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“I’m fine. Let’s go get drunk and listen to music.”
—from Birds of America, by Lorrie Moore
Marie Lorena Moore was born today in 1957 in Glens Falls, New York, and nicknamed “Lorrie” by her parents.
Ahhhh, Lorrie Moore. When Birds of America came out, Max gave me a new copy right before I was wheeled into surgery.
From Anagrams: “God, all that oral sex and now we’re talking to each other like bureaucrats.”
By: Linda Aksomitis,
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It’s January 2013–despite years of build-up with the Mayan prophecy that many indicated would mean the end of the world on December 21, we’re still here. For those trying to predict the end, perhaps it will come from climate change after all. As a writer, I find it intriguing to study the science and consider the possibilities–and there are many–now for the time to write the book! I’m a planner. By the time January ends I should have my major commitments inked in for 2013. And I’ve looked at what I want to accomplish and set some goals. This year, I’m taking my inspiration from snowmobiling for that goal setting. I ended up upside-down on my handlebars twice in December this year, so I’ve taken a lot of teasing about keeping my track on the snow instead of in the air. And it occurs to me that maybe there’s a metaphor in there to be applied to the rest of my year. Both of my rollovers were caused by the same thing, which was charging ahead without sufficient knowledge of the conditions I was going to encounter. We’ve all done that before! So, in keeping my track on the snow [...]
I have ignored many things this week, but that has to be okay. I'll get caught up. I always do.
My heart and mind and thoughts were here, with the fabulous YoungArts writing finalists of 2013.
While away, Serena Agusto-Cox whispered word of this goodness
into my virtual ear. I can't tell you how much it means to me to know that Small Damages
continues to find its generous readership.
By: James Preller,
Blog: James Preller's Blog
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There’s really not a whole lot to like about writers, frankly. We tend to self-obsess. For example, try as I might to avoid it, I’ll sometimes wander over to Amazon.com to check out how James Preller, Inc., is making out in the sales ranks.
Then I look for Kentucky’s finest and tell myself that it’s never been about sales. It’s about writing from the heart, it’s about doing good work, it’s about . . . (and around that time I usually push aside the glass and just grab the stinking bottle).
I’m kidding folks!
But on a recent sojourn to the land of Amazonians, I discovered this:
What is it? It’s the German-language, ebook edition of Before You Go. And I have to say: I add NO IDEA there was a German anything for this book. Some people might assume that authors know about this stuff — that we’re consulted — but, nope, that’s not how the world works for most (if not all?) authors.
Mostly I’m just happy there’s an ebook German edition in the first place. That’s the sum total of my emotions on the topic: I’m cool with it.
Also, it’s interesting to see a different cover design. One early idea that I floated for the cover of Before You Go was to do something with real models, very loosely based on the classic Bruce Springsteen cover shot for “Born to Run.” Remember that? It was a groovy, wrap-around, gate-fold deal, and one of the great rock covers ever, in my opinion. Just look:
I saw Jude and Corey filling in for Bruce and Clarence. The black and white thing, the dynamic of friendship, the comfortable leaning on each other relationship, in a phrase: best buds. Another obvious approach for the cover was something with a beach setting. (Supposedly when the designer looked at that approach, it was deemed “too girl” for this book, though I never saw those treatments, and they were probably right, since “too girl” was not what we were going for.) Instead my publisher created something dark and moody with a traffic light, which was pretty arresting, too, and totally unexpected. Then they informed me that it was going to be the cover. The decision had been made. Thinking fast, I said, “Okay!”
I tell you this, Dear Reader, not at all in complaint. I’ve always maintained that this blog was about pulling back the curtain in the land of Oz, showing how it really works for a guy exactly (precisely) like me. There’s not a whole lot of consulting going on. You write the book. And the inside of the book, I think, is yours. But the cover, that’s the publisher’s. And you must trust that everyone working on the book — and there are many smart, dedicated people working on “our” book — will do the best job they can in publishing it. So you say, “Thank you very much,” and in my case, you mean it. You truly are thankful, grateful, happy.
It doesn’t mean that I love everything all the time. It’s not in my nature to love everything all the time. That sounds awful. Making a book is a collaborative process, with the editor as the central person who touches on every aspect. I just write the damn thing.
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Thanks to the fabulous Hooray for Books for hosting a Feisty Females panel with Jessica Spotswood, Alex Lidell, and myself! It was a terrific event and I had such a great time first at lunch with Jess and Alex and then at the bookstore where it was fantastic to meet the wonderful owners, Ellen and Trish, and see all who came out for the event!
I think I have fallen in love with this bookstore! It is so cute and so filled with marvelous books and goodies! Not only did I buy books, but I couldn't resist buying the cutest little fingerpuppets for my girls! And the owners are so wonderful! They made me feel so welcome and had a huge pile of Prophecy books on prominent display with Jess and Alex's!!
And the owners are so delightful and have agreed to make signed copies of Prophecy available to anyone who calls in and orders! They can mail it anywhere! In fact, I signed a book heading to Australia yesterday - Thanks Angelica!!! So if you would like a signed copy (with goodies!) just contact the fabulous people over at Hooray for Books. You will be in great hands!Hooray for Books!
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You find yourself in front of seven identical doors. A voice from above tells you, "These seven doors lead to seven different places: Narnia, Neverland, Wonderland, Hogwarts, Camelot, Middle Earth, and Westeros." Which door do you go through? Why that door? What happens?
I would go through the door to Wonderland without hesitation. I have always loved Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and count it as one of my top ten books of all time. The character of Alice and I have a lot in common, beginning with our curiosity and continuing with our adoration of cats, a thirst for knowledge, and sheer determination. I would love to wander through Wonderland and interact with different characters from the books, especially the White Rabbit, the Gryphon, and the Cheshire Cat. I'd rescue the hedgehogs from the croquet games and delight in the chess game. Plus, I really love the hallway of doors in Wonderland. Read more at my blog, Bildungsroman. Which door would YOU choose?
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Happy Monday! Here's what's on my mind today:
- Book releases! Touch of Death officially releases tomorrow! Squee! And Love All releases in 8 days!
- Arisia I'm leaving for Arisia in Boston on Saturday. I'll be on a promotion panel, doing reading, signing Touch of Death, and of course attending the Zombie Prom! I'm so excited!
- Picture book contract FutureWord Publishing, who published my first PB May the Best Dog Win, is going to publish Cricket's Drive Around Town. I'm excited to work with them again.
- Giveaways I'm giving away a copy of Love All and SWAG as part of the Bad Boy Rehab Hop. Make sure you enter here. And look for a huge Touch of Death giveaway on Wednesday.
- New covers Love All got a facelift. It's slightly different and the other two books in the series now have covers, too!
That's it for me. What's on your mind today?
|Peter Pan Illustration by Kathleen Atkins|
How do you enter the magical world of your young readers?
To get into the right mindset, I think back to how I felt as a child. I also get lots of ideas from my students (I teach elementary art).
But how do you tap into that world if you don’t interact with children on a daily basis?
One resource is Edutopic’s list
of winning student blogs by children ages 6-13. It’s a great way to research how today’s kids spend their time, what they care about, and what they find funny. (Notice how many of the blog titles include the word, ‘Awesome’.)
Another resource I love is the New York Times’ blog, “Kids Draw the News.
” On this site, children submit illustrations to accompany articles on current events. It’s a great way to discover how children view the world. Plus, their illustrations are a hoot!
What resources help you enter the world of young readers?
Two of Artie’s widely published Christmas stories were republished in December by Families Online Magazine. To read the stories, please click on the covers below.
Bipper and Wick – A young bear’s youthful rebellion leads to an unlikely friendship on the night before Christmas.
Light on a Snowy Day – After nurturing an injured baby deer back to health, a young girl’s lone Christmas wish is to be reunited with the friend she lost.
Artie’s children’s story The Race for Space was published in the December print edition of Lincoln Kids!. To read the story online, please click on the cover below. The story is on page 22.
Artie’s poem Ceiling to the Stars was published in the November print edition of California Kids! To read the poem online, please click on the illustration below.
Artie’s children’s story The Hummingbird Who Chewed Bubblegum is being published in a book collection by the Oxford University Press in India. More to come.
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Let’s take a peek through the pages of this week’s WSJA! I had a crazy busy week so I didn’t get a chance to read it until today! This week’s issue clocks in at 153 pages, and once again, my favorite manga, Kenshin, is not included. Boo hoo! Maybe next week? There’s an announcement at the beginning of this issue that previous issues of the magazine will no longer expire. Previously, WSJA was subject to a one year rental. Now, your issues will never expire!
One Piece Ch 693 – Luffy and the gang are still in deadly danger! They are still trying to escape the lab with the kids. Baby 5 and Buffalo are performing weird morphosis to try to retrieve Caesar. Just let him go! I have only been reading WSJA for a few issues, and I am already sick of Caesar! He is gloating with his weird wavy hair, delighted to have Smoker’s heart. Shu ho ho!!! Stop stealing page time and just go away! If Luffy could take you out with one punch, you are unworthy of so many weekly panels! But since Luffy was supposed to capture him, not punt him into next week’s issue, I fear that we will have to put up with his clowny face for several more chapters! And, oh, yeah, Luffy, you had better run, because someone is planning on blowing up the lab and the island!!
Naruto Ch 614 – The battle has gotten grim! Naruto and the ninja forces can’t catch a break! Ten Tails is obliterating the good guys! Obito and Madara are sniping at each other, and it appears that Obito has the upper hand for the time being. As Naruto’s allies fall all around him, he finally gets the “look’”! That look that promises defeat to all of his enemies! Just wait, Obito and Madara! You will soon be toast!! Well, okay, probably not for another handful of chapters, but your downfall is now only a matter of time, because you have royally pissed on Naruto’s Wheaties!
Nisekoi Ch 56 – It’s that dreaded time in the lives of Japanese school kids – class grade point rankings have been revealed! Tachibana has done terribly, and she recruits Raku to help her study. Chitoge tags along, not happy with the thought of Raku and Marika having an all nighter together without supervision. This chapter was a disappointment. I feel like I have read it a hundred times before, and there was nothing new added to keep it from being stale. Hoping for better next time.
Toriko Ch 26 – Phooey. After sitting through the endless character intros for the cooking battle, the preliminaries are covered in just a page. One page! Instead of seeing how Komatsu rises to the challenge of his first cooking festival, we are told that he made it to the finals. Ugh!
Cross Manage Ch 15 – The bet with Ryo wraps up, and Sakurai finally discovers Misora’s strong point! Just in time, too, because the tournament starts in one week. I love this series so far. Clean, expressive art, fun characters, and plenty of sports angst! I didn’t even mind the explanation of the tournament rankings and rules. The tension is cranked up for the lacrosse team’s first game, which kicks off in the next chapter! Yay!!
Bleach Ch 521 – Okay, so Ichigo and Renji eat in this chapter. Yes, yes, they do. They eat a lot. They stuff their faces with tons of delicious, though weird looking, food, to prepare for their next phase of training! So, yup, that’s about it for this one. Sigh.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal Ch 25 – This series, unfortunately, doesn’t interest me at all. Reading about kids playing a dueling card game just doesn’t do it for me. Some of the illustrations are cool, but the whole concept bores me. The rules make no sense, the stats don’t impress, and I usually flip through these pages as quickly as possible to reach the end of the chapter. The numbers game as begun! Kaito is dueling a numbers hunter brought by Kyoji, so he’s after both Kaito and Yuma! Cards are destroyed! There are lots of special effects! We are on the last page! Maybe it will make more sense next time around?
One more week until the simultaneous release with the Japanese version of WSJA!
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Dr Elisabeth Carter has a BA in psycholinguistics, a Masters in criminology, and a PhD in sociology. WOW. Her recent book Analysing Police Interviews: Laughter, Confession and the Tape won the British Society of Criminology's Criminology book prize 2012.
Last Thursday I went to a Chiltern Writers talk by Elisabeth Carter which was touted as
By: Kathy Temean,
Blog: Writing and Illustrating
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Even Steven Spielberg can get a rejection letter. It seems that Daniel Day-Lewis—who plays Lincoln in Spielberg’s presidential Academy Award Dominated movie, originally did not want to play Abraham Lincoln. Spielberg didn’t let the rejection letter go to waste, he stowed it away for safekeeping and the letter showed up at the awards-podium as reading material last week.
Julie Miller reporter for Vanity Fair wrote, “Before presenting Day-Lewis with the New York Film Critics Circle award for best actor, Speilberg read aloud the Oscar winner’s thoughtful brush-off.”
Here is Steven’s Rejection Letter:
It was a real pleasure just to sit and talk with you. I listened very carefully to what you had to say about this compelling history, and I’ve since read the script and found it in all the detail in which it describe these monumental events and in the compassionate portraits of all the principal characters, both powerful and moving. I can’t account for how at any given moment I feel the need to explore life as opposed to another, but I do know that I can only do this work if I feel almost as if there is no choice; that a subject coincides inexplicably with a very personal need and a very specific moment in time. In this case, as fascinated as I was by Abe, it was the fascination of a grateful spectator who longed to see a story told, rather than that of a participant. That’s how I feel now in spite of myself, and though I can’t be sure that this won’t change, I couldn’t dream of encouraging you to keep it open on a mere possibility. I do hope this makes sense Steven, I’m glad you’re making the film, I wish you the strength for it, and I send both my very best wishes and my sincere gratitude to you for having considered me.
What can we learn from this? Well, Spielberg didn’t give up. After receiving the letter, he recruited Tony Kushner to pen a new screenplay from Doris Kearns Goodwin’s biography of Lincoln, Team of Rivals—one that would earn Day-Lewis’s approval. Apparently he did, because Lincoln is positioned to run away with the Oscars in February.
So the next time you get a rejection letter, keep this story in mind and revise your manuscript. Revision does improve our work and sometimes we just need someone to pull our best out of us.
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So the photo of the week this time is of some wee ducks taken at Dunham Massey in Cheshire. The Bestwick and I had a delightful day sinking in mud, looking for a slaughter house and getting rather close to stags (thankfully of the animal variety and not the drunk variety). Or, as close as I needed to with my camera. Their antlers were huge. I may have annoyed one in particular by calling it Charlotte.
Continuing with my 70,000 steps a week challenge. This week I accumulated 84,771 steps. For the coming week, I'm still aiming for 70,000 steps but rather than building extra steps up by using a stepper of an evening I'm going to concentrate on the midriff section. I won't be bouncy at all soon. Who am I kidding?
My novella 'This Foolish & Harmful Delight' is now at 7,297 words. Not many words written this week but a new twist to the plot. Excited to see where it leads me. Still sorting out the future chapters of Last Seen Drowning. I also scratched out a 900 word plan for a new short story 'The Roar of the Beast at the Station at the End of the World', but I'll probably change that title as it reminds me too much of Rob Shearman's awesome 'The Dark Space in the House in the House in the Garden at the Centre of the World
'. But it'll do for now.
Back to the typewriter... Only I don't use a typewriter.
I miss typewriters.
You introduced a broad view of the setting of your story in Prompt #2. In response to the first six prompts you created conflict, tension, suspense and / or curiosity in action scene(s) that involve an antagonist and a romance character, no backstory, and shows what the protagonist does when blocked from her short term goal. A bit of mystery draws the reader to want to know what's up. Without revealing answers and keeping the action moving forward now you can ground the story on a deeper and more intimate level in Prompt #7 without slowing down the story or losing the interest of your reader.
Today, I write.
The survey results from Twitter and Facebook are in. The confidence exudes from the many writers who love to write unabashedly and proudly, quietly and fiercely fills me with hope. The admission by other writers that they feel all three about writing feels real and raw and often tortured.
Knowing what to write where in a story with a plot allows for a more loving relationship with your writing. If you falter, wondering what comes next or what to write next in your story, follow the prompts in The Plot Whisperer Book of Writing Prompts: Easy Exercises to Get You Writing for that spot in a story with a plot.
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It never ceases to amaze me the number of people who think if we just pass this law, or take away this right, our country will magically transform into some sort of paradise on earth.
What a naïve outlook on life. Newsflash: IT AIN’T HAPPENING IN OUR LIFETIME.
It will never happen – not until Christ comes back, that is. And if you’re not a Christian, then I suppose you don’t even have that hope to look forward to.
I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but folks – look – we live in a fallen world. It’s controlled by an evil entity, an entity that gets his kicks out of murder, chaos and hopelessness. It’s what he thrives on. And again, if you don’t believe in the whole God/Satan thing then just look around you: mankind is, and will continually become, more and more corrupt as time goes by.
I don’t mean to get all preachy on you, but let’s pause a moment for a reality check. It’s all about power and greed nowadays and humans are imperfect – our world will never get better, it will only get worse.
Hence the reason that many conservatives/Christians push to keep and/or change back, our laws. We KNOW things will only get worse and we’re desperately trying to stall the inevitable by maintaining the laws we have now (because erasing, or easing the current laws will only allow more chaos, less control, into our lives). Because the Left’s push for us to relinquish control over our lives, to willingly hand our lives, and our decisions concerning our lives, over the government on a silver platter, is a dangerous road to travel. Because if we allow the government to fund our lives, then that same government then has the final say over what we can, or can not do in our lives. They have a say in how we live our lives. They have a say over whether or not we need healthcare. They have a say over what we eat, how much we eat, where we eat. They have a say over what vehicles we drive, or how often we drive, or what sort of fuel we burn.
Handing control over to our government means they have a say over how many children we can have, or where they go to school, or what they learn.
How, exactly, is this paradise??
I don’t know about you, but I have no desire to become a puppet in my own life. I much prefer to be free to be allowed to make my own damn decisions, to live my life the way I choose (as long as I’m not denying someone their life, liberty or right to property) and be the mistress of my own destiny.
I honestly worry about people’s intelligence these days. People are so focused on short-term, Bandaid sort of solutions, that they either refuse, or deny, the reality of situations; how will this affect our lives ten years from now? It’s quite disturbing that people are so willing to swallow (or be injected) whatever is spoon fed them without stopping to QUESTION whether or not what is being forced on them is logical or even reasonable. There are way too many sheep in today’s society and not nearly enough Sheppards.
The moment, THE MOMENT, we allow the government to take a small sliver of control over us, we will never get it back. And the more that is relinquished, the more complacent people become. “Oh. What’s one more thing? What’s the big deal?” I hear people say.
The BIG DEAL, people, is that one day we will wake up and we’re not able to leave our houses without permission from “our government.”
Our freedoms have, little by little, been eroding away and it’s like we’re all sleep walking our way through life. It’s like we all have blinders on and only focus on what’s being spoon fed to us – we don’t have the balls, or the motivation (because it’s so much easier to just nod our heads yes and open our mouths), to tear those damn blinders off and look, REALLY LOOK, at the sh*t the government is trying to force on us.
Do you honestly think we’re on the path to paradise? If we ONLY give more control over the government, then we’ll find that non-existent utopia??
An authoritarian nation is defined not just by the use of authoritarian powers, but by the ability to use them. If a president can take away your freedom or your life on his own authority, all rights become little more than a discretionary grant subject to executive will.
The framers lived under autocratic rule and understood this danger better than we do. James Madison famously warned that we needed a system that did not depend on the good intentions or motivations of our rulers: “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.”
Benjamin Franklin was more direct. In 1787, a Mrs. Powel confronted Franklin after the signing of the Constitution and asked, “Well, Doctor, what have we got — a republic or a monarchy?” His response was a bit chilling: “A republic, Madam, if you can keep it.”
Since 9/11, we have created the very government the framers feared: a government with sweeping and largely unchecked powers resting on the hope that they will be used wisely.
The indefinite-detention provision in the defense authorization bill seemed to many civil libertarians like a betrayal by Obama. While the president had promised to veto the law over that provision, Levin, a sponsor of the bill, disclosed on the Senate floor that it was in fact the White House that approved the removal of any exception for citizens from indefinite detention.
Dishonesty from politicians is nothing new for Americans. The real question is whether we are lying to ourselves when we call this country the land of the free.
Source: 10 Reasons the U.S is No Longer the Land of the Free
(And I challenge you to follow the above link and read precisely what freedoms have changed and/or have been lost since 9/11. Go on, read it for yourself).
Why, exactly, do people think Paradise is even attainable when our world proves, time and time again, that it can’t, or won’t, exist without Big Brother to hold its hand?
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It is little secret I love chooks and pigeons. So when I noticed this lovely new picture book featuring a little black hen and her feathered friends, there was instant grab appeal.
Peggy, a beguiling little black hen, lives a contented albeit somewhat isolated life in the burbs until one day she is unceremoniously whipped up by a fateful gust of wind and dumped in the middle of a strange new world, the city.
Peggy embarks on all the things an out-of-towner in the big smoke might be expected to do; she shops, dines on new cuisine, feasts her senses on curiosities of all shapes and sizes; thoroughly enjoying her big adventure until homesickness suddenly strikes.
When she spies a familiar sight, a sunflower like the one from her yard, she pursues it tenaciously; her only tentative link with all that she knows and misses. But the sunflower soon disappears. Alone and forlorn, Peggy waits in an empty train station until salvation appears; the pigeons, the very same ones she used to observe from a distance. They show her the way home.
Peggy passes her days now as before only now she shares her existence with the pigeons, even taking the occasional outing with them – via train to the city.
Anna Walker has deftly created a simple little tale of a brave chook on a big adventure with the use of ink and photo collage. Her economic of words ensures we keep turning the pages, keen to keep up with Peggy’s exciting explorations.
The use of photo imagery adds marvellous depth, and warm authenticity to the lusciously thick pages in spite of the chilly damp of autumn the illustrations suggest. Muted background colours ensure details are highlighted with sensitive playfulness: the bunch of bright, yellow sunflowers, brown, wind-blown autumn leaves, and cherry-red umbrellas.
I especially loved Peggy; plucky, stoic, simply black, with that inquisitive look that only a chook can wear. A look that wonders; Can I eat this before it eats me? Peggy gently suggests that it’s worth expanding your horizons from time to time, and that this is not as scary as you might think it is because there are always friends around to help you, if you keep an eye out for them.
Recommended for pre-schoolers and appreciators of avian.
Peggy is published by Scholastic Australia 2012
Tai and Juliet have been best friends forever – since they met at kindy and decided to get married in first grade.
They understand each other in the way that only best friends can.
They love music, beach walks, energy drinks and, they are slowly discovering, each other.
As they begin to dream of adventures beyond the HSC – a future free of homework, curfews and parents, a life together – their plans are suddenly and dramatically derailed.
For Tai is sick.
And not everything you wish for can come true.
A poignant story of first love, hope, grief, family, and the twistedness of life.
I can't read novels about dying teenagers anymore. I just can't. I've reached my limit. (I think writing a novel about a dying teenager didn't really help.) That said, Everything Left Unsaid is beautifully written and sweet and thoughtful. As well as being, naturally, incredibly depressing. This is a good book to read if you want to have a good cry, but then afterwards you should probably read something light and uplifting and not-at-all serious.
One of the more remarkable things about this novel is the utter believability of the dialogue. I think there's a tendency in YA generally for everyone's conversations to be filled with incredible wit and snappiness and generally more eloquence than teenagers actually have, which is entertaining but perhaps doesn't always ring true. There was no point at which the dialogue seemed false in Everything Left Unsaid, and the way the characters related to each other (and the way in which they behaved) was very authentic. There's also quite a lot of drinking and sexual references. There's a great deal of realism overall, which makes it all the more heart-breaking.
Davidson is yet another Australian writing brilliant contemporary YA. Really. I don't think I've read a single contemporary YA novel by an Australian author in the last year that I've disliked.
I'd recommend it to older YA readers (and adult readers also) if only because the tone is incredibly somber. It's a heavy and incredibly poignant novel. If you read it and don't cry (or at the very least get that unpleasant about-to-cry sensation in your chest), then I'm not sure you have a soul.
On the publisher's website
Author: Doug TenNapel
Publication Date: August 1, 2012
Reading copy via local library
Ever since I heard Doug TenNapel speak about Cardboard at the ALA conference last summer, I've been dying to read this graphic novel.
I ordered it for the library and devoured it as soon as I could (yeah, I'm a little behind on my book
By: Sue Bursztynski,
I have just seen the list of Australia's fifty favourite writers, including quite a few children's and YA writers, such as Kate Forsyth, Morris Gleitzman, Michael Pryor, Margo Lanagan, John Flanagan, Paul Jennings, Juliet Marillier,John Marsden, Shaun Tan.... Phew! So many, how do you choose?
Anyway, why not go to the Booktopia web site, see what's there and vote? I am going to have to think about this...
Runners can be weird, quirky, obsessive, at times overly-dramatic (worst run of my LIFE!), hilarious, and flat-out gross. Hey, it’s the nature of the beast and just comes with the territory…then again some of those jokes seem to really only be THAT side-splitting mid-workout and obviously proof of an oxygen-deprived brain.
So yea, runners harbor some weird thoughts, do some questionable things, maybe even some acts we’re not all that proud of. (caught, bush-diving?) The thing is, harboring all of that ‘guilt’ isn’t healthy, and for the most part if you were to air your secrets, even sins by way of running, out to some fellow runners they either have done the same things or would at least see the line of reasoning that led you to such a predicament.
Enter the Run-fessional.
“I hate dogs when I’m in ‘runner’ mode. I see them as I approach and I cringe. I feel horrible because in ‘real life’ I’m a total dog person.”
Have you ever lied to get into a faster heat?
“I once took a deuce in the playground of a grammar school. It was a weekend, it was an emergency.”
Did you once steal your competitor’s spikes?
“I snuck out of my house at 3am to go for a run. I was supposed to be on a break.”
Are you guilty because you once didn’t tell your training partner they made it through the second half of the long run with that snot-rocket stuck to the side of their cheek? Then you went out to coffee afterwards and you STILL didn’t tell them?
I want to hear it all! Don’t worry, we’ll keep this all anonymous, the actual quotes up here are from three of the first few brave souls who wanted to take part. If you’ve got something you’d like to get off your chest, share a little neurotic habit, or even if you’re too shy to actually brag but need a spot to shout out how hard-core you are, send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pull out the skeletons amongst the running shoes buried in your closet and spill it…you know you want to.
1) What are some of the funniest ‘inside jokes’ that have come out of workouts and runs with friends?
One of my favorite quotes came: “I’m touching cloth!”
2) Things told to you in confidence between training partners, is that vaulted sort of similar to secrets between spouses, best friends?
Compared to last year, compiling final ebook figures was time-consuming because of adding the Pubit platform and breaking down the figures from Smashwords. Also, the fact that there are now 10 ebook titles to track. So here we go: Totals by Title Title Kindle Smashwords Pubit/Nook Jewels 2500 19 n/a Dream Miner 54 0 1 [...]
Tucson, AZ -- Tucson Festival of Books
March 9-10, 2013
The University of Arizona campus
Skype Virtual Visit
February 6, 2013, 1:30 P.M. CST
Chaska Middle School
Cornwall, NY -- School Visit
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Cornwall Middle School
Strongsville, OH -- Appearance and Signing
Saturday, March 2, 2013, 3-5 p.m.
Strongsville Branch, Cuyahoga County Public Library
New Philadelphia, OH – Presentation and Signing
Thursday, March 7, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
121 Fair Ave NW New Philadelphia, OH 44663 330-364-4474
Houston, TX -- Virtual Visit
Wednesday, March 13, 3 P.M. CST
Houston Public Library
Orrville, OH -- Wayne College Writing Workshop
Saturday, April 6, 2013, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The University of Akron Wayne College
1901 Smucker Road, Orrville, OH 44667
Phone: 330-683-2010 Toll Free: 1-800-221-8308
Newark, OH -- Presentation and Signing
Thursday, April 11, 2013, 4 p.m.
Licking County Public Library
101 West Main Street
Newark , Ohio 43055 740.349.5552
Evansville, IN -- River Bend Writing Project
Workshop for Teachers/Public Appearance
Saturday, April 13, 2013
University of Southern Indiana
Houston, TX -- Teen BookCon
Saturday, April 20th 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Alief Taylor High School
7555 Howell Sugar Land Road Houston, TX 77083
Kent, OH -- Reading and Writing Festival
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Fantasy Writing Workshop
Sponsored by the Six-District Compact
Kent State University, Kent, OH
For more information, contact the Festival Director, Mary Jane Stanchina, at the Six District Compact: (330) 655-2247.
Maumee, OH – Claire’s Day
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Maumee Branch, Toledo Lucas County Public Library,
501 River Road, Maumee, Ohio.
Join me and ten other authors at Northwest Ohio’s children’s litfest.
Flint, MI – Author Appearance and Signing
Tuesday, May 21, 2013—details to follow
Flint Public Library
1026 E. Kearsley St. Flint, MI 48502
Phone: (810) 232-7111
|My 1988 copy of Phyllis A. Whitney's |
wonderful "Guide to Fiction Writing."
Credit | E. Humphrey
In the introduction to Guide to Fiction Writing
, Phyllis A. Whitney
writes that "When we start out as writers we need
to explore our own talents. We can't possibly know where we will write most comfortably until we've followed various leads." Whitney writes that after writing about 300 short stories (with 100 published!) did she realize she needed "the book length to move around in did I begin to be happier as a writer." She continued to make a living writing, but had not found her specialty: romantic suspense.
As I finished one client's work during the holidays, I realized how much I enjoy writing. But I also realized I need to find my own specialty. The project was something I wanted to do well with...but it was difficulty for me to shine in its writing. This one particular client's assignment was painful for me and it made me start thinking about my writing as a whole.
Whitney begins he book by countering Joanne Greenberg's belief that "writers can be divided into two categories: those who are 'venturesome' and those who are 'consistent.'" Whitney's romantic suspense fits both categories, which she believes helps to attract readers.
As the year progresses, I've vowed to become more devoted to my own writing and less to the client work that sucks the life from my writing. I've followed a lot of leads. I still love writing nonfiction. I have my eye on a work-in-progress novel. But perhaps this is my year for discovering my specialty. And maybe it isn't something I've tried yet.What about you? Do you know what your writing specialty is? How long did it take you to discover it? How did you do it?
Elizabeth King Humphrey is a North Carolina-based writer and editor.
Still searching for a specialty, in 2012, Elizabeth completed a certificate in technical and professional writing.
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