BBAW: New Treasures – Book Blog Discoveries

BBAW: New Treasures – Book Blog Discoveries

BBAW has an overall theme this year: “A Treasure Chest of Infinite Books and Infinite Blogs.” Monday—First Treasure We invite you to share with us about a great new book blog you’ve discovered since BBAW last year!  If you are new to BBAW or book blogging, share with us the very first book blog you discovered.  Tell us why this blog rocks your socks off and why you keep going back for more. If you […]

Sunday Salon: She Writes (about) BBAW…and other things

Sunday Salon: She Writes (about) BBAW…and other things

Tomorrow is the first day of Book Blogger Appreciation Week! But you know, without writers, there would be no reason for book bloggers to exist. Therefore, I’m excited to tell you that Book Blogger Appreciation Week has joined up with She Writes! Are you familiar with She Writes? In its own words, here’s what this online community is all about: “She Writes is a community and a workplace for women who write, with over 11,000 […]

Where all news is VERY local

Where all news is VERY local

When I meet people elsewhere, I usually tell them I’m from Los Angeles or “the LA area,” because it’s easier to place it. However, I actually live northwest of the city, between LA and Santa Barbara. Like many who live there, I make a daily commute to and from LA proper for work. Along with not having kids in the city schools (I have stepkids, and they are in school, just not in my town. […]

Books for Baltimore: It’s the 2010 Dewey Donation Drive!

Books for Baltimore: It’s the 2010 Dewey Donation Drive!

The Dewey Donation System is back online and kicking off its 2010 Book Donation Drive! Have you met Dewey? Born in 2006, he’s the offspring of author/roller-derby queen Pamela Ribon‘s efforts to help struggling public libraries through her website pamie.com and “Tubey’s Kids,” the charity initiative started by Television Without Pity (TWoP) and its co-founder David “Glark” Cole. Dewey previously helped bring in books and raise funds for libraries in Harrison County, Mississippi, Negril, Jamaica, […]

Book Talk: *Dangerous Neighbors,* by Beth Kephart

Book Talk: *Dangerous Neighbors,* by Beth Kephart

Dangerous Neighbors Beth Kephart EgmontUSA (2010), Hardcover (ISBN 1606840800 / 9781606840801) Fiction (YA, historical), 192 pages Source: ARC from publisher, via Winsome Media Communications – pub date August 2010 Reason for reading: review, a favorite author Opening Lines: “From up here, everything seems to spill from itself. Everything is shadowed. The cool at the base of the trees. The swollen lip of river. The dark beneath the cliff stones at Rockland, where Katherine had gone […]

Puppy Fever (an introduction)

Puppy Fever (an introduction)

I keep forgetting to tell y’all that I’m a contributor to TheSmartlyLA. It’s part of a new group of regionally organized writing sites (plus one “geo-neutral” one for writers outside those localities, and a forthcoming “anonymous” site), and its focus is the writing. I’m posting there twice a month. My first couple of pieces for TheSmartlyLA were based heavily on posts I’d done over here, but this recent one is all-new: She turned up in […]

Sunday Salon: Circles and Connections, Bookmarks and Bookkeeping

Sunday Salon: Circles and Connections, Bookmarks and Bookkeeping

I didn’t respond to last week’s Weekly Geeks prompt, “Who Do You Connect With?”, but I’ve been pondering it, and a recent post from one of the non-book-bloggers I follow seemed to track with my line of thought. Miss Britt shared some of the reasoning behind her decision not to start a dedicated travel blog to chronicle her family’s upcoming year of travel through the USA: “I’m going to write about the trip.  I’m going […]

YA on YA: More *Mockingjay* (with MORE spoilers)

YA on YA: More *Mockingjay* (with MORE spoilers)

Presenting a young-adult take on a young-adult novel: this is a guest post from my almost-16-year-old stepdaughter, Katie (Caitlin). Two people in my house read Suzanne Collins’ Mockingjay last week, and we had rather different responses to it, which basically makes my house a microcosm of the novel’s readership. Having already posted my own reaction, I invited Katie to share hers here – she had some venting to do! Katie says: I read Mockingjay by […]

Just imagine the stories we’re making!

Just imagine the stories we’re making!

How Active is Your Imagination? You Have an Active Imagination Your mind is churning and producing new thoughts all the time. You are definitely good at imagining. You can visualize events pretty easily, and you’re not bad at thinking up new ideas. Believe it or not, you could be a bit more imaginative. All you have to do is give yourself permission. Spend a few minutes each day daydreaming. It’s good for you, and who […]

Book Talk: *Mockingjay*, by Suzanne Collins (w/a few spoilers)

Book Talk: *Mockingjay*, by Suzanne Collins (w/a few spoilers)

  Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games) Suzanne Collins Scholastic Press (2010), Hardcover (0439023513 / 9780439023511) Fiction (YA, dystopian), 400 pages Source: Personal copy Reason for reading: Mandatory, after reading the first two book in the series Opening Lines: “I stare down at my shoes, watching as a fine layer of ash settles on the worn leather. This is where the bed I shared with my sister, Prim, stood. Over there was the […]