Thursday, February 26, 2009

Word of the Week Thursday

A lot of people think I've coined many of the crazy words in Savvy, but I assure you that there are really very few that I invented. Granted, I may have used some obscure, archaic, or kooky words, and I may even have taken the root of a word and put a bit of my own twist on it, but usually I found the word someplace and didn't simply invent a bunch of words willy-nilly.

I'm a big fan of word-of-the-day websites and check a collection of favorites frequently. A prime example of a word I used in Savvy that is not an easy one to find a standard dictionary definition for is:

DUNKLE

I knew I didn't make up this word, but even I, when looking for the definition, was hard-pressed to find it again. But I managed! I found it on one of my favorite word sites, which is the Worthless Word of the Day... (hardly worthless in my mind). But this site defines this word thusly:
"Scot. [v] to make a dint or pit in; to dint
[n] the cavity produced by a blow, or in consequence
of a fall"

And in Savvy I used it like so:

“Here he goes. That’s Lester Swan,” Carlene said. “Caving in like a dunkle-head to a little girl.”

Monday, February 23, 2009

Reader Monday - What's Your Savvy?



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.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Participating in Story - A Conversation with Sarah Prineas

Today, I'm just going to link readers to the most recent blog post by my friend Sarah Prineas (The Magic Thief, HarperCollins). Recently, Sarah and I started up an interesting email conversation about how we write and also how we prefer to 'participate in story,' and Sarah put a portion of that conversation up on her blog.

If you want to check it out or join in the discussion, CLICK HERE. Or go to http://sarah-prineas.livejournal.com

Oh, and just in case you didn't know already, the next book in the Magic Thief series comes out in May! Check it out!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Walden Media Keeps Moving Forward


The wonderful folks at Walden Media keep moving forward in their dedication to kindling the imaginations of young people. To find out more about Walden's current and future projects, including the development of a potential Savvy feature film, and the film adaptation of Beezus and Ramona (I'm flashing back to third grade with Miss Hall at Whittier Elementary--the woman who taught me that 'brang' is not a word) check out the latest article in Publishers Weekly, by CLICKING HERE.

The picture, by the way, is of me just hanging out with some Walden buddies at the new Walden offices in Burlington, Massachusetts. Next time I go, I'll get one with the whole gang of lovely, living people!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Word of the Week Thursday

Today's word of the week seems like it should come right out of the Hundred Acre Woods--perhaps on a day when there is an uproar or a commotion among the residents. (My short Valentine's Day post still has me thinking about Winnie the Pooh, I suppose. This week's word is:

POTHER

"Oh, bother this pother!" I can just imagine Pooh Bear saying, as an 'uproar or commotion' is the first definition given for this word. It can also refer to a heated discussion, a fuss, a debate, or even to a choking cloud of dust or smoke, which is what an uproar or argument can sometimes feel like.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Parenting for Humanity - Blog Talk Radio Interview

I had the great pleasure of spending an hour talking with Lisa and Amy on their Blog Talk Radio show, Parenting for Humanity, this morning. It was fun to talk about Savvy and answer the many great questions.

Thanks Amy and Lisa for having me on the show!

To listen to the archive, CLICK HERE. Or copy and paste the following link into your browser: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/parenting/2009/02/18/talk-parenting-with-amy-and-lisa

And check out some of the show's previous archives while you're there! For more information on the show, go to: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/parenting

Monday, February 16, 2009

Reader Monday - What's Your Savvy?



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, February 14, 2009

February 14th

"Some people care too much. I think it's called love."
A.A. Milne (Winnie-the-Pooh)

Happy Valentines Day

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Word of the Week Thursday

Have you heard of the website called Save the Words? It's an "adopt a word" site that Patty, one of the wonderful librarians at the Lafayette Public Library here in Colorado, shared with me. Check it out! It's very fun.

So, in honor of Patty, I will officially adopt today's Word of the Week. And my word will be...

BLATERATION

Blateration is a noun meaning chatter or blabber.

Thanks again, Patty, for the fun word site!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Children's Choice Award Shortlists














Aside from the great children's pick mock Newberys that went on over the last few months, Savvy has been shortlisted for two wonderful Children's Choice Awards so far. In the U.S. - the Texas Bluebonnet Award. And in the U.K. - The Gateshead Children's Book Award.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Reader Monday - What's Your Savvy?



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.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Thanks!

I want to say thank you to everyone who has shown Savvy (and me) such tremendous support, not over the last couple of weeks, but since it came out last year (and for some people, thanks for the support that came even before that)!

Thanks for buying the book, checking it out from the library . . . for reading it!

Savvy has made it back onto the New York Times Bestsellers List at #8 on the Children's Chapter Book list. Many thanks to everyone who has helped to put it there. I'm told the new books with the (extremely lovely) Newbery Honor are on their way to the stores now.

Tonight I'm looking forward to a gathering of local SCBWI members for some champagne and conversation to celebrate the award. Thanks, Annie, for being so thoughtful and organizing the "fete!"

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Admired... Poem and Poet

I'm often asked questions like: Who is your favorite author? What is your favorite book? And so forth.

"Favorite" questions are nearly impossible for me. "Favorite" holds the connotation that it is something admired above all others. There are too many amazing things, people, places, creations in this world for me to select favorites. Plus, as I grow and change, my tastes change and I see things from new perspectives. So I've decided not to choose favorites. I think I like "Admired" better... and not "Most Admired"... just, admired.

I was filling in an author form today and was asked to list my favorite poem or piece of writing. Too hard! So instead I decided to think of the poems that somehow were the most memorable to me... the first poems that popped into my head. I am always most impressed by a poem when I hear it read aloud by the poet who created it. The experience is so much richer because you hear the words exactly as they were intended.

So the two poems that popped to mind first when going to answer this question, both of which are greatly admired by me, are:

So There, by Naomi Shihab Nye. I heard her read her poem on the radio show A Prairie Home Companion back in 1999 and have never forgotten it. For another taste of Naomi Shihab Nye, you can find her reading a different poem HERE at YouTube. She's delightful.

Another poem and poet I greatly admire, and, if required to commit, might be one of my "favorites" is Litany, by Billy Collins. But you MUST hear him read this himself to truly appreciate it.... here he is on YouTube:

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Word of the Week Thursday (with a small side ramble into Avatar vs. Blackstar)

This week's word comes again from another Ranger's Apprentice book my daughter and I are reading. These books are loaded with great vocabulary. This time the book is: Ranger's Apprentice, Book 4: The Battle for Skandia, and the word is . . .

SPLODGE

A "splodge" is an irregularly shaped spot. Nickelodeon's logo would be a splodge, wouldn't it?

I suppose I have Nickelodeon on my mind because my daughter and I are also re-watching Avatar: The Last Airbender from start to finish, one or two episodes each night on DVD (a holiday gift to ourselves). We are both very excited about plans to make this series into live-action films, and hope they do the show justice. It's an excellent cartoon. Much better than Blackstar was 25 years ago...

Okay, I'll admit it. We got Blackstar on DVD too, just so I could reminisce. It's actually fairly painful to watch compared to Avatar. Compared to just about anything really... but that show did inspire me to try to write my first 'novel' when I was eleven. So, there's that.


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Monday, February 2, 2009

Reader Monday - What's Your Savvy?


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.