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Tomorrow, we celebrate all the things we have. We gather, with people we love, to give thanks. Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a National Holiday during the Civil War. The tradition has continued through the invention of the automobile, the telephone and manned flight; two World Wars; the Great Depression; the Civil Rights movement; The Cold war; peaceniks and hippies (Me! Me!); the Space Race; the invention of the Internet; 9/11; reality TV. No matter what is happening, we all set aside a moment or two to appreciate what we have.
One of the people I am grateful for is Raina Telgemeier
, cartoonist. I picked up Ghosts,
her latest novel, and sped through it. The story is a simple one, of a 12-year-old who has to find her way in a new town. But here's the twist; Cat's younger sister, Maya, has cystic fibrosis. The family has moved to a small town on the North California coast to help Maya's breathing.
Little do they realize that their new hometown is riddled with ghosts. To Cat, this is horrifying. To Maya, it is fascinating. She has questions to ask the spirit denizens of her town.
Telgemeier does not sugar coat the realities of Maya's disease, or the strain it puts on Cat as she works to be accepted for who she is at her school. Her characters' faces are so expressive, that often words are not needed. This book won't stay on the shelf.
By: Stacy Dillon,
I have wrestled with this for a while, but it is time for Tweendom to slowly sink into the sunset. It has been a wonderful 10 years (TEN YEARS!), and I've really enjoyed blogging and getting to know so many of you in real life!
I will keep reading tween books, as this is really my sweet spot, and feel free to follow me over on goodreads (Stacy268) to see what I've been up to.
Instead of totally shutting this blog down, I am going to leave it here so that folks can find some great titles for those middle schoolers in their lives.
Thanks for following and happy reading!
Very often we find that strangers help us in the most strangest way possible. Most of the the times we are not able to pass our thanks to them because life changes every single day with people moving on as well. Which is why I think there should be no delay in thanking someone.
Three years ago, when I first sent out my first script to a dozen publishers, I got more rejections than expected.
I want to thank everyone for all the “Get Well” wishes and making me feel like I mattered in some small way. It means a lot to me to discover I have so many friends. The week after surgery was filled with many ups and downs and I am sure the following weeks will tend to be the same, but I am on the mend and able to walk a little with a cane. I thought I would share a very creative card that illustrator Gwen Connolley sent me this week. It made me laugh, even when I wanted to cry. So please know, even though I was too drugged to reply, I did appreciate your e-mails and cards.
Gwen has a degree in Illustration from Syracuse University and early experience as an advertising art director and illustrator. A class taught by Lena Shiffman at the Center for Contemporary Art kindled my interest in children’s book illustration which I then studied at the School of Visual Arts under Monica Wellington and Elizabeth Sayles. She hopes to illustrate picture books, early readers or middle grade books. She works in watercolor and enjoys illustrating all sorts of wild, natural creatures like people, animals and plants. You can visit Gwen at: www.gwenconnolley.com
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DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS!, which started out as a sketchbook for clients and pals, was first published as a picture book 9 years ago on this date.
The original sketchbook circa 1998
The book, as published (The sticker came later).
Thanks to you, over the past 3,287 days, The Pigeon has been thwarted in many adventures and languages in books, films, toys, apps, and mo'.
Back in May, I wrote a thank you letter to the Society Of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators. Stephen Mooser wrote back the following:
Hi Debbie—Wow and Congratulations—we keep a file, and a posting of SCBWI Success Stories and not only is yours one of the best, but it may also be the most entertaining of all time---you have made our day and we are so happy for your well deserved success—looking forward to seeing you again soon—all best wishes from all of us here at the office, Steve
As I was doing some prep for the SCBWI conference in LA next week, I realized that posting my thank you letter publicly might be of interest to some of you out there…especially those who have never been to an SCBWI event:
May 19, 2012
I’m writing to thank you all. Since I started attending your conventions regularly in 2009, so many opportunities have come my way.
I first heard about your organization and events from Santa Barbara area author named Lee Wardlaw, who was my writing mentor. Lee also introduced me to her agent at Curtis Brown, Ginger Knowlton, and Ginger eventually became my agent.
I was nervous when I decided to register for the Summer Conference in LA in 2009. I had attended many years before, but Lee had been there to introduce me around. This time I'd be going alone. What if no one talked to me?
When I got to the conference, I was surprised and delighted to find out that my fears were unfounded. Everyone was friendly, and I met kindred spirits everywhere: sitting beside me while we were waiting for a workshop or keynote to begin, at the many social events throughout the weekend, even in line for the women's restroom. Especially in line for the women's restroom.
And the BNA's were friendly and talked with me. Yes, even Jay Asher!
(You can see other comics I did leading up to the event here: http://bit.ly/xRxKRk )
I learned so much at that event and came away incredibly inspired plus during the year, I kept in touch with many of the people I had met.
Fast forward to the 2010 Summer Conference.
After I was rejected for the manuscript critique (it was my fault; I had misread the rules), my illustrator friend Beckett Gladney suggested that I enter the SCBWI Illustration Portfolio Showcase instead. I thought she was crazy because (1) I had no art training and (2) I had no portfolio. Beckett went through sketches and doodles I had been posting on Flickr, and helped me put together my very first portfolio.
AND THEN SOMETHING AMAZING HAPPENED.
Not only did I win one of two runners-up in the overall Showcase, but I was also chosen for the SCBWI Illustration Mentorship Program. In addition to one-on-one sessions with six industry experts during the convention, I also met a wonderful group of illustrators who have since become friends.
We encourage and commiserate by e-mail, launched a SCBWI M
Thanks to the crowds who came out for the GOLDILOCKS & THE THREE DINOSAURS tour last week.
My cousin dropped by in Salt Lake City... Check out the video below:
The Pigeon wants a Tattoo!
Every show was a sell-out and I met some hilarious kids, nice teachers, and passionate booksellers.
The crowds at the wonderful Seattle Public Library
a picture of people taking
I'd like to take a moment to thank you, my supporters and readers, who
are the bow on my happy package of family, health, and a rewarding job.
The end of the year is a time to reflect on one's good fortune and to
find ways, however small, to ease the path for those with less
Here are some groups both national and local whose work I admire:
One of the highest indicators of
The vote in Ohio is important for kids, too. Every year, school kids from all over Ohio get to nominate, then vote on their favorite books of the year. The book with the most votes in each catagory gets a Buckeye Award.
I'm thrilled to report that this year the K-2 kids voted Elephant and Piggie's WE ARE IN A BOOK! as their fave.
There's nothing better than having your real
By Anatoly Liberman
Shortly before the end of 2009, the University of Minnesota Press brought out a bibliography of English etymology, my database, the fruit of the loom that was set in motion more than two decades ago, and a word of gratitude to a hundred or so of my collaborators and supporters is due today. The introduction to the bibliography contains the traditional section “Acknowledgments.” In the tenth century, lists of names (of kings, ancestors, horses, and dwarfs, let alone ships) were read with interest, but in the twenty-first? Will anyone study (“peruse”) my acknowledgments? Even I am beginning to forget some of my first helpers, especially those who worked only for a few months. But most stayed longer, and one, now both an assistant and a close friend, never left. I remember them as they were when we met, young and old, nurses and parking lot attendants, part-time janitors and retired librarians, able-bodied men and severely handicapped women. All of them were offered the same question: “Why do you want to participate in this project?” The usual answer was: “I have always loved words.” Occasionally they added that they hated their jobs and dreamed of doing research in a university library. Those were volunteers. My paid assistants did not get rich while reading journals and sitting at the computer, but the idea that no analogue of our bibliography existed in Indo-European studies and that the final product would benefit the world in which we live united us. I worked side by side with them. Proud of their achievement, they called the project very unique, and it took some time to teach them to drop very. Winters did not freeze our enthusiasm, summers did not suffocate us with their humidity, and nothing could cloy the infinite variety of the scholarly literature on the origin of English words.
However unique, the project had a pathetically trivial need, namely, money—very little money, but still a few thousand dollars every year, to pay undergraduate assistants (my graduate assistants were few and still remain wildly beyond my means) and to defray the costs of programming and copying. The world, which, as noted, would be the beneficiary of our work, was not in a hurry to accept the gift and be saved, but the University of Minnesota had infinite trust in me, and we lived on small grants for a long time. Then a miracle happened, and I coined the word mid-Westerner, for rescue came when there seemed to be no hope. A husband and wife team listened to my passionate presentation, agreed that there was no future for humanity without a bibliography of English etymology and gave me a handsome grant. Handsome is that handsome does. Much later another philanthropist, himself a language historian, added a similar sum to my budget, and with my parsimony verging on stinginess I’ll be in clover for quite some time. I often read that people who travel to distant countries or embark on great enterprises end up saying that at the end of the way they learned a great deal about themselves. This seems a skimpy reward for such gigantic efforts. Unlike them, I learned nothing about myself in my wanderings but a lot about word origins and those around me. I discovered that no amount of institutional ignorance and highly esteemed claptrap can overpower innate kindness, common sense, and love of genuine scholarship. This gives me hope not only for 2010 but for many years beyond that round date.
The best-known cliché of numerous introductions sounds approximately so: “If I had known what this work entails, I would not have begun it.” By contrast, I never doubted the magnitude of the task (to collect everything said in articles and reviews on the origin of English words, however veiled that information might be), never believed that any bibliography could b
I'm just back from a whirl-wind trip to DC for the Knuffle Bunny Musical.More on that later.Until then, here's a quick report on my recent visit to Center for Cartoon Studies and Dartmouth by the fine folks at the CCS (keep in mind I was talking to grown ups about craft, this is not really for the kiddies).I had a great time hanging out the with students, pontificating on the sins of
"What we are is God's gift to us. What we become is our gift to God." ~Eleanor Powell
Today my oldest grandson attended his Senior Ball. A little more than five years ago we didn't know if he was going to live or die. He was dying of a disease that destroyed his liver. Miracle of miracles, he was given a liver transplant and survived the operation, and got better and better, day by day. He spent a lot of time in the hospital before and after the transplant, but the operation was certainly worth it.
He was given the gift of life by a stranger. It was this last thing this stranger did on Earth. So, it was an amazing gift. After that, my wife and I signed up to be organ donors. It's a worthy cause. You should consider doing it if you are not already signed up as donor. Perhaps, you can help a young man or woman make it to their Senior Ball. What a blessing that would be!
My grandson has a wonderful, loving personality. I am sure he will make the Earth a better place as an adult. He is already doing that by working part-time in an animal hospital. He's giving back on a regular schedule. It might become his career.
He's using his gift of life, which he has been given twice, to give back to God four-legged creatures. And I am very proud of him.
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Today I'm thank for my wonderful husband.
Not only does he do all the cooking around the house, which means he also does all the grocery shopping, but he drives me all over the place (not just the South Bay) looking at things on craigslist. When we buy something, no matter how big, he always manages to fit it into our four-runner. He does all the moving and lifting and carrying and lets me supervise. He never complains, even when we drive a couple of hours for something we don't buy.
Thank you, my dear.
Well, first of all I'm thankful that it seems my brother will finally be coming home from the hospital today, after being in there nearly a week. I think a day in a hospital is like dog years. A week is forever. So THANK YOU!!! Giving big thanks that the doctors got to the cause of the problem and everything seems sorted now.
I'm also thankful that my daughters are having a fabulous time with their grandma over the next few weeks.
And I'm also thankful for colorful characters. There is a very colorful character here, in our new neighborhood. He's a guy that owns the ice cream shop in town. I love him because he's not exactly who'd you expect. Once, around the dinner table, I described the ice cream shop as happy, all Beatles memorabilia EVERYWHERE and children's books like Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan wrapped and hung on the walls and tie dyes and a pin ball machine and one of those mechanical horses that used to be outside of the grocery store when my girls were little. And of course lots of ice cream and sorbet and, something you might not expect...coffee. It's the coffee and his homemade waffle cones that are his passion. My family just looked at me and said the shop wasn't happy, it was weird. Talk about POV. See, what I was saying was, how strange I found it to be that a guy with such a happy store should be so cynical. I enjoy talking with him, though. You never know what he will say. It's usual pretty abrasive and opinionated.
After the BP oil spill he had a BP Sundae on the menu, four scoops of ice cream with an oil slick [chocolate syrup], on top. Said that the Mayan's were right, the world will end in 2012 because the oceans will all die because the oil would catch in the currents and kill all the small fish in the sea. Last week when I went in to buy a pound of his really amazing French Roast, I asked him how he was and he said that he's staying out of trouble. I asked how it was going. He said he's learned his lesson. That he spoke out against the war and that people stopped coming to his store. Told me there is no freedom of speech in America anymore. Went on and on about the Wikileaks folks.
Anyway, I'm thankful for colorful characters, even the ice cream shop man because he regularly takes me places that I don't expect, just like our favorite characters in our favorite stories, although my favorite tend to be weird and decidedly less cynical.
Which leads to today's question...Who's the most colorful character in your neighborhood?
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At last the book that has kept me so glued to my computer, and away from the rest of the world, will be for sale soon on Amazon, maybe next week. There will be a Kindle, and other ebook types, … Continue reading
I've been debating how public or not I was going to be about all this and finally decided that since it's something I'll be living with for the rest of my life, I'll probably feel better if I share it now so I don't have to worry about who does and doesn't know what's going on. Rants, however, will continue to stay locked and private. :)
1. I recently got a a diagnosis of diabetes. Why am I thankful for this? Well I'm thankful I was diagnosed before things spiked way out of my control.
2. At this point in time I am on no medication and I don't have to do daily blood stick tests.
3. This has been the giant push I needed to really get myself in gear to eat better and get more exercise.
4. Hubby is journey me in the get healthy journey.
5. Week one I've already lost 4 1/2 pounds.
Here's what I'm thankful for today:
I love reading your posts and listening to what inspires and challenges you. I love it when you make me laugh.
2. YA INDIE CARNIVAL BLOGGERS
Starting July 15th me and some of my new friends, talented indie writers and reviewers and readers, are beginning a conversation about the YA indie world. Every Friday we will all post on a new topic about YA indie writing, reviewing and reading. Here's a list of folks who I hope you'll get to know much, much better:
Dani Snell- book reviewer open to indies
Courtney Cole- an indie author of paranormal fiction. Her titles include: EVERY LAST KISS [Book 1 of the Bloodstone Saga], FATED [Book 2 of the Bloodstone Saga], PRINCESS, and the title GUARDIAN.
Wren Emerson- an indie author of the paranormal fiction story I WISH.
Nicole Williams- an indie author of paranormal fiction. Her titles include: ETERNAL EDEN, and the upcoming FALLEN EDEN.
Fisher Amelie- an indie YA author of the paranormal fantasy series THE UNDERSTOREY
Michelle Leighton- an indie YA author of paranormal fiction. Her titles include: WICCAN, BLOOD LIKE POISON [BOOK 1 & 2], THE REAPING, CATERPILLAR
Amy Maurer Jones- an indie YA author of the fantasy series called THE SOUL QUEST TRILOGY
T. R. Graves- an indie YA author of paranormal fiction. Her series titles include: WARRIORS OF THE CROSS, GUARDIANS OF THE CROSS, ENEMIES OF THE CROSS
Rachel Coles- an indie YA author of paranormal fiction as well as a book reviewer open to indies. Her titles include DIARY OF A DUCT TAPE ZOMBIE, WHISTLES, BEERGARDEN, PLAGUES, BEES OF ST. JOHN, and MUSHROOMS
Patti Larsen- an indie author of YA and MG fiction. Her titles include: THE GHOST BOY OF MacKENZIE HOUSE, and THE DIAMOND CITY TRILOGY.
[if you are an YA indie author and want to be a CARNI with us, let me know!]
3. This little bat that was flying around in the tangerine sky at sunset last night. The way he darted and dropped and flew about the moon took my breath away.
4. The amazing attitude and courage of our wounded warriors and the wonderful community of people who raise them up every single day with good wishes and prayers.
Check out all the stops on the first half of my tour. I have learned so much about myself and my characters just by answering the thoughtful questions. Thanks to everyone who has commented and to the tour guides who have been very insightful in their reviews and posts!
I've changed it up a bit this week. Tricky right?
The "Marvelous Marketer" series will start up again next Monday after the holiday.
Why? Because today is my "Thanks for following this Turkey" Day.
In honor of Thanksgiving week, I wanted to thank each of you for reading my blog, commenting, giving me encouragement, and for actually coming back :) My blog has evolved over this past year and would not be what it is - without all of you.
But for some reason just saying "thank you" didn't feel thankful enough. It didnt seem to capture how much you all mean to me.
So... I wanted to thank you by offering something. Something more personal. Maybe send out some more of that positive Karma LILA forked out a while back. :)
Yes it my "Thank you for following this Turkey" Contest!!
To win, you must do 2 things:
1. You must be an official follower of my blog. Sorry but only loyal followers are eligible. If you are just stopping by, you can sign up on the left hand side. I do have a 30 day guarantee. If I dont' make you laugh or smile in 30 days - you can unfollow me.
2. You must add a comment to this post telling me one thing you are grateful for that relates to writing. yes it has to be about writing. Maybe a rejection, a critique partner, a book you just read. Its time we show thanks for one good thing that has happened in our writing process. W all have at least one! So Share it!That's it!
I will leave the contest open until midnight Pacific time on Wed night. I will draw a name on Thanksgiving Day and post the winner next Monday.
The winner will get a one hour free marketing consulting session and a book. Now, I want to do something that appeals to unpublished and published writers to be sure everyone is included.
- If you win and are an unpublished writer - You will get an hour with me to brainstorm on pre-published branding, creating a platform, or get a query letter review on how to better market your book to agents. You will also get a copy of Christina Katz's book: Getting known before the book deal."
- If you win and are a published writer (have a book out or coming out) - You can get advice on branding, marketing, social networking, marketing plans. You will get a copy of The Complete Guide to Book Marketing
Thank again and good luck :)
Hope you have a happy Thanksgiving!
If you want to enter the "Thanks for Following This Turkey" contest for some free marketing stuff, be sure you are a follower and that you comment on the official Contest post.
I was looking through last year's Thanksgiving Day post and decided to do something different this year.
If you decide to do this, let me know and I will create a link of Thanksgiving Day posts at the bottom.
1. How will you be spending your Thanksgiving this year?
We are going to my mom's house.
2. Will you be cooking or are you just an eater?
I am in charge of dessert and entertainment (JK on the entertainment!)
3. Do you watch the parade every year or football!!
We watch star wars or Indiana Jones - dont ask me why!
4. Whats your favorite float?
I like the santa float b/c it reminds me of xmas coming.
5. Dark meat or white meat? Dark
6. What is your favorite dish besides the turkey?
Duh Dessert! who ever says green beans is totally lying!
7. Homemade cranberry sauce or cranberry sauce from the can?
My mom's only
8. Do you decorate for Christmas on Thanksgiving day?
No we start xmas stuff on Dec 1st. I need to breathe in between holidays.
9. What are some special family traditions?
So we dont argue with inlaws about who goes where when - we do Thanksgiving together. That means, we trade off every year between my sister-in-law's mom and my mom. That way we only travel every other year.
10. Pumpkin pie or pecan?
Pecan and pumpkin please. Twice! :)
11. What is your favorite thing to do with the leftovers?
What else is there to do but eat them! Wear them?
12. How long will you spend eating your thanksgiving meal?
Probably 30 minutes (what can I say - we have 6 kids under age of 6 between the families so dinners dont last too long) ...but we try to spend hours talking after the meal.
13. Are you worried about putting on weight this Thanksgiving?
I expect to put on weight over the holidays and then make a resolution to take it off in the new year. It's the American way!
14. What do you normally eat at Thanksgiving?
Turkey, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans, stuffing, rolls & pie. Lots of pie!
15. What will you be thankful for this Thanksgiving?
Oh gosh, wher
Gracias / Thanks (English and Spanish Edition) by Pat Mora. Illustrations by John Parra. Lee & Low Books. 2009. Review copy supplied by publisher.
The Plot: A young boy gives thanks for the people and things in his life, starting with "for the sun that wakes me up so I don't sleep for years and years and grow a long, white beard, thanks."
In both English and Spanish: "Por el sol que me despierta y no permite que siga durmiendo por anos y anos, y que me crezca una larga barba blanca, gracias."
The Good: Anyone (boy, girl, adult, child) will identify with what the narrator is thankful for. And, of course, the reader can then add what they are thankful for. The book is both mirror and window, anyone seeing a ladybug; and (for some), window when the boy gives thinks for his "Abuelita."
I loved the illustrations by Parra; they, add to the multicultural aspect of the book, along with the use of Spanish and English. The folk-art story is both appealing and also works for this story; additional details flesh out the story. When the "ladybug that landed on my finger," the narrator has a book on insects, another open to a page on ladybugs, a baseball glove; stylized birds and butterflies fill up the page. The colors are rich and gorgeous; blues, yellows, reds that spring off the page.
I'm posting this on Thanksgiving, because it's a great book to use for giving thanks. But, because there is no mention of holidays here, it's not limited to Thanksgiving and can be used any time.
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I am thankful for a great many things today - family, friends, health, ability to be home writing - but I wanted to speak specifically to a single recent experience.
Earlier this week I went on a retreat with a few writer friends and a few writer/artists strangers who are now friends. We gathered at the beach mostly with solitary intentions and yet, it seemed, the magic of where we were and the creative energy of those gathered had other ideas.
We came with no agenda, no speakers, nothing that absolutely had to be done.
Groups of two and three started to form. Individual work turned into freeform group writing fun. Books and art were shared. Gifts were acknowledged, praised. We were validated as professional creatives. Meals stretched for several hours as we lingered over coffee and tea. We sat by the fire and talked long into the night. We laughed (and some of us cried) and took a great many pictures.
Our backgrounds, our journeys to be writers, were of course very different.
Our passion however, was very much the same.
I am so grateful for the time spent with these fabulous and talented women. You have to understand that it isn't because someone took me aside and said a particular thing to me. It isn't because of anything we saw or ate or did. I think it might be because of what they didn't do.
They didn't say "do this." They didn't say "don't do that." They just listened. And accepted.
It rocked my world from the inside out.
Happy Thanksgiving to each of you. Thank you for all the times you read my blog. May your bellies and hearts be full of everything you need.