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A Grisly Birthday Wish to Mr. Gorey

Books, Cats, Life is Good. —Edward Gorey

When people are finding meaning in things — beware.  Edward Gorey

Edward Gorey Illustration

A Gorey Alligator for Serenity Spell

Happy birthday to one of the world’s most clever and whimsical illustrators and authors….. Quirky, prolific, and a true talent. I still adore you, Mr. Gorey!

For a fantastic book detailing the inner workings of Gorey, pick up Elephant House or, The Home of Edward Gorey. For more information, visit their website.

Thanks, Mr. Sendak, and Farewell…

Thank you Mr. Sendak, for teaching me all about those wild places. ♥

Maurice Sendak, Children’s Author Who Upended Tradition, Dies at 83

Maurice Sendak, widely considered the most important children’s book artist of the 20th century, who wrenched the picture book out of the safe, sanitized world of the nursery and plunged it into the dark, terrifying and hauntingly beautiful recesses of the human psyche, died on Tuesday in Danbury, Conn. He was 83 and lived in Ridgefield, Conn. The cause was complications from a recent stroke, said Michael di Capua, his longtime editor…. (Read more at The New York Times link above)

Maurice Sendak, “Where the Wild Things Are,” 1963

Maurice Sendak, “Where the Wild Things Are,” 1963

A Wonderful Project

I’ve fallen a bit behind… Fellow bloggers Fay Moore of her inspiring Fay Moore: I Want to Be a Writer and Stacy Lyn of her engaging Stacy Allbritton: Web-Footed Louisiana Scribbler, um, Scrivener have nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award. And Terri of the beautiful Daily Sweet Peas has kindly passed along the Readership Appreciation Award.

I’ve been witness to this project circulating WordPress (being relatively new to the blogging arena), and it’s such a wonderful tool to connect with other bloggers and their work. I honestly had no idea such warm, kind kindred spirits existed in this community, and for that I’m pleasantly surprised and ever thankful. Profuse thanks for your nominations and votes of confidence, Fay, Stacy, and Terri!

 7 (Hopefully Interesting) and Totally Truthful Things About Myself:

  • I was raised on a 3-mile-long island, the rim of a sunken volcano in the middle of the South Pacific — an atoll in Micronesia — 6 hours by plane from Hawaii, 6 hours by plane from Australia. Think Amelia Earhart’s lost flight.
  • Having moved stateside at college-age, and lacking the impact of mass media at those impressionable ages, I still find myself catching up on key pieces of Americana.
  • I’ve been a vegetarian since birth… Raised by carnivores with favorite meals including steak tartare and sushi caught from the surrounding ocean. Blech.
  • I’ve never been married; while this fails to shock me or the strong females in my family, it remains an awe-inspiring topic of discussion.
  • Having always been surrounded by a menagerie of rescued critters — cats and dogs and ferrets and horses, oh my — they remain an integral part of my life.
  • My heroine: Katherine Hepburn.
  • I dance and sing horribly off-key on a regular basis — any event can prompt this behavior, including the making of ice, cooking noodles, rain, getting dressed…. The list is endless.

Every blog I’ve encountered has been inspiring beyond compare — and I’m still learning with each passing day. In the spirit of connecting to others, here’s an abridged list of some lovely and skilled nature-centric sites that I’d like to share:

Freelancing Conundrums

Adapting to life as a publishing freelancer has been interesting — and fun. But darn all those corporate years of floating style guides…

Book As Decor

Selling a Book by Its Cover

I understand that books have always been packaged for sale… But *shiver* this is raw. Priced by the decorative foot; never opened. At least in times past they were occasionally read.

The Writing Process

The Writing Process

– By Ed Yong on March 30th, 2011 [DISCOVER]

On Twitter, John Pavlus recently asked me which bit of the writing process I like most – researching and collating information, or actually getting it down on paper.

So to answer that question more fully (and because it’s been a bit of a slow week), here’s a graph depicting my process of writing a feature. Enjoyment’s on the vertical axis, time runs along the horizontal. This applies to longer features rather than blog posts – those are more straightforward and less emotionally variable.

(And yes, I know “regurgitated” is spelled wrongly in the image. I can’t be bothered to change it).

So You Want to Write a Novel…?

The YouTube comments really are fascinating on this great little clip… But you gotta love it. C’mon. Thanks to David Kazzie for the clever quirk!

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