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6526. Middle Grade Book Review - A Shadow of Fear by Janet Ann Collins


Title: A Shadow of Fear
Author: Janet Ann Collins
Publisher: Mantle Rock Publishing (November 10, 2014)
ISBN-10: 1500918520
ISBN-13: 978-1500918521
Paperback: 54 pages

Janet Ann Collins has created a splendid coming of age story of ten-year-old, Ben. Young Ben tends to see life through his single viewpoint and can’t understand the rules hi parents set forth. With a solid foundation of faith in Jesus, Ben’s parents teach their children to live by Jesus’ example.

How can Ben do this when all he wants is to be treated like the other kids and never is? Due to his immaturity Ben’s parents hold back on privileges. Determined to prove to his parents and his older brother, Tom once and for all that he can be independent and unselfish Ben sets out on a quest to set things right.

Without realizing it Ben puts himself in a potentially dangerous situation when looking for Mary’s lost dog. Will Ben get punished for his attempt at a good deed or will his bravery set a tone of maturity acceptance?

Janet Ann Collins intertwines true-life circumstances with the goodness of Jesus’ teachings in a thought provoking story of adolescence. Well done! I look forward to more from Janet Ann Collins.

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6527. गंदगी प्रेमी

गंदगी प्रेमी

मेरी एक सहेली हिल स्टेशन पर रहती है. कल ही उससे बात हो रही थी कि कैसा मौसम है. कैसी भीड है वहां तो वो मायूस सी बोली कि अब तो जल्दी से लोगों की छुट्टियां खत्म हो बस..जाए सब जल्दी से . अरे !!! ऐसा क्यो?? मेरे पूछने पर उसने बताया कि लोग धूमने आते हैं बहुत अच्छा लगता है पर गंदगी भी बहुत फैला जाते हैं खासकर सडक पर घूमते घूमते… कुछ खाएगें तो पीएगें तो… पूरी सडक मानो डस्ट बीन समझते हैं… वो ये सोचते ही नही हैं कि यहां भी लोग रहते हैं ना जाने कब समझ आएगी अब तो सच पूछो तो छुट्टियों के नाम से टेंशन ही हो जाती है.उसकी बात ने बहुत सोचने पर मजबूर कर दिया.

पता नही हम लोग सफाई का  स्वच्छता का ख्याल रखते क्यों नही है. घर से बाहर निकलो तो गंदगी पार्क में जाओ तो गंदगी. घर का कूडा बस अपने घर से बाहर  निकालना आता है कि बस अपना घर साफ रहे बाकि किसी की चिंता नही.

ऐसे ही बाजारों में दुकानों पर होता है. सुबह सवेरे सभी झाडू लगा कर अपनी  अपनी दुकान के आगे का कूडा साईड पर रख देगें और ऐसा हर दुकान दार करता है कुछ एक कूडे को आग भी लग अदेते हैं पर शाम तक वो कूडा वही पडे पडे लोगों के पावों से लगता वापिस दुकानों के सामने आ जाता है और फिर वही गंदगी … खाने पीने की स्टालस के आगे तो और भी बुरा हाल होता हैडस्ट बीन होते हुए भी उसे इस्तेमाल नही किया जाता.

वैसे आप तो ऐसे गंदगी प्रेमी  बिल्कुल नही होंगें.. है ना … और अगर हैं तो जरा नही बहुत सोचने की दरकार है.

 

cleaning Ganga campaign should not be limited to Photography

उत्तराखंड बाढ़ और भूस्खलन त्रासदी के दो साल पूरा होने पर यहां आयोजित एक कार्यक्रम में उन्होंने कहा कि उत्पादन व उपभोग के लिए हुए विकास का प्रकृति बदला ले रही है। उन्होंने कहा, ‘हर जगह बांधों व बिजलीघरों का निर्माण हो रहा है जो प्राकृतिक आपदाओं का कारण बन रही है। हमें इस बारे में सोचने की जरूरत है।’

प्रधानमंत्री द्वारा चलाए जा रहे गंगा सफाई अभियान पर बोलते हुए उन्होंने कहा कि यह राष्ट्र के धार्मिक व सांस्कृतिक धरोहर को बचाने के लिए है। प्रकृति को दरकिनार करने पर न तो हम अपना जीवन बचा सकेंगे और न ही धर्म की रक्षा कर पाएंगे। See more…

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6528. KidLit Events June 23-30

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Renovation on my site is ongoing, but I think I’ve got the bones in order. My main pages (this weekly local events update and all the conference pages) are mostly set. My older posts still need a  lot of updating, and I don’t expect I’ll get it all done until the end of the year. Everything is still there, but some text colors might conflict with the new theme, making the text illegible. If you select the area, you’ll be able to see the text.

I’ve added a new feature to the conference pages. On the right sidebar, you’ll see a slideshow of books being released this month. The featured children’s and young adult books are brand new releases from my friends, both IRL and online. If we know each other from the SCBWI Blueboards, or follow each other on twitter or facebook and you have a new book coming up, please let me know! I’d love to feature your book.

Events-wise, we are having a quiet week in Houston, with one exception, a class in Julian Kendal’s revision series, from the Houston Writers’ Guild. Speaking of writing classes, I’ve added a new page to my blog dedicated to writing classes and workshops in the Houston area. We have so many writers’ organizations here and most offer some combination of classes, talk, workshops, conferences and retreats. I’ve been putting these events on this weekly updates page, but often, that doesn’t give you enough time to sign up for special events. I’ll continue to add these events here on Tuesdays for the week the event is actually happening, and the full list will be on its new page: Houston Writer/Illustrator Events.

June 30, Tuesday, 6:30-8:30 PMHouston Writers Guild
The Houston Writers’ Guild
Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Rd.
Julian Kindred: Finishing Your Novel: Bringing Your Ideas to Fruition
Cost:$10 Members; $20 Nonmembers; $5 Students w/ID.

Staying the course once you’ve started writing your novel is difficult. How do you manage the distractions of daily life or the temptation to quit and chase the next new idea? And once the manuscript is complete, then what? This workshop will examine methods for holding yourself accountable for writing your novel and examine when it is time to start, or finally finish, revisions, as well as what you should be doing in the meantime.

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6529. Draw Tip Tuesday: Be Less Precious About Your Drawings

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!

Do you feel like each art journal entry need to be meaningful? Perfect? Pfff what a pressure!
Let’s not be too precious about our drawings.
Sometimes, just drawing what’s right in front of you can be very satisfying! Especially if you use several colors, the drawing can cheer you up.


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6530. Coloring Page Tuesday - Badger!

     Badgers! We don't need no stinking badgers. They're too busy reading anyhow... This one is reading my book, Oscar the Badger (out of print).
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     When the birds return to Water Street, will anyone be left to hear them sing? A miner's strike allows green and growing things to return to the Red Hills, but that same strike may force residents to seek new homes and livelihoods elsewhere. Follow the story of Jack Hicks as he struggles to hold onto everything he loves most.
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6531. CATH KIDSTON - aw 2015

One of the key prints for children in Cath Kidston's forthcoming Autumn Winter collection is 'Sausage Dogs' which features on china, textiles, bags, pencil cases etc. and should appeal to both young ones and dog lovers alike. On fashion Cath Kidston have more revived library prints such as racing cars and dinosaurs. The Autumnal

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6532. Elisabeth Bing and an American revolution in birth

On May 15, Elisabeth Bing died at the age of 100. It is no exaggeration to say that during her long life she perhaps did more than any other individual to humanize childbirth practices in the United States. Obituaries and tributes to her rightly celebrate her role as a founding mother of the Lamaze movement in America and a lifelong advocate for improvement in maternity care.

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6533. Summer reading 2015: 2nd & 3rd graders -- #FamiliesRead

School is out and kids love the vacation time. But it's more important than ever for families to encourage kids to read. They need to keep reading in order to maintain all the skills they developed during the year. It's the perfect opportunity to talk with your kids about what types of books they like to read when they can choose their books.

Here are some of my favorite books to recommend for kids who have just finished 2nd and 3rd grade. Please note: Our schools use the Fountas & Pinnell reading levels to help indicate "just right books" for students. I like to band these levels together, to look at a group of similar books.

Beginning with Chapter Books (level K-L-M)
Graphic Novels We Love
Having Fun with Chapter Books (level N-O-P)
Funny Stories (level Q-R-S)
Stories that Touch Your Heart (level Q-R-S)
Exciting Adventure and Fantasy (level Q-R-S)
Fascinating Nonfiction
  • Baby Elephant in the Wild, by Caitlin O'Connell (library--Amazon)
  • Little Melba and Her Big Trombone, by Katheryn Russell-Brown (library--Amazon)
Do you like these? Print out the whole list to take to the library or bookstore! Share it with friends!

PDF for easy printing: 2nd & 3rd grade

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Check out all of the 2015 summer reading lists I developed for grades K through 5 on this page.

If you make a purchase using the Amazon links on this site, a small portion goes to Great Kid Books. Thank you for your support.

©2015 Mary Ann Scheuer, Great Kid Books

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6534. paperback writer (three upcoming releases)



On this day, ahead of a predicted storm, I'm happy to share these three images—snapshots of books living forward.

Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir will be released in a month or so by Avery—its fourth printing—with a newly crafted afterword (featuring some of the newly read memoirs and evolving memoir theories I've had since Handling was first released in August 2013).

Going Over will be released by Chronicle as a paperback in November, following a happy run as a hardback (thank you, kind librarians, teachers, readers).

Small Damages has just been released by Speak (Penguin Random House) in its second edition paperback—slightly different packaging, same story, and much gratitude to those who found and read the book either as a Philomel hardback or a first-edition Speak paperback.

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6535. CATH KIDSTON - store snaps

To conclude my Cath Kidston postings this week I thought I would take a look in their Marylebone store just down the street from the Press Show to see what is actually available in stores now. For those that like to get ahead of the seasons there is an early Autumn preview in the form of a capsule collection. Featuring a mid century style print called Painted Rose in yellow ochre and grey, and

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6537. Book vs. Movie: Far From the Madding Crowd

A new film adaptation of Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy was recently released, starring Carey Mulligan as the beautiful and spirited Bathsheba Everdene and Matthias Schoenaerts, Tom Sturridge, and Michael Sheen as her suitors.

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6538. a small glimpse into the Krakow reading life, in a Krakow bookshop




On another rainy day in Krakow we slipped inside a miniature palace of books. I could have stayed the entire day. I don't know a word of Polish. I didn't know these authors. But the art, the bindings, the printing—it was like stepping back into that time when my mother tucked herself behind a couch and put on puppet shows. It was like sitting with my uncle as he made his fabulous Victorian ornaments—velvet ribbons, pearls, scrapbook faces.

That kind of richness of escape into other worlds.

The store itself, called Bona, was located just down the road from Wawel Castle, but it wasn't a place for tourists. There were pastries in the back, a winding staircase to a stone-faced exhibition room, a reading lounge, and a young woman with impeccable English who helped me understand where Poland is just now, as a reading country. Illustrated picture books like the one I bought, above, exude, she said, a timelessness and also an agelessness; adults find one thing in the story and children another. Young adult books have not yet reached the popularity they have here in the states, perhaps because adults read novels written for adults or spend time with these glorious art-infused picture books. And paper books—the tangible, shelf-able kind—remain a towering favorite, both because of the quality of the art and because digital reading devices can cost up to half a young person's monthly salary.

The number of books in the store wasn't huge. The quality, however, was. It took a long time for me to choose this one, and then another little bit to choose the book I brought home for my friend Karolina, whose stories of a Krakow childhood had brought me to her country in the first place.

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6539. 101 Detectives review

       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Ivan Vladislavić's new collection of stories, 101 Detectives, out from Umuzi in South Africa and from And Other Stories in the UK and US.

       These are fine stories and this is good writing, but I have to admit to being somewhat at a loss here: my frustration with story-collections grows apace -- with each encounter, practically -- and nothing seems to help. I've never been a huge fan, but am finding even less satisfaction than usual in them; more than that, I am finding myself annoyed and irritated: I simply don't see the point. Maybe it's all the short pieces I read online (more non-fiction than stories, but still ...) ? Certainly, it's a lack of coherence that bothers me -- why bother collecting stories in a single volume if there isn't some (really) unifying principle to the collection ? Leave the stray pieces stray; there are enough publishing possibilities in this day and age that anyone who wants to find them -- or fit them together for themselves -- can.
       More and more I find myself wondering: why can't everybody just write novels ? Well, writers should write whatever they feel like -- but publishers shouldn't feel compelled to package separate things together ..... And me, I think I'll be sticking to novels (and, sigh, the occasional work of non-fiction) for the foreseeable future.

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6540. It's Tuesday. Not A Rant But More Like A Few Thoughts.

I have to write that I am glad that I lived through The Marvel Age of Comics when story, action and fun were the trademarks of the company alongside originality.

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above: The Secret Wars Battleworld map. 20 years ago I might have gone out to get this as a curio.  Oh, and that should be "Battle-World" but I guess one word is easier for merchandising.


There are people -I have watched their video blogs- who really love what Disney are doing with the Marvel Universe, or what used to be the Marvel Universe.  Many who also firmly believe in there having -having- to be continuity in these comics say it is okay -"it all goes back to the regular universe after".  Well, are they deceiving themselves?

You see, Disney -Marvel- and in particular its loathsome King Toad Tom Brevoort (sorry, toads!), have had press conferences, video recorded interviews -in fact, where hasn't Disney been spreading the word? They have said that the more recent Ultimate Universe is gone.  No more.  They are going to cherry-pick the best of that universe to incorporate it into a new one.  You see "The 1963 Marvel Universe as everyone has known it ends.  It's gone forever...."  They say it was old and stale and their new "hot" writers (who have been getting nice pay-cheques for dragging things through mire for a long time now (don't you think they are looking a little tired?) will be able to create a brand new universe (no doubt incorporating Star Wars into it) "more relevant to today" (and if you know Brevoort you'll know he is a nasty piece of work who has no problem trashing Lee, Kirby, Ditko and all those other creators who once made Marvel great and on whose knee-pads he's clutching and brown-nosing for a living.

And where is Joe Quesada?

Disney/Brevoort have made it clear the old Marvel 616 Universe is "gone forever -get on board or jump off now".  

Remember how they stated time-and-again that "The Death Of Wolverine" was "genuinely" the characters end?   For a dead and buried character he seems to make a record number of appearances -he's even in Secret Wars.  All those people who bought into the lie, grabbed those "highly collectible issues" -hey, you got comics that you can't even sell for the price you paid. 

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It's almost as though P. T. Barnum was in charge.  He may not have been the originator of the quote "one born every minute" (a sucker") but I'm sure he often said "a fool and their money are easily parted" -and proved it time after time.

When on tour with his show, Barnum had what, to other showmen, might have been a killer blow.  His elephant died.  A rival show announced that it had the only living elephant in town.  Barnum announced "I have the only dead elephant in town!"   Guess what?  Everyone flocked to see the dead elephant and Barnum raked in those nickels!

You get what I'm writing here, right?

I tried to write down all the "genuine" statements from Marvel regarding its characters and comics that were really genuine....give me a chance -I've only been looking three days!

We know we are going to see a "mixed race" (what *******  ***** -trying to "pull an ethnic minority for extra customer cash" which says all you need to know) Spider-Man....but Peter Parker?  "Oh, he'll be back when everything goes back to normal" say the ardent, blinkered fans.  Of course he will -Disney is never going to allow the Spider-Man to be....uh...well, we know.  The very fact that they shovel it all on with Morales being a "mixed race" oh, and Bendis has "two kids of colour" -there is your problem America.  "Mixed race" -they mean "this character is NOT white skinned" -but then, only albinistic people are white.  Does that mean I'm mixed race? I got Welsh, German and English in me -?!

How long ago was it that we saw Captain Kirk kissing Uhuru in Star Trek (a scene never censored on UK TV)?  A lot has changed, huh?  Archie gets to date and kiss an "African American" member of Josie and The Pussycats -they never stirred up publicity over....oh. Right. Ahem.

Will Steve Rogers become Captain America again?   I have nothing against the former Falcon, Jim Wilson (I hope I got that right), as a super hero but as Captain America -"He's Black! He Flies! He's Captain America!"  No. Everything Disney/Marvel/Brevoort scream about "an African -American Captain America is a sign of the times" is so false and so wrong. 

Captain America is a symbol of America just as Uncle Sam is.  Try a poster campaign in the United States with Uncle Sam as an "African-American" and see how it makes the reaction to drawing Mohammed look tame!  With a "black" Captain America it just screams desperation to be hip, cool, trendy and seem right on. FFS we are talking about Disney here.  Captain America will get more press because of the movies and the character's history.  That is why this happened.

With Black Tower I did what editors at UK comics were not, still are not, really willing to do: have characters that come from all sorts of "ethnic" backgrounds.  "Ethnicity" to keep a language or culture alive that will make that within the UK brighter -we seem to have forgotten all our old myths, legends and tales as well as traditions- is no problem.  Fair enough.  To make sure that a certain "minority" is catered for adequately -no problem.  Your heritage is your heritage.  However, as far as I am concerned and as far as UK law is concerned it does not matter what your religion or skin colour is: if you are a UK citizen you ARE a UK citizen first and foremost.

With Black Tower main characters come from all backgrounds but I have never shouted out "Oh, him. He's an "Afro-Carribean" you know" because that matters -why?

The Falcon was a crap "black" character?  He did his share of butt-kicking before being a partner (NOT side-kick) to Captain America, during that time and after.  I recall he even floored the Red Skull at one time. But, no, Marvel couldn't put the effort into pushing and developing the character -far better (publicity) if he "stepped into a white man's boots".

I'm sat here typing this and realising even more how utterly ridiculous all this "ethnic" phraseology is -including "ethnic"!

Will Jim Wilson stay as Captain America?  Hmm.  Think of the merchandise -Black Widow is pushed out of the way "cuz guys are more into comics and action figures" (that IS being out of touch!).  Right, no real guy wants a Black Widow action figure -right?  And, I do seriously apologise for writing this, but who has all the majority of money to buy merchandise?  Yes, those "off shade albino" types. The companies do the research and tell you WHAT fans will and will not buy. But here is a thing: back in the 1960s the UK had its own version of GI Joe dolls called Tommy Gun...

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But the figure I wanted and eventually got was Tom Stone.



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Why?  Go figure (or read that very long interview with me somewhere..

So, a "mixed race" Spider-man will no doubt exist alongside Peter Parker's Spider-Man (go with the money and franchise).  But the Falcon remaining Captain America?

According to Disney/Marvel/Brevoort "Everything changes and it's permanent!" (I think I wet myself with laughter when I heard that line).

So, you bought your Battleword map?  Bought ALL the series you really -REALLY- need to get the Secret Wars experience and see how Marvel Comics will change forever?

SUC-KAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

The merchandising ought to be interesting.  I'm guessing a Thor...an Iron Man? Maybe a Hulk? Captain America?  Oh, you know -the usual.



You need to understand.  I was there. I lived back then.  Marvel Comics had a series titled Secret Wars that was meant to pull younger readers into their comics and promote a toy-line.  It was very successful so there was a more character/story driven follow up titled....Secret Wars II.   This brought in money and DC Comics tried to go one better with and also "sort out long time continuity problems" (bwahahahaha.  That is SO funny) with Crisis On Infinite Earths. 

Believe me, at that time this was hitting fans hard -like finding out Errol Flynn was a Japanese spy during World War 2 (he was NOT -that's just an example, okay?).

Flash died.  Supergirl died.  I lost count of how many times I used the "F" word (not "feck" -the OTHER "F" word. The really bad "F" word) in exclamation at events.

It made big money.

As Howard Chaykin said "F**** continuity!" This was M O N E Y.

We had so many crises after that and it makes Crisis on Infinite Earths mean nothing.

Busiek and Pacheco produced Avengers Forever -a great series that once and for all sorted out Avengers continuity problems.  Busiek and Perez then brought back a real, fun Avengers series.  Marvel said "F*** this!" and kicked out all the work of Busiek, Pacheco and Perez for a turgid, "darker" and meaningless Avengers run that has continued ever since -even throwing things out to create a more Sci fi Marvel universe more to Disney tastes.....and Star Wars....well, we'll see.

"Great art" I keep hearing (with a few exceptions) "story ain't so hot.  Quite lame" is usually added. Here is the thing.  Yes, comics are a visual medium but you have -HAVE- to have a story because, as Stan, Jack and all those other greats said, "Your readers ain't dumb!"
 
Practical example.  Animated TV series Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (AEMH)-having seen a previous feckin awful Avengers animated series I will NOT dignify by naming- I thought "No. Gonna be crap"  I watched it and it was THE best Marvel comic based series I'd seen (and I've been around a while).  Series 2 gave us sub-plots and promises of mega stories to come.  The movie Avengers Assemble came out and was a success.   Series 3 of AEMH never appeared.  Without any notice it was replaced by the most awful, turgid Disney style animated series with poor story and even worse dialogue and three episodes and I was struggling to stop my screaming.  Yeah, I wonder why Avengers Assemble was chosen for the animated series?

Basically, Marvel was increasingly Disneyfied.  Disney wanted things they were happy with -sci-fi and kid audiences....oh, and money.  Wikipedia states, re. AEMH:

A new Avengers show premiered in 2013 called Avengers Assemble. On Saturday, July 14, 2012 at the 2012 Marvel Television Presents panel at San Diego Comic-Con, Jeph Loeb, Head of Marvel Television, said of the relationship between the two shows:
"We're not in any way saying Earth's Mightiest Heroes never happened. You will see an epic conclusion. And then you'll say, 'Oh, what's next?'"
The specific meaning of this has not been revealed at this time; ComicBookMovie.com initially chose to report it as meaning that Assemble would be a continuation of Earth's Mightiest Heroes!, but later, while interviewing Joe Kelly and Steven T. Seagle, asked for clarification over the confusion the statement had caused, and received only a non-committal response.
Only Hulk's voice actor Fred Tatasciore reprised the role for Avengers Assemble, while the other members of the team share their voices with their counterparts in the separate Ultimate Spider-Man series.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Avengers:_Earth%27s_Mightiest_Heroes

Kelly and Seagle are getting Disney cheques.  They speak the words Disney want them to.  All those plots and excitement (and a VERY rushed looking and written finale to the series) of AEMH were simply dumped because Disney want "dumbed down children's TV" -it is what they know and can exploit for the most dollars.

This is the same with Secret Wars.  The original Marvel Universe "is gone forever. Its a new future"....but is that not a 100% out-and-out lie if all the series return as normal after Secret Wars with just a few characters taken from the Ultimate Universe that could have been achieved in a simpler (but less money-making ) way?

All the "fine crafting and writing of the Avengers and 'Everything Dies' has led up to this!"

My response: bollocks.

Secret Wars is just a mish-mash of "imaginary tales" dumped under one title.  There is no indication that this was the aimed at final outcome.  It seems more like "He's written this and, basically, we're fecked. We can't think of a "get out" so....HEY! I got an idea. Remember Secret Wars......"

THAT is what this all looks like.

And here is another thing that comic bloggers and comic news blogs will not mention because they are so far up Disney's arse or scared of repercussions for their coverage of Marvel comics.  Why will none of these industry reporters follow up on the strong -very strong- rumours of unhappy writers/artists and creators generally at Disney's Marvel and threats of legal repercussions and enforcing of contractural non-disclosure agreements?  Why? Do we have to wait a few more decades until another book like Sean Howe's Marvel Comics -The Untold Story reveals what is going on NOW? 

I do like the theory that Disney wanted to end the comic line and just process the cash from movies or movie related books/comics.  Conspiracy theories....or are they?

But let's put it this way: Disney/Marvel are either going to be proven to be lying sacks of camel dung or they are going to really start everything from scratch as they promised.

sniff sniff  Smell that?

Either way it will not make a difference to many out there who will still go on buying Marvel Comics and letting the company (Disney) rip them off.  And so bigger and bigger mounds of comics build up and the more comics there are the less they are worth.

Who wins here?

Not comic readers.  Unless they do see comics as disposable pieces of entertainment -we end up, in that case, with comics like TV and movies: no real originality any more.  It's just for the initial dollar and feck it.





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6541. Review: The Cartel by Don Winslow

Ten years ago Don Winslow wrote the thriller of the decade. The Power of the Dog was an epic thriller that detailed America’s thirty year war on drugs on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border. Ten years later he has done it again. Winslow blows The Power of the Dog away detailing the next ten […]

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6542. TURNING PAGES: THE MEMORY CHAIR by SUSAN WHITE

After I sighed enviously through Susan White's Ten Thousand Truths and longed to live on a magical farm like that (despite the fact that there's nothing magical about having to dig and drudge and deal with small, mad chickens who don't want you to... Read the rest of this post

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6543. Volokhonsky and Pevear Q & A

       At the Literary Hub they print (an excerpt from ?) Susannah Hunnewell's Q & A with translators-from-the-Russian Larissa Volokhonsky and Richard Pevear from the current The Paris Review, as The Quiet Rebels of Russian Translation.
       (It's nice to see The Paris Review doing 'The Art of Translation' Q & As, to go along with their Art of Fiction/Poetry/etc. series -- but even with a double dose in the current issue (Peter Cole is the other one) they're only up to number ...five (by comparison: they're well over two hundred with the fiction ones ...).

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6544. फैशन और हम

फैशन और हम   फैशन फैशन फैशन … हर कोई फैशन करके रहना चाहता है फैशन की दुनिया में रहना चाहता है. इसमे बुराई नही है पर अपनी फिगर देख कर उसके हिसाब से पहनावा होगा तो देखने वाले को भी अच्छा लगेगा और ना ही हम मजाक का पात्र बनेगें. कई बार मोटी महिलाए फैशन के नाम पर टाईट कपडे पहन लेती है चलते उठते बैठते शरीर दिखता है तो वो मजाक का कारण बनती है कई बहुत उम्र की महिलाए चटक गहरे रंग पहन लेती हैं तो भी मजाक की पात्रा बनती हैं. और कई फैशन के चलते महिलाए हाई हील वाले चप्पल खरीद लेती हैं  और चल पाती नही जिससे मजाक का कारण बनती हैं. कई इतना भारी मेकअप कर लेती हैं कि सिर्फ हंसी का पात्र ही बन कर रह जाती है…

और आज तो मैने ऐसी खबर पढी कि हैरान ही रह गई … आप  भी जरुर पढिए

Woman lands in hospital after her skinny jeans cuts blood supply – ABP Live

http://www.abplive.in/movies/2015/06/23/article627451.ece/Woman-lands-in-hospital-after-her-skinny-jeans-cuts-blood-supplyAdelaide: An Australian woman whose skinny jeans cut off the blood supply to her calf muscles collapsed and was forced to crawl to seek help, media reported on Tuesday.

The 35-year-old woman from Adelaide, who doctors have labelled a “fashion victim”, suffered nerve damage severe enough to bring about numbness. She had to spend four days in hospital.

A consultant neurologist at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Thomas Kimber said the woman’s decision to wear the restrictive leg-hugging denim had brought about the medical episode, ABC reported.

“She spent all that day really squatting down to help her relatives clean out cupboards,” he said, adding “she noticed that her legs were becoming increasingly uncomfortable as the day went on (but) didn’t really think much of it”.Kimber said the compression of two major nerves in the woman’s calf had caused her increasing weakness in her legs.

When the woman took a break with a walk in a park, she noticed her feet becoming increasingly weak before falling.

“By this time it was dark and quite late at night. She was unable to stand up again and really was there for some time before she could crawl to the side of the road, hail a cab and bring herself to the Royal Adelaide Hospital,” said Kimber.

The hospital staff had to cut the jeans due from the woman’s legs due to “massive swelling”. See more…

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अब आप खुद ही फैशन से होने वाले लाभ और हानि का आंकलन कीजिए और अपनी राय बनाईए

फैशन और हम

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6545. In memoriam: Gunther Schuller

Gunther Schuller (1925-2015) was one of the most influential figures in the musical world of the past century, with a career that crossed and created numerous genres, fields, and institutions. Oxford offers heartfelt condolences to his family, and gratitude for the profound impact his work continues to have on music performance, study, and scholarship.

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6546. Top 5 most infamous company implosions

Since the global financial crisis in 2008, the world has paid close attention to corporations and banks around the world that have faced financial trouble, especially if there is some aspect of scandal involved. The list below gives a brief overview of some of the most notorious company implosions from the last three decades.

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6547. Social Media Addiction

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Social Media Addiction… अजी बस पूछिए ही मत … इतना बुरा हाल है कि बस …. बच्चे हो या युवा या फिर बडे लोग हर समय जुडे रहना चाह्ते हैं एक मिनट भी इससे दूर नही रह सकते. पहले स्टेटस डालेगें फिर उसे भी बार बार देखेंगें को कितने लाईक आए या नही … अगर आए तो इस बात को नार्मली ही लेते हैं और ना आए तो अपना ब्लड प्रैशर बढा लेते हैं ..और गुस्सा हो जाते हैं कि कोई लाईक क्यो नही आया.. या फलां नेट पर तो था फिर भी सने मेरे स्टेट्स को लाईक क्यों नही किया

अब इन साहब को ही देख लीजिए … import export का  business करते हैं  किस तरह से वो भी आपने सुन लिया होगा. एक महिला ने तो अपनी बिटिया का रिश्ता एक व्यक्ति से इसलिए फिक्स कर दिया कि उसके 10 एकड मे फार्म हाऊस है और ढेर सारे पशु भी है… शुक्र है शादी से पहले ही पता चल गया कि कौन सा फार्म हाऊस था ….

वैसे इतना दीवानापन भी अच्छी बात नही है

The signs and symptoms of social media addiction : Get Healthy

As fun as social media is for keeping up with friends, getting news updates and posting the occasional witty meme, for some people it can be destructive.

Dr. Johann Farley, an addiction medicine physician in Merrillville, is seeing more and more families who are struggling with relational issues as a result of social media addiction or dependency.

According to Farley, who is quick to state that he does use and appreciate his smartphone and the many tools that come with it, the biggest problem with social media is the time it takes away from meaningful relationships.

What may seem like an everyday, menial activity — checking your smartphone — could have a subtle impact on relationships over time, Farley says. He sets up this scenario: “Say you’re married and you and your spouse are sitting on the couch at the end of the day. Instead of getting affectionate with each other and talking about your day, you’re both doing your own thing on your phones. You go to bed without any interaction. From there on, you gradually start to move apart.”

The lack of face-to-face interaction is harmful, yes, but can we really throw around the word addiction?

Farley says yes, even going so far as to compare it to substance abuse addiction. “Do you need that eye-opener every morning? Do you feel like you need (to check social media) to calm your nerves? Can you put your cellphone away on your day off and spend time with the family? If the answer is no, there’s a problem.”

Jamie Monday, a counselor at Crown Point High School, agrees that one can be overly reliant on social media. “Dependency on anything is unhealthy when we are not able to function in our normal lives without it,” she says. “It is a good sign that you are dependent on something if you have tried to cut back your usage but have been unsuccessful.”

Monday says she sees this often among adolescents, particularly when their parents take away their mobile devices as a form of punishment. “If the teen is dependent on social media as their way of communicating with their peers, they will have a meltdown and sometimes even experience depression-like symptoms,” she says. See more…

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6548. Notable Children’s Books Nominees — Summer 2015 #alaac15

notablesThe ALSC Notable Children’s Books committee is charged with identifying the best of the best in children’s books. According to the Notables Criteria, “notable” is defined as: Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. As applied to children’s books, notable should be thought to include books of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children’s interests in exemplary ways.

If you’re like me, you have been eagerly anticipating the  list of titles to be discussed at the Annual Conference. Here it is!

PICTURE BOOKS

3, 2, 1, Go! by Emily Arnold McCully. Holiday House.

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach. Random House/Alfred A. Knopf.

Click! by Jeffrey Ebbeler. Holiday House.

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle. Illus. by Rafael López. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Fetch by Jorey Hurley. Simon & Schuster/A Paula Wiseman Book.

A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Feast by Emily Jenkins. Illus. by Sophie Blackall. Random House/Schwartz and Wade

Fly! by Karl Newsom Edwards. Random House/Alfred A. Knopf.

Grandma in Blue with Red Hat by Scott Menchin. Illus. by Harry Bliss. Abrams.

The Grasshopper and the Ants by Jerry Pinkney. Little Brown and Company.

How to Draw a Dragon by Douglas Florian. Beach Lane Books.

If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray.

In by Nikki McClure. Abrams/Appleseed.

It’s Only Stanley by Jon Agee. Penguin Group/Dial Books for Young Readers.

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña. Illus. by Christian Robinson. Penguin/Putnam.

Meet the Dullards by Sara Pennypacker. Illus. by Daniel Salmieri. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray.

My Pen by Christopher Myers. Disney/Hyperion.

New Shoes by Susan Lynn Meyer. Illus. by Eric Velasquez. Holiday House.

P. Zonka Lays an Egg by Julie Paschkis. Peachtree.

A Poem in Your Pocket by Margaret McNamara. Illus. by G. Brian Karas. Schwartz & Wade Books.

Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall. Harper Collins/Greenwillow Books.

Should You Be a River: A Poem about Love by Ed Young. Little Brown and Company.

Sidewalk Flowers by Jon Arno Lawson. Illus. by Sydney Smith. House of Anansi Press/Groundwood Books.

The Skunk by Mac Barnett. Illus. by Patrick McDonnell. Roaring Brook Press.

Spectacular Spots by Susan Stockdale. Peachtree.

Stormy Night by Salina Yoon. Bloomsbury.

Such a Little Mouse by Alice Schertle. Illus. by Stephanie Yue. Scholastic/Orchard Books.

Supertruck by Stephen Savage. Roaring Book Press/A Neal Porter Book.

Toad Weather by Sandra Markle. Illus. by Thomas Gonzalez. Peachtree.

Whale Trails: Before and Now by Lesa Cline-Ransome. Illus. by G. Brian Karas. Henry Holt and Company/Christy Ottaviano Books.

When Otis Courted Mama by Kathi Appelt. Illus. by Jill McElmurry. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

A Wonderful Year by Nick Bruel. Roaring Brook Press/A Neal Porter Book.

FICTION (INCLUDING FICTION, VERSE NOVELS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS)

Audacity by Melanie Crowder. Penguin/Philomel Books.

Bayou Magic by Jewell Parker Rhodes. Little Brown and Company

Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly. Harper Collins/Greenwillow Books.

The Cottage in the Woods by Katherine Coville. Random House/Alfred A. Knopf.

A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans by Laurence Yep and Joanne Ryder. Illus. by Mary GrandPré. Random House/Crown Books for Young Readers.

Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan. Illus. by Dinara Mirtalipova. Scholastic Press.

Finding Serendipity by Angelica Banks. Illus. by Stevie Lewis. Henry Holt and Company.

Fish in a Tree by Linda Mullaly Hunt. Penguin Group/Nancy Paulsen Books.

Footer Davis Probably Is Crazy by Susan Vaught. Simon Schuster/A Paula Wiseman Book.

Honey by Sarah Weeks. Scholastic Press.

The Imaginary by A. F. Harrold. Illus. by Emily Gravett. Bloomsbury.

Listen, Slowly by Thanhhà Lại. HarperCollins.

Moon Bear by Gill Lewis. Illus. by Alessandro Gottardo. Simon Schuster/Atheneum.

The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall. Alfred A. Knopf.

Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters by Shannon Hale. Bloomsbury.

The Question of Miracles by Elana K. Arnold. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Red Butterfly by A. L. Sonnichsen. Illus. by Amy June Bates. Simon & Schuster.

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson. Penguin/Dial Books for Young Readers.

Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum.

This Side of Home by Renée Watson. Bloomsbury.

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. Penguin/Dial Books for Young Readers.

Wish Girl by Nikki Loftin. Penguin/Razorbill.

NON-FICTION (INCLUDING INFORMATION PICTURE BOOKS, POETRY AND FOLKLORE)

28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World by Charles R. Smith Jr. Illus. by Shane Evans. Roaring Brook Press/A Neal Porter Book.

Big Red Kangaroo by Claire Saxby. Illus. by Graham Byrne. Candlewick Press.

Bird & Diz by Gary Golio. Illus. by Ed Young. Candlewick Press.

The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage by Selina Alko. Illus. by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko. Scholastic/Arthur A Levine Books.

Death of the Hat: A Brief History of Poetry in 50 Objects by Paul B. Janeczko (compiler). Illus. by Chris Raschka. Candlewick Press.

Draw What You See: The Life and Art of Benny Andrews by Kathleen Benson. Illus. by Benny Andrews. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion Books.

Earmuffs for Everyone: How Chester Greenwood Became Known as the Inventor of Earmuffs by Meghan McCarthy. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers/A Paula Wiseman Book.

Egg: Nature’s Perfect Package by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. Illus. by Steve Jenkins. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson. Illus. by Sean Qualls. Random House/Schwartz and Wade.

Enormous Smallness: A Story of E. E. Cummings by Matthew Burgess. Illus. by Kris Di Giacomo. Enchanted Lion Books.

Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary by Gail Jarrow. Highlights/Calkins Creek.

First Flight around the World: The Adventures of the American Fliers Who Won the Race by Tim Grove. Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum/Abram Books.

Flowers Are Calling by Rita Gray. Illus. by Kenard Pak. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Gingerbread for Liberty: How a German Baker Helped with the American Revolution by Mara Rockliff. Illus. by Vincent X. Kirsch. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

In Mary’s Garden by Tina and Carson Kügler. Illus. by Carson Kügler. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Lullaby & Kisses Sweet: Poems to Love with Your Baby by Lee Bennett Hopkins (compiler). Illus. by Alyssa Nassner. Abrams/Appleseed.

One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia by Miranda Paul. Illus. by Elizabeth Zunon. Lerner/Millbrook Press.

Rad American Women A to Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History… and Our Future by Kate Schatz. Illus. by Miriam Klein Stahl. City Lights Books.

Raindrops Roll by April Pulley Sayre. Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane.

Swing Sisters: The Story of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm by Karen Deans. Illus. by Joe Cepeda. Holiday House.

Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower by Greg Pizzoli. Penguin Group/Viking.

Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrew. Illus. by Bryan Collier. Abram Books.

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March by Lynda Blackmon Lowery. Illus. by P J Loughran. Penguin/Dial Books.

The Notable Children’s Books committee will be meeting Saturday, Sunday, and Monday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:00 during the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. The discussions will take place in Room 3022 (W) of the Moscone Convention Center. The books will be discussed in the order they are on the list.

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6549. My Online Reading Life

I haven't felt like I've been reading a lot lately.  With the projects and things I have going on, I haven't been able to lose myself in a book like I usually do.  But then I read Donalyn Miller's Nerdy Book Club post about reading fast and short and realized that I have been reading a great deal of short texts. I thought I'd share some of my recent favorites.

I am a huge Carry On, Warrior fan and try to read Glennon Doyle Melton's blog daily. I especially loved this recent post and think it speaks to teachers too.
It's Just as Simple and As Hard as This by Glennon Doyle Melton at Momastery

I am a huge fan of theSkimm and I read it daily. But I recently discovered Skimm Guides. These writers help us out if we haven't been keeping up on an issue that seems important. They've written guides to summarize the issues and what is happening with them. They are so helpful. This week, I read the Guide explaining "The Supremes" and all the current work the Supreme Court has ahead.  It was an easy way to catch up and now I feel pretty smart about it!  (If you do not get the daily theSkimm newsletter, I HIGHLY recommend it. You will feel smarter every day because of it!

I laughed out loud at this Buzzed article--How To Know You've Found Your Teaching BFF. How would we survive without these fabulous colleagues who get us through some stressful moments and who make our jobs even more fun!

Bud the Teacher recently moved to a new role and I love the challenge he gave himself. I think we can all benefit from reading it and giving it a try.

Chris Lehmann, principal of the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia always has wise words and asks hard question. His post What If is an important one.

I've been exploring the new Stenhouse book, Well Played online.  I love the preview feature and have been getting to know the book before it is available. I have trouble reading the entire thing on the site but do like the opportunity to read short pieces as I think about how the book can help me as a math teacher.

Wordless News is a site I learned about from Kristin Ziemke during her All Write session. It is a great site I've been exploring--love the concept and am thinking of ways to use it with kids.


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6550. Will Readers Find Your Protagonist Worthy?

integrityThere are many facets of a strong protagonist. And as we juggle the different pieces of characterization with the goal of building someone truly exceptional, one of the biggest jobs is to make sure readers connect to protagonist, understand his or her goals, and most importantly, find them worth rooting for.

Stating the obvious here, right? Sure. But achieving worthiness is easier said than done. Deeper and more complex than simple likability, worthiness means delivering on meaningful character qualities that will elevate your protagonist in the reader’s eyes.

Any Character Can Be Likeable, But Your Protagonist Must Be Worthy

There are many attractive traits and behaviors that hold universal appeal. Recently I wrote this post discussing how the Love Interest in a romance novel needs to capture not just the heart of the protagonist, but the reader’s also. Why is this so important? Because if an author does their job correctly, readers will want the protagonist to get what they deserve, and in romance, that’s a likeable match…the perfect partner.

The stakes are even higher when it comes to the protagonist, however. To win over the reader we need to stretch past likability and achieve true worthiness. We want readers to believe there’s something compelling and special about our character so they root for him. To do that, not only should the very best bits of a protagonist’s personality shine throughout the story, but something even more meaningful.

Your Hero’s Center: Their Moral Compass

What really resonates with readers is when a character shows deep convictions–a passion for something meaningful. Why is this? Because buried deep within each of us is our moral center, a belief system that influences our every thought, action and choice. And, for characters to be authentic, they too must display a highly tuned set of beliefs that guide their motivations.

While it’s easy to assume that “good” or “worthy” characters must all have a similar moral compass, the truth is that this part of an individual is truly unique. How a person was raised, who and what influenced them, and the positive and negative lessons learned along the way will shape their moral code.  This is true of life, and so should be true in fiction.

In light of this, do you know what represents right and wrong to your hero or heroine? What moral lines will he or she never cross? What moral belief stands above the rest–kindness? Loyalty? Justice? Equality? Something else? Understanding your hero’s moral center is key to knowing which attributes will naturally line up with his beliefs.

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Think of your character’s personality like the “bulls eye” target. The innermost circle (the eye) contain positive attributes that go deepest, influencing which other traits will also likely form. In The Positive Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Character Attributes, Becca and I refer to these as Moral Attributes as they are tied directly to the character’s belief system. For example, if kindness is a core belief, it becomes one of the character’s moral attributes, and will help dictate what other attributes form. A kind person may also be perceptive, courteous, unselfish, and tolerant, because these traits are supportive of this central trait and moral belief.

On the other hand, attributes like analytical, flamboyant, and persuasive may not be personality stepping stones. An analytical person studies and weighs, and only then chooses to act (or not). A flamboyant person isn’t afraid to be themselves, even if it means making others slightly uncomfortable. A persuasive person likes to be involved and drive decisions rather than wait to see where a need might form. So in some way, each of these attributes doesn’t quite line up to a person who prizes open giving and goodwill above all else.

Understanding the character’s moral center helps you build a protagonist that sticks to who he is deep down no matter what. To peel back the layers on your character’s morality, think about the person’s backstory and which people and events taught the character something about life and how the world works, in good ways and bad. Here are a few more articles on this important aspect of character building:

Building Authentic Heroes Using Attribute Categories

How Morals and Basic Needs Influence a Character’s Positive Traits

Deepen Conflict By Forcing Your Hero To Embrace The Grey Areas of Morality

Justifying Evil: Understanding Moral Ranges as a Writer

Creating a Moral Villain

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