Don't know how I missed it, must have been The Save the Frogs Day blur. But Cindy Pon's Debut book is out in stores, run and get a copy. Then come back and post your review in my comments here. And, Ellen Oh has a contest going on here. Check it out for a chance to win a beautiful copy of Silver Phoenix.
A Huge CONGRATS to Cindy for all her hard work coming to fruition!!!
Today is SAVE THE FROGS DAY. And, who doesn't love frogs?
If you'd like to read more about it, check it out here.
Did you know, frogs are disappearing fast?
200 amphibian species have already gone extinct since 1979!
2,000 amphibian specieis are threatened with extinction and may not survive the 21st century.
But there are things we can all do to help save the frogs:
Don't use pesticides Don't eat frog legs Don't purchase wild-caught amphibians as pets Do not stock non-native fish in your pond or stream Conserve resources-especially water Eat locally grown, organic food Donate to SAVE THE FROGS Wear a SAVE THE FROGS t-shirt Spread the word: use email, your website, blogsite, Facebook
(If we all do a little, it will do a lot!)
And the day after I went to the www.Savethefrogs.com lecture the Oregonian newspaper had a story about airlifted frogs, "Airlifted from Extinction" on Saturday, April 25, 2009. It was about the chytrid fungus and overhunting nearly wiping out another species. If you want to read more, check out this link.
Sunday was a good day to spend with family. We went to the Woodenshoe Tulip Festival We watched some steam engines from 1911 move down the rows. Then we went downtown and walked around looking at how the city has managed to blend the old with the new. One day our kids will be looking around and wonder how the old melds in with the new.
How'd you spend your weekend? I hope outside doing something fun.
"Antoinette. . . Why don’t you ever use your real name?” I asked Mom, whispering the word into the air, listening to the syllables float around the room like the warm, sugary, scent of cotton candy at a fair. I loved to roll it around on the tip of my tongue--tasting the sweetness, like a lollipop.
“Because,” she’d smile, giving me a sideways wink, “it doesn’t suit me. Toni is simple—like me.”
And, maybe Antoinette was a common name in Paris during the early years of the twentieth century, but people weren't named Antoinette back in 1932, at least not in Portland, Oregon.
“It’s French?” I laughed looking around our rundown house. “Your name came all the way from France?”
It sounded so European, important, and unique to a ten year old.
Grandma used to say, “We came from money”, as if she wanted us to know because we’d fallen so far.
See, Mom's Dad was the Vice President of a large oil company when he died, leaving my grandmother a wealthy woman. And, Mom made one mistake. At 16 she secretly married her first husband, Douglas. And, although he came from a wealthy family, he wasn't a good husband or father so she divorced him. Something Grandma never accepted.
Mom's second marriage wasn't considered "a good match" by her mother.
Dad was a poor pig farmer from Weiser, Idaho. And his Dad was born on an Indian Reservation in Oklahoma. Nothing to be proud of back then.
Maybe that's why Mom cared nothing for "things". Her joy came from spending time with people. And, Mom was the kindest person I've ever met. I never heard her say a negative thing about anyone--not ever. I know, it sounds hard to believe but it's true.
In some ways, it seems like just yesterday but, in other ways, it seems like forever ago that Mom died.
It always feels so odd not to be able to call her up whenever I have a question or something I'm worried about. She always had the answers.
Now, whenever I have something exciting I want to share, I think, "Oh I'll call Mom. . . "
(By holding down the Ctrl button and the additional key listed, you will have the following results) Ctrl+O Opens a previously saved document Ctrl+W Closes the current window without exiting Word Ctrl+N Opens a new Word document Ctrl+S Saves the current document with its existing file name Ctrl+P Prints the current file Ctrl+A Blocks all the text and graphics in the document you are in Ctrl+C Copies the blocked text, Copies the blocked text, Copies the blocked text Ctrl+V Pastes the copied text Ctrl+Z Undoes the last change you made Ctrl+Y Is a “Redo” button, if you’ve cut text and want to put it immediately back Ctrl+Y is the answer Ctrl+X Cuts and removes the text you’ve blocked (hint: you can use this with Ctrl V) Ctrl+F Find button – you can search for particular text using this button Ctrl+U Underlines selected text Ctrl+I Italic button – for all highlighted material Ctrl+B Bold Alt+F4 Exits Word MORE WORD TIPS Ctrl+End Moves cursor to the end of the document Ctrl+Home Moves cursor to the beginning of a document Ctrl+E Centers highlighted text Ctrl+J Justifies a paragraph Ctrl+L Aligns the text to the Left Ctrl+R Right aligns text Ctrl+Shift+W Underlines words but not spaces Ctrl+Shift+D Double Underlines text Ctrl+Shift+> Increases blocked text two points Shift+F3 CHANGES CASE OF TEXT Ctrl+T Creates a hanging indent Ctrl+M Indents a paragraph from the left Shift+Enter Inserts a line break Ctrl+Delete Deletes one work to the right Ctrl+backspace Deletes one work to the left Ctrl+2 Double spaces blocked text or text in paragraph you’re in Ctrl+1 Single spaces blocked text or paragraph you are in Ctrl+5 Makes line spacing 1.5 in text Shift+enter Inserts a line break (or inserts a hard page return) whichever you want to call it Ctrl+[space bar] Removes all formatting from selected text
each: Traditional English grammar holds that the subject of a sentence beginning with each be considered singular: Each of the stores has a manager. When each follows a plural subject, the construction is plural: The stores each have managers.
either/or: When singular subjects are linked by or, either . . . or, or neither . . . nor, the verb is singular as well: Either a psychiatrist or a phrenologist can explain her lastest outbreak. Where one subject is singular and one is plural, the verb agrees with the subject closer to the verb: The chief or the directors have the authority. The directors or the chief has the authority.
herself/himself/myself/yourself: Called reflexive or intensive pronouns, words such as herself, himself, myself, yourself and so forth are used as objects and must be accompanied by subjects: Nancy, herself, took the initiative [intensive]; Erik was talking to himself [reflexive]. Avoid using a reflexive pronoun as a subject: Ms. Jones and I [not myself] took the deposition.
Pluralizing Proper Nouns and Acronyms
Use traditional English pluralization rules for proper nouns: Todd and Jenna Jones become the Joneses; Hoffmann to the Hoffmanns; Becker to the Beckers; Edward and Charles to the Edwards and Charleses. When proper names have non-English forms that result in awkward plural forms, it is best to rewrite the sentence to avoid plural formations. Acronyms are made plural by adding -s: DVDs, SOSs, IOUs, SOJs, BPs, CPAs, and so on.
Pluralizing Compound Nouns
Pluralize hyphenated and open compound nouns by adding the -s to the element that is "subject to the change in number": mothers-in-law, attorneys general, doctors of philosophy, courts-martial, deeds of trust, attorneys-at-law, for a sampling.
Tradition has it that singular common and proper nouns and acronyms show possession with an apostrophe and -s: Becky's birthday celebration is today. Mr. Jones's humor fell flat. EMS's profits are in the tank. The exception to this rule has been not to triple the -s sound: Mr. Jones' success is in doubt. For plural nouns, just add the apostrophe: The Joneses' party is tonight. The sailors' keelhauling extravaganza will begin sharply at 1800 hours. The men's and women's categories are listed on the sign-up sheet. Note: as the "men's and women's" have separate and distinct "categories," each noun takes an aposptrophe and -s. For joint ownership, only one apostrophe and -s is needed: Sarah, Karla, and Nicole's joint venture has been quite profitable.
Generally speaking, quotations must duplicate the original material in spelling, capitalization, and formatting. Commas and periods are always placed inside the quotation marks; colons, semicolons, and other punctuation marks are placed outside unless they appear in the original. Quotations of 50 or more words should be placed in block form, single-spaced and indented. Quotations of less than 50 words can be placed in block form for emphasis. Ellipsis points can take one of two forms: ". . . ." or "* * *." Note: Each point has one space of separation from its neighbor, including the following comma or period; exception: No space between the final asterisk and its closing comma or period.
Seasons of the Year
The seasons spring, summer, fall, and winter are generally lowercased, unless personified: It's Winter for my 401(k).
Some Preferred Spelling: Foreign Words and Phrases
a priori; ab initio; de minimis; dictum; e.g.; et al.; et seq.; e.g.; ex parte; ibid.; id.; i.e.; in limine; inter alia; per se; pro se; quantum meruit; res ipsa loquitur; res judicata; respondeat superior; sine qua non; stare decisis; sua sponte; viz.; voir dire
[Note: Some writers prefer these words without italics, and their preference should be respected].
Jeff Smith, the author of Bone, was very funny. You can check out his site here.
When he wrote Bone, it wasn’t originally meant for children but as the twelve years went by, that it took him to write it, the kids that had been reading the comic books grew up.
He wrote the book in 55 comic books and at the time only males age 20 to 30 were interested in the story but they grew up and had kids of their own. They began reading the story to their kids and somehow that’s how it transformed into a children’s book, which Scholastic picked up and now it has been translated into 23 different languages.
GUEST BLOGGER: JAKE KASCH INTERVIEWING JONAH ROSE OF DARKHORSE COMICS What is the best part of working at Darkhorse?
Uh best part about working at Darkhorse, probably just getting to interact with people who do creative things in the business. I also often get to see things before they get done. Free comics…which is cool, getting to meet people in the business like Camilla, the opportunity to be involved in the great world of comics, especially because we have such a great scene of comics in Portland.
What are some of the more interesting or challenging things that you encounter while working in the comic industry?
Probably the hardest thing is that at any time there is 100 people just as qualified as you who want your job. Everyone wants to work in comics but at least at Darkhorse we have a good group of people who care about you there and take care of each other. Making quotas on the sales side and not just messing up in general because there are a lot of things you have to remember to do. I meant to send someone 7 books one time ended up sending them 70. They were not stoked about that.
Where do you see comic books going in the next 10 years?
I think a lot of people think that comics are going to go digital only. But that’s like when people said that the movie theaters are going to go out of business when vhs came out. There is something about ink on paper that you can’t get from staring at a screen. There is also a issue of mobility that you can’t take with you, well except for the kindle. I think comics need to go back to- children. It seems a lot of the people who read comics now are people who read comics when they were kids. There is a great market for comics aimed at adults but if we don’t have kids reading comics then there aren’t going to be people reading them as they get older.
So… Stumptown, it seems more about the self produced comics. What’s it about vs the other cons out there?
…I think that’s why I like Stumptown more than the other comic conventions that I've been to recently. Portland's comic convention is more like a flea market for comic vendors. I went to Emerald city comicon this last weekend for the first time which was really cool. It had the whole people in costumes, had celebrities there and that was really cool. I did get to meet Ben Templesmith. Really fanboy’d it out…got really nervous. I got to speak to a lot of people that I really respect, which was awesome but I mean Stumptown seems like it is filled with people who are still trying to make it and still really care about what they do…not that any of those don’t… well some of those people seem like they don’t but you know… It's such an event in Portland. There’s the before parties, the draw at Cosmic Monkey, the after parties, Chamilla had a signing at The Compound for a new art show that she’s doing. I think Floating World Comics is doing something along with that and even the Mayor declared April to be “Comics Month” in Portland because we have so much comic stuff going on.
Any parting words?
Be creative. Do something original. Stay hard(core)
(More on Stumptown Comic Fest tomorrow) Like my impressions and some great photos including more like this one of super-talent Jeff Smith (author of Scholastic's Bone)
In Honor of library week, a list of some great books: The Magicians and Mrs. Quent, by Galen Beckett Hollows Series, by Kim Harrison (starting with Dead Witch Walking) The Temeraire Series, by Naomi Novik (starting with His Majesty's Dragon) Quicksilver, by Neal Stephenson This is the first book in the Baroque Cycle by sci-fi historical fiction writer Stephenson. The series serves as sort of a historical prequel, not a literal story prequel, to Cryptonomicon. It is fun to read about Isaac Newton with his contemporaries and explore the science and politics of the day. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley Travis McGee series, by John D. Macdonald The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck (or anything by Steinbeck) The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain The Yiddish Policemen's Union, by Michael Chabon East of Eden, by John Steinbeck Classic tale of good and evil. The House at Riverton, by Kate Morton Mystery set in the 1920's in England. Three Cups of Tea, by David Relin and Greg Mortenson One person's commitment really does make a difference. (Education) Mountains Beyond Mountains, by Tracy Kidder Again, one person's commitment changed public health in the world. The Memory Keeper's Daughter, by Kim Edwards The consequences of a split-second decision are life altering. Sweeping Up Glass, by Carolyn D. Wall Listed as a mystery, it is more a rich novel of an impoverished woman's life. Impossible to put down. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson The hype was true for this one. Still Life, by Louise Penny In Persuasion Nation, by George Saunders Like You'd Understand, Anyway, by Jim Shepard The New Kings of Nonfiction, edited by Ira Glass (host of "This American Life") Small Giants: Companies That Choose to be Great Instead of Big, by Bo Burlingham The Monkey Wrench Gang, by Edward Abbey Missing Links, by Rick Reilly Days Like Floating Water: A Story of Modern China, by Susan Edwards McKee The Guns of August, by Barbara Tuchman Founding Brothers, by Joseph Ellis Charlie Wilson's War, by George Crile Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling The Blind Assassin, by Margaret Atwood The History of Love, by Nicole Krauss In the Time of the Butterflies, by Julia Alvarez Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage, by Alfred Lansing Touching the Void, by Joe Simpson Memoirs of a Geisha, by Arthur Golden The Color Purple, by Alice Walker The Twilight Series, by Stephenie Meyer Tribute, by Nora Roberts The Beak of the Finch, by Jonathan Weiner The River of Doubt, by Candice Millard My Father's Notebook, by Kader Abdolah Godmother, by Carolyn Turgeon The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat, by Robert Drury Another Day in the Frontal Lobe: A Brain Surgeon Exposes Life on the Inside, by Katrina Firlik Snowstruck: In the Grip of Avalanches, by Jill Fredston 'Salem's Lot, by Stephen King Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman Me Talk Pretty One Day, by David Sedaris The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, by Joan Aiken Oh, The Places You'll Go!, by Dr. Seuss Suffer the Children, by John Saul All the Oz stories, by L. Frank Baum All of Poe's stories Angle of Repose, by Wallace Stegner Bridge of Sighs, by Richard Russo The Lay of the Land, by Richard Ford
And one last tip, as your dog and cat start to shed, put those balls of fur (you find accumulating in the nooks and crannies) outside for the birds to use. They can soften their nests with a little fur from our four-legged friends. And, what a cool way to clean.
The tulips are in bloom, the daffodils have blossomed and the scent of corn dogs is floating in the air - at least the oil is heating up around the dugouts and getting ready for the next BIG game. . . close your eyes and listen:
Hey batter, hey batter, hey batter, hey. . .
Almost nothing is more fun than the feel of the sun on your face on the first warm day of spring, holding a red licorice whip in one hand and a corn dog in the other.
What are we all waiting for. . . ?
That all-time American classic, baseball, apple pie and home made ice cream.
So, let's start the season with our first pitch across the plate:
QUESTION: What baseball Hall of Famer struck out the rival team (twice) using only nine pitches?
Come back around 3:00 p.m. (West Coast time) to see.
I would like to invite you to the Center for Earth Leadership’s annual Earth Day Celebration on April 18, 2009 at 7:30pm. We have a wonderful array of musical guests joining us for a time to honor the Earth. This event is open to the public so please pass this along or bring others with you to enjoy the evening.
Co-Director, Center for Earth Leadership
Earth Day in Music and Song 2009
April 18, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
First Unitarian Church
SW 12th and Salmon, Portland
Michael Allen Harrison Additional Music and Vocal Performances by
Drak Druella, piano
Julia Gentlestrength, flute
Shemaya, vocal and instrumental
Steve Fulmer, chant
Adrienne Welsh, cello
New Thought Center for Spiritual Living Choir,
Dr. David York, Director
Robin Chilstrom and Shama, vocal
The celebration draws on the format known as Taizé, an ecumenical tradition from France that involves meditative singing, candle lighting, and time for reflection. The program will include expressions of gratitude, concern, and hope for our remarkable planet. ~Refreshments and conversation following in the Channing Room~
The Center for Earth Leadership First Unitarian Church
We did a few family bikerides We stopped to look at one of the gorge sites on the way over to Sunriver. A cool bridge. There are a lot of cool plateau shots. It was a great way to spend a holiday weekend.
I made you all a cupcake to celebrate. The frosting is coconut mixed in with regular frosting and green food coloring. The basket handle is a pipe cleaner. And, the eggs are Jelly Bird Eggs (jelly beans). I've been making these for years - every Easter.
I have a special breakfast I make each year too - Mom passed these recipes down to me: Eggs Goldenrod - which is an egg dish made to look like a daffodil. Mom always came up with the cheapest but funnest things.
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday filled with good things to eat - and great times shared with family and friends.
It's time to celebrate one of the best places in the world to visit.
So in honor of libraries, I thought we'd start with a list of favorite books and blog readers have included a list of their favorite books of all time, here they are:
Pride and Prej. Lord of the Rings. The Shades, by Betty Brock. Lord of the Ring The Robe. Call of the Wild Any of the Oz books The Cat in the Hat Eloise The World of Pooh A Child's Garden of Verses The Dirt by the members of Motley Crue Favorite YA Harry Potter series (I miss Harry!) Favorite picture book- The Giving Tree and Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein I also love the June B. Jones books Little Women Anne of Green Gables anything by Judy Blume. Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck; My Sister's Keeper, Judy Picoult The Pleasure of My Company, Steve Martin. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers Twas the Night Before Christmas Twilight. The House at Pooh Corner. The Giving Tree Shel Silverstein The Fudge books by Judy Blume Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl The Wise Woman by George MacDonald The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis From the Mixed-Up Files of Ms Basil E. Frankweiler: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott The Giver by Lois Lowry The Outsiders by SE Hinton Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare Summer of the Monkeys: The Chosen by Chaim Potok A Separate Peace by John Knowles Wuthering Heights Rebecca Daphne du Maurier Snowflower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See The Time Traveler's by Wife Audrey Niffenegger Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas Salem's Lot by Stephen King Twilight by Stephanie Meyer The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken Suffer The Children by John Saul All the Oz stories by L. Frank Baum All of Poe's Stories The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss's
(Let me know if any of these are your favorites and if I've forgotten any, please include them in the comments section.)
And, make sure to come back tomorrow for a book give-away.
Okay, April is National Poetry Month and I had to celebrate with a poetry contest.
Thanks to everyone who entered! I loved so many of them I had my husband and daughter read them and vote for their first, second and third place winners. They both had the Grand Prize winner in their top three. Then, the first runner up was my daughter's second place choice, and the 2nd runner up was my husband's second place choice.
Honorable mentions for making the top three are: Barry Napier's AS THE DOCTOR WRITES(my daughter voted this as third place) and Ben Clanton's IN THE NIGHT THEY COME, was in my husband's list. Before I announce the Prize winners. . .
I feel like we need a commercial break or . . . some sort of pause, so here it is:
I've always loved poetry. Poe was one of my favorites when I was growing up. And, I even wrote my first manuscript (of poems) when I was in grade school. I sent it in to an editor at Random House.
He wrote me back a full page letter, returning my poems with the rejection. I had no idea how special that letter was. I wish I knew where it was now. I'd love to look back and read it.
So, all you writers out there, I've been being rejected for decades but I still love to write.
And to be fair, since I know some of you cyber-friends out there, I asked my husband to pick the winners.
Grand Prize Winner (which means he/she gets to pick the first prize):
Please pick the prize package you would like, make three choices so that I can get you each one of your top three. I will give Jean her first choice, since she was the Grand Prize Winner - look at the list of books and make your pick. Email your choice to me at kasch5 at comcast dot net
THANKS AGAIN FOR PLAYING!!! And Happy Poetry Month!
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) sponsored Award winning Carmen Bernier-Grand to come and speak to a group of writers about how to bring diversity to life in writing on Saturday, April 4th at 11:30 a.m. at the Village Gateway Apartments.
Carmen has traveled all over the world and she didn’t just speak about ethnic differences, she spoke about writing in different formats, genres and styles to flavor your writing with a variety of emotions.
She spoke about the people who gave her opportunities in the publishing world and networking. She said one of the best ways to network is to join the SCBWI and attend as many conferences, functions and get-togethers as you can.
These SCBWI events provide perfect opportunities to meet editors, agents and other writers. People you meet at conferences may not have an immediate impact on your life—but you never know.
Ellen Dodson facilitated a group critique meeting of first page manuscripts.
This was a free presentation, with snacks and drinks that were also free, and FREE is a very good price.
At the end, Carmen had all the writers play a little game and she gave away books to the winners.
It was a great way to spend a morning--even if we were indoors when the sun was out - which is a rare thing to see that giant orange and yellow orb in the sky around Portland at this time of year.
COME BACK AROUND 3:00 P.M. TO SEE WHO THE WINNERS OF THE POETRY CONTEST ARE
In April, Writer's Market will be leading a poem-a-day challenge at the Poetic Asides blog. Last year, more than 400 poets posted more than 4,000 poems during the month of April. This year, the participation may be even greater for two reasons: possible publication and well-known poet guest judges.
Anyone who completes the poem-a-day challenge for the month of April will receive a certificate and an online badge (for display on your blog or website) like last year. But this year, we'll also be publishing the top 50 poems from the month in a free eBook designed by F+W Media's own wonderful designers.
That's sweet enough, but 30 of those top 50 poems will be selected by 30 well-published poets, including Mark Doty, Marilyn Nelson, Patricia Smith, S.A. Griffin, Alex Lemon, Dorianne Laux, and 24 others.
Participation is free. All you have to do is show up to the Poetic Asides blog on April 1, write a poem a day, and have a great time. Go to http://blog.writersdigest.com/poeticasides to learn more.
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