Sunday, January 15, 2017

Writer's Quotes

Advice from the best writers around:
"Patience. Persistence. Passion. Publication."
Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple

Monday, January 2, 2017

What I did on Christmas Vacation

I had plans, I tell you. 
I had plans.
The teen was going snowmobiling and I would have a whole week to myself before the new year. To do self-things. I was going to see movies. I had tickets to a Mannheim Steamroller concert. I was going to walk the beach and maybe even take the train up the coast and back.
But it turned out that I had pneumonia, instead.
Mostly in bed.  
Taking medicine.
When I felt somewhat better, I did manage to visit the after Christmas sale at Macy's (bought nothing) right before seeing Dr. Strange. (it was wonderful)
Took more medicine.
I saw half of the Mannheim Steamroller concert.
Went back to bed. 
The car needed work, so I spent some time sitting at the car dealer.
Never did get up the road to the BBQ place to get the trip-trip dinner I had wanted. (but did find some nice pea soup at the local grocery store.)
Now the teen is back. (she had a wonderful time) And school begins tomorrow.
But I learned today that one of the car's headlights is out. So I've got to get to the car dealer, again, to get that fixed. 
After I get out of bed.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 - The Year of the Book

Trent Reedy - soldier/ scholar/ author/ and all-around nice guy declared that 2016 would be the year of the BOOK.  He aimed to read over 100 books in 2016 and challenged the rest of us to also do so.

(His latest book - The Last Full Measure - came out in time to prepare us for the election results in November.  Here's hoping the things he predicted in this Divided We Fall trilogy don't actually come true.)

In his honor, I hereby list the books I've read this past year.
(no, I never reached 100, and I've probably forgotten to list some.)

Here are the books I read this year:

Austrian, J.J. Worm Loves Worm. Illus. Mike Curato.  NY: Balzer & Bray, 2016.   
Andrews, Troy. Trombone Shorty. Illus Bryan Collier. NY: Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2015.  (ghost writer = Bill Taylor)
Charlip, Remy. Fortunately. NY: Simon & Schuster, 1964.
Gag, Wanda. Millions of Cats. NY: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1928. Newbery Medal honor.
Henkes, Kevin. Waiting. NY: Greenwillow Books, 2015.
                        Caldecott Honor 2016
Rohmann, Eric. My Friend Rabbit. NY: Roaring Brook Press, 2002.  The Caldecott Medal, 2003.
Savage, Stephen. Supertruck. NY: Roaring Brook Press, 2015.

I Can Read
Adler, David A. Don’t Throw it to Mo! Illus Sam Ricks. NY: Penguin young readers, 2015. Geseil award
Fenske, Jonathan. A Pig, a fox, and a box. (level 2) NY: Penguin Young Readers, 2015.
                        Geseil award
Hoover, P.J.  TUT, the story of my immortal life.  NY: Tor, 2014
Willems, Mo.  Several in the Elephant and Piggy series.


Britt, Paige. The Lost Track of Time. Illus Lee White. New York: Scholastic Press, 2015.
Burnham, Molly.  Teddy Mars, Almost a World Record Breaker. New York: HarperCollins, 2015.
…..  Teddy Mars, Almost a Winner.  (book 2) New York: HarperCollins, 2016.
Coville, Bruce. Diary of a Mad Brownie – with Supporting Documents. (The Enchanted Files)  Illus. Paul Kidby.  NY: Random House, 2015.
….. Goblins on the Prowl. NY: Simon & Schuster, 2015.
Cuevas, Michelle. Confessions of an Imaginary friend, a memoir by Jacques Papier as told to Michelle Cuevas. NY: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2015.
Federle, Tim. Better Nate than Ever. NY: Simon & Schuster, 2013.
Hannigan, Kate. The Detective’s Assistant. NY: Little Brown and Co, 2015.
 …. Cupcake Cousins. NY: Hyperion, 2014.  (not as good as the one above)
Jones, Diana Wynne.  Dogsbody. New York: Greenwillow Books, 1975.
Mass, Wendy.  The Candymakers and the Great Chocolate Chase.  NY: Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
Messner, Kte. The Seventh Wish. NY: Bloomsbury, 2016.
Sylvester, Kevin.  MINRS.  New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2015.
   ….  MINR2S.  New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2016.
Time, Nicholas (pen name for multiple writers)  In Due Time (series)
              Going, going, gone. (book 1) NY: Simon Spotlight, 2016.
              Stay a spell. (book 2)  NY: Simon Spotlight, 2016.
              Wrong Place, (really) Wrong Time. (book 3) NY: Simon Spotlight, 2016.                                     (actual writer = Caroline Smith Hickey for book 3.)
YA Fiction:
Axelrod, Amy. The Bullet Catch, Murder by misadventure. New York: Holiday House, 2015.
Carter, Ally.  All Fall Down. Embassy Row novel 1.  New York: Scholastic Press, 2015
                        ….  See How they run. Embassy Row novel 2. New York: Scholastic Press, 2016.
Jamieson, Victoria.  Roller Girl. NY: Dial, 2015.  (Graphic novel)
Korman, Gordon. Schooled. NY: Hyperion, 2007.  (Commune boy meets Middle School)
Lackey, Mercedes. The Collegium Chronicles.  NY: Daw Books,. Vol 1-6.
 …. The Herald Spy series.  NY: Daw Books,. Vol 1- 3
 ….. Hunter. New York: Hyperian, 2015.
 ….  Elite (a Hunter novel)  Hyperian, 2016.
Nielsen, Jennifer A. Mark of the Thief.  Book 1. New York: Scholastic Press, 2015
   ….  Rise of the Wolf (Book 2 of Mark of the Thief) New York? Scholastic Press, 2016.
Papademetriou, Lisa and Chris Tebbetts. M or F?  New York: Razorbill/ Penguin, 2005.
Patrick, Cat.  The Originals. NY: Little Brown, 2013.
Westrick, A. (Anne) B.  Brotherhood. NY: Viking, 2013.

Kulling, Monica.  ZAP! Nikola Tesla Takes Charge. Ill Bill Slavin.  Canada: Penguin Random House, 2016.
Reich, Susanna. Fab Four Friends; the Boys Who Became the Beatles.  Illus Adam Gustavson.  New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
Weatherford, Carole Boston. Voice of Freedom, Fannie Lou Hammer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement. Illus. Ekua Holmes. Somerville, MA: Candlewick, 2015.


Anderson, M.R.  Symphony for the City of the Dead, Dimitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad.  Sommerville, MA: Candlewick, 2015.
Sheinkin, Steve. Most Dangerous, Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War. New York: Roaring Brook Press, 2015.
Sweet, Melissa. Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White.  New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.

976.044 BRO – Brown, Dan.  Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.  Graphic Novel format.

Lackey, Mercedes.  From a High Tower. New York: DAW books, 2015.
 ….  A Study in Sable.  New York: Hyperian, 2016.
Putney, Mary Jo. Once a Soldier. NY: Kensington Books, 2016.
Schwab, V.E.  A Darker Shade of Magic. NY: Tor, 2015.  v-1 of a series.

331.48107 Povich, Lynn.  The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek sued their bosses and changed the workplace.  NY: Public Affairs, 2012.
791.4372E  Elwes, Cary with Joe Layden.  As You Wish: Inconceivable tales from the making of the Princess Bride.   NY: Simon & Schuster, 2014.  (second time reading – just as good)

824.914G  Gaiman, Neil.  The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction.  NY: HarperCollins, 2016.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Books Make Great Holiday Gifts

10 Reasons Books Make Great Holiday Gifts
  1. Because you want to support your favorite writers
  2. Because they’re way better than fruitcakes
  3. Because you want to help your favorite author make the New York Timesbestseller list
  4. Because you’re tired of reading the same book to your kid every night
  5. Because you want to support your local indie bookstore
  6. Because a book is easier to wrap than a hockey stick
  7. Because if you send an e-book, you won’t have to wrap anything at all
  8. Because a paperback is cheaper than seeing the new Star Wars movie in IMAX
  9. Because that bookcase your friends bought for their new apartment is collecting dust
  10. Because books contain multitudes and enrich the lives of others

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Great lists of great books from Fuse #8

Well, it's my own fault.  I've been busy doing other things.
How did I not know that Elizabeth Bird has been doing a MONTH of 31 Days 31 Lists of various types of good (or sometimes bad) picturebooks.

What lists do you ask?
There are lists of Folktales, Photography picturebooks, Alphabet books, Picturebooks with MESSAGES that hit you over the head, Great Funny picture books, and more - lots and lots more.

Now, the link I have above is to the main page of her blog, so if you are reading this in 2017, you will have to scroll back to the December 2016 posts in order to find these lists.

Click on over and enjoy.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

How to Write a Book

Good advice from the multi-published (and multi-award winner) Kate Messner:

She says:

Just got an email from an elementary school student asking how to write a book. I started her off with these two suggestions, which apply to writers of all ages.
1. Read a lot of stories that are similar to the kind of book you want to write. A LOT. Like, sign out a great big pile of books from the library and read them all. Think about which ones you like best, and why. When we read like writers in that way, we learn what makes a good book. 
2. Carry around a notebook. That way, when you have an idea, you can jot it down right away and it won't get lost in your busy brain.