Golden Kite Award Winners!!

Look at what I just picked up from Elisabeth Bird’s Blog. Congratulations to all the winners. THE SOCIETY OF CHILDREN’S BOOK WRITERS AND ILLUSTRATORS ANNOUNCES THE WINNERS AND HONOREES OF THE 2009 GOLDEN KITE AWARDS The Golden Kite Award is the only award presented to children’s book authors and artists by their peers. Golden Kite… Read more »

Share a Story – Shape a Future – Literacy Blog Tour

I’m constantly impressed by creative uses of blogs, social networking sites and the internet in general. And when they’re combined with a terrific cause, like literacy, well then WOOT! WOOT! From the Share a Story – Shape a Future blog (logo artist Elizabeth Dulemba): “Within the kidlitosphere, the children’s literature bloggers comprise and reach a… Read more »

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!

It’s Dr. Seuss’s 105th birthday. Let’s have a blog party. Our guests are here.Let the party begin.Are you partying too?Then link right in. Here are a few folks with their party hats on: GEEKDAD FROM WIRED.COM U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT MENTAL FLOSSHAVE FUN TEACHING TECH SAVVY MAMA BOOKMARK SANTA CLARA COUNTY LIBRARY LOS ANGELES… Read more »

For the Social Media Newbie!!

What a find!!Here it is, all in one place. Amber Naslund so generously offers a complete guide to most of our favorite networking sites including Twitter in her Social Media Starter Kit.

Why I’m Crying over the final edition of the Rocky Mountain News

The front page headline “Stop the Presses” The newsroom photos of the last day 55 days before its 150th birthday John Temple’s goodbye The timeline and photos of the most memorable front pages The display of amazing artwork that donned historic front pages reminding me of immense publishing pride The obituaries of founders, editors and… Read more »

Last Day of Publication for the Rocky is Tomorrow!

As a subscriber, I just received an e-mail informing me that tomorrow is the last day of publication for Colorado’s Rocky Mountain News. This tabloid format newspaper has been my breakfast read since I moved here in 1981. But on a more poignant note, The Rocky is where I garnered my first clips. So long… Read more »

Totally Random Q: Story Status Quo and Problem Clues

I’ve been listening to Ann M. Martin’s HERE TODAY on CD and I’m been intrigued by how Martin develops the status quo in her story yet also drops hints as to the story problem. For example, in the opening pages, when Doris, the MC’s mom, begins her supermarket sweep one of the onlookers remarks “She’s… Read more »

Totally Random Q: Busting through Bad Writing

So I’m staring at my latest work-in-progress and today I happen to be hating it — the plot, the voice, you name it. It all sounds like “blah, blah, blah” to me. I know every writer, even the bestselling author, experiences this. When the honeymoon of that first inspiration is over and you wake up… Read more »