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Sep. 10th, 2012

12:35 pm - (TED talk:) Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability

We interrupt our regularly promised post to say, Listen to this TED talk:

Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability

Amazing. Freakin' amazing. We know these things to be true, but when you hear it, you can use it in a new way. Especially if it ties into your book. But your book comes from your life, too. So we really have to know what we're doing. embrace not knowing what we're doing?

Something like that.
In order to do it.


Kind of like what M.T. Anderson once said at a past SCBWI Summer Conference: "The experiment is the piece of literature, not the preparation for the piece of literature."

So with life!

P.P.S. With thanks to Irvin Lin at Eat the Love for leading me to this talk, after an amazing weekend of Irvin and AJ hosting me in SF. Love you guys so much.

Feb. 9th, 2011

12:57 am - Fuse #8/SLJ Review of Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji by F. Zia, illustrated by KEN MIN

Check check CHECK it out! Ken Min's upcoming picture book has already gotten an awesome review from Fuse #8 on SLJ!! Read all about it! I've had my copy preordered for MONTHS.

You can also find this excellent review--which includes special praise of Ken's delicious artwork, and a few samples--on here (whence I lifted this cover image).

Hot Hot Roti for Dada ji by F. Zia, illustrated by Ken Min 

Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji

By F. Zia

Illustrated by Ken Min

Lee & Low Books


ISBN: 978-1-60060-443-0

For ages 4-8

On shelves May 2011

Congratulations, Ken!! I can't wait to get my hands on the real book!!


Jan. 18th, 2008

12:31 pm - "Why We Write"

Short post this week. This is cool:

Why We Write: A Series of Essays

Prominent writers from TV shows and movies you love have undertaken, during the Writers' Strike, to post a series of essays on why they write. Little pieces by a different writer every day!

By some seriously cool writers, like Jane Espenson (Buffy! Gilmore Girls!) and Danny Rubin (Groundhog Day!!).

Check it out.


With thanks to Jill for the link!

Apr. 5th, 2006

12:09 am - links you NEED

Okay, who was an English major here?

Or, at the very least, 

who was ever forced to read Chaucer?

And further,
who has seen Brokeback Mountain??

By God,
  I am dying.
Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog!

To get a taste of this blog, I recommend first reading the 
Nota bene: Make melodye today
post (which is the one I read first), 

but also this particularly funny post

flayme werre

and then, the one you need to read,
which finally forced me to send this email:

Ich and the Perle Poete, on Mont Dorse-Quasse

i recommend you read the whole blog,
but who has time for that??

(i don't, yet i can't help myself right now! this thing is killing me!)



(i'm going to keep reading from here. this is just how far i've gotten!)

And since I'm doing this (pushing the blogs of people I've never heard of, before insanely surfing tonight),
here is something else you need
(and I do mean need): 
A Latin translation of "Baby Got Back"

and maybe even this
(though I haven't explored it fully yet, but this one page at a glance looks promising, and the Comments might be, too):

There is more,
so much more,
I want to share with you.
O! The links I have found! (says Dr. Seuss)

but we must all be quitten of this time wasting now.  :(


d@mn, I keep reading more of the Chaucer blog, and the whole thing is sweet.

also read the next post,
Aske Chaucere, Parte the Firste

i love it.


ok, you know what?
just read the whole blog.

freakin' hell.
the world is too full of people!


(and we thought this was a problem when we only had one college to deal with!)

ok, now i have read the whole blog (including all the comments).
so worth it.