Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Very Furry

Here's a picture of the cutest, sweetest and furriest kitty in Seoul, Korea. Please give a cheer for Misty!
Lenore posted pictures of her adorable cat and encouraged me to do the same.

When my husband and I first moved overseas to Indonesia, we brought with us our short haired Persian, Yoda (not so furry, but cute). He traveled with us to Singapore and eventually onto Korea. So he's been around. But one night, he slipped out of our apartment, never to be seen again.

I was pregnant with Caleb at that time so I cried and cried and cried all those hormonal tears. Poor Doug went out searching in the freezing cold, night after night .

When we couldn't find Yoda, Doug and I headed to the pet street at Dongdaemun Market here in Seoul. We came home that night with a little Persian kitty.

We named her Misty. She's been sleeping by my side ever since.

Her nickname is Fur because, well, she's furry!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Win! Win! Win!

Check out Ellen's most fabulous contest to win a copy of Cindy Pon's Silver Phoenix. It's a story set in China following the heart of a brave young girl who isn't afraid to take on the impossible.

I don't know about you, but I'm soooo excited to be seeing a story set in Asia!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Call for Manuscripts and Latest Contests

Andrew Karre at Carolrhonda Books put out a today for MG and YA manuscripts. Here's a quote from his blog.

"Young adult novels, particularly first-person, voice-driven YA. I'm not really interested in high fantasy, but urban and dark fantasy are in bounds. Serious realistic YA is lovely, as long as it has character. Debuts enthusiastically welcomed."

He's also looking for stand alone MG.

And check out here for a contest: http://cynthialeitichsmith.blogspot.com/2009/04/hunger-mountain-presents-katherine.html

Also, check out Blooming Tree's latest contest.

Here are the rules:
We will be setting up a literary award named "The Bloom Award" to celebrate the life of Mildred Bloom, Matriarch of Blooming Tree Press. This award will be for unpublished authors only. Each year's award will consist of a different genre, age group and imprint. This award WILL result in a publishing contract for one lucky winner. (Disclaimer: if all parties can come to an agreement.) "The Bloom Award" (the first) will be consist of the following:

1. Age Group: Middle Grade
2. Genre: Mystery Who-Done-It.
3. "Tire Swing" Imprint.

We are still working on the rules and details and time for submission.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Yum! Lemonade!

Rena, CJ, Brenda and Stacy have given me the Lemonade Stand Award - totally cool!

I like pink and strawberry lemonade the best. If you could choose your favorite flavor, what would it be?

The Lemonade Stand Award is awarded for great Gratitude and /or Attitude...And all I have to do is follow a few simple rules:

1. Post the logo on my blog.

2. Nominate 10 blogs with great gratitude/attitude.

3. List and link my nominees. (I hate just choosing 10!)

4. Alert them of their nomination on their blog.

I know many of you already have received this award but here's toast to all the fantastic blogs that pop by here. Cheers!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Color Me Beautiful

An artist friend, Sally, and I took a shopping trip to Hongdae (an area nearby). We stopped by Starbucks for lattes and scones and then wandered down a tiny narrow street where one of the largest art stores around hides.

I was in search of some art supplies for my budding artist, Caleb, and Sally was just the person to point me in the right direction.

After securing water color pencils, pastels, and a nice drawing pen, I found myself stuck in the marker section. In fact, Sally had to nearly drag me out the door as I was writing words on the back of a receipt. It was the colors that drew me in at first—all those bright, lovely colors spread out so pleasingly to the eye. But then I realized all those colors had names.

And the names! Words like sea green, willow, lime, milky white, walnut, baby skin, Prussian blue, peacock, cool grey and well I could go on and on.

If you are a writer, you can see how much fun this can become. Such vivid pictures cross my mind as each word is written. I mean, when I say Tahitian blue, aren’t you dreaming of a hot sandy beach with that sexy someone? And think of the smells connected with words like burnt sand. And the tastes mixed in with mint blue.

Check out this website for more colors. And if you are in need even more inspiration, take a trip to your local art supply store. I’m sure you’ll find ideas to color your manuscript beautiful.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

A Bad Haircut?

Right now I'm tearing my first draft into about a million shreds. I think it looks like someone with a really bad haircut. You know, chopped here, too long there, and maybe some mismatched dies scattered around that really need to be blended.

But.... I'm excited! I love what it's shaping into. The bad news is I have to write a totally different ending. A much better ending, of course.

I think I'm going to write it next week when my husband is off to China for his soccer tournament (Which by the way, we all should start hoping he wins. You know that sulking, bad mood and all stuff when he comes back without that trophy). I've been bouncing some really horrible stuff for my MC to go through--poor thing-- and a cool setting that I'm excited about.

So maybe this isn't really a bad haircut, but one in the making.

Anyone else need a haircut? I'll do yours for free.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Visiting Illustrator- Korky Paul

My son, Caleb, decided he wanted to be an artist last summer when we were at the SCBWI LA conference. He was facinated with the illustrations at the conference exhibit and ever since then, he's had a passion to draw.

So.... when Korky Paul came to speak at our school, we HAD to go see him. Korky Paul is an illustrator for numerous popular books in the UK. Our art teacher, Sally, hooked us up with some one on one time with Korky including autographs, drawings, and tidbits on how to draw.

Caleb didn't talk much (due to awe struckness) but he was soaking up every minute and carefully watching how Korky drew.

Here are some tricks and ideas that Korky, who is an instructor for Oxford University in England, passed on to us.

  1. Draw everyday
  2. Add blue to your blacks to bring out the light in the picture.
  3. When you draw, think about the how and that will bring the magic into your drawings.
  4. Imagination is everything
  5. Watercolors bring life to your drawings. He liked to draw with a black pen and fill in with watercolor. The watercolors are easy to use, adds shadow, versatile, reproduce well, and captures life and movement in your painting.

  6. If your left handed (as is Caleb), start on the right of the paper and move across.

  7. If your right handed do the opposite.
Though we were sad to say, we came away with some real treasures.