Monthly Archives: May 2010

Masterpiece Monday: Memorial Day Books

Thank you to all who serve or have served our great country! We love you and are ever grateful!

Books about soldiers, wartime, and their families:

The Wall

Memorial Day Surprise

Turn Homeward HannaLee

Rosie the Riveter

Johnny Tremain

World War II for Kids

Yankee Doodle Boy

The American Revolution

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Salud Sunday: Salutes the Troops!

Here is an MG book on my to read list. From what I HAVE read so far it looks like a good read. Take a peek for yourself with the links below. Thanks to all our troops and to those who have served our country! We will never forget!

Operation Yes link….Isn’t the bracelet Wowza awesome?

Operation Yes on Amazon

Happy Memorial Day weekend!

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Saturday on Holiday

Okay I lied. Saturday is NOT on said holiday. I tried desperately to derail this post but have failed. Secrets have a way of finding their way to the public right?

Me: Saturday I really think you shouldn’t share what we discussed. Has no one taught you the importance of top-secret finesse?
Saturday: It might be cool?
Me: How? How!
Saturday: Really it’s just a matter of time, a matter of relativity. They could relate to something else, or not.
Me: But…
Saturday: No. No more. I’ll call out the PR  people. If it gets out of hand, if anyone busts our chops… we will distract them with ice cream and pixie dust. They will be so occupied they won’t remember any of it. I assure you. Your secret’s safe wit me. Ha!

So here it is: the ultimate memo

Things We Have Done In the Name of Research: Finding Our Inner Kid.

1. Food fights @ the dinner table
2. Played in the sprinklers-squirted the hose at others-brought out the water balloons–used them like an army brat tossing live grenades.
3. Walked on tip-toes past sleeping hubby love. Used sharpie on DH (okay not yet but planning it).
4. Sung at top of lungs to Fiddler on the Roof in front of toddler who laughed hysterically then tried to imitate us.
5. Dipped french fries in milk shakes and laughed with milk shake mustaches.
6. Sung Little Mermaid songs in shower, yes at top of lungs!

In my world…did I mention…it might be cool…if I…

1. Got a haircut from Edward Scissorhands.
2. Could have a “fairest of them all” mirror smack on my bathroom wall.
3. Could play the part of Sleeping Beauty just once. What does one have to do to get some sleep around here?
4. Could just once play the marshmallow man from Ghostbusters.
5. Could share ownership of Mr. Magoriums Wonder Emporium.
6. Could meet Dustfinger from Inkheart.
7. Could borrow Little Red’s riding hood for excursions to grandmothers house
8. Could sit stop the lap of the Abe Lincoln Monument–but this is naturally out of the question.
9. Could Lift Excalibur from the stone.
10. Could vacation in Suessville/land.
11. Could fly atop a sparrow like Thumbelina.
12. Could have my very own secret garden–old antique key and all.
13. Could fly with Pan. Wait….I do that already.

“A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.” ~Willy Wonka

So what are your picks? Add to the list(s). 

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Woeful Workshop Wednesday: Imagination

“Some stories are true that never happened.”  ~Elie Weise

Read the characters you love, especially the ones you have a crush on. Read the characters you hate and despise, it will make you a better writer if you can understand them. Play in far off worlds and make magic in others, if not, you might as well pretend.

Possibilities’ slow fuse is lit. It is called “bloomability.” It’s there. Use it. Develop it. Don’t let it sit in the corner and purr!

My alphabet starts with this letter called yuzz. It’s the letter I use to spell yuzz-a-ma-tuzz. You’ll be sort of surprised what there is to be found once you go beyond ‘Z’ and start poking around! ~Dr. Seuss

Who ever said that poking about was dangerous was VERY wrong! In my gingerbread book, it is the best guide for the imagination. Let it tickle your senses until you cannot breathe, just when you are about to suffocate from imagination, begin to write. Fill a page. Continue.  Epiphany will follow. Ah ha! You are a writer.

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Masterpiece Monday:Reading Pictures

“Be careful going in search of adventure–it’s ridiculously easy to find.” –William Least Heat-Moon

There are always unlikely characters pining for adventure in books or wishing they were something else. Sometimes even the simplest books with no words at all can become the best kind of adventure!

Check out these:

Spoon
The Red Book
Tuesday
The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher
Wave
Rainstorm
Mirror
Sunshine

ENJOY!

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Salud Sunday

ST, thief of You…..what has she done? Figure it out all over again right HERE.

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Humpty Dumpty and Saturday Take Five For Cake

Baking a cake. What kind? Who cares! It’s CAKE! Pay attention!

Faith precedes the miracle…

Mother: “Ok we need….and 3 eggs.”
Saturday: “Okay mommy, I will HATCH the eggs!”

Mother says secretly to self: LMBO…It was too cute. Obviously he meant “crack.” I love that kid!

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Fanatic Friday

Bloomability Thursday got skipped along like a rock on the water. I notice there are no ripples because of it. Duly noted. Here is a teaser.

I just entered the Sharks lair…follow me in to find out what book I’m after. Read my 100 word entry here. Don’t delay; piranhas await.

Looking into googlewave and googlebuzz. Anyone else place kudos on these? Comment away!

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Wednesday Swapped for Tools

Know Thy Setting: Location, Location People!

As you all know, today in Neverland it is Tuesday. For reals! Yesterday we took a stab at Wednesday’s workshop instead. IT was fun. It was delightful. It made my mind go into overload, but a good kind of overload. I did expend much effort, and then I put all my faculties to rest by 1 AM only to wake this morning around 9 AM thinking, “What are you doing! You can’t sleep in. You have children!” Yes, somehow my children allowed me to slumber. Such a foreign word! I think DH must have warned them, threatened even….okay I’m just kidding about the threat. Ha ha. I really don’t know, but it was magical. Magical at our house is usually breakfast, accompanied by a BIC (butt in chair syndrome) event  next to the computer. It was not so this morning. Instead I happily sat butt in couch and watched shows from my DVR. Yes, I did. While watching, the screen flashed with a message about a thunderstorm. To my complete and utter surprise they were advising everyone to avoid going outside–“remain indoors”. Now you must understand, I am from Florida, lightning storm capital of the world, okay well at least the nation. In Florida we venture out into lightning storms. We run errands in them and half the time without umbrellas or rain boots. I remember my sister and I peeking out the door during a hurricane, a BIG no no if you will. EEK! You get the idea. Now with that put to the side let me just say that it helps to know about these things when writing. It helps to know the local situation and reaction. Moving from FL has really made me more aware of this. Little did I know that here in NC, when there is a snowstorm warning, people rush out to the store to buy milk, bread and eggs. I knew so little! It was hilarious to me because, a snow storm to me is no where near the equivalent of a hurricane when it comes to danger. Little did I know that pollen, little tiny particles of pollen, can physically attack you and your car–you might as well be in a Kill Bill fight scene! IT was insanely funny to me, but knowing these things is IMPORTANT in helping a reader believe they really are where they are in your story. Never forget it. I jest not!

What are some things you learned about the place you moved to or now live that are just surreal and hilarious to you? Let’s see how different we look at things. REALLY! You can even use satire. I support the facetious arts. Promise!

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Tools to Tinker Alone Today

There is a swap today. Workshop today. Tools tomorrow. So many of you may already know about the  wonderful TH. Mafi. Did I mention she is a fantastic (hilarious too) YA author who is hosting a contest on her blog–it blew my mind. So today I am working on it again. It has been fun thus far. So with enjoyment in mind, I’m leaving the tools to tinker themselves today and I’ll tackle them tomorrow.

Also check out the new group at Absolute Write : Picture Book Authors/Writers

A Pen In Neverland
Angela Peña Dahle

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