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! Display Comments Add a Comment
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 yourDisplay Comments Add a Comment
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?
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.
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:
“As miraculous an insight about divorce as anyone could hope to have.”
I’ll take it. Whether I deserve it or not.Display Comments Add a Comment
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.
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/
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
-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!
M. Allman is a freelance writer and author based in Indiana. She is an author of both adult and children’s fiction.Links:
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
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.
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.
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?
|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|