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1. Finding an Agent

The first step in finding an agent is to decide what you want in an agent.

http://scotteagan.blogspot.com/2016/08/step-one-to-finding-agent-know-what-you.html

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2. Animal Logic Does Kung Fu Fighting, In LEGO

Animal Logic explains how they created expressive, cartoony animation for their short without squash and stretch and other animation principles.

The post Animal Logic Does Kung Fu Fighting, In LEGO appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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3. Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project No. 242 - 9.27.16


Alas, the Presidential debates have begun... "I'm with her" - for sure! But you still kind of want a fierce mother polar bear to step in and put her wild and imposing self between our kids and the embarrassing display of ugly defensive politicking and decidedly un-Presidential discourse (mostly from the Republicans) that we've been subjected to over the last several months. Clinton, for her part, seemed to kick butt last night. She believes in the science of climate change and the impact that we have on the world -- a debate that is also settled and agreed upon by the actual scientific communinty. She is smart. She is considered. She is experienced. She is the ONLY one on last night's stage that should be President. #VoteforClimate #VoteforPolarbears

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4. अंजान


न मंज़िल का पता है,
न रास्ते की खबर है,
अंजान हूँ खुद से मैं,
अंजान हर डगर है,

क्या पाना है मुझको,
या क्या खोना है,
न जानू कि हँसना है,
या फिर रोना है,

एक मुसाफिर के जैसे,
बस चलता जा रहा हूँ,
तारों की रोशनी तले,
बस पलता जा रहा हूँ,
कोई कहता है पगला,
कोई बेबस सा कहता है,
कोई सोचता है देख, मुझे
दुनिया मे ये भी रहता है?

कैसे कोई इस जीवन को,
एक पल भी नही जीता,
पूछता हूँ खुद से मैं,
किस सोच का है नतीजा,

बंद एहसासो की ज़िंदगी,
आजकल आम सी हो गयी,
जाग उठा है लालच,
इंसानियत बदनाम सी हो गयी,

और मैं गुमसुम सा हूँ,
सागर किनारे को निहारता,
शांत हूँ लहरो सा पर,
अंतर्मन से, खुद को संवारता,

इसी द्वंद के बीच हूँ मैं,
न जानू भविष्य की काया,
चलता चला हूँ मैं बस,
शायद यही हो उसकी माया ||

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5. Diversify Your Nonfiction With These 5 STEM Innovators of Color

How diverse is your nonfiction collection?

Often when we look at biographies featuring people of color, they repeat the same themes: slavery & civil rights, music, sports. But people of color have contributed positively in every field, including the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. These contributions should be celebrated all year long, not just during heritage months or when there’s a special focus on diversity!
5 STEM Innovators of Color

Today on the blog, we feature 5 STEM innovators of color. Who else would you add to the list?

1. Soichiro Honda

honda

Hondaby Mark Weston, illus. by Katie Yamasaki

 Founder of the Japanese car brand Honda, Soichiro Honda had an inventive mind and a passion for new ideas, and he never gave up on his dream. A legendary figure in the world of manufacturing, Honda is a dynamic symbol of lifelong determination, creativity, and the power of a dream.

Purchase the book here.

2. Gordon Sato

the mangrove tree

The Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed Families, by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore, illus. by Susan L. Roth

Dr. Gordon Sato spent part of his childhood in the Manzanar Internment Camp during WWII, and later became a scientist. He created the Manzanar Project, which found a way to use mangrove trees to provide fuel and food for communities in Eritrea. With alternating verse and prose passages, The Mangrove Tree invites readers to discover how Dr. Gordon Sato’s mangrove tree-planting project transformed an impoverished village into a self-sufficient community.

Purchase the book here.

3. Wangari Maathai

seeds of change

Seeds of Change: Planting a Path to Peace, by Jen Cullerton Johnson, illus. by Sonia Lynn Sadler

Wangari Maathai was the first African woman and environmentalist to win a Nobel Peace Prize. Seeds of Change brings to life her empowering story, from her childhood in Kenya to her role leading a national movement.

Purchase the book here.

4. Vivien Thomas

tiny stitches

Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas, by Gwendolyn Hooks, illus. by Colin Bootman

Vivien Thomas was an African-American surgical technician who developed the procedures used to treat blue baby syndrome. Overcoming racism and resistance from his colleagues, Vivien ushered in a new era of medicine—children’s heart surgery. This book is the compelling story of this incredible pioneer in medicine.

Purchase the book here.

5. Muhammad Yunus

twenty two cents

Twenty-two Cents: Muhammad Yunus and the Village Bank, by Paula Yoo, illus. by Jamel Akib

Muhammad Yunus is an economist from Bangladesh who founded Grameen Bank and pioneered the concepts of microcredit and microfinance, for which he won a Nobel Peace Prize. Twenty-two Cents is an inspiring story of economic innovation and a celebration of how one person—like one small loan—can make a positive difference in the lives of many.

Purchase the book here.

Also check out our STEM collections:

Adventures Around the World Collection earth day poetry collection

Earth Day Poetry Collection

Environmental Collection

Water Collection – World Water Day

Who did we miss? Let us know in the comments!

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6. Artist of the Day: Woonyoung Jung

Discover the art of Woonyoung Jung, Cartoon Brew's Artist of the Day.

The post Artist of the Day: Woonyoung Jung appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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7. How does someone connect their short strories/novellas

Question: I have 2 Questions. It is said that most agents don't accept collection of short stories or collection of novellas from debut authors because

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8. Knitting Gift Tags

Fall just arrived, so of course that means I'm in panic mode about Christmas. !
I finally managed to get the first set of gift tags into the Drawings of Knitting etsy shop, which are all pretty Christmas-y. I'll be adding some sets, and some other non-Christmas colored ones (Navy Blue and Gold) in the coming days.


















These are all instant downloads, which means you'll receive a jpg and pdf file of the art, which you then print out yourself. You can print as many as you like or need! 
I may do some note cards, too, we'll see. 

I bought some cool gourds yesterday to draw, for you know, FALL, but am not sure I'll have the time. We're having another heat wave, so it doesn't feel very Fall-ish yet. I'm looking forward to feeling that cool nip in the air, and being able to wear socks and sweaters again. Soon!

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9. With All Due Respect Book Review and Giveaway

by Sally Matheny

Book Review: All Due Respect
Nina Roesner, the executive director of Greater Impact Ministries, Inc. has teamed up with co-worker, Debbie Hitchcock, to write With All Due Respect:40 Days to a More Fulfilling Relationship with Your Teens & Tweens.

I’ll be giving away a copy to one of you readers this week! 

There's something for everyone for a variety of topics are covered. A sampling of the forty chapter titles are:

Communicate Respect Early
Take Care of the Temple
Use Humor When Things Get Hot
Be True to Your Word
Coach Your Kids on Navigating Conflict
Separate Your Identity




Two of my favorites are Talk Your Kids Through Disappointment, and Deal With the Person Before the Issue.

While I appreciate the one or two scriptures at the beginning of each chapter, I don’t think the overall content is “scripturally saturated” as stated in the beginning of the book.

However, the content is good, and written with a Christian worldview.

Each chapter opens up with a scene illustrating some type of situation or problem. The authors use the dialogue between characters as a tool to teach parents how to respond in certain situations. In some parts, the dialogue sounds like it’s coming from a Christian psychologist more than a parent, but nonetheless, it’s helpful. Each chapter closes with a prayer for the parent.

This book is not a Bible study. But rather a resource for parents, specifically moms, on how to communicate effectively with their tweens and teens during life’s stressful moments.

During those difficult times, if you struggle with controlling your emotions, speaking before thinking, or acting rashly, this book will challenge you to pause and pray first. Then, it gives you a springboard of ideas on how to offer guidance as you begin a healthy conversation.


Want to win this book?

Every person who has subscribed to this blog, or is following it by email, will have their name entered into the drawing. If you’re already doing one of those, you don’t need to do anything at all.

Otherwise, you can find the “Subscribe to” button and the “Follow by Email” section over there to your right. Thanks and I can’t wait to see who wins. I’ll announce the winner on Oct. 3, 2016.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255



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10. My Thoughts: We Know it Was You by Maggie Thrash

4 yummy frosted ginger cookies

Cover Love:  I'm not sure.  I don't hate it, but I don't love it.
I just don't feel it is very eye catching nor does it fit the tone of the book, however, I like it as a cover.  I like the font and the huge, accusatory title.

Why I Wanted to Read This:  I was in the mood for a suspense book and this one sounded like it fit the bill.  Here's the synopsis from GoodReads:

It’s better to know the truth. At least sometimes.

Halfway through Friday night’s football game, beautiful cheerleader Brittany Montague—dressed as the giant Winship Wildcat mascot—hurls herself off a bridge into Atlanta’s surging Chattahoochee River.

Just like that, she’s gone.

Eight days later, Benny Flax and Virginia Leeds will be the only ones who know why.
Romance?: Not really. There are a lot of romances that happen or were already happening in the book (it's set at a high school), there just isn't any romance for or between our main characters.

My Thoughts:
I really liked this book for several reasons.  First off, it takes place at a boarding/prep type school.  Although there is a dorm, there aren't a lot of "boarders" and they are kind of looked down upon by the local kids who attend the school.  I like this reversal for a prep school type setting.  Normally, the local kids are the ones looked down upon, rather than the boarders.  Because of this setting the population of kids is pretty small, everyone knows everyone and the class lines area kind of blurred.  Seniors are friends with lower class men and pretty much everyone knows everyone else!

The author writes from several different points of view during the course of this book, with Benny and Virginia being the main two characters.  One thing I loved was how the author wrote about the perceptions each character had of the others.  Benny constantly was devaluing Virginia in his head and she was constantly thinking about what a nerd Benny was.  Neither of them truly saw what was going on with each other, nor were these perceptions easily changed.  It just felt really true to teenagers and high school because sometimes its so hard to change your reputation.  People don't want you to change who you are!

The mystery was also really well done, a lot of red herrings.  I found the "who done it" to be a little implausible, but overall was keep interested the whole book.  I also liked all the little kernels the author threw out there that didn't get answered.  This book is titled "Strange Truth #1" so I am looking forward to learning more about Benny and Virginia in upcoming books.  There is a mystery involving Virginia that is alluded to several times in the book that I am especially looking forward to learning more about.  I really liked Virginia!

Overall, I liked the setting of a small. elite school and  the mystery.  The smallest thing that kind of bothered me was the ages of Benny and Virginia, they seemed a bit older and more mature than 15.

To Sum Up:  Even though Benny and Virginia are 15 year olds, I feel that there were a few things in this book that make it too mature for my library.  However, it's a great mystery and a fun read so I will recommend our high school librarians buy it for their collections.

Thanks to Simon & Schuster for the review copy!

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11. Children's and Young Adult Fiction Featuring a Child with an Incarcerated Parent

I've been leading a Facebook read-to-change book group. We finished Michele Alexander's THE NEW JIM CROW: MASS INCARCERATION IN THE AGE OF COLORBLINDNESS and are about to start Bryan Stevenson's JUST MERCY. It's not to late to join us as we begin this round of reading next week.

As I'm reading, I find myself wondering which children's and young adult novels feature a main character with an incarcerated parent. I put the question out on twitter, and here are the results (please leave other titles in the comments section and I will add):

Picture Books
  • KENNEDY'S BIG VISIT by Daphne Brooks
  • VISITING DAY by Jacqueline Woodson
Early Readers
  • NINE CANDLES by Maria Testa
  • THE SUNNY HOLIDAY SERIES by Coleen Paratore
Middle-Grade Novels
  • RUBY ON THE OUTSIDE by Nora Raleigh Baskin
  • QUEENIE PEAVY by Robert Burch
  • ALL RISE FOR THE HONORABLE PERRY T. COOK by Leslie Connor
  • AN ANGEL FOR MARIQUA by Zetta Elliott
  • JAKEMAN by Deborah Ellis
  • THE YEAR THE SWALLOWS CAME EARLY by Kathryn Fitzmaurice
  • FLUSH by Carl Hiaasen
  • THE RAILWAY CHILDREN by E. Nesbit (Classic)
  • THE SAME STUFF AS STARS by Katherine Paterson
  • THE GIRL IN THE WELL IS ME by Karen Rivers
Young Adult Novels
  • TERRELL by Coe Booth
  • LITTLE DORRITT by Charles Dickens (Classic)
  • THE ROW by J. R. Johansson
  • MEXICAN WHITE BOY by Matt De la Peña




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12. The Grand Tour

The Grand Tour: The Life and Music of George Jones. Rich Kienzle. 2016. 288 pages. [Source: Library]

First sentence: Would he or wouldn't he show up?

Premise/plot: The Grand Tour is a biography of George Jones that seeks to balance a focus on his life and on his music. The author takes on the role of music critic and biographer. In the prologue he explains his approach, "Jones's life and music are inseparable. The music often triumphed even during his worst personal moments. His evolution from twangy imitator to distinctive new voice, from influential vocalist to master of his craft, is as important as his personal failings. Exploring that musical side--how he found songs and recorded them; the perspectives of the public, those involved in creating his records, and Jones himself--is pivotal to understanding the story. I've attempted to take the long view, examining not only his life and the events that shaped him from start to present, but simultaneously exploring his immense musical legacy, all in a clear chronological context." (13)

My thoughts: I started listening to George Jones' music this summer. And what I loved, I really, really LOVED. So I was curious to pick this new biography up at the library. I picked it up as a new fan and not an expert, so perhaps keep that in mind. But I enjoyed this biography very much. I think I might have appreciated aspects of it even more if I was familiar with more of his albums, more of his songs.

The prologue of this one had me hooked. Here is how the author describes Jones' voice: "The voice was raw nerve put to music...Yet above all that was his consummate ability to explore pain, sorrow, heartbreak, and emotional desolation." (9)

It was an often absorbing read full of highs and lows. I would definitely recommend it.

© 2016 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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13. The Debate

They smiled, shook hands and took their spots,
Preparing for a fight
And each made verbal jabs which filled
Supporters with delight.

They ducked and feinted, spewing words
To bring the other down,
Believing that by doing so,
They’d earn themselves the crown.

The moderator did his best
To keep them both on track
But it was hard because restraint
At least one side did lack.

The answer to “Who won?” depends
On whom you would promote.
We’ll learn the truth in several weeks
When we get out to vote.

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14. OZARK REGIONAL ARTS COUNCIL

https://www.facebook.com/The-Ozark-Regional-Arts-Council-268308546646344/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED&fref=nf


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15. ‘Witch Docter’ by Studio Smack, Floris Kaayk and Torre Florim

A music video for “Witch Docter” from De Staat’s album "I_CON."

The post ‘Witch Docter’ by Studio Smack, Floris Kaayk and Torre Florim appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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16. Children's and Young Adult Fiction Featuring a Child with an Incarcerated Parent

In light of the racial strife related to criminal justice in our country, I've been leading a Facebook read-to-change book group. We finished Michele Alexander's THE NEW JIM CROW: MASS INCARCERATION IN THE AGE OF COLORBLINDNESS and are about to start Bryan Stevenson's JUST MERCY. It's not to late to join us as we begin this round of reading next week.

As I'm reading, I find myself wondering which children's and young adult novels feature a main character with an incarcerated parent. I put the question out on twitter, and here are the results (please leave other titles in the comments section and I will add):

Picture Books
  • KENNEDY'S BIG VISIT by Daphne Brooks
  • VISITING DAY by Jacqueline Woodson
Early Readers
  • NINE CANDLES by Maria Testa
  • THE SUNNY HOLIDAY SERIES by Coleen Paratore
Middle-Grade Novels
  • RUBY ON THE OUTSIDE by Nora Raleigh Baskin
  • QUEENIE PEAVY by Robert Burch
  • ALL RISE FOR THE HONORABLE PERRY T. COOK by Leslie Connor
  • AN ANGEL FOR MARIQUA by Zetta Elliott
    • JAKEMAN by Deborah Ellis
    • THE YEAR THE SWALLOWS CAME EARLY by Kathryn Fitzmaurice 
    • HIDDEN by Helen Frost 
    • PIECES OF WHY by K.L. Going  
      • FLUSH by Carl Hiaasen 
      • JUNEBUG IN TROUBLE by Alice Mead 
        • THE RAILWAY CHILDREN by E. Nesbit (Classic)
        • THE SAME STUFF AS STARS by Katherine Paterson
        • THE GIRL IN THE WELL IS ME by Karen Rivers
        Young Adult Novels
        • TERRELL by Coe Booth 
        • MEXICAN WHITE BOY by Matt De la Peña
          • LITTLE DORRIT by Charles Dickens (Classic) 
          • KEESHA'S HOUSE by Helen Frost 
            • THE ROW by J. R. Johansson
            • CHASING FORGIVENESS by Neal Shusterman

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            17. New in Nonfiction: Animal Legs

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            Bend your knees or jump up and down, how do you use your legs?

            Compare how your legs work with the action of a frog’s legs or the webbing of an otter’s feet in Mary Holland’s new release Animal Legs. This is the third book in the Animal Anatomy & Adaptations series, and a perfect place for young readers to find amazing facts about the lives of animals found in their backyard.

            We asked Mary Holland about her inspiration for Animal Legs and here is part of that interview.

            A: Whose Animal Legs do you find most interesting?

            MH: I’m afraid this is too hard a question to answer, as I find the many different ways that animals use their legs equally interesting.  One of my favorites is a mole’s front paws. They look just like paddles to me, and the perfect tools to dig with. I also find the flap of 12-hairy-tailed-moleskin that goes from a flying squirrel’s front legs to its back legs and allows it to glide through the air a remarkable adaptation. The fact that katydid ears are on their legs is pretty amazing, too!

            A: Is there an animal/fact that you wish you could have included in the book or series but it just didn’t fit? 

            MH: There are so many animals that have such interesting feet and legs that I can’t even begin to count them, but one group that may have the most is insects. I could only fit a few of them in the book.  Grasshoppers “sing” by rubbing their legs against their wings!  Have you ever looked closely at a cicada’s front legs?  They are pretty scary looking!  Butterflies taste with their feet!

            A: What is the most unusual predicament you have faced photographing an animal? 

            MH: I got very close to a young skunk in order to photograph it, and before I knew it, I was covered with skunk spray.

            I once was trying to find a porcupine at night that was up in a tree, screaming its head off, and suddenly it fell to the ground about three feet from me.  I almost had a head full of quills!10-striped-skunk

            I was tracking a bobcat in late spring that had crossed a beaver pond, and the ice, which had started to melt, gave way (I weighed a lot more than the bobcat) and I fell through the ice into the cold water with snowshoes on.  Fortunately, I could touch bottom with the tips of my snowshoes and managed to get out of the pond!

            A: What would you like to share with young children about your love for nature? 

            MH: I feel so very lucky, as each day I get to discover something new. I never know what I’m going to find.  I head outdoors, and go on what is to me very much like an Easter egg hunt – I look for animals and their signs and rarely do I come home without having found something new to observe and admire.

            A: What do you have coming up next? 

            MH: I am working on two books.  One is called Naturally Curious Day by Day.  It describes two or three different animals or plants that you might see each day of the year.  I am also writing a book called Otis the Owl, about a young barred owl.

            Otis the Owl will fly onto bookshelves in the spring of 2017.

             Learn more about Mary’s new book Animal Legs on Arbordale Publishing’s website. For daily updates with amazing animal facts and photos, follow Mary’s blog Naturally Curious with Mary Holland.


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            18. ‘Storks’ Doesn’t Fly, While ‘Secret Life of Pets’ Surpasses ‘The Jungle Book’

            "Storks" didn't connect with audiences. Was it simply a poor film or another WB marketing goof-up?

            The post ‘Storks’ Doesn’t Fly, While ‘Secret Life of Pets’ Surpasses ‘The Jungle Book’ appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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            19. School Library Connection Recommends “The Courage Test”

            The Lemhi Pass, ID, no easy walk in the park.

            The Lemhi Pass, ID, no easy walk in the park.

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            I am grateful to share another positive review for The Courage Test, this one from the School Library Connection, a link which my glamorous editor Liz kindly passed along yesterday. The review will be featured in their print magazine supplement, as well as on the reVIEWS+ site.

            The money quote:

            “This book will find many fans.” — School Library Connection.

            Let’s hope!

            Review excerpts are limited to 50 words or less. Let’s see what I can pull without cheating too much  . . .

            “Many readers will identify with Will, who is forced to go on a road trip with his noncustodial dad, even though he really has other things that he would rather be doing. To make the trip worse, his Lewis and Clark obsessed history professor father has planned to follow most of Lewis and Clark’s route all the way across the country. The Corps of Discovery almost becomes another character in this coming-of-age story . . . . Recommended.”School Library Connection.

            NOTE: Father and son pick up the L & C Trail at Fort Mandan, ND, and travel west to Seaside, OR. Along the way they meet strangers, paddle a canoe, ride in whitewater rapids, camp, hike the Lolo Trail, encounter bears (metaphoric & literal), and more.

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            20. Just Downloaded... I Am Providence!

            After reading a description of this novel as "Bimbos Of The Death Sun meets Lovecraft" I just had to have it. Mind you, I did see, first, if it was in my local library, but I think it has just been released, so no. And not at Dymock's bookshop either. I try to be careful not to fill up my iPad too much. But I ended up buying it.

            I read Bimbos, by Sharyn McCrumb, some years ago, and still have a battered copy on my shelves. It's a murder mystery set at a science fiction convention, in which the obnoxious guest of honour is murdered, seen from the viewpoint of a character who isn't really a science fiction fan but wrote a novel with an engineering theme which somehow ended up as a popular SF novel with the bizarre title Bimbos Of The Death Sun(not the author's choice) and now he's at this convention with a bunch of crazies.


            Being one of the crazies who attends science fiction conventions, I found it initially irritating, but I suspected the author does know some things about fandom, and she wrote another novel in which a group of fans gather to dig up a time capsule of stories they wrote twenty years ago, because the valley where they buried it is about to be flooded for a dam. Only one of them has made it as a writer and he is suffering from dementia - and has witnessed a murder. But there's another character who is still publishing his silly little fanzine, which nobody reads, on a school duplicating machine, and it made me wince, because there are people like that.

            I have just read a few pages of I Am Providence, because I have to finish my Juliet Marillier trilogy so I can prepare her interview questions, but yes, there is a definite flavour of Bimbos so far and even a throwaway line with the name McCrumb in it, possibly in case you don't notice...

            Can't wait! 

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            21. बच्चों की मानसिकता समझें अविभावक

            पेरेंटस कृपया ध्यान दें. आज के समय में बच्चों की मानसिकता समझें अविभावक. अपने बच्चें की तुलना दूसरे बच्चे से करने की बजाय अपने बच्चे के गुणों को पहचाने और प्रोत्साहित करें. बच्चों की मानसिकता समझें अविभावक बच्चों की मानसिकता पर एक उदाहरण में देना चाहूंगी जो मेरे साथ हुआ .. बात  कुछ दिन पहले की […]

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            22. Writer Wednesday: A New Release Every Two Months?


            Now that I'm officially going indie, I can do exciting things like set my own production schedule. Why is this so exciting? Because over the years, I've had to either months between releases or releases stacked so close together it was tough to market my books. No more.

            I have 2017 and 2018 mapped out and my release schedule looks like this:
            January 
            April 
            July 
            October

            That's two months between releases. Will it be tough? Yes! But I think the schedule is going to keep readers happy, and I work better on a schedule so I think I'll be happy too.

            Right now, my January 2017 release is so close to being completely finished (and it's only September!). My April release is with my editor, and I'll be polishing up my July release to get that ready for my editor as well. Things are looking good so far. :)

            Do you like when authors release books a few months apart?

            *If you have a question you'd like me to answer from the other side of the editor's desk, feel free to leave it in the comments and I'll schedule it for a future post.

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            23. 150 Animation Projects and High-Profile International Guests Set for Spain’s 3D Wire

            3D Wire is a major Spanish animation event that highlights the vitality of the country's animation, video game, and new media industries.

            The post 150 Animation Projects and High-Profile International Guests Set for Spain’s 3D Wire appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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            24. The Sibling Reality: When Picture Books Stop Being Nice and Start Getting Real

            I love it when a blog title makes me sound old.

            Now that my kids have reached the ripe ages of five and two, I’m finding myself more interested in picture books that pick apart the nature of sibling relationships in interesting ways .  I don’t mean fighting.  I mean that crazy pushmepullyou of loving each other to the extreme mixed with scream-at-the-top-of-your-lungs annoyance.  With that in mind, I’ve been trying to come up with a variety of picture books that celebrate this tricky balance.  Books where it’s not all sweetness and light nor vinegar and . . . uh . . . darkness (note to self: work on metaphors before posting to readership).

            Here’s just a quick smattering of some of my favorites at this precise moment in time.

            Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan, ill. Sophie Blackall

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            I am now and forever Team BRL.  Back in the day when I reviewed it I mentioned that for me this is a book about grace.  Telling kids to forgive other kids is tricky, but telling them to forgive their little annoying siblings?  Add in the fact that this is one of the very rare picture books you’ll find about a American Muslim family that isn’t about their faith in some way and you’ve got yourself a winner.

            Cooking with Henry and Elliebelly by Carolyn Parkhurst, ill. Dan Yaccarino

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            Speak truth to me, but softly.  Give me picture books about siblings, but get a little heart in there.  Now in some ways, I feel that Parkhurst’s book remains one of the funniest and most honest displays of sibling relationships I’ve ever seen.  That moment when the mom says, “Sweetie, she’s two. You don’t have to do what she says,” just squeaks with familiarity.  I am that mom.  I live that mom’s life.  Albeit with the genders of the kids switched.

            A Birthday for Frances by Russell Hoban, ill. Lillian Hoban

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            I’m in that weird position as a librarian where I know all the “classic” children’s picture books and I know to read them to my kids, but I’m still shocked when I finally discover that some of them are more contemporary, funny, and honest than a lot of the stuff being published today.  Take Frances.  Now there’s a character I hope we never lose.  She has lots of great books but this may be my favorite.  Clearly Russell Hoban knew children, because that relationship between Frances and her sister has all the qualities of a real sisterhood.

            Baby Says by John Steptoe

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            *checks watch*

            Nope.  Still not back in print.  Still weird.  He just got a street named after him, guys.  The fact this isn’t even a board book is bizarre.  My son loves it, possibly because the baby gets to bean the brother upside the head with a teddy bear and all that brother does is sigh and get the kid out of his crib.  But that shot of the messy baby kiss on his brother’s nose . . . I’m not a sentimental soul in the least, but that gets me.

            I’m open to any and all suggestions for more titles of this ilk, if you have them.

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            25. Author Interview: Monique Gray Smith on My Heart Fills With Happiness & Advice for Beginning Writers

            By Cynthia Leitich Smith
            for Cynsations

            Today I'm honored to feature Monique Gray Smith, "a mixed heritage woman of Cree, Lakota, and Scottish descent" and the author one of my favorite new titles--my official go-to gift book for 2016.

            What put you on the path to writing for young readers?

            I never set out to write for young readers and to be honest, I never saw myself as a writer.

            When Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience first came out, it was marketed to adults, but then it won the Canadian Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature.

            This award sends 2500 copies of the winning book to schools and programs across the country, and all of a sudden, Tilly was in the hands of young people, in schools, classrooms and friendship centres and it became a YA book.

            Congratulations on the release of one of my favorite new titles, My Heart Fills with Happiness, illustrated by Julie Flett (Orca, 2016)! What was your original inspiration for this title?

            Thank you for your kind words about My Heart Fills. Working with Julie was a true privilege. We spoke on many occasions about the message and illustrations; it was a beautiful collaboration.

            My Heart Fills with Happiness was inspired when I was facilitating a workshop on our history and resilience at an Aboriginal Head Start program.

            At lunch, the children joined us and I witnessed a Kookum (Grandma) sitting in her chair and her grandson came running over to her. He stood in front of her and she took his face in his hands and his whole body changed. His shoulders went back, his chin came up and his eyes lit up.

            What I saw was the way she looked at him with such love filled his heart with happiness. This got me thinking about what fills my heart and our hearts as human beings. A couple weeks later, I was visiting with five of my dear friends and as we were talking, the book came.

            Literally, in one quick write, it was done. Only one line has been changed. My next children's book, called You Hold Me Up has also been inspired by Aboriginal Head Start. This is such a powerful program in our country and now has been running across our country for over 20 years and has 50,000 graduates. Culture and Language as well as Family Involvement are two of the six components of this program and as a result it is a significant aspect to the healing of Residential Schools in Canada.

            What were the challenges between spark and publication, and what lessons were learned along the way?

            This book was a gift from the Ancestors, I know that with every fibre of my being, Cynthia.

            Her first book!
            As I said above, there was only one line change and in the end there were three publishing companies that wanted to purchase it.

            There were some miscommunications with the design between myself and Orca Publishing and as a result I think we have both learned the importance of ensuring connection throughout the project.

            I know that this is a new way of relationships between author and publisher, but in these times of reconciliation, it is critical we work together instead of the publisher having all the power and decision making.

            What did Julie Flett’s illustrations bring to your text? (Full disclosure: I'm a fan.)

            Oh Julie! As I said above, it was a privilege to collaborate with Julie. When Orca informed me it was going to be Julie Flett illustrating My Heart Fills with Happiness I literally did a happy dance in my office. Not only do I admire Julie's contribution to literature; both as an author and illustrator, but I also have profound respect for her as a human being.

            I think Julie's illustrations bring the words alive. The way she was able to capture the tender nuances on facial expressions and body postures is precious!

            And the cover, I have had numerous girls say to me, "look, that's me on the cover." I think that says it all! When a child sees themselves on the pages it is incredibly affirming for them and in some ways, their right to be seen.

            We all need to be seen and heard, but for generations literature has not only not seen us as Indigenous people, but especially not Indigenous women and girls.

            Let me simply say, Julie's illustrations make this book what it is!

            You also are the author of Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience (Sononis, 2013). Could you tell us a little about this book?

            Tilly is loosely based on my life through Tilly's journey and the characters she meets they tell aspects of our history as Indigenous people in Canada. It weaves together some of our traditional teachings, culture and ways of being.

            It also speaks to my personal journey of alcoholism and recovery and the beautiful relationship Tilly has with her alcohol & drug counsellor, Bea.

            How have you grown as writer over time? 

            Oh yes, I am still growing...and to be honest, hope to never stop growing. I am not a trained writer, so I need exceptional editing support.

            One of the aspects where I feel I have grown the most is being willing to let the story flow through me.

            I used to want to interrupt and pause the story, but now I close my eyes and type away or I share what I'm thinking into my phone. Especially dialogue between characters, that seems to come to me in the place between wakefulness and sleep.

            What advice do you have for beginning writers?

            Pay attention. Notice your surroundings, the mannerisms of individuals, the ways people speak, how the light looks on the land at different times.

            I'd also say, put yourself out there: let others read your work, send it in to contests, send it to publishers. And remember, you will get on of three responses. Yes. Not yet. Or I have something even better in mind.

            View of Gonzales Bay from Monique's office
            How about Native American/First Nations authors?

            Our people are craving to read our stories and stories that they can see themselves and their lived experiences in. Write them, share them. And if writing them isn't necessarily comfortable, talk them.

            On most phones, there is the microphone app on email, if you record your story and then send it to yourself by email it will come as text and voila, you have your first draft.

            I would also remind you of the importance of ceremony when writing. I find it helps ground me and opens me for the story to come through me. Offerings of gratitude help me every single day, not only when I am writing, but every day.

            I would also say read as much as you can and raise up and talk about those you are reading.

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