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1. Life Drawing -

Today was short-pose, costumed model day at Arts Umbrella - aka "Pirate Day". We drew piratey model whilst listening to "The Pirates of the Caribbean" soundtrack. We were sadly lacking in eye-patches, parrots and peg-legs, however.

We had a series of scant-20 minute poses - so I scrambled to do some full-bodied poses (I promised I would) . Eh.
Theme-day was fun at least.

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2. Pirate Day, congratulations to Wendy Mass and Carrie Jones

Pirate Day!

September 19th is International Talk Like A Pirate Day. I searched for Pirate Day in JacketFlap's blog reader, and I saw that the wonderful & talented Elizabeth O. Dulemba has graciously posted a pirate-themed coloring book page for all to download and color in her fabulous style. My kids will now have an after-school activity to do. Thanks Elizabeth!

And speaking of Pirate Day, I was browsing JacketFlap's Newly Published books section, and I noticed that Eloise's Pirate Adventure was published yesterday (Sept. 18th) by Aladdin Paperbacks. Great timing!

Congratulations to our members!

I'd like to send a big congratulations today to two JacketFlap members. Wendy Mass, author of such fabulous books as Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life and A Mango-Shaped Space emailed to say that her new book Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall is now available, written for seventh graders and up.


Also congratulations to Carrie Jones who sold two books to Bloomsbury. The first book is called NEED. Read her Super Great News post for the details. Great job!


Book Stores in the news

Jessica Stockton of The Written Nerd blog did a great job of summing up some recent news articles regarding independent book stores versus the big chains. It is quite interesting to take note that while big chains like Barnes and Nobles are closing shops the independent ma & pa shops might be making a come-back. Read her post here.


New Member Welcome

I always get a kick out of checking JacketFlap's New Members page to see the faces of the people that just joined the site. From time to time, I'm going to introduce some of our new members here in my blog. I'd like everyone to join me today in welcoming Marjorie van Heerden. Since the publication of her first children’s picture book in 1983 Marjorie has written and/or illustrated more than 80 children’s books and has been published in 33 languages in Africa, England, Europe, Canada and the USA. She was born in South Africa, lived in Stellenbosch near Cape Town for 20 years, in Linden, Johannesburg for a decade, travelled for eighteen months on honeymoon in a camper van around Europe, lived for a year on the banks of Lake Michigan in the USA and for four years in a forest on a mountain north of Athens in Greece. Now her studio overlooks False Bay, once again near Cape Town, South Africa. Please leave a comment on Marjorie's profile page to welcome her to JacketFlap!

Tracy

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3. who knew?

Courtesy of the Wordsmith word-a-day email: tomorrow is Talk Like a Pirate day.

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4. Ahoy, Mateys!

As ye all know, today be International Talk Like a Pirate Day. If ye`ve any love fer this sacred holiday, ye`d be wise t' follow me lead an' jus' plug everythin' ye`re goin' t' blog starboard into th' Shipmate Speak website.

Nay. I be jus' kiddin' ye. As enjoyable as havin' a Hot Man o' Children`s Literature presented entirely in "sea dog" might be, I`ll reserve me Yo Ho Hoin' fer this post alone. Still, check ou' th' official holiday website an' drink a keg o' rum on a dead man`s chest fer me, if ye get a chance.

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5. Arrrrrh…September 19 is Talk Like a Pirate Day

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Every day is talk like a pirate day here at Stately Beat Manor.

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6. It's Talk Like a Pirate Day!

To learn more about the guys who cooked up this crazy idea, go to Talk Like a Pirate. In honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, I share some jokes: *What do you call a pirate that skips class? -- Captain Hooky! *How much did the pirate pay for his peg leg and hook? -- An arm and a leg! *What kind of socks does a pirate wear? -- Aarrgghyle!! *What happened when Red Beard fell

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7. Pirates

A Readable Feast has this fine post about Pirates. Did you know there's a Talk Like A Pirate Day? (Wasn't the Bones episode when they talked like pirates cool?)

Some YA Pirate titles:

Piratica by Tanith Lee; this is full of humor, as Art suddenly remembers she's the daughter of a Pirate Queen and goes about assembling her mother's old crew. But things aren't exactly as she remembers.

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel. Matt Cruse is a cabin boy in an airship that runs into air pirates.

Pirates! by Celia Rees. Slightly more historically accurate than Tanith Lee, but still full of adventure.

The Pirates of Pompeii by Caroline Lawrence, for Roman Empire-era pirates.

What pirate books have you been reading?

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8. Review of the Day: Blackbeard, the Pirate King

Arrr. Tis Poetry Friday, me hearties. Let us gather round the old blog and put on bad pirate accents until this whim of mine passes. Arrr.

National Geographic publishers have turned their sights to the world of poetry, it seems. But not your namby-pamby flowers and sunshine type poems. No, sir. Poems with blood. Poems with gunfire. Poems with pirates! And what better way to celebrate all things piratical than with a little Blackbeard action, eh? With all things pirate hotter now than ever, the time is ripe for a book that can be part biography and part illustrated history. Throw in a couple pirate poems and the concept is a touch confusing, but no less amusing. Author J. Patrick Lewis culls together what little we know about Blackbeard's life and sets it ah-rhyming. Though a bit awkward and difficult to follow, I can think of no better work of poetry to hand to those boys forced to do poetry book reports against their will. Or, for that matter, pirate loving lasses.

The book is twelve poems, each of which documents a significant moment in Blackbeard's life. From his early days as Edward Teach to his eventual piratical apprenticeship under Benjamin Hornigold, Lewis weaves together fact and myth to bring us the a book that appreciates Blackbeard at his best. With lush color illustrations from such artists as Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth, and some contemporary works as well, the book is a bright brassy alluring look at a most notorious and mysterious historical figure.

The poetry itself is rather good. It scans beautifully and even tries for different poetic forms here and there. I can't tell my stanza from my ode, but I know enough about the art to know that Lewis is comfortable in escaping the standard a,b,a,b rhyme schemes so favored by lesser children's poets. I, for one, would have enjoyed a couple more sea shanties, of course. I mean, when you think of rhyming pirates you have one of two images leap to mind. Either "The Pirates of Penzance" or sea shanties. And if you're an original author, definitely go with the shanties every time.

One of the essential problems with this book is how the information is presented to the reader. If you happen to know Blackbeard's biography by heart then you should have no trouble reading the poems and figuring out what they refer to. For each section Lewis presents a picture, a poem, and, in tiny type, an explanation of the aforementioned at the bottom of the page. Sometimes these explanations clear up the poetry. Sometimes they don't. For the full story you have to flip to the back of the book and read through the Blackbeard Time Line. In terms of history and interest, this information should really be at the front of the book. I suppose the publisher figured the poem "The Brethren of the Coast" with its image of one man sword fighting with another made for a better opener. Still, for clarity's sake, I'd prefer a little history before my poetry. Or at least facts first, artistic license second. Though, of course, sometimes even the explanations leave one out in the cold. When we learn that Blackbeard would hold contests of some sort where he would, "light several ... pots of sulfur, close the hatches, and challenge his men to see who could stay below deck the longest", we're not entirely certain why this would be hard. An adult can probably figure out that sulfur stinks terribly and to stay would be near to intolerable. Child readers, on the other hand, are going to have to read a lot into the Frank Earle Schoonover painting that accompanies this info (an image which is more than a little oblique). That said, the facts that are here are fascinating. Blackbeard may have been born in Philadelphia... or maybe Bristol, England... or perhaps London, Jamaica. He eventually was pardoned by the English king in Bath, North Carolina and even settled down with a wife. Then he was off pirating again. That time period would make an excellent bit of historical fiction speculation, don't you think? I also loved the idea that someone could be apprenticed to a pirate. Not to bring it up again, but how much more "Pirates of Penzance" can you get?

Good rhyming pirate books are few and far between. Should you have a kid who would like to pair this with a slightly goofier outing, might I suggest grabbing a copy of Lisa Wheeler's, "Seadogs" as well. The timing of the publication of this book couldn't be better. Pirates are hot hot hot stuff. So when the next Talk Like a Pirate Day rolls around (September 19th) I hope you remember to pluck this pirate-laden book of Blackbeard fun off of your shelves for a look-see. It's flawed but still a lot of fun. Arrrghh!

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9. Signorney Weaver and Me and MORE

I researched cameras. I reviewed their ratings. I compared prices. Then I walked into the store and bought the first one I saw because it was cute. (It's really shiny and red!)

Here is the first photo I took with me new digital camera.
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Oops. Just realized I wrote "with ME new" instead of "with MY new." However, Speak Like a Pirate Day is coming up, so I'm going to leave it.

Okay. Other stuff. Magazineey stuff.

1. My story "Veggies, the Wolf Boy, and Me" is in the premiere issue of GO magazine. It's about healthy eating, so in honor of it I am not going to eat the Violet Crumble that is sitting on my desk. The magazine readership is elementary school kids, and royalty, and it's distributed by the National Governors Association.
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2. MORE magazine.
I'm interviewed in MORE magazine (October issue) by Signorney Weaver!!!
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Well, not really. But I am in the magazine in an article called "The Cost of Passion." It's about women who changed careers to follow their dreams. I am happy with the interview, except for the line, "she was gaining weight."

3. MORE magazines.
Here are some magazines (honest!) that I have been in . . .

- My wedding invitation was in BRIDES magazine. (I had written a humorous fairy tale. The invite had a photo of me, age 4, wearing a slip on my head and pretending to be a bride. Hubby's photo, same age, was him on a rocking horse)
- My ovaries were in the WALL STREET JOURNAL. (in an article about career obessesed women who scheduled their pregnancy around big projects
- My photo was in the premiere issue of ALLURE. (I represented what a Disney producer looked like)
- My cooking was chronicled in the TUPPERWARE magazine. (I was quoted as saying, "I roast chicken and then store it in Tupperware." Actually, I said, "I BUY roast chicken and store it in Tupperware."
- And the list goes on!

And finally, I was so thrilled with my new little red camera, I bought a little red Corvette. Only it looks like this . . .
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