I didn’t plan to have a diversecareer. I just wanted to write – and be a writer with enough cash to gotravelling when I wanted and to have the freedom to write anywhere in theworld.
The turning point was probably whenI was teaching children with special needs in Singapore and sold my house backin England – for the first time in my life I had enough money to be able tosurvive for a year or two without working. So I had that talk with myself aboutwhat would you do if you only had a year left to live – what would you feel sadabout never having done if you never did it – and what I wanted to do waswrite.
More than 10 years later and 18children’s books published – and countless more unpublished ones written, thelatest, out last month is called ‘Witchling’ and it’s the third in a seriesabout a girl called Bella Donna.
One adult memoir written under thepseudonym of Megan Rix – I thought I’d keep a secret but was so happy with itonce it was written I must have told just about everyone about it – there’s asecond in the pipeline...
... a children’s play professionally performed, radioscripts, pre-school TV writing for channel 4’s The Hoobs, being on TV as thechildren’s book writing coach on Richard and Judy, feature film scriptcommissioned, two short films made and it’d still be what I wanted to do if Ionly had a year left. Oh and I did spend quite a lot of that time travellingthe world as well – for a few years I had two summers - one in England and onein New Zealand. And house-sitting in LA and San Francisco turned out to be aperfect way to save money and get a book finished whilst on the way to becominga RFA (Rich Famous Author).
Ok – so why’s do I truly think it’sa good idea to have a diverse career – well there’s a few reasons – not in anyparticular order of importance. First, cold hard cash, for me I wanted tosupport myself as a full time professional writer. Now maybe, you’ll get luckyand write one b
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I had something else planned for today, and then Random House surprised me last Wednesday by posting my guest blog post a little earlier than they'd originally scheduled it. About a month or so ago, they kindly asked me (as a bookseller) to blog about ANY upcoming book in the Random House family I wanted to blog about. And no, I didn't get paid for it!
So for this MMGM, please go to Random Acts of Reading to read my review of MAY B. by Caroline Starr Rose (coming January 10, 2012 from Schwartz & Wade, 9781582463933, $15.99, for ages 8 to 12).
And in a few weeks, I'll be interviewing Caroline, along with other Apocalypsies! Stay tuned for that.
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So, What can we expect from Dark Horse? Lots of great creator-owned properties, some fun fan-favorites, and the occasional archival gem. (And even more coming next year!) Many titles listed below have previews, so click the title to go to the page on DarkHorse.com!
I generally avoid continuing series, since most readers already know about the previous volumes, so I won’t feature the numerous manga titles (which don’t really appeal to me, although DH does have a strong history of publishing major titles). Nor will I remark on most of the archives, like Archie, or Gold Key, or Warren, or Little Lulu. (Of course, feel free to mention your favorites in the comments!)
So what’s left? Lots of good, original work!
- Writer: John Arcudi
- Penciller: Doug Mahnke
- Inker: Tom Nguyen
- Colorist: Carla Feeny, Katrina Mae Hao
- Cover Artist: Doug Mahnke
- Format: FC, 384 pages, TP, 7″ x 9″
- Price: $29.99
- ISBN-10: 1-59582-534-7
- ISBN-13: 978-1-59582-534-6
- Writer: Archie Goodwin, Bruce Jones, Henry Gilroy
- Artist: Al Williamson, Jan Duursema, Douglas Wheatley
- Cover Artist: Tsuneo Sanda
- Format: FC, 600 pages, TP, 6″ x 9″
- Price: $24.99
- ISBN-10: 1-59582-832-X
- ISBN-13: 978-1-59582-832-3
- Writer: Malachai Nicolle
- Artist: Ethan Nicolle
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If you’ve read my blog in the last year you may have heard me mention a little something called the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival. Said aloud it sounds like The 92nd Newbery Film Festival (which is not too far off since 2012 will be the 90th Newbery Award). However the entire premise was this: Kids from around the world (yes world) filmed 90-second or so versions of various Newbery Award and Honor books. They sent these books to YA author James Kennedy (of The Order of Odd-Fish) and he collected, curated, organized, tightened, and generally got them into working order. Now James received more than 100 entries, so those were culled down to a select few that he is showing in three theatrical showings. Here in New York our film festival this past Saturday was the first and played in the main branch of the library system. Subsequent showings will be held in Chicago and Portland, Oregon.
For this performance, James had a difficult job ahead of him. Essentially he had to take the best aspects of what you get at your average school play and avoid the pitfalls such performances normally contain. He also had to wrangle some special guests and actors because a festival of just films might be fine, but it wouldn’t be kickin’.
So it was that co-master of ceremonies Jon Scieszka, Newbery Award winner Rebecca Stead, author Ayun Halliday, her hugely talented children India and Milo, and the kids of Writopia Labs all gathered together to put on what I can only call a helluva show.
My job in all of this was simple: Bring water to performers. Keep the calm. Don’t panic. Don’t let the auditorium fill to above capacity.
Well, three out of four ain’t bad, right? Turns out that while I excelled in the calm/no panic/water area, I had a hard time coming down on the auditorium rule. How could I help it? James’s show was clearly a hit. Here’s what it looked like before the latecomers started sneaking in:
I would have been displeased if I hadn’t been so thrilled.
The show started off with a bang. Scieszka and Kennedy brought to mind the old vaudeville acts of old. In their pseudo-tuxes the two managed on the spot to create two characters out of thin air. Jon, the gleeful worldly New Yorker with a gleam in his eye. James, the hardworking up-and-comer form Chicago with a chip on his shoulder in the face of Jon’s smugness.
The show began with James’s version of A Wrinkle in Time, that magnificent video that went viral (90,400 views of it on Vimeo alone). After it ended James reminded everyone that this is going to be an annual film festival. “So if you’re inclined, start thinking about what 90-second Newbery films you might want to do for next year’s film festival. You’ll be thinking, ‘I can do that, but a million times better.’ DO! You don’t have to have a dance party at the end.”
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Finally more Watercolours and gauche work to share. Load of new info on my blog this last month everyone. I would love you to come and see all the things I have been up to. Going nut with creativity lately! Kayleen's Blog
With the upcoming Gift Card Giveaway Hop approaching I've been asked if Amazon.com gift cards can be used by someone living Internationally. I can't seem to get an accurate answer.
Some people say yes, others no. I've read where they can be used for ebooks but you have to jump through some hoops to make it work. Also Amazon.com does ship Internationally so it seems like it is possible that the gift cards could be used by someone not in the US but I don't know. So here is my question for anyone who might know.
If a blog is offering an amazon.com gift card and sending it via email can someone in a country other than the US use the gift card?
If you live Internationally have you had an luck using an Amazon.com gift card?
I'm asking because I put US or Int on the linky for the hop letting people know where the giveaway is open to. I'm not sure what to put after those who are giving away an Amazon.com gift card.
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If you are participating in NaNoWriMo, this blog post is of special interest to you because it falls on the day you need to be writing the End of the Beginning scene in your story to stay on schedule and complete your entire novel, memoir, screenplay by the last day of November. (To learn how to pre-plot your writing time and ensure you end the month of November with a solid beginning, middle and end to your story. To read more...)
November's book selection for Monday Morning Plot Book Group for Writers is
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
The Alchemist has sold more than 65 million copies in 150 countries and been translated into 60 languages. I use Coelho's story to demonstrate some of the plot techniques from the Universal Story he used so effectively that his novel continues after nearly 30 years as an international bestselling phenomenon.
The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master (Now also sold as a Kindle edition) Last week -- 1G
I chose Coelho's novel because his story inspires me and had a direct impact on The Plot Whisperer book.
you are asked to: Insert on your story's Plot Planner a post-it note that represents the Climax of your story.
This week -- 1H,
you are asked to: Insert on your story's Plot Planner a post-it note that represents the End of the Beginning scene of your story.
For more support about the End of the Beginning scene:
1) Check out Chapter 8 of:
***I am giving away 4 free autographed copies
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During our recent school visit to promote our "Raymond and Graham" book series, Mike Knudson and I were surprised by a third grade class who dressed up as dancing dudes (and dudettes).
Clearly you all wanted me to see you are hilarious and talented. I am once again in awe of the talent displayed here!
Special recognition for writing a poem for her entry
Tara Tyler 11:26am
Special recognition for an individual line or lines that just wow'd me
"Her father’s truck grumbled in the driveway, shaking a gnarled fist at the bitter chill of the Maine morning."
Margaret Teisch-Williams 7:30pm
"these are the lies we hang in dark places when we don’t expect to see morning."
The entry that will make Gary Corby weep:
Carol Dance 5:09pm
Imaginative use of "rens"
AngiNicole 2:08pm -- drag queens
Lines that just cracked me up:
“It’s history! The Golden Fleece. The Silken Shawl with Silver Fringe. The Really Nice Cotton Jeans of Levi the Reckless.”
“Hey now Liam, ‘argo,’ ‘ergo,’ I go where you go, you know that.”
Genevieve Rens had the exhilarator peddle pressed to the floor
(now my guess is this is NOT what the writer intended, but in the spirit of DamnYou AutoCorrect, I just had to recognize its merit!)
Android Astronomer 3:50pm
“’Lather, rens, repeat.’”
It's unfortunate that the phrase ‘urine soaked’ is never associated with anything positive...I had that Jason/Argo/Golden fleece 'wet dream' once again-of course, not the good kind…
Two entries that just cracked me up;
Just Jan 8:50am
"Stupid book," I said, slamming my dictionary closed. "How am I supposed to know what 'rens' means?"
"Janet Reid having another contest?" my husband asked.
"The countdown began yesterday. Only a couple of hours left." My eyes flicked over the word list. "Argo's a noble gas, isn't it?"
"You're thinking of argon."
"Right." I pulled out Tom Sawyer. "Maybe I can use 'truck' like Aunt Polly did in Chapter One."
"Twain's definitely on the fringe there. I wouldn't recommend mimicking him."
"But he's a genius!"
"Ninety-nine percent perspiration, remember? Keep trying, dear. Something amazing is bound to happen."
Judith Gonda 7:05pm
The ransom note led us to an office on the fringe of downtown, on Rens Street.
I sat in the truck for a couple of minutes figuring out our next move.
Ted broke the silence.
“Maybe we should show the note to the cops, let them deal.”
“Too late,” I said. “The countdown has started, I’m going in.”
We walked into the office, no one was around, but the computer was on.
I reread the note.
“It says to press the ESC key and then enter Argo.”
“ESC Argo? I thought that was an appetizer, not an entrée.”
"Stop wasting time, Snail Male, just do it."
Predictions about the something amazing:
a full-size reproduction of the original Argo? Or tickets to the Harlem Globetrotters (since the Rens aren’t around anymore)? Or, ok, getting serious, perhaps your critique of our stunningly good (or maybe quite the opposite) query letter?
Gary Corby’s imminent release of Ionia Sanction and please do not call me Shirley.
Cynthia Ivers 1:46pm
Marine scientists have discovered a new breed of shark off of New York's coastline and have named it Reid shark
Rosalind Smith-Nazilli 2:18pm
the new 'Argo' movie directed by Ben Affleck and written by George Clooney?
Is the something the amazing Q or Suz
By: Casey (The Bookish Type),
Blog: The Bookish Type
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Word Count: 11058/50000
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Like many other bloggers, I am participating in this year's National Novel Writing Month for the first time. I thought it would be fun to touch base each week and see how everyone is progressing, as well as cheer each other on!
Well, despite all my careful plotting and planning, this week got off to a slow start. Too much going on in the middle of the week to sit down and write! Fortunately, I got back on track as soon as class was done for the week. I still can't believe I'm in quintuple digits -- I've started many a story before, and never got past a couple thousand words. Clearly NaNoWriMo and I are soulmates.
So, for a few quick updates, my heroine finally has a name! And it wasn't one that was on the list -- go figure. I really appreciate your suggestions from last week, though! They were great =) I finally settled on Aisha, which is an Arabic moon goddess, and seemed fitting for my silvery heroine.
I've had this idea rolling around in my head for a year now, so I had it fairly well plotted out, but when I started writing I had a hard time finding the right voice. Fortunately, things picked up when Heroine met Hero, and their banter helped me find the right voice for her =) I'll have to go back and fix the opening scenes once NaNo is over.
I know there's a lot of talk about Inner Editors, but what about Inner Critics?
I don't find myself itching to go back and fix typos and things, but I DO find myself listening to that insidious voice in the back of my head that says "What are you doing? This is CRAP. What makes you think you can write? Look at [insert fabulous author here], now THAT'S writ
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Plaza Pavilion is the perfect place for a Mary Poppins bakery! I am so excited <3 <3
My older daughter "invited" me to watch the Youtube video, MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON months ago. I couldn't help but laugh and love this character once I started watching. The combination of the visual, the voice and the humor drew me in.
This week, the picture book MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON: THINGS ABOUT ME was released. If you know the video, how could you not love the book? It is more fun info about a character we know. (I think I need to get the audiobook to go along with it, because what fun is Marcel without his voice?)
After reading the interview with the authors, I had even more insight into this phenomenon.
Then I discovered that Marcel the Shell has a Facebook Page and a Twitter Account!
And I just discovered that there is also a Marcel the Shell iPad/iPhone App!
Seems like Marcel is EVERYWHERE these days. I think this is a fun example of all the ways we can enjoy a character and his stories.
When my daughter showed the video to me over the summer, I laughed but never imagined this as a children's book. But, now that it is, it makes perfect sense. I think this is a character we will be seeing lots of in the near future:-)
This sketch has a special meaning for me. Over the summer, I discovered a mast cell tumor in my dog's right foot. It was frightening to think I might lose her to cancer and to not know what was going to happen. It came as such a shock as well, because she had been in such perfect health all her life. Thankfully it was not aggressive, and the tumor was completely removed along with the cancerous cells.
Thanks, everyone, who entered the giveaway for a signed copy of Slowpoke. It was really fun to hear about the first books that captured your attention.
The winner of the giveaway, selected using random.org, is Joyce Moyer Hostetter!
The first book I remember reading alone and understanding is One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss. I can remember exactly where I was —-sitting on the floor of the hallway next to my dad’s office. I had entered the summer reading program at the public library, and by golly I was going to get those knight/ princess/ dragon stickers to complete my fairy tale poster. I always loved getting prizes for reading. Or, you know, prizes. They’re just fun, right?
Welcome, new subscribers. I’m so glad to have you aboard. I’ve just gotten back from a conference of children’s book writers and illustrators (SCBWI) in the Netherlands, so I’ll share some of the exciting things I heard about with you as soon as possible.
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I have been searching the web for a great place to post book reviews for librarians and teachers to use in the classroom. Well, I am going to try hosting my own Book Talk Tuesday! I invite teachers and librarians to link to a recent book talk or book review that can be used by others- to help purchase new books, learn about new books and to help give us book talk ideas.
1. All content must be appropriate for children in grades kindergarten through eighth grade. NEW 2. Please link to your original content, not the content of others. 3. Websites that you link to must be child friendly since lots of kids visit this site and if they click on your link, I want it to be appropriate for them. 4. Positive reviews only, please... we only spread love here at The Lemme Library! 5. Books must be available in The US. (you are welcome to link to ARC reviews)6. I reserve the right to remove any reviews that don't meet criteria 1-5.
In the link title field, be sure to include the title of the book you are reviewing and your site name. In the URL field, please link to this specific post that contains the book review (That way people don't have to scour your blog looking for it!)
*** For newcomers & visitors: Definition of "Book Talk" from Wikipedia: "A booktalk in the broadest terms is what is spoken with the intent to convince someone to read a book. The booktalker gives the audience a glimpse of the
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'was too sleepy today to draw much (as much as I love the end of Daylight Savings Time, the change in time always throws me for a few days...)
In the teensy purse Moleskine upon my knee...
Find these photos when I just tidy up my computer files,
photos that were taken by herself as a face experiment *my husband say that, silly things that make me laugh, have you found yours? :)
The New Jersey SCBWI had our first Free Craft Afternoon this past Saturday. Over 145 novel writers, picture book writers and illustrators showed up to in the hopes of learning more about their craft. Editor Chery Klein from Arthur A. Levine give an in-depth talk about developing your writing voice. Everyone was riveted to her every word. Cheryl had two hours, but her brain is so jam-packed with needed information, that everyone wanted to take her home with them. Since she wouldn’t go along with that, all the smart people lined up to buy her book, SECOND SIGHT AN EDITOR’S TALK ON WRITING REVISING & PUBLISHING BOOKS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS. My copy is sitting on my desk and staying there.
Author/editor Anita Nolan warmed up the crowd at the first two-hour novel craft workshop. Anita always does an excellent job of breaking down the mechanics of writing. She had everyone submit a first page beforehand and critiqued each one prior to the workshop. During the workshop, Anita went over the things you should and shouldn’t do in your first page and pulled out examples for each from the first pages submitted. Participants got to ask questions and give their opinions during the discussion. Everyone hungry for every nugget of information discussed. Good job, Anita! Everyone there should thank her, since she donated her time to help the novel writers.
While all this was going on, Ame Dyckman, author of BOY & BOT, coming out this April is a great picture book. It is everything a picture book should be and it is illustrated by Dan Yaccarino. Everyone should buy her book to see perfection. And I am not saying that because she is a friend of mine or that everyone who knows her loves her, ir really is perfect. Anyway, I asked Ame if she would come in (again for free) to talk about other great picture books. Everyone brought in a picture book they thought was wonderful and this spurred the two-hour workshop. Since I was in the novel workshop, I missed all the insightful discussion, but it was a good workshop the feedback was exceptionally good.
Then Editor Daniel Nayeri from Clarion Books came in and showed the picture book writers how an editor works with the art direction, writer and illustrator. He shared artwork and layouts with everyone. There again, I missed out on this one, too. I am sure everyone wishes they could have attended both.
Afterwards, Daniel joined Cheryl to sell his book Straw House, Wood House, Brick House, Blow: Four Novellas. He also gave me a copy of the new book that he wrote with his sister titled, ANOTHER PAN. I’m looking forward to reading it. The front cover says, “An ancient evil awakes under the halls of the Marlowe School.”
Of course, we did not forget the illustrators. Artist extraordinaire and illustrator of 20 books, Adam Gustavson came in an did a workshop with
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Recommended for teens and adults.
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This CD, recorded live at Strathmore Hall Arts Center in Rockville, Maryland in April, 2007, embraces an environmental theme: reduce, reuse, and recycle. All the stories on this CD extol these virtues.
The Thrifty Tailor is an ancient [...]