Here is the picture book authors magic formula, of sorts. Give it a try!
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Here is the picture book authors magic formula, of sorts. Give it a try!
The number of home sales in the metropolitan Puget Sound region dropped by 8 percent last month from February 2013, and some residential real estate experts say the fan frenzy surrounding the Seattle Seahawks was partly to blame.
Meanwhile, the median price of houses and condos that sold in February was up by as much as 13 percent, the Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS) reported on Wednesday.
Limited inventory also hurt sales activity and is increasing competition among buyers. Mike Gain, CEO and president of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest in Seattle, said agents are "starving for inventory."
The result of the shortage is bidding wars, especially for houses and condos that are priced right.
It's common for sellers in markets with less than four months of inventory to receive multiple offers, said Dick Beeson, managing broker at Re/Max in Tacoma.
The inventory shortage is acute in King and Snohomish counties. Based on sales volumes, King County has enough inventory to last 2.5 months, while the supply in Snohomish County is enough to feed the market for just over three months, according to the NWMLS. Inventory also is tight in Pierce and Kitsap counties, which have enough residences for sale to last 4.4 and 5.1 months, respectively.
Prices are climbing the most in Snohomish County. Last month, the median price of closed house and condo sales was $294,000. That was 13 percent higher than in February 2013. In King County, the median price was up nearly 10 percent to $365,000. Median prices increased almost 11.5 percent to $195,725 in Pierce County, and 7 percent to $219,000 in Kitsap County. Gain thinks home prices will continue to rise.Marc Stiles covers commercial real estate and government for the Puget Sound Business Journal. Add a Comment
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The e-mail I got on Wednesday said that the information was "embargoed until Saturday 8 March" -- without asking me beforehand whether or not I agreed to those terms; as it turns out, even one of the prize's judges and sponsors couldn't be bothered to hold out, as Boyd Tonkin already offers his overview in The Independent, Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2014: Our long-list reveals a fictional eco-system of staggering diversity.
[Good luck enforcing that embargo next year, if they again send the information out early to bloggers, literary editors, etc.; all credibility has gone by the wayside.]
The fifteen-title strong longlist was selected from 126 entries translated from 30 different languages. (By comparison: the Best Translated Book Award -- whose longlist will be announced next Tuesday -- considered about three times as many titles (indeed, entrants from just the top three countries -- France (54), Germany (40), and Italy (27) -- come close to the IFFP total ...), written in thirty-nine languages.)
The IFFP longlisted titles are:
Series: The Dark Elements (Book 2) Paperback: 400 pages Publisher: Harlequin Teen (February 25, 2014) Language: English ISBN-10: 0373211104 ISBN-13: 978-0373211104 BUY LINKS: Amazon Barnes and Noble iTunes Kobo One kiss could be the last. Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon,Add a Comment
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Pyle beautifully and poetically captures both time and place in this collection of essays. Village life and nature entwine in Gray's River, a tiny hamlet in rural southwest Washington, as Pyle meditates on the cycles of human, flora, and fauna. At once an accounting of both a year in passing as well as a simpler [...]Add a Comment
At Wordhorse Monica Patiño Pérez offers The art of translating fiction: Q&A with Julian Evans.
See also his translation bibliography at his official site -- and while I'm thrilled to see the Michel Déon attention, it's his forthcoming (from Gallic Books) re-translation of Gide's Les caves du Vatican that I'm really looking forward to.
This book was an eye-opening look into a culture that Portlanders encounter on a daily basis but know little of. After reading this true-life, page-turning thriller, you'll be looking at the city around you with a leery eye. Books mentioned in this post All God's Children: Inside the Dark... Rene Denfeld Used Hardcover $13.95Add a Comment
BELOW IS THE MARCH FIRST PAGE PICTURE PROMPT for anyone who would like a little inspiration to spark their first page.
Always thought there was a story with this picture illustrated by Mark Meyers. Mark spends his days drawing and painting pictures filled with kids, escaping circus monkeys, and everything in between. He was featured on Illustrator Saturday. Here is the link: http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2013/10/05/illustrator-saturday-mark-meyers/
I was not able to confirm our guest critiquer for March in time for this post.
Here are the submission guidelines for Sending in a First Page.
To send in a First Page: Please attach your double spaced, 12 point font, 23 line first page to an e-mail and send it to: kathy(dot)temean(at)gmail(dot)com. Also cut and paste it into the body of the e-mail.
Put “February First Page Critique” or “March First Page Picture Prompt Critique” in the subject line. Make sure you have your name on the submission, a title, and indicate the genre.
You can only send in one first page each month. It can be the same first page each month or a different one, but if you sent it to me last month and it didn’t get chosen, you need to send it again using the March directions. Of course, it doesn’t have to be the same submission. It can be a first page from a work in process or you can use the picture prompt above.
Please include your name, the title of the piece, and whether it is as picture book, middle grade, or young adult, etc. at the top.
CALL FOR ILLUSTRATIONS: Thank you to everyone would sent in an illustration last month. I still have a few in the folder that I plan to use, just looking for the right post, but I am running low, so please look to see if you have anything that you would like me to show off. I am looking for illustrations that would go well with the month or any illustration that might go with a writing or illustrating post. Same as always: At least 500 pixels wide, sent to kathy (dot) temean (at) gmail (dot) com, and include a blurb about you. Thanks!
As a fan of local history, I found this volume to be a fascinating and enlightening collection of vignettes on the subject of civil rights in Portland and Oregon at large. These are stories you have probably never heard — stories about the displacement, mistreatment, and murder of the native population, the isolation and domestic [...]Add a Comment
You may have come to expect a full science program from my monthly posts here on the ALSC Blog. Today I’m going to share something a bit different, because my overall goal is to share STEAM programs–and science is just one facet of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math). I want to focus today on a recent school-age STEAM program we did at my library: Marshmallow Towers. It combined engineering and the creative aspects of arts and crafts. Here’s what we did:
The Opener: Talking about building. What sorts of things do architects and construction workers have to take into account when they think about building? We talked about design and knowing the materials you’re working with. I also made available lots of the library’s non-fiction titles that give a sneak peak into buildings and construction. Heavily illustrated books like those from David Macaulay and DK Eyewitness were attendees’ favorites, and many of the kids grabbed a book to take with them to the construction tables as inspiration.
The Challenge: Build marshmallow towers using mini marshmallows and toothpicks. Or, if the idea of a tower wasn’t sufficiently inspiring, kids could build whatever they wanted. In addition to mini marshmallows and toothpicks, I also made available paper and writing utensils in case kids wanted to sketch or plan their towers before building.
The Process: The bulk of the program was spent with children at tables building, and I spent my time moving from table to table and talking to the kids as they worked. These conversations are the prime opportunity to make any program’s STEAM connections explicit. All of the kids who were building were doing engineering, but they might not think of it that way without a bit of prompting. I like to point out how engineering is all about figuring out how to build something to the specifications you want. It’s about creative problem-solving, and building with marshmallows certainly offers instances of problem-solving.
When kids were occasionally struggling with their towers, I tried to make connections back to our non-fiction inspiration texts. “Structure falling down? Maybe it’s time to consider the types of shapes you’re making. Let’s look at some of these pictures of bridges. What shapes do you see in the construction of the bridge? How could you use those shapes in your building?” I like to set an example that, when we have a problem or question, we can usually turn to a book to find some possible answers.
The Result: First and foremost, the children who participated in this program had fun. They said they really liked getting to “play” with a food like marshmallows.
Beyond just the element of fun, however, kids got to truly engage in this program. They got to exercise creativity–envision a tower–as well as building and problem-solving–figuring out how to produce a desired result, making modifications as obstacles arose. That’s engaging the whole brain and demonstrating that neither engineering nor art are mutually exclusive. I think it’s very important for children (and their caregivers in the program with them) to experience the fact that all the STEAM areas are connected, and they are all interesting and enjoyable.
I have observed that there are far too many kids who come out of school and extracurricular activities thinking that they “aren’t good at art” or “aren’t good at science/math/etc.” all because of a standalone assignment or activity. In the real world, it’s all intertwined. And if kids get to experience that interconnectedness first hand, they’ll be more empowered to realize their own potential. They’ll also be able to engage in all the interesting things the world has to offer them, better understanding the world and thus enjoying it more deeply. If the library can facilitate some of those experiences? Well, that’s even better.Add a Comment
It's Day 7 Classroom Slicers! Today's post is about helping students get better at writing process as they write daily.Add a Comment
It always seems like a bit of a silly exercise, asking authors what books "they wish they'd written" (The Da Vinci Code, I always assume -- funding any- and every-thing they'd care to write after that ...), but when The Telegraph asks The Folio Prize finalists -- i.e. Anne Carson and Jane Gardam, among others -- that question it seems at least worth a look.
The only one of the named works under review at the complete review is Gardam's mention, Le Grand Meaulnes.
Written by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Brent Walth, Fire at Eden's Gate: Tom McCall and the Oregon Story chronicles Governor McCall's personal life and political career. Much like its subject, this engaging biography is characterized by its abundance of both verve and aplomb — an exceptional work that recalls the labors of an exceptional leader. Whether [...]Add a Comment
This book contains fascinating scientific research, brilliant historical detection, and inspiring tales of prior tsunami and earthquake survivors. It may not happen in our lifetime, but in geological terms, the rupture of this fault is imminent. Knowledge is power. Be ready. Books mentioned in this post Cascadia's Fault: The Coming... Jerry Thompson New Trade Paper [...]Add a Comment
Leah is eager to catch up with her friends Nicole and Hayley at the beach this summer. When a dead whale washes up on shore and some mysterious men start hanging around, the girls aren’t quite sure how they can help.
Award-winning children’s author Donna McDine tackles the issue of poaching in this entertaining tween chapter book. A Sandy Grave finds a group of friends meeting up at the beach for the summer. But their fun is interrupted by a dead whale washing up on shore and some mysterious men hanging around. The girls then learn about the illegal practice of poaching and Leah is concerned those men hanging around the beach are up to no good. There must be something the girls can do to help out.
A book like this empowers children to make a difference while educating them about their world in a fun way. The delightful illustrations by Julie Hammond are the perfect complement to McDine’s story. This is a quick read that will leave a lasting impression.
GUARDIAN ANGEL PUBLISHING: http://guardianangelpublishing.com/sandy-grave.htm
BARNES AND NOBLE: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-sandy-grave-donna-m-mcdine/1118285403
Title: A Sandy Grave
Author: Donna M. McDine
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing
Genre: Tween chapterbook
Format: Paperback, hardcover & eBook
Donna McDine is an award-winning children’s author, Honorable Mention in the 77th and two Honorable Mentions in the 78th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competitions, Literary Classics Silver Award & Seal of Approval Recipient Picture Book Early Reader, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention, Global eBook Awards Finalist Children’s Picture Book Fiction, and Preditors & Editors Readers Poll 2010 Top Ten Children’s Books ~ The Golden Pathway.
Her stories, articles, and book reviews have been published in over 100 print and online publications. Her interest in American History resulted in writing and publishing The Golden Pathway. Donna’s 2013 releases of Powder Monkey and Hockey Agony and the 2014 release of A Sandy Grave will be joined by an additional book to be published by Guardian Angel Publishing, Dee and Deb, Off They Go. She writes, moms and is a personal assistant from her home in the historical hamlet Tappan, NY. McDine is a member of the SCBWI, Children’s Literature Network, and Family Reading Partnership.
Donna McDine is giving you a chance to win a $50 Barnes and Noble Gift Card.
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A SANDY GRAVE TOUR SCHEDULE
Monday, March 3
Book trailer reveal at If Books Could Talk
Tuesday, March 4
Interview at As the Pages Turn
Wednesday, March 5
Guest post at My Sister Is My Best Friend
Friday, March 7
Book review at The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection
Monday, March 10
Guest post at Literarily Speaking
Tuesday, March 11
Book featured at The Writer’s Life
Wednesday, March 12
Interview at Rebecca’s Writing Services
Thursday, March 13
Book review at Rebecca’s Writing Services
Book review at Farm and Fru Fru
Monday, March 17
Book feature and giveaway at My Sister Is My Best Friend
Wednesday, March 19
Interview at Straight from the Author’s Mouth
Friday, March 21
First chapter reveal at Read My First Chapter
Monday, March 24
Book feature at Between the Covers
Tuesday, March 25
Book feature and giveaway at The Busy Mom’s Daily
Wednesday, March 26
Interview at Nancy Stewart’s Books
Guest post at Mayra’s Secret Bookcase
Thursday, March 27
Book review at My Devotional Thoughts
Friday, March 28
Interview and giveaway at PUYB Virtual Book Club
Tuesday, April 1
Guest post at Strands of Thought
Wednesday, April 2
Guest post at Lori’s Reading Corner
Thursday, April 3
Character interview at Beyond the Books
Book trailer reveal at A Leisure Moment
Friday, April 4
Book review at A Leisure Moment
Monday, April 7
Book review at Blooming with Books
Tuesday, April 8
Interview at Blooming with Books
Wednesday, April 9
Book feature at 4 the Love of Books
Thursday, April 10
Guest post at The Story Behind the Book
Friday, April 11
Book review at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Monday, April 14
Book trailer reveal at 4 the Love of Books
Wednesday, April 16
Book feature and giveaway at Blooming with Books
Thursday, April 17
Book review at Mary’s Cup of Tea
Friday, April 18
Book review at By the Book
Monday, April 21
Book feature at Plug Your Book!
Wednesday, April 23
Book review at 4 the Love of Books
Book review at Mymcbooks’s Blog
Thursday, April 24
Book review at WV Stitcher
Friday, April 25
Book tour highlights at The Book Rack
I received a free digital version of this book. The author paid me to promote this book through a virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book. That fee did not include a review. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.
The nature diaries of Opal Whiteley are amazing for their magical, wide-eyed descriptions of forest and farm life. Raised on a Willamette Valley settlement in the early 20th century, Whiteley claimed to write this diary on scraps of paper at the age of six. Though her claims were disputed both in her lifetime and after, [...]Add a Comment
A couple of weekends ago I was in New York City at the SCBWI winter conference. (If you don't know about SCBWI, I will happily explain it to you.) One of the most memorable talks for me was Kate Messner's examination of the power of failure.
We writers are certainly familiar with failure. How many rejections have you received? How many revisions have you had to make? How many published books failed to sell out? It happens.
The Orange Prize for Fiction -- this week, or year, apparently going by 'BWPFF', or the 'Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction' (sorry, but it'll take a while to convince me that that will take; I'll hang on to the old name for now) -- has announced its 2014 longlist -- twenty books selected from 158 submissions.
Only one of these is under review at the complete review -- the only of these titles that's even made it to my desk: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (though there are certainly a couple more that I'd love to get my hands on, including the Catton and the McBride).
The winner will be announced 4 June (though there will be a shortlist-announcement before then -- not that I've been able to figure out when that might be expected).