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Blog: Just the Facts, Ma'am (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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Capstone launches a new young adult imprint, Switch Press.
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The Bologna Children’s Book Fair’s website just posted one image for each of the illustrators selected for this year’s edition.
Here are a few of my personal favorites:
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I am so honored (and VERY excited!!!) my art, Up, up, up into a New Year, was selected to be apart of the BIG, Bologna Illustration Gallery at the 2014 Bologna Book Fair.
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Why? To spread the news of ROOM TO READ – educating the children of the developing world.
How many kids, has Room to Read helped? 9 million children and growing!
The brilliant Jennie Orchard heads the writer ambassador program for ROOM TO READ – and writer ambassadors came – award winning author Emily McGuire, best selling children’s author Belinda Murrell, Country Saga author Pamela Cook, Sarah Davis award winning ….. Susanne Gervay …. and we were there to discuss how to reach everyone with the message of Room to Read.
Come on -
-let’s get kids reading
-let’s especially give girls education
- let’s work with communities to stop illiteracy.
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Whitney A. Miller is the first-time author of The Violet Hour(Flux, 2014). From the promotional copy:
Some call VisionCrest the pinnacle of religious enlightenment.
Others call it a powerful cult.
For seventeen years, Harlow Wintergreen has called it her life.
As the adopted daughter of VisionCrest's patriarch, Harlow is expected to be perfect at all times. The other Ministry teens must see her as a paragon of integrity. The world must see her as a future leader.
Despite the constant scrutiny, Harlow has managed to keep a dark and dangerous secret, even from her best friend and the boy she loves. She hears a voice in her head that seems to have a mind of its own, plaguing her with violent and bloody visions. It commands her to kill. And the urge to obey is getting harder and harder to control...
Could you describe both your pre-and-post contract revision process? What did you learn along the way? How did you feel at each stage? What advice do you have for other writers on the subject of revision?
The Violet Hour was the second novel I attempted to write, so I wasn't completely naive. I knew that a first draft was just the beginning of a very long process, but woah mama...did this book ever have it in for me!
In the beginning stages, I didn't really know what the book was about. I had this amazing main character (Harlow Wintergreen), this iconic cult-like religion (VisionCrest), and this edgy, pop-culture altiverse in which it all existed. But I didn't have a story just yet - details shmeetails.
At that time I never wrote with an outline so I meandered about the manuscript, surprised and delighted by every crazy left turn Harlow took. I've since learned my lesson on that front, but as I once said in an early draft of The Violet Hour to explain away a plot that made no sense, that is a story for another day. I would throw in wacky details because they sounded cool or seemed spooky - a mysterious necklace! a sinister voice! a Cambodian temple!
But then when I had to tie it all up with a bow at the end, I realized I had created a monster.
It was a process. One that could have been significantly shortened by a little bit of pre-planning. But I'm a hard-way learner, what can I say?
During the time that it was out on submission, I came to realize that the last third of the book just didn't feel right. At that point I had stripped the story down to the studs multiple times, torn it into shreds and put it back together until my fingers bled and my eyes crossed (okay, maybe I'm being melodramatic).
I was exhausted. I didn't even want to look at it anymore, much less tear it apart again. But once it sold (oh happy, happy day!) I knew I owed it to myself and my future readers to make the story the absolute best it could be.
So, I ripped it apart once again, this time with the expert guidance of my editor. I took things out, added new stuff in, and fixed all the things that I knew didn't work but hadn't wanted to admit before. And then I revised it, and revised it, and revised it some more.
I lost count, but I was finally finished around draft 17. And I was really proud of it. The story I wanted to tell was finally on the page, and I didn't give up before I got there.
So what did I learn from this and what advice would I give to other writers around revision?
Here it is:
- Do a little pre-work. You don't have to have a detailed outline, if that doesn't work for you (it doesn't for me). But a one-page synopsis can help you think the story all the way through before you throw in a magical necklace that has no business being there.
- Take breaks between drafts. My rule of thumb is at least two weeks, but more is better. Renew. Refresh. Get some perspective. Then dive back in.
- If you have a lot to fix, break it down into bite-sized pieces. Do a pass through for a certain element (say, fixing a specific plot thread). Consider that a draft. Then, after a break, come back for something else. Thinking about it as a whole can be daunting - just take it one step at a time.
- Give yourself the gift of time. This isn't a race. There's no prize for finishing fast, but there might be one for finishing strong.
- Hang in there! Persevere! Commiserate! Most writers will tell you that revision is a big part of their process, and some will tell you they've even come to enjoy it.
- Enjoy it. Seeing your manuscript improve, become even better than you imagined it could be, is one of the most gratifying parts of the process. The journey is the reward!
As a horror writer, going in, did you have a sense of how events/themes in your novel might parallel or speak to events/issues in our real world? Or did this evolve over the course of many drafts?
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For example, I am curious about belief in all its forms. Religions. Cults. Science. Politics. The process of deciding that a certain thing or person holds the answers to the unanswerable is one I'll never tire of exploring.
As human beings, we are often willing to believe the most outlandish, unseeable things and simultaneously incapable of believing the clear and obvious (if there is any such thing).
What makes us think our perception is the only reality? What creates certainty in the absence of evidence? What happens when those things occur? These are the things that were always present in The Violet Hour, and became honed over the lengthy process of revision.
At a certain point I had to ask myself: okay, this is a cool story but what am I trying to say? That's when I really got down to the meat of it.
I hope the result is a rich subtext that both fascinates and frightens.
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Are you an aspiring writer, rgz? How about making everything just a little bit easier in the publishing pursuit with Writing Children's Books for Dummies? Author Lisa Rojany Buccieri and Peter Economy cover the basics of the art, genres, editing, illustrating, publishing and promoting. There are great sections for publicity and social media. This a tool you'll reference again and again. The new 2nd edition is up-to-date and trustworthy.
I found the prompts, tips and warnings to be really helpful.
"Warning! Beware of dumping tons of background information in successive paragraphs, known as a data dump. Character development must be more subtle and oblique, not hitting the reader over the head with gobs of information all at once."
So if you are looking to write with an aim to publishing kidlit, grab this for your reference shelf. It will be a handy guide on your journey. Read, reflect, and reach out through writing, rgz!
Writing Children's Books for Dummies
by Lisa Rojany Buccieri and Peter Economy
John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2013
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Amy at Picture-Book-a-Day is back to share a short review of the new picture book A Dance Like Starlight: One Ballerina's Dream by Kristy Dempsey and Floyd Cooper. The book is set in the 1950's and tells the story of a fictional African-American girl who sees the first "colored" prima ballerina --Janet Collins -- perform. The review is part of a roundup that includes some other recent picture books: Don't Play with Your Food, Mr. Flux, and Yellow is My Color Star.
Amy was also featured in the February Book to Boogie post at The Library as Incubator Project. In her post, she summarizes the picture book Move! by Robin Page and Steve Jenkins and describes her ideas for using it to inspire movement during library story time.
Elly at Yoga & Creative Movement with Elly suggests retelling the classic picture book Fortunately (by Remy Charlip) through movement games and yoga poses. She also suggests having kids tell, act out, or write their own story in a "fortunately…unfortunately" format. Check out her post for all the details!
Kathleen at Wild Things Yoga is a kindred spirit with a love for picture books and movement, especially yoga. This month she shares a lesson plan -- a shorter version for preschoolers and kindergartners and a longer version for first and second graders -- for combining yoga with the picture book The Leopard's Drum by Jessica Souhami. The book, which is a West African tale about a leopard who doesn't want to share a huge drum he makes, also lends itself to discussions about fairness and problem solving.
Maria's Movers to share their experiences using different kinds of poetry in their creative movement classes. Becca Beck and Kerry Bevens discuss building dances around poems, using poems as warm-ups, exploring nursery rhymes in class, and more!
I love painting on my pottery. I am beginning to marry my painting skills with creating my handmade pottery more and more these days. I have a particular kind of clay which is made by Laguna (MC65) stoneware that I like to use, because it is very white, almost like porcelain, but not as difficult to work with. Stoneware also has more practical applications. The white clay becomes like a canvas for me. In my latest video, I am demonstrating how I use Amaco velvet under glazes to paint on my bisque ware. Once I have completed the painting, the entire object gets dunked into a clear glaze which gives it a nice shininess and crackly finish on some pieces.
This latest piece dons a couple of happy sunflowers. Enjoy….
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5 Quick Things About Faery Swap
- Celtic (Irish) legend that says fairies descended from the Tuatha De Danaan (an ancient people driven to another world by a wave of invaders).
- Some of the legends say this "Otherworld" (which is what I call it in my story) is called Tir Na Noog (Tír na nÓg ), and that there, time stands still.
- The Faery Magick spell words in Faery Swap are based on the four original cities of the Tuatha De Danaan, which also represent four magical items: Finias (spear), Gorias (sword), Falias (stone), murias (cauldron).
- Spriggans (the rock like sprites in Faery Swap) are real (mythical) creatures from Cornish (English) faery lore.
- The “anam cara” or soul bond in Faery Swap is a real ancient Irish word that means “soul friend” – “When you are blessed with an anam cara, the Irish believe, you have arrived at the most sacred place: home.” – John O’Donahue, poet and priest
Warrior faery princes can be very stubborn. Especially when they possess your body.Fourteen-year-old Finn just wants to keep his little sister out of Child Protective Services--an epic challenge with their parentally-missing-in-action dad moving them to England, near the famous Stonehenge rocks. Warrior faery Prince Zaneyr just wants to escape his father's reckless plan to repair the Rift--a catastrophe that ripped the faery realm from Earth 4,000 years ago and set it adrift in an alternate, timeless dimension. When Zaneyr tricks Finn into swapping places, Finn becomes a bodiless soul stuck in the Otherworld, and Zaneyr uses Finn's body to fight off his father's seekers on Earth. Between them, they have two souls and only one body... and both worlds to save before the dimensional window between them slams shut.
Predictably Lazy - perfect description. Why are children’s books still promoting gender stereotypes? New Statesman New Statesman | Why are children’s books still promoting gender stereotypes?
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For Better or For Worse
By Ingrid Nickelsen
Genres: Paranormal/ Fantasy Romance
Published: February 25 2013
Untold Press www.untoldpress.com
When one story ends, another begins.
Evangeline lived a long fulfilling life. Loving mother and wife, she had everything she could wish for…until a tragic car accident took it all away from her.
Awakening in a new world with the body of a young woman, Evangeline doesn’t remember anything about her life, not even her own name. Luckily she has godparents to help guide her in this new society of the dead. As she struggles to fit in, deep inside, she can sense something is missing, a part of her that she can’t recall. When a mysterious man claims he can help get her memory back if she agrees to keep their nocturnal meetings a secret, she can’t refuse. Everything about him screams trouble, but she can’t seem to stay away. Every moment spent with him makes her feel alive again.
Is she really prepared to unveil her past completely, from beginning to end? Everything is not as it seems in her new found home, and her new life may also end in tragedy.
Rest in fear, Evangeline.
I think this is the most beautifully written story I’ve ever read. Not some quick read, fluffy paranormal romance, this is a book you can settle down and not only enjoy the story, but the lovely way it is written. A new and interesting take on what happens after you die, For Better or For Worse is a captivating tale of loss and love. Don’t miss out on this one!
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Ingrid is a 23-year-old French girl, college student, and dreamer. She currently resides in Paris, where she spends most of her time going to museums and the movies. Despite the romantic atmosphere in Montmartre, or even the fancy cafés in the Champs Elysées, she would easily trade it all for a nice walk in the woods with her schnauzer, Golden. She is always craving adventures, and finds that books are the cheapest way to travel to far-away lands. She is inwardly convinced that words have the power to heal the worst blisters on our hearts, or at least can make us forget about them for a little while. And sometimes, it is just enough to face another crazy day.
“Everything’s gonna be okay.”
Everything is going to be okay. I should repeat it to myself like a broken record. Everything is going to be okay. Everything is going to be okay. Why does it seem like these words have lost all their meaning?
“I promise.” He embraces my waist to push me closer to his warm chest.
“How is it going to be okay?” I shake my head, unable to restrain my tears from rolling down my burning cheeks. “How? He’s dead!”
I bury my face into his collarbone to stifle my crying, listening to nothing else but the sound of his beating heart. I feel it pounding fast and hard, matching mine. It makes me cry even more. I don’t want him to be strong for the both of us. That, too, isn’t fair.
He puts his hand on the back of my head. “I’m so sorry.”
I curl up against him and move my head slightly to glance at the dark ocean. This sandy beach is my favorite place on earth. This is where he kissed me for the first time. This is the place that always reminds me someone truly loves me, and sometimes it’s just enough to chase the hurt. This is my haven.
At least it was, until now.
I ran to meet him here as soon as my little brother released my hand in his hospital bed. I knew he wouldn’t force me to speak, and he didn’t. He just held me close. It took the time of a wave dying in the vast ocean’s arms for me to fall down in a faint, my legs quaking like an aspen leaf. His grip was so tight he fell to his knees, too, resolute not to abandon me in my rare moment of weakness.
It feels so good to be weak. I don’t care if my face is washed with tears or if I have red rims around my eyes. I need this loss of myself. I need him and my haven.
“I’m sorry, Eve. So sorry.” He sighs, clasping me tighter against him to calm me down. “I wish I could do something, anything to relieve your pain. I hate being so helpless,” he hisses between clenched teeth. “It kills me.”
I peek up at him, trying to find a light of hope, but I see nothing. Tonight, I’m more aware than anyone that love isn’t possession. It doesn’t stand still. My world can fly away in the blink of an eye, and there’s absolutely nothing I can do to fight the ruthless, cold, and brutal wind that likes to come without calling.
“I…I just want…the world to disappear,” I choke out between my sobs. The thick air is getting unbearable, harder to breathe. I press my hand against my breastbone. It hurts. It hurts too much. “I can’t live anymore, I don’t want to. Not like this. Please make it stop,” I beg him. “Just make it stop. It hurts.”
He holds my face in his hands to make sure I meet his serious gaze.
“Listen to me,” he says slowly, scanning my face as he speaks. “I’m on your side. There are times when I wish I could escape this crazy world. But you know what? It’d be a terrible mistake to switch our life off if we get the chance.”
I vaguely wipe my face with the back of my hand, lowering my gaze.
“Yes, you can be hurt and awfully bruised inside,” he continues, gently tucking a stray lock of hair behind my ear. “Sometimes you get so scared to face the day you could suffocate. But I love you.”
His last words take me by surprise. I know he does. I just didn’t expect him to say them now.
“I love you,” he says again, his voice catching ever so slightly. He strokes my face once more. “I don’t want to switch my life off… because you are my life.”
I feel paralyzed for a brief moment. It doesn’t make any sense. Who am I supposed to thank for the love he’s offering me? Are they the same odds that are against me tonight? Those who first harm me to bless me next?
I desperately love him. I do. So much. He’s always been my hero, and logically speaking, a hero is supposed to be indestructible. He’ll be here, until the end of time. I have to be sure of that. I want to be sure of that.
“He’s gone.” I shrug sadly, more tears falling out of my eyes. “He’ll never be seventeen. I’ll never get the chance to see him anymore. Never again…It’s over.” I try to put together in a wrecked breath, willing for more comfort.
“No, he’s not. He’s right here,” he says, pointing at my hammering heart. “He’s probably in a better world now.”
I instinctively look up at the starry sky with a broken smile. I hope he is. He deserves to be.
“Eve.” He tips my chin down to hold my gaze. “Maybe now is the time to share what’s in your heart, too. There’s no forever.”
I quickly shake my head.
“Don’t say that.” I take a long, ragged breath. I really don’t know how to breathe anymore. “We have time.”
The disappointed light in his eyes is his only reply.
He bends down instead, and softly puts his lips close enough to touch mine. His hands travel up my cheeks and fondle my hair as he gives me a tender kiss. These are the ones I love the most. Our breath mingles together as I forget the world around us, and just like that, the ache begins to vanish little by little.
Not entirely, but just enough for the dizziness to take over so I may abandon myself in my most secured place.
He knows I want to say those three words. I just need more time.
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Want to learn how to write picture books? I'll be teaching a week-long workshop at the Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers (WIFYR) conference in June. It's hands-down, the best writer's conference in Utah, and one of the best in the U.S. In addition to my morning PB workshop, as well as other writing workshops, there will be afternoon presentations from editors, literary agents, and bestselling authors.
Check out the website for more info http://www.wifyr.com/.
A time capsule from 65 years ago of our little neck of the woods- the opening sequence seems to show where our neighborhood is just off the 101.Add a Comment
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Last week was my sixth week post-op on that surgery I've been whining about here for more than a month. Last week I finally began to feel energy returning to normal. The soreness that had been subsiding very slowly suddenly seemed to be far less noticeable. It began to appear that I was going to achieve some kind of normal, sooner rather than later.
All these issues had been keeping me from working at peak efficiency. Or any kind of efficiency. I was working. You can see above the elaborate revision project I just finished yesterday. But I started that damn thing last November after getting back from Whispering Pines. No, it shouldn't have taken this long. My inability to put in much daily time since the end of January, even though I work sitting down, was hugely frustrating. Part of it was physical issues, but a lot of it was mental. I just could not find a way to get my mind into work mode while feeling the way I was. I was late getting started in the morning and was usually lying down by mid-afternoon.
Is there a way to manage time under these kinds of circumstances? I'm not suggesting surgical patients be able to put in regular eight-hour shifts. But how about finding ways to do enough to satisfy us?
I hunted on-line for material on working while recovering from surgery or even illness. I found a lot on "working out" after surgery (which, truthfully, is of interest to me, too, but doesn't relate to today's subject). I also found information for employers and information on job discrimination. But anything on how to keep your head in the game? No.
Now this is one of those privilege problems. If I worked a traditional job and couldn't take six weeks off, you can be sure I would have been back in the office, at least part-time, a couple of weeks earlier than I was. Or if this house was crawling with kids, I would have found a way to stay on my feet more than I did.
As it was, I just started doing my weekly planning (see left) this past Sunday. I couldn't even get myself to do that.
Oh, wait! Planning may have been my downfall. Or, rather, not planning. Perhaps having a variety of small jobs planned for a recovery period--catching up on reading professional journals, some children's books (I read masses of adult mystery serials), small promotional tasks--would not only mean getting something real done, but feeling that something real was getting done. Which could have an impact on the ability to do more. As it was, I did do small tasks, but not in any kind of organized, planned way. So I never had a sense that I was making progress, becoming more powerful and competent, and ready to move on.
Hmm. Maybe I'm on to a way to manage time for the ill and injured. Can I elaborate on this and then put it in a bottle and sell it?
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Oh, happy day! It's anthology time! This one from Harlequin Teen just last month, and the list of authors is shiny, award-winning, and long: Ellen Hopkins, Amanda Hocking, Julie Kagawa, Claudia Gray, Rachel Hawkins, Kimberly Derting, Myra McEntire,... Read the rest of this postAdd a Comment
Hi folks, warmer days have arrived! I hope that you have found some time to work on your projects. I hope that everything is singing.
Want to know what happens once an illustrator receives a new picture book text? Illustrator coordinator for SCBWI Houston, Diandra Mae, will fill us in, along with tips for writers on "leaving room for the illustrator." Check out her portfolio in the Illustrators Gallery. Or stop by her website or her blog. Come to the Schmooze on Wednesday, March 26, at 10 a.m. in the College Station Barnes & Noble.
ALSO Join us for "Writing Speculative Fiction for Kids and Teen with acclaimed fantasy author Martha Wells.
Time: 10 a.m - noon
Place: Arts Council of Brazos Valley
Martha will offer her expert overview of writing speculative fiction, including tips, resources, exercises and practical advice. Bring your questions for a time of Q&A. Copies of Martha’s books will be available for purchase—cash or check only. We look forward to seeing you!
Here is an in depth artcle about the shifting children's market from PW. Emphasis on how ebooks are changing the market. Interesting.
What do editors thing about their work? Publishing advice that editors would give to their younger selves. Check it out in PW.
Thinking about self-publishing. Here are six questions to ask yourself from GalleyCat.
DreamWorks launches its own press. Read about it here.
Work-in-progress grant applications are due in March. Follow the links for the important details.
Here is an extended list of grants, fellow ships and prizes post on Horn Book.
April 26-27 SCBWI Houston holds their annual conference. Check ou this link for details.
Here are the links to our state's SCBWI regions: austin.scbwi.org, brazosvalley.scbwi org, houston.scbwi.org, northtexas.scbwi.org, swtexas.scbwi.org.
This is our annual members choice award. The deadline has been extend until Mar. 26. Consider entering your book! Here are the details.
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I found my very first blog post. Ever. And because I obviously hate myself, I am going to repost it here. I am pretty sure that is offensive somehow,
especially if you are easily offended.
The weirdest thing is that I used to be even weirder than I am now.
The second weirdest thing is my brain.
So, today, I was trying to imagine what a bunch of children's authors writing porn might be like. Yes, yes, I get bored easily and have to find ways to amuse myself. I live in Maine after all and it's snowing and the highlight of my day is watching a barge pull dredge drudge up the river and out to sea.
I figure, if I scare everyone right now, I'll alienate my two readers that are out there. Yeah, that's you mom!
The Children's Writers’ Sex Book Collaborative Workshop
Attempt No. 1
The Great Published One with Movie Rights optioned out to Disney said, “Let’s write a sex book.”
The others said okay-dokey.
“A collaborative sex book?” giggled He-Who-Writes Choose-Your-Own-Adventure-Books. “How perfect.”
“Very smart. Come on, let’s start,” said She-Who-Always-Rhymes.
“Yay!” said the rest, clapping their hands and whipping out their laptops. “Yay! Yay! Yay!”
They sat and they sat and they sat some more and then the one with the Newbery Honor Book who sings opera and likes to write things about large amphibians eating taco pizza raised his hands with the elongated fingers and said, “Um, has anyone actually ever copulated?”
“If anyone here has ever actually gotten jiggy with it, please raise their hand,” said the Great Published One trying to be hip and respond to the younger demographic.
No one raised their hands.
Attempt No. 2
On the next day, after a very exciting night, She Who Writes in Rhymes (about little people lost in big woods with scary bears) came into the workshop holding Newberry Man’s hand and said with a satisfied smile on her face, “I’m ready, Freddy. I’ve tossed out my teddy.”
“Hee. Hee. Hee,” said He-With-A-Newberry.
She punched him in the arm and giggled. He punched her back and began tickling at which point She-Of-Many-Peaceful-Picture-Books yelled, “No violence!”
Everyone stopped giggling and got down to work.
“How about, ‘If you give a man a penis…chances are …he’s going to use it,” said the Great Published One.
“Oohh…I like it,” said Newberry Man.
“No! How about… ‘I think I can. I think I can. I think I can,’” said Great Published One.
“Even better!” said Rhyming Girl laughing hysterically. “That was him, last night, that was him… to the letter!”
“Not very funny!” Newberry Man pulled on his duck boots and stomped out of the room.
“Now you’ve done it,” said Peaceful Picture Books. "You have injured his already fragile ego, adding to the negative vibratory essence of the world."
“I only meant it in a good way,” said Rhyming Girl, still snorting. “It might not have been his day.”
The Great Published One giggled, smached his hands together and said, "She said, 'vibratory.' Did you hear her? She said, 'vibratory.'"
Attempt No. 3
“Here, I’ve got it,” said Newberry Man in clear operatic well-modulated tones. “Once upon a time there was a homosapien male of the species who was attending to his natural hormone-induced needs when he came upon a strange female homosapien who preferred to wear baggy wool sweaters covered with cat fur and hairballs rather than interesting lingerie items. Being desperate, he didn’t care. ‘Let’s copulate!’ He said. She agreed and they trounced off to a pasture where overcome with the impeding actual fulfillment of his desires, he began to fixate upon various aspects of his performance, thus creating an almost untenable situation…”
The writer/illustrator stood up, “That’s not a very exciting visual, dude. Let’s go down some B-52 shots.”
Attempt No. 4
The Great Published One looked upon the masses before him and sighed, “How about this?”
He proceeded to read from his IBook screen.
“Let’s have a sex party.
A real sex party.
Big sex. Little sex.
Black sex. White sex. Yellow sex. Green sex.
Lots and lots of sex going to a sex party. A real sex party.”
The laptops were silent and then there was a hearty round of applause and then She of Peaceful Picture Books said, “Perhaps the use of colors as descriptive adjectives might in fact be discriminatory in nature…Or maybe you are leaving some colors out as an example of your own white-dominated schema. Why not red sex? Why not blue sex? Why not rainbow colored sex?”
The Great Published One threw his IBook at her and said, “Let’s call it a day and go do some research.”
“Yay!” said the masses of children’s book writers. “Yay! Yay! Yay!”
Attempt No. 5
“I think, perhaps, we have been going about this all wrong,” said Newbery Honor. “Instead of worrying about the text, why don’t we start off with a title? Any suggestions?”
“Make Way for Orgasms,” suggested Rhyming Girl. “Orgasms… orgasms.. .What rhymes with orgasms! Oh! Intense Spasms!”
“Too obvious.” Great Published One pondered, “How about Charlotte’s Website?”
“I know!” Newberry Man pointed in the air emphatically to make sure everyone was paying attention. “Bi-curious George!”
Rhyming Girl nodded, “Perfect.”
“Time for research?” asked the Great Published One.
“Yay!” said the authors. “Yay! Yay! Yay!”
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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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The iron grille in the window, with rectangular mullions behind it, would have taken considerable patience and skill to record in the subtractive medium of transparent watercolor.
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The Book Report with JJK is about to undergo a transformation. Instead of a once-a-week 5-8 minute show, the interviews will now be broken down to 1 minute segments that will air throughout programming! And I'll be calling in every Tuesday morning to recommend a new book and let folks know what's going on in the world of kidlit.
As always, Kids Place Live airs on channel 78 on SiriusXM!
(The full interviews will still be archived on my website: http://www.studiojjk.com/thebookreport.html)
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We don’t have any KidLit Author/Illustrator events this week, (although super-writer Brandon Sanderson who has a new YA novel STEELHEART is at Murder By the Book tonight promoting the newest book in his current series for adults) so I thought I’d let you in on what’s going on around Houston for those who write books for kids and teens.
March 15, 9:00 a.m. Recurring: Third Saturday of each month
Bunker Hill HEB Community Room, 9710 Katy Fwy, Houston, Texas 77055
Houston YAMG Writers Group
To get an agent’s or an editor’s attention, yes, you need a “hook” that draws them in. Yes, you need flawless prose. And, yes, you need a style of your own and an idea so unique, your readers won’t let go. And, you need something else: you need a terrible problem that catches any reader’s heart, and a character whose pain and desire are achingly evident from the start. Come learn to let the deeper elements of character arise in your first words, so that you hook not just readers’ minds, but their souls. Elizabeth has asked that everyone try to bring in an example of a well-written first page from a novel they love.
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March 20, Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Recurring
Barnes & Noble, Baybrook II, Webster, TX
BAWL (Bay Area Writers’ League) Critique Group
Members of the Bay Area Writers’ League meet on the first and third Thursday of each month to improve their writing efforts.
March 22, Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Brazos Valley SCBWI Workshop with Martha Wells
Registration: $20 for SCBWI members /$25 non-members. Seating is limited. Please r.s.v.p: email@example.com
“Writing Speculative Fiction for Kids and Teens,” a morning workshop with acclaimed fantasy author Martha Wells. She will offer her expert overview of speculative fiction, including tips, resources, exercises and practical advice. Bring your questions for a time of Q&A. Copies of Martha’s books will be available for purchase—cash or check only.
March 24, Monday, 7:30 p.m. Recurring
Barnes & Noble, Baybrook II, Webster, TX
SCBWI Critique Group
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month. Join us as we give and receive feedback on our writing projects!
AND DON”T FORGET!
There is still time to sign up for the awesome writers’ conferences coming up in April:
Keynote Presenter—Nikki Loftin (Penguin/Razorbill author of The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy and Nightingale’s Nest)
Pre-conference Workshop (Power Revision, editor Meghan Pinson)
Post-conference Workshops (Author Platform, author Joy Preble).
Agent/editor pitch sessions (Eddie Schneider— JABberwocky, Jennifer Udden—Donald Maass, Pooja Menon—Kimberley Cameron, Stella Riley —Soul Mate Publishing, Dawn Dowdle—Blue Ridge Literary Agency, Jessica Kirkland—Blythe Danield Agency
Keynote Presenter: Two-time Newbery Honor Winner and NAtional Book Award Finalist Gary D. Schmidt,
Agents: Stephen Barr—Writers House; Stephen Fraser—Jennifer DeChiara Literacy Agency; Natalie Lakosil—Bradford Literary Agency
Editors: Kendra Levin—Senior Editor, Viking Books for Children, Penguin; Jocelyn Davies—Editorial Assistant, HarperCollins;
Julie Ham—Associate Editor, Charlesbridge
Art Director: Jim Hoover—Associate Art Director, Viking Children’s Books, Penguin Group
PLUS: There is still time to sign up for a critique with authors Kathy Duval, Sherry Garland, Joy Preble, and Ana María Rodríguez.
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