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By: SCBWI REP,
Howdy, folks! Hope you're all busying yourself like squirrels this fall, gathering hearty ideas for projects, current & future. Did you wrap a project up this summer? Does it sizzle with perfection? If so, be brave and submit it! *Check out two new opportunities for submissions below*
Our next Schmooze: Sell Your Books! Sage Advice from Molly Blaisdell and others. Join the discussion on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 10 a.m. in the College Station Barnes & Noble. A brief summary of news from the SCBWI Summer Conference will follow. Those who have time will go out to lunch as well. Come early for a gentle critique starting at 9:30 a.m. Bring 5 copies of 5 double-spaced pages to share.
Join SCBWI-BV, as we attend a free lecture featuring James Gurney
, author of the Dinotopia series. This is sponsored by The Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA) at Texas A&M University. A treat for your inner artist. We will meet on Thursday, October 23 at 5 p.m. for a bite to eat (details to come) and then head over to at 7 p.m. to Geren Auditorium
at the College of Architecture on the A&M campus for the lecture. Email me if you are interested! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
"James Gurney is the artist and author best known for his illustrated book series Dinotopia. He specializes in painting realistic images of scenes that can’t be photographed, from dinosaurs to ancient civilizations." (jamesgurney.com)
Pick up the Pace!—A Workshop with Agent Jodell Sadler of Sadler Children’s Literary9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on
Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 at A& M United Methodist Church, College Station, TX
Story pacing can make the difference between a “nice try” rejection and a publishable manuscript. Whether you’re working on page turns in a 500-word picture book or end-of-chapter cliff-hangers in a 50,000-word novel, Jodell Sadler has tips and tools to help pick up the pace. Join SCBWI Brazos Valley for a day-long workshop focused on pacing and strong writing skills.* Registration fees are $125 for SCBWI members and $150 for non-members. Whether paying by check or credit card, please register through the event website.
In addition to the workshop, attendees may submit pages/portfolios for critique. Only eight slots are available with Ms. Sadler, and the face-to-face meetings will be scheduled in the morning on Sunday, Nov. 9. A fee of $45 is due at registration, and submissions** will be due (postmarked by) Oct. 15.
Teen & Middle Grade Authors event
. Larry J. Ringer Library in College Station: On Saturday, November 8, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., and Sunday, November 9, 2-4 p.m., Teen & Middle Grade Authors: Teen and tween aspiring authors and adult authors who write for teen and middle grade audiences, talk about your books and about other teen and middle grade fiction, book signings allowed. Contact Kendra at email@example.com
or (979) 764-3416. More info about this event here
. *If you would like to be a featured author and have books signed at this event, please contact Kendra Perkins at the email address above.
SCBWI Austin Chapter: Fall Workshop-Research for Fiction, Non-fiction and Historical Writers.Date/Time: 9/13/ 2014, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Laura's Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd., Austin, TX
More info here.
Non-Fiction for New Folks Retreat (NF4NF) -- For fiction writers wanting to try nonfiction writing, nonfiction writers who are new to the genre, and experienced NF writers in need of encouragement, instruction, and inspiration. (not an SCBWI event but may be of interest to our members)Date/Time 10/9 -10/12
Location: Hill Country University Center, Fredricksburg, TXMore info here.
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By: Sally Matheny,
by Sally Matheny
Once upon a time, there were parents who wished upon every shooting star for their kids to turn out okay. Shiny pennies were tossed into fountains and wishbones pulled, in hopes that their children would grow up to be joyful and productive citizens of the land. Imagine the parents’ sorrow and dismay when they did not. Is this your family’s philosophy? Are you sure? Check out these 10 clues to see if your family’s faith is like a fairy tale: 1. Your children have no idea where the location of their Bibles. However, you keep your copy under the seat in the car, just in case you need it one Sunday. 2. A Bible isn’t used at home for individual study or for a family time of devotions. 3. Someone says a blessing before meals, but only when company is present. 4. The only time you pray with your kids is at bedtime—when you remember—and actually, that’s your child praying her usual list.
|Is Your Family's Faith Like a Fairy Tale?|
5. At Christmas, discussions are mainly about being good for Santa and about presents. At Easter, the focus is more about emptying a plastic egg than the miracle of Christ’s empty tomb.
6. Quite often, your family chooses to attend to many things on Sunday, except church.
7. When you do attend church, you focus more on what’s in it for you than how you can serve others.
8. At home, there is more talk about reality shows than the reality of God, His love, and His will for your lives.
9. When sin occurs in your home it is often justified rather than dealt with it in a just manner.
10. Family members’ speech and behaviors are vastly different outside the church walls.
The true story is families are not living in a fairy tale world. God is real. And so is Satan. We can’t live out our days haphazardly, hoping our sons eventually turn into knightly men and our daughters don’t become damsels in distress.
We live in a sinful world. How are you strengthening your family for spiritual battle? A fairy godmother is not going to show up and make your troubles disappear with the wave of a wand. It requires standing firmly on faith and living by the Sword of Truth. Gather your family and get back to basic training. Actively participate in a church that teaches and practices God’s Holy Word. Make your testimony real to your children.
You either make-believe or you do believe in Jesus Christ. One belief leads to chaos and the other leads to a joyfully ever after.
(I just sat next Mary GrandPré at a SCBWI book signing. Why didn't I get someone to take our picture? I am the dumbest blogger ever.)
Posted on 9/22/2014
Matt Mullins, martial artist, actor, and stuntman--and more, has been working on S.H.I.E.L.D. Check him out on his filmography webpage: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1280538/?nmdp=1&ref_=nm_ql_5#filmography
By: Molly Andrew,
Rinada kembali mengeluarkan pengakuan terkait foto hasil capture mesum 'PNS' dirinya. Ia mengaku dalam paksaan ketika membuat video tersebut bersama sang suami.
Menurutnya, kala itu ia mendapat perlakuan yang kurang menyenangkan dalam kehidupan seksnya. Bahkan dalam foto hasil capture dari video tersebut, terlihat tali dan lakban untuk mengikatnya.
"Dia punya kelainan yang di luar batas normal. Gimana nggak ada skenario, dia yang kameramen, dia yang sutradara, dia yang melakukan. Jelas itu skenarionya. Sedangkan saya dalam keadaan diikat dengan lakban," kisahnya, Senin (22/9/2014).
Rinada memang menyetujui ketika diajak berhubungan intim ketika itu. Namun ia menambahkan, dirinya dalam keadaan tertekan.
"Saya memang menyetujui, tapi dalam keadaan saya dipaksa dan tertekan. Kenapa saya menyetujui? Karena kan keadaan suami dan istri," akunya dilansir Detik.com
Sementara mantan suaminya, Yurel akhirnya berkomentar setelah merasa terpojok. Ia menyatakan, pembuatan video itu dilakukan dirinya bersama Rinada tanpa adanya keterpaksaan dan dalam kondisi sadar sepenuhnya.
"Kami melakukannya tanpa ada keterpaksaan, sadar melakukannya sebagai kepuasan pribadi dan untuk konsumsi pribadi. Soal ikat itu emang bagian dari skenario. Itu ikat rambut yang saya kaitkan di tangannya, lalu dia improvisasi dililit-lilit. Ide-ide kita aja," katanya, saat ditemui di kantor pengacaranya, Kantor Hukum Yopi Gunawan, Jalan Baranangsiang, Bandung, Rabu (17/9/2014).
Sayang, koleksi pribadi itu hilang. Yurel mengatakan, dirinya menyimpan foto-foto tersebut di handphonenya raib 3 tahun lalu. Ia mengaku memang sempat mengkhawatirkan foto di handphonenya itu menyebar.
"Sekitar 3 tahun lalu handphone saya hilang. Saya juga khawatir. Saya berdoa saja semoga tidak ada apa-apa. Terus terang saya shock," tutur Yurel.
By: Molly Andrew,
Hasil pertandingan Asian Games 2014 antara Timnas Indonesia vs Thailand berakhir dengan skor 0-6. Dengan hasil ini Timnas Indonesia harus melawan tim kuat di babak berikutnya, yakni Korea Utara.
Dalam laga pamungkas Grup E di Stadion Incheon Football pada Senin (22/9/14) malam WIB, Indonesia memang terlihat menurunkan beberapa pemain lapis kedua. Ferdinand Sinaga yang menjadi andalan, di bangku cadangkan Aji Santoso.
Situasi ini rupanya benar-benar dimanfaatkan Thailand, sehingga mampu unggul dua gol di babak pertama melalui C. Phombuppha dan Adisak Kraisorn.
Di sepanjang 45 menit babak pertama Indonesia memang cukup kewalahan menahan gempuran pemain Thailand. Permainan cepat yang diperagakan anak asuh Kiatisuk Senamuang, membuat pemain belakang Indonesia pontang-panting.
Saat laga baru berjalan 6 menit Thailand sudah unggul melalui gol C. Phombuppha. Ketinggalan 0-1 Indonesia mencoba bangkit. Namun aliran bola dari Rasyid Bakri dan Bayu Gatra selalu dengan mudah dipatahkan pemain belakang Thailand.
Alih-alih mengejar ketinggalan, Indonesia justru kecolongan pada menit 17. Berawal dari serangan cepat, Adisak Kraisorn yang tak terkawal bek Indonesia melepaskan tendangan keras yang gagal dijangkau kiper Teguh Amiruddin.
Memasuki pertengahan babak pertama, permainan Indonesia sebenarnya mulai berkembang. Yandi Sofyan Munawar dan Syakir beberapa kali berhasil menerobos daerah pertahanan Thailand, sayang keduanya belum berhasil mencetak gol.
Sebaliknya Thailand meski sudah unggul 2 gol, namun tetap melakukan serangan ke perrtahanan Indonesia. Hingga 45 menit dan tambahan waktu berakhir, skor 0-2 untuk keunggulan Thailand tetap bertahan menutup laga di paruh pertama.
Di babak kedua usaha Indonesia untuk mengejar ketertinggalan tidak terwujud, bahkan Thailand yang justru mampu menambah 4 gol untuk menutup laga kali ini dengan skor 0-6. Gol pertama Thailand pada babak kedua dibuka oleh Chanathip Songkrasin.
Menit 58 Chanathip Songkrasin menjebol gawang Indonesia setelah memanfaatkan bola liar yang ditepis penjaga gawang. Tendangan kerasnya dengan kaki kiri sukses merobek jala Indonesia untuk kali ketiga.
Tawikan tak mau ketinggalan untuk berpesta di babak kedua. Menit ke-76 Tawikan menyambar bola umpan manis di mulut gawang Indonesia, sekaligus membawa Thailand unggul dengan skor 4-0. Dua gol tambahan bagi Thailand kemudian dicetak pada menit ke-82 dan injury time. Skor hasil akhir Indonesia vs Thailand 0-6.
Sumber : Aktualpost.com
We hope to see you next Monday, September 26 at the Columbus Museum of Art for an Evening with Kathy Reichs! Beginning at 7:30 p.m., Reichs will be discussing her bestselling crime series that acts as the inspiration for the hit T.V. show, Bones. Dr. Temperance Brennan (also known as Bones) is the heroine for this 17 novel series that works to solve seemingly unsolvable cases. In her newest novel, Reichs takes Dr. Temperance on a trip to Charlotte, North Carolina to find the connection between two murders on opposite sides of the country.
While general admission tickets for this event are sold out, we do have limited availability in an overflow seating area at a discounted rate. Please call 614-464-1032 x.11 for more information and ticket availability.
As a gesture of respect to our authors and guests, the event will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. with no admission allowed past 7:45 p.m. We thank you for your understanding on this matter.
Having fun with Gouache for the first time in a bit.
Time announced it in 2013 as “the best news you’ll read all day.” It still is.
The tale behind the “greatest love story” ever told, of a rhyming giant kind and fencing Spaniard bold, of Westley, handsome farm boy, and Buttercup, a beauty coy — is coming to print. Our Westley, Cary Elwes, will lead a romp to “have fun stormin’ da castle” in his memoir As You Wish (October 14; Touchstone) on the making of the well-loved hit film, “The Princess Bride.”
The iconic swashbuckling rom-com introduced Robin Wright (wait, sweet Buttercup turned into Claire Underwood?), and starred Billy Crystal, Mandy Patinkin, Wallace Shawn, Andre the Giant, (I’m not a witch, I’m your wife!”) Carol Kane, Christopher Guest, Chris Sarandon, Peter Falk, and a young Fred Savage. It is applauded as one of the Writers Guild of America’s “101 Greatest Screenplays” and the American Film Institute’s “100 Greatest Love Stories.”
Elwes told the Hollywood Reporter that he was inspired to share “inconceivable” behind-the-scenes stories of making the hit during a cast reunion celebrating the film’s 25th anniversary at the 2012 New York Film Festival. (more…)
New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.
Working on a book? If your ambitions run beyond merely getting your manuscript published to making it a best-seller, you’ll need to start planning before you’ve written your first word. And we’re not talking about planning out your plot. To climb onto the best-seller list you’ll need to be a one-stop shop of writer, marketer and promoter.
Keep in mind however, that what you’ll be selling is not your book, but yourself. It’s your success in getting people to follow you, rather than your title, that is the key to sales:
This may seem a bit counterintuitive, but aggressively pushing your current title in lieu of promoting your personal brand as an author — is an ill-conceived plan that can actually stunt book sales. Literary mega-stars like Stephen King and John Grisham have a built-in fan base that buys every book they release, almost automatically. And that, says [author Tim Grahl], should be the goal of every writer — particularly those who have aspirations to write in multiple genres or cover various topics.
For more advice, including how to build your base, read: 6 Steps to Becoming a Best-Selling Author.
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Jenn recommended Chip of the Flying U, by B.M. Bower, about a year ago, and that’s probably how long it’s been sitting on my Kindle. I don’t know why I picked it up this weekend, except that the internet in my apartment wasn’t working and I wasn’t feeling enthusiastic about anything I was more familiar with, but I’m glad I did. It’s almost entirely delightful, one of those books that does enough right that you don’t care that much about the stuff it doesn’t. And if you have to be content with a kind of ham-fisted ending, well, everything before that is so much fun that the book has kind of earned the right to fall apart in the last chapter.
The Flying U is a Montana ranch owned by James G. Whitmore, and Chip is a sensitive, artistic cow-puncher. Don’t laugh; it’s awesome. He’s got a square chin and long eyelashes and a horse he loves a lot, and it’s kind of over the top, but in a cute way. Della Whitmore is cute, too. She’s the younger sister of James G., paying an extended visit after graduation from medical school, and she’s got grey eyes and dimples to go with Chip’s chin and eyelashes.
She makes a positive first impression when she shoots a coyote with Chip’s rifle on the way back from the train station, the day of her arrival. The rest of the book is about him being in denial about being in love with her, basically. There’s no reason he should deny it, except that Della writes frequently to a Dr. Cecil Granthum. So Chip mopes, and “the Little Doctor” flirts with him and displays a fair amount of unreasonable behavior. I worry this is meant to make her seem more feminine. But more importantly, she’s good at her job, and he’s good at his, and there’s humor and artistic triumphs and a tiny bit of adventure besides. It’s a funny book and a sweet one, and while I found Della inconsistent, and Chip almost unrecognizable in the final scene, it his enough of the right buttons at the right times that I smiled my way through the entire book.
By: Jerry Beck,
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I was on Facebook the other day and many of my library friends were posting an article from the Atlantic Monthly called, “Millennials Are Out-Reading Older Generations.” Interested, I read the article and was excited to see that the millennial generation loves reading. The article shares the results of a Pew research report that studied the role of the influence of libraries on young readers, ages 16-29. “Eighty-eight percent of Americans under age 30, read a book in the past year, compared with 79% of those age 30 and older” and they also used the library slightly more than older adults. For a split second, I was ecstatic. I now, finally had proof that all my hard work as well as the hard work and tireless efforts of all my friends and fellow librarians who put in long days planning programs, recommending books, and advocating to parents and politicians, actually worked.
Then I read the following sentence: “At the same time, American readers’ relationship with public libraries is changing – with younger readers less likely to see public libraries as essential in their communities.” Only 19% of Millennials say that their local library’s closing would impact them, even though they are using the library as much as older patrons.
Before we throw our hands in the air and call in sick tomorrow, let’s take another look at the facts. We have created a generation of readers who use the library and are reading and utilizing the library more than the generation before them. Unfortunately, they just don’t understand the importance of the library to themselves and to their community.
As everyday advocates, we can fix that. Children do not have political power. They have limited say in decisions affecting their lives, but as we can see with this study, they are the future politicians, community partners, and parents with whom we will be advocating to justify our budget and staff. Instead of trying to convince adults to become library advocates, let’s focus on the youth to create life-long library advocates! As Children’s librarians, we have the unique ability to advocate from birth. The next time you are talking to caregivers about the importance of storytime, be certain to include the children in the discussion. When you find that perfect book for a child, remind them how the library is important to them. Sometimes, we focus so much on the political parts of advocacy, that we forget that it as simple as talking to a child. Who is with me?
Gloria Repolesk is a Children’s Librarian at the Emmet O’Neal Public Library. She is writing this blog post on behalf of the Advocacy and Legislation Committee.
Writing Prompt: What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
Ink Splotters, it’s time to channel your deep inner-selves.
Take a deep breath.
Forget all of your worries and fears.
And let your mind go free.
For today’s Writing Prompt, we want to know . . .
What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?
Would it be something with a future career? Sports? Talking to your crush? Fixing the world? A fear you want to conquer? A person you’d want to help? If you knew it would all work out perfectly, what would you try to do?
Let it out . . . let it all out! This is your forum, so don’t be afraid to tell us. Live without fear. There is no way you can fail! Leave your answers in the Comments below. Sometimes seeing the words written out is the first step to making it happen!
—Ratha, STACKS Writer
Just a quick post today--but I wanted to make sure you all knew that cartoonist/graphic novelist Alison Bechdel has won one of those nifty MacArthur Genius Grant thingies. Yes, of COURSE we knew she was a genius way back when we first heard of the... Read the rest of this post
It’s Banned Books Week! From The American Library Association’s website: “Each year, the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles a list of the top ten most frequently challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools. The ALA condemns censorship and works to ensure free access to information.” Based on 307 challenges, here are the top ten most challenged books of 2013.
- Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey
Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
- The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
- Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
- A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl by Tanya Lee Stone
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
- Looking for Alaska by John Green
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
- Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
- Bone (series) by Jeff Smith
Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence
Here’s how the Horn Book reviewed 2013′s most challenged children’s and young adult books.
The Adventures of Captain Underpants: An Epic Novel and sequels
by Dav Pilkey; illus. by the author
Intermediate Blue Sky 124 pp.
09/97 0-590-84627-2 $16.95
Best friends and fellow pranksters George and Harold create a comic book superhero, Captain Underpants, and hypnotize their school principal into assuming his identity. Clad in cape and jockey shorts, Principal Krupp foils bank robbers and a mad scientist until the boys “de-hypnotize” him. Written in a tongue-in-cheek style and illustrated with suitably cartoonish drawings, the story is consistently laugh-out-loud funny. PETER D. SIERUTA
reviewed in the Spring 1998 Horn Book Guide
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie; illus. by Ellen Forney
Middle School, High School Little 232 pp.
9/07 978-0-316-01368-0 $16.99 g
The line between dramatic monologue, verse novel, and standup comedy gets unequivocally — and hilariously and triumphantly — bent in this novel about coming of age on the rez. Urged on by a math teacher whose nose he has just broken, Junior, fourteen, decides to make the iffy commute from his Spokane Indian reservation to attend high school in Reardan, a small town twenty miles away. He’s tired of his impoverished circumstances (“Adam and Eve covered their privates with fig leaves; the first Indians covered their privates with their tiny hands”), but while he hopes his new school will offer him a better education, he knows the odds aren’t exactly with him: “What was I doing at Reardan, whose mascot was an Indian, thereby making me the only other Indian in town?” But he makes friends (most notably the class dork Gordy), gets a girlfriend, and even (though short, nearsighted, and slightly disabled from birth defects) lands a spot on the varsity basketball team, which inevitably leads to a showdown with his own home team, led by his former best friend Rowdy. Junior’s narration is intensely alive and rat-a-tat-tat with short paragraphs and one-liners (“If God hadn’t wanted us to masturbate, then God wouldn’t have given us thumbs”). The dominant mode of the novel is comic, even though there’s plenty of sadness, as when Junior’s sister manages to shake off depression long enough to elope — only to die, passed out from drinking, in a fire. Junior’s spirit, though, is unquenchable, and his style inimitable, not least in the take-no-prisoners cartoons he draws (as expertly depicted by comics artist Forney) from his bicultural experience. ROGER SUTTON
reviewed in the September/October 2007 Horn Book Magazine
The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
Middle School, High School Scholastic 374 pp.
10/08 978-0-439-02348-1 $17.99
Survivor meets “The Lottery” as the author of the popular Underland Chronicles returns with what promises to be an even better series. The United States is no more, and the new Capitol, high in the Rocky Mountains, requires each district to send two teenagers, a boy and a girl, to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a reality show from which only one of the twenty-four participants will emerge victorious — and alive. When her younger sister is chosen by lottery to represent their district, Katniss volunteers to go in her stead, while Peeta, who secretly harbors a crush on Katniss, is the boy selected to join her. A fierce, resourceful competitor who wins the respect of the other participants and the viewing public, Katniss also displays great compassion and vulnerability through her first-person narration. The plot is front and center here — the twists and turns are addictive, particularly when the romantic subplot ups the ante — yet the Capitol’s oppression and exploitation of the districts always simmers just below the surface, waiting to be more fully explored in future volumes. Collins has written a compulsively readable blend of science fiction, survival story, unlikely romance, and social commentary. JONATHAN HUNT
reviewed in the September/October 2008 Horn Book Magazine
A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl
by Tanya Lee Stone
High School Lamb/Random 227 pp.
1/06 0-385-74702-0 $14.95 g
Library edition 0-385-90946-2 $16.99
“Stupid / humiliated / foolish / stung / heartbroken / pissed off / and a little / bit / wiser.” High school freshman Josie sums up how she feels after falling for an only-out-for-one-thing senior, and she isn’t alone. The three (very different) teen girl narrators in this candid free-verse novel form a chorus of varied perspectives on how a “bad boy” — the same boy for all three — causes them to lose control before they even realize what’s happening. Stone’s portrayal of the object of their (dis)affection is stereotyped, but the three girls are distinct characters, and she conveys the way the girls’ bodies and brains respond to the unnamed everyjerk in electrically charged (and sexually explicit) detail. Finally returning to her senses, Josie decides to post warnings about her ex in the back of the school library’s copy of Judy Blume’s Forever…because “every girl reads it eventually.” Others add their own caveats in a reassuring show of sisterhood. As this scribbled “support group” illustrates, even the most careful and self-aware among us sometimes gets bitten by the snake in the grass. CHRISTINE M. HEPPERMAN
reviewed in the January/February 2006 issue of The Horn Book Magazine
Looking for Alaska
by John Green
High School Dutton 237 pp.
3/05 0-525-47506-0 $15.99 g
A collector of famous last words, teenage Miles Halter uses Rabelais’s final quote (“I go to seek a Great Perhaps”) to explain why he’s chosen to leave public high school for Culver Creek Preparatory School in rural Alabama. In his case, the Great Perhaps includes challenging classes, a hard-drinking roommate, elaborate school-wide pranks, and Alaska Young, the enigmatic girl rooming five doors down. Moody, sexy, and even a bit mean, Alaska draws Miles into her schemes, defends him when there’s trouble, and never stops flirting with the clearly love-struck narrator. A drunken make-out session ends with Alaska’s whispered “To be continued?” but within hours she’s killed in a car accident. In the following weeks, Miles and his friends investigate Alaska’s crash, question the possibility that it could have been suicide, and acknowledge their own survivor guilt. The narrative concludes with an essay Miles writes about this event for his religion class — an unusually heavy-handed note in an otherwise mature novel, peopled with intelligent characters who talk smart, yet don’t always behave that way, and are thus notably complex and realistically portrayed teenagers. PETER D. SIERUTA
reviewed in the March/April 2005 Horn Book Magazine
Bone: Out from Boneville and sequels
by Jeff Smith; illus. by Jeff Smith and Steve Hamaker
Intermediate Scholastic/Graphix 140 pp.
2/05 0-439-70623-8 $18.95
When greedy Phoney Bone is run out of town, his cousins, Fone and Smiley, join him. Fone makes friends with a country girl, her no-nonsense gran’ma, and a dragon; Phoney must contend with ferocious rat creatures who are led by a mysterious “hooded one” and who want Phoney’s soul. This graphic novel (originally published in comic-book form) is slow paced but nevertheless imaginative. MARK ADAM
reviewed in the Fall 2005 Horn Book Guide
Are you reading any banned books this week?
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Saturday, at the Reading Market, this young man serenaded the lunchtime crowds. "I'm going to LA to sing for Usher," he told us. "Season 8. The Voice." He was best at Adele. He loved Marvin Gaye. He gave us some Beatles.
I don't know the facts. I just know the moment. He beguiled us with the possibility. He said he had a dream. We fed his open suitcase. We took his picture. We wished him well.
I was besotted with the romance of it all.
My new deck includes several fairy dresses cards, so it got me thinking about proper attire for fairies.
photo copyright Fairy Nana Land from her Etsy Shop
I found this fabulous dress created by fellow fairy, Fairy Nana. This one is insanely cool. Did you see that tutu! I need to save up for my Halloween costume and everyday wear. There’s lots of sizes – children to adults – and there isn’t a shortage of wings. Check out her Etsy shop here.
photo from Stuff You Can't Have blog copyright Catherine Mcever
My fairy research led me to this great blog of creations by Catherine Mcever. Catherine, you’re mind is crazy fun and I love it! Check out her fairy frocks and Wings Shop brochure on the section marked Evidence of Fairies on her blog.
screenshot: Faery Tailor website
And finally, I found a Faery Tailor making Faery Haute Couture. English artist Emily Bazeley also makes dwellings and fairy furniture. She definitely is part fairy. Her website to browse is over here.
Part fairies that are artists are definitely creative and gifted with imagination, and of course, a heavy dose of Fairy Magic. I am so glad my search led me to these talented fellow artists so I have something to wear!
Fairy people! Check out my deck available for pre-orders now, and Fairy Beginner Healing class and Fairy Healing the Feminine class, both start September 26th, this Friday!
Did they stay or did they go? You might never know if your fave authors were feted at Jeff Bezos’ annual super-secret Campfire this past weekend. Word is the elite attendees are cautioned that what plays at Campfire, stays at Campfire.
In 2011, Bezos “flew in Margaret Atwood, Michael Chabon, Alice Walker, Neil Gaiman, and Khaled Hosseini, among others, to a think tanky event he called ‘Amazon Campfire,’” Dennis Johnson noted in his Melville House blog. Since then, radio silence.
The Renaissance Weekend-like event of fabulous meals, fascinating formal talks led by folks like Neil Armstrong, horseback riding and skeet shooting, and sweet swag (down vests, fleeces) continued for the most part under the radar, until The New York Times reported Sunday on the fifth autumn weekend soiree under the headline, “A Writerly Chill at Bezos’ Fire.”
Seems a bit of the bonhomie has been siphoned off the warm, cozy atmosphere by the it’s-not-personal-it’s-business Amazon/Hachette dispute. The Times’ David Streitfeld wrote: “Some repeat Campfire attendees who have supported Hachette in the dispute say they were not invited this year…The event has become as divisive as the fight.” (more…)
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Our newest Mars explorer, NASA’s Maven satellite, has successfully arrived at the red planet and begun its orbit! It takes a very long time to travel from Earth to Mars, even at the speed that a rocket travels. We launched this satellite 10 months ago, and it has been hurtling toward Mars ever since. This weekend the satellite fired its thrusters——basically jamming on the brakes——so that it would be captured by the planet’s gravity and settle into orbit around Mars. It all went flawlessly, and now the satellite will study Mars’ high atmosphere, collecting more data as we try to piece together the story of the history of the Martian environment—- what is there today, and how it has changed over time. This story has captivated scientists for centuries, and I continue to be fascinated as we learn more and more about my favorite planet (other than Earth, of course!).....which reminds me of a funny story.My eBook PLANET MARS has been updated twice since 2010 because we are learning so much from the rovers that are studying its surface. The second update happened while our sound producer was in the studio, recording the narration for the book. My phone rang, and Dan, the producer, said: "The Curiosity Rover landed yesterday, and I’m just about to record your book. Don’t you want to add a page about Curiosity?" Of course I did. So I quickly did some research, wrote a page and found a photograph to illustrate it, and the new audio was recorded that same day. Now, THAT is what I call up-to-date!These days I am working on a new book about Mars, which will be the third installment in my Shipmate’s Guide to Our Solar System series. It won’t be done til sometime next year, but I can give you a preview of the cover:
Where My Wellies Take Me... by Clare & Michael Murpurgo is one of those books that is so pretty and smart that I hesitate to do much of any kind of review because it's too hard not to lump the superlatives and make it sound impossible. I want to tell you it functions remarkably well as a poetry anthology, that Pippa's story of gentle outdoor adventure will appeal to kids and parents who enjoy a good jaunt and that Olivia Lomenech Gill's scrapbook style design and artwork is classic in all the best ways.
Oh heck. I love this book and I'm not afraid to just say tell you so.
The basic story is simple: Pippa sets off from her kind Aunt Peggy's on a trek through the countryside (hence the need to wear her wellies). She visits a local farmer, takes a ride on his horse, has a lunch, considers some birds, pigs and dandelions, plays Pooh sticks, spies a fisherman (and dwells on the end of life for a fish) and makes it back to the village in time to be crowned the unexpected victor of a race.
What elevates the book is the accompaniment of so many impressive poems from the likes of Ted Hughes, Rudyard Kipling, Yeats, Rossetti and more. The poems are often short, easy to understand and directly applicable to the text. The combination, with the great scrapbook pages and Pippa's story, makes this a lovely read and also a book to pore over for hours while studying the art.
Some books are treasures and Where My Wellies Take Me... certainly fits that standard. The very young will like Pippa a lot but I think it actually might reach best for the 6 & up crowd - 8 -10 year olds could be the best age of all. Really, though, it depends on the child. You'll know when you look at it if it fits for the explorer in your life. I hope it does.
Here are a couple of spreads from the Olivia Lomenech Gill's website:
Posted on 9/22/2014
Question: The setting is in Ethiopia and the book is being written in Amharic language. The novel is about a mom, who as pregnant teen was thrown out
My kung fu school now offically offers Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Today I spent my lunch hour doing BJJ with one guy who weighs 225 and has a green belt in judo and our sifu, who weighs less but knows more.
So far, these have been my stages in doing BJJ:
As in kung fu, sometimes the best thing seems like the worst idea. Like getting closer to the guy holding the knife can be the best thing, or rolling toward the person who was just behind you choking you.
- I don’t know what this guy is doing and it might hurt. Better tap.
- I know what this guy is doing and it hurts. Better tap.
- I know what this guy is doing and I try to get away. But he just cinches in tighter. I tap.
- I know what this guy is doing and I try to get away. But he gets me in a different position. I end up tapping.
- I know what this guy is doing but I have a game of my own. I try something. He gets away. He tries something. I get away. But eventually I can't escape, and I tap.
- Just like the above, only sometimes I get the other guy to tap!
After class, Sifu asked me how many books I had written and how the process has changed over time. The answer was 17 published + 2 done but not yet published + 1 half-done + the 3 I wrote before I got published + the 3 I wrote after I got published but that never found a home.
That equals 26 books! Which explains why I can now write a book in a compressed timeline and without a super-clear idea of where it's going and still pull it off. So the more you write, the more you know about writing. And the more you grapple or do kung fu, the more you know about grappling or kung fu down in your marrow, deep down past thought. The more you trust the process.
Like in my current WIP, The Girl I Used to Be, I needed this character Jason to be a tweaked-out trucker. And I could write him tweaked out and paranoid or I could write him talking to his ex-wife about who might have killed their old friends years ago, but I couldn't write both parts of the chapter. They refused to go together, even though it said in my outline that that should happen. And I realized I had to listen to my characters. Like there was no way if Jason acted that crazy that Heather was going to give him the kids for the week, no matter what their custody agreement called for. Also, they wouldn't have discussed anything. They would have been at each other's throats. And once I trusted my gut and stopped thinking and stopped insisting the book had to follow my outline and just wrote, it worked itself out. Just like going into grappling and thinking I am going to do this one cool thing I want to do and missing plenty of opporutnities to other great things and never even doing your butterfuly choke.
Every day or at least every month, I'm getting to be better at kung fu/BJJ/writing. But I don't think I'll ever be this good:
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Losing a friend can be as painful and as agonizing as a divorce or the end of a love affair, yet it is rarely written about or even discussed. The Friend Who Got Away is the first book to address this near-universal experience, bringing together the brave, eloquent voices of writers like Francine Prose, Katie Roiphe, Dorothy Allison, Elizabeth Strout, Ann Hood, Diana Abu Jabar, Vivian Gornick, Helen Schulman, and many others.
Some write of friends who have drifted away, others of sudden breakups that took them by surprise. Some even celebrate their liberation from unhealthy or destructive relationships. Yet at the heart of each story is the recognition of a loss that will never be forgotten.
From stories about friendships that dissolved when one person revealed a hidden self or moved into a different world, to tales of relationships sabotaged by competition, personal ambition, or careless indifference, The Friend Who Got Away casts new light on the meaning and nature of women’s friendships.
Written especially for this anthology and touched with humor, sadness, and sometimes anger, these extraordinary pieces simultaneously evoke the uniqueness of each situation and illuminate the universal emotions evoked by the loss of a friend.Writing
Done well across the board. I enjoyed each story and identified with so many of them. There's a good range of styles and stories, which I think will lend a broad appeal to various readerships. There's something for everyone represented here.Entertainment Value
Obviously, this is probably going to appeal to a mainly female audience, although there are a few stories that cross genders and sexualities. Within the female demographic, however, I think there's going to be a broad range of readers who will find the topic interesting and who will be able to identify with the subject matter. Overall
I thoroughly enjoyed this one and think it would make for great book club discussions. I personally identified with the idea of a female friendship lost and grieved in the way that one might grieve the end of a romantic relationship and spend years wondering what might have been. My personal friend who got away is someone I haven't spoken to in years, but who I still think about and wonder how we could have saved the relationship.