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1. Seven Questions Over Breakfast with Kate Samworth

Author-illustrator Kate Samworth is joining me for a cyber-breakfast today with a big cup of black coffee and, she said, “since it’s a special occasion, an almond croissant.” Kate’s debut picture book, Aviary Wonders Inc.: Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual, was released last Spring by Clarion and went on to win the 2014 Kirkus Prize […]

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2. Rochester Reading Champions: Literacy Tutoring for Every Community

RRC logoIn 2013, Rochester Public Library (MN) met with local organizations and community groups to figure out a way to work together to increase literacy rates. From these meetings a unique and sustainable program, called Rochester Reading Champions (RRC), was created.

This tutoring program reduces financial, transportation, and other barriers by training volunteers to offer free and targeted one-on-one Orton Gillingham tutoring to underserved individuals who are struggling to read. Orton Gillingham is a proven tutoring method requiring intensive training.

Through a partnership with The Reading Center/Dyslexia Institute of Minnesota, we currently  have 13 volunteers actively working with students. Through September 2015, these highly trained volunteers provided 450 free tutoring sessions. To date, 18 youth and adult students have participated in RRC.  Interim assessment results from 2015 show that students in RRC, who attended between 10-50 sessions made average gains of 20% in vowel sounds, 17% in consonant comprehension, and 32% in phonogram comprehension. This early RRC progress is very exciting!

Four innovative elements contribute to the success of RRC. First, Rochester Public Library worked with key partners to identify gaps, barriers, and local resources. Partnerships were created with local organizations committing staff time and other in-kind support. Second,  RRC relies on volunteers willing to commit to the intensive training and two years of tutoring. By investing in training for 8-10 new volunteers each year, RRC increases the number of tutors to meet the needs of our expanding community. Third, to reduce financial, transportation, and other access barriers for the students, RRC provides unduplicated and free tutoring to underserved struggling readers at the sites they already visit. Fourth, RRC students receive individualized lesson plans, twice per week for 45 minute sessions. With a standard intervention plan of 80-100 tutoring sessions, this intensive strategy produces at least a 20% improvement of skills.

Partners developed RRC to be sustainable within five years. Any community with strong civic involvement can provide a similar system by adapting RRC’s methodology (i.e. volunteer recruitment form, student in-take criteria, parent questionnaire, partnership agreement, assessment process, and evaluation plan). RRC is designed to be scalable and replicable for any community!

The post Rochester Reading Champions: Literacy Tutoring for Every Community appeared first on ALSC Blog.

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3. National Cookie Day: Who Would Win

Christmas cookiesTake a Bite Out of National Cookie Day!

Kicking off the holidays on December 4th, it’s National Cookie Day! Last year, you guys posted awesome ideas for the dream cookie you would make if you had to Invent the Most Amazing Cookie Ever.

This year, we’re heating up the oven for a battle of the cookies. Who do you think would win if these cookies went head to head?

1. Chocolate chip vs. Oatmeal raisin
2. Sugar cookie with mint sauce and chocolate (posted by Hannah) vs. Fruitcake cookie?
3. Chocolate fudge vs. Peanut butter fudge?
4. Chocolate, peanut butter, oatmeal, mocha cookie (posted by Zakuro) vs. Peanut butter and jelly cookie?
5. Fortune cookie vs. M&M brownie bar
6. Icing sprinkle layer cookie (posted by Elizabeth) vs. S’mores cookie
7. Oreo vs. Chips Ahoy?
8. Iced Christmas cookies vs. Cookie ice cream sandwich?

Let us know your winners, and any other favorite cookies, in the Comments below!
Bon appetite!

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

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4. Spooky Action at a Distance review

       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of George Musser's Spooky Action at a Distance.
       This title is noteworthy for its subtitle, too -- one of the longest in recent memory --The Phenomenon That Reimagines Space and Time -- and What It Means for Black Holes, the Big Bang, and Theories of Everything -- and yet still managing to leave out the key term, the phenomenon in question (nonlocality).

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5. Top Ten Tuesday (15): Top Ten 2016 Debuts I Am Looking Forward To

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the theme is “Top Ten 2016 Debuts I am Looking Forward To” and we’re happy to be participating! I am particularly happy to be doing this one because I just got back from this year’s NCTE in Minneapolis (were any of you there?) and heard about a bunch of debuts I’m really excited about. (I even grabbed a few!)   Burning Glass – Kathryn Purdie: “Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.” She has to spy out assassins! I love it. Anything with young women who... Read more »

The post Top Ten Tuesday (15): Top Ten 2016 Debuts I Am Looking Forward To appeared first on The Midnight Garden.

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6. The First Day of Advent

Advent begins, and with it a new Advent tree of artistic baubles to celebrate the season.

"Twas in the moon of wintertime, When all the birds had fled..."
The Huron Carol

I began Advent early, two nights ago at the beautiful "First Light" events at Sainte Marie Among the Hurons in Midland, Ontario. It was here, in about 1642,  that Father Jean de Brebeuf wrote the famous Huron Carol, which is remembered in musical performances at First Light. The annual celebration of our shared history in Canada is a moving experience and has inspired this year's Advent collection.

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7. XMAS 2015 - one must dash

If you have no room for a Christmas tree you might like these art prints from One Must Dash. Described as being less hassle than a real tree they are aimed at people who are tired of traditional Christmas decorations. Designers Anki Josefsson and Anneli Sandström have produced two yuletide prints, Christmas is Golden and the DIY poster One Two Tree, to which you apply circular stickers to ‘

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8. Diva Delight: Secret Garden and Christmas to Color

We are all coloring our heads off this holiday season. Check out these two beauties!

The first is Secret Garden, Artist's Edition, by Johanna Basford. There are 20 drawings to remove, color, and frame. The paper is heavy stock, and you are going to love the imagery collected from her two previous works, Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest. These images were considered the most popular and the larger format awaits your color. Laurence King creates such exquisite works for readers.

This beautiful coloring is from YATOPIA.

The second is Christmas to Color from HarperCollins by Mary Tanana. This one has imagery on both sides of the pages. The holiday theme makes it perfect to leave out on the coffee table for any in the mood to relieve a little stress and express themselves. I had guests coloring during Thanksgiving. Such a fun way to bring together family and friends.


Find your fancy and crack open your Crayolas this holiday season!                                                      

Secret Garden, Artist's Edition
By Johanna Basford
Laurence King, 2015

Christmas to Color
By Mary Tanana
HarperCollins, 2015

LorieAnncard2010small.jpg image by readergirlz

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9. Postcrossing Fun

postcrossing wall

I joined Postcrossing a couple of months ago and now it’s taking over our kitchen wall—in the best way. This is a site for exchanging postcards with people around the world. Hmm, “exchange” isn’t the right word because these aren’t reciprocal swaps where you send a card to someone and get one back from the same person. Instead, you create a profile and then you’re given the name and address of another user. You send a postcard to that person. When he receives it, he registers the card, which prompts the system to send your address to someone different. In the beginning, you’re allowed to send up to five cards at once. As people begin to receive and register your cards, your maximum increases. Not that you have to send out five, six, seven cards all at once. You can do it one at a time if you like.

So far we have sent out ten cards and received eight—from Russia, Ukraine, Slovakia, Taiwan, India, Switzerland, Germany, and Finland! As you can see, we’re taping them to the wall above our world map. So much fun. This is a pretty delightful way to combine the joys of snail mail with a whizbang dose of world geography.

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10. Overlooked books

       A worthwhile variation on the best-books-of-the-year lists that continue to flood the internet (with a month still to go in the year, sigh ...) is Slate's The Overlooked Books of 2015, where: 'Slate Book Review critics recommend 27 books you'd probably love if only you knew about them'.
       I've only reviewed two of these: The Librarian, by Mikhail Elizarov (recommended by Jeff VanderMeer), and He Who Kills the Dragon, by Leif G.W. Persson (recommended by June Thomas) -- and while I can't quite agree with the latter choice I'll go along with it because Thomas is right about Persson's overlooked threesome (not of 2015 ...) that begins with Between Summer's Longing and Winter's End:

His trilogy about the unsolved 1986 murder of Prime Minister Olof Palme and other politically motivated crimes in recent Swedish history are the best books I've read all year: creepy, conspiratorial, and insanely compelling.

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11. Native Son

When cities lay claim
To those who gain fame,
They hope they'll attract lots of tourists;
But often their game
Gets flak or gets blame
From historians (most of them purists).

For no way everyone
Is a true native son
Though it's briefly where he once resided;
But when hype has begun,
Fans will certainly run
To the places the guidebooks have guided.

Still, of course I will bite
And I'll visit the site
Where a writer or artist created
And I'll smile in delight
Though it doesn't seem right
Since his other homes' fame might have faded.

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12. Spotlight: A Midnight Clear by Hope Ramsay


About A Midnight Clear

Dr. Tom Crawford isn’t feeling the spirit of the season when he arrives in Last Chance. Far from friends and family, he’s the odd man out in this town of gossiping, tight-knit Southerners-until he meets a sweetly sexy single mom who makes him feel welcome. Suddenly the handsome doctor is thinking he’s finally found a place to call home.

Local florist Teri Summers has her hands full of mistletoe in preparation for the holiday, yet finding someone to kiss is her last priority. But when the gorgeous new doctor makes a connection with her special needs son, Aiden, Teri finds herself wondering if she’s finally found happiness in this season of joy. For Teri and Tom, Last Chance may be their best chance at love.

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About Hope Ramsay

Hope Ramsay grew up on the North Shore of Long Island, but every summer Momma would pack her off under the care of Aunt Annie to go visiting with relatives in the midlands of South Carolina. Her extended family includes its share of colorful aunts and uncles, as well as cousins by the dozens, who provide the fodder for the characters you’ll find in Last Chance, South Carolina. She’s a two-time finalist in the Golden Heart and is married to a good ol’ Georgia boy who resembles every single one of her heroes. She lives in Fairfax, Virginia, where you can often find her on the back deck, picking on her thirty-five-year-old Martin guitar. 





“She turned to look over her shoulder. “Doctor Crawford, are you asking me out on a date?”

He couldn’t tell if she was shocked or surprised, so he gave her a nonchalant shrug. Maybe he could fool her into thinking he wouldn’t be disappointed if she declined. “I am. I was wondering if you would introduce me to the barbecue in this town. I’ve heard it’s excellent.”

“It is excellent. Much better than anything you’ve got in Boston.” She turned all the way around to face him. “But I’m afraid I’m busy tonight.”

“Oh, all right. Some other time then.” He backpedaled, and his prosthesis almost tripped him up. He stifled the urge to massage his knee. He was just proud enough not to want Teri to know about his missing leg.

He’d lost it as a result of bone cancer at the age of seven. His “peg leg” as Jimmy liked to call it, had been with him for a long, long time, and he was mostly steady on his feet. In truth, his scars from that time were far less visible.

He took another step back, steadier on his one foot. Luckily, Teri hadn’t noticed his awkwardness. Good.

“I’m putting up my own Christmas tree tonight,” Teri said in a rush, as if she was trying to explain her rejection. “Well, anyway, I’m going to try. But you know Aiden might not like it, so I was just going to, you know, put up something small and maybe put some angels on it or something. So I . . .” Her voice trailed off. Her face got redder.

“I see,” he said.

“Uh, well, Aiden and I are going to be on our own this Christmas, you know. And I need to put up a tree. I haven’t done that in a long, long time. I’m not sure how Aiden will react.”

“Want some help?”

She stood silent for the longest moment, either trying to compose herself or weighing the pros and cons. “You’d do that?” she finally asked.

He opted to play this scene straight. No need to give her a speech about his past. The less said about that the better. “I’m pretty good at putting up Christmas trees. Although”—he looked around at the mess—“I might not be up to your professional standards.”

Her mouth quirked as if she were trying to keep it from trembling. “My professional standards mean ”

Her mouth quirked as if she were trying to keep it from trembling
“My professional standards mean nothing. Aiden has definite likes and dislikes, and this year I thought I’d try to tailor Christmas to his standards, instead of forcing him to celebrate the holiday by everyone else’s.” She bit her lower lip.

“Sounds like a good plan to me.” Man, she had one kissable mouth. Too bad he hadn’t caught her under the mistletoe that she was clearly planning to hang before the day was out.

“Yeah,” she said with a little nod, “it does sound like a good plan, doesn’t it? I have no idea where this is going to lead though.”

Neither do I. “I’m adventurous.”

“I think that’s true. You came all the way from Boston to the middle of nowhere to do battle with Lillian Bray and the rest of the busybodies in this town. That takes courage.”

He was surprised. Ma had told him that joining the NHSC had been an act of supreme stupidity. “So, what time?” he asked.

“Uh, well, I guess about six.”

“Six it is, then.” He turned and made the quickest of getaways before she realized that he’d just sort of invited himself over.”

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13. The Day To Day

I've started a very serious and terribly important soap opera on Instagram.  Catch the latest.

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14. Chewing a Bone with Tom Watson’s Stick Dog

Today, Kid Lit Reviews went venturing to a star’s home. Not sure where to go, or who would oblige, I found myself outside a large pipe under Highway 16, trying to make good use of a Map to the Homes of Kidlit Stars. It cost me 5 bucks and I was beginning to think I’d been scammed. …

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15. Das Weihnachtsmarktwunder

Dieses Jahr durfte ich wieder eine wunderschöne Weihnachtsgeschichte für den Kinder Verlag illustrieren: "Das Weihachtsmarktwunder", eine Geschichte über die Erzgebirgsschnitzkunst und den Dresdner Striezelmarkt, geschrieben von Ralf Günther
Hier ist eine kleine Zusammenfassung:

Damals, als noch richtig Weihnachten war … 

Ein kleines, verschneites Dorf im Erzgebirge zu Beginn des 19. Jahrhunderts. Der 15-jährige Martin freut sich in diesem Jahr besonders auf das bevorstehende Weihnachtsfest: Er darf zum ersten Mal mit nach Dresden fahren, wo ein Händler das kunstvoll geschnitzte Holzspielzeug der Familie auf dem sagenhaften Striezelmarkt verkauft.
Doch der Händler erreicht das entlegene Dorf in diesem Jahr nicht, und Martins Vater liegt krank darnieder. Eine Katastrophe für die Familie: Nur auf dem Weihnachtsmarkt in der Stadt kann die Arbeit eines ganzen Jahres Käufer finden. Da fasst Martin einen mutigen Entschluss: Er macht sich mit voll beladenem Schlitten alleine auf den Weg nach Dresden  

Martin sieht zum ersten Mal Dresden

Eine herzerwärmende Geschichte, die ein traditionsreiches Handwerk und eine der schönsten Städte Deutschlands in weihnachtlichem Licht erstrahlen lässt. Und ein besonderes Geschenkbuch für die Feiertage, wunderschön illustriert.

Der Autor wird 3 Lesungen veranstalten, hier gibt es nähere Informationen zu den Terminen.

Viel Freude beim Lesen und eine wunderschöne Vorweihnachtszeit!

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16. The EU and public procurement law

The stakes cannot be higher for the EU. Currently, the total public expenditure directed by the Member States in procuring goods, works and services accounts for over €1 trillion. Public procurement in the Member States is a highly fragmented and complex process.

The post The EU and public procurement law appeared first on OUPblog.

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17. Berwisata dan Belajar di Taman Pintar Jogja

Taman Pintar adalah sebuah tempat wisata sekaligus tempat belajar dan bermain bagi siswa. Di taman ini setiap pengunjung khususnya siswa akan diperkenalkan tentang sains dan teknologi, di dalam taman ini pun banyak sekali berbagai macam alat peraga sains yang disediakan pengelola. Tujuannya agar pengunjung dapat mempelajari sains dengan menggunakan alat peraga yang telah di sediakan oleh pengelola.

taman pintar jogja

Berbicara mengenai Taman Pintar, tempat ini dibangun dan digagas oleh pemerintah kota Yogyakarta. Disebut “Taman Pintar” karena pemerintah Jogja berharap agar taman mampu menjadi wadah siswa untuk belajar dan berkarya di dunia sains. Proses pembangunannya pun berlangsung dalam 3 tahap yaitu:

1.    Tahap satu pada tahun 2004 dan diresmikan pada 20 Mei 2006 oleh Mendiknas.
2.    Tahap kedua diresmikan pada 9 Juni 2007 oleh Mendiknas dan dihadiri pula oleh Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X.
3.    Tahap pembangunan ketiga rampung dan diresmikan pada 16 Desember 2008 oleh presiden.

Nah bagi Anda yang ingin belajar sains Anda mengunjungi Taman ini. Untuk belajar di Taman Pintar sendiri Anda bisa datang ke alamatnya yang berada di jalan Panembahan Senopati no. 1-3 Yogyakarta, taman ini juga dekat dengan beberapa objek wisata Jogja lain seperti Taman Budaya, Museum Vredeburg, Gedung Agung, dan beberapa tempat wisata lainnya.

Wahana yang Ada di Taman Pintar

Ada banyak wahana yang bisa Anda coba untuk berwisata dan tentunya menambah ilmu pengetahuan Anda di sini. Lalu apa saja wahana tersebut? Nah berikut adalah wahana-wahana yang bisa Anda coba:

1.    Gedung Memorabilia 

gedung di taman pintar jogja

Salah satu gedung di Taman Pintar ini mirip seperti musium sejarah, di dalam gedung ini memiliki banyak sejarah-sejarah tentang Indonesia dan Jogja. Sejarah di sini pun beragam seperti:

a.    Sejarah keraton Jogja yang akan membahas mengenai berbagai macam seluk beluk keraton Jogja, sultan Jogja, dan nilai kehidupan warga Jogja.
b.    Sejarah Tokoh Pendidikan yang akan membahas berbegai macam perjuangan tokoh-tokoh pendidikan Indonesia seperti Ki Hajar Dewantara, KH. Ahmad Dahlan, dan tokoh-tokoh lainnya.
c.    Kepustakaan presiden akan membahas mengenai kehidupan presiden yang pernah menjabat di Indonesia.

2.    Gedung Oval

gedung di taman pintar jogja

Di gedung yang berada di komplek Taman Pintar ini, Anda akan melihat beberapa wahana yang bisa Anda jadikan input untuk pengetahuan Anda. Nah adapun wahana-wahana tersebut adalah:

a.    Aquarium air tawar, tempat ini akan mengajarkan Anda tentang berbagai macam jenis dan karakter biota air tawar.
b.    Zona cuaca iklim di gedung ini akan membahas mengenai berbagai macam gejala dan fenomena alam.
c.    Zona agro akan membahas mengenai perkembangan dunia pertanian dan perkebuanan.
d.    Zona purba akan mengajarkan Anda mengenai kehidupan purba di dunia dan Indonesia.

Selain zona-zona di atas, Anda juga bisa belajar dan berwisata di Taman Pintar ini dengan meilihat zona-zona lainnya di gedung Oval.

3.    Gedung Kotak 

gedung di taman pintar jogja

Anda juga bisa mempelajari berbagai macam hal menarik di gedung ini, Anda bisa mendatangi dan masuk ke gedung ini dan menikmati wahana-wahana berikut:

a.    Perpustakaan, tempat ini akan membantu Anda mendapatkanbuku-buku yang berkwalitas dan cocok untuk menambah ilmu pengetahuan Anda.
b.    Zona kendaraan roda dua, tempat ini akan membantu Anda mengetahui seluk beluk mengenai kendaraan rota dua seperti sedepa motor.
c.    Zona hand on science, tempat ini akan membantu Anda melakukan percobaan sains yang sederhana dengan dipandu oleh pembimbing ada di sana.
d.    Zona pusaka, tempat ini akan membantu Anda menemukan berbagai macam pusaka yang ada di Indonesia.

Nah selain zona-zona di atas, masih banyak lagi zona lain yang bisa Anda lihat dan kunjungi di gedung kotak ini. 

4.    Gedung planetarium

gedung planetarium jogja

Taman Pintar juga memiliki Gedung yang  akan membantu Anda menambah ilmu tentang benda-benda langit. Di sini Anda akan meilihat berbagai macam benda-benda langit, film pendaratan manusia di bulan, juga beberapa pengetahuan akan benda langit lainnya yang di kemas unik.

Kenapa unik? Karena Anda akan mempelajari itu semua dalam bentuk tampilan proyektor, sedangkan untuk layarnya sendiri pengelola menggunakan kubah yang yang berbentuk setengah lingkaran. Baca juga : Daftar Hotel Murah Dengan Fasilitas Mewah Dekat Malioboro

Tiket Masuk Ke Taman Pintar

Untuk belajar dan masuk ke Taman Pintar tidaklah gratis, pasalnya Anda diwajibkan untuk membayar tiket masuk yang sudah di siapkan pengelola. Untuk tiket masuk sendiri dibanderol dengan harga Rp 10.000,- untuk anak-anak dan Rp 18.000,- untuk dewasa, sedangkan Anda juga akan dikenakan biaya tambahan jika memasuki wahana lain, nah berikut ini adalah daftar wahana beserta biaya tambahanya:

1.    Gedung PAUD – Rp 3.000,- per anak.
2.    Planetarium – Rp 15.000,- per orang.
3.    Wahana Theater 3D – Rp 20.000,- untuk dewasa dan Rp 15.000,- untuk anak-anak.
4.    Wahana Bahari – Rp 4.000,- per orang.

Sedangkan jika Anda ingin belajar porgram kreativitas, Anda juga akan dikenakan biaya tambahan. Nah adapun program kreativitas dan biaya pelaksanaannya adalah:

1.    Kreasi batik – Rp 5.000,- per orang.
2.    Kreasi gerabah – Rp 5.000,- per orang.
3.    Lukis kaos – Rp 40.000,- untuk dewasa dan Rp 30.000,- untuk anak-anak.
4.     Lukis gerabah – Rp 10.000,- per orang
5.    Program Hand on science – Rp 5.000,- per orang
6.    Presenter TV – Rp 10.000,- per orang.

Nah biaya di atas adalah biaya yang harus Anda keluarkan untuk bisa berwisata dan belajar di Taman  Pintar Jogja,  walaupun biaya tersebut sedikit besar namun tidak menyurutkan niat orang-orang untuk mengunjungi tempat ini. Tempat ini bisa dengan  mudah Anda akses, kenapa? karena tempat yang beralamat di Jalan Panembahan Senopati nomer 1-3 ini dekat dengan pusat kota Yogyakarta.

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18. XMAS 2015 - superdrug

 Next up we have some cute characters on Christmas packaging spotted in Superdrug. The range is called Sweet Snuggles and features a whole range of gift products illustrated with sweet woodland and winter characters.

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19. विचलित मन

विचलित मन ये तस्वीर आपको विचलित कर सकती है. बेशक, सोशल मीडिया यानि गूगल प्लस, फेसबुक, टवीटर पर लिखने , वीडियों अपलोड करने और अपनी बात रखने के अपने फायदे हैं ये एक खुला मंच है जहां हम अपने दिल की भडास या गुब्बार निकाल सकते हैं या अपने विचार सांझा कर सकते हैं पर […]

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20. Draw Tip Tuesday

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!
Sometimes I get requests for my Draw Tip Tuesday video’s. One of them is: “Koosje, could you explain a little bit about using watercolours?” Whew, try doing THAT in a 2-to-3-minute video! I am not a watercolour specialist or conaisseur, but of course I can show you the things I know – and hopefully they will inspire you to make awesome art!

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21. Top Ten 2016 Debuts I'm Looking Forward To...

From Becca's Shelves... Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.  
This week's topic is Top Ten 2016 Debuts I'm Looking Forward To...which was oodles and oodles of fun, because more than half of these I basically discovered tonight! SO YAY NEW BOOKS TO LOOK FORWARD TO! YIPPEE! WOOT! However, to make  this a little more fun (and because I'm lazy/still hungover on turkey leftovers)

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22. Critiques 4 U


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Happy December, everyone! November is such a crazy month for me, and this one was no different: my son’s 6th birthday (and party), my father-in-law’s birthday, Thanksgiving celebrations both at home and at school, decorating the house for Christmas. So many happy and exciting things, but I always breathe a sign of relief when November winds down and I can relax for a bit. And then December starts…

So before things get crazy again, I’m giving myself an early Christmas present and firing up our monthly critique contest. If you’re working on a first page and would like some objective feedback, please leave a comment that includes: 

1) your email address. Some of you have expressed concern about making your email address public; if you’re sure that the email address associated with your WordPress account is correct, you don’t have to include it here. But if you do win and I’m unable to contact you through that email address, I’ll have to choose an alternate winner.

2) your story’s genre (no erotica, please)


Three commenters’ names will be randomly drawn and posted tomorrow. If you win, you can email me your first page and I’ll offer my feedback. Best of luck!

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