photos of the interior soon, but in the meantime, this is the exterior. 

(This photo is for potential buyers, not potential stalkers. So potential stalkers, please look away...)




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42188. Celebrating Burly & Grum style!


     Yes, we know how to celebrate here at Burly & Grum - ice-cream, cake and good friends, what more could anyone want?  'The Secret City' may not have won The People's Book Prize but we're partying anyway because we got into the finals - yay!  We'd like to thank everyone who not only took the time to vote but also left a comment about the book - it was wonderful of you, thank you so much. And if you have the time, please read some of the comments and you'll understand when I say I'll always treasure them and that they've given me the confidence to continue writing.

 
     This is me saying thank you to everyone (I'm the short one on the right, the other one is my son who I nabbed as he strayed into shot).

     Now, I've also been wondering what on earth has been happening with my blog. All of a sudden it seems to have gone crazy - one post has had over 16,000 hits and the last one 'Vote Now' over 9,000 hits. Why? What am I linked into I wonder? To anyone who is reading this and who has no idea what Burly & Grum is about then you can find out by going to the following 2 links where you can find out for FREE! Yup, we're very generous us Essex girls!  
     Anyway, the first link is for the audio book (about 15 mins long) The Halloween Adventure.  It's really funny and Pat Scullion, the narrator, brings the characters to life. This particular short story is the one I'm working to link with Audible and put up on Amazon.
     The second link is for 'The Birthday Surprise', the third Burly & Grum book which is free to download from the Smashwords site. 
     To all of those thousands of people who are now reading/glancing at my very small and insignificant blog - I hope you enjoy the downloads as much as Burly & Grum enjoy the conga.  Now, I'm sorry but you'll excuse me because I have a party to go to.  Er, where's the cake?






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42189. Curating a year of writing: assembling writing portfolios and time for reflection

With two weeks left in our school year, it is at last time to begin putting together our writing portfolios, setting aside some time to time travel through our year of writing workshop,… Continue reading

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42190. May Reflections

In May I read 51 books.

Board Books, Picture Books, Early Readers:

  1. Hide and Seek Harry Around the House. Kenny Harrison. 2014. Candlewick. 20 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  2. Hide and Seek Harry At the Beach. Kenny Harrison. 2014. Candlewick 20 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  3. Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree. Eileen Christelow. 1991/2014. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 12 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  4. Go! Go! Go! Stop! Charise Mericle Harper. 2014. Random House. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  5. Weasels. Elys Dolan. 2014. Candlewick. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  6. Mama's Day With Little Gray. Aimee Reid. Illustrated by Laura J. Bryant. 2014. Random House. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  7. Taking Care of Mama Rabbit. Anita Lobel. 2014. Random House. 24 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  8. A Gift for Mama. Linda Ravin Lodding. Illustrated by Alison Jay. 2014. Random House. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  9. Where's Mommy? Beverly Donofrio. Illustrated by Barbara McClintock. 2014. Random House. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  10. The Pigeon Needs A Bath! Mo Willems. 2014. Hyperion. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction and Nonfiction:
  1. The Chapel Wars. Lindsey Leavitt. 2014. Bloomsbury USA. 304 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  2. Ophelia and the Marvelous Boys. Karen Foxlee. 2014. Random House. 240 books. [Source: Review copy]
  3. The Teacher's Funeral. Richard Peck. 2004. Penguin. 208 pages. [Source: Library]  
  4. Hero. (Woodcutter Sisters #2). Alethea Kontis. 2013. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 304 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  5. The Phoenix and the Carpet. E. Nesbit. 1904. 224 pages. [Source: Bought]
  6. Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance. Jennifer Armstrong. 1998. Random House. 144 pages. [Source: Library] 
  7. Searching for Sky. Jillian Cantor. 2014. Bloomsbury USA. 288 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  8. Show Me A Story! Why Picture Books Matter. Conversations with 21 of the World's Most Celebrated Illustrators. Compiled and edited by Leonard S. Marcus. 2012. Candlewick. 304 pages. [Source: Review copy]  
  9. Preacher's Boy. Katherine Paterson. 1999/2013. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 176 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  10. Lizzy Bennet's Diary. Marcia Williams. 2014. Candlewick. 112 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  11. The Glass Casket. McCormick Templeman. 2014. Random House. 352 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  12. Greetings from Nowhere. Barbara O'Connor. 2008. FSG. 208 pages. [Source: Library] 
  13. Because of Winn Dixie. Kate DiCamillo. 2000. Candlewick. 182 pages. [Source: Book I bought]
  14. Peter Pan. J.M. Barrie. 1911/2008. Penguin. 207 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  15. The Winter Pony. Ian Lawrence. 2011. Random House. 256 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  16. The Children of the King. Sonya Hartnett. 2014. Candlewick. 272 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  17. Ivy Honeysuckle Discovers the World. Candice F. Ransom. 2012. Disney-Hyperion. 160 pages. [Source: Library book]  
  18. Iva Honeysuckle Meets Her Match. Candice F. Ransom. Illustrated by Heather Ross. 2013. Disney-Hyperion. 192 pages. [Source: Library]
  19. The Lemonade War. Jacqueline Davies. 2007. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 192 pages. [Source: Library]
  20. The Lemonade Crime. Jacqueline Davies. 2011. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 160 pages. [Source: Library book]
Adult Fiction and Nonfiction:
  1. Rumpelstiltskin. Jenni James. 2013. Stonehouse Ink. [Source: Bought] 
  2. Dark Eden. Chris Beckett. 2014. Crown Publishing Group. 448 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  3. The Prime Minister. Anthony Trollope. 1876. 864 pages. [Source: Book I Bought] 
  4. Tudor: The Family Story. Leanda de Lisle. 2013. Public Affairs. 576 pages. [Source: Library]
  5. The Heavens Are Empty: Discovering the Lost Town of Trochenbrod. Avrom Bendavid-Val. 2010. Pegasus. 256 pages. [Source: Library]
  6. By My Side. Sue Reid. 2014. Scholastic. 176 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  7. The Franchise Affair. Josephine Tey. 1948. 304 pages. [Source: Book I bought]
Christian Fiction and Nonfiction:
  1. Stepping Heavenward. Mrs. Elizabeth Prentiss. 1869/1998. Barbour Books. 352 pages. [Source: Bought]  
  2. Calvin on the Christian Life: Glorifying and Enjoying God Forever. Michael S. Horton. 2014. Crossway. 271 pages.   
  3. The Everlasting Tradition: Jewish Customs, Holidays, and Historical Events That Reveal Biblical Truth. Galen Peterson. 1995. Kregel Publications. 160 pages. [Source: Bought]  
  4. All Loves Excelling (The Saints' Knowledge of Christ's Love) John Bunyan. 1692/1998. Banner of Truth. 144 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  5. What's Your Worldview? An Interactive Approach to Life's Big Questions. James N. Anderson. 2014. Crossway. 112 pages. [Source: Bought]
  6. The Beloved Disciple: Following John to the Heart of Jesus. Beth Moore. 2003. B&H. 352 pages. [Source: Bought]
  7. In Christ Alone: Living the Gospel Centered Life. Sinclair Ferguson. 2007. 243 pages. [Source: Bought]  
  8. Reclaiming Christianity: A Call to Authentic Faith. A.W. Tozer. 2009. Regal. 224 pages. [Source: Bought]  
  9. Fellowship with God (Life in Christ: Studies in 1 John #1) D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. 1993. Crossway. 142 pages. [Source: Bought]
  10. Every Little Thing About You. (Yellow Rose Trilogy, #1) Lori Wick. 1999. Harvest House. 300 pages. [Source: Bought]  
  11. (Puritan Pulpit) Jonathan Edwards 1703-1758. (Containing 16 Sermons Unpublished In Edwards' Lifetime) Compiled and Edited by Dr. Don Kistler. Soli Deo Gloria. 286 pages. [Source: Bought]
  12. Redeeming Love. Francine Rivers. 2005. Multnomah. 464 pages. [Source: Bought]
  13. The Great Exchange: My Sin for His Righteousness. Jerry Bridges and Bob Bevington. 2007. Crossway. 304 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  14. Growing in Christ. J.I. Packer. 1977/1994/2007. Crossway. 288 pages. [Source: Bought]
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42191. Curating a year of writing: assembling writing portfolios and time for reflection

With two weeks left in our school year, it is at last time to begin putting together our writing portfolios, setting aside some time to time travel through our year of writing workshop,… Continue reading

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42192. Call for Submissions: NonBinary Review

NonBinary Review, the quarterly literary publication of Zoetic Press, wants art and literature that tiptoes the tightrope between now and then. Art that makes us see our literary offerings in new ways. We want language that makes us reach for a dictionary, a tissue, or both. Words in combinations and patterns that leave the faint of heart a little dizzy. We want insight, deep diving, broad connections, literary conspiracies, personal revelations, or anything you want to tell us about the themes we’ve chosen.

Literary forms are changing as we use technology and typography to find new ways to tell stories—for work that doesn’t fit neatly into any one genre, we’ve created a separate category to properly evaluate submissions of a hybrid or experimental nature.

Each issue will focus on a single theme.

Issue #1 (June 2014): Grimm’s Fairy Tales is available for free download from the Apple store, http://ow.ly/xj6fa


Upcoming themes:

Issue #2 (September 2014): Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Issue #3 (December 2014): L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz

We are a paying market--1 cent per word for prose/hybrid work, $10 flat fee per poem, and $25 flat fee for art.

Please note that at present, the Zoetic app is accessible through iPad only, with future updates to include iPhone and Android versions. When submitting your work, please note that if selected for publication, your work will appear in electronic form only.

For more detailed guidelines, please expand the guidelines box of the genre you’re submitting to on our Submittable page.


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42193. Public Domain characters

Question: Is there anyway I can find out about Public Domain characters? I'd be interested to use some and am not sure where to look nor do I want to use

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42194. ekphrasis, the literary representation of visual art, vs. applied art tools

Revealing a Concept, in Painting or Fiction
Several of the past blogs in gaelwriter have discussed concepts of enriching literary fiction by keeping in mind design principles used by visual artists to heighten the aesthetic appeal of their own creations.   For example, Alex Powers, in his book, Painting People in Watercolor--a design approach, states:
The design principles are the organizing aesthetic ideas that guide your use of elements in a painting.  They are
1. dominance (emphasis, focal point)
2. movement (rhythm, direction, gesture, transmission)
3. variety (contrast, conflict, tension)
4. unity (harmony, balance)
 These four principles seem pretty good for enhancing the aesthetics of reading pleasure in a literary fiction work, too, don't they?  A writer may have little difficulty in envisioning the counterpart of each of these principles for a literary work; i.e., referencing to the same item numbers: 1) major conflict, 2) plot or story structure, 3) sub-plots and resolutions, 4) major resolution or denouement.

Next, the nine important design elements described by Powers that comprise tools for a visual artist in executing a successful painting are listed below, followed by typical application modes, in parentheses. Immediately after the visual art application modes, a few equivalent application modes for fiction writers have been suggested (in a brown font) within a second set of parentheses.
1. shape (pattern, form, mass, object, subject matter) (plot, place)
2. value (light and dark, tone, tint) (characters, moral/ethical issues)
3. space (the illusion of three-dimensional depth and two-dimensional flatness) (multi-faceted characters, situational ethics, environmental)
4. edges (blurred and sharp, lost and found) (uncertainty, ambiguity)
5. color temperature (warm and cold) (emotion, environment)
6. texture (surface variation) (sophistication, coarseness)
7. line (drawing) (language, syntax)
8. color hue (red, yellow, etc., local and arbitrary) (dialect, colloquial)
9. color intensity (brightness) (tonal quality of speech)
  The main objective of our discussion concerns learning what are some key principles, together with examples of their applications, for producing successful works of art.  The idea being that the most universal experience of what the public has considered to be great art may incorporate these same principles, whether the art be visual or written.

Revisiting this topic was prompted after reading a recent article in The Writer's Chronicle (May/Summer, 2014), titled Paintings in Fiction--Ten Lessons from the Masters of Ekphrasis, by Stephanie Coyne DeGhett.  First, ekphrasis is a term referenced by DeGhett as a "literary representation of visual art."  Her article is not, for the most part, about using the principles and tools of the artist to conceive an original piece of fiction as we have been discussing in this blog. De Ghett explores the ways that accomplished writers, including Oscar Wilde, Steven Millhauser, Stanley Elkin, and A. S. Byatt, have incorporated actual works of art as focal points in their works of fiction.  A well-known painting influences and motivates the fictional characters in each of those writers' stories.  I've read A. S. Byatt's The Matisse Stories which employ the ekphrasis approach; I liked some of the stories, but the direct allusions sometimes appeared a little forced.

The ekphrasis approach seems too derivative of the original act of creation, the painting itself.  It is a little too much like the creative writing workshop assignment of taking a newspaper story, or some topical subject, and writing a story based on the referenced material. The germ of the idea is not organic to the writer's compulsion for exploring his own deeply intuitive material.  The former may provide good writing experience, but is less likely to produce an original work of literary art. The same for basing the story on the actual painting. 

Although our blog has been exploring the most effective principles and tools of distinguished visual artists that might be brought to bear on writing our own stories, perhaps the enterprise is doomed.  From DeGhett's article we read the following.
In an essay about literary ekphrasis, Paola Spinozzi quotes Leonardo da Vinci from his Treatise on Painting:
 Your pen will be worn out before you can fully describe what the painter can represent forthwith by the aid of his science.  And your tongue will be parched with thirst and your body will be overcome by sleep and hunger before you can show with words what a painter can show you in an instant.

Yes, but...

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42195. On Immigration …

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42196. Library Loot: Fifth Trip in May

New Loot:
  • 50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple's Extraordinary Rescue Mission Into the Heart of Nazi Germany by Steven Pressman
  • Free to Fall by Lauren Miller
  • After the End by Amy Plum
  • Huff and Puff by Tish Rabe
  • Olaf's 1-2-3 
  • Huff and Puff and the New Train by Tish Rabe
Leftover Loot:
  • The Lost Sun by Tessa Gratton
  • Dualed by Elsie Chapman
  • Jenny and the Cat Club by Esther Averill 
  • Captains of the City Street by Esther Averill
  • The Hotel Cat by Esther Averill
 Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief 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.

© 2014 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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42197. A Line Drawn.....

There comes a time when you have to say "Enough is enough!"

Of course, there are people who totally ignore you when you say this because:

(1) They pay absolutely no attention to what I write on CBO so long as their books get publicised.

(2) 'Obviously' THEY are excepted "because"

(3) There is no reciprocal loyalty

Let me put this into context.  I have written, since the old WordPress CBO that unless a blog carries a reciprocal link to CBO (ie: CBO has a link to their site so they MUST put a link to CBO) their blog link is deleted.

Companies tell me: "Oh, we cannot possibly do that or we would have to list every other blog -even if they would not bother supporting us until we became cool!"  Now, Archie Comics is a prime example. I'm not going into it but long time CBOers know the history.  You push and promote a company and what it publishes -even beyond your blog and that company becomes "cool" and when you ask why you've heard nothing for months you are told "Yeah, no more books to review -printers won't send them out. Must have left you off the news list" then that is pure bull-shit.

Printers won't send out "complimentary books" (that the company pays for!) so the company will not?  That's just saying "Hey -you supported us now **** off!"

And 'forgetting' to send out news.....please.

So, why no link to CBO on their site? "We just couldn't possibly do that -we're a company we can't just list 'blogs'!"

Then you do reviews of company books or books from individuals. Your reviews are forgotten, put under some other blogs name (for which I took the full flak!) and so on and so forth. Now, you might think individuals would add a link to reviews of their books on their blogs?  Very few do.  Ask them to mention your latest book...."Mention YOUR book?? I can't, I don't know you well enough to do that!!" That's when I usually say "**** you!"

Face Book: people 'Friend' you.  Now, if I friend or accept a friend request I check out that persons FB page to find out about them and check any web site listed.  When, after being a 'friend' for 3-5 years someone writes: "Oh -do you write comics?" or "I had no idea you drew comics!" or the best one: "I have over a thousand friends on FB and I do not have the time to check out their postings!" (that is usually followed by an explanation that they block most incoming up-dates from 'friends').  They want to be your friend to promote their latest book and screw you!

The up-shot of this is that I have "unfriended" a large number of 'friends' and the purge continues.  I am also starting to delete ANY blog link that does not have a reciprocal link to CBO.  Some have already gone. 

I have seen so much two-faced 'friendship', seen so many lies and accusations (from people who have NEVER met me) that I have drawn the final line.  Whether you are a slimy little arse-licker in the Midlands or in the North of England: you are next to nothing to me. 

I am not the "comic village idiot" who you can just use when you like.

As for the arse-licker slimes -I'll be dealing with you.

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42199. The Worm

I'm sure you've all seen someone do The Worm, but have you ever wondered how worms really dance? I have solved the mystery.




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42200. Author Event in Milford, NH

Bring the kids for a fun-filled story time!

Saturday June 7th at 2:00 pm
Toadstool Bookshop, Milford NH

Award winning children’s book author and illustrator, Jennifer E. Morris will be reading and signing, “The Ice Cream Shop,” the first book in her silly new Scholastic Reader series featuring Steve the opossum and Wessley the rabbit (approx. age 3-8).  Then join us while we make our very own rabbit or opossum ears, complete with face paint whiskers! 

Jennifer is the author and illustrator of several children’s books including the best-selling, “May I Please Have a Cookie?” also published by Scholastic. Visit her on the web at www.jemorris.com.

If you are in the area please stop by and say hi!  If you know anyone else who might be interested, please pass on the information.
 

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