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September 8th, 2010

Facebook--Live Journal?

 So, LJ used to connect with Facebook and put my LJ posts on my FB page. It still does that, but now, instead of my lovely default pic, it instead shows an ugly green arrow that leads back to LJ. Anyone know how to tweak this?

Barbie's First Review!

Writers await the first review of a new book with some trepidation. Will it be good, bad--will there BE any reviews? I am happy to report that the first review for The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie is in, and it couldn't be better. It's from Kirkus--and it's a Starred Review! Here, in part, is what they said:

"Sibert Medalist Stone tantalizes with her brief and intriguing survey of Barbie. She begins with the history of Mattel...and moves onto materialism, body image, portrayals of ethnicity, nudity, taboo and art. Direct quotes from women and girls showcase the variety of feelings that Barbie engenders, and the author weighs in occasionally and effectively to show that though Barbie is often 'just a doll...We have...helped make her the icon—and subject of controversy—that she is.'"

August 30th, 2010

 As writers, we ask ourselves certain questions about our characters and stories. What is most important to my main character? What does he or she want? How will she get it? All of our narrative choices should serve the answers to these questions in some way. This is extremely helpful in real life. What is most important to you? Your relationships with others, what you believe in, how you spend your time? What choices will you make that will best serve the answers to those questions?

August 26th, 2010

 August 26th is Women's Equality Day, thanks to Bella Abzug. It celebrates the fact that 90 years ago today, women were finally given the right to vote. It is a monumental day that sneaks by unnoticed. So take a minute to remember how much the world has changed--and how much farther we have to go in the name of equality for all people. And if you're game, take the Women's Equality Day Quiz, courtesy of the National Women's History Project!

August 24th, 2010

Roll up your Sleeves!

 School is about to start and that means two things to me:

1) Gear up for The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie promotion
2) Get to writing!!

What does it mean to YOU?

July 2nd, 2010

ALA Recap!

 So, ALA was simply a whirlwind surreal blast of happiness. A nonstop schedule jam-packed with fun things like signing 200 Barbie galleys, doing a Reading Rockets interview for PBS, having Roger Sutton ask me his five questions (which were great, and actually six!), celebratory luncheons with the YALSA and Sibert committees, an Almost Astronauts signing, the Newbery/Caldecott banquet, and the Sibert ceremony--PHEW! 

Over on Facebook, I posted how supportive and wonderful the children's lit world is, and it really, truly is. It was a love fest. And an authentic one. In general, we are people who wake up each morning and get to do what we love to do. It makes for a pretty happy bunch. 

I wish I had pictures to share, but alas, I forgot my CAMERA! So, here's a plea--if anyone out there took pics at ALA that happen to include me and want to share (I don't even have a pic accepting the Sibert), please let me know!

Happy 4th of July weekend everyone!

June 17th, 2010

 My newest INK blog on this topic, as of today. 

June 16th, 2010

 Way back in 2003, I gave a talk at New England SCBWI about the importance of balance. How do we balance work and kids and romance and bills and housekeeping and cooking and, well, you get the picture. Where does time for oneself fit in?

Every so often, I pull that talk out and give it a read. Sure I wrote it, but that doesn't mean I am always able to practice what I preach. I need reminders. I think it's safe to say that most of us do.

Two things I have done that feel right, especially right now when school is letting out for the littles and I have two big work-related trips on the horizon (see some of you at ALA and L.A. SCBWI!), not to mention two looming book deadlines:

1) I have discovered yoga and it actually is kind of life-changing. Unlike any other form of exercise I have ever done, I look forward to it like it's a reward.

2) I have signed up for a week-long musical theater intensive with the Circle in the Square folks even though it meant lots of summer schedule juggling for the family.

It's a start.
How about you? What will bring more balance to your life?

May 20th, 2010

 Here is the link to my latest INK blog, which answers this question from my point of view as a nonfiction writer and reader.

May 1st, 2010

Passionate Nonfiction

I have had some requests for this topic, so am posting this here for anyone interested. It's an article I wrote for SLJ.

The Quest for Authenticity
In my early days as a nonfiction writer, I mostly wrote books that offered straightforward, informed narratives for young readers. Then, as my writing evolved, I delved into subjects that affected me more personally and I began to write a new kind of nonfiction. Of course, nonfiction must always be clear and accurate, but now my main motivation and responsibility is to bring my passion for a to...

April 25th, 2010

 Friday is the DCF Conference--the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Conference. It is the Vermont state children's award for older readers and a day librarians get together to discuss books, libraries, and writing. I was honored to be asked to give the Endnote lecture and am currently working on finishing writing said lecture. 

The process of writing a lecture about what you do--for anyone who does this, I imagine--is a process of discovery and insight into exactly how and why you do what you do. It's a great opportunity to take a step back and examine how you got here and why you love it. I find the whole experience very satisfying and I always discover (uncover) new things about myself that explain me to me a little bit more!

I think all artists of every kind know what I'm talking about. If you're a visual artist, what led you to pick up that paintbrush or charcoal pencil? A musician--when and why did you first find your instrument? Writers--what is your storytelling history?

What were your early experience that relate to what you do now? What people in your life influenced the path you are on today?

April 23rd, 2010

Barbie Goes LJ!

 At least I had the good sense to update my profile pic here, right? I'm making a little progress.
 I am not good at posting over here on LJ, mostly because I get the impression that everyone is over on Facebook. Am I wrong? Is anyone reading this? Is posting longer blog-type entries over here something people want to read? 

February 15th, 2010

 Countdown to paperback release of Elizabeth Leads the Way--on sale tomorrow!

9. Like Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott was an extremely close friend of Elizabeth Cady Stanton's--Sisterhood has always been strong!

Download a Free Reading Guide of Elizabeth Leads the Way!

February 14th, 2010

 Countdown to paperback release of Elizabeth Leads the Way on 2/16/10!

7. Elizabeth Cady Stanton insisted that the word "obey" be taken out of their marriage vows.
8. Elizabeth and Henry spent their honeymoon at an Anti-Slavery Convention in London.

Download a Free Reading Guide of Elizabeth Leads the Way.

February 12th, 2010

Countdown to paperback release of Elizabeth Leads the Way on 2/16/10!

6. Elizabeth Cady Stanton ran for Congress in 1866, reasoning that even is she couldn't vote, men could still vote for her!

Download a Free Reading Guide of Elizabeth Leads the Way

February 11th, 2010

 Countdown to paperback release on Feb 16th of Elizabeth Leads the Way--Fact #5!

5. When Elizabeth Cady agreed to marry abolitionist Henry Stanton, she said she would add his name to hers, but would not give up her own just to marry him. Thus, Elizabeth Cady became Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

February 10th, 2010

 Elizabeth Cady Stanton and her sisters in action crafted the eloquent Declaration of Sentiments--inspired by the Declaration of Independence. Stanton boldly stood at the front of the crowded hall and read it aloud at the first Seneca Falls Convention.

February 9th, 2010

 3. Her father lamented the fact that she was a girl, saying, "Oh, how I wish you were a boy!"

Elizabeth Leads the Way comes out in paperback on 2/16! 

February 8th, 2010

Let the countdown begin! The paperback of Elizabeth Leads the Way will launch on Feb 16! Each day I will tell you one tidbit about Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Today I will tell you two, to make up for the fact that I didn't start yesterday.

1. ECS was the driving force behind the first Seneca Falls Convention to discuss the injustice of women not being able to vote

If you know nothing else about this great lady, know this!!

2. She had seven--count them, SEVEN--children, and still managed to travel all over the country fighting for women's rights. 
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