I'm a big fan of Thanksgiving and a big fan of stop motion videos (having tried one or two before myself). I did not make the two YouTube videos here, but I wanted to post something fun for Turkey Day. And, since I will be busy baking pies, basting the bird, and mashing vegan mashers for those guests who won't be partaking in the tiny ten-pound bird (I swear, it looks like a really big chicken), I decided that I did not have time to make my own video for this occasion. *sigh*
Someday there will be time for more original videos, but today I am thankful for YouTube (as well as many other far more important things....)
Here are several ideas for savvy powers given to me by Preston Junior High students in Fort Collins, Colorado:
My savvy is the power to shapeshift into anything I want. I would want this savvy because it would give you an experience to see how others look at the world. Also if for some reason I was trying to hide from someone it would be a good way to hide from someone.
If I had a savvy it would be to breath underwater. I love the water and I think it would be cool to spend hours under the surface exploring awesome things.
The Book trailer is an interesting phenomenon. I sometimes keep a few in my YouTube "favorites" list as a way of reminding myself of particular books that I don't want to forget to read. My stack of books waiting to be read keeps growing and I have dreams of spending weeks doing nothing but reading, reading, reading...
Just for fun, here are a couple of trailers from my "Wanna Read" list that I enjoy:
Evan Kuhlman's, The Last Invisible Boy.
Impossible, by Nancy Werlin. My daughter gobbled up the ARC for this in one weekend, and I'm still looking forward to such a lovely kind of weekend for myself--perhaps over the holidays.
And, for more fun, here is the trailer for my friend Sarah Prineas's book, The Magic Thief. But it's the trailer from SPAIN! I've read The Magic Thief, of course. Though, not in Spanish.
Today's Reader Savvy comes from Maddie T. in California:
If I could pick any savvy at all it would be to turn into any kind of animal I wanted to. Sometimes I would be a cat and curl up on the couch and sleep in the sun or chase the little shimmery rainbows from the crystal in the window. Other times I would be a dog and run and run in the park and catch a ball or jump in the fountain then shake myself dry right next to my brother. Ha! Or I could be a fish and swim in circles in the tank, or even better, deep down in the ocean. But being a bird would be best of all. Then I could fly up in the sky and sail on the wind. I would like to be able to change into different animals. That would be my very best savvy.
If a savvy is an extra-special know-how, I have some very savvy, extra-special people in my life. One of these people is singer song-writer Matt Morris. Last weekend, Matt performed the song "Cathedrals" with Joan Osborne live on CBS. I've always wished I could sing. Alas, that is not a talent I've ever had. But I do enjoy turning up the volume and singing along.
This week I'm doing something a little different for Reader Savvy Monday. I'm posting a little message to a young man who couldn't make it out to see me while I was on tour last week. This is for you, John:
Wednesday, November 5th, I'll spend the morning at Kyrene del Pueblo Middle School in Chandler, Arizona, and the afternoon at Sandpiper Elementary School in Scottsdale, hosted by the Phoenix Book Co. That evening I will fly to Los Angeles.
Thursday, November 6th, I'll spend the morning at Magnolia Elementary in Upland, California, Hosted by Mrs. Nelson's. In the afternoon, I'll be visiting the Mayfield Junior School in Pasadena, California, hosted by Vroman's, then I'll fly to San Francisco that evening.
Friday, November 7th, I'll visit Woodside Elementary School in the morning, in Woodside, California. That day I'll also be at Ohlone Elementary School, in Palo Alto, California, and am being hosted by Kepler's.
I'll have more news soon about several local events that will be coming up in Colorado in November and December. Until then, Happy November!