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1. Is Bezos’ Super-Secret Campfire Cooling?

6629205_563906a381_zDid they stay or did they go? You might never know if your fave authors were feted at Jeff Bezos’ annual super-secret Campfire this past weekend. Word is the elite attendees are cautioned that what plays at Campfire, stays at Campfire.

In 2011, Bezos “flew in Margaret Atwood, Michael Chabon, Alice Walker, Neil Gaiman, and Khaled Hosseini, among others, to a think tanky event he called ‘Amazon Campfire,’” Dennis Johnson noted in his Melville House blog. Since then, radio silence.

The Renaissance Weekend-like event of fabulous meals, fascinating formal talks led by folks like Neil Armstrong, horseback riding and skeet shooting, and sweet swag (down vests, fleeces) continued for the most part under the radar, until The New York Times reported Sunday on the fifth autumn weekend soiree under the headline, “A Writerly Chill at Bezos’ Fire.”

Seems a bit of the bonhomie has been siphoned off the warm, cozy atmosphere by the it’s-not-personal-it’s-business Amazon/Hachette dispute. The Times’ David Streitfeld wrote: “Some repeat Campfire attendees who have supported Hachette in the dispute say they were not invited this year…The event has become as divisive as the fight.” (more…)

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2. Kathy Reichs Preview

We hope to see you next Monday, September 26 at the Columbus Museum of Art for an Evening with Kathy ReichsKathy Reichs web! Beginning at 7:30 p.m., Reichs will be discussing her bestselling crime series that acts as the inspiration for the hit T.V. show, Bones. Dr. Temperance Brennan (also known as Bones) is the heroine for this 17 novel series that works to solve seemingly unsolvable cases. In her newest novel, Reichs takes Dr. Temperance on a trip to Charlotte, North Carolina to find the connection between two murders on opposite sides of the country.

While general admission tickets for this event are sold out, we do have limited availability in an overflow seating area at a discounted rate. Please call 614-464-1032 x.11 for more information and ticket availability.

As a gesture of respect to our authors and guests, the event will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. with no admission allowed past 7:45 p.m. We thank you for your understanding on this matter.


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3. The martial and literary arts have more in common than you might think

My kung fu school now offically offers Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Today I spent my lunch hour doing BJJ with one guy who weighs 225 and has a green belt in judo and our sifu, who weighs less but knows more.

2014-09-21 12.17.55So far, these have been my stages in doing BJJ:


  • I don’t know what this guy is doing and it might hurt. Better tap.

  • I know what this guy is doing and it hurts. Better tap.

  • I know what this guy is doing and I try to get away. But he just cinches in tighter. I tap.

  • I know what this guy is doing and I try to get away. But he gets me in a different position. I end up tapping.

  • I know what this guy is doing but I have a game of my own. I try something. He gets away. He tries something. I get away. But eventually I can't escape, and I tap.

  • Just like the above, only sometimes I get the other guy to tap!

As in kung fu, sometimes the best thing seems like the worst idea. Like getting closer to the guy holding the knife can be the best thing, or rolling toward the person who was just behind you choking you.

After class, Sifu asked me how many books I had written and how the process has changed over time. The answer was 17 published + 2 done but not yet published + 1 half-done + the 3 I wrote before I got published + the 3 I wrote after I got published but that never found a home.

That equals 26 books! Which explains why I can now write a book in a compressed timeline and without a super-clear idea of where it's going and still pull it off. So the more you write, the more you know about writing. And the more you grapple or do kung fu, the more you know about grappling or kung fu down in your marrow, deep down past thought. The more you trust the process.

Like in my current WIP, The Girl I Used to Be, I needed this character Jason to be a tweaked-out trucker.  And I could write him tweaked out and paranoid or I could write him talking to his ex-wife about who might have killed their old friends years ago, but I couldn't write both parts of the chapter. They refused to go together, even though it said in my outline that that should happen.2014-09-20 10.37.02  And I realized I had to listen to my characters. Like there was no way if Jason acted that crazy that Heather was going to give him the kids for the week, no matter what their custody agreement called for. Also, they wouldn't have discussed anything. They would have been at each other's throats. And once I trusted my gut and stopped thinking and stopped insisting the book had to follow my outline and just wrote, it worked itself out. Just like going into grappling and thinking I am going to do this one cool thing I want to do and missing plenty of opporutnities to other great things and never even doing your butterfuly choke.

Every day or at least every month, I'm getting to be better at kung fu/BJJ/writing.  But I don't think I'll ever be this good:

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5. Skor Indonesia Vs Thailand Timnas U-23


Hasil pertandingan Asian Games 2014 antara Timnas Indonesia vs Thailand berakhir dengan skor 0-6. Dengan hasil ini Timnas Indonesia harus melawan tim kuat di babak berikutnya, yakni Korea Utara.


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Dalam laga pamungkas Grup E di Stadion Incheon Football pada Senin (22/9/14) malam WIB, Indonesia memang terlihat menurunkan beberapa pemain lapis kedua. Ferdinand Sinaga yang menjadi andalan, di bangku cadangkan Aji Santoso.


Situasi ini rupanya benar-benar dimanfaatkan Thailand, sehingga mampu unggul dua gol di babak pertama melalui C. Phombuppha dan Adisak Kraisorn.

Di sepanjang 45 menit babak pertama Indonesia memang cukup kewalahan menahan gempuran pemain Thailand. Permainan cepat yang diperagakan anak asuh Kiatisuk Senamuang, membuat pemain belakang Indonesia pontang-panting.

Saat laga baru berjalan 6 menit Thailand sudah unggul melalui gol C. Phombuppha. Ketinggalan 0-1 Indonesia mencoba bangkit. Namun aliran bola dari Rasyid Bakri dan Bayu Gatra selalu dengan mudah dipatahkan pemain belakang Thailand.

Alih-alih mengejar ketinggalan, Indonesia justru kecolongan pada menit 17. Berawal dari serangan cepat,  Adisak Kraisorn yang tak terkawal bek Indonesia melepaskan tendangan keras yang gagal dijangkau kiper Teguh Amiruddin.

Memasuki pertengahan babak pertama, permainan Indonesia sebenarnya mulai berkembang. Yandi Sofyan Munawar dan Syakir beberapa kali berhasil menerobos daerah pertahanan Thailand, sayang keduanya belum berhasil mencetak gol.

Sebaliknya Thailand meski sudah unggul 2 gol, namun tetap melakukan serangan ke perrtahanan Indonesia. Hingga 45 menit dan tambahan waktu berakhir, skor 0-2 untuk keunggulan Thailand tetap bertahan menutup laga di paruh pertama.

Di babak kedua usaha Indonesia untuk mengejar ketertinggalan tidak terwujud, bahkan Thailand yang justru mampu menambah 4 gol untuk menutup laga kali ini dengan skor 0-6. Gol pertama Thailand pada babak kedua dibuka oleh Chanathip Songkrasin.

Menit 58 Chanathip Songkrasin menjebol gawang Indonesia setelah memanfaatkan bola liar yang ditepis penjaga gawang. Tendangan kerasnya dengan kaki kiri sukses merobek jala Indonesia untuk kali ketiga.

Tawikan tak mau ketinggalan untuk berpesta di babak kedua. Menit ke-76 Tawikan menyambar bola umpan manis di mulut gawang Indonesia, sekaligus membawa Thailand unggul dengan skor 4-0. Dua gol tambahan bagi Thailand kemudian dicetak pada menit ke-82 dan injury time. Skor hasil akhir Indonesia vs Thailand 0-6.


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6. Chip of the Flying U

Jenn recommended Chip of the Flying U, by B.M. Bower, about a year ago, and that’s probably how long it’s been sitting on my Kindle. I don’t know why I picked it up this weekend, except that the internet in my apartment wasn’t working and I wasn’t feeling enthusiastic about anything I was more familiar with, but I’m glad I did. It’s almost entirely delightful, one of those books that does enough right that you don’t care that much about the stuff it doesn’t. And if you have to be content with a kind of ham-fisted ending, well, everything before that is so much fun that the book has kind of earned the right to fall apart in the last chapter.

The Flying U is a Montana ranch owned by James G. Whitmore, and Chip is a sensitive, artistic cow-puncher. Don’t laugh; it’s awesome. He’s got a square chin and long eyelashes and a horse he loves a lot, and it’s kind of over the top, but in a cute way. Della Whitmore is cute, too. She’s the younger sister of James G., paying an extended visit after graduation from medical school, and she’s got grey eyes and dimples to go with Chip’s chin and eyelashes.

She makes a positive first impression when she shoots a coyote with Chip’s rifle on the way back from the train station, the day of her arrival. The rest of the book is about him being in denial about being in love with her, basically. There’s no reason he should deny it, except that Della writes frequently to a Dr. Cecil Granthum. So Chip mopes, and “the Little Doctor” flirts with him and displays a fair amount of unreasonable behavior. I worry this is meant to make her seem more feminine. But more importantly, she’s good at her job, and he’s good at his, and there’s humor and artistic triumphs and a tiny bit of adventure besides. It’s a funny book and a sweet one, and while I found Della inconsistent, and Chip almost unrecognizable in the final scene, it his enough of the right buttons at the right times that I smiled my way through the entire book.


Tagged: 1900s, bmbower, montana, romance, western

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7. BOBBEE BEE: GET THE SHIRT, READ THE BOOK, AND WATCH THE MOVIE!!!

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8. Trip to Romania: Part I

Red line shows our itinerary...
I just got back from a 2 week trip to Romania with my friend Ioana who is working on a plant field guide to the country. So much fun touring the country and seeing castles, churches, villages and fortresses.

It was a whirlwind! We were on the road a lot so we could see as much as possible. But, in the short time, it was just tastes of different regions. 

We first went to Romania in 1998 to be in George and Ioana's wedding. The country has done a 180 since then and is growing in leaps and bounds. Unfortunately, the guys could not join us this visit.

We did not get to revisit the seaside town of Constanta or the Dacian ruins, but next time...

Our first stop was Brasov and OF COURSE Castle Bran in Transylvania. We did not see Bran last time since I had to pick one castle to visit and that was Peles. So this time, we made sure to cover it.

Brasov is an amazing town. I hope to go back and sketch more! We only got a little taste of the city.

The Brasov town square

While I sketched this, they were giving a free opera concert. It seemed to cover a lot of the greatest hits and was a bit of a sampler platter of songs.

A peacock is a good image in Brasov. It is a proud and beautiful city.


Did you think I would not sketch it?

Queen Marie's Chapel we thought... Gorgeous with all the moss...
Me, walking up to the castle...
If you are curious and want to know more, watch this amazing series about Romania called Wild Carpathia. They go to a lot of the places Ioana and I went to and talks about how they are trying to conserve the largest areas of virgin forest in Europe.

http://youtu.be/jvDIpOPlWJ8

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9. 10 Clues Your Family’s Faith is Like a Fairy Tale

    by Sally Matheny 

    

    Once upon a time, there were parents who wished upon every shooting star for their kids to turn out okay. Shiny pennies were tossed into fountains and wishbones pulled, in hopes that their children would grow up to be joyful and productive citizens of the land. Imagine the parents’ sorrow and dismay when they did not.

     Is this your family’s philosophy? Are you sure? Check out these 10 clues to see if your family’s faith is like a fairy tale:






1.  Your children have no idea where the location of their Bibles. However, you keep your copy under the seat in the car, just in case you need it one Sunday.

2.  A Bible isn’t used at home for individual study or for a family time of devotions.

3.  Someone says a blessing before meals, but only when company is present.

4.  The only time you pray with your kids is at bedtime—when you remember—and actually, that’s your child praying her usual list.

Is Your Family's Faith Like a Fairy Tale?
5.  At Christmas, discussions are mainly about being good for Santa and about presents. At Easter, the focus is more about emptying a plastic egg than the miracle of Christ’s empty tomb.

6.  Quite often, your family chooses to attend to many things on Sunday, except church.

7.  When you do attend church, you focus more on what’s in it for you than how you can serve others.

8.  At home, there is more talk about reality shows than the reality of God, His love, and His will for your lives.

9. When sin occurs in your home it is often justified rather than dealt with it in a just manner.

10.  Family members’ speech and behaviors are vastly different outside the church walls.
      
     
     The true story is families are not living in a fairy tale world. God is real. And so is Satan. We can’t live out our days haphazardly, hoping our sons eventually turn into knightly men and our daughters don’t become damsels in distress.

      We live in a sinful world. How are you strengthening your family for spiritual battle? A fairy godmother is not going to show up and make your troubles disappear with the wave of a wand. It requires standing firmly on faith and living by the Sword of Truth. Gather your family and get back to basic training. Actively participate in a church that teaches and practices God’s Holy Word. Make your testimony real to your children.
     
     You either make-believe or you do believe in Jesus Christ. One belief leads to chaos and the other leads to a joyfully ever after.


     

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10. DOES IT MATTER WHAT WE DO?



The question is pretty simple. Does it matter what we do?

Some say no. The climate isn't changing. (Hey-–it wasn't that hot today.) Or they say, the climate is always changing. (Remember the ice age?) Or they say, other countries pollute more than we do. Why should our country be the only ones to take action? 

Some people say no, even though they believe that climate change is happening. They say, it's too late to stop the inevitable. They say, corporations are inherently evil. They say, I'm just one person out of seven billion. What can I do? I tried already. It didn't help.

The ice caps are melting. The sea level is rising. The change in the climate has already displaced species and destroyed the habitats of butterflies, bees, birds, bears––and yes, humans.

But luckily there are lots of people who don't say NO.

Who ride a bike to work. Who recycle. Who plant trees. Who live with a little less. Who turn off a light. Who conserve water. Who bring a canvas bag to the grocery store.

Who marched in New York City on September 21, 2014.






I'm proud to have marched with them.

It's always better to take a positive step. To do whatever you can. To believe that you can make a difference. To keep trying.

Because YES, it does matter what we do.
 

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11. Current Scratch: Join Us, NANOWRIMO, Awards, Texas Book Festival, Opportunities, & for Pure Enjoyment

Howdy, folks! Hope you're all busying yourself like squirrels this fall, gathering hearty ideas for projects, current & future. Did you wrap a project up this summer? Does it sizzle with perfection? If so, be brave and submit it! *Check out two new opportunities for submissions below*


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Our next Schmooze: Sell Your Books! Sage Advice from Molly Blaisdell and others. Join the discussion on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 10 a.m. in the College Station Barnes & Noble. A brief summary of news from the SCBWI Summer Conference will follow. Those who have time will go out to lunch as well. Come early for a gentle critique starting at 9:30 a.m. Bring 5 copies of 5 double-spaced pages to share.

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Illustrator event! Join SCBWI-BV, as we attend a free lecture featuring James Gurney, author of the Dinotopia series. This is sponsored by The Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA) at Texas A&M University. A treat for your inner artist. We will meet on Thursday, October 23 at 5 p.m. for a bite to eat (details to come) and then head over to at 7 p.m. to Geren Auditorium at the College of Architecture on the A&M campus for the lecture. Email me if you are interested! (molly@mollyblaisdell.com)

"James Gurney is the artist and author best known for his illustrated book series Dinotopia. He specializes in painting realistic images of scenes that can’t be photographed, from dinosaurs to ancient civilizations." (jamesgurney.com) 

Pick up the Pace!—A Workshop with Agent Jodell Sadler of Sadler Children’s Literary
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 at A& M United Methodist Church, College Station, TX
Story pacing can make the difference between a “nice try” rejection and a publishable manuscript. Whether you’re working on page turns in a 500-word picture book or end-of-chapter cliff-hangers in a 50,000-word novel, Jodell Sadler has tips and tools to help pick up the pace. Join SCBWI Brazos Valley for a day-long workshop focused on pacing and strong writing skills.* Registration fees are $125 for SCBWI members and $150 for non-members. Whether paying by check or credit card, please register through the event website.

In addition to the workshop, attendees may submit pages/portfolios for critique. Only eight slots are available with Ms. Sadler, and the face-to-face meetings will be scheduled in the morning on Sunday, Nov. 9. A fee of $45 is due at registration, and submissions** will be due (postmarked by) Oct. 15.

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Teen & Middle Grade Authors event. Larry J. Ringer Library in College Station: On Saturday, November 8, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., and Sunday, November 9, 2-4 p.m., Teen & Middle Grade Authors: Teen and tween aspiring authors and adult authors who write for teen and middle grade audiences, talk about your books and about other teen and middle grade fiction, book signings allowed. Contact Kendra at kperkins@bryantx.gov or (979) 764-3416. More info about this event here. *If you would like to be a featured author and have books signed at this event, please contact Kendra Perkins at the email address above.


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SCBWI Austin Chapter: Fall Workshop-Research for Fiction, Non-fiction and Historical Writers.Date/Time: 9/13/ 2014, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Laura's Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd., Austin, TX
More info here.

Non-Fiction for New Folks Retreat (NF4NF) -- For fiction writers wanting to try nonfiction writing, nonfiction writers who are new to the genre, and experienced NF writers in need of encouragement, instruction, and inspiration. (not an SCBWI event but may be of interest to our members)Date/Time 10/9 -10/12

Location: Hill Country University Center, Fredricksburg, TX
More info here.


NANOWRIMO

Do you have an idea brewing? A character or two who refuse to let you rest at night? No worries, here's a challenge just for you. National Novel Writing Month comes in November! Check out the site for details.


AWARDS
Check out the 2014 Longlist for National Book Award for Young People's Literature.


TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL
Coming to Austin on Oct. 25 & 26. 2014's List of Authors.


OPPORTUNITIES
Highlights' new fiction contest is just around the corner! This year's theme is Mystery Stories!


Submission Guidelines for APPLESEEDS magazine, ages 6-9.


Literary Agent Lana Popovic is currently building client list.


And another one! Literary Agent Genevieve Nine.


WRITING A SERIES?
Here's a great Writer Unboxed blog post about why (benefits & strategies) authors need to write a series.


AND FOR PURE ENJOYMENT
A Ted talk with award-winning children's author Mac Barnett Why a Good Book is a Secret Door.


The views expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of the SCBWI.









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12. he had a dream. we heard him sing it. season 8 (the Voice)


Saturday, at the Reading Market, this young man serenaded the lunchtime crowds. "I'm going to LA to sing for Usher," he told us. "Season 8. The Voice." He was best at Adele. He loved Marvin Gaye. He gave us some Beatles.

I don't know the facts. I just know the moment. He beguiled us with the possibility. He said he had a dream. We fed his open suitcase. We took his picture. We wished him well.

I was besotted with the romance of it all.

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13. God's Child

Question: The setting is in Ethiopia and the book is being written in Amharic language. The novel is about a mom, who as pregnant teen was thrown out

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14. Creating Life-Long Library Advocates

I was on Facebook the other day and many of my library friends were posting an article from the Atlantic Monthly called, “Millennials Are Out-Reading Older Generations.” Interested, I read the article and was excited to see that the millennial generation loves reading. The article shares the results of a Pew research report that studied the role of the influence of libraries on young readers, ages 16-29. “Eighty-eight percent of Americans under age 30, read a book in the past year, compared with 79% of those age 30 and older” and they also used the library slightly more than older adults. For a split second, I was ecstatic. I now, finally had proof that all my hard work as well as the hard work and tireless efforts of all my friends and fellow librarians who put in long days planning programs, recommending books, and advocating to parents and politicians, actually worked.

Then I read the following sentence: “At the same time, American readers’ relationship with public libraries is changing – with younger readers less likely to see public libraries as essential in their communities.” Only 19% of Millennials say that their local library’s closing would impact them, even though they are using the library as much as older patrons.

Before we throw our hands in the air and call in sick tomorrow, let’s take another look at the facts. We have created a generation of readers who use the library and are reading and utilizing the library more than the generation before them. Unfortunately, they just don’t understand the importance of the library to themselves and to their community.

As everyday advocates, we can fix that. Children do not have political power. They have limited say in decisions affecting their lives, but as we can see with this study, they are the future politicians, community partners, and parents with whom we will be advocating to justify our budget and staff. Instead of trying to convince adults to become library advocates, let’s focus on the youth to create life-long library advocates! As Children’s librarians, we have the unique ability to advocate from birth. The next time you are talking to caregivers about the importance of storytime, be certain to include the children in the discussion. When you find that perfect book for a child, remind them how the library is important to them. Sometimes, we focus so much on the political parts of advocacy, that we forget that it as simple as talking to a child. Who is with me?

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Gloria Repolesk is a Children’s Librarian at the Emmet O’Neal Public Library. She is writing this blog post on behalf of the Advocacy and Legislation Committee.

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15. A Little Laugh

Because even a book on climate change needs a little humor:

Not surprisingly, the Kochs [siblings David and Charles, inheritors of the second largest privately owned company in the US, Tea Party supporters, and opposed to action on climate change] are the number-one hate figures of the progressive left and environmentalists alike, and the grinning brothers are often portrayed in activist literature as the twin heads of the “Kochtopus,” surrounded by the spreading tentacles of their gas, oil, and chemical interests. This is the latest in a long cartoon history of rampaging corporate cephalopods, which have included railroad monopolies, ice monopolies, Tammany Hall crooks, [and] Standard Oil.

Heh, rampaging corporate cephalopods. Makes me laugh every time I read it.

I have a few writing and reading commitments I must attend to this week so posts might be skimpy. If only there were enough time in the day to fit everything in! I’ll try, but, well, we’ll see.


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16. Fairy dresses for Fairy Magic Monday


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fairymagicmondayMy new deck includes several fairy dresses cards, so it got me thinking about proper attire for fairies.

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photo copyright Fairy Nana Land from her Etsy Shop

I found this fabulous dress created by fellow fairy, Fairy Nana. This one is insanely cool. Did you see that tutu! I need to save up for my Halloween costume and everyday wear. There’s lots of sizes – children to adults – and there isn’t a shortage of wings. Check out her Etsy shop here.

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photo from Stuff You Can't Have blog copyright Catherine Mcever

My fairy research led me to this great blog of creations by Catherine Mcever. Catherine, you’re mind is crazy fun and I love it! Check out her fairy frocks and Wings Shop brochure on the section marked Evidence of Fairies on her blog.

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screenshot: Faery Tailor website

And finally, I found a Faery Tailor making Faery Haute Couture. English artist Emily Bazeley also makes dwellings and fairy furniture. She definitely is part fairy. Her website to browse is over here.

Part fairies that are artists are definitely creative and gifted with imagination, and of course, a heavy dose of Fairy Magic. I am so glad my search led me to these talented fellow artists so I have something to wear!

Fairy blessings,

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fairyFairy people! Check out my deck available for pre-orders now, and Fairy Beginner Healing class and Fairy Healing the Feminine class, both start September 26th, this Friday!

 


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18. The Noisy Paint Box


(I just sat next Mary GrandPré at a SCBWI book signing. Why didn't I get someone to take our picture? I am the dumbest blogger ever.)

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19. Alison Bechdel is a Genius, but We Already Knew That

Just a quick post today--but I wanted to make sure you all knew that cartoonist/graphic novelist Alison Bechdel has won one of those nifty MacArthur Genius Grant thingies. Yes, of COURSE we knew she was a genius way back when we first heard of the... Read the rest of this post

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20. Kunjungi Cagar Alam, Patel Tewas Diterkan Beruang

Seorang pelintas alam bernama Darsh Patel (22) tewas diterkam beruang hitam ketika sedang berjalan-jalan di Cagar Alam Apshawa, West Milford, New Jersey, Senin (22/9/2014). Patel pergi ke cagar alam tersebut bersama empat temannya.

patel tewas diterkam beruang
Beruang Hitam : google images


Di tengah perjalanan, kelima sekawan tersebut bertemu seekor beruang hitam, yang langsung mengejar mereka. Dalam ketakutan, mereka berlima sudah berupaya menyelamatkan diri dan mencari jalan secepatnya keluar dari hutan.


"Dalam keadaan kacau itulah, mereka terpisah. Mereka lari ke arah yang berbeda-beda," kata polisi setempat. Saat situasi dianggap sudah cukup aman, rombongan itu bisa berkumpul lagi tetapi Patel tak kunjung datang.

Empat kawan Patel lalu menghubungi kepolisian setelah tak bisa menemukan Patel. Mereka melaporkan kejadian yang baru saja mereka alami. Pencarian oleh kepolisian mendapati jasad Patel, dua jam kemudian.

"Bukti di lokasi menunjukkan korban diserang oleh seekor beruang. Beruang itu ada di sekitar lokasi kejadian," kata polisi, sebagaimana dikutip Tribunnews dari AFP.

Pernyataan dari juru bicara Departemen Perlindungan Lingkungan mengatakan, kejadian yang menimpa Patel tersebut merupakan serangan fatal beruang yang pertama di New Jersey sejak 1852.

Cagar alam seluas 576 acre, setara sekitar 233 hektare, tersebut memang populer di kalangan pelancong, pesepeda, penunggang kuda, dan penikmat burung. Beruang hitam sudah umum dijumpai di New Jersey, di 21 kabupaten di wilayah itu.

Namun para pakar menyebut serangan semacam itu merupakan peristiwa yang sangat jarang terjadi. "Benar-benar langka," kata Lawrence Hajna, juru bicara Departemen Pelindungan Hutan seperti dikutip Reuters.

Reuters mengutip pula data bahwa pada 2010 ada sekitar 3.000 beruang di New Jersey, menempatkan negara bagian di Amerika Serikat itu sebagai pemilik populasi beruang terbesar di Amerika.

Negara bagian ini rutin menggelar kegiatan berburu beruang setiap Desember untuk program pengendalian populasi.

Meski demikian, seekor beruang diketahui telah membunuh bocah perempuan berumur 5 tahun pada 2002. Bocah itu diambil dari kereta dorongnya dan sempat diseret ke dalam hutan di kedalaman Catskills Mountains.

Empat tahun yang lalu, beruang di barat laut New Jersey menyerang seorang pria dan mengambil sandwich-nya, meninggalkan lelaki itu terluka memar dan sendi yang lepas. Saat itu, polisi menyebut kejadian itu sebagai insiden pertama di Vernon.

Pada umumnya beruang hitam tak bersikap agresif dan cenderung lari menghindari manusia bila tak sengaja berjumpa, berdasarkan data dari laman New Jersey DEP.

Situs itu menjelaskan bahwa beruang cenderung aktif mencari makan setiap musim gugur untuk mengumpulkan bekal hidup pada musim dingin. Cagar alam ini berisi tanaman ek dan maple yang populer bagi para penjelajah dan pengamat burung.

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21. Mendengar Pengakuan Yurel, Rinada Mengakui Terpaksa Ketika Berhubungan Intim Di Video Mesum " PNS "

Rinada kembali mengeluarkan pengakuan terkait foto hasil capture mesum 'PNS' dirinya. Ia mengaku dalam paksaan ketika membuat video tersebut bersama sang suami.

rinada pns bandung

Menurutnya, kala itu ia mendapat perlakuan yang kurang menyenangkan dalam kehidupan seksnya. Bahkan dalam foto hasil capture dari video tersebut, terlihat tali dan lakban untuk mengikatnya.


"Dia punya kelainan yang di luar batas normal. Gimana nggak ada skenario, dia yang kameramen, dia yang sutradara, dia yang melakukan. Jelas itu skenarionya. Sedangkan saya dalam keadaan diikat dengan lakban," kisahnya, Senin (22/9/2014).

Rinada memang menyetujui ketika diajak berhubungan intim ketika itu. Namun ia menambahkan, dirinya dalam keadaan tertekan.

"Saya memang menyetujui, tapi dalam keadaan saya dipaksa dan tertekan. Kenapa saya menyetujui? Karena kan keadaan suami dan istri," akunya dilansir Detik.com.

Sementara mantan suaminya, Yurel akhirnya berkomentar setelah merasa terpojok. Ia menyatakan, pembuatan video itu dilakukan dirinya bersama Rinada tanpa adanya keterpaksaan dan dalam kondisi sadar sepenuhnya.

"Kami melakukannya tanpa ada keterpaksaan, sadar melakukannya sebagai kepuasan pribadi dan untuk konsumsi pribadi. Soal ikat itu emang bagian dari skenario. Itu ikat rambut yang saya kaitkan di tangannya, lalu dia improvisasi dililit-lilit. Ide-ide kita aja," katanya, saat ditemui di kantor pengacaranya, Kantor Hukum Yopi Gunawan, Jalan Baranangsiang, Bandung, Rabu (17/9/2014).

Sayang, koleksi pribadi itu hilang. Yurel mengatakan, dirinya menyimpan foto-foto tersebut di handphonenya raib 3 tahun lalu. Ia mengaku memang sempat mengkhawatirkan foto di handphonenya itu menyebar.

"Sekitar 3 tahun lalu handphone saya hilang. Saya juga khawatir. Saya berdoa saja semoga tidak ada apa-apa. Terus terang saya shock," tutur Yurel.

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22. The utter delight found in "Where My Wellies Take Me..."


Where My Wellies Take Me...
by Clare & Michael Murpurgo is one of those books that is so pretty and smart that I hesitate to do much of any kind of review because it's too hard not to lump the superlatives and make it sound impossible. I want to tell you it functions remarkably well as a poetry anthology, that Pippa's story of gentle outdoor adventure will appeal to kids and parents who enjoy a good jaunt and that Olivia Lomenech Gill's scrapbook style design and artwork is classic in all the best ways.

Oh heck. I love this book and I'm not afraid to just say tell you so.

The basic story is simple: Pippa sets off from her kind Aunt Peggy's on a trek through the countryside (hence the need to wear her wellies). She visits a local farmer, takes a ride on his horse, has a lunch, considers some birds, pigs and dandelions, plays Pooh sticks, spies a fisherman (and dwells on the end of life for a fish) and makes it back to the village in time to be crowned the unexpected victor of a race.

What elevates the book is the accompaniment of so many impressive poems from the likes of Ted Hughes, Rudyard Kipling, Yeats, Rossetti and more. The poems are often short, easy to understand and directly applicable to the text. The combination, with the great scrapbook pages and Pippa's story, makes this a lovely read and also a book to pore over for hours while studying the art.

Some books are treasures and Where My Wellies Take Me... certainly fits that standard. The very young will like Pippa a lot but I think it actually might reach best for the 6 & up crowd - 8 -10 year olds could be the best age of all. Really, though, it depends on the child. You'll know when you look at it if it fits for the explorer in your life. I hope it does.

Here are a couple of spreads from the Olivia Lomenech Gill's website:


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23. The Tale Behind the “Greatest Love Story” Ever Told is Coming to Print

Time announced it in 2013 as “the best news you’ll read all day.” It still is.

The tale behind the “greatest love story” ever told, of a rhyming giant kind and fencing Spaniard bold, of Westley, handsome farm boy, and Buttercup, a beauty coy — is coming to print. Our Westley, Cary Elwes, will lead a romp to “have fun stormin’ da castle” in his memoir As You Wish (October 14; Touchstone) on the making of the well-loved hit film, “The Princess Bride.”

The iconic swashbuckling rom-com introduced Robin Wright (wait, sweet Buttercup turned into Claire Underwood?), and starred Billy Crystal, Mandy Patinkin, Wallace Shawn, Andre the Giant, (I’m not a witch, I’m your wife!”) Carol Kane, Christopher Guest, Chris Sarandon, Peter Falk, and a young Fred Savage. It is applauded as one of the Writers Guild of America’s “101 Greatest Screenplays” and the American Film Institute’s “100 Greatest Love Stories.”

Elwes told the Hollywood Reporter that he was inspired to share “inconceivable” behind-the-scenes stories of making the hit during a cast reunion celebrating the film’s 25th anniversary at the 2012 New York Film Festival. (more…)

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24. Excavation

Involved in a secret five-year relationship with her middle-school teacher, Ortiz focuses on the emotional toll experienced at the hands of "Mr. Ivers." It is pretty satisfying to watch as Ortiz slowly becomes aware of the inequalities of this relationship, yet at the same time, it's entirely heartbreaking to watch this child (because, let's be [...]

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25. Matt Mullins' credits on S.H.I.E.L.D (link)

Matt Mullins, martial artist, actor, and stuntman--and more, has been working on S.H.I.E.L.D.  Check him out on his filmography webpage: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1280538/?nmdp=1&ref_=nm_ql_5#filmography

(Thanks, Mina)

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