Monthly Archives: May 2008

Attention authors:

Ever considered this marketing ploy? Somehow this reminds me of the economic stimulus payments that the IRS has been mailing out in the hopes that we will spend our money instead of saving it in the bank.

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Another Awesome Bird Pic

Here’s another cute little birdie from backyard birds. This one was posted by kiera-the-thief. It is a little baby moorhen.

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SFF authors and sexism

An interesting article that asks if sexism plays a part in reviews for fantasy literature: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/may/22/harrypotter.women

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Why did the pigeon cross the road?

I was driving to a doctor’s appointment today and was stopped at a red light, when I saw a pigeon crossing the street alongside a couple of pedestrians. The people didn’t see the little bird, but he made his way … Continue reading

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Monsoon Summer

As I’ve said before, I’m not a huge YA chick lit fan, but I really enjoyed Monsoon Summer by Mitali Perkins (another author I met at SCBWI!). This novel is about a teenage girl from California named Jazz (short for … Continue reading

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Beautiful flowers

I just watched Nova’s “First Flower” which, I’ll admit, did get a little boring. But the flowers they showed on the program were exquisite and this brief glimpse of the history of flowers made me want to learn more about … Continue reading

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An important part of India’s history comes to life

Before I start this review, I do have to say that I have met the author, and like her very much, but have tried to make this review fair and unbiased. Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkatraman is a YA … Continue reading

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How not to be popular

How not to be popular by Jennifer Ziegler is about a teenage girl named Maggie (real name: Sugar Magnolia) whose hippie parents don’t like to live in one place for very long. As a result, Maggie is moving to yet … Continue reading

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From Diesel to Bloc 11

I met a writer at the SCBWI NY conference and almost every week since March we have been meeting up and writing together at Diesel Cafe. Finally this week, after many weeks of fighting students for tables near plug points, … Continue reading

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The Sisters Grimm Book 1: The Fairy Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley

I just finished reading The Sisters Grimm: The Fairy Tale Detectives for my next critique group meeting. This book is about two girls, Sabrina and Daphne Grimm, who are sent to live with their grandmother, Relda Grimm, in what they … Continue reading

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