Friday, August 29, 2008

Revising with Jackson Pearce... a piece of cake

I wanted to share another video by author Jackson Pearce. I'm particularly fond of this one because, A) I'm revising my second book now, and B) I love cake.



Plus, I was going to make another jar video, but I'm too busy eating cake... er, make that: too busy revising. Yeah, that's it. Sure.

*munch, munch, munch*

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Country Bunny

I have this funny little personal connection to the book The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes. I had it as a little girl and always loved it. I loved the colors, the bunnies, and the beautiful-looking eggs.

Years later, for some reason, my mom bought it again for me just before I turned 18 and graduated from high school. I think she must have remembered reading it to me when I was younger, or maybe she still loved it, too.

In the story (a true feminist tale written back in 1939), a young bunny is told that she'll never do anything but have babies and be a country rabbit, and that she'll never stand a chance at ever being an Easter Bunny as she dreamed. Her response is "Wait and see." Then, she grows up, has a bunch of well-mannered, independent kids (apparently by herself--there's no daddy bunny anywhere that I can remember) and when the kids are old enough... well, I won't spoil the ending, Wink but good things happen.

Anyway, for my senior yearbook quote, I wrote: "Wait and see" just like the Country Bunny. Years after, I forgot about the book completely and couldn't believe I'd chosen that quote for the yearbook.... aagh, it seemed so arrogant. Especially since I was now working a government job, I was a struggling single mom, and I lived in a mobile home on the edge of a wealthy town. I felt like the country bunny, but I actually didn't mind. I embraced my country-bunny-ness and was happy. My life might not have been fancy, but it was good. But soon, my daughter got older and became more independent, and then... well, I won't spoil the ending--it's still being written.

Let's just say, I still love The Country Bunny and the Little Golden Shoes. And, it was kind of fun to just have my 20th high school reunion questionnaire info go out with... "just got first novel published..." Smiley

It was a long wait to see it.

But even in that seventy-year-old book, the Country Bunny is still happy to come home to the contentment that filled her life before extraordinary things happened. And I try to remember that as I balance what made me happy about my life as it was before, and what makes me happy about all the new and exciting things as well, especially when I get overwhelmed.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Reader Monday - What's Your Savvy?

Today's savvy story comes from Nicole S. in Colorado:



For more reader savvies, click on the What's your savvy? label here on the blog. And check back weekly for Reader Savvy Mondays, where I post what real kids have to say about what their savvy know-how might be. Or to write to me what you imagine your savvy might be, click HERE to be directed to the Contact page of my website.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Pooh's Corner

I had a lot of fun last Friday when I dropped in on the wonderful ladies at Pooh's Corner children's bookstore in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Pooh's Corner is a beautiful shop that has been in Grand Rapids for over 30 years! It is the largest independent children's bookstore in West Michigan, now owned and operated by Sally Bulthuis and Camille DeBoer.

Pictured from left to right in the photo: Wanda, Margaret, Camille, and me. I got such a warm welcome and enjoyed my impromptu visit so much. If you're in the Grand Rapids area, stop by their store at the Breton Village Shopping Center! You won't regret it. I know I didn't!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Reader Monday - What's Your Savvy?

Today's savvy is from six-year-old Rhion from Colorado, whose mom read her the book.



For more reader savvies, click on the What's your savvy? label here on the blog. And check back weekly for Reader Savvy Mondays, where I post what real kids have to say about what their savvy know-how might be. Or to write to me what you imagine your savvy might be, click HERE to be directed to the Contact page of my website.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

From Grandma Dollop's Radio Requiem Collection

If you could capture radio broadcasts and keep them in jars, wouldn't you probably have a few of these as well? I figured that Grandma Dollop probably would have liked Elvis Presley, and since he died 31 years ago today, I thought I'd dig out her old jar and play the broadcast. Some people cut out newspaper articles. In Savvy, Grandma Dollop snagged radio waves...

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Jackson Pearce's Imaginary Writing Process

Jackson Pearce, whose debut YA novel AS YOU WISH, will be released by Harper Collins in 2009, created and posted this video on YouTube (and told me it was okay to embed it here... Thanks, Jackson!). This video makes me laugh, and since I like to laugh, and need things to keep me laughing at the moment, I had to share it, in case there are others out there who also need to smile today.

I like the part with the cat, and, of course, the dancing!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Reader Monday - What's Your Savvy?

Today's magical savvy comes from Jacob S. in Chicago, Illinois:

Jacob wrote:

I like to do magic tricks, like with cards and rings and stuff, and I have been practicing a lot of my magic tricks for almost two years now. I don't know if this is my savvy but I think I'm pretty good at it and want to learn more tricks and get even better. Most people can't figure out how I do the tricks which is good, since a good magician never gives away his secrets. Oh, and I can juggle too.

Thanks for emailing, Jacob!

For more reader savvies, click on the What's your savvy? label here on the blog. And check back weekly for Reader Savvy Mondays, where I post what real kids have to say about what their savvy know-how might be. Or to write to me what you imagine your savvy might be, click HERE to be directed to the Contact page of my website.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Feeling a lot like Cinderella...

There have been many things to celebrate this week:

First, Savvy made it onto the New York Times Best Sellers Children's list at #10! Click HERE to see the rest of the list. It was a very exciting day when I found out! I was in the middle of cleaning out my old shed with the help of my dad (he's much braver about spiders than I am), when I got a call from my agent. He wanted to know if I'd seen the good news in my email. I was so excited! But I still had to finish cleaning out the shed. But one of the boxes I found in the dust and the cobwebs held my old wedding dress and shoes. I couldn't help but feel a bit like Cinderella at that moment, going to the NYT Ball as soon as my chores were done, riding there in a big pink bus rather than a pumpkin coach.

Second, was today's discovery that Savvy was selected by ALA to be included on Oprah Winfrey's Kids Reading List at her Book Club webpage for 10-12 year olds! You can click HERE to check out Oprah's site.

Third, we found a buyer for Ploppy, our good old mobile home, now that my daughter and I have moved to a new home with higher ceilings. But, we got all the painting off the walls and ceilings. It took a while, but we did it!

See! Clean and white!
Ploppy lives again!
Long live Ploppy!
I have a new castle now...

Monday, August 4, 2008

Reader Monday - What's Your Savvy?


Today's savvy comes from Kelsi, in Colorado. Check back weekly for Reader Savvy Mondays, where I post what real kids have to say about what their savvy know-how might be.