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1. Livin' La Vida Writer

I am a week and a half in to a four-week paid sabbatical from my day job. As a result, I'm on a 12-day streak,  spending at least three hours a day on my dream job.

Some of my friends think it's odd that I would spend the four weeks away from my writing job writing, but I'm loving it. Although I refer to it as "working" every day, i'm working on my own stuff, doing what I want to do.

I spent the first week writing original material. In the recent PitchWars, a Middle Grade manuscript I considered finished got an excellent response. The people who gave me feedback agreed on one thing, however: my book was too short. So I fixed that, writing just over 15,000 words in six days. Since then, I've been revising my WIP, writing new scenes (including one I've been dreading for months).

It's the most productive I've been since I took a two-week writing vacation a couple years ago. Part of the success is due to the lessons I learned during that vacation.

Follow a Routine

As tempting as it may be to sleep in while I have the chance, I know I'm most productive between about 10 and 1:00.  That means that, although I do stay in bed a little later than usual, I am in my home office (my Schreibwinkel) by about 9:30. I've started as early as 7:30 and as late as 10:00, but on all but a few days, I've started between 9:00 and 9:45. Except for one day when I worked on a scene that exhausted me so I had to stop around 12:30, I've worked until around 1:30, occasionally as late as 2 or 2:30.

That's a fairly aggressive schedule, but it works for me. I work through my most productive time and stop when I feel the mojo weakening.

Because I write at the beginning of my day, every day, I wake up ready to go. Sometimes, my morning dreams are even related to the work I need to do that day.

Minimize Distractions

My family is used to me needing to be left alone in my Schreibwinkel. I frequently work from home, so they've been trained for years to let me work. They're used to me being unavailable, even if I'm in the house. 

Because I'm working shorter hours than usual, they know that if they leave me alone for a few hours, I'm theirs when I'm done. Most things they need from me can wait.

I've also made it a rule that, for the most part, I check email and Facebook before and after I work. Once in a while, I'll check during a break, but I've mostly been good about this.

I'm used to working through the typical household noises, but I am easily distracted by talking and laughing. It helps me minimize distracting noises to listen to music. Music can also distract me, though. I've learned that putting my music on shuffle instead of listening to favorites works for me. I recently read an article that suggested putting on music you don't especially like. I don't take it that far. In fact, sometimes a scene calls for a certain kind of background music, even though nobody else would necessarily connect the two.

Take Breaks

Because my writing period is fairly long, I take breaks. Some are informally scheduled. For example, there have been several days when I've written from 9 until about 10, then stopped for breakfast.

There have also been scheduled breaks. There have been some days when my writing group has scheduled writing sprints where we work for a specified period, then check in with each other on our Facebook page.

Each writer has unique break needs. Some of us can only write for so many minutes without a pause. Some of us need to look away from the screen now and then during an intense scene so we can keep enough distance to write well. And some of cannot stop without breaking the spell.

I know when I need a break. My only real rule for breaks is that I don't allow myself to become distracted by another task. My breaks are no longer than necessary, and my family members understand that I may be showing my face, but my time is not theirs yet.

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This is what works for me. My family situation allows me to work this way. My kids are older. Two grandkids live with me, but I'm not the only caregiver in the house, like a lot of moms (especially) are. And I already have work routines when I'm home.

The result of putting structure around my writing time is that I remain productive, and that I enjoy my writing time because other stresses are reduced as much as possible during those hours.

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2. Elves and Orcs and Things

The pencil drawing for this one is here, because sometimes it looks better in simple line.

And just because I couldn't make up my mind,
here is the elf in various autumn orc hunting colors.


Earlier this year I played a game mod for Lord of the Rings which had a real good feel to it.  Reminded me a lot of the books.  You could even be an orc although I ran into trouble.  Playing as "Spuds" I was not inclined to do orcish things.  Savage orcs turned on me, and the race of men wouldn't accept me.  Stay in the middle and I'd be killed!  So Spuds did the only next best thing.  Join a group of roaming heroes to fight against the darkness that was coming upon Middle Earth!  (Okay I embellished a bit on the end but hey!  It did lead to some crazy drawings, of which these are a few.)




I had some more serious Lord of the Rings drawings, but I think they got buried somewhere.


In other news... I'm jumping between paintings, illustration covers, and finishing my studio.  More coming soon.

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3. Inviting you to two Schuylkill River talks, on behalf of the River of the Year honor

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(I will be giving this talk on Tuesday October 14 at Montgomery County Community College and on October 16 at Trinity Urban Life Center, Philadelphia, PA. Both talks are free and open to the public. We would love to see you.)

Schuylkill River Heritage Area
140 College Drive

Pottstown, PA  19464

For Immediate Release

September 29, 2014
                                                                                    Contact:
                                                                                    Laura Catalano
                                                                                                      lcatalano@schuylkillriver.org                 
                                                                                                  (484) 945-0200

 Author to Speak about Schuylkill River and the Imagination


POTTSTOWN–“That’s the thing about this river: you have to imagine it to see it.” That line was written by award-winning author Beth Kephart in the prelude to her book Flow: The Life and Times of Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River.

On Tuesday, October 14 Kephart will talk about the place the Schuylkill River has forged in her own imagination. Her talk will take place at Montgomery County Community College West Campus, in the Community Room in South Hall at 7 p.m. A second presentation will be held on Thursday Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Trinity Center for Urban Life in Philadelphia.

Both talks are free, but attendees are asked to register at riverdreams.eventbrite.com or by calling the Schuylkill River Heritage Area at 484-945-0200.

In addition to speaking about the place the Schuylkill River has in her own imagination and teaching, she will also look at the impact rivers have on all our lives, and the legacy of those who have worked to restore Philadelphia’s essential waterways.

Kephart is a National Book Award finalist and an acclaimed author and educator. Her book, Flow, is an imaginative telling of the life of the Schuylkill River written in short, thought-provoking, impressionistic chapters. The book was published in 2007 by Temple University Press, and was reprinted in paperback earlier this year.

The Schuylkill was named Pennsylvania’s 2014 River of the Year. Kephart’s talk, entitled RIVER DREAMS: History, Hope and the Imagination, will serve as the keynote address for the Schuylkill River Heritage Area’s River of the Year Speaker Series. Kephart developed the presentation specifically for that purpose. 

“At a time of global uncertainty, the restoration of our rivers—and of our Schuylkill in particular—is a kind of poetry, proof of what remains possible," says Kephart. "I’m interested in the possible. I’m leavened by it.” 

“Our goal in hosting a River of the Year speaker series has been to introduce people to various aspects of the Schuylkill River,” said Schuylkill River Heritage Area Executive Director Kurt Zwikl. “We are pleased to be able to offer two presentations by a very talented author that focus on how the river has affected her as a writer and a teacher.”

Earlier presentations in the series included a talk by author Chari Towne about the environmental cleanup of the river, and a campfire presentation at Valley Forge about the role the Schuylkill River played during the Revolutionary War. The final installment in the series will be a screening of the film DamNation, about the environmental impact of dams. That will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. at Alvernia University’s Francis Hall, in Reading.

The Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area, managed by the  non-profit Schuylkill River Greenway Association, uses conservation, education, recreation, historic preservation and tourism as tools for community revitalization and economic development.Visit www.schuylkillriver.org to learn more.

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4. New Cookbooks for September: Making the Most of the Harvest

September, when we are still working to preserve our summer fare amidst the first rains of fall, brings books on harvesting and preserving. Let's enjoy these last of the summer-oriented cookbooks and also: Cookbook Season! September, October, and November bring a bumper crop of new cookbook releases. Keep an eye out next month for a [...]

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5. Spark, by Kallie George: bringing smiles & patience to beginning readers (ages 5-8)

Our second graders loved today's read-aloud: Spark, by Kallie George. And I adored their comments, connections and questions. If you're looking for a book to bring smiles and patience to a young reader, definitely look for this charming story.
Spark
by Kallie George
illustrated by Geneviève Côté
Simply Read Books, 2013
Your local library
Amazon
ages 5-8
Spark wants to be able to breath fire like a big dragon, but he can't control his flame. His mama asks him to practice roasting marshmallows and he's just sure he can do it. Just look how cute he is:
"I can do it!" said Spark.
But every time he tries, "WHOOOOSH" out comes a huge flame.  He can’t control his fiery breath. Even practicing doesn’t help. I just love how his parents kept their cool (get it?!) and told him that he was still young. When he was older, he'd be able to control his flame.
"Whoosh! Out came a big flame."
We connected this to our reading. Sometimes I tell kids they aren't ready for a book yet. Maybe when they're in fourth grade, it will be just right for them. They know how hard it is to wait. And they knew how much it meant to Spark that he was patient and tried again.
Spark's birthday party
The culminating moment several months later, after Spark, when Spark lights his birthday candles is so full of joy that it brings a smile to everyone's face.  Here are some of our students' comments:
  • “It’s a really good book because it’s funny. I like the way Spark blows FIRE.”
  • “At the last part, how is he going to blow out the candle?”
  • “I like the way the ending lets us imagine what’s going to happen next.”
  • “I like how Spark kept trying. He was patient, and was able to blow them out in the end.”
We are excited to Skype with Kallie George soon. Our students want to know how she gets inspired, whether she keeps a writer's notebook, how she deals with getting frustrated when she's writing.

The review copy was kindly sent by the publishers, Candlewick Books, but I've already purchased three more copies to share with teachers and families. If you make a purchase using the Amazon links on this site, a small portion goes to Great Kid Books. Thank you for your support.

©2014 Mary Ann Scheuer, Great Kid Books

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6. Call for Poetry Submissions by Women: The Wide Shore

The Wide Shore, A Global Women's Poetry Journal, is opening submissions for its next issue from October 1-November 15, 2014. We seek strong poems and translations of poems by women.

Our mission: The Wide Shore is a global literary journal dedicated to connecting women's voices. We are committed to publishing poetry that reveals and unearths that which has been hidden, masked, buried, or unexpressed. We invite newly translated works by women whose voices have yet to reach wider shores. As Gwendolyn Brooks wrote, we are each other's/ harvest:/ we are each other's/ business:/ we are each other's/ magnitude and bond. 

For submission guidelines and to submit now, go here.

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7. 50 States Against Bullying: CALIFORNIA

The first stop on my 50 States Against Bullying tour took me all the way to...my hometown!

San Luis Obispo High School was the perfect kick-off for this cross-country tour. They did so much in advance of my visit, such as making and displaying posters with encouraging messages for students to read as they move from class to class.


Speaking at my alma mater was a more touching experience than I expected. Here is Principal O'Connor introducing me to the first half of the school.


Over two presentation, I spoke to every student in the school.


The book signing that followed included passing out #ReasonsWhyYouMatter bracelets and students filling out encouragement cards.


Thank you, Ms. Sawyer, for helping to organize a successful event that I will never forget.


And, as a very special treat, Ms. Avery introduced me for my second presentation. This amazing woman gave me an eye-opening and influential junior year as my English teacher. The students she continues to teach are very lucky to have her.




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8. Fiction Competition: Story Quarterly

StoryQuarterly is accepting submissions for our Fourth Annual Fiction Contest through October 31. The winner will receive $1000, the first runner-up $500, and the third $250. All three winners will be published in StoryQuarterly 48 (January 2015).

 Entry fee: $15.00

The contest will be judged by Elizabeth McCracken, author of Thunderstruck and Other Stories, An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination, Niagara Falls All Over Again, The Giant's House, and Here's Your Hat What's Your Hurry. 

Please visit our website for full guidelines and to submit your work.

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9. How ‘Adventure Time’ Revitalized Post-Apocalyptic Storytelling

There’s too much post-apocalyptic fiction around, in books and movies, TV and games. I’d toss the lot into a dumpster now, except for "Adventure Time."

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10. Call for Poetry Submissions: Hartskill Review

Hartskill Review is looking for challenging, evocative, and insightful long poems for its December issue. In this context, a "long poem" is considered anything between 4 and 12 manuscript pages. No submission fee; pays one contributor copy.

Submittable link.


And, as always, regular length poems are welcome. Please consider submitting to Hartskill Review!

Submission details on Hartskill Review website.

Submit 1-3 poems at a time.
Gather your submission into one file.
Poems should be single spaced on the page.
Submit rich, complex, and ambitious poems that reward repeated readings.
Submit poems that mean something to you and stand a chance of meaning something to others.
Simultaneous submissions are okay (notify if accepted elsewhere).
Please include a short biographical note about yourself.
Write "comments welcome" if you wouldn't be averse to receiving comments from the editor.

Responds in 1-4 weeks.

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11. EXCLUSIVE!! All the Super Week Events in one post!

ny super week 592x299 EXCLUSIVE!! All the Super Week Events in one post!

Yes yes I know you are not supposed to use the word EXCLUSIVE in comics journalism, but I wanted to make sure you knew that this is the ONLY ALL TEXT listing for ALL the events of Super Week, Oct. 4-11, with all the links for tickets the venues dates times and EVERYHTING. Thanks to the awesome folks at ReedPOP for making this available to us.

Only a handful of events are strictly comics, but if its comedy theater, music and Star Trek you want, oh boy this is going to be amazing. From the Intrepid to the Natural History Museum to the Hammerstein, events of all kinds and nerdly interests are taking over NYC. Get your tickets now and rest up..you’re going to need it!

 

 

 


 

 

Oct 3-12, 2014

Tues – Fri at 8pm; Sat at 3pm & 8pm; Sun at 3pm & 7pm

Bedbugs!!! It’s A Musical

Arclight Theatre

$69 and $49 with NYSW card (normally $89 and $69) Discount code: BiteNYSW

“In this girl-meets-bug sci-fi-rock-musical-comedy, Carly, an exterminator, is hell-bent on avenging her mother’s bedbug related death. In an effort to permanently rid the city of its infestation, she accidentally mutates the pests into blood-sucking, heavy metal rock gods. Bedbugs!!! is an original musical that the NY Times called, “…a little bit “Little Shop of Horrors” and a little bit “Rocky Horror Show,” but even more over the top.” This “*improbably entertaining” and “**wonderfully outrageous and inventive” musical is a blitz of 80’s nostalgia and a creepy-crawly love affair of massive proportions.

http://www.bedbugsmusical.com/


 

Oct 3-12, 2014

8pm-11pm

H.P. Lovecraft Fest

Kraine Theater

$18

The award-winning, critically acclaimed RADIOTHEATRE continues its quest to adapt live on stage 40 classic short stories by H.P. Lovecraft. “A cult hit in the East Village!” NY TIMES.   Next up, THE 6th ANNUAL H.P. LOVECRAFT FESTIVAL OCT 2-31, 2014 at the Kraine Theater, NYC. Tales include The Dunwich Horror, Reanimator, Shadow Over Innsmouth, and more complete with great storytellers, original music score and dynamic sound design. This year, the fest also adds the best short Lovecraft films from 20 yrs of THE H.P.LOVECRAFT FILM FESTIVAL – Portland. AND, on OCT 30/31 the live show travels to Feinstein’s in San Francisco. INFO: www.radiotheatrenyc.com

http://www.radiotheatrenyc.com


 

Oct 6-Oct 12, 2014

10am-6pm

Comics at Columbia: Past, Present, Future

Butler Library at Columbia University

$0.00

Comics have a long tradition at Columbia University, going back to the 18th century. This exhibition will showcase some of the treasures of the Rare Book & Manuscript Libraries’ comics archives, both old and new. Come visit the RBML gallery between October 6, 2014 and January 23, 2015, and join us for our grand opening event and reception on Tuesday, October 7th, 6 PM, in Butler Library, Broadway and 114th Street.

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Oct 9 & 10, 2014

11am – 10pm

ESL One New York 2014 – DOTA 2 Championship

The Theater at Madison Square Garden

$59

“Buy your 2-day pass for the next installment of ESL’s ESL One Dota 2 championship tournaments will be held at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on October 9-10, 2014. As part of ReedPOP’s inaugural New York Super Week and the largest e-Sports event ever held in New York and the East Coast, ESL, Twitch and ReedPOP will play host to eight of the world’s top Dota 2 teams as they compete for a massive $100,000 prize pool.

 

ESL One at New York Super Week

ESL One will be a cornerstone of ReedPOP’s New York Super Week, an epic ten-day-long festival featuring over 60 awesome nerdy pop culture events across all five boroughs of New York City, a fitting to lead-up this year’s New York Comic Con.

 

To find out more about ESL One, be sure to visit the official website and follow @ESL on Twitter. Also, you can watch e-Sports history being made from the on ESL’s Twitch channel.”

http://www.ticketmaster.com/Dota-2-tickets/artist/2014723

 

Friday October 3, 2014

8pm – 10pm

StarTalk Live!

Hammerstein Ballroom

$35-$55

“Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson welcomes special guest Malcolm Gladwell to the stage for this special edition of StarTalk Live!, the kick-off event of the first annual New York Super Week. In addition to Gladwell, comedian co-host Eugene Mirman and comedian Wyatt Cenac will be on stage as well to add their unique humor and perspectives to the show.

StarTalk Radio, from Curved Light Productions, is the first and only popular commercial radio program devoted to all things space and is hosted by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. As Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, Tyson makes regular appearances as the “nation’s expert on space” on major news programs and popular shows (Daily Show, Colbert Report).

Tyson’s writings (such as The Sky is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist) and NOVA specials (Origins, and NOVA ScienceNOW) have already won him a faithful media following. In February 2012, Tyson released his tenth book, containing every thought he has ever had on the past, present, and future of space exploration: Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier. Tyson was voted “”Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive”” by People Magazine in 2000 and Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Persons in the World for 2007. Recently Tyson served as Executive Editor and on camera Host & Narrator for Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, the 21st century reboot of Carl Sagan’s landmark television series.

StarTalk Live!, co-produced by Curved Light Productions and Pretty Good Friends, bridges the intersection between Pop Culture and Science with clarity, humor and passion.

http://www.ticketmaster.com/StarTalk-Live-tickets/artist/1985875

 

Friday October 3, 2014

7pm-11pm

IFC Center Screenings and Premieres

IFC Center

$14-$20

Presented at IFC Center from October 3-12, 2014, New York Super Week and IFC team-up to premiere several films, showcase filmmakers and television personalities, and screen cult classics. Among others, audiences can watch the National Theatre Live’s productions of Frankenstein starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller, Harmontown with an appearance by Dan Harmon, Showrunners with Janet Tamaro of Rizzoli & Isles, the US premiere of Cowboy Bebop by FUNimation, and an evening with Nick Offerman. Full details and tickets available shortly.

Friday October 3, 2014

9:30pm-11pm

Improv Face Off

The Kill Bar at Times Square

$10 advance $15 at door

Face Off has recruited and trained some of the brightest rising stars of the stage and screen, and took away their scripts! Watch what happens when teams of these expert improvisers compete in Times Square’s comedy championship match! Improv Face Off features two teams of master improvisers competing to bring the funny in this all out comedy win! Using audience suggestions, they create sidesplitting comedy on the spot! So damn funny you won’t believe its improvised!! Learn more at http://www.faceoffunlimited.com/IFO

http://www.laughstub.com/event.cfm?id=337603&cart

 

Saturday October 4, 2014

5pm-6:45pm

Black Girl Nerds (live podcast)

Galapagos Art Space

$10

Black Girl Nerds is an online community solely devoted to promoting nerdiness among women of color. The online community consists of a website, podcast, and active social media engagement that allows several blerds (black nerds) to connect, network, and foster relationships. The community is not exclusive to Black women and welcome all nerds to be a part of our community. The term was coined because many websites do not feature geek girls of color, so BGN is an imprint in cyberspace to illustrate that Black women are just as nerdy as everyone else! Join us for this special live podcast as part of New York Super Week featuring our own super guests (TBD).

http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=5346085

 

Saturday October 4, 2014

7:30pm-11pm

Astronomy Night at the Intrepid Museum

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

$0 (but must RSVP)

Join local astronomers for star-gazing on the flight deck, check out the Museum’s portable planetarium, and enjoy talks and hands-on demonstrations. Doors open at 7:30pm and the event ends at 10:30pm.

http://www.intrepidmuseum.org/Astronomy-Nights-2014.aspx

 

Saturday October 4, 2014

8pm-10pm

BATSU!

JeBon Sushi

$25 GA and $40 VIP

Acclaimed comedy company Face Off Unlimited brings you a special event to kick off New York Super Week! Named “one of the best things to do in NYC” (CBS News), BATSU! is New York City’s live Japanese game show experience. Four warriors compete in comedy challenges where the losers face painful punishments and outrageous costumed characters! BATSU! is hosted by former Japanese child star Brian Walters and the lovely yet merciless Noriko Sato. BATSU! takes place in a cool subterranean lounge theatre in NYC’s “Little Tokyo.” A full menu/bar is available and audience members enjoy sushi, noodles, and sake, while the bravest may even sign up for a chance to participate in the show to win free drinks and prizes! This very special performance just for New York Super Week will take you into the world of the underground “East Village sensation” (Asian Fusion Magazine) that is BATSU! What better way to start off a super week than with a wild and crazy trip to Japan?!

http://www.laughstub.com/event.cfm?id=337574&cart

 

Saturday October 4, 2014

6pm – 9pm

Sega Of America Presents Sonic Boom 2014 Fan Event

Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom

$35.65

“SEGA of America is proud to present Sonic Boom 2014, a fan-oriented celebration of Sonic the Hedgehog! Sonic Boom 2014 will include:

 

– Live performances by Sonic musicians Jun Senoue, Tomoya Ohtani, Ted Poley and Tony Harnell

– Sonic the Hedgehog trivia, Costume Contest, and Giveaways

– Playable demos of Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric for Wii U and Sonic Boom:

Shattered Crystal for Nintendo 3DS

And other special guests!

(Please note: Performances & activities subject to change.) ”

http://www.ticketmaster.com/sega-of-america-presents-sonic-boom-new-york-new-york-10-04-2014/event/00004D04D113A855

 

Saturday October 4, 2014

9pm-11:59pm

Saturday Night Yacht Club Super Hero Party

Pier 16 South Street Seaport, 89 South Street

$15 (normal price $30)

Super Heros, Villains and Trekkies to enjoy a spirit and in the spirit of Comic Con Super Week- on a boat! Transform into your alter ego and join us for a party of superhuman proportions on this special installment of our Saturday Night Yacht Club. Absorb the vitality of your Saturday night aboard the Luxury yacht, ZEPHYR’s three-hour cruise boasting resident celebrity DJs, signature cocktails, and three indoor and outdoor levels of pulsating energy. To receive the New York Super Week discount, enter code: COMICCON on the ticketing website.

https://tickets2.nywt.com/Default.aspx?tabid=2163

 

Saturday October 4, 2014

11:59pm-11:59pm

Syndicate show #2: The Laugh Button Live at New York Super Week with SiriusXM Comedy Presents Gary Gulman, Yannis Pappas, Monroe Martin, Jena Kingsley, Aaron Berg, Crystian Ramirez, and More!

The Stand

$20

Gary Gulman:

 

Gary Gulman is a Boston native who always knew he wanted to be a comedian. Gulman’s humor is unique, clever and highly entertaining. He was seen on Dane Cook’s ‘Tourgasm’ on HBO and recently shot the pilot ‘Dinner with Todd Glass’ with Todd Glass and Sarah Silverman.

 

At the young age of 6, Gulman always loved late night television and dreamed of being a guest one day. That dream came true and he has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Craig Kilborn, Last Call with Carson Daly, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Comedy Central (1 hr Special ‘Gary Gulman: Boyish Man’), Showtime Presents Gary Gulman, Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen, Jimmy Kimmel Live, HBO’s ‘Dane Cook’s Tourgasm,’ Last Comic Standing Seasons 2 and 3 (Runner UP), and was a guest star on Last Comic Standing Season 4.

 

Gulman also performed at the NASCAR Year End Banquet (3 times), New York Comedy Festival (performed at Madison Square Garden) , HBO’s Las Vegas Comedy Festival, Just for Laughs Montreal International Comedy Festival and Just For Laughs Gala in Canada. He was the host of New England Sports Network’s Comedy All Stars and New England Emmy Awards and appeared on National Lampoon’s Rising Stars DVD.

 

He has also performed at over 100 colleges including: Yale, Harvard, Boston College, Tulane, Villanova, Boston University, NYU, UCLA, Ohio State, Texas Christian University, Brandeis and MIT.

Yannis Pappas: Yannis can be seen every night on the new ABC/Univision network Fusion, where he hosts Fusion Live. Yannis has been featured on Comedy Central, VH1’s Best Week Ever and Good Morning America on ABC. He tours the world doing stand up comedy and is known for his immensely popular characters Mr. Panos and Maurica. Along with Director Jesse Scaturro, he is the co-founder of the comedy production company Ditch Films. Follow Yannis on twitter @yannispappas.

http://thestand.laughstub.com/event.cfm?id=342848

 

Saturday October 4, 2014

6pm-8pm

The Laugh Button Live at New York Super Week with SiriusXM Comedy Presents Mike Lawrence’s “Days Of Future Laughs”

The Stand

$5

“A skewing of pop culture by Comedy Central’s @Midnight star Mike Lawrence!

Mike Lawrence: Mike Lawrence is a comedian born and raised in South Florida. He began doing comedy as a way to escape the dullness of his job at the McDonald’s Drive-Thru and quickly fell in love with it. He moved to New York in 2007, where he could write about all of his miserable life experiences from a safe distance. He has since performed at the New York Comic Con — a dream come true. He performed at the “”New Faces”” showcase at the 2010 Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. He was also nominated for Best Male Comedian at the 2010 ECNY Awards and featured in Time Out New York. He will make his television debut on “”John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show”” on Comedy Central on April 14, 2011.

http://thestand.laughstub.com/show.cfm?id=342847&cart

 

Saturday October 4, 2014

7:30pm- 9:30pm

Manboobs Family Showcase

Union Hall

$8 in advance, $10 day of show

Come spend your Saturday evening with three grown men who call themselves ManBoobs, as well as, a few of their comedian-type friends. Featuring a mix of Live Sketches, Stand-up Comedy and Video Sketches! Also, Danny Tamberelli, that kid from Pete & Pete is in it.

http://www.unionhallny.com/event/680309

 

Saturday October 4, 2014

9:45pm-1am

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog Sing-Along and Joss Whedon-Themed Party

Union Hall

$10

“Your application to the Evil League of Evil has been received and you (and your henchman) are invited to Union Hall for our Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog Sing-Along and Whedonverse Party to sing along to the musical based on our newest member, Dr. Horrible! We’ll be showing Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog in its entirety with all the lyrics on screen so everyone can sing along together to their favorite songs. Come in costume as your super villain (or hero) alter ego or as your favorite character from the Whedonverse! Throughout the event we’ll have contests, prizes and surprises to make the night even more horrible…we mean, memorable. And stick around after the Sing-Along because we’re gonna party all night Whedon-style with our Henchman Union certified DJ! We may even have a few Sing-Along clips from Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s “Once More, With Feeling” musical episode…

Featuring:

– Dr. Horrible and Whedon-themed contests and trivia with cool (and evil) prizes like memorabilia from across the Whedonverse, Evil League of Evil membership cards, free drinks and gift cards for frozen yogurt!

– Drinking games paired with the movie so you can sing-along AND drink-along!

– Audition for the Evil League of Evil! Impress Bad Horse with your original super villain costume!

– Show your love of the Whedonverse and dress up as a character from one of his TV shows or movies like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Angel, Dr. Horrible, Dollhouse, or The Avengers…if Whedon is in the credits it’s fair game!

– Our bartender has a Ph.D. in Horribleness…and awesome cocktails! We’ve got themed drinks like the Wonderflonium, Moist’s Lemonade, the Freeze Ray, and more!

http://www.unionhallny.com/event/655413

 

Sunday October 5, 2014

2pm-4pm

Macmillan Audio Presents: Science Fiction Audiobook Narrators Live!

Barnes & Noble Tribeca

$0

“Join the audiobook narrators of your favorite science fiction books (many of whom are stage and screen actors as well!) as they discuss the craft, demonstrate their work, and launch an interactive discussion about the roles of books and audiobooks in today’s SciFi Universe! On October 5, 2014 at 2pm at Barnes & Noble Tribeca, hear from:

  • Rebecca Soler (narrator of Marissa Meyer’s bestselling Lunar Chronicles)
  • Matthew Brown (narrator of Amy Kathleen Ryan’s Sky Chasers trilogy, Mary E. Pearson’s Jenna Fox Trilogy, Julie Cross’s Tempest trilogy etc.)
  • Fred Berman (narrator of Robert Kirkman’s Walking Dead series)

N/A

 

Sunday October 5, 2014

4pm-7pm

Morning Musume

Best Buy Theater

$42

Morning Musume ’14, also known as Momusu, are one of the most successful Japanese all-girl idol group, produced by the famous rock singer-writer Tsunku.They are the lead group of the Hello! Project, which includes other all-girl groups. Their music style is a mix of pop and upbeat coupled with dance performance. The name “Morning Musume” comes from various notions such as abundance, multitude, like the breakfast set you can receive with many elements on it. Their story began in 1997 after a TV audition and they made their major debut in 1998. On September 1999, their 7th single “LOVE Machine” has been sold over a million for their first time. After that, the all-girl Japanese group has created new records all the time. Morning Musume。’14 have already performed in China, Taiwan, South Korea, France and in the USA (Los Angeles) in front of several thousand people every time. Since January 1st 2014, Morning Musume。 became officially Morning Musume。’14 (One-Four).

http://www.bestbuytheater.com/events/detail/252012

 

Sunday October 5, 2014

7pm-9pm

TV Guidance Counselor

Brooklyn Brewery

$10 (includes access to Trivia AD afterwards)

Ken Reid is a Boston based comedian known for his story telling style. He has appeared on podcasts such as Risk!, Doug Loves Movies, KCRW’s Unfictional and Put Your Hands Together. He is also obsessed with the television of his youth. Each week Ken welcomes a guest to leaf through his extensive collection of TV Guides, pick an issue and then make difficult choices of what they would watch on television that week in history. They discuss stories about growing up, people’s relationship with television, some cultural/media studies dissection and Ken spits out a lot of trivia. Guests have included Laura Kightlinger, JoAnn Willete (Just the Ten of Us, Facts of Life), Melanie Chartoff (Fridays, Parker Lewis Can’t Lose, Rugrats), Laraine Newman, Michael Ian Black, Kumail Nanjiani, James Adomian, Jonathan Katz, Andy Kindler, Hari Kondabolu, Janet Varney, Myq Kaplan, Kelly MacFarland, Bethany Van Delft, Danny Tamberelli (“The Adventures of Pete and Pete), Josh Gondelman, Giulia Rozzi, Adam Resnick (Get a Life, Cabin Boy) and more.

http://www.showclix.com/event/3854106

 

Sunday October 5, 2014

8:30pm-10pm

Trivia AD: TV Trivia

Brooklyn Brewery

$10 (includes access to TV Guidance Counselor beforehand)

Show-off your TV knowledge tonight. Trivia, AD was created on a whim and caught on thanks to its appeal to movie, television, book, and pop culture enthusiasts. With a following of like-minded fans, our goal became to deliver fun, custom trivia events that appeal to both dedicated fans and casual players. Through painstaking design and relentless attention to detail, Trivia, AD promises an enjoyable, unique experience. Five challenging rounds with theme-reinforcing answer sheets, guaranteed to put a smile on your inner nerd’s face. 90 minutes of fun while proving you know the most.

http://www.showclix.com/event/3854106

 

Sunday October 5, 2014

1pm-3pm

The First (and Probably Last) Annual New York Feline Film & Video Festival for Humans (Especially Kids) (All Ages Show)

Galapagos Art Space

$20 Adults / $10 Kids

Special family matinee! Established in 2014, the FIRST (AND PROBABLY LAST) ANNUAL NEW YORK FELINE FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL FOR HUMANS (ESPECIALLY KIDS) has all of the elements of the world’s most prestigious film festivals, but with one distinct advantage over its storied predecessors: we show CAT VIDEOS (and kids are invited)! Your hosts Mike Keegan and Jay Wertzler guide you through a tabby 90-minute CAT-tacular featuring A BRIEF HISTORY OF CAT VIDEOS, WORLD PURR-MIERES, and an EMERGING VISIONS category full of the best sloth and otter videos a kid could want. Plus, we want your cat videos! Our robust NEW DIRECTORS’ NEW FILMS section wants to play YOUR cat video on the big screen (submit here)! Prove once and for all to your best friends, worst bullies, and fellow cat-lovers that YOUR feline is the coolest cat in the Five Boroughs! Maximum cat-isfaction at a family-friendly price point!

http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=5318515

 

Sunday October 5, 2014

8pm

10:30pm

The First (and Probably Last) Annual New York Feline Film & Video Festival for Humans: New York Super Week Spectacular Edition (21+ Show)

Galapagos Art Space

$20

Established in 2014, the FIRST (AND PROBABLY LAST) ANNUAL NEW YORK FELINE FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL FOR HUMANS: SUPER WEEK SPECTACULAR EDITION has all of the elements of the world’s most prestigious film festivals, but with one distinct advantage over its storied predecessors: we show CAT VIDEOS! Your hosts Mike Keegan and Jay Wertzler squeeze all of the trappings of a tony two-week film festival into a tabby two-hour CAT-tacular! Featuring WORLD PURR-MIERES, a BRAND NEW LIVE SCORE to one of the first silent cat films by Brooklyn punks SLEEPIES, and a SPOTLIGHT ON SCAREDY CATS IN FILM (it is October, after all). Most importantly – we want your cat videos! Our robust NEW DIRECTORS’ NEW FILMS section wants to play YOUR cat video on the big screen (submit here)! Prove once and for all to your friends, neighbors and blank-faced strangers that YOUR feline is the coolest cat in the Five Boroughs! But don’t take it from us – our panel of CELEBRITY JUDGES is here to do that!

http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=5318525

 

Sunday October 5, 2014

9am-6pm

BlizzCon Qualifier Day 1

Hammerstein Ballroom

0

“World of Warcraft® and Hearthstone® players to compete at ESL’s America Finals for BlizzCon® qualifying spots during ReedPOP’s inaugural New York Super Week. Qualifiers for BlizzCon’s $250,000 Hearthstone Championship along with top World of Warcraft action on October 5th and 6th

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blizzcon-qualifier-new-york-city-2014-tickets-13047027009

 

Sunday October 5, 2014

8pm-10pm

The Laugh Button Live at New York Super Week with SiriusXM Comedy Presents Janeane Garofalo, Dan Soder, Mike Lawrence, Kurt Metzger, Big Jay Oakerson, and More!

The Stand

$20

Janeane Garofalo:

 

Actress and Comedian Janeane Garofalo has been an American institution since she burst on the scene in 1992.

In addition to acting in film and television, Janeane is an outspoken activist, spoken word performer and stand-up comedy entertainer known and respected around the country, and the world. As well, she was instrumental in the successful launching of the first liberal radio network, Air America Radio, where she hosted her own talk show, “”The Majority Report.”” A lightning rod for controversy, Janeane’s well informed opinions and unflinching honesty have inspired laughs, as well as striking a chord with the left, right and everyone in between. She is a noted peace activist.

Janeane has had many memorable and critically acclaimed roles in films such as “”The Truth About Cats and Dogs,”” “”Steal This Movie,”” “”Copland,”” “”Reality Bites,”” and “”Duane Hopwood,”” as well as for her specific brand of sharp wit and comedy shown in her roles in “”Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion,”” “”Bye Bye Love,”” “”Mystery Men,”” “”Clay Pigeons,”” “”The Minus Man”” and “”The Cable Guy,”” directed by her friend Ben Stiller. Ben and Janeane also co-authored the best seller “”Feel This Book,”” (Ballantine May 1999). Janeane was also a cast member of the Emmy Award-winning Ben Stiller Show.

Janeane played the role of Paula, the acerbic talent booker, on “”The Larry Sanders Show,”” for which she received an Emmy nomination in 1997 and two Cable Ace nominations. During the fall of ’94 she joined the cast of “”Saturday Night Live.”” Some of Janeane’s other television work includes two specials for HBO, the series finale of “”Mad About You”” and the critically lauded, final season of NBC’s “”The West Wing,”” where she played Democratic campaign strategist Louise Thornton.

In 2007, Janeane’s voice was featured in the Disney/Pixar animated comedy Ratatouille, and can be seen in Stella writer/director David Wain’s ensemble comedy, “”The Ten.”” Janeane can also be seen in her latest projects, the Lifetime movie “”Girl’s Best Friend”” and as a recurring character on the 2009 season of “”24.””

Dan Soder: Originally from Aurora, CO, Dan Soder started doing stand up at 21 while attending the University of Arizona. After two years of playing clubs and casinos all over the southwest, Dan decided he’d had enough of extreme heat and venomous animals so he moved to New York to get serious about stand-up. When he’s not napping or being lazy you can see Dan perform at clubs all over the city. You can also see Dan on this upcoming season of “”Live at Gotham.”” He hopes to not shame his family or friends — he also hopes he gets more time to nap now that he’s been on TV.

http://thestand.laughstub.com/event.cfm?id=342849&cart

 

Sunday October 5, 2014

4pm-6pm

Tell The Bartender Live!

Union Hall

$10

“Tell the Bartender is a bi-weekly storytelling podcast hosted by Katharine Heller, featuring tales from everyday people with unique stories. Katharine was a bartender for eight years at several fine establishments in Brooklyn. Though not technically a bartender anymore, Katharine still enjoys making drinks and listening to people talk. Guests for this special show part of New York Super Week are Mara Wilson and Jeffrey Cranor!

 

With stories from:

 

Mara Wilson, Actor/Writer/Awesome Person (Welcome to Night Vale, Matilda, Mrs. Doubtfire, and many other amazing things)

 

Jeffrey Cranor, Writer/Podcaster/Also Awesome Person (Welcome to Night Vale, Too Much Light makes The Baby Go Blind)

 

WITH a special appearance by Jordan McDonough

 

It will be a night of stories, games and fun! One lucky audience member will get a chance to win a prize with the game, “”Bar Talk””, PLUS we play everyone’s favorite game “”Craigslist Ad or Casting Notice”” with Jordan McDonough! Prizes sponsored by By Brooklyn.

http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/671799

 

Monday October 6, 2014

7pm-9pm

Mythos

92nd Street Y Kaufmann Concert Hall

$30.00 – $42.00 LIMITED VIP SEATING $100.00

“Mythos features the all-star orchestra of The Third Estate, conducted by Austin Wintory — the GRAMMY-nominated composer of Journey, and vocalists from Choral Chameleon. This concert promises to be an exceptionally innovative concert experience. Austin Wintory has curated this concert from the music of many of today’s leading composers into a seamless, dramatic orchestral work.

Mythos is a showcase of great music from across the spectrum of modern orchestral genres — music from Modern Concert Works, Video Games, TV & Film. All of the music has been composed in the last several years, and will be performed without pause. Printed concert programs will be distributed at the end of the concert so that all may enjoy the listening pleasure that comes from not knowing what’s next!

Mythos is musical storytelling in its purest form, driven by the leading voices of today’s musical landscape.

Mythos, the thrilling and unique concert experience will take place on October 6th, 2014 during the first annual New York Super Week festival, four days before New York Comic Con 2014.

http://www.92y.org/Event/Mythos-Part-of-Super-Week

 

Monday October 6, 2014

8pm-11:59pm

The History of Music Video, Part One (the Dawn of Time until 1993)

Dave & Buster’s

$20

Stephen Pitalo – VJ, music video historian & expert on the Golden Age of Music Video (1976-1993) — gives this talk chronicling the evolution of the music video form, from the early jazz films, movie musicals and early television performances, up through 70s experimentation and the 80s MTV heyday, concluding with the demise of the pop metal scene & simultaneous rise of the Seattle sound in the early 90s. With unique information gathered from more than 100 interviews with music video directors and artists, Pitalo spotlighting artists from David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Madonna, the Kinks, Peter Gabriel and Bruce Springsteen, who flourished during an era when pioneering and revolutionary filmmakers were creating the iconic music video images we still talk about today. You’ll see specific music videos to point out key events along the way, and a Q&A with Stephen Pitalo will follow. Pitalo writes edits and curates the website THE GOLDEN AGE OF MUSIC VIDEO, which is currently in the process of re-branding as MUSIC VIDEO TIME MACHINE. NOTE*: This ticket includes unlimited soda, free food, and a $10 powercard for gameplay at Dave & Buster’s!

http://www.showclix.com/event/3854106

 

Monday October 6, 2014

8pm-10pm

Trekoff Podcast Live!

Discovery Times Square

$8

TREKOFF is the hilariously foulmouthed (Rated R for Raunchy) Trek and SciFi based podcast that has entertained audiences with tens of thousands of worldwide downloads and packed convention shows. Come see Justin Timpane (writer and Director of the Ninjas Vs” Trilogy) and Alexia Poe (Acclaimed DC actress and producer) as they play F**k, Marry, Kill with your favorite characters, rant about the films and TV shows and take TREK to the final frontier of funny.

http://www.showclix.com/event/3854106

 

Monday October 6, 2014

8pm-10:30pm

Punderdome 3000

Galapagos Art Space

$15

PUNDERDOME®, the wild & crazy monthly NYC pun competition hosted by Fred and Jo Firestone, a “Rodney Dangerfield impersonator” and his comedian daughter (alleged) is coming to Super Week (October 6)! All topics will be POP CULTURE! The first 18 individuals/duos to sign-up at the door will have a chance to participate in competitive spontaneous pun-making. Pun-masters will be determined by the “human clap-o-meter” who will “accurately and scientifically” assess levels of audience applause. “As seen only on tv”-type prizes will be awarded to the top two competitors. Warning for the faint of heart: the ’Dome is the spectator sport; decibel levels can prove harmful (consider ear protection) – decide to attend at your own risk! PUNDERDOME® action: The Brooklyn Ink!

http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=5186975

 

Monday October 6, 2014

9am-6pm

BlizzCon Qualifier Day 2

Hammerstein Ballroom

0

“World of Warcraft® and Hearthstone® players to compete at ESL’s America Finals for BlizzCon® qualifying spots during ReedPOP’s inaugural New York Super Week. Qualifiers for BlizzCon’s $250,000 Hearthstone Championship along with top World of Warcraft action on October 5th and 6th

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blizzcon-qualifier-new-york-city-2014-tickets-13047027009

 

Monday October 6, 2014

7pm (Red Carpet arrival 5:30pm) – 10:30pm

Celebrity Karaoke: An Epic Evening with the Stars

Hard Rock Café

$35-$50

“Ever dream of catching your big break? Being discovered by top Broadway producers or just wanting to show off that great voice in that amazing costume you’ve been dying to debut?! Well here is your chance! Come on down to the Hard Rock Café dressed as your best Princess Leia or Chewbacca and give your audience a performance of their lifetime! Sing with a live karaoke band for a chance to win great prizes. Singing not your thing? No problem, come down and enjoy the show! Show support to those who love to entertain while eating and drinking at the legendary Hard Rock Café. Not only will you be the star at the first annual Celebrity Karaoke, but you’ll be given a front row seat to see some of Broadway’s hottest talents. Hosted by Justin Guarini (American Idol season one, and now starring as Fiyero in Broadway’s Wicked) and featuring live performances from Tony Award winner’s Lena Hall (currently starring as Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch), and James Inglehart (currently starring in Disney’s Aladdin as Genie) and Tony award Nominee Ramin Karimloo (currently starring as Javert in Les Miserable). Guest judges include:

Carl Levin: writer Creator Producer of Rock of Ages and upcoming NERDS the musical

Darren Bagert: Tony Award Winning Producer no presenting SidesShow the musical on Broadway, directed by Oscar Winner Bill Condon

http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=5365075

 

Monday October 6, 2014

8pm-10pm

BATSU!

JeBon Sushi

$18 and $30 VIP

“In Japan, batsu means “”punishment”” and the batsu-game is a form of comedy competition where the losers are forced to endure hilarious and outrageous penalties. Face Off Unlimited has blended this wildly popular piece of Japanese culture with their own hysterical style of improv comedy to create BATSU! Four warriors compete in comedic challenges to avoid electric shocks, paintball guns, a giant egg-smashing chicken, and many more hilarious and jaw-dropping punishments! Dinner and drinks available (not included).! One of the “Best Things to do in NYC!” – CBS NY; “A Wacky Spectacle!” – NY Magazine; “An East Village Sensation” – Asian Fusion; Official Village Voice, “Voice Choice”! More information at http://www.batsunyc.com

http://laughstub.com/event.cfm?id=337579&cart

 

Monday October 6, 2014

8pm-10pm

Taxidermy: From Collecting to Making

Museum of Morbid Anatomy

$5

“The impulse to create can come from many sources: from an art study, a desire to see something unique, or a response to maintaining a collection that needs constant repair. Taxidermy is one such collection.

Taxidermy study has not been as easily available since the mid Victorian Era, when collections flourished and craftsmen learned to preserve animals to fill a huge demand. Today, in the Digital Age, the desire to acquire what Walter Benjamin called “the aura of one” and the return to handwork have encouraged people, who once were collectors, to start making their own collections.

 

In connection with Taxidermy Art, this talk will address the rise of Rogue Taxidermy through the lens of Collecting.

 

Robert Marbury is a multi-disciplinary artist working in fabric, photography, and fur. He is a co-founder of the Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists, lectures internationally about rogue taxidermy and judges the annual Carnivorous Night’s Taxidermy Contest, which is the largest alternative taxidermy contest in the world.

 

Robert lives and works in Baltimore, MD. “”Taxidermy Art: A Rogue’s Guide to the Work, the Culture, and How to Do It Yourself”” is Robert’s first book.”

http://morbidanatomy.bigcartel.com/cart

 

Monday October 6, 2014

8pm-10pm

Trivia AD: Comic Book Movie Trivia

Rock Bar

$0

Test your comic-book inspired movie knowledge tonight. Trivia, AD was created on a whim and caught on thanks to its appeal to movie, television, book, and pop culture enthusiasts. With a following of like-minded fans, our goal became to deliver fun, custom trivia events that appeal to both dedicated fans and casual players. Through painstaking design and relentless attention to detail, Trivia, AD promises an enjoyable, unique experience. Five challenging rounds with theme-reinforcing answer sheets, guaranteed to put a smile on your inner nerd’s face. 90 minutes of fun while proving you know the most.

N/A

 

Tuesday October 7, 2014

8pm-10pm

Macmillan Audio Presents: Science Fiction Audiobook Narrators Live!

Barnes & Noble Upper East Side

$0

“Join the audiobook narrators of your favorite science fiction books (many of whom are stage and screen actors as well!) as they discuss the craft, demonstrate their work, and launch an interactive discussion about the roles of books and audiobooks in today’s SciFi Universe! On October 7, 2014 at 8pm at Barnes & Noble Upper East Side, hear from:

  • Sean Runette (narrator of Andrew Fukuda’s The Hunt trilogy)
  • Katherine Kellgren (narrator of Frank Herbert ’s Dune books, the Rick Riordan Kane Chronicles, etc)
  • Emma Galvin (narrator of Veronica Roth’s Divergent series, and Josephine Angelini’s upcoming Worldwalker series) • Moderated by bestselling author Jonathan Maberry, author of Ghost Road Blues, Rot & Ruin, and the young adult novels Dust and Decay and Flesh & Bone

N/A

 

Tuesday October 7, 2014

6pm-9pm

Comics at Columbia: Past, Present, Future Opening

Butler Library at Columbia University

$0

Comics have a long tradition at Columbia University, going back to the 18th century. This exhibition will showcase some of the treasures of the Rare Book & Manuscript Libraries’ comics archives, both old and new. Come visit the RBML gallery between October 6, 2014 and January 23, 2015, and join us for our grand opening event and reception on Tuesday, October 7th, 6 PM, in Butler Library, Broadway and 114th Street.

N/A

 

Tuesday October 7, 2014

8pm-10pm

Trivia AD: Comic Book & Sci-Fi Movie Trivia

Discovery Times Square

$10

“Discover a fun night of trivia and brainteasers about comic book and sci-fi movies. Trivia, AD was created on a whim and caught on thanks to its appeal to movie, television, book, and pop culture enthusiasts. With a following of like-minded fans, our goal became to deliver fun, custom trivia events that appeal to both dedicated fans and casual players. Through painstaking design and relentless attention to detail, Trivia, AD promises an enjoyable, unique experience. Five challenging rounds with theme-reinforcing answer sheets, guaranteed to put a smile on your inner nerd’s face. 90 minutes of fun while proving you know the most.

 

TriviaAD.com

Facebook.com/TriviaAD

@TriviaAD

Instagram: triviaaddotcom

http://www.showclix.com/event/3854106

 

Tuesday October 7, 2014

8pm-10:30pm

Juan Epstein (live podcast)

Galapagos Art Space

$15

Cipha Sounds and Peter Rosenberg’s ‘Juan Epstein’ is the longest running and most beloved hip hop nerdcast on the planet. Based in the legendary Hot 97 studios, Ciph and Rosenberg go in depth with EVERYONE – hip hop legends, current artists, comedians, actors, wrestlers, porn stars, etc. They ask the questions that only TRUE nerdy fans can ask. Past guests include Jay-Z, Eminem, Aziz Ansari, Big Daddy Kane, Ghostface, Diamond D, Redman, Patrice O’neal, and many more! .Juan Ep is the place to go if you want to hear these people tell the stories you have never heard and hear them react to and answer questions you can’t believe anyone would have the nerve to ask. These are some of the most unique interviews you ever will hear. Hundreds of hours of interview gold. Special guest will be announced in August.

http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=5186635

 

Tuesday October 7, 2014

5pm-6:30pm

Story Pirates: Create a Hero!

Gotham West Market

30

Why settle for heroes and villains that were thought up by grown-ups? In this fully improvised show, the Story Pirates will perform a comic book-style adventure that has never been seen before and will never be seen again. That’s because the entire story, all the characters, every superpower and every plot twist will be created by the kids in the audience. Kids will have the chance both to write original lines and make up their own characters and see them all come to life, right before their eyes. Open to the general public, including fans of Comic Con, this hilarious show will keep the entire family laughing, guessing, and waiting to see what mysterious supervillain or bizarre sidekick pops up next. Come armed with your favorite super-power and help the Story Pirates create an amazing show!

http://www.showclix.com/event/3854106

 

 

Tuesday October 7, 2014

7:30pm-10pm

James Murphy (DFA/LCD Soundsystem) with Special Guest Pete Tong at the Hammerstein Ballroom for a celebration of James Frey’s new novel ENDGAME: The Calling

Hammerstein Ballroom

$27.00

“Legendary DJs James Murphy and Pete Tong take the stage for epic DJ sets at NYC’s iconic Hammerstein Ballroom. The event will feature a conversation with James Frey, creator of the multi-platform experience ENDGAME and John Hanke, VP of Google’s Niantic Labs.

 

A copy of ENDGAME: The Calling, which Frey co-wrote with New York Times bestselling author Nils Johnson Shelton, is included in the ticket price.”

http://www.ticketmaster.com/James-Frey-tickets/artist/1022510

 

Tuesday October 7, 2014

6pm-9pm

CU Next Tuesday – Superhero Game Night at Rock Bar

Rock Bar

$0

“Team Rounds of Trivia, Name That Tune, Name That Movie, SUPERMAN BEER PONG and other fun games about Superheroes in film, TV and in comics. Come with a team or meet new Superfriends at the bar!!!! Marvel’s The Avengers on all screens (with sound) at 6pm with games right after.

 

Prizes for the winning team and a Grand Prize winner at the end of the night!!!!

 

Co Hosted by Gay Geeks of New York and Geeks Out!!!

 

Organization info:

Gay Geeks of New York is a community of LGBTQ and supportive geeks of all backgrounds and ages. Founded in August 2011 by Nick DelGiudice, GGNY began as a monthly Geek Trivia gathering, which remains the signature social gathering of the group. Since then, GGNY’s membership and calendar have expanded to include several events a month, including a bi-monthly Geek Pictionary gathering, sing-alongs, movie outings, lunch meet-and-greets, themed parties and gatherings, and charitable and LGBTQ Pride events!

 

Geeks OUT seeks to facilitate interaction locally, globally, and virtually, both to celebrate our shared geekiness and to focus and promote our own unique LGBT voice within that community.

We aim to offer and maintain a visible and vivacious queer presence at geek events, fostering inclusivity and openness within our community. By hosting a booth at conventions, we highlight the fact that LGBT fans are an integral part of geek culture, encouraging greater participation and representation for this generation of queer fans and the next.

 

You can find us this year at NYCC at Booth #1575

N/A

 

Tuesday October 7, 2014

8:30pm-11pm

Mad World

Rock Bar

$10

 

 

Tuesday October 7, 2014

8pm-10pm

Shipwreck with Welcome To Night Vale’s Cecil Baldwin

The Bell House

$12

“Good theatre for bad literature? Marital aid for book nerds? A literary erotic fanfiction competition for the ages? Shipwreck is all of these things. Six Great Writers will destroy one Great Book, one Great (Watchmen) Character at a time, in service of the transcendent and the profane (and also laughs). Marvel as beloved characters are plucked from their worlds and made to do stuff they were never meant to do in places they were never meant to see.

 

All WATCHMEN fic will be recited by the voice of Welcome to Night Vale, CECIL BALDWIN, both to preserve the majesty of the written work and to ensure the honesty of the audience when voting for a winner. You choose the best Ship, and the winner will be will be cast off from polite society.

 

Featuring smut from:

Naomi Novik

Kevin Avery

John Scalzi

Ilona and Gordon Andrews

Kate Leth

and Gatsby Shipwreck winner Jeffrey Cranor

 

Special performance by CHOIRFLY, New York City’s premiere nerd-themed a cappella group. Their repertoire delights and excites audiences all over NYC by integrating technical skill seamlessly with geek culture references and homage. You can follow @Choirfly on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.

 

SHIPWRECK IS:

“”…a vile, disgusting event””

“”…an affront to literature””

“”It used to be, we had to sit in dark, sticky booths to get these kinds of thrills””

“”Come if you are high on marijuana cigarettes and have done sex before””

“”…the most despicable literary event possible.””

“”Maybe if we all go tonight and enjoy their drinks and each others’ company, we can get through this together. maybe.””

“”Shipwreck will drive you to madness, and you may never return.””

 

Shipwreck is the creation of Casey Childers, Steven Westdahl, and Amy Stephenson. It is produced in San Francisco by Booksmith and Write Club SF.

 

http://www.thebellhouseny.com/event/631755

 

Tuesday October 7, 2014

8:30pm-10pm

Game Night

Videology

$0

“Break out your brains, cinephiles! Game Night presents Movie Trivia!

 

Each week we bring you 6 rounds of incredibly tough movie trivia.

 

We’ve got clips rounds, general knowledge rounds, picture rounds, theme rounds including famous movie quotes, not so famous movie quotes, our trademarked DVD Chapter Round™, taglines, Nicolas Cage quotes, dramatic scene recreations, and more!

 

Every week our winning team gets a free round of drinks. Plus, we’ve got free drink bonus questions in between every round. Also, we have 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trivia “season” winners (each season lasts 3 months). The season prizes are as follows:

 

-FIRST PLACE prize is 2 hours for your team and your friends in our screening room and a $150 bar tab!

-SECOND PLACE prize is a $75 bar tab.

-THIRD PLACE prize is a round of drinks for your team.

 

Bring your thinking caps, and your friends, and your friends’ thinking caps, and join us for a night of fun!”

http://www.videology.info/blog/events/videology-presents-movie-trivia-free/

 

Wednesday October 8, 2014

7pm-9pm

Ron Perlman Book Reading and Signing

Barnes & Noble Union Square

$0

Ron Perlman—a Golden Globe winning actor with starring roles in Hellboy, Drive, Pacific Rim, and Sons of Anarchy—has traveled an offbeat path to showbiz success. His is a tale that demonstrates the power of persistence. Perlman will be discussing and signing his just released book Easy Street (the Hard Way), sharing his inspiring story, and answering all of the tough questions.

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Wednesday October 8, 2014

8pm-11pm

Hot Sauce Takedown

Brooklyn Brewery

$20

How tough are you? Can you handle the heat? More than 20 folks from NYC will make hot sauces for you to enjoy. Or they’ll terrorize your mouths. Do you dare accept the challenge?

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/859138

 

Wednesday October 8, 2014

7pm-9pm

Nads

Celebrity Club

Pre-purchased online: $18 GA and $25 Preferred Seating and $34 Runway Package! Or at the door: $20 GA and $30 Preferred Seating and $40 Runway Package

“Nads is a laugh-out-loud ladies’ night of fun that any fan of “guy candy” won’t want to miss. Mix a little “Whose Line is it Anyway?” with a little “Magic Mike,” then stir in some drink specials with a table full of your besties, and you have the recipe for a perfect girls’ night out! Perfect for Bachelorette parties, Ladies Night, or mid-week, post-work decompression!!

http://laughstub.com/event.cfm?id=331212&cart

 

Wednesday October 8, 2014

8pm-10pm

This Week in Marvel Podcast

Discovery Times Square

$0

All attendees can purchase an optional ticket for the Marvel Avengers STATION exhibit that night for a discount.

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Wednesday October 8, 2014

8pm-10:30pm

Slate’s Hang Up and Listen (Live Podcast)

Galapagos Art Space

$40 (VIP) / $20 General Admission

Join Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca for a fun evening of sports antics, as they recreate a live version of their infamous podcast, Hang-up and Listen, presented by Slate! 35 VIP tickets ($40) will provide audience members with premium seating, a free drink, and early entrance to mingle with the hosts before the show starting at 6pm. General admission tickets are $20 with doors at 7:30pm and show start time at 8pm.

http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=5068205

 

Wednesday October 8, 2014

6:30pm Doors Open / 7pm Event Begins-10pm

Muppet Vault: Superheroes!

Housing Works Bookstore

$8 Suggested Donation

Dark Knights! Men of Steel! Fuzzy Frogs?! Worlds collide as Muppet fan website ToughPigs.com presents The Muppet Vault: Superheroes! It’s a show packed with superhero-related clips from Muppety shows and specials both classic and obscure, hand-selected by Muppet geeks and featuring guest stars like Christopher Reeve and Lynda Carter. Not to mention Super Grover! Plus Muppet-themed drink specials, audience participation, cool giveaways, sing-alongs, and more! Since Housing Works Bookstore is a charitable organization, there are no tickets for this event but we request a donation of $8 at the door.

Wednesday October 8, 2014

8pm-10pm

Dead Authors Podcast Live: Presented by Paul F. Tompkins

Littlefield

$10-$20

Legendary science-fiction writer H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) uses his time machine to transport literary giants from the past to our present, which is their future!  It’s a lively discussion in front of a live audience. Unscripted, barely researched, all fun! Join us at New York Super Week for a show featuring special guest John Hodgman. During the show, we will take questions from Twitter. Please submit your questions to @DeadAuthorPod.  A portion of sales will benefit the local 826.

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/dead-authors-podcast-live-with-paul-f-tompkins-new-york-super-week-benefiting-the-local-new-york-826-tickets-12699136459

 

Wednesday October 8, 2014

7:30pm-10pm

Cure You or Kill You: 19th Century Medical Science & Quackery

Museum of Morbid Anatomy

$10

Do hot toddies cure typhoid? Was alternating current really what killed Topsy the Elephant? And just what was in William Swaim’s famous panacea? If you’ve ever wondered how arsenic and sarsaparilla could be legitimately prescribed by doctors, or how we ended up using nitrous oxide as entertainment in museum exhibits, this night is for you. A quirky romp through medical history will involve a cemetery-themed game of life, testing hot toddies as a medical cure, and fascinating demos from The Franklin Institute Traveling Science team on electricity and the heavy metal rumored to be wealthy widows’ favorite murder weapon. There is also a chance to win a great prize if you can manage to “survive” until the end.

http://www.showclix.com/event/3854106

 

Wednesday October 8, 2014

8pm-10pm

Trivia AD: Horror Movie Trivia

Ripley’s Believe it or Not

$10

“Believe it or not, but some of the best, most irreverent trivia will be featured at this special night at Ripley’s Believe it or Not Times Square. Trivia, AD was created on a whim and caught on thanks to its appeal to movie, television, book, and pop culture enthusiasts. With a following of like-minded fans, our goal became to deliver fun, custom trivia events that appeal to both dedicated fans and casual players. Through painstaking design and relentless attention to detail, Trivia, AD promises an enjoyable, unique experience. Five challenging rounds with theme-reinforcing answer sheets, guaranteed to put a smile on your inner nerd’s face. 90 minutes of fun while proving you know the most.

 

TriviaAD.com

Facebook.com/TriviaAD

@TriviaAD

Instagram: triviaaddotcom

http://www.showclix.com/event/3854106

 

Wednesday October 8, 2014

6pm-7:15pm

Nerdist Comics Panel Spotlight with Charles Soule and Gerry Duggan

Rock Bar

$10

“Super-star writers Charles Soule (Death of Wolverine; She-Hulk; Letter 44; Superman & Wonder Woman; more!) and Gerry Duggan (Deadpool; Nova; Hulk) join hosts Ben Blacker (Thunderbolts; Thrilling Adventure Hour) and Heath Corson (Batman: Assault on Arkham) for a special NYCC edition of Nerdist Comics Panel in which will be discussed the process and business of writing comic books, writing for Marvel and DC, and ways to kill Wolverine.

For more info: facebook.com/NerdistWritersPanel

Hear past episodes: nerdist.com/podcast_channel/nerdist-comics-panel-channel

Proceeds from this and all nerdist Comics Panels benefit 826, the national nonprofit program to encourage creative writing in students. This one in particular benefits local 826 NYC. www.nyc.org

 

http://bit.ly/1BayVf0

 

Wednesday October 8, 2014

8pm-10pm

Comic Book Bears Podcast

Rock Bar

$0

The Comic Book Podcast is hosted by a trio of bearded, heavyset gay guys – but you don’t have to be a bearded, heavyset gay guy to listen in! Check us out to hear current comics talk, classic comics explorations and creator interviews. It comes to you twice monthly and is proudly part of the Earth 2 Podcast Network.

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Wednesday October 8, 2014

8pm-10:30pm

Uptown Showdown

Symphony Space

$15

 

You never know what to expect at this bi-monthly, wacky debate series that brings together two teams of comedians, writers and performers to face-off on a chosen topic, such as which pet is superior cats or dogs and is it better to be comfortable or fashionable?

 

This installment features Sean Donnelly (My Dumb Friends, Last Comic Standing).

 

Debaters will argue these lingering questions, drawing from historical fact and personal opinion in equal measure, and with plenty of sillinesss and audience participation. Forget about school reform and health care, these issues, heatedly argued by some of the funniest, smartest, intensely wacky creative thinkers around, are the topics that keep us awake at night….in a good way. Winner decided by the audience.

 

Like our Facebook Page for updates, photos and video.

 

Past Performers include Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, Tom Cavanagh, Kristen Schaal, Wyatt Cenac, Maria Bamford, Janeane Garofalo, Jackie Hoffman, David Wain, Sasheer Zamata, Brooks Wheelan, Jon Glaser, Ilana Glazer, Dave Hill, Julie Klausner, Rosen, A.D. Miles, Christian Finnegan, Elna Baker, Kevin Townley, Tom Shillue and more.

https://tickets.symphonyspace.org/public/auto_choose_ga.asp?area=4

 

Wednesday October 8, 2014

8pm-10:30pm

The Big Quiz Thing

The Bell House

$10

Hey, you, comic

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12. Book-length Fiction Competition: 2014 Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize

2014 Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize, Black Balloon's annual award of $5000 and a book deal for an outstanding fiction manuscript.  

We are accepting submissions October 1st - 31st, 2014, and we are hoping you and your department colleagues will share news of this prize with your faculty, students, alumni, and social media communities. There's no reading fee to submit, and any previously unpublished, original, and completed fiction manuscript over 50,000 words in length is eligible. There isn't another prize like this awarded by an independent publisher, and we are proud to help talented writers find their readership!

Next month, Black Balloon will publish Fat Man and Little Boy, the novel by Mike Meginnis that won the 2013 Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize. The book has already received great early buzz, with The Sisters Brothers author Patrick deWitt calling the novel “beguiling, strange, and strangely lovely,” Publishers Weekly proclaiming it "imaginative...both surprising and incisive," and the Brooklyn Book Festival naming Meginnis one of "the year's most impressive debut novelists." 

Details at our website.

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13. Flogometer for Carolyn—are you compelled to turn the page?

Submissions Needed. If you’d like a fresh look at your opening chapter or prologue, please email your submission to me re the directions at the bottom of this post.


The Flogometer challenge: can you craft a first page that compels me to turn to the next page? Caveat: Please keep in mind that this is entirely subjective.

Note: all the Flogometer posts are here.

What's a first page in publishingland? In a properly formatted novel manuscript (double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point type, etc.) there should be about 16 or 17 lines on the first page (first pages of chapters/prologues start about 1/3 of the way down the page). Directions for submissions are below—they include a request to post the rest of the chapter, but that’s optional.

A word about the line-editing in these posts: it’s “one-pass” editing, and I don’t try to address everything, which is why I appreciate the comments from the FtQ tribe. In a paid edit, I go through each manuscript three times.

Storytelling Checklist

Before you rip into today’s submission, consider this list of 6 vital storytelling ingredients from my book, Flogging the Quill, Crafting a Novel that Sells. While it's not a requirement that all of these elements must be on the first page, they can be, and I think you have the best chance of hooking a reader if they are.

Evaluate the submission—and your own first page—in terms of whether or not it includes each of these ingredients, and how well it executes them. The one vital ingredient not listed is professional-caliber writing because that is a must for every page, a given.

  • Story questions
  • Tension (in the reader, not just the characters)
  • Voice
  • Clarity
  • Scene-setting
  • Character

Carolyn sends the prologue and first chapter of Dangerous, YA thriller. The full narrative follows the break.

It’s hot as blazes and we’re out picking berries in the woods out by Donner Woods Road when my older sister confesses the worst possible news ever about her love life.

"I'm dating Geoffrey Whittington, the Third, one of the richest men in town," Cort, short for Cortland, pushes her straw hat down over her golden curls and gives me a look of pride.

She’s got to be kidding. Not again. I pull my shirt off and tie it around the waist of my two-piece bathing suit with a determined yank. I hold myself back from shouting, and say in as normal of a voice as I can manage, "Are you crazy? Didn't you learn anything from the fiasco with that thief you were dating last month?"

“He only took the jewels his aunt had promised him in her will. Stop being so melodramatic. He wasn’t a thief.”

I take a deep breath and force myself to say in a calm voice, “You have to stop choosing boyfriends based on their bank accounts. Besides, the rich guy’s got to be too old for you.”

“He is not. I’m almost eighteen and he’s only twenty-five. Mom and Dad have at least that many years difference between them.”

“Yes, but Dad doesn’t kill people.” I bang on the side of my berry bucket in a rhythm to the Jaws theme.

She drops a berry into my pail as if she’s giving to the poor. “Come on. When are you (snip)

Were you compelled to turn Carolyn's first page?

I definitely like the voice and the writing is good and clean. But there’s little tension for me in this page. There was something on page 2 that, if the cuts shown in the notes below are done, could increase the stakes a little. It would insert into this paragraph:

“Yes, but Dad doesn’t kill people. Rumor is your new boyfriend set fire to Parson Johnson’s barn and he has a lab in his basement where he experiments with animals."

That would help. So would the info, also on page 2, that the protagonist thinks of herself as a detective. Let me add that I would try to get the character’s name on the first page, too. It can be as easy as: “Oh, Cameo, he only took the jewels his aunt . . . etc.

There’s a good bit of set-up here that I suspect could wait until later. Carolyn tries to hook us with the “worst possible news” notion, but that’s not all that powerful. On the next page, Cameo jumps in the river and something grabs her ankle--now that begins to sound like a thriller. That piqued my interest. Maybe try starting a little later and cut the set-up. Notes:

 It’s hot as blazes and we’re out picking berries in the woods out by Donner Woods Road when my older sister confesses the worst possible news ever about her love life.

"I'm dating Geoffrey Whittington, the Third, one of the richest men in town," Cort, short for Cortland, pushes her straw hat down over her golden curls and gives me a look of pride. You can work in the source of the nickname later, perhaps by having the protagonist use it. She wouldn’t ordinarily be thinking of something like this at this time, it’s the author, not the character tossing this bit of info in.

She’s got to be kidding. Not again. I pull my shirt off and tie it around the waist of my two-piece bathing suit with a determined yank. I hold myself back from shouting, and say in as normal of a voice as I can manage, "Are you crazy? Didn't you learn anything from the fiasco with that thief you were dating last month?"

“He only took the jewels his aunt had promised him in her will. Stop being so melodramatic. He wasn’t a thief.

I take a deep breath and force myself to say in a calm voice, “You have to stop choosing boyfriends based on their bank accounts. Besides, the rich guy’s got to be too old for you.” You’ve already told us she’s using a normal voice.

“He is not. I’m almost eighteen and he’s only twenty-five. Mom and Dad have at least that many years difference between them.”

“Yes, but Dad doesn’t kill people.” I bang on the side of my berry bucket in a rhythm to the Jaws theme. The reference to killing people comes out of the blue—unmotivated, it seems like an accusation, but Cort doesn’t even react to the “kill” part, so it must not mean anything. But it could have. I didn’t think the bucket banging contributed, and there’s better stuff to get on the first page.

She drops a berry into my pail as if she’s giving to the poor. “Come on. When are you (snip) Seems to me humming the Jaws theme would be more appropriate--what it its rhythm?

Comments, please?

For what it’s worth.

Ray

Submitting to the Flogometer:

Email the following in an attachment (.doc, .docx, or .rtf preferred, no PDFs):

  1. your title
  2. your complete 1st chapter or prologue plus 1st chapter
  3. Please include in your email permission to post it on FtQ.
  4. Note: I’m adding a copyright notice for the writer at the end of the post. I’ll use just the first name unless I’m told I can use the full name.
  5. Also, please tell me if it’s okay to post the rest of the chapter so people can turn the page.
  6. And, optionally, include your permission to use it as an example in a book on writing craft if that's okay.
  7. If you’re in a hurry, I’ve done “private floggings,” $50 for a first chapter.
  8. If you rewrite while you wait for your turn, it’s okay with me to update the submission.

Flogging the Quill © 2014 Ray Rhamey, story © 2014 Carolyn

 

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going to give up this childhood dream that you’re some kind of detective?”

“Never. Check out their criminal records first, I say. Rumor is your new boyfriend set fire to Parson Johnson’s barn and he has a lab in his basement where he experiments with animals."

Cort stops picking berries and pulls her full lips into a pout. "Rumors. Who believes them? If you had one ounce of romance in your soul, you wouldn't say such things about a wonderful man like Geoff." Her sappy smile and dewy eyes tell me she's a goner again.

She poses in the shade of a cottonwood tree like a movie star. In that white sundress, with the late afternoon sun shining down through the leaves, she looks almost angelic.

Something snaps in the brush near the path and I turn to see who it is.

Goose bumps jump up my arms. Nobody there—just high bushes and forty-foot trees shrouding our path and leaves crunching under my feet. It's creepy to think somebody could be watching us.

Before I can rush to the edge of our tiny South Carolina river and kick off my flip flops, Cort calls to me: "Cameo! Don't jump."

So like my older sister to get everything totally wrong.

After squirming out of my jean cutoffs, I push back my messy brown hair, suck in my gut, and pretend my sixteen-year-old figure's as good as my sister's. It's depressing that she's like a size zero, when I'm the one who's always dieting.

"It's okay," I tell her. "I know where the rocks are."

I can almost taste that cool water and feel it washing over my parched body. Without another word, I dive deep into the river, anxious to get away from Cort and her take on the finer points of Geoffrey Whittington—at least for a few minutes.

 A luscious wetness covers and soothes me until something large swims in my direction. The pitch black underwater makes it impossible to see what it is. Something in my gut warns me whatever it is isn't friendly, and I swing into a fast breast stroke in the other direction.

The water below my feet sends chills up my body. A rough current tumbles me along the river bottom into a sunken tree. Something large bumps into my leg.

Oh God, alligators live here.

My inner compass is totally screwed up now, giving me no idea of which way to swim to find Cort. Adrenaline rushes through my body and I battle up from the muddy river bottom.

Something grabs my legs from behind.

This is not a fish.

For sure, this is not an alligator.

Water fills my nose and burns in my eyes. Lungs nearly exploding, I twist one leg free, kick against solid muscle, and am released. Up out of the water I leap and find myself next to shore, gasping for air.

Hanging onto a tree by the river bank, Cort stretches her free hand toward me.

Choking and kicking my legs, I grab her wrist and she pulls me up onto shore.

I flop on my back on the rocky ground and snort in some breaths.

She yanks my hair out of my eyes, and stares at me, brows down, lips up in a why-do-you-keep-doing-crazy-things? look. "You were down there forever. I didn't think you'd ever come up. What happened?"

 I gulp for air, not sure I know what happened. I could have dreamed being held down until I nearly drowned, but I doubt it.

"You shouldn't go swimming here. The tides are too dangerous." Cort puckers her face into a disparaging squint. If Cort has one thing down, it's being disparaging, but even then, she's got that blonde pretty thing going for her.

When I finally get enough air to speak, I sit up and stare into her corn-flower-blue eyes. "Somebody was down there. A guy. He tried to—"

She places one hand on the waist of her sundress, and stamps her sandaled foot. "Don't start with your fantasies. You're always dreaming up some kind of adventure."

I grab my jean cut-offs and don't argue because I'm always on the losing end with her. Instead, I bang on the side of my head with the palm of my hand to get the water out of my ear, and wonder if my parents would notice she was missing if I pushed her into the water and walked home. I shove my legs into my shorts. Nah, I couldn't do that, no matter how mad she makes me.

She is my sister, and we've been raised to protect each other from all outside-of-the-family forces. Inside family forces—well, that's an entirely different thing."Come on, let's go. Mom will have a cow if we're not home in time for supper."

She grabs the bucket of berries we'd been picking for dessert and we start off.

On the walk home, I try to tell her what happened underwater, but she keeps interrupting me with questions. "Should I wear my pink or my yellow dress tonight? I mean, the yellow one fits me better, but the pink, well, Geoff says that favors my beautiful skin."

I could care less if she wears a clown suit as long as she doesn't tell our parents what happened. If she does, I'll get grounded or worse, just because I dove into the river. According to them, well-bred young ladies don't dive into rivers.

The image of Cort's boyfriend forces its way into my brain. Now I remember him. I've seen the guy downtown, driving around in a red convertible, laughing in that sadistic way he has. For some reason, I think he could have been the one under the water, trying to drown me.

Of course, that's totally silly. Maybe I'm just suffering from post traumatic stress or something from half-drowning. Still, Cort's boyfriend's always around when barns burn down mysteriously or pet animals disappear. I even get an image of him torturing a tiny terrier in his basement laboratory. That makes me totally sick to my stomach.

                                                         ***

Thank God, Cort doesn't breathe a word to our parents when we get home. Of course, she wouldn't, she's all about Geoffrey, the Great.

Mom greets us at the door, perfect blonde hair framing her smiling face. Cort got her looks; I got Dad's. She grabs the berries I push in her direction. "You girls did good, but you're a little late for me to make pie." She ushers us into the kitchen to help set the table and serve oven-baked BBQ ribs and biscuits with gravy.

At dinner, Daddy with his white shirt sleeves rolled up and tie loosened raises a bushy eyebrow after Cort goes on and on about her new beau. I give him a secret smile, knowing he's not totally taken in.

After we've cleared the table and I do the dishes, I make a point of peering out from the kitchen when Geoffrey, the Great, appears at the front door. He is handsome in a dangerous kind of way with black hair brushed back, intense brown eyes, and a tall, muscular body. 

I help Mom with the dishes and then try to read, but my mind keeps circling back to what happened under the water in the river today. There was a man. I’m certain.

Cort comes home late all breathless and wide-eyed. She’s got her lipstick on, so maybe he didn’t kiss her. That, or she reapplied it to pass Mom’s scrutiny at the door.

I figure Geoff’s bamboozled her totally, but I have to make another attempt to get her to break it off. I try to put as much sisterly concern in my voice as I can. “So, how was your date?”

She kicks off her shoes and nearly swoons while she’s taking off her dress. “Fantastic. Better than that. He is so polite, so gallant, so wonderful. And the restaurant he took me to. Fabulous French food served by waiters who actually speak French. Divine.”

“Umm hmm. I’m sure it was fantabulous, but what about his lab and guns? Did he show them to you?”

She scowls at me, and stomps over to her bed. “Of course not. A gentleman never brings a lady to his house so early in a relationship.”

Whew! I’m glad she’s still thinking it’s early in the relationship, but a little nauseated that he’s being so normal. How am I ever going to convince her he’s a murderer unless she sees him for what he is?

According to her he’s nothing but charming, polite, and oh-so-sexy.

When I make another attempt to tell her to break it off, she lies down in her bed and falls asleep. I pull the covers over her and go back to my bed.

I spend most of the night trying to come up with a plan, but nothing jells. What am I going to do about my sister? It feels as if the clock is ticking.

 

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14. BEA14 Variety

Donna Spurlock of Charlesbridge

At Book Expo 2014 in NYC, I interviewed a wide range of publishers about their forthcoming Jewish titles. Hear my chats with reps from:
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15. Writing Competition: The Great Plains Emerging Writer Prize

The Great Plains Emerging Writer Prize, sponsored the Great Plains Writers’ Conference at South Dakota State University, is given annually to a writer of the Great Plains region who has not yet published a book, but whose work and career shows exceptional promise. The winner will receive a $1000 honorarium and a featured reading at the conference in Brookings, SD in March, 2015, as well as land travel and lodging.

Submissions open October 1, 2014. Postmark deadline December 1, 2014. All genres open; include a maximum of 15 pages of poetry or hybrid-genre work, or a maximum of 20 pages of fiction, nonfiction, drama, or screenplay. Work submitted may be previously published, but must be stripped of all information identifying the author or the venue. Judging will be blind. Entry fee $15. 

The Great Plains region is broadly defined as reaching from western Minnesota to eastern Montana and from the Canadian border to central Oklahoma. We consider writers to be “of” this region if they have resided here more than three years or have a demonstrable historical link to the region (e.g., you grew up here and moved away). Please state your relationship to the region in your cover letter.

For full guidelines visit our website.

Submit electronically here.

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16. FREE SHIPPING ALL OCTOBER!




Dear Friends,

Just a quick announcement!

Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I am a Breast Cancer Survivor myself, I want to share some LOVE! SO I am offering FREE SHIPPING the ENTIRE month of October!! Domestic Shipping only (apologies to my international customers) In BOTH shops! You MUST USE the special code
OCTFREESHIP at checkout to get the free shipping. This offer expires November 1, 2014.

Here are the direct links to BOTH shops:

http://www.phyllisharrisdesigns.com/ and https://www.etsy.com/shop/PhyllisHarrisDesigns



I would be so honored if you would share!
As always, thank you for being a part of our wonderful community. We are so grateful for each and every one of you!

Phyllis


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Every purchase of a heart-warming Phyllis Harris Designs illustration print donates 5 percent of every illustration print sold from our website to Children's Mercy Hospital.  



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17. Hans My Hedgehog

Manelle Oliphant Illustration - Illustrator and Writer

Hans My Hedgehog Print

Download this story for your devices as a mini ebook by clicking the links below

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Hans My Hedgehog

A Short Fairy Tale Retelling by Manelle Oliphant
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year ago I promised my father I would marry a hedgehog. Today I married him.

Father met him when he was lost in the forest. It frightened him to meet a man all hedgehog on his top half, but the hedgehog introduced himself as Hans and helped him find his way. In return, Father promised to give the hedgehog the first thing he met when he arrived home. He thought it would be his dogs or one of the servants but I raced ahead, and sealed my fate.

As a princess, I knew it wasn’t likely I would marry for love. Only, marrying a royal stranger from a distant place to secure an alliance is easier to stomach than marrying someone not quite human.

When he arrived I watched from my tower room. He rode through the gate on his rooster and the guards admitted him to the castle. After about an hour my father sent up a message. All was in order and I was to prepare myself.

I dressed myself, hoping that by doing what’s right and keeping a promise, it would turn out well. I think that’s what faith is, doing what you know is right and trusting in God things will turn out well, even if it seems impossible they could.

Now I wait in my bedroom, wearing my night shift, the fire the only light. Hans enters. I see his silhouette in the doorway until he shuts the door.

“You are my wife now,” he says to me from the dark.

“It is true,” I say

“It is an ugly thing for a pretty girl like you to be married to me.”

I feel tears form behind my eyes but I blink them away. “Not as ugly as breaking a promise.”

I hear a little snort. “You are right, not so ugly as that.”

He takes a step closer. I see his large form in the firelight. I feel faint and place my hand on the mantel for support. He shakes and snorts and I see him slough off his coat of quills. He drops it in front of me. After a minute I kneel down and touch it. The quills are soft. I look up. A man stands in front of me, a normal, not-half-animal, man. I look at his eyes. They are brown and nice and pleading.  The moment stretches out between us but he doesn’t speak. I open my mouth but he shakes his head.

He wants me to do something. I look around confused. I look back to him. He stands still, his brown eyes begging for something. I look at the coat of quills, the fire, and back to him. He looks relieved, and I know what he wants me to do. I grab the quills and throw them into the flames.  As they burn he falls to the floor and cries out. I see his skin turning black.

Have I done wrong? I turn to  pull the coat back out of the fire, but it’s burning fast and hot. The flames light up the whole room. Hans screams again, the black on his skin spreads. I glance around and see the wash basin by the bed. I grab it and pour it over the writhing man. For a second I am surrounded by steam. When it clears Hans is calm and the black has washed away. I kneel down next to him.

Hans groans, and turns his head toward me. “Thank you wife. You have freed me from a life-long curse.”

I smile. “You’re welcome.”

Hans sits up. I help him to the bed and fetch more water. He nods his thanks as he takes it. Our eyes meet. His are still kind. I can see he is a good man and we will have a happy life. I can’t explain how I know this but I feel the truth of it inside me. I smile at him and take his hand. He smiles back.

The End

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This short story is based off of the Brothers Grimm tale of the same name. To read the original story visit http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/grimm108.html

 

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Beryl Markham - a woman ahead of her time. http://buff.ly/1vpNXLl Promise the Night #mustread by Michaela MacColl Chronicle Books CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEWS - PROMISE THE NIGHT by Michaela MacColl

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20. This Is The Water Yannick Murphy

The first two words in the title of the book is the way Ms. Murphy began many sentences in THIS IS THE WATER, and it seems to be her writing style. To me, it was an odd, unique style and took a bit of getting used to.

THIS IS THE WATER is about a swim team, the parents of the swimmers, and about a murder that affected the entire community.

I was looking for a mystery, but found a book mostly about swimming and the personal lives of the team's parents.

It was a bit difficult to get started because of how the book was written.  ​The book did keep you guessing, though, about who the murderer was that was killing young girls at ​rest stops. When it was revealed, the scene was quite scary, and the murderer was someone you wouldn't expect.

I continued to read the book because I wanted to find out how it would end, but I did skim quite a few pages.  2/5

This book was given to me and my book club as a win in a contest on TLC.  No compensation was given, and this review is my opinion.

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21. Texas Book Festival Children's and YA Panels



Texas Book Festival is October 24 and 25, 2014!  

I am delighted to announce that I will be presenting LITTLE GREEN MEN AT THE MERCURY INN on the panel "Capers, Cons, and Catastrophes," (Sunday, at 130-230 in Cap. Ext. E2.026) with Varian Johnson and Jennifer Ziegler!  (There may be mayhem :-)).

Below are the other panels featuring children's and YA authors.  

Note that there's also ongoing programming throughout both days in the Children's Activity Tent and the Read Me a Story Tent!  For the complete schedule, click here.

Panels featuring Austin authors are in italics.

SATURDAY

10-1045
Grandfather Gandhi
Location: Family Life Center (1300 Lavaca)
Authors:
Arun Gandhi
Bethany Hegedus

10-1045
Choose Wisely
Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.026
Authors:
Lauren Miller
Trent Reedy
Stephen Graham Jones
Moderator:
Vanessa Lee

10-11
YA and not so Y.A.
Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.012
Authors:
Claudia Gray
Melissa de la Cruz

11-1145
Looks Can Be Deceiving
Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.026
Authors:
Michelle Knudsen
Steve Brezenoff
Moderator:
Sean Petrie

12-1
#WeNeedDiverseBooks
Location: The Sanctuary at First United Methodist Church (1201 Lavaca, enter from Lavaca St.)
Authors:
Tim Tingle
Jacqueline Woodson
Andrea Davis Pinkney
Pat Mora
Diane Gonzales Bertrand
Moderator:
Don Tate

12-1
Tomás Rivera Award
 Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.026
Authors:
Susan Goldman Rubin
Duncan Tonatiuh
Moderator:
Jesse Gainer

12-1
Guys Read: True Stories
Location: Family Life Center (1300 Lavaca)
Authors:
Jon Scieszka
Nathan Hale

1215-1
Hazardous Tales
Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.016
Authors:
Nathan Hale

1215-115
Survival 101
Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.026
Authors:
Lindsay Cummings
Rick Yancey
Dayna Lorentz
Moderator:
Sarah Pitre

115-215
Do You Believe in Magic?
Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.026
Authors:
Natalie Lloyd
Annie Barrows
Nikki Loftin

230-330
Adventure is Out There
Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.026
Authors:
Michael Fry
P. J. Hoover
S.S. Taylor

230-330
Poetry for YA
Location: Family Life Center (1300 Lavaca)
Authors:
Jacqueline Woodson
Isabel Quintero
K. A. Holt

245-330
Frank Einstein
Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.026
Authors:
Jon Scieszka

345-430
Katherine Applegate
Location: Family Life Center (1300 Lavaca)
Authors:
Katherine Applegate

345-445
Eyes on the Prize
Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.026
Authors:
Deborah Wiles
Duncan Tonatiuh
London Ladd
Moderator:
Sharon O'Neal

SUNDAY
11-12 Sun
Beginning, Middle, End: A Trio of Trilogies
Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.026
Authors:
Adam Gidwitz
Edward Carey
Deron Hicks

1215-115
Design Decisions: Children's Illustrators At Work
Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.028
Authors:
Patrick McDonnell
Lane Smith
Tad Carpenter
Divya Srinivasan
Carolyn Dee Flores

130-230
Capers, Cons, and Catastrophes
Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.026
Authors:
Jennifer Ziegler
Greg Leitich Smith
Varian Johnson

130-230
Unfinished Business
Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.028
Authors:
Meg Wolitzer
Lindsey Lane
Adele Griffin

245-340
Tony DiTerlizzi
Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.028
Authors:
Tony DiTerlizzi
Moderator:
Suzanne Wofford

245-345
Growing Pains
Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.026
Authors:
Andrea Davis Pinkney
Varsha Bajaj
Mariko Tamaki

3-5
At-Risk Summer Movie
Location: Capitol Auditorium Room E1.004
Authors:
e.E. Charlton-Trujillo

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22. 5 WAYS TO FOLLOW UP WITH AN EDITOR OR AGENT

I receive so many questions about what to do when you do not get a reply to what you submitted. I think we all will be interested in this article written by Elizabeth Law about how to handle the situation.

5 WAYS TO FOLLOW UP WITH AN EDITOR OR AGENT AND WHEN TO DO IT :

Waiting for a reply can seem like watching the tumbleweeds roll...

Waiting for a reply can seem like watching the tumbleweeds roll…

#1.  Maybe an editor said something encouraging to you at a conference, and, as requested, you sent them your manuscript.  Since then it has been radio silence.  Here’s what you can do.  After 10-12 weeks, follow up with an email, reminding him or her, “we met at XXX, you said you’d like to take a look at my story about XXX, and because 10-12 weeks have passed, I wanted to follow up.  Here is my manuscript again, thank you very much for your time and consideration.”  That’s right, attach the manuscript, don’t have the editor go hunting for your email from 10 weeks ago. This way they can click and start reading.  If you haven’t heard back in another month, move on.

Mandy and Bernadette knew it in Sunday in the Park with George: you've got to Move On.

Mandy and Bernadette knew it in Sunday in the Park with George: you’ve got to Move On.

(In this case, move on means submit to the next person on your list, and don’t expect ever to hear back from the original publishing house. You don’t need to officially withdraw the manuscript.  If by some miracle the first editor later says he or she is interested in your book, and you haven’t yet sold it, then great.  But meanwhile you’ve taken your career into your own hands.)<img Mandy and Bernadette knew it in Sunday in the Park with George: you’ve got to Move On.”

Mandy and Bernadette knew it in Sunday in the Park with George: you’ve got to Move On.

#2.  Regrettably, in this era, silence is the new no.  Many literary agents have realized they don’t have the time to reply to every query they receive, so they’ve enacted a policy of “if you don’t hear from us in ___ weeks, assume we’ve passed.”

Here’s what to do when you’ve queried and agent and the allotted time to hear back has passed: MOVE ON.

Waiting for just the right literary agent or editor to say yes to you is like being in 7th grade and waiting for just the right boy, the one you know is perfect and you will spend the rest of your life with, to ask you out.  You are much, much better off moving on to the guy standing right next to him in the lunch line.

This is also a good rule for a publishing house accepting unsolicited manuscripts, and for editors or publishers who are accepting submissions for a certain period after a conference. If you don’t hear back from them after 12-16 weeks, assume it’s a no and move on.

#3.  You have signed with a literary agent, but they aren’t getting back to you.  Maybe they don’t return your calls, maybe they don’t answer your emails.  Everyone slips up now and again, of course, and that’s not what I’m talking about.  Have you left a few messages in a row for your agent, either by email or phone, and not gotten a reply? Has that happened several times? End the relationship.  The LAST thing you want is an agent who doesn’t return your calls or emailsThe publishing process is frustratingly slow and thorny and fraught with all sorts of issues.  Your agent is your champion; he or she goes into battle for you.  You do not want to be in that battle not knowing when your weaponry is going to show up.  Send an email and say you’re terminating the relationship. Do it now.

(And don’t be scared. Most agents are excellent.  But I get asked about this every few months, so I’m including it.)

#4.   An editor tells you he is taking your manuscript to an acquisitions meeting, then you don’t hear anything further. Follow up, by phone or email, remembering the rule, “always be polite and to the point.”  Say “You said you were bringing my book to the committee, has there been a response?” I know, I know, who wants to send that email and hasten the chance of hearing “I’m afraid the committee passed?”  But it’s better to hear “no” and move on. It’s also possible your editor needs to be prodded to get that book onto the meeting agenda.  You just don’t know.  You need to follow up.

Nota bene: ALWAYS be nice. Never lose your cool and yell at an editor, even by email, even when he deserves it.  First, you never know the full story—I got screamed at, really screamed at, once when it was my boss causing the delay, but what could I do but take the heat? And second, venting is what you have friends for.  The editor is disorganized, doesn’t value your time, has kept you hanging, repeatedly breaks her word about when she’s going to reply… all true.  Still, be professional, courteous, and polite. For one thing, when a writer is nice and understanding, we, the editors, only feel more guilty and determined to treat you well and to finally get you an answer.  Secondly, one day you may need that person you just reamed out.  He may be sitting in the audience at sales conference, and be able to tell a rep “Oh, I know that author, so talented.” Or you may end up sitting next to that editor on a panel at a conference, who knows? Don’t burn bridges.  Act professionally and then go out for drinks with your BFF and get it all off your chest.

manuscript#5:  Perhaps your book is under contract, but your editor isn’t getting back to you with editorial notes, or with anything else.  You want to revise, you have another book you need to work on, and you need to know what’s going on.  But although you’ve emailed the editor three times to ask about the book’s schedule, you hear nothing.  If you have an agent, easy, just tell the agent and he or she will deal with it.  (Unless the agent doesn’t return your calls, in which case, see #2).  But if you don’t have an agent, and you aren’t hearing back from your editor? Email their boss.  Yup.  Email the publisher, remembering to be professional and concise, saying “I haven’t had an answer to my questions about the book’s schedule and I’m getting worried that my revision might conflict with another project; of course I understand how busy my editor is, but I wonder if you have information for me?”  The publisher then forwards it to the editor who deals with it immediately.

Ok, everyone hates that answer, but it really works.

Click to read Elizabeth’s Bonus Tip and the rest of the article.

Elizabeth Law is available for consultation on your manuscript and career and for social networking tutorials, among other services. See her website, ELawReads.com, for more information.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


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23. Welcome to the family by Mary Hoffman & Ros Asquith

welcometothefamilyFascinating and reassuring, thoughtful and funny, Welcome to the Family by Mary Hoffman, illustrated by Ros Asquith is a very special book about all sorts of different families and the ways children end up in them. If ever a book was cut and bound with love, this is it.

It’s the perfect book if you’re part of a family with step-parents, adopted siblings, or any sort of family which is not vanilla Mum, Dad and 2.4 kids, and you want your family to see families just like yours in between the pages of a book.

It’s also the perfect book if you are part of a family with Mum, Dad and 2.4 kids and you want to help your kids understand that there’s not just one way of being a family, even if all families do have one very important thing in common: Love.

All sorts of children (and parents) will find themselves in this book; they will see themselves and their family set-ups acknowledged and celebrated without judgement. And as is appropriate of any celebration there’s lots of joy, happiness and humour in both words and pictures. Reassurance that the child is loved and welcomed is the beating heart of this book.

welcometothefamily

A special cuddly teddy bear provides commentary at different points in the text, allowing children to feel ok if what they’re reading is new or surprising for them. Sibling rivalry, anxiety and the difficulties which can arise in any family are also mentioned; this remains a realistic, not a sugar-coated view of family life, and it’s all the more comforting for that.

Whilst I adore this book more than I have found easy to say (I’ve drafted this review many times trying to find just mix of exuberance and professionalism), I think it worth pointing out that although all sorts of families are included, they are all core, nuclear families ie parents and children. No explicit mention is made of aunts and uncles, grandparents or cousins, and yet these people too are very important parts of many families.

Sharing this book (or letting your child discover it for themselves) is an easy and enjoyable way to introduce your primary school aged kids to everything from IVF babies to the fact that some kids are brought up by two Dads. It’s honest, welcoming text is brilliantly brought to life by spirited illustrations. It’s unpatronising, unthreatening approach is a breath of fresh air. Simply put, this is an outstanding book, a book that fights evil and ignorance with joy, love and respect.

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Inspired by Welcome to the Family we made a set of family puppets.

familypuppets

We started by taking a load of photos of each other, with our faces showing different sorts of expressions. I cropped our heads out and resized them so they were only 1.5-2 cm tall, before printing them out.

faces

(Alternatively you could also go to a passport photo booth and get have fun there, coming home with strips of faces.)

Next we drew bodies and clothing. I gave the kids pieces of paper between 10 and 15 cm long and encouraged them to draw their bodies/clothes to fill the space; if your printed head is about 2 cm big, you’ll need the bodies to be between 10 and 15 cm long if you want them to be approximately in proportion to the heads. The kids found the scale issue a little difficult to begin with, but it definitely helped to give them rectangles of paper approximately the right size, rather than big sheets of paper.

We cut out the heads and bodies and stuck them onto wooden barbecue skewers using label stickers, but you could use tape.

familypuppets2

Now we were ready to act out all sorts of family dramas!

familypuppets3

Whilst making our family puppets we listened to:

  • Love Makes a Family by Two of a Kind. In some ways the perfect song to match with Welcome to the Family
  • I Have Two Moms by Bria & Chrissy. Not the best music you’ve ever heard, but still potentially a useful song, about a boy with two moms in a same sex relationship.
  • Two Moms by Tom Knight. This one’s actually about step families (lyrics here)
  • Family Time by Ziggy Marley

  • Other activities which could work well alongside reading Welcome to the Family include these:

  • Use the photos from your family puppets to make family cloth dolls – here’s some inspiration from mokru
  • Make a family peekaboo board, like this one from His4Homeschooling. I think this would be a lovely thing for an older sibling to make for their younger brother or sister.
  • Draw up a family tree. This post from Sun Scholasr has lots of different ideas.
  • What are your favourite books about families?

    Disclosure: I was sent a free review copy of Welcome to the Family by the publisher.

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    24. Reading Roundup: September 2014

    By the Numbers
    Teen: 10
    Tween: 3
    Children: 2

    Sources
    Review Copies: 10
    Library: 3

    Standouts
    Teen: Sway by Kat Spears
    I really liked this examination of a morally grey kid with a surprisingly good heart.
    Tween: My Year of Epic Rock by Andrea Pyros (link goes to my review)
    It's a tale as old as time - dumped by your BFF on the first day of seventh grade. Luckily for Nina, there's nowhere to go but up from here.
    Children: Thursdays with the Crown by Jessica Day George
    The third adventure for the royal family finds them far from home and trying to work out what really happened hundreds of years before. You really have to have read the whole series to understand everything that's going on in this one, but if you have, this continues the enjoyment.

    Because I Want To Awards
    Because What Could Go Wrong with a Jailbreak?: The Graham Cracker Plot by Shelley Tougas
    Good kid, poor choices. Lots of poor choices. Oh, so many poor choices.
    The Path of True Love Never Did Run Smooth: Just Call My Name by Holly Goldberg Sloan
    See, this is what Shakespeare meant by that. After getting together at the end of the last bo
    ok (I'll Be There), Sam and Emily find themselves hitting speedbumps, hard. Nice to see a book where happily-ever-after isn't shown as smooth sailing.
    Almost Named a Standout: I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
    It was so hard to pick, you guys. SO HARD. Nelson's novel of estranged twins, each narrating a different era in their lives, is full of sneaky surprises and lovely language.

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    25. Terry Gilliam: The Triumph of Fantasy


    Press Play has now posted my latest video essay, "Terry Gilliam: The Triumph of Fantasy". It also has a short text essay to accompany it. Here's how that one begins:
    In a 1988 interview with David Morgan for Sight and Sound, Terry Gilliam proposed that the most common theme of his movies had been fantasy vs. reality, and that, after the not-entirely-happy endings of Time Bandits and Brazil, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen offered the happiness previously denied, a happiness made possible by “the triumph of fantasy”.

    That triumph is not, though, inherently happy. Gilliam’s occasional happy endings are not so much triumphs of fantasy as they are triumphs of a certain tone. They are the endings that fit the style and subject matter of those particular films. More often than not, his endings are more ambiguous, but fantasy still triumphs. Even poor Sam Lowry in Brazil gets to fly away into permanent delusion. Fantasy is sometimes a torment for Gilliam’s characters, but it is a torment only in that it is haunted by reality, and reality in Gilliam is a land of pain, injustice, and, perhaps worst of all, ordinariness.
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