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16176. Latest news on IBBY regional and international conferences and more! Mark your calendars.

IBBY logo International Board on Books for Young People

paw_sm3The IBBY press conference at the 2013 Bologna Children’s Book Fair will take place March 25 at 2:30 pm. Highlights will include:

~ IBBY Documentation Centre of Books for Disabled Young People
~ IBBY Projects (including the the IBBY Children in Crisis Fund and the IBBY-Yamada Programme)
~ International Children’s Book Day 2013
~ 2013 Selection of Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities
~ 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Awards

paw_sm3The United Arab Emirates Section of IBBY (UAEIBBY) will organize the First International Board on Books for Young  People Conference for the Region of Central Asia and North Africa (CANA): Bringing Books and Children Together in Sharjah, UAE,  April 21 – 23, 2013.

paw_sm3The Indonesian Section of IBBY (INABBY) has announced the  1st Asia and Oceania Regional IBBY Congress to be held in Bali, Indonesia, May 23 – 26, 2013.

paw_sm3The USA section of IBBY ( USBBY) is sponsoring the 10th IBBY Regional Conference: BookJoy Around the World in St. Louis, MO,  October 18 – 20, 2013.

paw_sm3IBBY Cuba will be hosting the Congreso Internacional Lectura 2013: para Leer el XXI  to be held October 22 – 26, 2013 in Havana, Cuba.

paw_sm3IBBY India and Association of Writers and Illustrators for Children (AWIC) is organizing The International Conference on Literacy Through Literature to be held in New Delhi, India, February 6 – 8, 2014.

paw_sm3The IBBY 34th International Congress: May everyone really mean everyone. Reading as an inclusive experience will be held in Mexico City, Mexico, September 10 – 13, 2014. Submissions are now being accepted for a special issue of Bookbird to coincide with the Congress. Papers are welcomed that examine texts for children from Mexico or the Latin American world as they relate to or intersect with the conference theme. See Bookbird’s website at www.ibby.org/bookbird for full submission details.

paw_sm3The 33rd IBBY Congress took place this past summer in London and a selection of videos of some of the plenary and other sessions are now available on the Congress website. Click here to watch them. Hopefully PaperTigers Editor Marjorie Coughlan’s session Escaping Conflict, Seeking Peace: picture books that relate refugee stories, and their importance will be uploaded soon so that those of us that couldn’t attend can enjoy her presentation.

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16177. Live in Ohio? Meet Me in Strongsville and New Philly!

I'm looking forward to meeting readers at two upcoming library events!

Strongsville Branch, Cuyahoga County Public Library
Strongsville, OH -- Appearance and Signing
Sat, March 2, 2013, 3:45-5 p.m.



Tuscarawas County Public Library
New Philadelphia, OH – Presentation and Signing
Thurs, March 7, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
121 Fair Ave NW
New Philadelphia, OH 44663
Phone: 330-364-4474

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16178. Not So Miserables

After waiting weeks (and part of last year) to see Les Misérables, I finally saw it today. Does a mad-dance-scream combo and grins madly. Love, love, loved it. Just resisted singing along during the movie, but I've spent the time since we left the cinema singing, skipping and being generally annoying. This is not unusual.

I want to see it again. NOW. In fact, I threatened to watch the 10th Anniversary Concert on DVD this evening but Mum has lent it to someone. Noooooooo! Maybe, I could watch 'Once More With Feeling' instead.

Skips some more.

Then, when we were leaving the cinema, I opened my Gmail and discovered to my unrestrained joy that I'd sold a short story to Daily Science Fiction. Look out for my story 'Puppet Man' sometime in the coming year. You can read my previous Daily Science Fiction stories here and here. And, if you're in the mind to submit something yourself then you'll find guidelines here.

Skips away.

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16179. Turning Pages: FREAKS, by Kieran Larwood

Well, this one has a nice, succinct title, doesn't it? FREAKS. Misfits. Mutants. This is a strangely compelling but freakish little work, first published in Britain in 2011, and winner of The Times/Chicken House Publishing Children’s Fiction... Read the rest of this post

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16180. Flip the Page is hard at work!

With only two weeks left in the submission process, the Flip the Page committee completed their first meeting and began sorting through submissions. We are so appreciative of everyone who has submitted thus far and we cannot wait to see everything else that Central Ohio’s teens can do. Full of humor, poetry, and stories of teen angst, this issue of Flip the Page is sure to be a great one! Don’t miss out on being a part of this great opportunity!

The deadline for submissions is March 1st, which is only TWO WEEKS AWAY! Don’t forget to submit your piece of writing (that is 800 words or less) to flipthepage@thurberhouse.org. Please click here for more information and to download a submission form.

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16181. One in a million

"The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas."

Linus Pauling, chemist, peace activist, author, educator; Nobel Prize in chemistry, Nobel Peace Prize (1901-1994)

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16182. A rainy day interview link

It is rainy here in South Jersey. Rainy, I tell you. RAINY.

And I am tired and achy and in need of a nap.

BUT FIRST! Here's a link to a somewhat sunnier blog run by Debbi Michiko Florence, who was sweet enough to interview me about my work and my writing process.

Kiva - loans that change lives

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16183. Teen Author Book Camp Blog Tour

Today we have Margie Jordanfrom Writer's Cubed to tell us about the Teen Author Boot Camp:

There is a famous line from a movie that says, “I was always a band geek. I just never joined the band.” I could relate. When I was in high school I was a president of the dance team, a singer in the choir, a hang-out-with-my-boyfriend-until-mom-and-dad-forced-me-home kind of person. But in my heart, I was a writer. This is why I tell people all the time, “I was always a writer. I just always hated English.”

Because I was a closet writer, I didn’t have anyone to bounce ideas off of, no one to tell me when I stank, no one to teach me how to craft a really great story. My teachers were the millions of books I read (not in a closet—but hidden away when my friends were around).  And I WISHED I could have had someone to talk to about my hidden obsession.

If this sounds like you…. Then I’m happy to say there is a solution.

The Teen Author Boot Camp, founded by the Utah-based group Writers Cubed and sponsored by Utah Valley University is one of only a few writing conferences nationwide geared solely for teenagers who have a love for the written word.  For the first time ever, Writers Cubed is offering the conference to anyone who wants to attend through Live Stream.

Interested? Here are the deets!

When: Saturday, March 16, 2013
From: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (MST)
Where: Worldwide via the internet
Who: Teens, teachers, librarians, book lovers
Cost: $4.99 for the Live Broadcast; $9.99 for the All Pass

The keynote address by Newbery Winning Author Shannon Hale will be free for anyone to watch. It will be on March, 16th, 2013 at 9 a.m. MST. A subscription to the Live Broadcast costs $4.99 and includes the following:
9 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.—Writers Cubed: Welcome
9:15 a.m. to 9:55 a.m.—Keynote by Newbery Award winner Shannon Hale (Princess Academy)
10 a.m to 10:45 a.m.—Tyler Whitesides (JanitorsClass: Imagine and Create. 
10:55 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.—Janette Rallison (My Fair GodmotherClass: Bad dialogue can kill a story.
12:50 a.m. to 1:35 p.m.—NYT bestseller Kiersten White (ParanormalcyClass: Plot Like a Villain.
1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.—J. Scott Savage (FarworldClass: Finding Your Voice.

2:50 p.m. to 3:25 p.m.—Journey to Publication Panel:     Agent Amy Jameson & authors Chad Morris, Tess Hilmo, J. Scott Savage, Cindy Bennett
3:35 p.m. to 4:20 p.m.—NYT bestseller Aprilynne Pike (Wings)   Class: World-building is the invisible foundation to your book.
4:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.—Writers Cubed: Winner of the First Chapter Contest and closing remarks.
If you just can’t get enough of TABC, there is also an All Pass Subscription to the rest of the conference (including more than fifteen awesome presentations, including mine--haha). That only costs $9.99 and, as if it wasn’t a sweet enough deal already, you can watch the whole conference whenever you want for an entire year.
To register to watch Shannon Hale’s Keynote for free, visit www.teenauthorbootcamp.com and click on Livestream. It only takes a minute. While you’re there, check out the other presenters who will be teaching at the conference under the tab “Drill Sergeants.”
Stay tuned for details on how to win a subscription to the TABC Live Broadcast for FREE on this blog

Margie Jordan is a co-founder of Writers Cubed, a group of Utah writing activists who created
the Teen Author Boot Camp in 2010. In her spare time, like when she isn’t writing, she is a Literacy specialist for her local school district. Please visit her website at www.writerscubed.com.

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16184. Reader's Block: is there a cure?

by Teri Terry A few days ago I posted this on Facebook:  I don't get writer's block as such - but I do get reader's block. This is much worse! Every now and then, I don't want to read anything I have (and I have a mountainous TBR) but I'm just craving....I don't know what. I want a book to grab my hands and pull me in, but not leave me feeling battered during or after. Everything I pick up

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16185. [PR] GEN Manga Announces the launch of new Korean Comics Magazine, GEN Manhwa!

GEN Manga Announces the launch of new Korean Comics Magazine, GEN Manhwa!

GEN Manhwa, featuring Stone Collector, is available nationwide Feb. 2013!

NEW YORK, NY – GEN Manga Entertainment, Inc. announces the release of GEN Manhwa  (GEN Manhwa, featuring Stone Collector, 54 pages, black and white) will be available Feb. 2013.  (ED. – Check out a sample here.)

GEN Manga welcomes 2013 with exciting new publishing plans! GEN Manga will release monthly indie Korean GEN Mahnwa!

“It’s a non-stop full of action title full of monsters and zombies! Very high grade stuff!”

Stone Collector: Pieces of curse fall from the sky as if to mock the cruelty and evil of humanity. These stones create wretched beasts and the blood of these beasts turn human flesh into the undead. There is only one thing that can destroy these hellish fiends—Jade Stone. This is the story of a Stone Collector. One who wields Jade forged blades. A man whose family was murdered by these evil abominations and he has now vowed to rid the world of the foul presence. —Author: Kevin Han  —Artist: Zom-J

This year GEN will also release a complete list of graphic novels. All new graphic novels with all new content along with the return of old stories with new artwork and new chapters! GEN Manga will release new content every month, this time, in the form of one-shot graphic novels, otherwise known in Japan as tankobon!

The second release 2013 in GEN Manga’s publishing schedule is the indie fan favorite Sorako!

The art of Sorako is fluid, quick, imprecise. Lines aren’t perfectly straight nor details entirely accurate, but the rough drafting style gives the frames energy and character, enhancing the impression that the artist’s goal is to tell Sorako’s story, blemishes and all. —AnimeNation

Sorako lives an ordinary life. And this is an ordinary story. She has friends and family, loves her dog, thinks about life, and occasionally looks for work (kinda). These are the adventures into a typical girl’s life.

—Author & Artist: Takayuki Fujimura

GEN Manga will also release its first Kickstarter to help promote print here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1450575711/sorako-a-manga-about-nothing?ref=live

GEN stories are published nowhere else in the world. These stories are created by the elusive doujin creators in Tokyo’s secret underground circles, otherwise known in the west as independent creators and hard core fans.

Presenting new indie manga circles from Japan, GEN, a monthly publication, will be released in the US and Japan simultaneously. Digital format and print editions for GEN are available now. Based in New York, GEN Manga Entertainment (www.genmanga.com) endeavors to publish new and unseen graphic work from Japan, being in the unique position to bring readers work first, more original and untamed manga will be sure to come!

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16186. Books Recently Read

BEING GOD - B.A. Binns

Malik is a bad boy. His actions reveal the apprehension and mistrust he feels towards others and the wrongs that were done to him. He willingly takes the blame for a crime a friend committed, does community service, and tries to make things right with two girls he’s hurt. Still, many times Malik veers onto the wrong path.

Despite Malik’s wrongdoings and faults, I thought he was likable since what he’s going through can be attributed to his youth and past. Also, he does undergo positive changes throughout the book. He’s a young man dealing with many friend, family, and girl issues, as well as sexuality, alcoholism, crime, and gang activity. Set against the streets of Chicago, Malik is tough, but at the same time vulnerable.

This was an enjoyable, realistic book in the male POV. I am now very curious about the previous novel in this series, PULL. I would like to delve into Malik and his friends’ world again.

OUT OF THE EASY - Ruta Sepetys

Josie is the daughter of a prostitute and she pines for a better life. She meets a man who inspires her to apply for college, but he’s robbed and murdered. Her mother is involved in the murder, and by association Josie is in the middle of things. All Josie wants to do is leave town and get an education, but there are forces working against her. Her upbringing, her mother, and surrounding thugs all seem to be holding her down.

I really felt for Josie. Her desire to leave everything behind and have a glorious future was poignant, but she lived in a time when reputation and lineage were important. The characters and setting were amazing. I felt like all my senses were engaged. This book will take you to New Orleans in the 1950s. The characters—madams, prostitutes, johns, and Josie’s love interests—all added to the richness of this novel. I received the galley from NetGalley, courtesy of the publisher.

BRUISED - Sarah Skilton

Imogen can break a board with one hand and punch and kick like a pro. She’s a Tae Kwon Do Black Belt. But the one day when she really could use her skills, she freezes. During an armed robbery at a local diner, Imogen hides under a table instead of saving others.

There was another person hiding underneath a table across from her. The boy’s name is Ricky. At school they go to counseling together, but Imogen wants to explore a different path of healing to get rid of the nightmares and flashing scenes of the diner. She wants to believe she’s strong and capable, unlike the girl who was hiding under the table.

How Imogen goes about healing was interesting and compelling. This book has a strong, believable main character and the other characters came alive as well. I’ve read books dealing with PTSD before, but this one was unique with the robbery and a female martial artist. I received the galley from NetGalley, courtesy of the publisher.


The book starts out with a young man named Ben living a military life. There seemed to be a lot of telling in the beginning and I almost put it down, but then it got really good when Ben recounts what happened in his hometown before he left for Afghanistan.

While working on a farm, Ben befriends the owner’s son, a boy named Jimmy. Jimmy has a surprise for him…for everyone, actually. Unbeknownst to Ben, Jimmy took a sensual, topless photo of his sleeping form that won second place in a photo contest. Jimmy never thought he’d win, but he did, and the local news gets wind of this. People are spreading rumors about Jimmy and Ben.

A possible hate crime, murder, and small town intrigue follow. I don’t want to reveal too much, because I feel like I already have. The beauty of this book is related to all the surprises, the twists and turns, which are unexpected. After an iffy beginning, I couldn’t put the novel down. I received the galley from NetGalley, courtesy of the publisher.

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16187. Fawcett and Dorne Books

Two excellent books about major mid-century illustrators have been produced by Auad Publishing.

The newest book is about Albert Dorne (1906-1965), who had a dynamic cartoon-illustration style that was popular for both story illustration (above), and advertising (below).

Dorne was a hard-working, self-made success. He brought a no-nonsense approach to the business and cofounded the Code of Ethics and Fair Practices of the Profession of Commercial Art and Illustration.

He had an extensive photo reference collection, and he worked quickly, producing a vast body of images, most of which haven't been seen recently except by collectors of old magazines. The bulk of the new book is pure artwork, beautifully reproduced, with some preliminary sketches to show Dorne's process.

Illustration historian David Apatoff chronicles Dorne's career and tells how he founded the Famous Artists' School. Apatoff's writing style is very readable, full of information and anecdote. There's also an introduction by Howard Munce, who knew Dorne, a recollection by Dorne's daughter Barbara Dorne Bullas, and a "graphic foreword" by Jack Davis, one of many cartoonists who Dorne inspired.

The other book, which came out earlier, and is more expensive now, is about Robert Fawcett (1903-1967), justifiably dubbed the "illustrator's illustrator." His pictures are mostly ornate colored drawings with a profusion of intriguing and believable detail.

Fawcett is best known for his Sherlock Holmes illustrations, twelve of which are included here. 

Like Dorne, Fawcett was a legend among his peers, and this book is packed full of nicely printed examples. Some are taken from printed tearsheets and show the vintage graphics that went with the original illustration. Many others are scanned from originals. Altogether, there are more than a hundred color illustrations and numerous black and white drawings. Both books are hardcover, 9 x 12 inches, about 182 pages.

Let's hope that Mr. Auad and Mr. Apatoff will keep producing more of these great resources on classic illustrators.
At Amazon:
Albert Dorne: Master Illustrator
Robert Fawcett: The Illustrator's Illustrator
Auad Publishing
Online portfolio on Leif Peng's Flickr sets:
Al Dorne (157 images)
Robert Fawcett (179 images)
Author David Apatoff also does the Illustration Art blog

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16188. Wildlife & Nature Prints Now Available From Our Illustrator

S.R.S. Photography Our talented illustrator, due to demand, has now made prints available of her photographic imagery. Her work has appeared in online publications and was recently seen on Global TV and recognition is growing by leaps and bounds. Read more on our illustrator page. At present, 50 images are available and can be ordered as shown above, ready for framing. Please visit Selena

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16189. Now up! Read a Calendar of Tales. And make ART.

posted by Neil Gaiman


Here's a video that the people at BlackBerry (who are the patrons of this project) made of me ten days ago, on the two days between the tweeting out the questions and the writing of the stories.

If you go to http://keepmoving.blackberry.com/desktop/en/us/ambassador/neil-gaiman.html you will be able to read or download a free PDF of all twelve of the stories I wrote in three days of madness last week: over 9000 words of tales, each one very different, each one inspired by a reply to a question I'd twittered to the world.

The next stage is art. I made stories inspired by replies, now I want the stories to inspire art. Something we can make a calendar out of -- an online one, perhaps a paper one as well... Go to the website to find out how.

I tried to write stories that would make pictures in people's heads. I hope I succeeded.

Yours nervously,


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16190. Share a Story 2013 - Just 2 Weeks Away

For being a short month, February sure packs in a lot of literacy-related stuff. There are a slew of awards for children's literature and festivities for sharing a love of reading.

That's not to say there isn't plenty of literacy fun in March!We’ll kick off the month on Friday, March 1 with NEA’s Read Across America Day. It’s an annual event to promote reading that also coincides with Theodor Geisel’s birthday.

What better way to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday and all that he means for children's literacy than to be part of Share a Story - Shape a Future?

This year, as we mentioned, our theme is Literacy: The First Five Years. It is partly a tribute to the fifth anniversary of our blog tour for literacy, and also a chance to recognize all the literacy work we do in the early years of our children's lives.

I am excited to introduce our hosts for this year's events ...

It is so exciting each year to welcome new bloggers to our ensemble, so be sure to stop by The Styling LibrarianTif Talks Books, Growing Book by Book, Once Upon a Story, and What Do We Do All Day to welcome them to the tour.

And while you're blog hopping, be sure to visit our long-time contributors Jen Robinson at Jen Robinson's Book Page, Susan Stephenson at The Book Chook, Carol Rasco at Quietly, and Dawn Little at Literacy Toolbox. Thank them for joining us again this year!

We don't have any limits on participation, so if you'd like to participate, please drop us a line with your post idea at shareastory [at] thereadingtub [dot] com. 

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16191. Family Life

Family life is important. It can be a challenge to keep your family strong, write a book and keep all the other balls in the air that add to the juggling act. I’ve heard many successful writers say that their greatest accomplishment is their family.
How does a writer keep it all in perspective and prioritize effectively? It can be stressful to spend time with a child struggling with homework, when you have a writing deadline. But remember, you can never get that moment back. You may never have another opportunity to teach that child what can be taught only in that moment.
Scheduling your time helps a lot. But as the mother of six children I've found a few other tricks that can help too.
Writing in timed segments can be effective, especially if you have small children. Be sure children have something to do, then set a timer for a chunk of time and let children (large or small) know that you are writing. Explain that when the timer dings, you will be able to listen again, but you need this focused time to write. Even small children can learn to understand this at an early age (if the writing segments are short).
Sometimes small segments of time don’t do it though, and you need some focused writing time. That’s when it’s time to escape. Leave somebody else in charge and find a quiet library or motel room. I’ve even take my laptop and parked in a less-than-easy-to-find parking lot where nobody would find me. Accomplish what you can in that focused time and then enjoy your family when you return home.
That delicate balance between family life and writing and the rest of life can be found.

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16192. Disneyland + YA Authors = SO MUCH WIN!!!

Hey guys!

I know I've gone back to being a VERY bad blogger (sigh). I promise, I'm going to TRY to be better. But in the meantime, I wanted to give a quick update about an event I have coming up at the end of March that I'm SUPER excited about. 

Yes, that's right. An author event at DISNEYLAND. I mean, do you get anymore awesome than that??? I'm almost afraid it's so much awesome it's going to make the universe implode with awesome overload. 

Here's the official event info from the organizers:
What’s better than books? Nothing! But rollercoasters come close. On Saturday, March 30, 2013, sixteen of your favorite young adult authors will put on their mouse ears for THE YAPPIEST DAY ON EARTH, the first (that we know of) YA Day at Disneyland. Bloggers, booksellers, librarians, and fans are invited to come spend the day riding with authors and chatting about current and upcoming releases. The event will culminate with a group signing at the Anabella Hotel, across the street from California Adventure.

To participate, meet the authors inside the gates of Disneyland at 8:00 AM on March 30th. Or, join us at the book signing at 5:30 PM at the Anabella Hotel, 1030 W. Katella Ave. Those too far away to participate may order books to be autographed through Mysterious Galaxy’s website at http://mystgalaxy.com/.

Participating authors include: Elise Allen, Carrie Arcos, Sean Beaudoin, Jennifer Bosworth, Martha Brockenbrough, Cecil Castellucci, Rachel Cohn, Kevin Emerson, Chris Howard, Lish McBride, Gretchen McNeil, Robin Mellom, Shannon Messenger, Cat Patrick, Kasie West, and Gabrielle Zevin.
The day will be tweeted live by participating authors and fans, using the hashtag #YAPPIEST.

Event Breakdown:

When: Saturday, March 30, 2013 

8:00 AM 
All YAPPIEST participants should meet inside the gates of Disneyland. 
Look for the authors in YAPPIEST T-shirts! 

4:45 PM
 All YAPPIEST author/reader groups should meet in front of the entrance to the Tomorrowland Monorail Station to ride/walk to the signing location 

5:30 – 7:30 PM 
Group Book Signing Anabella Hotel
1030 W. Katella Ave
Anaheim, CA, 92802
Phone: 714-905-1050 

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16193. New Imprints

Amazon is adding two new children's imprints: Two Lions and Skyscrape. 


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16194. Time Management Tuesday: Final Thoughts On Boost Your Willpower

Really? After four weeks, she has more to say about about the Yoga Journal Boost Your Willpower program? Yes, I do.

The program included several e-mails on the impact stress has on willpower, which I wasn't able to work into my four TMTuesday posts. But since it seems a significant factor when talking about willpower and self-discipline, which have a connection to time management, I wanted to mention it.

Stress, YJ claims, actually "drains willpower." It causes the ol' fight-or-flight response to kick in. We want to flee the workstation. Stress can also shove us into "a reward-seeking state by increasing the excitability of your dopamine neurons." (Science!) We want to feel better right away. The most obvious example of this is stress eating, but leaving the file we're working on to run to our "friends" on Facebook or to dive into any pleasurable reading experience would be others.

YJ's suggestions for relieving stress include yoga and meditation, of course, because it is Yoga Journal. Exercise, spiritual practices, and simply getting outside for a walk also make the list. My own thought is maintaining some kind of regular practice involving any of these activities could help contain stress in the first place.

When stress is upon us? The Ten-minute Timeout/unit system plans we discussed last week could help us delay the gratification we think we're going to get by stopping work. YJ also suggests training ourselves to slow our breathing. "When we slow the breath, studies show, we activate the prefrontal cortex and shift the body from stress to self-control mode." Slow breathing in front of the computer screen for a few minutes could calm the stress and keep us from moving away.

Boost Your Willpower conclusion: My takeaway from this program is using "I will" statements, using the unit system to keep me from giving in to the What the Hell Effect, and using the unit system to keep me from giving in to the desire to do something other than work right this minute. And  I'll be paying even more attention to my breathing during yoga practice.

Next week we will be on to some other aspect of time management.

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16195. Why are Inkjet Transfers are so horrible?

Once Upon a Time, before we got into the t-shirt printing business, I made a t-shirt for my grandma. I think it was for her birthday. It said, “I’m not waiting until I get old, I’m going to wear purple NOW!”

It was an almost humorous take on the When I am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple poem. And it was almost good. I printed it on one of those inkjet iron-on transfers you can get at any craft store or the impulse shelf at Target. The design was not fantastic. To add insult to injury I printed it way too far down on the shirt and disturbingly off to the left. My grandma had her picture taken in it so I could see how she looked. Which was horrible. I’m pretty sure she only wore it that one time, for the photo.

That horrible image lasted a very long time. In fact, I got the shirt back many years later after she had passed away. It looks spectacularly shiny and new.

Why the Horribleness Lasted So Long

The long-lasting success of the aforementioned abominable print may mislead you to think that those inkjet transfers are perfect for making and selling t-shirts. Nopity, nopity, no.

The only reason the ironed-on image stayed in its pristine condition was the fact that my grandmother:

  1. never wore it again
  2. never had to wash it
  3. kept it in a box where no human would ever gaze upon it and subsequently turn to stone

Inkjet vs Screen Print: T-shirt Death Match!

Don’t get me wrong. I am not whole-handedly dismissing inkjet transfers. I’m only dismissing them with my thumb and part of my palm. Inkjet transfers are perfect for personal craft and hobby prints. They are relatively cheap and easy to use. If you have an inkjet printer and an iron, go forth and decorate apparel until you just can’t take all the colorful goodness that surrounds you.

But heads-up, seven-up. If you’re going to decorate apparel to sell, you have to take it up a few notches. Why? Let’s set two printed shirts side-by-side and see what happens after wearing and washing.



The shirt on the left is a screen-printed tee I bought at Taste of Chicago in 1995. The jazzy elephant shirt on the right is one I had done through a print-on-demand site, using an inkjet transfer. It’s about 2-3 years old.

The screen-printed Chicago shirt has been worn through 18 years of sweaty workouts, fixing the car, baby excretions, sleeping, and has soaked up countless UV rays. Thankfully, it has also been washed at least 1 more time than it’s been worn.

The jazzy elephant tee has been worn a few times. It’s been washed a bit.

Let’s look at them up close and see how the prints held up (click on each image to expand):

closeup-chicago closeup-elephant

We can see that the older Chicago print has faded a bit. It’s degraded a little, too. But after 18 years and a lot of abuse, it’s held up pretty well, especially for an image with so many fine lines.

One the other side, our jazzy elephant print is really showing some deterioration. The color looks pretty good, but the image sure is breaking down fast.

Go Easy, Go Cheap!

Here’s my recommendation. If you’re looking to sell shirts and make big bucks and you don’t care what happens after the sale, you should go with inkjet transfers. They are cheap. They’re easy. And by the time your customers realize they bought a product that won’t last very long, you’ll already be kicking back with your huge profits.

On the flip side, screen printing takes more time. It’s more expensive in the short run. If (for some crazy reason) you care about what happens to your products after the sale, and you like your customers coming back, you might consider going the screen printing route.

If the design is something people want to buy and wear, chances are they aren’t going to store it in a box until they die.

Whichever way you go, always remember: Grandma is probably just being nice.

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16196. Toastworthy Teen - Eric Delgado

Eric Delgado, Efflux Pump Foiler

We’ve all heard how germs are become more and more resistant to antibiotics. Well, when high school Eric Delgado had the chance to work with Jersey City Medical Center researchers who were investigating one such drug-resistant bug (MRSA), he came away determined to find a solution. 

After learning that some bacteria use a mechanism called an efflux pump (built into their membranes) to expel antibiotics, Eric wanted to find a way to turn off the pumps. 

Luckily, he had a teacher willing to help him make contacts across the country who then supplied him with everything from advice to plant compounds. Over 2 years of experimentation, Eric was able to determine how much antibiotic each pump expelled, and thus how much medicine need be administered to overcome that. 

He has now brought his talents to Yale University, and eventually wants to work in public health, where I’m sure he’ll have a positive impact. :)

Do you know a toast-worthy teen you’d like to see featured here at BWATE? 

Comment below with your email address so we can get a post together!

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16197. New Hampshire exhibit opens tomorrow

New Hampshire Institute of Art opens its Dinotopia exhibition tomorrow, Wednesday, February 20.

The show of 22 original Dinotopia paintings and drawings will be on view in the Amherst building through March 13. The opening is at 5:00. It's free and open to the public.

After the opening I'll give an illustrated lecture about "Worldbuilding: How to Develop a Fantasy Universe." The lecture starts at 6:30 pm and costs $20 to attend. There will be a book signing afterward.

I will also give a lecture on Thursday the 21st at WPI in Worcester, Massachusetts.
New Hampshire Institute of Art event on Wednesday
Worcester Polytechnic Institute event on Thursday

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16198. Pitch-Fest At WriteonCon

WriteonCon, the people who brought us a free, on-line conference focusing on YA  last year, are running a Pitch-Fest March 18 through 22. Right now they have a Perfect Your Pitch workshop running on their forums so that people can have their pitches critiqued before submitting them to the Pitch-Fest.

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16199. Turn Around

Life is much more bearable
If, as I’ve sometimes found,
You can strike out negatives
And turn those vibes around.

When you’re quite together,
You can root around inside
And find the place the positives
Most often like to hide.

Then you simply substitute
Each minus for a plus.
It must be done instinctively –
Not something to discuss.

Most of us, though, need a hand
For when we have support,
We have the strength to hear critiques
And slough them off for sport.

I thank my lucky stars because
My family and friends
Are there to boost my spirits when
Some censuring descends.

And with their help I’m back on track
To face what comes my way.
Such comfort means much more to me
Than I can ever say.

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16200. Okemo, VT

Well I'm back from my weekend at Okemo Mountain and I have to tell you, it was very cold We made our way up Friday night after the boys got out of school; there was no way I was going to take them out of school. We stopped a few times for dinner and bathroom breaks; not to mention feed and walk Rascal.

It was around nine by the time we got there, so it wasn't long before everyone was off to bed so we could get an early start Saturday morning.

My husband got up early with the boys and sighed them up for snow boarding lessons, much to their delight(they were not happy). I hit the slopes with my mother-in-law mid morning and got a few runs in on the magic carpet to warm up, before buying tickets for the lift and taking a break for lunch back at the house. After lunch my Mother-in-law and I hit the slopes again before joining my husband for a few runs, before picking up the kids.

Sunday, it was too cold for me, so I stayed home. I was really upset about it too, but with the temperature being 17 degrees, and the wind chill at around 3 degrees the furthest I got was walking Rascal around the block. Even then I had to put on snow pants and thermals. I could barely walk let alone ski.

Monday morning we headed home praying that we weren't headed towards a driveway full of snow that needed to be shoveled. Yes, that's right, if you live in the North East like me, you heard or dealt with the snow that came in Saturday.  Thankfully their wasn't much snow, and I was able to get Rascal to the vet for an evening appointment. Thank my friends is a story in itself. Stay turned. I'll tell you all about my puppy, next post.

In the mean time, tell me how your President's Day weekend went?

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