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37176. Update

Hey guys,

The blog will be pretty quiet for a few days while I'm dealing with a family emergency. I'll be back when I can -- thank you so much for your patience. I hope you'll be here when I return :)

Casey

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37177. Happy Buddha

During the weekend of the Baby Tattooville event in Riverside, California, all thirty guest artists contributed to the art jam.


The 4x8 foot acrylic painting was a surrealistic compilation of floating pink clouds, boys with ray guns, cow ladies, and green-haired girls. What could I possibly add to such a potpourri?


It seemed to require a happy Buddha, floating serenely in the midst of all the wackiness. I worked next to Travis Louie, who was putting the final touches on a one-eyed potato man.


The golden orb picks up on the cool light from the background and a warm glow from below. I love painting gold objects. The trick is to try not to make them too yellow. I saved the brightest yellows for the areas just around the highlights. As the planes turned away, they get quite dull and dark in color.

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37178.

Brillustration @ Blackwells Bookshop, Bristol, UK

I am part of the Bristol illustration group, aka 'Brillustration'. We took over Blackwells Bookshop at the weekend and illustrated 'live' in their window for the day, as well as around the shop and made badges with the kids :) Here are some photos...
(There's me on the right, drawing around a book I illustrated called 'I Spy Something Wonderful', released this year by Random House Children's Books. And here's a little of what I drew...

And here are some of the other lovely illustrators busy scribbling away..
And there we all are! There's me, 3rd from the right :)

Here's a slideshow of more photos from June Goulding:
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37179. Mosher joins ComiXology as VP of Marketing, PR and Business Development

Chip Comixology Mosher joins ComiXology as VP of Marketing, PR and Business Development
Following his stint at Boom! Studios, Chip Mosher has joined comiXology as VP of Marketing, PR and Business Development, where he’ll run the digital distributor’s West Coat office. Mosher was in on Boom’s early experiments in digital comics, so he’ll doubtless bring much of that experience to comiXology, as well as his formidable talking abilities. IT’s a strong move for both parties.

As if you hadn’t figured out that digital comics are here to stay, they are now hiring real people for real jobs for, presumably, real salaries.

ComiXology, the leading distributor of digital comics, has named Chip Mosher to its management team as Vice-President of Marketing, Public Relations and Business Development. Mosher will be heading up comiXology’s new Los Angeles office, expanding the company’s reach across both coasts.

“We’re doubly excited to add a tremendous asset like Chip to our team, while also expanding our physical presence to the West Coast,” said David Steinberger, CEO and co-founder of comiXology. “Chip has one of the most imaginative and aggressive marketing and PR minds in the business, and his diverse background in comics brings a unique perspective to comiXology. And while comiXology’s presence is already felt worldwide, having a physical presence in the entertainment capital of the world has become a must for us!”

Mosher most recently acted as Marketing and Sales Director for BOOM! Studios, serving as part of the team that took BOOM! Studios from promising upstart to top-tier publisher. Known industry-wide for his innovative marketing — like the “Mark Waid is Evil” viral campaign, which helped launch Mark Waid’s series Irredeemable as one of the most successful new series in the past five years — Mosher’s hands have touched every major product launch at BOOM! since mid-2007.

In the digital realm, Mosher provided early industry leadership when he helped mastermind the first same-day-as-print release of a digital and print comic with BOOM!’s North Wind series. He also oversaw BOOM!’s digital initiative, including the launch of BOOM!’s iPad application in association with comiXology.

On the publishing side, Mosher helped launch and oversee BOOM!’s new lit-comix imprint BOOM! Town. Mosher edited BOOM! Town’s first release, Shannon Wheeler’s I Thought You Would Be Funnier, which won the Eisner Award for Best Humor Publication this past summer.

Mosher also was selected this past summer as a judge for the prestigious Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award competition.

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37180. Geek Girl Con was a sell-out


This weekend’s Geek Girl Con in Seattle sounds like it was a big success; both Saturday and Sunday sold out, and while the above news report doesn’t make it look like it was sardine-land, maybe selling out before you get to that point is not a bad idea.

Gail Simone has a lengthy write-up that deserves to be read in full; the idea of a female-run and female-centric convention seems to be fairly emblematic of the time and place we find ourselves in, and it sounds like the programming, in particular, was noteworthy:

The programming was astounding, there were panels I was dying to attend and could not. Usually, I’m sorry, I don’t feel any big need to see most panels at cons…these were fascinating topics and I sat in quietly in the audience in some. I can’t tell you how fun it was, for a change, to see a packed room, with 80 percent female audiences over and over. And not just for panels about Harry Potter, but for scholarly and ethical panels. It was so exciting. They even had a token male panel, called the VERY SPECIAL DUDES panel, which was really awesome. The guys were great sports about it, and I think they all really enjoyed the gender-flip of this event.

A few more reports:
Good Game Media

Some panels were quiet as they attempted to get a shy audience sharing and speaking, and other panels had SO MUCH ENERGY you could not help but laugh, clap and cheer to celebrate what this event was creating. Geek Girl Con 2011 was a complete sell out, and if in the first year that is not a success, I don’t know what is.

She Thought

The “Women In Star Wars” panel is a candid conversation examining female characters in Star Wars lore. The panelists include Mercedes Santaella-Lam (moderator), Misty Buxton, Deunan Berkeley, Sarah Silverman, and Amy Sjoberg. These women are impressively talented, with great sewing ability and they bring with them a vast knowledge about the Star Wars movies, the original books and fan produced literature. It is interesting to see that people see Star Wars as mostly male, in characters, because of the movies, ignoring characters in the books. This panel indirectly highlights there effect, in Hollywood, where many movies feature mostly male characters, even to the point of eliminating characters from books.

Geek Girl Con Line Geek Girl Con was a sell out

Poet Jeannine Hall:

Geek Girl Con was a lot of fun. I did a signing, sold a couple of books, the presentation went well, and I found a couple of really cool things – like Ada’s Bookstore and Tracy who runs the charmingly named
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37181.

SO PROUD TO official LAUNCH my son and artist JEREMY TUGEAU’s latest book from Lerner/Kar Ben  NATHAN BLOWS OUT THE HANUKKA CANDLES      …enjoy!


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37182. Justin Gerard Visit


The piece above is NOT mine. I wish it were. I love this piece. It's Justin Gerard's. You might have noticed that I've had a link to Justin Gerard's website here on my blog for a few years now. When I came across his work for the first time in 2008 I was blown away. His sense of design, color, drawing, rendering, etc spoke to me right away. Definitely one of my mentors in illustration and I was so excited when Don Seegmiller invited him out to give a lecture and all day demo here in Utah at UVU.


After all the illustration stuff was out of the way a few of us: Don Seegmiller, Peter Sakievich, Justin, and myself were able to sneak away down to Goblin Valley for a few days.


It's so important to take time to get out and observe natural surroundings to increase your visual vocabulary but also unplug and feed your spirit.


There are lighting situations that you just can't conjure on your own - even if your work is highly stylized I believe that it all starts with careful observations that can later be distilled into original work.


Justin had way more energy than the rest of us put together - while we surrendered to taking our shoes off and fording the stream a few times - Justin took on the challenge showing off his mad scrambling skills. Then he walked the next two or three miles sans shoes!

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37183. Author Interview & Book Giveaway: The Next Door Boys by Jolene Perry

Welcome to Author Jolene Perry


BIO:
Jolene grew up in Wasilla, Alaska. She graduated from Southern Utah University with a degree in political science and French, which she used to teach math to middle schoolers.

After living in Washington, Utah and Las Vegas, she now resides in Alaska with her husband, and two children. Aside from writing, Jolene sews, plays the guitar, sings when forced, and spends as much time outside as possible.


Blog: http://jolenesbeenwriting.blogspot.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/jolenebperry

Interview:

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
To not need sleep. IMAGINE how much I could get done!!

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Because I have written several swoon-worthy boys, AND friends turning into something much bigger is my favorite kind of love story.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
Wonderwall by Oasis (yes, I know it's old). It's played in the book, and it killed me to not be able to use the lyrics.

What's one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Make sure you're still having fun. There are parts of writing and editing and publishing that aren't as fun, but make sure, on the whole, that you're enjoying what you're doing. And that each person writes in their own style, and their own pace, and to focus on YOU and your writing, rather than that of your peers.

What is your favorite Quote?
Try a little harder to be a little better - Hinckley
I probably recite this to myself every day.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
I see myself in ALL of my characters. Good, bad, ugly, pretty . . . there's something of ME in all of them, whether I want to admit it or not. Also - I make sure to put a few "real" things or stories from my life into each of my books. Little things - my love of Crown Burger is shared by Leigh. There will always be SOMETHING, you can check my blog for the rest of them.

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
The Insane Adventures and Massive Ramblings of Jolene Perry


The Next Door Boys
Leigh Tressman has been known as lots of things - the girl who sings, the girl who sews, Jaron's little sister, and last year, the girl with cancer. With her body still recovering from her cancer treatments, she's determined to be independent and convinces her parents to let her follow her overprotective brother to BYU.
With an ever-expanding line of young men ready to be in love with her - not to mention physical frustrations and spiritual dilemmas - Leigh almost misses the opportunity to be with the man who has been quietly falling in love with her since they met. The Next Door Boys proves that even with (or maybe in spite of) independence, love can be found in unexpected, b

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37184. Meet Carson Ellis: Part Two

(interview with Carson Ellis continued from yesterday...)

VKBMKL: Any children's book illustrators that you love that you discovered as an adult? Or is there a book you find yourself buying over and over again to give to your son's friends?

CARSON: I discovered Alice and Martin Provensen five or six years ago and I couldn't believe I hadn't known of them before. I feel so kindred to them - it seemed impossible that they hadn't been influencing me my whole life. Also, Taro Gomi, Mitsumasa Anno, Miroslav Sasek, Ivan Bilibin, Wanda Gag, Tove Jansson, and Tomi Ungerer, who I didn't truly discover as an adult - I read Crictor and Flat Stanley as a kid - but I don't think I really understood what an amazing, weird genius he was until recently.

As for oft purchased books, I've bought a lot of copies of both Little Fur Family by Margaret Wise Brown and Garth Williams and My Friends by Taro Gomi. They're two of my favorite board books and board books are my favorite gifts to give to new parents.

VKBMKL: Did you go into illustration with children's books in mind or is that something that came about later on?

CARSON: I've wanted to illustrate children's books since I was a kid but I didn't study illustration in college. I grew up in New York but was strongly, mysteriously drawn to the University of Montana, where I got a painting degree because they didn't offer illustration classes. I assumed it would be more or less the same idea. It wasn't. I graduated knowing nothing about illustration - not what an art director does, nor how to use a computer, nor what the term "editorial illustration" means. After college, I was a painter and I worked a lot of cocktail waitressing and bartending jobs. My first illustration gigs were the work I did for The Decemberists - album art, flyers, drawings for t

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37185. a seasonal character study.

"Albus Dumbledog" (really. i KNOW a family that's gonna DO this to their terrier!)"Flaming Moe Diddles""Lil Mr. Muffett"sometimes i get to go back into my doodles do something with them. (see below - gang of penciled pups!)gonna try to put some up this week. and if you're one of those people that takes your best bud out trick or treating then you'll reeeaaallly enjoy these! "-))just don't give

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37186. 31 Days of Halloween: Everett Raymond Kinstler and “The Man in The Tank!”

tank1 31 Days of Halloween: Everett Raymond Kinstler and The Man in The Tank!

Via The Horror of it All Blog, comes this Atlas story drawn by Everett Raymond Kinstler from the September 1953 issue of MYSTERY TALES #15. Crime does not pay!

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37187. My New Favorite


Who Hoo Are You?
by Kate Endle


What Is Green?
by Kate Endle

I took my friend to Cafe Flora in Madison Park last Friday and loved the artwork that was on exhibit. I wrote down the illustrators website so I could see more and discovered that she is a children's book author and illustrator. I have read these two books and find her illustrative style very refreshing.

I have a soft spot for collage and I love her use of Japanese styled paper. She keeps things simple so that her shapes and patterns are the focus. Beautiful work! I'm inspired.

If you'd like to check out more of Kate Endle's work she has a website and a shop at Etsy.

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37188. Is Blog Fatigue on the Rise?

"Das Schlaraffenland" - Pieter Bruegel the Elder
It's been over five years since blogs really exploded into the public consciousness, fueled by the rising popularity of WordPress and Blogger, which vastly simplified the process of creating places on the Internet where anyone could easily share their thoughts.

And dare I say people seem to be getting tired?

Natalie Whipple and J.A. Konrath were the latest to express blog fatigue, joining countless others who have gone on temporary or permanent hiatus.

For some it's the negativity that comes with putting yourself out there. Some people have run out of ideas. Some people have taken a look at the cost/benefit and decided it wasn't worth it. And some just forget to post.

I'm sure it hasn't escaped the notice of regular blog readers that the posting on this blog has grown, well, a bit more sporadic. After posting every weekday for nearly five years, I've found it increasingly difficult to keep up that pace.

For me it's not about running out of ideas or the occasional negativity (though that can be a drag), it's just a time crunch.

It's always been a balancing act to juggle busy day jobs, writing books, and blogging, but what's really changed for me is that I made a very conscious decision to get out more. To spend more time with friends and people and exploring and finding a better balance in my life.

So if I'm hanging out with friends Thursday night there's no This Week in Books on Friday. If I have a busy weekend it might be until Tuesday that I get a post up. I've chosen to make that tradeoff

Sorry about that! I care a lot about this blog and all of the readers, and I'm not good at letting some things slide. And this blog isn't going anywhere any time soon. I hope you'll stick around.

What do you think? Are you seeing more blog fatigue? Have you experienced it yourself?

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37189. Snow White sketches

























I've been mulling over an idea for a personal project having to do with fairytales... more on that another day. In the meantime, I was trying to figure out what Snow White might look like.

Also, head on over to Between the End Pages to see my "Scribble Off" version of "Song" (as well as a photo of 13 year old me in a cowboy hat) and Jill's super spectacular Lion Mask!!

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37190. 3 Ways to Make Your Site More Visually Appealing

You guys use WordPress.com in all sorts of creative ways, documenting the adventures you take…

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…the people you meet…

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…the characters you create…

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…the meals you prepare…

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…and the places you live.

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And you share a ton of amazing photographs. So be sure to show them off! Here are three tips on using photos to make your site more visually appealing:

  • Upload your very own custom header image to give your site a unique look and feel. Some themes even allow you to use featured images to display different header images on specific posts and pages. For a design that’s 100% unique to you, try out the Custom Design upgrade.
  • Don’t make readers squint to view your photos. Generally speaking, bigger photos are better, as long as they’re properly aligned. Check out the Get Flashy tutorial on Learn.WordPress.com for tips on aligning and resizing your images.
  • If the majority of your content is image-based, consider using a photography theme that will put your photos in center stage on your site. Visit the Theme Showcase to find one that’s perfect for you.

Want to browse other awesome photo blogs? Check out Freshly Pressed and the photography tag pages.


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37191. Leverage by Joshua Cohen, or There's No Way this Book Doesn't Feature Roid Rage


Which is totally true, by the way. Lots of steroids, and all the ways that drug can destroy things in high school.

The three football captains are the king of the school, and no one, no matter how talented in any other sport is excused from their bullying. Especially not the gymnastics team. Danny has a real chance at eventually qualifying for the Olympics in gymnastics and Kurt is a stuttering hulk who’s new to the school and the football team. Neither of them like the bullying, and they forge an unlikely friendship that is in jeopardy after they both witness a graphic attack that has tragic consequences. Leverage has some of the most awesome sports writing I’ve ever read, but this is also the most intense and possibly disturbing book I have ever read, so I recommend it to more mature readers.

Kurt is damaged going into the story. He's a foster kid, and in his last placement he experienced treatment that will scar him for his entire life. This is told in flashback in slow and desperate reveals, and the memories send him into a red rage. Danny and his teammates have been trying to hold their ground, retain their dignity, and fight the football team for access to the weight room, something they all know they need to be able to truly compete on the level they aspire to. But every which way they turn, they keep running into the immovable bulk of the impossibly large football team.

Characters are flawed, even broken. Some come into the tale that way, others will fall apart right before your eyes. You will hold your breath and read faster to get through the dark, drastic, brutal parts, most likely wiping tears of fury or sadness away as you turn the pages. They make huge mistakes out of fear and shame and pain. They suffer consequences that will haunt them.

I wish I could say that these kids experience abuse and bullying so brutal that it is unbelievable, but sadly, we all know that isn't true. And that's one reason I think that this book is important. Maybe it will help some kid out there find his voice and stop the cycle. Get help. It's a solidly upper high school read, unless you know, or have an inkling, that it's something an 8th or 9th grader may have had some experience with. Or the kid's just a fan of A Child Called It (I jest, don't give it to those 5/6th graders).

The horrible thing is that it is all so frighteningly believable. Until you get to the Hollywood ending, where you witness a shift from bleak to a resolution that doesn't match the tone of the rest of the book. Which, while satisfying, doesn't ring true, because despite the honesty in which the rest of the novel was handled, this was just a little too neat. A little too grand. A little too unrealistic. That's not how these stories ever end in real life. Fine, usually, for most novels. But not when nary a punch was withheld during the previous 270-ish pages.

I will admit that I booktalked this (along with around 30 other titles) this past June for 7-10 graders. I did so ONLY with a strong emphasis on the graphic nature of the story, and encouraged the teens to self-censor if they didn't think they were ready for it, but that I thought that it was an important story because this level of abuse and bullying does happen. I had warned the school librarians and teachers of the title before I talked it, and after hearing about it, I had specific requests from a few teachers to be sure to share it with some classes, which I found very interesting. Of the 875 holds I placed for students after my June visits, there were 25 for this title.

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37192. Thomas Jefferson for Kids


Thomas Jefferson for Kids: His Life and Times with 21 Activities Brandon Marie Miller

The basic concept for the For Kids.. with 21 activities series is it's a biography with crafts, projects, and activities interspersed that relate to the person or to the time period. In the past, my biggest complaint has been with the age range, especially of the activities-- some are for kids too old for the book, some for kids too young.

That is not a problem with Thomas Jefferson for Kids. The activities are all age-appropriate with the text, with what I feel is 4-7th grades. There's also a good range of activities-- a Jeffersonian model of the solar system (Neptune optional), dancing a reel (very well explained!), making a floor plan of your dream house, organizing your library, even making a microscope out of a matchbox. I think there's a good range of things for all interests while still being true to Jefferson and his late Colonial/early Republic time period.

I think the biography itself is also really well done-- Miller does an excellent job of highlighting and discussing the good and the bad and showing his inconsistencies and greatness of character. I think she treats the issue very sensitively and does a great job showing that he wasn't perfect, but doesn't demonize him and showing that he did amazing things without lionizing him.

I especially liked the way the book describes and explains the political issues of the new Republic. The book has a fantastic explanation of Federalism vs. Republicanism and the Jefferson/Adams split. It also shows how Washington was often caught in the middle of the two men.


It's a 2011 Cybils nominee and I have to say that it's overall very well done. I think the activities give it much more kid appeal than it would normally have. That said, it lacks that certain je ne sais quoi to move it from solidly well done to best of the best.

Today's nonfiction roundup is over at Practically Paradise.


Book Provided by... my local library

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37193. Exclusive Excerpt: The Radleys by Matt Haig

If you've been following along with The Radleys Blog Tour, celebrating the book's paperback release on 9/20, you know YABC is the last stop on the tour. If not, head on over to the official tour page to find out what's up and how you can win a THE RADLEYS prize pack!

At the end of each tour week, one person who commented on all participating blogs for that week will be selected as a Radleys Blog Tour winner. The winner will be announced on Helen and Rowan’s twitter accounts @Helen_Radley and @rowanradley. (If you aren't following them already, I suggest you do so. Pronto!)

The prize will be a copy of THE RADLEYS in both hardcover and paperback signed by author Matt Haig and some blood-red hot chocolate.

How awesome is that?

And to make things even more awesome-er, we have an exclusive excerpt from The Radleys, just for you! (Tip: if it's too small, click to read in full screen mode.)
The Radleys by Matt Haig

Make sure to check out the official THE RADLEYS website here: www.radleysbook.com, and take a great quiz to find out: ARE YOU A RADLEY?

I took the quiz and just so you know, I am soooo not a Radley.

Also, check out THE RADLEYS book trailer below.



Thanks, Simon&Schuster, for letting YABC be a part of THE RADLEYS Blog Tour!

37194. Finding Wonderland Finds You Are My Only

and warms my heart on this day.  There are books that don't appear to be the right match for this reader, or for that one.  How do we thank those who look beyond those concerns and begin to read anyway?  That is what Aquafortis did.  She tells the story here.

(Breaking my heart with her final words.)

And great thanks too, to Elizabeth Mosier, for the phone call today—the chance to talk out loud about this book and where it came from and what it means to me.  Those conversations are so appreciated, especially with a reader and writer as talented as Libby.

Thank you, both.

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37195. MY LATEST PUBLICATION

Check out Raphaels Village for my latest children's ezine publication The Not So Ladylike Lady Bug. It was a really fun story to write. Hope you all like it!
http://www.raphaelsvillage.com/article.php?story=20110825063038901

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37196. book reviews

This Columbus Day starts a two week fall break for me. I’ll take a break wherever I can get it, but I’m not a fan of ‘year round schools’ or ‘balanced calendars’. We can play with the logistics all we want but until meaningful change happens during the hours we’re actually in the classroom, learning won’t improve.

I’m working on an upcoming presentation on developing and maintaining your online brand and would love to hear what you do to maintain yours, and what you’re teaching students about it.

I’ve got several reviews to post and I’m going to start with the most difficult to write simply because I didn’t care for the books.

title: Wolf Mark

author: Joseph Bruchac

date: Lee and Low; 2011

main character: Lucas King

from the publisher: When Lucas King’s black-ops father is kidnapped, a dangerous family secret could be his only chance to save him: a skin that will let him walk as a wolf. Spies and skinwalkers come together in this edge-of-your-seat YA thriller based on Abenaki legend.

I did not finish this book.

Bruchac’s writing skills easily intrigued me as he made me wonder why things were as they were and what was going to happen. The problem with building so much suspense is that the subsequent events need to be  equivalent in emotional impact. These weren’t. A reader can only take so many let downs! The author’s voice was quite noticeable in the lengthy, academic explanations of occurrences and I eventually became quite annoyed with Luke. Once a reader stops liking the main character, it’s difficult to like the story. I hate that this was my first Bruchac. I have several other of his books and I look forward to reading those soon.

title: Island’s End

author: Padma Venkatraman

date: G.P. Putnam and Sons; 2011

main character: Uido

Uido seems to have a spiritual gift. She is uncertain of what is happening to her and is careful with whom she discusses it. Her childhood friend and love interest, Danno, does support her curiosity and encourages her to visit the tribe’s spiritual guide. He reveals to Uido that she will be the tribe’s next guide and begins to prepare her. She will be the first female guide the tribe has known. Adding more conflict to the story is the threat from strangers across the water.

Uido lives in a society that has been protected from modernization. Their spiritual guide has been able to keep them sheltered however, once foreigners make their way to the island’s shore, the curiosity of many is stirred.

While Venkatraman tries to develop conflict regarding Uido’s role as a female leader, she neglected to develop the role of women in the society. She did create this fictitious tribe for the sake of this story, combining mythologies and cultures from people she previously studied. While this frees the author from accuracy, I think it can also lead to the lack of development of necessary details. In this case that would be defining the roles of males and females the culture. This also bled into the romantic relationship between Uido and Danno which was allowed to develop in the style of a western romance where the young couple is unsupervised and free to select their own partner. I found that difficult to accept. Overall, I’d say the tribe was poorly developed and existed as little more than noble savages. It felt as though the book were written from the back, with the author developing a story around a real life tribe that mysterious

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37197. squashed tomatoes and stew

You know I should never ever mention anything I have lined up. It's it the kiss of death. This is not the exciting project update I mentioned in the last TWO posts. My excuse this time is that something else popped up. A birthday to be precise. My little old blog's birthday. Apparently this blog is actually five years old. Well, it was about two weeks ago. I forgot. Again. Which, my family and friends will tell you, is also very typical.

So I'd like to say a Happy belated Birthday to my blog and I. And, I'd like to say thanks. Thank you for all the visits and comments over the past five years and 568 (!) posts. I appreciate each and everyone of them.

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37198. Monday Review: YOU ARE MY ONLY by Beth Kephart

You Are My Only will be available Oct. 25, 2011. This review is based on the electronic ARC available from NetGalley.Reader Gut Reaction: I'm just going to come right out and say it: I'm always, always left breathless by Beth Kephart's writing.... Read the rest of this post

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37199. Marvel Month-to-Month Sales August 2011

Fear Itself 5 Marvel Month to Month Sales August 2011
by Paul O’Brien

Welcome to the calm before the storm. Or, in Marvel’s case, the calm before more calm. September will all be about the DC Universe relaunch, and it’s going to be a little while before the news cycle comes back round to anything Marvel have to announce.

In the meantime, this month we have more “Fear Itself”, more “Spider-Island”, and the relaunch of the Ultimate imprint with ULTIMATE COMICS HAWKEYE and (ahem) ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES.

Once again, Marvel had the largest share of the North American direct market, leading DC by 42% to 35% in unit share and 37% to 31% in DC. Needless to say, it’ll be a huge surprise if that holds up next month.

Thanks as always to ICV2.com for permission to use these figures.

3.  FEAR ITSELF
04/11  #1 of 7 - 135,746
05/11  #2 of 7 - 105,359  (-22.4%)
06/11  #3 of 7 -  99,501  ( -5.6%)
07/11  #4 of 7 -  93,435  ( -6.1%)
08/11  #5 of 7 -  90,914  ( -2.7%)

Levelling out quite comfortably as the series goes on. I’ll come to the performance of the tie-in issues later.

5,31,40. ULTIMATE FALLOUT
08/06  #99     -  76,075
08/07  #112    -  76,523
08/08  #125    -  54,746
08/09  #1      -  86,008
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08/10  #13     -  36,946  (  -2.5%)
09/10  #14     -  35,776  (  -3.7%)
10/10  #15     -  34,657  (  -3.1%)
11/10  #150    -  40,553  ( +17.0%)
12/10  #151    -  33,707  ( -16.9%)
01/11  #152    -  33,481  (  -1.0%)
02/11  #153    -  43,986  ( +31.4%)
02/11  #154    -  43,209  (  -1.8%)
03/11  #155    -  44,067  (  +2.0%)
03/11  #156    -  44,920  (  +1.9%)
04/11  #157    -  50,896  ( +13.3%)
05/11  #158    -  47,941  (  -5.8%)
06/11  #159    -  51,766  (  +8.0%)
06/11  #160    - 166,944  (+222.5%)
07/11  #1 of 6 -  49,084  ( -70.6%)
07/11  #2 of 6 -  45,371  (  -7.6%)
07/11  #3 of 6 -  44,492  (  -1.9%)
08/11  #4 of 6 -  73,764  ( +65.8%)
08/11  #5 of 6 -  41,336  ( -44.0%)
08/11  #6 of 6 -  39,190  (  -5.2%)
                  6 mnth  (  -9.3%)
                  1 year  (  +6.1%)
                  2 year  ( -54.4%)
                  3 year  ( -28.4%)
                  4 year  ( -48.8%)
                  5 year  ( -48.5%)

Issue #4 is the debut of Miles Morales, the new (Ultimate) Spider-Man, and on the strength of media interest, there’s a nice healthy spike. But on the other hand, the benefit doesn’t spill over to August’s other two issues.

The relaunch of ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN in September is bound to do well, but we’ll have to wait another couple of months to see how this all settles down.

6,9. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
08/06  ---
08/07  #543 - 106,485
08/08  #569 -  77,950
08/09  #603 -  71,051
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08/10  #639 -  67,086  (  -1.7%)
08/10  #640 -  73,656  (  +9.8%)
09/10  #641 -  68,345  (  -7.2%)
09/10  #642 -  60,115  ( -12.0%)
09/10  #643 -  61,855  (  +2.9%)
09/10  #644 -  58,310  (  -5.7%)
10/10  #645 -  56,709  (  -2.7%)
10/10  #646 -  58,125  (  +2.5%)
11/10  #647 -  55,819  (  -4.0%)
11/10  #648 -  79,714  ( +42.8%)
11/10  #649 -  55,515  ( -30.4%)
12/10  #650 -  58,909  (  +6.1%)
01/11  #651 -  56,749  (  -3.7%)
01/11  #652 -  52,050  (  -8.3%)
02/11  #653 -  53,103  (  +2.0%)
02/11  #654 -  53,882  (  +1.5%)
02/11  #.1  -  55,283  (  +2.6%)
02/11  #655 -  53,366  (  -3.5%)
03/11  #656 -  59,626  ( +11.7%)
03/11  #657 -  58,704  (  -1.5%)
04/11  #658 -  61,687  (  +5.1%)

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37200. Ask Me Anything - Followers


Today's question comes from Larissa at A Three Way Tie.

How do you get SO many followers!? I would love to have like a third of your followers, lol. Anyway, any networking advice you can give to a blogging novice would be nice!

First off - Don't judge a blog by the number of followers.  I have a lot of follower, I'm grateful they have been to my blog and found a reason to follow.  HOWEVER I know that many of them have only been here once and followed simply to enter a giveaway.  They have never come back and never will.  A blog may have tons of followers but there is no way to know how they gained those followers or if they have ever come back again.  There are also many other ways to follow a blog besides Google Friends Connect.

In my recent reader survey I asked how readers followed my blog.  Here are the results:
Those who checked "other" most often said RSS feed.

Although GFC is the most popular way my blog is followed there are other ways people follow it.

Current Followers:
2662 Facebook
1212 Email Subscribers
4998 Goodreads Friends
829 Networked Blogs
2894 Twitter
5280 GFC

Like I said before I'm grateful for everyone of my followers but personally I think my "stats" are a much more accurate view of my blog. If your blog is hosted by Blogger you can view the stats for your page views.

If you want more information about those who visit your blog I recommend you install a free widget from a site like Statcounter.com.  It is a hidden widget that those visiting my blog don't see but it gives me a lot more information than what is available in Blogger.

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