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37176. Preserving the Word by Miriam Halahmy

I have always owned a dictionary, from the little alphabet beginner books as a very young child right through to the Oxford tomes of my university years.

 I also like to collect dictionaries and so I have my son’s huge German dictionary and my Harraps shorter French which took me through a year in France, The Oxford Dictionary of new words which my brother bought me for my 40th, as well as Spanish and modern Hebrew dictionaries, etc. etc.

I take it for granted that I can find any word, in any language, somewhere in a book. And in these so modern of times, somewhere on the Net too. But of course it wasn't always like that.
Until Samuel Johnson’s English dictionary, which was the first to contain definitions  - albeit rather whimsical at times – words floated around unhinged, unboundaried, unrecorded in an accessible and agreed manner.
I just can’t imagine going through life without a dictionary. But even more remarkable, I now cannot understand why it took me until this summer to visit the home of the man who taught us how to preserve the very foundation of the writer – words.

If you haven’t visited Samuel Johnson’s house http://www.drjohnsonshouse.org/ 9 Comments on Preserving the Word by Miriam Halahmy, last added: 9/22/2011
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37177. Breadcrumbs, written by Anne Ursu with illustrations by Erin McGuire, 336 pp, RL 5

**This book does not hit the shelves until Tuesday, September 27. Usually I don't post a review of a book until it has been published but this book knocked my socks off and I want you all to know about it now so you can pre-order or run out and buy it next week** I have a confession to make. I still believe that someday I might walk into a woods and be transported to a magical kingdom. I still

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Welcome to the September Blog Hop! Celebrate the beginning of fall with me and my blogger friends by hopping around, visiting our sites, and entering our contests! There are no limits - you can enter the contest on every blog. With over 40 blogs participating, that's over 40 prizes you could win. Just click on the links below to move on to the next blog. On my blog, you can win one of two prizes. I'm giving away one for readers and one for authors. Readers can win a signed copy of "The Canticle Kingdom"Writers can win a free first three chapter's critique from me. Would you like to win this prize? Enter on the widget below. In your comment, please let me know which of the prizes you are interested in. (Book, critique or both)

You need javascript enabled to see this giveaway.That's it! You are now entered. The contest ends on Saturday night, September 24th, at midnight MST, and the winner will be contacted shortly thereafter. Please either leave your e-mail address in the comment trail or make sure it's visible through your profile so I can contact you to tell you that you're the lucky winner. Now go visit my other friends ...

September Blog Hop Participants

1. Tristi Pinkston, LDS Author2. Joyce DiPastena3. I Am A Reader, Not A Writer4. Mandi Slack5. Michael D. Young6. Six Mixed Reviews7. Pam Williams8. Laurie Lewis9. Kristy Tate10. Marilyn Yarbrough11. Stacy Coles12. Kristie Ballard13. Lynn Parsons14. Pushing Past the Pounds15. Sheila Staley16. cindy Hogan17. Jamie Thompson18. Jaclyn Weist19. Cathy Witbeck20. Secret Sisters Mysteries21. Tamera Westhoff22. Tina Scott23. Lynnea Mortensen24. Danyelle Ferguson aka Queen of the Clan25. Jeanette A. Fratto26. Bonnie Harris27. Meliss

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37179. Follow that Trail

My phone rang last month and a smokejumper was on the other end. “I’m jumping this week, lots of blazes, but I got your message and I’ll find a way into that safe for you even if we have to crack it open.”

I had been waiting for this call for weeks. It all started with a cold call to a guy named Steve who knew a lot about the history of smokejumping—including the period of time when the paratroopers I am writing about worked for the Forest Service as smokejumpers. This guy was an absolute wealth of information, and he ended up sending me interview transcripts and knowing just whom I should talk to.

One of the guys Steve sent me to was Wayne. Wayne was equally enthusiastic and genuinely excited to talk with me. With Wayne I hit the photographic jackpot—almost. He told me an incredible story that resulted in a big orange carrot dangling in front of my nose.

One day, as he was busy manning the jump station, a man came up to him, handed him a manila envelope, said there were priceless pictures inside the Forest Service should have, and walked away. When Wayne had a chance to look at them, he knew immediately what they were, and stashed them in the safe in his office for, you guessed it, safekeeping.

Time went by and Wayne retired. The photos, he realized when we were talking, must still be in that safe—which no one had opened for years. “Call Dan (his successor) and tell him Wayne said to find the combination to that old safe and get those photos for you.”

Okay—I had a location, information, and a plan. The first time I called Dan he was out on a jump. The second time, too. I left a message that must have sounded crazy, to the effect of ‘you don’t know me, but the guy who worked in your office before you left some photos in a safe and he wants you to get them for me.” I didn’t know if I would ever hear from him.

It took a while, what with Dan being kind of tied up smokejumping into blazing forest fires, but he did call me back. He also promised that he would find the combination of the safe in his office. A week later came the bad news that no one seemed to know where that combination was, and the safe was so old and tough it was looking like it would be a big job to break into it by force. Still, he told me not to worry. He’d get the job done. Firefighters are like that.

Not long after, Dan had more news for me. They still hadn’t located the combination, but he had discovered the photos had been digitally scanned at some point. A CD was on its way to me! Some time after that, a package arrived in the mail. On that CD were a few old images I had seen before, but instead of the old blurry, many-photocopied, hard-to-reproduce versions I kept finding, these were crisp and clear and bright. Better still, there were a few images I had never seen before. Jackpot!

These are the kinds of detective trails that need to be found and followed for just a handful of photographs that will end up in my forthcoming book, Courage Has No Color.

There are many more photo stories where that came from. Sometimes these chases turn out to be of the wild goose variety; sometimes they are sheer gold.

Thank you Steve, Wayne, and Dan!

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37180. Blog Tour: I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

Would you deny this bear his hat? Poor Bear. He's lost his hat. Then he finds his hat! The end. A simple enough story. But read between the lines, and you will discover a book which can be appreciated as a funny read-a-loud or a sly peak through the fourth wall. I Want My Hat Back, the first picture book to have been both written and illustrated by the supremely gifted Jon Klassen, is a

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37181. Blow Out the Candles

Exactly four years ago, I was involved in a wonderful experience late in my career. My library system, along with two other in the state worked together to create Project Play. The multi-week online course was set up over two semesters to help library staffers learn about the potential and reality of 2.0 technology and apps. Week 2 immediately challenged us to set up a blog. This blog was the result.

I didn't have a fancy-dancy name for it. So Tiny Tips it started as and Tiny Tips it remained. I didn't know quite what I was doing . There were already so many blogs reviewing kids and teen books so I didn't really want to go there. And then it struck me! I just wanted to talk about children's librarianship and how we run our libraries good..

Now 199 posts and 32,000 page views later, I am happily blabbity-blabbing along, thinking about why we do what we do and sharing with and hearing from my peeps near and far (hello my Australian and New Zealand friends).  I am so grateful for the work my Wisconsin colleagues did to create this learning opportunity for us and so grateful to learn so much to help me navigate technology with ease. Thanks all of you for coming along for the ride!

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37182. Callan Wink, Dog Run Moon, and the question: Can an MFA make a difference?

This one, then, is quick:  I speak often of my dear friend Alyson Hagy, whose emails to me are rich, whose books are complex and fearless, whose teaching at the University of Wyoming is impeccable, whose friendship I cherish.

This week, one of Alyson's students, Callan Wink, has a story in The New Yorker called "Dog Run Moon." It's a keeper.  Also a keeper is the post-pub interview that Wink did with Cressida Leyshon. He is asked about his work within the MFA program at the University of Wyoming.  He says, among other things, this:
More than anything else though, coming to Wyoming has benefited me in that I’ve had the good fortune to work with some extremely talented and generous writers, both students and faculty. Brad Watson, Rattawut Lapcharoensap, Alyson Hagy (and too many others to list here) have gone out of their way to give my work careful, serious, readings and I’m extremely grateful for that.
I know of what Wink speaks, when it comes to Alyson (and I've read enough of Brad Watson's work to know how he soars).  I am glad that others, reading this interview, will know something of the power that emanates from this highly special Wyoming program.

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37183. KidlitCon 2011 Recap - Part One

This is my fifth year attending the annual Kidlitosphere Conference, affectionately known as KidlitCon. Every year is a little different . . . different cities, different attendees, different activities. But I'll tell you what's always the same: getting to meet new friends, hang out with old ones, attending sessions that make me think critically (and not always comfortably) about the way that I blog and review. Most of all, though, this is the one weekend a year I can be sure that I'm talking to people who just get it. They get the blogging thing, they get the kid's books thing, and they have nothing but respect for both.

This year, the festivities went down in Seattle, arranged by Jackie of Interactive Reader and Colleen of Chasing Ray. It's a gargantuan task, and they did a stellar job. The conference was expanded by an extra half-day of panels on Friday before the full day on Saturday. I could go through all the panels I attended one by one, but I think I'll just call out the highlights.

I decided that this year I'd try out new things, and went to two panels on new ways of storytelling and delivering content. The first was on transmedia storytelling, meaning stories told through a variety of platforms. Examples include Patrick Carman's Skeleton Creek series, which mixes a paper book with online videos, and the 39 Clues series from HarperCollins, which blends a book series with card collecting and an online game. The presenters themselves were the creators of the Angel Punk world, which encompasses a novel, a comic book, and a feature film, among other things. The point I came away with was that transmedia is more than just tie-ins; it's using multiple platforms to tell the story.

The second was presented by Mary Ann Scheuer of Great Kid Books, Betsy Bird of Fuse #8, and Paula Wiley of Pink Me. They talked about the brave new world of picture-book apps. Currently the 900-pound gorilla in that market is the iPad, although chatting with Chris of BookDads afterwards, I discovered that the Nook Color also has some picture-book apps as well. These aren't tie-in games, these are the digital equivalent of pop-up books, with activities embedded within the story. To my surprise, it's not confined to the picture-book realm. There were some ridiculously awesome nonfiction titles in the stack, as well as one particularly neat chapter book. It was pretty neat to see how well (or not) publishers had enhanced content without sacrificing story or information. It strikes me that Choose Your Own Adventure would be an ideal fit for this medium (and a quick iTunes check shows me that there are indeed a few Choose Your Own Adventure titles on the market). I'll be keeping an eye on this because I really want to figure out how libraries intend on using them, if they do at all.

Enough for now! Leave 'em wanting more, that's my motto. Up next: more panel goodness, and fun with Tweeting. Fittingly enough, my KidlitCon experience ended with an exchange of tweets. But you'll hear that next time.
37184. Weather Thesaurus Entry: Forest Fire

WEATHER and PHENOMENA are important elements in any setting, providing sensory texture and contributing to the mood the writer wishes to create in a scene. With a deft touch, weather can enhance the character's emotional response to a specific location, it can add conflict, and it can also (lightly) foreshadow coming events.

However, caution must accompany this entry: the weather should not be used as a window into a character's soul. The weather can add invisible pressure for the character, it can layer the SCENE with symbolism, it can carefully hint at the internal landscape, but it must never OVERTLY TELL emotion. Such a heavy-handed approach results in weather cliches and melodrama (a storm raging above a bloody battle, a broken-hearted girl crying in the rain).


Sight: Forest fires can span a hundred feet or hundreds of miles. Thick, sooty columns of charcoal grey blot out the sky, and orange flames lick tall trees, engulf grassy fields and chew though dry undergrowth. At ground level, the air is clotted with smoke and ash and from above, flames paint a ragged line, decimating wooded areas. Animals flee before it, and little survives within it. 

Smell: Soot, ash, smoke, pitch, burning wood (cedar, poplar, oak, pine)

Taste: Grit, acrid ash, smoke that creates a build up of charcoal-like gunk in the mouth and lungs

Touch: Painful heat that will sear and blister skin, burn exposed flesh and char sensitive lung tissue with every breath if close. Ash falls like snow, and sparks fly, white hot stings wherever they land

Sound: The crackle of burning wood, the roar and snap of the flame, and the crash of timbers collapsing as flame engulfs everything


Mood: A forest fire can create a sudden and devastating situation that heightens anxiety levels and pits characters in a fight for their lives. Fire leaves no prisoners--it burns, eradicates, kills. In the backdrop of such an event, all desires, conflicts and goals are forgotten as people train their energy on the only thing that matters--survival. 

Symbolism: A heavenly Scourge to wash the spirit clean through fire; Man vs Nature, an impossible foe; death

Possible Cliches: ?

OTHER: Forest Fires can happen anywhere at any time, but most occur during the dry summer months. Forest fire can be a product of man, or nature...however statistically most are caused by lightning strikes.

Don't be afraid to use the weather to add contrast. Unusual pairings, especially when drawing attention to the Character's emotions, is a powerful trigger for tension. Consider how the bleak mood of a character is even more noticeable as morning sunlight dances across the crystals of fresh snow on the walk to work. Or how the feeling of betrayal is so much more poignant on a hot summer day. Likewise, success or joy can be hampered by a cutting wind or drizzling sleet, foreshadowing conflict to come.

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37185. El diario de Ana Frank

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37186. Things I Love Thursday

This little footstool made by my grandfather.

I keep it under my desk and use it every time I write.

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37187. Tangled up

I have to be at church before my hubby and children b/c I am on the early morning worship team. I have to get there about an hour before everyone else. I give my sweet girls instructions before I leave: Shower/get washed up Dress Brush your hair Brush your teeth But when my husband and daughters arrive, my [...]

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37188. Stick em up

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37189. Audiolibros

El pasado sábado tuve la oportunidad de participar en el congreso de REFORMA, la asociación nacional para la promoción de servicios de biblioteca a latinos e hispanohablantes.

En nuestro panel participaron Pam Fochtman, directora y fundadora de la compañía de audiolibros "Lorito Books" y Lucía González, autora del "Bossy Gallito" adaptado a audiolibro por Lorito.

El panel se enfocó en (¡sorpresa!) audiolibros bilingües y las ventajas que dicho formato les brinda a los niños bilingües y a sus familias.

Pam inició el panel con la historia de Lorito, recalcando la misión de su compañía al producir material en audio (acompañado del impreso) de contenido cultural auténtico; es decir, textos escritos por autores latinos o latinoamericanos y grabados por personas completamente bilingües.

Los beneficios del formato, apuntó, son muchos. Según los expertos, los audiolibros bilingües no solo proveen un modelo de pronunciación en la lengua materna como en la adquirida, pero al ir acompañados del material impreso, también influyen en el desarrollo de las destrezas de lectura y comprensión. Los audiolibros ayudan también a que los niños comprendan sutilezas del lenguaje escrito, como la puntuación, y aprendan a leer con entonación y emotividad.

Lucía y yo compartimos detalles de cómo fue la experiencia de leer nuestros propios libros en un estudio durante la producción del audiolibro y fue curioso descubrir que tuvimos experiencias muy similares. Hablamos, por ejemplo, de lo difícil que es no embellecer la historia durante la grabación añadiéndole detalles que no están en el texto impreso como solemos hacer en las lecturas de cuento. ¡Y tampoco poder recurrir al gesto o a la mirada para destacar algún pasaje importante! En el estudio de grabación , con lo único que se cuenta es la voz. ¡Ahí está el arte!

Para mí, la importancia del audiolibro bilingüe va mucho más allá del beneficio puramente pedagógico. El audiolibro bilingüe hace tangible la valoración de la herencia lingüística de ambos mundos del oyente; el inglés y el español en planos iguales. No se trata tanto de cómo pronunciar o deletrear tal o cual palabra, sino de darse cuenta de que ambas lenguas son igualmente válidas para la creación literaria.

¡Ojalá que algunos de nuestros jóvenes lectores, aficionados a los audiolibros bilingües, se animen algún día a escribir sus propios cuentos en el idioma que mejor le convenga a la historia!

Para escuchar un fragmento de mi audiolibro, haga clic aquí.

37190. How Our Relationship With Our Characters Is Like Dating a Vampire

Take a look at these 6 similarities between dating a vampire and our relationship with our characters.

  1. He can do no wrong. You know that he's full of flaws, but you ignore them because you're just so in love. You better not though! Those flaws are what makes him special enough to love in the first place. Dangerous, but far more interesting than Mr. Perfect.
  2. You never know how he's going to react. Sure you think for the most part you have him figured out, but then comes that unexpected moment when he does something you weren't ready for. It's exciting and disconcerting at the same time.
  3. Your relationship is so intense that you can't seem to think about anything else. 'Nough said.
  4. Now that you've gotten yourself into this, there's only one way out. To become undead and join him? Or to finish the book?
  5. You're desperate to convince others that there's so much more to him then it seems. It isn't easy to do, but you're determined to succeed.
  6. Being with him is both thrilling and frightening but you're drawn to his side by powers beyond your control.
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37191. Themed Thursday: Apples

Tomorrow is the first day of Fall, so this week's theme is APPLES. Click on an image to find out more about the book.

Ten Apples Up on TopTen Apples Up On Top by Dr. Seuss
A balancing act, counting game, and reading lesson in one!
Apples and PumpkinsApples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell
A little girl visits a farm and celebrates Fall.
Apples to Oregon: Being the (Slightly) True Narrative of How a Brave Pioneer Father Brought Apples, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Grapes, and Cherries (and Children) Across the PlainsApples to Oregon by Deborah Hopkinson
A pioneer father, his daugher, Delicious, and their family travel across the country with their fruit trees.
Ten Red ApplesTen Red Apples by Pat Hutchins
A counting and rhyming story about apples and the farm animals who eat them.
Clara Lee and the Apple Pie DreamClara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream by Jenny Han
Clara Lee worries that her bad luck will prevent her from winning the Little Miss Apple Pie contest.
Down the RoadDown the Road by Alice Schertle
Hetty's parents let her walk to the store for eggs, but she gets distracted by a tree full of juicy apples.
Picking ApplesPicking Apples by Margaret Mcnamara
The kids from Robin Hill School take a trip to the apple orchard.

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37192. September Blog Hop

Welcome to the September Blog Hop! Celebrate the beginning of fall with me and my blogger friends by hopping around, visiting our sites, and entering our contests! There are no limits - you can enter the contest on every blog. With over 40 blogs participating, that's over 40 prizes you could win. Just click on the links below to move on to the next blog.

On my blog, you can win … a box of 5 books!

Queen in Exile by Donna Hatch

Wings by Aprilynne Pike

More Than Conquerors, No Greater Love & Red Ink by Kathi Macias
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37193. Meet CK Volnek

Meet Jack Dahlgren

Hello. Oh, I thought we were meeting C.K. Volnek today to discuss her book, Ghost Dog of Roanoke Island. But you are not her. Would you please introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about you?

 Sorry. C.K. asked me to take her place today. She’s super busy today getting ready for her book birthday tomorrow, September 23rd.  She’s so excited; she said she’s going to give one lucky reader who leaves a comment on her blog-a-thon a FREE copy of her e-book, Ghost dog of Roanoke Island.

My name is Jack Dahlgren. I’m the main character from C.K.’s book, Ghost Dog of Roanoke Island. It’s a ghost story for tweens. Pretty creepy if I do say so myself. It’s based upon the mystery of the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island with a twist of Native American folklore thrown in. I helped C.K. write the story.

But you’re not that old are you Jack?

I’m almost 13. I like to remind my dad of that. He treats me like such a baby.

So, where are you from, Jack?

I’m from Ohio but my dad moved us to this beach house on Roanoke Island about two months ago. I wasn’t too happy about leaving Ohio. That was home. It’s the only place I’d ever lived. But Dad got laid off last year and I heard him and Mom saying something about the bank taking the house. So when my Great-grandma Ellis left us this beach house on Roanoke Island, Dad was excited. He went to scope it out and found a job in nearby Manteo. That was all she wrote. He up and moved us, not even asking if it was okay by me.

What is Roanoke Island like?

Roanoke Island is an island off the coast of North Carolina. I want to say it’s cool living on the ocean, along the Outer Banks. Even Dad keeps making stupid comments, like it’s the neatest thing to live on an Island. I can’t say I like it here. It’s not really the island, but none of the kids at school want to have much to do with me, always teasing me about our creepy house. They say it’s haunted. The house is pretty run down…but haunted? Humph. I get kind of lonely out here since no one from school wants to come out. And Dad is either at work or working on the house. Never has any time for me. He won’t even let me go exploring the woods or the bluff … not since Kimmy’s accident.

Who is Kimmy and what happened to her?

Kimmy’s my little sister. She’s six. She fell of the bluff next to our house three weeks ago and is in the hospital. Hit her head and has been unconscious ever since. Dad blames me for her accident. I’d do anything to take it back. I didn’t know she’d followed me up there! But Dad blames me for it. Guess he’s right, because I wasn’t supposed to be up there either.

Mom has been with Kimmy since she fell. I wish she would come home. Seems like I’m always in trouble with Dad. He’s so mad at me. He promised I could get a dog when we moved to the island. But he hasn’t mentioned it since the accident. But I’ve got to find a way to make him let me keep that big Mastiff I seen on the bluff. That Mastiff must need a good home and he’ll be a great dog to have around. He’s already saved me from whatever that thing was I came across in the cave.

What is this thing you found in the cave?

It’s hard to explain. But, it’s really big and ugly…and scary. This guy I met, Manny, says it’s pure evil, conjured up a l

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37194. WALL ART - biro robot

more lovely wall art today with this striking apple design from birorobot which is a newly opened illustration and print making studio. they've been busy producing limited edition hand pulled prints and professionally printed giclees which can now be found on etsy and various places online here.

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37195. Roryism Quote Writing Contest: Win a $100 Prepaid Credit Card!

Pull Out Your Pens, it’s Time for a Writing Contest!

Quote Contest: "Roryisms" - Show Stopping Statements from the Viewpoint of Rory Falcon

Dates: September 12 - November 30, 2011

What is a "Roryism"? Amy Lewis Faircloth, co-author of Wicked Good explains:

A "Roryism" is a statement which makes the conversation stop because it is so unexpected. Joanne, at age 6, might have invented the Roryism when she announced that she wanted to be a bus driver. My son, however, has perfected the Roryism. For example, while at the Bangor International Airport, we watched as army soldiers debarked from a flight from Mississippi and waited for their flight to Afghanistan. Because there were so many soldiers, my son remarked that they must have come in on several planes. When told that they had all been on one plane, he exclaimed, “they flew in the freakin’ Titanic”; a conversation stopper, and funny.

A Roryism can be instructive: “never marry a porn star.” A Roryism can be observant: “there is no woman like the woman you love.” A Roryism can be declaratory: “dogs and cats fight more when there is a full moon because they can see better.” A Roryism can be insightful: “It’s not the fear of dying that gets to cancer patients; it’s the fear of dying alone.”

For this contest, a Roryism must sound as if it comes from the viewpoint of Rory Falcon, a very special character in the novel Wicked Good.

Prize: $100 Prepaid Credit Card and winning quote will be published in Wicked Wise, book two in the Wicked series.

Contest Run Dates: September 12, 2011 - November 30, 2011

Winner Announcement: One lucky winner will be announced Wednesday, December 7, 2011 on The Muffin in a post highlighting The Top 10 Roryisms.

Judges: Authors Amy Lewis Faircloth and Joanne Lewis; WOW! Women On Writing editor Margo Dill

Rules & Regs: Open to anyone who purchases a copy of Wicked Good either as an e-book or print copy. Book may be purchased at www.amyandjoanne.com. Wicked Good is also available for purchase in both print and e-book formats at Amazon and at Barnes & Noble.
- You may enter as many times as you wish. Roryisms may be of any length and must be told in the character of Rory Falcon.
- Please include WOW! RORYISM CONTEST in the subject line. Please include your name and email address in your submission so we may contact you if you win. Upon submission you will receive an auto-response that your submission has been received.
- Entries must be received no later that midnight pacific time on November 2

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37196. WALLPAPER - little greene

'50's line papers' is a collection from little greene which draws its patterns from the archive of the whitworth art gallery in manchester. the designs were originally commission by wallpaper manufacturer john line and sons in the 1950's and so the range was named in his honour.

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37197. Keep Looking (And Writing)

Right now, I’m struggling not to freak out because of all the things that I have to do in these last 3 months of the year. As some of you already know, I work in software development and sometimes we tend to have “shades of crazy” schedules.

This may be one of the primary reasons that my current novel project has had its stalls but I try to put things in perspective. It is all about balance and reality — because I have to earn an living first.

Last night after finishing a 12-hour stint I felt a little resentful because once again my “day job” was taking valuable time away from my manuscript. But then I had to remember to put things in perspective. I may not be able to work on my writing as much as I would like but I shouldn’t throw in the towel.

I should keep writing. Even if it’s only for a few minutes in small packets of time. Or only on the weekends.

Usually when I start feeling like this, I listen to one of my favorite songs “Keep Looking” by Sade. Many times, this song has given me the “umph” to not give up.

I love this particular lyric:

It’s no use sitting down
Don’t walk ’round with a frown
Oh no, keep looking
It’s no use sitting around
With your head in your hands
Oh no, keep looking

So no matter what your struggle is — whether it be something in your novel project or in your life — always remember to keep looking and the solution and/or answer always makes itself known.

Keep looking.

And keep writing! :)

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37198. A Peek into Kadir Nelson’s Heart and Soul

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What can I add to the discussion about this already much-lauded book, Kadir Nelson’s Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans?

The book takes on nothing less than African American history from the founding of America to Barack Obama’s Democratic nomination for President. Actually, I didn’t have enough coffee before breakfast today and I take that back: Nelson, as noted in the book’s closing timeline, goes back in the first chapter (”Declarations of Independence”) to 1565 when Africans first arrived in North America as slaves of Spanish colonists. An elderly African American female serves as the book’s narrator—”You have to know where you come from so you can move forward…it’s important that you pay attention, honey, because I’m only going to tell you this story but once”—and she takes us back to when her own grandfather, Joseph (”Pap”), was captured in Africa in the year 1850 at the age of six and brought to America.


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37199. When people you love become part of your books

Early readers of You Are My Only encounter, in the final pages, a young, astute, and beautiful young woman who will become integral to Sophie's healing.  Her name is Miss Mandy.  She epitomizes all that is good, all that is future.

The real Miss Mandy walked into my life a few years ago; she's here to stay. Today she sits to the right of these words.  She is, you will have to agree with me, gorgeous.

I've been waiting to share Miss Mandy's new blog with you.  Today is the day that I unveil it.  On a Southern Breeze reports on her adventures in Australia—the birds, the chemists, the calories, the blooming things.  It tells us all about this fine reader of both life and books.  It reminds us of what happens when a young couple leaves the familiar haven of Colorado to live on the opposite side of the world. 

Please visit Miss Mandy.  She has stories to tell.  She has heart.

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37200. Delsarte prt 3!

Time for round 3?  Ok!

Part 1 and Part 2 are here.

In the book, Delsarte studies colors from stained glass windows, colors from India & Biblical tradition, and even Aztec painting, and splits the 3 primary colors into head/heart/body. 

 Heart is a cinch.  Red.  I never would have considered blue powerful or yellow enlightening, but it is surprising to see how it all fits.  Some iconic pics:
 Yellow was especially surprising to me, since it doesn't strike me as a smart color.  But light bulbs pop up over a character's head when they get an idea and kings wear yellow crowns, so it makes sense.

The secondary colors are a mix of these.  Purple is considered an immature color--is it because there's no head color in it?  Brown is considered down-to-earth, which is just a dark version of orange.  I don't know as much as I wish I knew about color, but our perceptions of it seem to match Delsarte's.  (Color though is so wibbly-wobbly...desaturated blue can mean something completely different than a zingy blue.)

WHITE and BLACK are iconic of course.  White is pure and inspirational, whereas black symbolizes darkness and evil.   Thank you Mr. Phantom :)
 I will never get tired of this picture

Ok!  Practical application time!  Keeping Delsarte poses & gestures & colors in mind, take a look at these Disney princesses below and see if you can peg which one is:
1)  The most romantic
2)  The most powerful
3)  The most willful
4)  The hardest to relate to

You have 5 seconds.


 Got your guesses?  Ok!

Most romantic goes to:
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