Holiday Gifts for Writers 2018 Edition

I know it’s been a REALLY long time since you’ve heard from me. I am working on a fantastic blog post at the moment… But, in the meantime here are some great Christmas gift ideas for the writer (no, I’m not sending hints), or almost anyone, on your gift list. Cheers!

Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)

Yeah, I may receive a “cease and desist” letter from the Peanuts people any minute for using that image as my header, so let me get right to my first “write” gift…the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree.

What kidlit writer doesn’t love Schultz’s merry misfit, his pilot puppy, and a girl named after candy?

You get the sensation, right?

Oh geez, those York folks may be after me now, too.

Charlie Brown Christmas Tree With Blanket Tree Skirt

Available from Vermont Country Store. (And you may be reminded of Christmases past when I say “some items sold separately” and “some assembly required”.)

Now, time for booties.

No, not baby booties. Book booties…

bookbootiesAvailable from Groove Bags.

I’m not the most organized writer, but this looks like it can help. It features an area for notes plus numbered pockets for keeping mind memos and snippets—maybe to represent each chapter?

Industrial-Inspired…

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Picture Books are for All Ages, say Carle Honor Award Recipients

I haven’t blogged in a while. It’s been a little busy around here… But this short article resonates with me, and I thought you would enjoy it.

Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)

In one month, The Carle Museum of Picture Book art will hold its annual Carle Honors, awarding four people/entities who have made significant contributions to the art form.

Also that evening, September 27th, final bids are accepted on original artwork by picture book masters. The auction goes live on August 31, and you can browse and bid here: https://501auctions.com/carlehonors2018.

If you could ask the Carle Honorees one question, what might it be? My question is here—

“Why are picture books an art form to enjoy not only in childhood, but through every age, every stage of life?”

—and the answers are diverse and delightful, just like picture books themselves.

Paul O. Zelinsky
2018 Carle Honors Artist

“Why are pictures an art form to be enjoyed by people of all ages?  Well, that has to be a function of what picture books exist in the world to be enjoyed. Some, aimed…

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The Necessity of Self-Care for Writers

My first writing-related article was published in the June 27, 2018 issue of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators – Oregon Region online newsletter, Newsworthy. Following is a revised version of that article. THE NECESSITY OF SELF-CARE FOR WRITERS The SCBWI-OR conference in May was full of helpful information, inspirational speakers, and networking… Continue reading The Necessity of Self-Care for Writers

Words Worthy of the Newbery

In case you’re looking for some weekend reading. I haven’t read this yet, but it’s definitely on my list! #talkinganimals #theoneandonlyivan #readworthy

WRITERS' RUMPUS

Review of The ONE and ONLY IVAN by Katherine Applegate

Yes, I am talking about the 2013 Newbery Award winner. I read it back then and gave it an A+ in my rating scale. For that alone I would have I revisited the story, but hearing it will be a Disney feature next year reminded me to read it again. And when I did, I came across new words I think you’ll appreciate.

The ONE and ONLY IVAN is the fictional tale of a real-life Silverback Gorilla named Ivan who was captured as an infant in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa. He spent 27-years alone in a cage in a circus-themed mall in Washington State until public outcry helped relocate him to the gorilla habitat at Zoo Atlanta. He died in 2012 at the age of 50.

Katherine Applegate broke the unspoken rules of…

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Encouragement

If pressed to describe my writing week in one word, the word would be “Encouragement”. This week: I attended a writer friend’s book signing. Old friends gifted me with a coffee mug (required for every writer) and coffee from Writer’s Workshop in Port Townsend, WA. I invited three fellow writers to Wordfest, an evening of… Continue reading Encouragement

Conference Critiques: What They’re Like

In May, I attended the SCBWI-OR conference. The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is the largest organization for the support, education, and networking of – you guessed it – children’s writers and illustrators. It is an international organization with over 24,000 published and pre-published members, and more than 100 regions (or chapters) worldwide.… Continue reading Conference Critiques: What They’re Like