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Blog: Cartoon Brew (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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As one strolls about this wondrous planet, one encounters a variety of individuals who may astound, influence, enrich, or even, deplete you. Not everyone we meet ends up a friend. Life is often an ongoing cycle of trials and consequences. How we survive and interpret the progression of life builds character and shapes us as […]Add a Comment
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Blog: Kelly Hashway's Blog (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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- Drafting I'm hoping to finish my MG draft this week. I have 15 pages of notes for the book, but for some reason it's been a difficult book to draft. I'm about 8K in at the moment.
- Critiques for Rate Your Story I have three critiques I need to get to this week since I'm a volunteer judge at Rate Your Story.
- Class Presentations I get to visit my daughter's second grade class this Friday to see the kids present the computer projects they've been working on. I'm always amazed at how good kids are with computers so this should be fun.
- Free Monthly Newsletter My free monthly newsletter goes out this evening. If you aren't signed up but would like to receive one, click here.
- Editing I have a small gap between editing projects, so if you need anything edited in a hurry, I'm your lady. Feel free to email me at khashway(at)hotmail(dot)com.
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Blog: A Year of Reading (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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|Two colors of hyacinth (and fun with a lens).|
|Cars so small that two can fit in one parking space.|
|Two yellow blooms in a sea of green.|
|Two daffodils after a rain shower.|
| New leaves and new blooms--two unfurling on the redbud.|
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Discover the work of Ville Kallio, Cartoon Brew's Artist of the Day!Add a Comment
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My reading material from this week:
Here is my poem for the Golden Quill Poetry contest:
KITTY'S QUEST FOR FREEDOM
I must sneak out, I must sneak out,
this kitty wants a walk about.
I’ll duck out when Dog comes in –
if I fail, I’ll try again.
Now I’m out, now I’m free!
I’m scared – it’s way too much for me!
I should be glad ... to my chagrin,
now I want to sneak back in! Add a Comment
भगवान को दुकान बना डाला है,
दुआओं को मकान बना डाला है,
ऐसे ताले पड़े है अक्ल में अपने,
खुशियों को मेहमान बना डाला है,
विश्वाश की खोखली बातें करते,
खराब गले को तान बना डाला है,
पैसे का नशा चढ़ा है इस कदर,
लालच का विमान बना डाला है,
ऊँची इमारतो में रहते है पर,
जलन को सम्मान बना डाला है ,
प्रेम की कैसी पीढ़ी आई है यह,
तन हवस का सामान बना डाला है,
हैरान हूँ आज देखकर मैं 'साकी'
इंसान को भी हैवान बना डाला है ||
They've announced the 2015-2016 Fellows at the New York Public Library's Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers -- a nine-month gig that includes "a stipend of up to $70,000, an office, a computer, and full access to the Library's physical and electronic resources".
Always an interesting group of writers and projects, but most eye-catching this time around are:
- Two-time Best Translated Book Award-winner Krasznahorkai László, who: "will be working on a novel about Melville after the publication of Moby Dick".
- Bonsai-author Alejandro Zambra, who: "will be working on a book about personal libraries".
This has definitely been a full weekend. With sunny days and high temperatures around 80F/26C, I had to get outside and take advantage of it. Saturday I worked outside several hours cleaning up the dead stalks from last year’s perennials. I have two more beds in the front of the house yet to do. This always takes so much longer than I expect it to and the compost bin is overflowing. But everything is looking great. The black currant has leaves and so does the gooseberry which also is getting tiny little flowers on it. And those wonderful violets that no one ever plants but seem to pop up everywhere are, well, everywhere and blooming mostly white but a few purple too. The tulips are open now as well and one of them has already been beheaded by a naughty squirrel. At least it is only one. The squirrels have ripped off the heads of all of them in one go before.
In the veggie garden the radishes are coming in strong. I am so looking forward to radishes. Last year I discovered how good they were sliced up on sandwiches and I’ve been craving them since the seeds arrived in the mail in January. Another three weeks and I can feed my craving.
Last night Bookman and I planted more peas. We also planted mustard, kale and spinach. Bookman has been on a spinach kick lately so we planted a lot of spinach. We also planted a lot of kale because I love kale and I found a recipe for garlicky kale salad with crispy chickpeas last month that I am yearning to try.
I can tell it’s spring because I am craving mounds of leafy greens. In the winter our greens have to come from somewhere else and that somewhere is California. But with the worst drought they have seen in decades, the greens have been rather small and sad and I have felt very guilty even eating them. So hopefully in a few weeks I will be able to start eating fresh greens from as local as my own garden. The French sorrel in the herb spiral is just sprouting up but there is a common sorrel that seeded itself from somewhere next to the defunct Amy Pond that is already tall and leafy. I am planning on pulling off a leaf or two to have on my black bean burger this evening at dinner. Yum.
Walter our crabapple tree has burst into bloom and is he looking gorgeous! I noticed last night that hisblossoms are lightly and pleasantly scented. The bush cherries are also blooming. This year I will be sure to put netting over them so I can actually try the little cherries! My nextdoor neighbor’s tart cherry tree is also in bloom. They don’t pick the cherries because they have to be pitted and cooked and they think that is just too much work. Bookman and I do not feel the same way, however, and they let us pick as many as we want. Last year there were hardly any cherries and the ones that did come on were really small so we didn’t bother. It is not looking like it will be good this year either. Several branches of the tree are completely bare. Depending on how things turn out in the chicken garden, I might have to seriously consider planting my own cherry tree because sweet or tart, do I ever love cherries!
We are expecting thunderstorms later this evening, but if I have the get up and go after dinner I will spend a bit of time in the garden planting arugula. I might not have the energy though because of all the bike riding I have been doing this weekend. Yesterday I did 34 miles/54.7 km indoors on the trainer and early this morning Bookman and I went out on our bikes and rode 35.7 miles/57.4 km. It was a beautiful ride, sunny and the perfect temperature. Our only snafu was getting caught passing through the Walk for MS crowd. We did not know the walk was today and there were so many people! They were totally oblivious about all the cyclists who were out and, like us, got stuck in their traffic. But since Bookman has multiple sclerosis we really appreciated seeing so many people and thanked many of the groups we passed for walking.We are doing so well with our biking that we are considering doing the train and trail tour in June, a 45 mile/72.4km ride that involves taking the Northstar Commuter rail train north and outside of town and then cycling back. Doesn’t that seem like it would be lots of fun? We will have to decide soon if we want to do it because the ride is limited to 150 participants. I suppose even on a Sunday they don’t want to have hundreds of people and their bikes crowding onto the train, which probably has a capacity limit. Will we go? Stay tuned!
I have a lovely short week at work ahead because this Friday is the Friends School Plant Sale! Think of the biggest book sale you have ever been to, then imagine you are a gardener and the books are plants. That’s what this is like. And just like book people are generally very friendly, so too are gardeners. But when there is a sale, all bets are off and woe to anyone who gets in the way of the object of desire. I finalized my plant list just this afternoon. I am ready! Of course I will tell you all about it.
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Blog: The Librarian Writer (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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Title: A Thousand Pieces of You Author: Claudia Gray Publisher: HarperTeen Publication Date: November 4, 2014 ISBN-13: 978-0062278968 368 pp. ARC provided by publisher A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray is the first in her new Firebird series, a rollicking, action-packed novel about love and revenge across parallel universes. Marguerite Caine is an artist in a family of scientists.Add a Comment
Blog: Great Kid Books (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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Three new picture books celebrate all types of families with joy and love. Share these with preschoolers or kindergartners, especially as Mother's Day approaches--helping kids recognize that families take many shapes and forms.
Families, Families, FamiliesThis book is sure to bring giggles as you read it with young children. Lang shares a medley of silly cartoon animal families showing all kinds of nontraditional families. Each cartoon portrait is framed, hanging on a wall -- the realistic elements adding to the humor.
by Suzanne Lang
illustrated by Max Lang
Random House, 2015
Your local library
|"Some children have lots of siblings"|
|"Some children have none."|
My Family Tree and MeBeginning with his great-great-grandparents on his father’s side, a young boy introduces his family, leading to a current family portrait at the book's center. This provides a wonderful way to help children really understand and visualize what a family tree means. The second-half traces his mother’s family, back to his great-great-grandparents on her side. A delightful celebration of multicultural, multigenerational family.
by Dušan Petričić
Kids Can Press, 2015
Your local library
|The back cover of My Family Tree and Me|
Stella Brings the FamilyWhen Stella’s teacher announces their class is going to have a celebration for Mother’s day, everyone is excited, everyone except for Stella. What should she do? She has two dads and no mom.
by Miriam B. Schiffer
illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown
Your local library
|"We're going to have a celebration for Mother's Day"|
|"Stella would be the only one without a mother at the Mother's Day party."|
I hope you enjoy seeking out these books as you celebrate all kinds of families with children. Picture books are both mirrors of our own worlds, helping us see ourselves a little more clearly, and windows into other people's worlds.
Illustrations ©2015 by Max Lang and Holly Clifton-Brown; used with permission from the publishers. The review copies were kindly sent by the publishers, Random House, Kids Can Press and Chronicle Books. If you make a purchase using the Amazon links on this site, a small portion goes to Great Kid Books. Thank you for your support.
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Blog: YALSA - Young Adult Library Services Association (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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It's springtime! In Mississippi, at least, it's been spring for quite some time and actually hit 80 degrees last week. In celebration, let's highlight some springtime tales for your displays! These books either have or are coming out this spring!
It's the latest Penderwicks book! These are so lovely and the latest one is no exception. Available now, the fourth book in the Penderwicks series has a lot of heart and surprises for each family member. Your kids that have loved the last three books won't be disappointed by this one.
Listen, Slowly is a gorgeous tale of a California girl who spends her summer with her grandmother in Vietnam. She must learn to find the balance between her two worlds. An excellent follow-up to Lai's National Book Award Winning Inside Out and Back Again, this one is gorgeous and evocative. Your students that love to read about other places will devour this one.
Astrid and her best friend Nicole have always done everything together...until Astrid discovers roller derby. Derby is amazing and Astrid is learning so much...but what does this mean for her relationship with Nicole? An excellent addition to the growing canon of upper middle grade graphic novels that is so wonderful.
The first book in an exciting new series! Horace is absentmindedly looking out the window of the bus...when he sees a sign with his name on it. What he finds under the sign will change his life forever. Gifts! Magic! New friends! Perfect for the fantasy lovers in your library.
Out next month, Murder is Bad Manners is a charming tale of murder and Mayhem at an English boarding school in the 1930s. Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong have formed their own secret detective agency...but they never thought they'd have a real murder to investigate! This one hits all the high points: historical fiction, mystery, and friendship.
Our guest blogger from ALSC today is Ally Watkins (@aswatki1). Ally is a Library Consultant at the Mississippi Library Commission.Add a Comment
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Today we have the privilege of being the next stop on the TRACKED blog tour. This book is a lot of fun, and is one of the most anticipated books of the season. Below we have an excerpt, to give you a taste of what's to come, and don't miss the awesome giveaway at the end of the post! Enjoy! ~Andye TRACKED Author: Jenny Martin Pub. Date: May 5, 2015 Publisher: Dial Books Pages: 400Add a Comment
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Every woman dreams of finally finding the right bra, according to a Swiss lingerie manufacturer.Add a Comment
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The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Tsitsi Dangarembga's 1988 novel, Nervous Conditions -- a novel that lives up to its modern-African-classic reputation.Add a Comment
Blog: Books 'n' stories (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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Twig is an only child as far as the townspeople know. They don't realize that her older brother James lives in the attic, out at Fowler Farm. Twig's mother returned to the family farm late at night when Twig was small. The rules were set right then and there. The Fowlers kept to themselves; made no friends; excepted no visitors. 200 years before, Agnes Early, who lived in abandoned Mourning Dove Cottage, put a curse on all the men in the Fowler family.
The town of Sidwell accepts their own, no matter how strange they behave. Besides, with a series of small thefts, reports of strange things flying at night and weird graffiti, the townsfolk can't worry about the Fowler women.
Then, one day, Mourning Dove Cottage is no longer abandoned. Twig finds a friend. James finds a reason to come out of hiding. And the Fowler family finds themselves in the spotlight.
The story is compelling. The characters well-drawn and sympathetic. The dilemma faced by all the young people in this book is troublesome. How do they protect James from people who might misunderstand his differences? How can they break the curse?
I never felt that the book was written for young people. There was a measured pace - not that things didn't happen quickly enough. They did. But the pace seemed better suited to more seasoned readers. As things became complicated, though, I felt the author explained feelings too much. I wasn't sure she trusted her audience. These two things made a stellar book a little less starry.
The story is the kind we fall asleep dreaming of - possibilities, hopes and moonlight. Enjoy.
Part of the appeal of NA is that the storylines are about characters who are taking on adult responsibilities for the first time without guidance from their parents. And the storylines generally have a heavy romance element.
Keep this in mind as you revise your wonderful story, New Adult books are mostly about that specific time in every person's life—the time when the apron strings are cut from your parents, you no longer have a curfew, you're experiencing the world for the very first time, in most cases, with innocent eyes. New Adult is this section of your life where you discover who you want to be, what you want to be, and what type of person you will become. This time defines you. This is the time of firsts, the time where you can't blame your parents for your own bad choices.
An NA character has to take responsibility for their own choices and live with the consequences. Most storylines are about twenty-something (18 to 26) characters living their own lives without any parents breathing down their necks, and learning to solve things on their own as they would in real life. New Adult fiction focuses on switching gears, from depending on our parents to becoming full-fledged, independent adults.
I am a firm believer that if you’re going to write a certain genre that you should read it, too. So I’m going to recommend that you start devouring NA novels to get a real sense and understanding of the genre before you write one.
Here are some great recommendations: https://www.goodreads.com/genres/new-adult-romance and http://www.goodreads.com/genres/new-adult and https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/new-adult-romance
Just as YA is fiction about teens discovering who they are as a person, New Adult (NA) is fiction about building your own life as an actual adult. As older teen readers discover the joy of the Young Adult genres, the New Adult—demand may increase. This, in turn, would give writers the chance to explore the freedom of a slightly older protagonist (over the age of 18 and out of high school, like the brilliant novel, "BEAUTIFUL DISASTER" by the amazing talents of author, Jamie McGuire) while addressing more adult issues that early 20-year-olds must face.
Quote from Georgia McBride, author (Praefatio) and founder of #YALitChat and publisher at Month9Books: "New Adult is a fabulous idea in theory, and authors seem to be excited about it. But in a world where bookstores shelf by category, to them, it is either Adult or Young Adult. Some booksellers even call their YA section “teen.” And when you have a character who is over a certain age (19 seems to be the age most consider the start of New Adult), it is received as Adult. In some cases, the designation by publishers causes more confusion than not.
Let’s face it, YA is associated with teens, and at 19, most no longer consider themselves teens. So, it would support the theory of placing these “New Adult” titles in the Adult section. However, with the prevalence of eBook content, it would seem that the powers that be could easily create a New Adult category if they really wanted to...."
- Jamie McGuire
- Jessica Park
- Tammara Webber
- Steph Campbell
- Liz Reinhardt
- Abbi Glines
- Colleen Hoover
- Sherry Soule
Does it sound better than YA (teen novels)?
Do you consider YA to include characters that are over the age of eighteen?
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Tweeted out by director David Ayer this evening, here’s your full cast photo of the Suicide Squad (in costume)…
From the photo, you have your first glimpse of Margot Robbie‘s Harley Quinn, Will Smith‘s Deadshot, Karen Fukuhara‘s Katana (there’s a surprise development!), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje‘s Killer Croc, Jai Courtney‘s Captain Boomerang, Joel Kinnaman‘s Rick Flagg and more that we haven’t gotten confirmation on.
Hit me with your thoughts!
Suicide Squad releases on August 5, 2016.Display Comments Add a Comment
Blog: Monica Gupta (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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जिस तरह से महिलाओं पर लगातार अत्याचार हो रहे हैं.. रेप हो रहे हैं दोषियोको ना ही किसी का डर है न अदालत का खौफ … ऐसे में सबसे अच्छा माध्यम है … अपनी सुरक्षा अपने हाथ… बजाय उधर उधर ताकने के और मदद के लिए पुकारने के महिला को स्वयं की रक्षा करनी होगी और ऐसे मजनूओ को पाठ पढाना होगा कि महिला अब कमजोर नही हैAdd a Comment
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The 2015:1 Issue of the Swedish Book Review is now up, with all the book reviews and some of the articles (including a report on The Tove Jansson Centennial Conference: Multiple Aesthetics, Passion, Politics and Philosophy by Silvester Mazzarella) freely accessible.Add a Comment
Seven keys to improving the pacing of your novel.
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