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2576. Mark Twain Humor Contest

MARK TWAIN HOUSE AND MUSEUM NONESUCH HUMOR WRITING

CONTEST

Recognizing that Samuel Clemens (aka: Mark Twain) began writing at an early age and to encourage other young authors, we welcome submissions for two categories:

  • Adult (age 18 and over at time of submission) at $22 per submission, and
  • Young Author (age 17 and under at time of submission) at $12 per submission.
  • Submissions fees go towards the preservation of The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, CT. This contest is a whole new way for Twainiacs to support Twain’s legacy

FEE: $22.00 USD for Adults, $12.00 USD for Young Adult Writers

DEADLINE: 7/1/2014
•  Submit 10,000 words (or fewer) of any original work of humor writing. (Entries longer than 10,000 words will be disqualified.)

•  Submissions must be in English.

•  Submissions are not required to be in the style of Mark Twain or about Mark Twain. We want to hear your voice. And we want you to make us laugh!

•  Submissions will be judged by our award-winning Mark Twain House staff writers and scholars, Trinity College faculty, and celebrity judges: Roy Blount, Jr., Colin McEnroe, and Lucy Ferris. Celebrity judges for the 17 & under contest are Tim Federle and Jessica Lawson.

•  Submissions are due by June 30th, 2014.

•  Winners may be asked to provide age verification regarding submission category.

•  You may submit more than one entry; a separate fee is required for each entry.

•  Winners will be notified by September 5, 2014.

•  Winners will be presented to the public at the 4th Annual “Mark My Words” event at which bestselling authors appear onstage October 21, 2014 to benefit The Mark Twain House & Museum. (Past authors have included John Grisham, David Baldacci, and Sandra Brown.)

•  Winners will retain ownership of their work. The Mark Twain House & Museum reserves the right to publish winning pieces in a public forum with credit to the author.

PRIZES (winners in both categories):

•      1st Prize: $1,000 (Adult & Young Author)

•      2nd Prize: $500 (Adult& Young Author)

•      3rd Prize: $250 (Adult& Young Author)

•      Three Honorable Mention Prizes: $100 Gift Certificate for the Mark Twain Museum Store (Adult & Young Author).

•  All 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Prize winners in both the “Young Author/17 and under” and “Adult/18 and over” categories will be invited to attend “Mark My Words” and go backstage to meet bestselling authors. (Winners are responsible for their travel and accommodations.)

•  Staff and immediate family members of the Mark Twain House are not eligible.

The mission of The Mark Twain House & Museum is to foster an appreciation of the legacy of Mark Twain as one of our nation’s defining cultural figures, and to demonstrate the continuing relevance of his work, life and times. The Mark Twain House & Museum operates as a non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation. Mark Twain built the house in 1874 and lived here with his wife and children until 1891. This is where he wrote such masterpieces as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and is located at 351 Farmington Avenue in Hartford, CT. We appreciate your participation in this inaugural writing contest as it supports our preservation efforts.

By clicking ‘Submit’ you acknowledge that this is your original work and you agree to all contest rules and guidelines.

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Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


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2577. Make your own Mammoths!

Had a lovely time at my studio's open day at the weekend. I read my stories and did a craft session with the little ones, 'Make your own Mammoth'. They coloured and decorated their own woolly mammoths, I love them! I also took blank sheets of paper for them to make their own woolly creations....



This is a conceptual piece by an imaginative 4 year old, titled 'The Sea'.
Another imaginative piece, titled 'Kite'.



Some masterpieces there, I think you'll agree!?

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2578. A Boy and a Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz, illustrated by Catia Chien

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2579. Makes Me Happy - Gnomes!



What makes me happy this week? Gnomes! Who doesn't love a cute little gnome? I especially love the modern take on gnomes, seen in these uber cute gnome dolls from the Etsy shop, Warm Sugar. I also really like the little felt cone shaped gnomes from Etsy seller, Little Dear. Here are links to all the photos above or you can see all these, and some more, on my Gnomes Pinterest board, right here.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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2580. Life = Art



About two months ago I created a piece of art(pictured above) that was inspired by my sweet grand daughter because she had recently found her shadow and was so fascinated by it. Then this photo was just taken about a week ago and I had to giggle at how similar they were! Just had to share.

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2581. The Penguin Who Didn't Like Snow


Well, I have finished the synopsis of my new Urban Sketching book and it has gone off to the publisher. I have organised my ideas into 15 chapters and, though I say so myself, it feels pretty thorough, but we'll see what my editor thinks. I'm really looking forward to getting down to it (though not looking forward to trawling through dozens of sketchbooks, trying to find the right images to illustrate it...).


In the meantime, I needed to crack on with my latest illustration project. It's called The Penguin Who Didn't Like Snow by Julie Anna Douglas. Poor little Mo the penguin - he feels the cold and ends up running off to Acapulco. You can see above that I spent some time working things out in my sketchbook and then drawing ideas up on layout paper. 

I wanted to illustrate Mo lazing on the exotic, Acapulco beach. I suddenly remembered a sketch I did when we were on holiday a few years back, in Costa Rica: palm trees, rain forest down to the sand...


The sketch was just the ticket as reference for the background, as you can see below, in the rough which I sent to the publisher: 


The text is a poem and it's an editorial job this time, rather than a picture book, so just the one spread to do. It's being published in the Nov/Dec edition of Spider, a children's magazine aimed at the American market. Let's hope the Art Director likes my idea. Keep you posted!

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2582. Music Monday - The Lake House

I may have shared this before, but it seems to bear repeating. One of my favorite poignant movie scenes:

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2583. Amongst the big boys

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2584. Train Stories

Things have been kind of crazy lately.

A lot of that has been due to "Illusionarium," the book I've been working on these past few years.  It's nearing the end stages of development.


It's about some kids who get the holy tar beaten out of them....the way a good, decent, God-fearing children's book ought to be.  It should be out in a year or so.

(I know that's forever away.  I'm a slow writer.)

A lot of the writing I do takes place on the train.  Since I have to commute into the city for my day job, I get up really early--about 4 am--hop on the first train, and ride it to Ogden, then to Provo, then back to Salt Lake.  


When I get off from work, I ride it from endline to endline again, typing the whole time.  It's pretty much become my second home.


In fact, I've gotten to know all the little secrets.

For example, the train has 3 really nice, new cars--


...And one really old, horrible, creaky, leaky car affectionately called the "Cattle Car."


No one ever rides the Cattle Car....except me.


...which makes me the train creeper!  hahaha!!

The fancy cars are constantly blowing freezing on you...but if you feel the walls of the Cattle Car...



...you can find some toasty hotspots.  It's the best.



I know some other pretty nifty secrets, too.  I swear there is an abandoned grand piano sitting on the hill between the Draper and Thanksgiving Point stations.  No idea how it got there.

 
 One night I nearly missed my stop, and in my haste I left the Illusionarium manuscript w/the editor's feedback on the train.  Oops.  I guess some lucky train person got to read Illusionarium early!


...as well as everything that's wrong with it.

 My best train story though happened one freezing cold night last February.


The train had just pulled into the Provo station, like it always does, and I waited in the Cattle Car, like I always do, for it to reverse and head back to the Ogden station, which it always will.


I guess I must've been pretty into the story, because I didn't notice how the whole train had emptied and sat at the station for a good 40 minutes like that...

...until the lights went out.


...and the train s-l-o-w-l-y chugged out of the station.  In the wrong direction.


It stopped a while later, in the middle of an abandoned railyard...


...in the middle of nowhere.


I, um.  I wasn't quite sure what to do.


 Everyone was gone.


The door was locked, so I couldn't get out.


There wasn't anyone, or anything, that I could see outside the window.  Only the frozen railyard.

I decided that maybe I should just keep working until they put the train back at the station.





I had a good cry.

It didn't really help.*

*crying only helps if you do it in front of someone...dang it.

It also didn't help that I needed to go to the bathroom!

Desperation led me to do the one smart thing I'd thought of all night...look up the train's website online and call their customer service.


...which was closed.




We really don't need to see this.

I don't know how long I remained huddled in the cattle car...maybe an hour longer or so...before I somehow found the emergency number for the entire public transportation system...


A very nice lady assured me that someone would be there very soon.


Very, very soon.


At least within the next several hours. 




 



THEY FOUND ME!!!!!!!!



Hurrah!!


I was saved!!!




I followed them for what seemed like forever, out of the creepy lone railyard and back to the station, where another train would soon be headed north.



Needless to say, I was pretty darn happy I'd been rescued.


In fact it was probably the happiest day of my life.


In fact, I think I'll ride the train...forever! <3 <3 <3

FYI, this draft of Illusionarium turned out to be rather dark and violent.  I can't for the life of me figure out why. 

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2585. TREASURE MAZE at PLAYFUL ARTS in Den Bosch

Hey! Guess what!
I am running Treasure Maze again, this time in Den Bosch, the Netherlands - not at all far away from Amsterdam. It will be part of the absolutely wonderful Playful Arts Festival. Tell everyone who can get to it, it will be the best thing ever! 19th to 22nd of this month - that's this week!!


My game will be built out of one hundred and fifty meters of cardboard. I think that's all I really need to say. Just take a moment to imagine that. - Yep, it's even better than that.



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2586. Finding Time To Write Tip #176: Teaching Others To Respect Your Time

 

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2587. Paula: L'alphabet/The Alphabet--Letter A

Here's something I posted on my blog, as well as here....

This is from a while back, a personal project. I wanted to do an alphabet. And the never-ending question for me is in regards to style: Cartoony? Stylized? Loosy-goosy-esque? (Whatever THAT means!). But in time, place and history, I made it look like this. So without further ado, I give you the letter "A", featuring an alligator eating and apple, of course!


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2588. Avalon Full Manuscript Writer’s Retreat

Each fall I put on a Writer’s Retreat in Avalon, NJ. The nice thing about this retreat is that it consists of a small group of advanced children’s writers with two children’s publishing agents, plus everyone receives:

1. A full manuscript critique from one of the agents

2. A full manuscript group critique

3. A 30-50 page critique with the other agent

4. A first page session with agents,

5. Additional fun group activities, plus lots of time with the agents.

I have two available spots, if you are interested.

There are Two Retreat Sessions – Each with two groups of five -  All agents are interested in MG and YA. Here are the main details.

Place: An upscale house with 8 bedrooms, 7.5 baths, heated pool, and elevator in Avalon, NJ

Cost: $795 – $910 according to room. Cost includes room, food, and critiques.

First Session Dates: Arriving noon on September 21st – departing by 10 am on September 24th.

carly-watters-p-s-literary-agencyAgent Carly Watters from PS Literary

Carly is actively looking for new Middle Grade and Young Adult clients. She is a hands-on agent that develops proposals and manuscripts with attention to detail and the relevant markets. PSLA’s mission is to manage authors’ literary brands for their entire career.

Never without a book on hand she reads across categories which is reflected in the genres she represents and is actively seeking new authors in including women’s fiction, commercial fiction, literary thrillers, upmarket non fiction, and all genres of YA. Carly is drawn to emotional, well-paced narratives, with a great voice and characters that readers can get invested in.

She has sold 5 books 2-YA(both two book deals), 1-MG(two book deal), and 2-nonfiction in the past year. They were all very nice deals. Visit http://www.carlywatters.com for a more extensive list of books sold.

Sarah-Bradford-Lit-photoAgent Sarah LaPolla from Bradford Literary

Sarah represents YA and adult fiction. On the adult side, she is looking for literary fiction, science fiction, magical realism, dark/psychological mystery, and upmarket commercial and/or women’s fiction. For YA, she is interested in contemporary/realistic fiction that doesn’t shy away from the darker side of adolescence. YA sci-fi, horror, mystery, and magical realism are also welcome; and she would love to find a modern Judy Blume for the MG market. No matter what genre, Sarah is drawn to layered/strong characters, engaging narrators, and a story that’s impossible to put down.

Sarah has sold 4 books in the last six month 3 YA and 1 MG, which was a two book deal

Second Session Dates: Arriving noon on September 25th – departing by September 28th by 10 am.

ammi-joan-paquette-150Agent Ammi-Joan Paquette from Erin Murphy Literary

Amy specializes in children’s publishing. She has sold 12 MG’s and 4 YA’s and numerous picture books in the last year.

She also is a published author and her new book, PETEY AND PRU AND THE HULLABALOO was on the Kirkus Review 2014 Nominated books.

Heather AlexanderAgent Heather Alexander from Pippin Properties

Heather who was an editor at Dial just started with Holly McGhee at Pippin Properties and of course is looking for clients.

Heather is looking for new talent from a broad range of children’s book authors and illustrators, from picture books through young adult, including graphic novels. She’s most interested in unique characters, strong voices, and quirky humor.

Each year I open a few spots to new writers. If you are interested in joining us, please email me if you want one of the open spots. I will need to know what you will submit – MG, YA, NA, genre such as sci-fi, fantasy, contemporary, romance, thrillers, mystery, etc. The first five pages and a synopsis (if you have not written a synopsis, then just write something up about the story).

Please email me with a little blurb about you, two pages and a synopsis, plus what you are writing. Example: MG Contemporary Time travel book – 40,000 words – 160 pages. If you are interested in joining the group. Click here to see pictures from last year: http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2013/10/07/recap-of-avalon-writers-retreat/

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Filed under: Agent, authors and illustrators, Editor & Agent Info, Events, opportunity, revisions, Young Adult Novel Tagged: Ammi-Joan Paquette, Carly Watters, Heather Alexander, Sarah LaPolla

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2589. Quick sketches - mostly charcoal!


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2590. Adult Swim Premieres First Online-Only Series, J.J. Villard’s ‘King Star King’

Last night Adult Swim premiered its first exclusively online animated series "King Star King." A punk psychedelic space adventure about a He-Man-esque sci-fi figure who works in a waffle restaurant, the show was created by J.J. Villard, a former DreamWorks story artist ("Shrek the Third," "Monsters Vs. Aliens") who's also known for his CalArts student films "Son of Satan" and "Chestnuts Icelolly."

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2591. Made in Felt interview


Amazing to think that it is summer already - and I have a lovely big interview and feature in this year's Mollie Makes 'Made in Felt 2' magazine.


I also got to mention my two favourite needle felt artists, Victor Dubrovsky and Malachai Beesley, always nice to plug other needle felters, especially if you admire their work.


There is also a pattern from my book 'Little Needle Felt Animals' - the very easy but sweet 'Rainbow Mice'.


Lady Winifred Weasel, my latest design, is looking for a copy now. She advises finding more details over on the Mollie Makes page. but if you're in the UK, it can be found in the usual major outlets, WHSmith and various supermarkets.


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2592. Draw Tip Tuesday - Sketching with colours

Today I'm sketching like a nut (well, what else is new?), choosing almonds to draw, and watercolours as my medium.

If you would like to draw food and/or illustrate recipes, you can still join my online workshop 'Draw It Like It's Hot' for only $69. Click here to enroll today.

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2593. Behind the Scenes with Tom Lichtenheld

ThisIsAMooseRemember Moose and his motley crew? He’s hard to forget with that superhuman (supermoosian?) determination and antlers tuned toward mischief. Let me turn the reigns over to Tom Lichtenheld himself, so he can give you a look at his process, sketches, and creative problem solving. It’s a fascinating look at how an illustrator responds to an author’s manuscript, and a glimpse at the evolution of a picture book.

Welcome back, Tom!breakerThis is a Moose by Richard T. Morris and Tom LichtenheldWhen I receive a manuscript and like it, the first thing I do is start doodling. That initial moment of inspiration only comes once, so I try to capture the first images that pop into my head.This is a Moose by Richard T. Morris and Tom LichtenheldThis is a Moose by Richard T. Morris and Tom LichtenheldThen I start refining and exploring options.This is a Moose by Richard T. Morris and Tom LichtenheldThis is a Moose by Richard T. Morris and Tom LichtenheldThe director was initially a raccoon, but a duck felt more manic.This is a Moose by Richard T. Morris and Tom LichtenheldI spent a lot of time on film sets during my career in advertising, so I know it’s a lot of hurry-up-and-wait.This is a Moose by Richard T. Morris and Tom LichtenheldNo, giraffe don’t live in the woods, but I like to draw them, so a giraffe it is.This is a Moose by Richard T. Morris and Tom LichtenheldThis is a Moose by Richard T. Morris and Tom LichtenheldThis is a Moose by Richard T. Morris and Tom LichtenheldThis is a Moose by Richard T. Morris and Tom LichtenheldLots of gags get left on the cutting-room floor, but it’s all part of the process.This is a Moose by Richard T. Morris and Tom LichtenheldBoom!This is a Moose by Richard T. Morris and Tom LichtenheldAn idea revealing that the movie was actually made, which makes no sense.This is a Moose by Richard T. Morris and Tom LichtenheldFirst crack at a title page. This is a Moose by Richard T. Morris and Tom Lichtenheld(click to enlarge)

First version of the opening scene. The narrator was a monkey, and part of the scene. We quickly realized that the director had to be “off-camera” until the end.This is a Moose by Richard T. Morris and Tom LichtenheldFirst version of the spread where Director Duck realizes none of the animals are playing by the rules. I liked the simplicity of having only his eyes move, but it was a bit too subtle, so I changed it to his entire head looking from side to side.This is a Moose by Richard T. Morris and Tom Lichtenheld(click to enlarge)

The Moosenest 

Turning this marvelously manic manuscript into a logical sequence of pictures required complete immersion, so I made a foamcore enclosure around my desk, with only Moose material within my sight lines, and dubbed it The Moosenest. It sounds like a joke, but there’s a point in sketching out a book where you need to have the entire book suspended in your mind at once, so you can mentally move the pieces around without losing sight of any elements. It’s challenging, but one of my favorite parts of the process and I don’t think I could have done it for This Is A Moose without The Moosenest.

breakerA marvelously manic manuscript with mayhem in the pictures. Thanks for letting us in to The Moosenest, Tom!

(I love that moose-like alien. I’m glad he got his day here.)

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2594. Dynamic Non-Emergency





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2595. Artist of the Day: Ben Jelter

Today we look at the artwork of Ben Jelter, Cartoon Brew's Artist of the Day.

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2596. summer reading challenge: some mythical maze workshop ideas!

Recently a couple people have asked me for tips about running workshops tied in with the Summer Reading Challenge's theme of Mythical Maze. There are loads of things you and the kids could do, but here are a few ideas I've come up with to start you off!



* Design your own Mythical Maze: You've seen the maze I've drawn, with homes in it for each of the Mythical creatures; draw your own maze, and make homes in it for your favourite characters, either from myths or from any of your favourite stories! (Why not a Goblins maze? A Horrid Henry maze? A Shark maze? A Gruffalo maze? The Phoenix comic maze?) Alternatively, make a 3D maze with a box and folded cardboard for the walls, and decorate it.


Photo by Dave Warren

* Play Mythical Creature Consequences:
Simple version: Fold a piece of paper into three pieces, so it can be unfolded one segment at a time. The first person draws the Mythical creature's head, the second person draws the torso, and the third person draws the legs.

Alternative version: Keep each segment hidden from the next person: the first person draws the head and makes the lines of the neck just visible in the second segment, and folds over the paper to hide it. The second person draws the torso, without seeing the head, making the lines of the waist just barely visible on the third segment, and folds over the paper to hide it. The third person draws the bottom third of the character, then all three people watch as the paper is unfolded and the new creature revealed!

Here's one I drew with two other artists: Jonathan Edwards and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell. Another name for this game is Exquisite Corpse.



* Play Mythical Writing Consequences: Write one sentence setting a character off on an adventure. For example, decide on a treasure (or horrible thing!) that the creature really wants, and set it off on a Quest. Pass the sheet around the table, with everyone adding a new sentence to the story.


* Costume fun: I love dressing up! Choose one of the Mythical characters and make a costume! Here's a Mermaid costume (by helen_geekmum), but I've also seen excellent tails made out of painted paper plates for scales. If you make a costume, do tweet a photo with the #SummerReadingChallenge hash tag so we can all see it! (And that goes for all the activities!)



* Make a mask! Some masks you could make include a snake-y Medusa hat or mask, a Minotaur headdress with horns, a Garuda beak, a Mermaid wig full of washed-up sea objects, or a fishy tail. (You can download potential mermaid wig items from my Build your own Seawig activity sheets.)




* Comics Jam session: Pick one or two of the characters and have them interact in a comics panel. Pass the paper onto the next person and have them pick up with the second comics panel. Have a third person pick up the story in the third panel (or the first person, if there are only two people), and so on. Creating four panels is a good achievable target, but the Comics Jam could continue as long as the participants want.

You can create the panels as simply as folding a piece of paper into quarters. But here's a printable Comics Jam sheet I came up with for a Dublin workshop, if you want a bit of help. Feel free to adapt it to be more Mythical Maze themed. (Download the PDF here.)



I usually lead Comics Jams with groups of 20 people or less, but here's an example of a giant Comics Jam!




(Click here to read more about this Dublin Comics Jam and get more detailed instructions.)

An A3 folded-paper, four-panel Comics Jam:



Psst! My Jampires co-author David O'Connell and I haven't officially launched this website yet, but it has some tried-and-true, printable tips on leading Comics Jams if you'd like some help. Click on 'Set up Your Own Comics Jam'.

* Make a Comic: Read one of the myths starring one of our Mythical Maze creatures, then create a comic inspired by the character. (Chose one of the Anansi tales, for example, either to adapt one of the stories as a comic strip, or to come up with a new story.)



* Make Your Own Book! You could make a comic book, or a picture book or a book with just words. Perhaps you could write a line of a poem on each page. A fun way to start is by designing a colourful cover out of card, cut paper, glue and stickers. Feature your character on the front cover, then use folded paper to create a story inside.



When you're finished, staple or sew the folded paper booklet into the cover.




Bonus idea: create a poster advertising your new book! Swap book quotes with the other kids, promoting your book (see below):



* Make a Diorama! Create a world for one or more of the Mythical Maze creatures. Or for any book character!

You can do this lots of different ways. Here's how comics artist Philippa Rice builds a little living room for the characters from We're Out and My Cardboard Life:



I got the idea for making a shoebox world from Ezra Jack Keats' picture book, The Trip:




Here's a world a neighbour friend and I built in a box, using paint and Sculpey clay:



* Create a Mythical Maze boardgame! This can be as simple or as complicated as you like. Draw a basic route, then add perils and rewards. Decide if you want to play your game with dice, or perhaps kids could advance on a display board that shows the number of books they've read.


(This photo's from a workshop I ran at a Leicester library, click here to see more.)

If you want ideas for your gameboard layout, you can download and print my board from When Titus Took the Train. Feel free to trace it, simplify it, or adapt it for your own Mythical Maze game.



* Create a Name Totem: Did you know that when you cut your name out of paper, it can look like a cool mask? Use your own name to inspire a new Mythological creature! Here's my name, Sarah:



And here's how you do it!



Here are some more by @damyantipatel:



* Create a Mythical Maze mural: Let everyone add to it! Cover a wall in paper, leave the posters nearby, and have people draw their own versions of the mythical characters. Be sure the youngest ones can reach! Perhaps have them write a short description of the character next to their drawing, or even a very short story.



Last weekend, Alexis Deacon used a great way to inspire kids and create a mural that has a lovely unified feel to it. He created vague creature shapes using one colour of paint, then the kids could go in with black markers and turn the shapes into more detailed creatures.



Oil pastels can make beautiful, vibrant images:



But be careful, they're messy!



* Create a Life-Size Cardboard Maze! I've never actually done this, but Viviane Schwarz has! Find out more about it on her blog.


Photo by John Peacock

* Make a paper dragon kite, studying books on kite making and Chinese parade costume

* Create an Anansi web, perhaps tucking into it cut-out creature drawings by the kids. (Welsh librarian @martincoles has been posting photos of his library web.)

* Create a giant paper Nessie around the walls of your library. Feature a book cover image on each of her humps!

* Build a yeti cave. Create a fun place for kids to climb in and read books, with Yeti peeking out from the entrance to wave them in.

Hope that helps! Please do add any more ideas you might have in the comments here, and spread the word, if you think your fellow librarian friends might find these suggestions handy!

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2597. My Dad

I meant to post this yesterday, but here's a charcoal portrait I did of my father, Robert Gurney, back in 1978 when I was 20.

Robert Gurney (1923-2001) was a mechanical engineer who worked on early communication satellites and helped with research and development for Cal Tech, Stanford Linear Accelerator, and JPL. In his spare time he welded metal sculptures of wild birds, constructed radio controlled model airplanes, and did voice recordings for the blind. He was a devoted dad of five kids, and always encouraged me in my drawing and building projects.

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2598. L’alphabet/The Alphabet: Letter A

Posting some work from a while back, a personal project. I wanted to do an alphabet. The never-ending question for me is in regards to style: Cartoony? Stylized? Loosy-goosy-esque? (Whatever THAT means!). But in time, place and history, I made it look like this. So without further ado, I give you the letter “A”, featuring an alligator eating and apple, of course!

alpha-a-pic-1-lrg

 

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2599. The Artist and the King



"In a nod to art's twin powers of subversion and of transformation, a very small painter makes a hardhearted king cry—and then smile." --Kirkus Reviews




The Artist and the King from Julie Fortenberry on Vimeo.

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2600. ELCAF 2014

The East London Comics and Art Festival was awesome this year. Alexis and I had a table, I sold a whole load of zines and prints - if you missed it, you can still pick them up in my shop

Photo by Sarah McIntyre - check her big writeup on her blog!
It's quite the annual event, people queued oven an hour to get in at times. I met many excellent friends old and new. It was great. Thank you all who joined the crowd.

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