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1. CWA International Dagger

       They announced the winners of the (UK) Crime Writers' Association yesterday, and the CWA International Dagger, for a crime-book "not originally written in English and has been translated into English for UK publication during the Judging Period" went to Pierre Lemaitre's Camille, in Frank Wynne's translation.
       Among the titles it beat out is Leif GW Persson's Falling Free, as if in a Dream, the last in his under-appreciated trilogy, and Deon Meyer's Cobra.

       (Bonus points and big applause for the CWA listing all the entries in the various categories: why can't all book prizes do this ?)

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2. Bảo tàng Văn học Việt Nam

       Việt Nam News reports that First Vietnamese literature museum opens to public.
       Apparently: "construction did not begin till 2004" on the three-story building -- and it seems it took over a decade, until now, to get it all done.
       The first floor covers the 10th through 19th centuries, the second "writers of the early 20th century", the "third floor is reserved for writers of the anti-French revolution period (1945-54)". Apparently there's no room for anything resembling contemporary literature -- or it's been relegated to the basement ..... Read the rest of this post

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3. Prince Charles, George Peele, and the theatrics of monarchical ceremony

Today marks the forty-sixth anniversary of Prince Charles’s formal investiture as Prince of Wales. At the time of this investiture, Charles himself was just shy of his twenty-first birthday, and in a video clip from that year, the young prince looks lean and fresh-faced in his suit, his elbows resting on his knees, his hands clasping and unclasping as he speaks to the importance of the investiture.

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4. स्वच्छता का अहसास

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स्वच्छता का अहसास- एक अनुभव

बात 2007 -2008 की है तब स्वच्छता अभियान हरियाणा के जिला सिरसा  में जोर  शोर से चला हुआ था. हम इस अभियान की  डाक्यूमैंट्री बना रहे थे तो स्वाभाविक है गांव गांव जा कर लोगो से इस अभियान के बारे मे साक्षात्कार ले रहे थे.

गांव में जा जा कर लोगों को समझाना कि खुले में शौच न जाओ ये अच्छा नही है …. आसान नही था. क्योकि बरसों से बाहर जाकर शौच करने का रिवाज रहा है तो कहां मानेगें ये लोग ….  फिर भी चलो सोच में उनकी थोडा बदलाव आया. कुछ गांव के लोग बहुत  समझदार थे  तो कुछ गांव के लोग बिल्कुल न समझ  और कुछ तो लडने को ही उतारु हो जाते कि हम तो बाहर शौच जाएगे कर ले  जो करना है …  ऐसे मे उनकी सोच बदलने मॆ कुछ समय लगा.

अभियान के दौरान एक गांव की महिलाए  सामने आने से कतरा रही थी.  बहुत समझाया  और कुछ देर बाद थोडी सी महिलाए सामने आई. आते ही महिलाओं ने मुझे घेर लिया और बोली कि हम न जाने इस अभियान को … हम को ये बता दो कि पैसा कितना मिलेगा… पैसा ??? किस बात का पैसा ??? इस पर वो बोली कि हम निगरानी करेगी. सुबह शाम गांव वालों को बाहर  जाने से रोकेगी तो समय भी तो लगेगा उसी लिए पूछ रहे हैं कि पैसा कितना लगेगा… उन दिनों मैं “जी न्यूज चैनल” की संवाददाता भी हुआ करती थी और  प्रशासन की ओर से डोक्य़ूमैंटी भी  बना रहे थे. मुझे ज्यादा बोलने का अनुभव तो नही था पर चूकि इस अभियान को बहुत नजदीक  से देख रही थी  और जिले के ऎडीसी डाक्टर युद्दबीर सिह ख्यालिया जोकि इस अभियान को आगे बढा रहे थे उनकी बाते सुन सुन कर मन में जोश भरा हुआ था. मन में  ढेरों विचार उमड रहे थे.

उन्हे  पेड के नीचे बैठा दिया और बोला कि बताओ कितना पैसा चाहिए. कोई बोली पाचं सौ तो कोई बोली सात सौ रुपया महीना तो होना ही चाहिए. क्या ??? मैने कहा बस ?? 500 – 700 रुपए महीना. उन्होनें सोचा कि बहुत कम बोल दिया शायद तो एक खडी होकर बोली हजार मैडम जी हजार चाहिए.  क्या ??? सिर्फ हजार !!! सफाई की कीमत सिर्फ हजार रुपए. इस पर वो फिर सोचने लगी और बोली पद्रंह सौ रुपए … फिर महिलाओं मे कानाफूसी होने लगी.

मैने उन्हें शांत करवाया और बोला कि ये स्वच्छता अभियान है स्वच्छता अभियान … इस अभियान के अगर आप हजार क्या लाख भी मांगोगे तो भी कम है क्योकि ये जो काम आप लोग करने जा रहे हो यह अमूल्य है बहुमूल्य है इसकी कीमत का तो कोई अंदाजा ही नही लगाया जा सकता.

कोई सिर पर पल्लू डाले तो कोई नाक पर पल्लू रखे मेरी बात गम्भीरता से सुन रही थीं. मैने कहा अच्छा चलो एक बात बताओ … आपको ये पता है कि पहले हमारा देश आजाद नही था. बहुत लोगों ने कुर्बानी दी … कुछ की आवाज आई कि म्हारा दादा ससुर , ताऊ, ने भी हिस्सा लिया था … मैने कहा कि अरे वाह !! ये तो बहुत अच्छी बात है कि आप उस परिवार से हो … अच्छा ये तो बताओ कि क्या आपने कभी सुना कि जो लोग देश के लिए लडे. स्वतंत्रता आंदोलन में भाग लिया उन्होने ये कहा हो कि हम इस लडाई मे तभी हिस्सा लेंगें जब आप हमें पैसे दोगे .. सब हंसने लगी और बोली ऐसे थोडे ही न होता है बल्कि जिन जिन ने इस आंदोलन में  हिस्सा  लिया उन्होनें अपने गहने, जेवर तक भी दान मे दे दिए थे. बिल्कुल … मैने कहा  बस दिल में एक ही लग्न थी, जज्बा था और  निस्वार्थ सेवा भाव था कि हर हालत में देश को आजाद करवाना ही है कितने लोग तो बेनाम ही रह कर देश के लिए लडे और जान कुर्बान कर दी  कि देश को आजाद करवाना है और देखो सच्चे मन से देश के लिए लडे और आज हम आजाद है.

आज भी एक लडाई हमे लडनी हैं और वो लडाई है गंदगी के साथ … उसका जड से  सफाया करना है  और आपका साथ चाहिए आपकी निस्वार्थ सेवा भाव चाहिए और आप है कि पैसे मांग रहे हो ..

इन बातों ने उनको सोचने पर मजबूर कर दिया . मैने कहा कि इतिहास बदलने जा रहे हो  इतिहास आप लोग .. क्या कभी सोचा है आपने … सफाई के मामले मॆं पूरी दुनिया में देश एक  देश नम्बर एक पर होगा  हमारा देश वो भी आप लोगो की वजह से …

इतने में कुछ महिलाए बोल पडी … न जी हम कुछ नही लेंगें … सफाई रखेंगें और अपने गांव का देश मॆं नाम करेंगें …

इनकी बात सुनकर मन खुशी से नाच उठा कि मैनें भी  स्वच्छता की अलख जगाई.  कुछ लोगों को तो प्रेरित किया स्वच्छता  के लिए  कम से कम … :) जिस जोश मे ये अभियान सिरसा में आगे बढा वो वाकई मे देखने लायक था.  जिसका मुख्य श्रेय डाक्टर ख्यालिया और उनकी पूरी टीम को जाता है. निसंदेह अगर गांव वाले आगे न आते जागरुक  न होते तो स्वच्छता कभी नही आ सकती थी इसलिए गांव वाले, गांव के सभी स्कूल के  टीचर, पंच सरपंच की बेहद मह्त्वपूर्ण भूमिका रही. छोटे बच्चे से लेकर बुजुर्ग ने इस अभियान मे योगदान दिया.

तब सिरसा के 333 गांवो मे से 260 गांवों को निर्मल ग्राम पुरस्कार मिला . जिसे महामहिम प्रतिभा पाटिल जी ने हिसार में सम्मानित किया. सिरसा के हर गांव मॆ जय स्वच्छता के नारे गूंजने लगे और लोग खुशी से नाच उठे.

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5. The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak: What Scares Me As A Writer by Brian Katcher

We're excited to welcome to the blog today author Brian Katcher. Brian's The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak has been described as a hilarious he said/she said romance about two teens recovering from heartbreak and discovering themselves on an out-of-this-world accidental first date! He's here to share with us what scares him about writing.

 

  The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak: What Scares Me As A Writer by Brian Katcher


Writing is similar to acting. You take on the persona of someone you are not, and have to make that persona believable. You work at it for months, even years, and in the end, you either nailed it or you didn't. There's very little middle ground.

As a YA author, the challenge is twofold. The hurdle I face with every book is how to realistically portray young characters. As I just turned forty, I constantly fear that I'm going to end up writing about how things were back in my day, rather than with the voice of a present-day seventeen year old. On the other hand, some things never change. While speaking to a high school once, I said "When I was your age, we used to hang out at the mall, watch MTV, and try to meet girls. I have no idea what you all do now." A boy responded "We hang out at the mall, watch MTV, and try to meet girls."

When writing for a YA audience, never mention these things: current slang, celebrities, or technology. They'll have all changed by the time the book comes out.


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6. Best New Kids Stories | July 2015

If you love books as much as we do, we know you'll love our selection of titles that highlights some of the best new kids books; including a never-before-seen picture book by Dr. Seuss and some highly anticipated sequels!

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7. BILBOLBUL NEWSLETTER 1/07/2015

 

  
 
 
BILBOLBUL 2015 TEASER #1
 
Sul sito di BilBOlbul abbiamo pubblicato il primo teaser creato da Lorenzo Ghetti e Carlo Trimarchi (autori del web comic To Be continued) che racconta la nona edizione di BilBOlbul, che si terrà dal 19 al 22 novembre 2015. Per cinque settimane, ogni martedì, un’animazione accompagnerà la comunicazione estiva del festival introducendo uno dei temi portanti di quest’edizione, quello del linguaggio. Quest’episodio ci parla della sintesi e degli incalcolabili stili che il fumetto può usare per presentarci un personaggio.

Per seguire il progetto, vedere i prossimi teaser e rimanere informato su tutte le novità del festival, seguici su Facebook tramite la nostra pagina.

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Il progetto è rivolto a librerie e fumetterie e inizia la sua fase pilota con 5 realtà:
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8. TEXTILES - soda + stitch

Jemma Bell is a textile designer who has recently launched her own venture called Soda + Stitch specialising in selling hand block printed fabrics by the metre. Each fabric has been designed exclusively for Soda + Stitch and then carefully printed by the hands of block printing masters in Jaipur, India - a city Jemma now calls home. It is an incredible process that savours hand made textiles

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9. The Defence of Lawino review

       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of A New Translation of Wer pa Lawino by Taban lo Liyong, his translation of Okot p'Bitek's The Defence of Lawino.
       I reviewed p'Bitek's own translation, and it's always interesting to compare translations; certainly, these make for a great comparative case-study.

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10. Spotlight and Giveaway: A Promise of Forever by Marilyn Pappano

This morning I have an excerpt and giveaway for A Promise of Forever by Marilyn Pappano!

A PROMISE OF FOREVER by Marilyn Pappano (June 30, 2015; Forever Mass Market; A Tallgrass Novel)

Sergeant First Class Avi Grant’s return to Tallgrass, Oklahoma is a long-deferred wish come true. With her final tour in Afghanistan over, Avi can focus on her future-a job here at home and a family of her own. There’s just one thing she has to do first: visit her beloved commanding officer’s widow and share her grief. The last thing she expected was to feel an instant attraction to the woman’s son. Too bad the sexy surgeon is impossible to ignore . . . and even harder to resist.

The sting of his parents’ divorce still niggles at Ben Noble. So when a warm, funny, and beautiful young sergeant arrives, mourning his stepfather’s loss as strongly as his mother does, Ben can’t help but feel conflicted. If his parents taught him anything, it’s that love doesn’t last-especially with a career soldier. But try as he might to keep his distance, Ben begins to see that Avi-and the spark she brings to his life-is the stuff forever is made of. As Avi’s leave ticks away, can Ben convince her to take a chance on forever with him?

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About the author:

Known for her intensely emotional stories, Marilyn Pappano is the USA Today bestselling author of nearly eighty books. She has made regular appearances on bestseller lists and has received recognition for her work in the form of numerous awards. Though her husband’s Navy career took them across the United States, he and Ms. Pappano now live in Oklahoma high on a hill that overlooks her hometown. They have one son and daughter-in-law, an adorable grandson, and a pack of mischievous dogs.

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Excerpt:

Outside, the sounds of children playing were louder, the splashes indicating that the kids across the street were enjoying one of the last swims of the summer. Avi and Ben walked silently to her car, parked in the driveway.

She nestled the pie plate into the passenger seat, tucked her purse around to hold it in place, then closed the door before turning to him.

So . . . Would he ask for her cell number? Offer his? Make firm plans to see her again before driving away?

For the first time in a long time, the answers mattered.

Linking his fingers with hers, he pulled her to the driver’s side of the car, then stood, invading her personal She liked it.

“Do you have any plans for tomorrow night?”

Yes! “Not a single one.”

He combed his fingers through his hair. “Would you like to go out to dinner?”

She wanted to blurt out the affirmative as quickly as it had echoed in her head, but he went on. “You would have to drive to Tulsa. Tuesday is surgery day, so if I come here, I can’t get here before seven, and I’ll have to head back before nine.”

Drive to Tulsa? An hour or less. No big deal. She’d had commutes between apartments and forts that took longer, and that was just to work. An evening with Ben was such a nicer payoff. “I don’t mind.”

“I usually get out of clinic around six. We could meet at my house around six thirty?”

A smile spread across her face. “I can handle that.”

“Good.” He wasn’t smiling, but his eyes showed something just as encouraging. Relief, maybe, or satisfaction. Hmm. She could show him satisfaction.

He leaned closer, just slightly, and lowered his voice. “I’d kiss you good night, but we have an audience.”

Glancing over her shoulder toward the house, she caught just a glimpse of Patricia before the blinds at the living room window settled. Looking back at Ben, she smiled. “Kiss me anyway.”

He closed the last of the distance between them, lowering his mouth to hers, giving her a sweet, gentle, tender kiss that set her blood on fire. It was impressive and surprising and just a bit scary, considering she’d had tons of kisses that were a whole lot more passionate and evoked a whole lot less of a response.

When he lifted his head, her fingers curled, wanting to wrap around the back of his neck and pull him down again. Her heart skipped a beat or two, and something deep inside her felt deprived.

In the dim light, Ben looked impressed and surprised and a bit scared, too. For a moment, he stared at her, all intense and searching, then he gave a rueful shake of his head. Stepping back, he asked for her cell phone, input his number, and texted it to himself to get her number.

“Six thirty,” he said when he handed it back, his voice rough-edged. “I’ll send you the address.”

“I’ll be there.”

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11. Hearing, but not understanding

Imagine that your hearing sensitivity for pure tones is exquisite: not affected by the kind of damage that occurs through frequent exposure to loud music or other noises. Now imagine that, despite this, you have great problems in understanding speech, even in a quiet environment. This is what occurs if you have a temporal processing disorder

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12. Would You Read It Wednesday #181 - How I Made My Baby (PB) PLUS Keep Voting For Illustrators!

Howdy Folks!

It's time for Would You Read It Wednesday!

But since Im interrupting the voting for the Illustration Contest, I have to add a link right here to remind anyone who hasn't voted yet to hop over and show those talented illustrators some love :)

http://susannahill.blogspot.com/2015/06/illustration-contest-for-childrens.html

And since you are all so wonderful for voting, we'll skip right to Something Chocolate... Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich!


Perfect for a July summer day! :)

Today's pitch comes to us from Lavanya whom you will remember from last July with her pitch for Sophie vs. The Monster and her pitch last month for The Sun, The Moon And Eve.  She says, "I'm a software engineer by day, and an avid reader of fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and literature by night. I'm also mother to a young girl who has just discovered the magical ability to make meaning out of the printed word. I started putting my own words down on paper last November, and when I went to my regional SCBWI conference in April, I confirmed a suspicion that I had long harbored - writers are the nicest people in the world, and I want to be one of them. :-)"

Here is her pitch:

Working Title: How I Made My Baby
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 4-8)
The Pitch: The thing about making a baby sister is, you have to be patient. First, you have to be patient until Mom and Dad realize you have the best idea. Then, you have to be patient for the baby to come out. But hardest of all is being patient while the baby grows big enough to play with you.

So what do you think?  Would You Read It?  YES, MAYBE or NO?

If your answer is YES, please feel free to tell us what you particularly liked and why the pitch piqued your interest.  If your answer is MAYBE or NO, please feel free to tell us what you think could be better in the spirit of helping Lavanya improve her pitch.  Helpful examples of possible alternate wordings are welcome.  (However, I must ask that comments be constructive and respectful.  I reserve the right not to publish comments that are mean because that is not what this is about.)

Please send YOUR pitches for the coming weeks!  For rules and where to submit, click on this link Would You Read It or on the Would You Read It tab in the bar above.  There are openings in November so you've got a little time to polish up your pitches and send yours for your chance to be read by editor Erin Molta!

Lavanya is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch!  I am looking forward to seeing who will win the Illustration Contest!!!  (And one more time if you didn't get to vote yet... :) http://susannahill.blogspot.com/2015/06/illustration-contest-for-childrens.html)

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!!! :)


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13. Kafka manuscripts to National Library of Israel (probably)

       One of the more entertaining literary estate trials of recent years may have run its course, as a Tel Aviv District Court has rejected an appeal by the not-quite-heirs of Max Brod's remaining Kafka holdings (further appeals are, apparently, possible, however); see reports:

       As you might recall, Esther Hoffe wound up with a suitcase (and millions of dollars') worth of Kafka-papers from Max Brod -- and then lived forever (well, past the century mark, anyway). She sold some of them, and then passed on the rest to her daughter (the appellant here); the court seems to have frowned upon the cashing-in efforts - albeit with the rather curious argument:
"As far as Kafka is concerned, is the placing of his personal writings, which he ordered to be destroyed, for public sale to the highest bidder by the secretary of his friend and by her daughters in keeping with justice ? It seems that the answer to this is clear," wrote the judges.
       But, rather than doing right (finally !) by Kafka and ordering the long-overdue bonfire the papers are (probably) going to the National Library of Israel.
       Yes:
The court said Hoffe had no rights, and could not have any such rights -- as well as not having rights to any royalties -- for the documents Brod took from Kafka's apartment after his death. As for her holding on to such documents after Brod's death, she did do illegally and had no right to decide on the fate of the estate
       This is presumably correct, going by the letter of the law (well, the facts suggest there is some wiggle room here, legally speaking ...); the fact that Brod surely had no right (morally as well as by the letter of the applicable laws) either to do all the things he did with Kafka's manuscript unfortunately was not up for debate.
       I find it fascinating that everyone seems to be willing to give Brod the benefit of an overwhelming amount of doubt -- wink, wink, we all know what Kafka really meant (why ? because that's what we want to believe) -- while no one is willing to give Esther Hoffe the same courtesy: who is to say, after all, that Brod didn't intend for her to be the true beneficiary (he left her the papers, for heaven's sake, so she was already the nominal beneficiary), to be able do as she wished with the papers ? After all, if he hadn't, surely he would have seen to the proper disposal, one way or another, of the papers when he had the chance, rather than expecting the ambiguous testamentary dispositions he made to resolve things -- that's the argument re. Kafka, isn't it ? isn't it ?. (Even if Brod's instructions seem clear (and they really aren't), they are still nowhere as clear as Kafka's very precise instructions to Brod were: burn the stuff ! all of it !)

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14. दैनिक जागरण में कार्टून

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दैनिक जागरण में कार्टून … दैनिक जागरण में मुद्दा के अंतर्गत कुछ कार्टून … समाज में फैले अलग अलग गम्भीर  मुद्दों पर चर्चा करके उनका हल निकाला जाता था … उसी मे प्रकाशित कुछ कार्टून

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15. The limits of regulatory cooperation

One of the most striking structural weaknesses uncovered by the euro crisis is the lack of consistent banking regulation and supervision in Europe. Although the European Banking Authority has existed since 2011, its influence is often trumped by national authorities. And many national governments within the European Union do not seem anxious to submit their financial institutions to European-wide regulation and supervision.

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16. Build a Freelance Illustration Business with This 3-Day Workshop

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Are you a designer, illustrator or creative doodler? Have you ever wondered how you could turn your talents into a business? This three-day workshop will help you create a plan for leveraging your creativity into a successful freelance business.

Run by Sally S. Swindell and Nate Padavick (illustrators and co-founders of They Draw and Cook) this course will give you an inside look at how two artists have built a successful design & illustration studio by fostering a community of artists that empower each other to grow their businesses.

Join Salli and Nate for (3) hour-long sessions to learn how you can leverage community & online content to build a successful freelance business around your creative skills.

Click here for more info >>

 

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17. Mistakes Are Proof That You Are Trying, by Samantha Snyder | Book Giveaway

Enter to win a copy of Mistakes Are Proof That You Are Trying, by Samantha Snyder. Giveaway begins July 1, 2015, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends July 31, 2015, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

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18. I'm back after several months of hiatus - #IWSG Insecure Writer's Support Group


I'm delighted to back with celebrating the Insecure Writer's Support Group the first of the month after several months of hiatus. 

Applause all around for the awesome co-hosts for the the July 1 posting of the IWSG will be Charity Bradford, S.A. Larsen, AJ, Tamara Narayan, Allison Gammons, and Tanya Miranda! 

I wish I could say my hiatus was for something fun like traveling the world and hitting lottery.... alas it was not to be. 

Much to our shock the doctor's discovered that my husband developed squamous cell skin carcinoma on his eyeball, inside his lower eyelid and eye socket. After three surgeries and plenty of down time, my husband is now back to work after a little more than two months of recovery time. Thankfully the brilliant surgeons were able to save his eyeball and with extensive reconstructive surgery he is just dealing with a lazy eyelid and a bit of blurry vision this time. I urge you all the protect yourself and your loved one's from the harmful sun. I'm not saying not to enjoy the great outdoors, but be sure to wear sunscreen, sunglasses and hats! 

Now, how do I get back into the groove of my writing and book promotion? I feel like I've lost a tremendous amount of progress in both categories. I've been taking the time over the last few days to get myself reorganized and plan on getting my July newsletter out before the July 4th holiday. 

Does anyone have any suggestions in not loosing one's mojo when dealing with a family crisis without exhausting one's self? I blogged a couple of times and actually released my June newsletter, but otherwise I took the easy way out and put my writing and book promotion on the back burner. My day job was and still is a fantastic support during my husband's health crisis and I'm eternally grateful for The Salvation Army, where I began work in January of this year. 

Your thoughts and suggestions are appreciated!

Thank you!

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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author

Ignite curiosity in your child through reading!

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A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Purple Dragonfly 2015 Award First Place Historical Fiction and Story Monster Approved 2014 and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Purple Dragonfly 2015 Award Honorable Mention Picture Books 6 & Older and New England Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

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~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist

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19. Smithsonian Everything You Need to Know | Giveaway

Enter to win a set of Smithsonian Everything You Need to Know fact cards! Giveaway begins July 1, 2015, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends July 31, 2015, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

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20. How I Became An Author

Ralph Fletcher, who is a beloved trade and professional book author, steps into our Author Spotlight.

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21. DESIGNER - jessie ford : sugar snap studio

The Sugar Snap Studio was launched in the Spring of 2012, to house the growing collection of children's illustration work by Jessie Ford. Liking nothing better than creating these fun, colourful characters; to date her work has included everything from advertising campaigns for Fairy Liquid, packaging commissions for Tesco and Mothercare, children's books for Abrams Books, as well as numerous

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22. Foot Steps

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Foot Steps  एक समय था जब हमारे देश मे ऐसे नेता थे जिनके पद चिन्ह यानि Foot Steps का हम अनुकरण करते पर आज के दौर में कोई भी ऐसा नेता नही जो इस काबिल हो कि हम उनका अनुकरण करके उनसे  प्रेरणा पा सकें

बहुत दुख होता है कि हम भविष्य के लिएक्या सहेज कर रख रहे हैं और भावी पीढी को क्या देकर जाएगें …

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23. Not just trimming words, but chopping

Writing a book isn’t easy. I think we can all agree on that. So the realization that you might need to cut chunks — not just little pieces, like I talked about here, but big things — can hurt. I mean, after writing all those words, it can feel like a big waste to cut them!

Here are some reasons to go for it, though:

1. It’ll make the book stronger.

If you’ve already decided that a certain subplot isn’t necessary, or a scene isn’t doing enough work to deserve to stick around, or a conversation has too much blah blah and not enough interesting stuff, then you already know the story will be stronger and better paced without it. I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know.

2. You’re not wasting words.

I know it can feel like that, but you’re not. Sometimes you need to write something just so you know what you don’t need in the story. Or, in my case recently, I needed to see several parts of my characters’ history, but aside from a few important moments, it wasn’t big or interesting or important enough to deserve to stay on the page. I needed to get that part of the story out of my system so could know, but that was iceberg stuff — and not the tip that shows.

As for how to make the cuts?

1. Identify what you need to keep.

Be extremely honest. If there isn’t anything that needs to stay, just highlight and cut the whole thing. (I assume you have a different draft saved somewhere else that has all this stuff. Or, if you’re using Scrivener, you’ve taken a Snapshot and have plenty of backups.)

You probably already know what needs to stay, but some general advice:

a) Can the reader understand the story without this part? If not, keep it!
b) Does it move the story forward and reveal something (motivations/worldbuilding/theme) in a new way? If so, keep it!

In my case, I was cutting a bunch of flashback scenes down to the most important moments. Down from over a thousand (or two thousand!) words to under five hundred. I looked for the meatiest bits. The big, pivotal moments. The one, most important thing I needed to share with the reader.

2. Make the cut.

Yeah. It’s a big step. It gets its own number.

3. Smooth out the edges.

Chances are you chopped up some transitions and messed with your pacing when you snipped out a huge chunk of text, so go through and fix them. Take a careful look at the beginning and end of the cuts for transitions. Read the whole thing through and see how it sounds. Is it too fast now? Maybe add a beat or two to make it feel more natural. (But not too many! You cut for a reason, after all!)

Don’t be shy about going through it a few times! You’ll probably find more and more places to smooth out. It’s a delicate process, so take your time.

4. Eat a cookie.

What? You worked hard. You deserve a reward.


 

What do you guys think? Any tips I missed? What other advice would you give to someone who’s looking at cutting a huge chunk of their beloved book?

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24. Oxford World’s Classics Reading Group Season 3: Great Expectations

When a mysterious benefaction takes Young Pip from the Kent marshes to London, his prospects of advancement improve greatly. Yet Pip finds he is haunted by figures from his past: the escaped convict Magwitch; the time-withered Miss Havisham and her proud and beautiful ward Estella; his abusive older sister and her kind husband Joe. In time, Pip uncovers not just the origins of his great expectations but the mystery of his own heart.

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25. The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson, pictures by Garth Williams 97pp RL4

Written in 1958 and winner of the Newbery Honor, The Family Under the Bridge is the story of how an old hobo named Armand, who wants nothing of homes, responsibility and regular work, ends up with all of these as well as a family of children. Set in Paris, France in a time when hobos were more like wandering gypsies than the people living on the streets these days, the story follows Armand

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