Thursday, May 17, 2018

Everything's better with a fake mustache

My students and I had the great fortune of attending a presentation by author Shelly Brown at our school a couple of weeks ago. Shelly is the author of Mustaches for Maddie, which is based on the true story of her own daughter, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor at age twelve. As School Library Journal explains in its review of the book, "Maddie is a wonderfully thoughtful, creative, and funny protagonist, with whom readers will identify as she grapples with her social and physical challenges. The title comes from her love of fake mustaches, which she carries around to lighten the mood wherever she goes, and which become a viral sensation when she is hospitalized."

Not only did Shelly do her presentation for free (which is much appreciated at a public school with limited funds), she also did it without a PowerPoint or even a microphone! (Which was my fault, as I wasn't able to get the AV system together in time.) She was so engaging from the get-go, and the kids really connected with it. Right away I had students putting up their fingers under their nose in the style of a mustache to indicate that they were showing compassion (the theme of the book) for me and their peers by being quiet in class while others were speaking. I also had several order the book, along with another of Shelly's books, Ghostsitter, and attend her book signing that evening at a local bookstore. They also asked me for the book as soon as we came back to the library that day!

Although Shelly is not one of my authors (yet, ; P), I am very happy to recommend her book to everyone!

- L'Editrice

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

I'm back!, plus Great News from an Author

Hello, everyone,

Apologies for the almost yearlong absence! I've started working as a librarian at an elementary school, so I took some time off from blogging (and editing) to settle into that busy role. But I'm happy to announce that I'm ready to take on clients again for this summer, and I hope to hear from you soon.

In author news, a long-overdue congratulations to Christa Conklin, who has the following (not-so-new) news:
1) She is now represented by Jessica Schmeidler of Golden Wheat Literary.
2) She's had a short story, "Moontail," published in an anthology.
3) Tranquility has found its publishing home at Elk Lake Publishing, Inc., and will be published fall 2018.

So proud of and happy for you, Christa!

- L'Editrice

Friday, June 16, 2017

The trouble with trends

Flamingos, pineapples, succulents, cacti, tassels, pom-poms, palm prints. These are all over fashion right now (how do the brands make them all so quickly?!) and I get caught up in them like everyone else--even though I convince myself that I always liked them before and that everyone else is just catching up to me.

The problem is that--like even non-trendy aspects of my style--I glob onto a pattern and then find an affinity for everything in it, and have to consciously limit myself to one, or at maximum two, belongings with each feature so that I don't become Inspector Gadget with my wardrobe. (Who else remembers all those identical trench coats in his closet?) Especially in this era of fast fashion, trends come and go quickly, and familiarity for me can breed contempt--or at least over-saturation. Or, God forbid, I continue to wear what I liked even before it became mainstream (trendsetter that I am ; P) but now I just look like a follower who is late to the game or--gasp!--out of style. . . .

Anyone else have this problem? Or is it just obsessive (and, let's be honest, susceptible) me?

- L'Editrice

Monday, March 27, 2017

Books and Bars (and not the fun kind)

I just came home to the loveliest surprise on my doorstep: a signed copy of Kids in Orange: Voices from Juvenile Detention. It's a memoir by author Mindy Hardwick that I had the pleasure of copyediting.

I've worked with Mindy on a couple of her middle-grade novels (Stained Glass Summer and Seymour's Secret), and while I love them both, this is perhaps my favorite of her works so far. As her Amazon blurb says, "In the middle of a career change from teacher to writer, Mindy Hardwick volunteered to facilitate a weekly poetry workshop at a juvenile detention center. By helping the teens write poetry about their lives, Mindy discovered strength and courage to grieve the loss of her father, find forgiveness and release the past. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book will be used as a grant for writers to work with teens at Denney Juvenile Justice Center." 

So amazing. Congratulations, Mindy!

- L'Editrice

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Red Nose Day on a red-flag movie

You've already heard my views on the movie Love, Actually here and here. But since it's being revisited for the very worthy Red Nose Day, I thought I'd link to another great article that underlines why I dislike it so much.