Monday, March 31, 2014

This Year's A to Z Challenge Theme

When I signed up to do the A to Z challenge this year I completely forgot that I was going to be away for almost the entire first week of the challenge....eek!  With that in mind I decided to go with a slightly less research heavy topic than the one I was holding over from last year.  Which makes me a little sad because I really wanted to do it but really excited because instead I am going to talk about something that really presses on my mind all the time.

My theme for this year is going to be a person, place or thing list of stuff I have always wanted to write about.  I don't know about you but I have entire notebooks and tons of scraps of paper everywhere with words, phrases and sentences on them of stuff that popped into my head that I thought would make a good story.  Or at least a good jumping point for a story.

So I have decided to make an alphabetical list of them and put a little research into them, with the hope that next year's A to Z will feature short stories based on these topics.  Reach for the stars right?

I hope everyone has a fabulous April and a great A to Z Challenge.  I am looking forward to seeing what everyone does this year and finding some great new blogs to read.  After I get back from lounging in the sun that is.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Last Week I Went To A Book Launch

Last Monday I went to my very first book launch,  which was kind of neat.  It was in this quaint, cozy little bar downtown called No One Writes to the Colonel which is a great space and somewhere I would love to visit again.  As you may have guessed from poking around here I'm not usually the type to go to these types of events, you know, ones with people where I can't hide behind a costume.

However, the author of this book (which is a collection of poetry), Niki Koulouris, is a friend of Mike's and he is very big on the we should go out and do this thing.  Anyhow, I am glad I went as it was a lovely evening full of nice people and poetry, and how often do you get to hear poetry read by the author?  Er, scratch often do you get to hear GOOD poetry read by the author?

The book in question is titled The Sea With No One In It and as I mentioned the author is Niki Koulouris who writes brilliant poetry.  You can pick her book up here if you like that sort of thing and want to check it out.  It has some pretty awesome cover art too.


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Photo Challenge Week Seven: February 12 to February 18

I am super behind on post my pictures but up to date on taking them, yay?  So, be prepared to get slammed with pictures over the next few days as I play catch up while getting ready for the A to Z Challenge and going away.

February 12, 2014:

The new tea shop up the road from our house.  In case you can't read the sign it's "Noble Tea"

February 13, 2014:

Monkey jacket.

February 14, 2014:

How I spent my Valentine's evening.  Tea and crafts.

February 15, 2014:

Mmm, beer!

February 16, 2014:

Judgmental kitty face.

February 17, 2014:

I got this awesome pin when we went out for Valentine's Day.

February 18, 2014:

We won't talk about how much coffee I drink in a day but FINALLY I won something.

SO MANY pictures to post, so little time.  Have to get caught up again though so that I can be all behind while I am away.  Plus I have super awesome pictures from ComiCon to post.

Anyhow, here were the in case you need them prompts for week eight:

Thursday, March 6, 2014

How Many Books Have You Read Off This List?

I got this email from Chapters/Indigo today..12 book to read before you turn 12.  Of course I was dying to know what they thought the essential kids books were and whether or not I was in agreement.  Turns out I mostly am, there are only I few I would add to the list. (most of these I love as an adult)

Their list:

A book I have read many times this is high on my list of all time favorite books, easily in the top hundred.

I love this book so much I have multiple copies of it.  I have both the Philospher's Stone and the Sorcerer's Stone because there's a difference and I am crazy like that.  Also have it in French for Ace.

Now, this one I haven't read but it is on my to read list because I have heard great things about it. I may tackle it while I am in Cuba.

Ace loves these books so much he has them in English and French.  I was not a big fan but what ever keeps them reading.

I know a lot of people who don't like these books for one reason or another but personally I love them. This one makes me cry EVERY SINGLE TIME.  My favorite is The Magician's Nephew.

This is another one on my to read list, only I have seen the movie for this one.  (cried my eyes out)

I have read everything written by Beverly Cleary and my children will be encouraged to do the same.

Dr. Seuss is a genius and this book is in my humble opinion one of his finer works.

Ok, I had never heard of this book before today but I read a review of it and now I am dying to read it because it sounds really interesting.  REALLY INTERESTING.  Should I be concerned because I am way older than 12?

I loved these books as a kid.  My son recently acquired almost the entire series from a close friend of mine and they have been a very welcome addition to his reading.

Judy Blume is another author who I just consumed as a child, and I actually think Ace will love this one.  I'm going to try to pick it up for him in French.

While it is not my favourite Roald Dahl book I do agree it's one every kid should read.  And BEFORE they see the movie as it is rich with those imagination building descriptions.

So as I said I have my own list of books I think kids should read, some of them by authors on this list in fact.  But as it got longer as the post went on I think I will make a separate post.