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Meet Noa, the dog who lives at my local (and tiny!) spanish tapas/live music bar El Rincon

She's come to the park with me to do some modelling, allowing me to sketch and photograph her as inspiration for a new picture book character... watch this space!

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37177. day 463: elevemmings

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37178. CNET Gotham!

I've been a little negligent in my blogging because I've been hard at work promoting (and ahem enjoying) CNET's pop-up store experience in New York City!

Through the weekend CNET is hosting a pop-up holiday gift experience at 201 Mulberry St. in Nolita - all the gadgets you could want to play with, TVs, a car, photo booths, parties and all kinds of tech goodness.


If you're in the area stop on by and say hello! I'll be the one with the computer posting tweets and Facebook posts.

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37179. Do!

(Love that Larry David/sesame st. type music)
Written by Gita Wolf, illustrated by Ramesh Hengadi.
  Thanks, Shelley!

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37180. hiiiii, honey! HOW WAS YOUR DAY?

ok. admittedly? i'm a pretty excitable human. i'm not hello kitty on 3 cups of espresso, buttt, i AM cartoonly giddy somedays. it's not like i'm a 20week old labrador puppy when he comes in the door, piddling all over his leg or whacking my tail against a floor vase. but when you work at home every day, and it's you and the puter and all those kooky characters and stories you create up in your

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37181. NaNoWriMo Day 11: Happy Veterans Day

Day 11 of NaNoWriMo and Day 4 of the Blog Hop. A special thanks to our veterans today, who defend our freedom of speech that allows us to pursue the crazy life of writing if we want to. My father, David Young, is a veteran of both gulf wars and served as an US Air Force officer for 25 years. To my father and all the millions of others who have served our country over the years, I salute you!

The November Giveaway Hop continues for one more day. Please use the widget below to enter to win a choice of a signed copy of either of my novels. Please also consider entering my NaNoWriMo contest. You can find the widget by clicking on any other of my NaNoWriMo posts.

At the bottom of the post is a list of the other bloggers who are also giving away things. Enjoy!

1. Writer Mike 29,359 (as of November 11th)
2. Robin: 22. 904 (as of November 11th)
3. Misha: 3,398 (as of November 2nd)

Word Count:

29359 / 50000

Writing Tip of the Day: Don't let one bad writing day get you down. All writers have them. It is so easy to miss one day and feel discouraged, especially during NaNoWriMo where a missed days means a lot of catching up to do.

If you find yourself without a lot of time to write in a day, here are a few things you can do to keep up your spirits:

  • Write a little: even if it is only a few sentences. You'll be surprised how the difference between a little progress and no progress makes you feel. 
  • Brainstorm what is going to come next. If you are stuck in line at the grocery store, think about your plot and what needs to happen next. That way, when you can maximize your productivity when you do sit down to write. 
  • Keep a good perspective. It only takes one good day to make up for a bad one. That day could easily be tomorrow. 

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37182. A word from the Grey Lady…

I feel like I’ve crossed over some weird threshold, into the land I dreamed about when I was a kid.  Me? In the New York Times?


Yep! They Susan Gregory Thomas reviewed Bigger than a Bread Box in the Times Book Review. I almost can’t believe it.

“Family breakups, seem to detonate without warning, and Laurel Snyder spares readers none of the shrapnel…”

It’s an amazing review. I don’t even know what to say…  it shouldn’t feel as big as it does. It shouldn’t mean SO MUCH. There are wonderful reviewers all over, on blogs and small magazines, trade publications and podcast shows. Everyone has an opinion and every opinion matters. But even so, there is something about this that feels HUGE.  Like– my grandmother would know what this meant. Like I’m part of something stretching back in time.

The book is no better or worse than it was yesterday. The sales are probably the same too. But it’s something. It’s some thing to have the Times say:

“Some people rip things apart,” Rebecca observes. “But you know what? Some people don’t.” Which is about as miraculous an insight about divorce as anyone could hope to have.

Well okay.

“As miraculous an insight about divorce as anyone could hope to have.”

I’ll take it. Whether I deserve it or not.

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37183. Book Chat 45 Reminder

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon.

LitFic? with superheroes, sharks, Nazis, magicians, true love . . . and that's just the part I've read so far. I won't be surprised if there are also weredingos, vampires and Salvador Dali in a diving suit.

Don't delay, over 600 pages.

Quite possibly one of the three best books you'll read in 2011 . . . but only if you do read it.

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37184. Last Drops of Fall

Filed under: writing for children

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37185. Twig and Jake

My dog (top) seems under the weather...
Her friend Jake (bottom) died recently.
Brushpen 13cm x 9cm. Click to enlarge.

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37186. Don't Always Do It The "Right Way"

Remember when owning a home was a mandatory part of a healthy financial portfolio? I think this is the first time that financial planners are backing off saying, "owning CAN also be a good addition to a financial portfolio."

I bring this up because when I'm down at school I constantly hear students telling eachother things like, "you're supposed to do it this way" or "that's not the way that so and so said to do it." I believe in obeying the rules most of the time...wait - that sounded like a rule!...how bout: Obey some of the rules some of the time but not all of the rules all of the time unless you want to but if you want to break all of the rules that might be good too however that probably won't work either so don't listen to me but you should listen to some people if you feel they're giving good information. hmmmmmmm. How bout some examples:

Bill Gates - laughed at by IBM executives for only wanting to license his operating system. In other words he was laughed at for "doing it the wrong way."

John Lasseter - Fired from Disney for wanting to introduce computer animation to Disney productions - Started Pixar - Now chief creative officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios. He is also currently the Principal Creative Advisor for Walt Disney Imagineering...pssssst - he did it the wrong way.

Steve Jobs - How many times do you think he was laughed at for all the innovative ideas he implemented. It's easy to think, "why would I laugh at Jobs? - he created so many wonderful products." Before he attained his unimaginable success he was often branded a nut for his strange decisions.

Larry Page and Sergey Brin created a search engine their way - a different way - they broke the rules. They were also late to the search engine party and couldn't get anyone's attention. All the big search engine companies showed them the door when they tried to sell their technology....so they started Google.

Last night in my watercolor class I kept hearing students talking about using watercolors "the right way."....

So I created this piece: Watercolor, collage, acrylic, digital, and ball point pen.

We are in a creative field and some rules are very important...but learning to break some of them is the difference between leading and following. Can you afford to follow in an industry that's always looking for fresh work?

Assignment: Illustrate a "banjo pig" using watercolor to post on http://banjopigs.blogspot.com/

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37187. recent reading

I'm catching my breath between three fabulous days at Brookstone School in Columbus, Georgia (where I was lucky enough to see every student in grades preK through 5, work with a lovely smattering of students in middle school writing workshops, and even an Honors English class for a fascinating hour) , and my trip to the D.C. area on Monday, where I'll work with all fourth graders and teachers at The Potomac School as they create characters with me. I'm looking forward to it.

In the meantime, I'm staring at the wall and gathering some energy back to me. I'm knitting. I'm eating good food. I'm sleeping like the dead. I'm listening to Jim's amazing new music -- he's composing like a fiend on fire right now -- and I'm catching up on all manner of things, including reading.

I've started reading again, really reading, which must mean I'm getting set to start writing in earnest again, day after day, which is true, I am. But I have not read like this in years... it means something. I'm trying to figure out what. Remember when you used to read so much you couldn't put down your book to even come to the table for supper? You brought your book to supper. You had to put it down in order to eat. It was torture. Like that. Reading like that.

You can see what I'm currently reading in the blog sidebar, and you can see my 2011 reading list here. I started this reading and listing only a few months ago. It's changing me, making new inroads in my mind and heart, and it delights me more than I can say.

Quick notes: Loving Pulphead, just started it today and already am hooked. I opened it at random and read the piece on Michael Jackson. Well-written, thoughtful, compassionate, provocative. I buy a book a month from a favorite indie, Turnrow Books in Greenwood, Mississippi (where book 2 of the sixties trilogy takes place) and this is November's selection. Thank you, thank you!

I'm listening to Middlesex on CDs from my library, which is how I read both Kate Atkinson novels. Henrietta Lacks I read on hardcover loan from my library, which is how I started Fire and Rain, but I've now purchased this book for a friend, and am listening to it on CD, also on loan from my library.

Libraries and independent bookstores: great good things in the world. As are books. As are schools. As are a few days off. It's really fall here now, and it's beautiful. I am being spoiled these few days home: Jim makes me a fire every morning. I sit in the pink chair next to the fire, with my quilts and my coffee and a story. Maybe a little knitting. Maybe a little cooking. Maybe a bath later and a little more Middlesex while I soak.

There's business to attend to and I'm doing that as well. There are chores to do and I'm doing them as well, but there's nothing like finding my way back to the pink chair and the book in progress and the reward of the next chapter.

I crave good stories right now. Non-fiction, memoir, essay, fiction, it doesn't matter, as you can see. They feed me.

I crave the sound of stories, the heft of the book in my hand, the turn of the page near the fire, the reading of a passage out loud over supper, the amazement of what happens next, and the constant wonder of how an accomplished writer can gather a gaggle of seemingly unconnected words, add moments and memory into the mix, infuse the mix with meaning, and constru

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37188. Veterans Day 11-11-11

A salute to all who served! 

©Armand Serrano. 

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37189. YA Movie News

-Big news this week about The Hunger Games movie! The trailer for the movie will air on Monday's (11/14) Good Morning America, so set those DVRs!

-Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two is on sale today. Be sure to get your copy because Warner Brothers will stop selling the films in December.

-MGM has acquired the rights to a live action film version of the popular Where's Waldo books. Not sure what I think, but Waldo remains popular at my library, so I'm sure the tweens would love it! Thanks to Cynopsis Kids for the news.

-There are rumors about an upcoming Carmen Sandiego movie! Walden Media has acquired the rights to the film and Jennifer Lopez is producing and possibly starring in the film. I'm OK with this as long as Rockapella get to do the soundtrack! Thanks to Entertainment Weekly for the news.

-Snow White and The Huntsman has a trailer out. Of the two upcoming Snow White films, this one is the dark, action packed one. The trailer has me interested!

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37190. Author Interview & Book Giveaway: The Hairingtons by M. Allman

Welcome to Author M. Allman.

M. Allman is a freelance writer and author based in Indiana. She is an author of both adult and children’s fiction.


One food you would never eat?
I would never eat Sushi. I like fish, but raw fish does not sound appealing to me.

Skittle or M&Ms
I’m an M&Ms gal. I love chocolate!

Pet Peeves?
It bothers me when people lick their finger while eating and make smacking and

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37191. Poetry Friday: Brother Sun, Sister Moon

We praise you that in this world of hatred and war,
You still give us courageous brothers and sisters
who offer their lives to the making of peace.
They are indeed your beloved children.

- from Brother Sun, Sister Moon

Brother Sun, Sister Moon: Saint Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of the Creatures
written by Katherine Paterson, illustrated by Pamela Dalton

Chronicle 2011, review copy from publisher
Brother Sun, Sister Moon: Saint Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of the CreaturesThe Canticle of the Creatures is elegantly reworked in accessible phrasing with detailed cut-paper illustrations. One word review: Gorgeous. Two word review: Gorgeous gratitude. The levels of beauty continue to surprise me, but I'll admit that the book requires a patient reader. That seems like a hard sell for a picture book, and yet I see the need for this book. First in a religious context, where too often the quality of the work is lacking in favor of the message. Here we have both, with the text invoking God with sublime poetry and imagery. Fire is praised for the warmth it gives "and in whose resplendent dancing light we glimpse your playfulness." At the same time the stunning illustrations take us through a story where wood is chopped to build fires for warmth and to bake bread. And in the artwork lies the second need for the book: an invitation to slow down. There's a sensibility to the delicate cut-paper work where willow branches bend to the force of the wind or bow in a border echoing the downward flow of the water that begs for deliberation. In stopping to appreciate the scenes, the reader has the opportunity to absorb the words of gratitude. In a picture book age of broad strokes and quick page turns, Brother Sun, Sister Moon makes an appeal for an unhurried approach, a mindfulness within its pages that extends to the natural world beyond. Exquisite.

Poetry Friday is hosted today at Teaching Authors.

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37192. T for "Time"

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37193. Nothing in particular...

It's Martinmas today, the holiday I miss most since I moved away from Germany. It's about looking after one another as the winter begins. I'll light a lantern and drink sweet hot tea.
My latest book is getting to artworking stage, and I'll be spending a lot more time in the studio. My teaching spell is almost over, and I'll happily concentrate on bookmaking.
I also asked for an ipad for Christmas so I can get on with designing some narrative apps. There is much excitement ahead...
I decided that the old novel draft that I've been editing needs another part, several chapters long, to wrap it up. That's what I'll be working on tonight.

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37194. Nancy Wolff's designs for

Muffin and Mani Wallpaper are gorgeous.

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37195. IF: Silent

Today's theme for Illustration Friday is "Silent", which seems appropriate since today, here in the US it is also Veteran's Day. So here is a moment of silence.........for all the brave men and women who have fought and defend us in wars. Much of Europe also celebrates with Armistice Day or Remembrance Day.
Interestingly, Armistice Day marks the official end of World War One..." Starting on the Eleventh hour, on the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month", now, today it will be celebrated on the eleventh year of the new millennium.
My grandmother was a War Mother, an organization of mothers whose son's were soldiers. With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, you again see the the blue stars banners on the back of cars and in store fronts. In my grandmother's time, my uncle was in Vietnam, but many of the War Mother's sons fought in World War 2, blue stars were hung in the windows of the houses. A blue star for each son fighting. A silver star for each son wounded and a gold star for each son killed. My grandmother was a Gold Star Mother.
Poppies also are the flower of remembrance both in the US and in Europe.
When I was little, every year I would sit at my grandma's house and help her make tissue paper poppies in preparation of Veteran's Day.
To make, use a cardboard template- I think my grandma's pattern might of been five points, but four is way easier and don't think it will make that much difference once the layers are crunched up. We made little poppies to wear, maybe 1 and 1/2 inch, to give to people when they made a donation, the ladies would set up downtown for the day....these are bigger, but basically trace a circle and then cut the petal divisions, pinking or scalloping the edges.
I would be in charge of stacking squares of red tissue paper, I believe it was five, she would count when she was crumpling the layers and let me know if I got it wrong. We used tissue paper, I happen to have some pretty handmade red paper.
From the back, staple through all five layers, sandwiching a stick for a stem in

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37196. Happy Birthday, Aimee

Once upon a time, you looked so innocent...

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37197. Space Exploration: Waste It or Worth It?

Whenever the economy takes a dive, one of the first areas the federal government cuts is NASA's space program. As a fan of all things cosmological, I always hate hearing about NASA taking another hit. In the face of world hunger and child poverty, however, it can be hard to make the case for the necessity of exploring our solar system and beyond, considering the immense cost and the rather unsure payoff. Most of what we gain from the space program is abstract answers to questions that plague astrophysicists and practically no one else. It's tantalizing to imagine a future of colonies on Mars and other planets or moons in our solar system, but is there really a point?

What are the payoffs, really, to space exploration? Do we need tangible gains to justify it, or is knowledge its own gain? What do you think?

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37198. Carnet de voyage

I'll be travelling to France next week, I'm invited to the 12th edition of rendez vous du Carnet de voyage. I do not do much traveling these days and when I do I seldom do sketches from the locations I visit so I hope I will not be to much out of place. I did this sketch while being in Greece a couple of years ago.

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37199. Things I like are...

Things I like are:
  Bike ride down the Burke Gilman trail with ipod blasting, then walk back up hill.
  Go to an art gallery... on the free day the the Seattle Art Museum.
  Go to a new cafe and draw caricatures of people and write scraps of stories.
  Do NOT go to children's book stores!
  Discover a new french movie at the library.
  Find an antique children's book in the thrift store.
  Try out a new set of digital organic paint brushes.
  Find a new shirt to wear in the thrift store... (avoid looking in the mirror if at all possible!)
  Watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade to remind me of New York.

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37200. Lisa and Lotty- take two

I think it is more easily readable with the second color...hmm, maybe this opens the door to multicolored paper cut illustrations. I have definitely been admiring these.
that makes me think that a black background may make my words easier to read, hold on...
well, maybe not with the second color, hold on....
still need to squint a bit, but better, and I liked the red flowers, so I kept them
All in all, I kind of like it, and it was fun to experiment. This would be a great time for comments, what do you think?

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