Saturday, March 8th, 2014
Morning Joe versus education
As I was getting ready to head out to the office last week (Wednesday), I had MORNING JOE on in the background. I watched in slack-jawed awe as Eva Moscowitz began a segment on charter schools. You can see the video here: http://www.newsmax.com/US/charter-schools-New-York-funding-Eva-Moskowitz/2014/03/05/id/556225 along with a "news" story about her appearance. Basically, with the personalities of MORNING JOE nodding in agreement, Moscowitz called the move by NY mayor De Blasio an action that would leave hundreds of kids without a school to attend (lie). Moscowitz also claimed that charters are essential because they operate in the poorest communities and give poor kids the education they need and deserve (well, her 3 schools educate fewer than 800 kids total, that's about 260 kids per school). The Morning Joe personalities were absolutely outraged and indignant that De Blasio cared so little about kids and the schools that actually worked (unlike the other thousands of schools in NY, apparently). It is a shame that Joe and Mika and the others have not done any real background work on the claims being made by Moscowitz and Kenney and the rest.
Thankfully, Valerie Strauss of the Washington Post has done her due diligence. See her response from an earlier Morning Joe segment about this same charter: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/to-morning-joe-about-that-charter-school-segment/2012/06/14/gJQAXXZkdV_blog.html. I suspect Morning Joe would be unable to handle the TRUTH.
And so I am calling BS when I see it on Morning Joe (and the other MSNBC shows that also promulgate the lies. I am looking at you, Chris Hayes). I ask each and every one of you to do the same. A colleague recently remarked that she did not see a change in the climate of the discussion about education changing any time in the near future. I think as long as we permit the BS to continue unchecked, this is probably the case. But imagine if we can somehow turn the discussion to childhood poverty, to funds being spent on tests and not services to kids, on reformers who know nothing about education suddenly leading the efforts to "change" education? If we could direct the discussion, might there not be some changes we could put forth.
So, BS, Morning Joe. Stick with your March Madness brackets, your interviews of "stars," and your reading of the morning papers. Perhaps if public schools had board members from music and sports and other entertainment venues we might gain your attention. In the meantime, I respectfully ask you to DO YOUR HOMEWORK when it comes to education. It seems only fair.
current mood: unhappy
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"I'm ready for the laughing gas."
Currently in Providence, the temperature is 51˚F, and supposedly feels like 55˚F. However, tonight we have low twenties Fahrenheit and snow coming. Just flurries, but it's the thought that counts, right? Right. My office window is open. Hubero's sitting in it. Maybe I can dampen the House's isopropyl atmosphere just a little.
Stale Hell, behind the goddammn cut:
( Friday evening, 8:35 p.m.Collapse )
Gods, the air coming in the window is chilly. Hubero left.
Nothing was written yesterday. Honestly, the end of my rope was weeks ago. This is free fall.
Right now, the only thing that matters is finishing "The Living and Their Stillborn" and Cherry Bomb. Well, actually, all that genuinely matters is finishing the novel. Geoffrey's visit last week may have helped, in that he may have helped me figure out how to make it stop. This isn't a book to which I find the ending, but one I have to make stop. It just has to be over. I began it the first week of August. It should have been finished, at the latest, in November. After the novel's done, I can step back and try to find firmer ground again.
If you haven't seen it already, I have a new Dancy story up at Subterranean Online. Well, it's not actually a new story. It's actually the prose piece I wrote for Dark Horse, way back in April 2011 that was then adapted into the script for Alabaster: Wolves #1.
Last night we saw Ridley Scott's The Counselor (2013), written by Cormac McCarthy. I'm sort of not surprised that critics panned it. It's a relentlessly brutal film, but it's brilliant, stem to stern. I'm with Danny Leigh (BBC), who wrote, "The real star is the script. What this film really is a Cormac McCarthy audiobook with visuals by Ridley Scott. It's black as night, engrossing and masterful." McCarthy employs the poetry of Antonio Machado to set forth the film's thesis statement and summation: “You are the world you have created. And when you cease to exist, that world you have created will also cease to exist.”
I read from the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, "One of the oldest seals (Carnivora, Phocidae) from the Old World," "Paleoecological implications of new megafaunal 14C ages from the McKittrick tar seeps, California," and "Redescription of Cearadactylus atrox (Pterosauria, Pterodactyloidea) from the Early Cretaceous Romualdo Formation (Santana Group) of the Araripe Basin, Brazil."
Fuck, that air's cold.
current mood: raw
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The Anastasia Story
She’s everyone’s favorite Romanov. In fact, she’s usually the only Romanov people know by name. If you’ve been reading the other posts in this blog tour, you already know that the animated Anastasia movie is basically all lies. Why?
Because she’s the one who supposedly escaped and survived the executions.
Before I go on, I have to tell you something— this blog post is going to get kind of dark. So, to help, I’m going to put some photos of kittens here and there. If things are getting too dark for you, look at the kittens, okay?
Okay. Here we go.
Who was Anastasia?
Anastasia was the youngest of the Romanov sisters— her brother, Alexei, was the youngest over all. She was a pretty delightful and mischievous kid— one of the family doctors said she “held the record for punishable deeds in the family”. She played outdoors, liked acting, and was especially close to the other younger sister, Maria, who she shared a room with. When she grew older, she would visit the Red Cross hospital and play checkers with wounded soldiers and occasionally write poetry. Simply put, she was pretty cool. I think you would have liked her.
(Anastasia and her siblings)
What happened to her?
The entire Romanov family was executed in Ekaterinberg by a group of Reds who’d had them under various forms of house arrest for over a year. The execution was brutal— I won’t go into detail, but know that I cried over it several times while researching TSARINA. Actually, if I think about it too hard, I still cry over it.
Why do so many people think she survived the execution?
When the bodies of the Romanov family were excavated in 1991, they’d been exposed to the elements so long they were skeletonized. Through DNA and skeletal analysis, they were able to sort out who the Tsar and Tsarina were, as well as the handful of servants that had been executed with them. They also were able to identify Olga and Tatiana, the oldest two Romanov sisters, and then a third skeleton, which they believed to be Maria.
And then they were out of skeletons. Anastasia and Alexei weren’t there.
Actually, it could have been Maria and Alexei that were missing— the Russian scientists said that Anastasia was that third found skeleton, and it was Maria who was unaccounted for, while the American scientists working the case said it the third found skeleton was Maria and Anastasia was the missing daughter. Maria and Anastasia were similar in size and, obviously, would have the same mitochondria DNA since they had the same parents, so it was impossible to tell for sure. For the sake of this post, let’s assume Anastasia was the missing daughter.
So, doesn’t that mean it’s possible she and Alexei survived?
It never was particularly likely, seeing as how the soldiers who were there that night insisted that everyone was killed. I mean, why kill the servants and the dogs (seriously— they killed the family’s dogs) if you’re just going to let a legitimate heir to the throne survive?
But, the whole matter was put to bed in 2007, when two final skeletons were found in the forest near Ekaterinberg. These skeletons were in really bad shape. While the other skeletons had been burned and buried, these had been cut up, smashed, and appeared to have acid damage. The theory is that the Reds didn’t want anyone to know that the royal family was dead— at least not right away— so they wanted to do a really, really good job of hiding the bodies. Because Anastasia and Alexei were the smallest…
(you’re going to need a kitten for this)
…the Reds used their bodies to test out various disposal techniques— like dissolving them in acid, burning them, throwing them down a well, etc. When that didn’t work, they decided it was easiest to just bury the rest of the family and leave Anastasia and Alexei’s bodies elsewhere. They were hoping that anyone who found the bodies would assume these were just regular-old-graves, since the number of bodies wouldn’t match the number of missing Romanovs.
I heard some lady says she’s the real Anastasia.
Yeah, that lady is lying. Or maybe she’s just confused. I don’t know. Over the years, dozens of people have claimed to be Anastasia. Some have even claimed to be Maria, Tatiana, or Olga, and a few men have insisted that they’re Alexei. I would love it if that were true, but it’s not. DNA proves that the entire Romanov family is accounted for, now. Even if we can’t be totally sure whether it was Maria or Anastasia temporarily lost with Alexei, we now have seven bodies to match with seven family members.
Where is Anastasia now?
Before Anastasia and Alexei’s bodies were found, Russia held a state funeral for the other Romanovs, and interred them in the St. Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg. You can see video from the funeral services here:
When Anastasia and Alexei were found, their bodies were interred alongside the rest of their family. They’re all together now in the St. Catherine chapel of the Cathedral.
Here is something that I think you should remember though: The most interesting thing about Anastasia isn’t the theory that she might have survived. The most interesting thing about Anastasia is that, really, she wasn’t that interesting. She was just like you, or me, or any other teenager. She happened to be royalty, sure, but she also loved her siblings, was a bad speller, ate too much chocolate, and had a purple bedroom with butterflies on the walls.
So, instead of remembering what didn’t happen— her escape— maybe we can remember the things that did happen, and the Romanov family as they really were: People.
People with kittens, in fact:
Mirrored from JacksonPearce.com.
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Eternity - Chapter 17
Authors: ayumie and lady_dragoncrow
Fandom: The Vampire Diaries (TV)
Word count: 9919
Warnings: Incest, slash and some violence and kinky scenes, drug use (I’m not favoring the idea, but in the 60s, it was used)
Summary: Damon had promised his brother an ‘eternity of misery’. But will Damon be able to fulfill this promise or is the bond between him and Stefan too strong? They will meet again and again throughout time and places, experiencing good and bad times while challenging each other. Incest, slash, mature themes, drug use (in the 60s)
Chapter 1 Chapter 17
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Friday, March 7th, 2014
The first three books of the Worldweavers trilogy are now all out from Sky Warrior Books - Gift of the Unmage, Spellspam, and Cybermage - these three books:
That means the countdown is now on for the conclusion of the series, the never-before-seen brand now story and the grand finale of the series, "Dawn of Magic".
While you wait, catch up with the series in its new guise, re-read from the beginning, and watch this space for an announcement concerning Thea WInthrop's final bow...
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Entry # 4,031
"There is no solace above or below. Only us - small, solitary, striving, battling one another. I pray to myself, for myself." ~ Frank Underwood
Maybe five hours sleep last night.
We are told the temperature will reach 40˚F today. Currently, though, it's only 31˚F and mostly cloudy, so you will forgive my skepticism. Meanwhile, thanks to the stale Hell photos, I exceeded my monthly bandwidth allotment at Earthlink, where I upload images. So, I will now be charged 2¢/MB until the billing period ends on Tuesday. We're having to backtrack and put images behind cuts, which, obviously, saves a lot of bandwidth. I just haven't given enough of a shit to bother. Also, please do not tell me how wonderful your web hosting service, etc. is, and how I ought to switch right this moment. Thank you. Behind the cut is today's stale Hell, from yesterday (of course):
( Thursday afternoon, 1:56 p.m.Collapse )
Yesterday, I wrote 1,014 words on "The Living and Their Stillborn." Less pot, more words. I suspect it's going well, this story, but in order to write it, I'm having to go down to a place I definitely should not be visiting just now.
It is damaging.
current mood: tired
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Thanks to Franki Sibberson for making sure I saw this posting from EDUCATION WEEK: http://mobile.edweek.org/c.jsp?DISPATCHED=true&cid=25983841&item=http%3A%2F%2Fblogs.edweek.org%2Fedweek%2Fon_innovation%2F2014%2F03%2Fwhat_does_the_google_investment_in_renaissance_learning_mean.html. Google has invested in Renaissance Learning, the company that markets Accelerated Reader among other products. According to the author of the blog, there are two reasons why Google has invested in Renaissance Learning: "personalized learning paths are rapidly becoming a reality and the big guys will play a key role in innovation."Translation? MONEY! and DATA!
The posting is a little shy on real details about how Renaissance Learning will provide daily data. Right now I am concerned that they have data from the schools they serve. I wonder what data they collect? Do they know which kids have read a certain book and how they scored on the quiz? I know they use their data to proudly proclaim each year that they know which books are most popular for each grade level (a claim that is, at best, not quite accurate and, at worst, a downright lie). They market their annual report to various media outlets who then, without any sort of research, publish it as being an accurate portrayal of what books kids DO read (without ever mentioning that kids might actually read something outside of the books they read for points or that there are schools where AR is not being implemented and dictated).
I am concerned more and more with this data mining. My chief concern is that we are reducing kids to numbers. It is bad enough that I am often reduced to numbers, but taking a child and replacing the real information with scores and points and other descriptors that fail to tell me much about the REAL WHOLE person? How is this allowed under FERPA? How is it permitted by those in education who care about kids? How have paren5ts somehow lost control of the data mining? I know more about a kid after talking to her about her favorite books and authors than any set of numbers can tell me. I know more about a kid after discussing his latest read than points could ever reveal.
I know something else, too. I know research says that posting charts that show the number of books someone has read makes kids never want to read another book again. Imagine what seeing the data walls makes a kid think? I know what it would make me think and feel.
Here is the sentence that sends chills up my spine: "The company today owns one of the largest anonymized data sets on learning progress. Using this kind of data, teachers can then create personalized learning plans for each student or class." Personalized learning plans based on data (they mention Student Growth Percentile, SGP, as one factor they are investigating)? How does this work? I suspect it will be just another APP we can download onto the 1:1 computer tablets that will mean teachers simply have to press some keys and VOILA! their students' plans are done. This rather mechanized view of learning seems dystopic to me. Anyone else? Bueller?
reductio ad absurdum
current mood: puzzled
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Comfort Reads, Book Battles, and Guilty Writing Pleasures
The fabulous writers at Novelocity invited me to take part in their roundtable this week, talking about Comfort Reads - one of my favorite topics! So I'm over there recommending three of my favorites - one adult fantasy novel, one children's novel, and one romance. Check it out!
And in really fun and ridiculously exciting news (to me, anyway), Kat, Incorrigible just made it through Round 1 of the epic YA/MG Book Battle - and the judge said amazing things about it! I was SO happy to see that. :)
Oh! And I've written 4,000 words of the Kat novella ("Courting Magic") so far this week. Considering what a slow first-drafter I usually am, that feels pretty magical to me - but it's just so much fun to race ahead with this story, after waiting so many years to tell it! I feel slightly guilty about how much fun it is, actually. But - needless to say - not guilty enough to stop! ;)
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Telling, not Showing
So I just wrote a critique for someone in which I suggested doing more telling, and less showing. Or at least having a higher ratio of telling rather than showing. I do this every once in a while, and then I laugh, reminded that no advice is really universally good.
Here’s the thing. You’re writing a book, not filming a movie. Writing a book uses words. Filming a movie doesn’t need any words at all. You can show everything. You can’t do that with a book (unless it’s a graphic novel, I suppose, or a wordless picture book). In a book, you use words to do all the things that you use the actor’s face to do in a movie. And in addition to that, you get to do this cool extra thing where you can orchestrate the emotional reaction of your reader. With words.
If you are only giving a play-by-play of the action, you’re missing the real power of a book. A book gets you into the head of your pov character. You’re along for the ride in a way that a movie can’t really allow you to be. You get to know everything your pov knows. You feel everything your pov feels. You become your pov in a way a movie can’t quite manage. Now, movies can do other things that are amazing, but I don’t think they give you the same emotional connection.
Don’t just show me what is happening. Tell me what is happening in the head of the pov you’ve picked for me to ride along with. This is the pov that you’ve chosen for a reason, right? The one who is going to give the reader the most emotional ride? The one they’re never going to forget sharing an adventure with?
Make it hurt. Make it sing. Make it stay.
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Poetry Friday: Dear March by Emily Dickinson
Dear March, come in!
How glad I am!
I looked for you before.
Put down your hat-
You must have walked-
How out of breath you are!
Dear March, how are you?
And the rest?
Did you leave Nature well?
Oh, March, come right upstairs with me,
I have so much to tell!
I got your letter, and the bird's;
The maples never knew
That you were coming,-I declare,
How red their faces grew!
But, March, forgive me-
And all those hills
You left for me to hue;
There was no purple suitable,
You took it all with you.
Who knocks? That April!
Lock the door!
I will not be pursued!
He stayed away a year, to call
When I am occupied.
But trifles look so trivial
As soon as you have come,
That blame is just as dear as praise
And praise as mere as blame.
- Emily Dickinson
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Cynsational News & Giveaways
Congratulations to Carol Lynch Williams
on the release of The Haven
(St. Martin's Griffin, 2014). From the promotional copy:
For the teens at The Haven, the outside world, just beyond the towering stone wall that surrounds the premises, is a dangerous unknown. It has always been this way, ever since the hospital was established in the year 2020.
More News & Giveaways How to Write YA
But The Haven is more than just a hospital; it is their home. It is all they know. Everything is strictly monitored: education, exercise, food, and rest. The rules must be followed to keep the children healthy, to help control the Disease that has cast them as Terminals, the Disease that claims limbs and lungs—and memories.
But Shiloh is different; she remembers everything. Gideon is different, too. He dreams of a cure, of rebellion against the status quo. What if everything they’ve been told is a lie? What if The Haven is not the safe place it claims to be? And what will happen if Shiloh starts asking dangerous questions?
Powerful and emotional, The Haven takes us inside a treacherous world in which nothing is as it seems.
by Seth Fishman
from Publishers Weekly. Peek: "...how do adult writers, so far away from the source, successfully manage to create believable teen characters? ...I’ve written a couple YA novels now and have a few handy hints for those aspiring writers who want to give it a go."Five Agents Share What Makes Them Stop Reading Sample Pages
from Adventures in YA Publishing. Peek from Suzie Townsend: "This might sound harsh, but I stop reading when I'm not hooked. Which means: I read the first line. If I'm interested, I read the second line. If I'm still interested, I read the third line, and so on."Black History Month: Interracial Teens in Historical Fiction
by Diane Colson
from YALSA. Peek: "These mixed race children have had to work out their place in society for hundreds of years. The books listed below focus on the choices available to teens of mixed white and black heritage."Ten Positive-Aging Picture Books for Pre-schoolers
by Lindsey McDivitt from A is for Aging, B is for Books. Peek: "...internalizing positive images of getting older
is more strongly linked to longevity than a low-fat diet or daily exercise, especially when we begin in childhood."Embracing Failure
by Ginger Johnson from Quirk and Quill. Peek: "Rejection can be a slippery slope into a deep chasm of self-doubt and fear. As a matter of self-preservation, we’re advised not to dwell on our failures, our rejections, our bad reviews. That’s good advice. However..." See also When Publishing (Or Life) Has You Down on the Mat, Answer the Bell
by Tiffany Trent
from Adventures in YA Publishing.Giving Up Our Stories
from Marion Dane Bauer. Peek: "My best stories aren’t the ones that give answers, the ones that support my most passionately held certainties. They are the stories that ask the hardest, most-difficult-to-entertain questions."Do Great Work and the Rest Will Follow
by Shadra Strickland
from The Horn Book. Peek: "...interviewers would ask questions like, 'Why do you only paint black people?' To which I would reply: My choice of characters isn’t what defines my style; it’s how I paint them and the world around them. Would you ask a white male artist why he doesn’t paint black people?'"Multicultural Children's-YA Books Action List from CCBC-Net Discussion
, compiled by Sarah Hamburg (with additions by Debbie Reese
) from American Indians in Children's Literature. Peek: "...how people could advocate for more books that are representative of all the peoples who, in some way, are part of the United States."Surviving the Cancelled Contract
by Nicole Maggi
from The Writing Barn. Peek: "...I’d been asked to do endless (unnecessary) edits and my acquiring editor had left. I never felt like my new editor was on board. So it wasn’t a huge surprise to get that awful call from my agent. But it was devastating
."Interview with Renowned Publisher Neal Porter on the Current State of Picture Books
by Leonard S. Marcus
from The Horn Book. Peek (on picture e-books): "I think they are not going much of anywhere. The fact remains that there has yet to be a platform that is as effective from a cost point of view as well as from a delivery point of view as the physical book."You Are Not Lazy
from Elizabeth O. Dulemba. Peek: "They’ve said I'm not lazy...and I relish the declaration. But it’s only true when it comes to those
things, because those are the things I care
about. And for them, I will never have enough time and never put in enough effort. Whereas for somebody else, it might be drudgery."How Manuscript Auctions Work
by Deborah Halverson
from DearEditor. Peek: "The agent contacts the chosen publishers, pitches the project, and explains the rules and timeline. It’s usually blind, with the editors knowing the number of houses involved but not the names."
Short Lists Announced for the Canadian Library Association 2014 Book Awards
|CLA Book of the Year for Children Short List
from The Canadian Children's Book Centre. Peek: "...shortlists for its three Canadian children's book awards — the CLA Book of the Year Award for Children, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award and the CLA Young Adult Book Award." Note: Ten books are listed for each award.Why Playing It Safe May Be the Most Dangerous Game of All
by Emma D. Dryden from Dryden Books. Peek: "Where but in stories can we allow our youngest readers to not play it safe, to try new things, to explore, to roam, to make mistakes and make amends, to reach higher, deeper, and further than we ever thought possible? And where but in stories can we allow ourselves the very same?"If Writers Wrote Every Scene Like a Sex Scene
by Jane Lebak
from QueryTracker. Peek: "...let's talk about details and at what point your reader stops reading and starts noticing that you're cramming every sentence with far too many of them."Connecting Science and Poetry
by Sylvia Vardell
from Poetry for Children. Peek:"Pairing science-themed nonfiction or informational books and poetry may seem to be an unlikely partnership at first, but these two different genres can complement one another by showing children how writers approach the same topic in very different and distinctive ways."After the Call
: a blog series from Caroline Richmond
. Peek: "...chronicles what happens after you get an offer of representation from a literary agent. For instance, how do you choose between multiple offers? How do you communicate with your new agent? And what is the revision process like?"SCBWI Golden Kite & Sid Fleischman AwardsGolden Kite Award WinnersGolden Kite Honor RecipientsSid Fleischman Award for Humor
: Openly Straight
by Bill Konigsberg
(Arthur A. Levine)
Note: "The Golden Kite Awards and the Sid Fleischman Award for Humor will be presented to the winners at the Golden Kite Luncheon during the Society of Children's Book Authors & Illustrators’s Annual Conference on Writing and Illustrating for Children, taking place in Los Angeles, California. An Honor Book plaque is also awarded in each category."2014 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award
Winner: Etched in Clay: The Life of Dave, Enslaved Potter and Poet
, written by Andrea Cheng
, with woodcuts by the author (Lee & Low).
Note: "This prestigious award is named for Lee Bennett Hopkins
, the internationally renowned educator, poet, anthologist and passionate advocate of poetry for young people. Selected by a panel of teachers, librarians and scholars, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award was the first award of its kind in the United States. The Pennsylvania Center for the Book, the Penn State University Libraries and Lee Bennett Hopkins share joint administration of the annual award." See more information
.Lambda Literary Award Finalists
Note: "Now in their twenty-sixth year, the Lambda Literary Awards
celebrate achievement in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) writing for books published in 2013. Winners will be announced during a ceremony on Monday evening, June 2, 2014, at The Great Hall at Cooper Union (7 East 7th Street, New York City 10003)."Children's Africana Book AwardsBest Books for Older ReadersBest Books for Young Children
Note: "Collectively CABA winners show that Africa is indeed a varied and multifaceted continent. CABA titles expand and enrich our perspectives of Africa beyond the stereotypical, a historical and exotic images that are emphasized in the West." See more information
. Source: Monica Edinger
.Scottish Children's Book Awards
From Scottish Book Trust
: "A record breaking number of votes – over 38,000! – were cast to choose the winners, who took to the stage at Glasgow’s Mitchell Library on 5 March to present their books and receive their prizes." See more information
. Source: Bookshelves of Doom
.This Week at CynsationsCynsational Giveaways
Enter to win
a signed and personalized copy of Robot Burp Head Smartypants!
(Candlewick, 2014) and a set of alphabet-and-numbers foam stickers. Author sponsored. Eligibility: U.S. Enter here
. Note: scroll through the photos to the entry form at the bottom of the post.
Check out the OneFour Kidlit Preview & Seven-Book Giveaway
at Adventures in YA Publishing.
Check out the One-Year Anniversary Giveaway
from Diversity in YA. Seventeen winners will each receive a prize pack of four books. Eligibility: U.S. addresses only. Deadline: March 31.Cover Reveal & Giveaway: The Only Thing to Fear
by Caroline Tung Richmond (Scholastic) from YA Highway. Peek: "What if Hitler Had Won World War II?"More Personally
Lucky me! I had a terrific lunch on Ash Wednesday with Austin SCBWI
RA Samantha Clark
and author Lesléa Newman
on 6th Street in Austin.
This week's big event was the launch party for Varsha Bajaj
's debut novel Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood
(Albert Whitman, 2014) at Blue Willow Books
in Katy/Houston, Texas.
I'm on a revision deadline for Feral Pride (Book 3 in the Feral series). First, I'm streamlining the antagonists' logistical situation and then I'll move to my protagonists' interpersonal dynamics.
Congratulations to Laney Nielson winner of the Austin SCBWI Cynthia Leitich Smith Mentor Award
and cheers to all the finalists!
Congratulations to Clint G. Young -- Illustrator
on his new official website. If you're not already a fan of Clint's work, you should really click the link and be wowed. Really, it's breathtaking.
Cheers to Read Across America
and World Book Day
!Interview with Bestselling Author Cynthia Leitich Smith
by Brittney Breakey
from Author Turf. Note: Get the scoop on my preferred apocalypse, legacy, hidden messages, theme song and more!What Surprised Me in Writing the Feral Series?
Find out from YA Series Insider.
Cynsational EventsThe SCBWI-OK Conference
|Typewriter Cake by Akiko White
will be March 29 in Oklahoma City. Speakers are: Liza Kaplan, Editor, Philomel; Melissa Manlove, Editor, Chronicle; Andrew Harwell, Editor, HarperCollins; Colleen AF Venerable, Design Editor, First Second and author of Guinea PI series; Kristin Miller-Vincent, Agent, D4EO Literary Agency; Tricia Lawrence, Agent, Erin Murphy Literary. See more information and registration
.Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers
will be held June 16 to June 21 at the Waterford School in Sandy, Utah. Keynote speaker: James Dashner
; faculty includes Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith
. Learn about the WIFYR Fellowship Award
. See also Alison L. Randall on Choosing a Writing Conference
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