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Tuesday, December 21, 2010


Merry Christmas, all.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Green Way to Power Your Christmas Lights...

Now if only I can get my hands on an electric eel...well, not literally...

"Everytime the eel moves, it generates 800 watts of electricity. Two aluminum electrodes inside the eel's tank capture that energy and send it down a wire to a nearby Christmas tree."

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Loose Lips Sink Ships? WikiLeaks is here to stay

Charles is less popular than the Queen. Andrew cusses about journalists interfering with international trade deals. Kim Jong Il drinks like a fish. King Abdullah, who suggests implanting chips into Guantanamo detainees as a way to track them (as he does his Arabian stallions and falcons...gotta admire his practicality), has a speech impediment. Moammar Gadhafi has a "voluptuous blonde" nurse/companion that he won't leave home without. (Gadhafi also hates flying long distances or over water and insists on staying in the first floor of any building....hmmm, a little paranoid, Moammar?)

Seriously, folks?

Snooki, WMD
I'm sure there are more incriminating documents, but the classified soap opera allegedly downloaded by U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning makes his motive, "I want people to see the truth ... because without information, you cannot make informed decisions as a public," sound more like the impetus behind Jersey Shore (maybe we ought to unload Snooki on Kim Jong Il to disrupt his nuclear program).

Granted, the first two batches of leaked intelligence involved Afghanistan and Iraq battlefield reports, but the latest release of information downloaded from the Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet), "a network used to distribute not particularly sensitive information that is classified at the secret level and below," is the diplomatic equivalent of juicy cocktail party gossip.

And since when did hackers become our heroes? Manning was busted after he contacted famed hacker Adrian Lamo, confessing his leaking of 90,000 documents revealing secret information about U.S. war strategy. Maybe Manning wanted Lamo's help. Maybe he wanted Lamo's adulation. Instead, Lamo (who has received death threats for his actions) alerted authorities:

"I went to the right authorities, because it seemed incomprehensible that someone could leak that massive amount of data and not have it endanger human life...If I had acted for my own comfort and convenience and sat on my hands with that information, and I had endangered national security ... I would have been the worst kind of coward."

And now WikiLeaks has been hit by several massive DDoS (distributed denial of service--whatever that is) hacker attacks, which have been unsuccessful in shutting down the site, but have resulted in slow downs. "The Jester," who goes by the Twitter handle th3j35t3r, is a self-described "hacktivist" who claims to have disabled terrorist and extremist sites as well.

And how is China responding to WikiLeaks? By blocking it through the "Great Firewall." Seriously. It didn't work on the Mongols, and it will only slow down the cyber onslaught.

©2010 Tammy Yee

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Work Isn't Over Once You're Published....

It's in the contract:
"The Authors agree to promote the Work to the best of his/her abilities...particularly in the first quarter following the Work's publication..."
Expect to find a similar clause in all your contracts, detailing your required participation in autograph sessions, interviews, and digital promotion on websites and social networking sites.

In the New York Times editorial, "I Wrote It, Must I Also Hustle It?" television personality and author Dick Cavett details his experience in having to promote his latest book, coming off of a dozen back-to-back radio interviews. We should all be so lucky, but what he drives home is the responsibility for authors to participate in promoting their work. Another article by Mr. Cavett details what many authors (including myself) have experienced: finding that stores haven't been able to sell your books, despite all the promotion you've done, not because they've been selling out but because they haven't been getting them from the publisher: "An Author’s Nightmare."

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Update: Nipper, the Baby River Dolphin, Loses his Battle to Live

Piky the penguin, monitoring little Nipper's first swim.

Piky stands vigil over Nipper's empty pool.
Nipper, the rare baby La Plata river dolphin rescued from a Uruguayan beach, died at dawn on November 13, 2010 due to complications from hypothermia and respiratory failure. Although his prognosis was grim, one couldn't help but cheer the little fellow of the "smiling" calf raised awareness to the plight of endangered river dolphins, and the story of Piky, the rehabilitated erect-crested penguin's bond with the little cetacean was especially touching. It's difficult not to anthropomophize these beautiful creatures when witnessing such behavior.

Now it's believed the little dolphin may have been deaf, an ailment implicated in the "1,200 to 1,600 cases of dolphins and whales that wash ashore in the US every year." In any case, Nipper is believed to have sustained injuries consistent with net entanglement. According to Richard Tesore, head of the NGO Rescate Fauna Marina that cared for the sick dolphin, "2000-4000 Plata River dolphins die each year from being entangled in fishing nets."

To read more about Nipper, visit

The Animators of Life

From the New York Times:
"Building on decades of research and mountains of data, scientists and animators are now recreating in vivid and sometimes jaw-dropping detail the complex inner machinery of living cells."

Hawaiian Monk Seal Recovery Plan

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) proposes moving weaned female monk seal pups to mainland Hawaiian Islands, where there are less predators, to improve the survival rate of sexually mature females:

"According to NMFS, 60 to 90 percent of NWHI (North West Hawaiian Islands) seals die by the age of three. However, research has shown that MHI (Main Hawaiian Islands) seals do well, with 60 percent surviving to adulthood. Jeff Walters, of the NMFS, said a reason for this could be that there are less predators and competitors on MHI."

Read the full article here, detailing concerns the local community has on the impact relocating seal pups may have on fishing:The Molokai Dispatch~Save Our Seals

Locals swim alongside KP2, an abandoned monk seal pup raised by humans
KP2's friendliness was of concern. Officials worried his playfulness might injure people as he matured.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Nipper the Rescued Baby River Dolphin

Having done conservation art of the Irrawaddy dolphin for, I'm especially interested in the plight of river dolphins. So when I heard about little Nipper, I was thrilled to see rare photos of a live river dolphin calf, yet apprehensive about its poor prognosis.

Injured by a fishing net and washed ashore, a 10-day-old La Plata River dolphin (nicknamed Nipper) was found by tourists on a Uruguayan beach and brought to the SOS marine animal rescue center for rehabilitation and treatment of its injuries.

One of four remaining river dolphin species, the Franciscana Dolphin (Pontoporia blainvillei) is one of the rarest and least understood dolphins in South America. Found in the Brazil's Doce River, Argentina's Peninsula Valdes and in the coastal waters of Uruguay, it is the only species of river dolphins that can be found in salt water.

River dolphins are notoriously difficult to rehabilitate or keep in captivity, so little Nipper's chances of survival are grim. According to Animals Asia Foundation,
"River dolphins are notoriously difficult to keep in captivity. Reports suggest that of more than 100 Amazon River dolphins taken into captivity since 1965, the vast majority of individuals died within months of removal from the wild. Today, as far as we are aware, only five wild-caught Amazon River dolphins remain in captivity. Similar efforts to capture and breed China’s Yangtze River dolphin (also known as the baiji) have also failed. The baiji is now considered to be functionally extinct in the wild and there are no baiji alive in captivity."

Richard Tesore, head of the NGO Rescate Fauna Marina offers Nipper a bottle.

For more photos and to learn more about Nipper's rehabilitation, visit Global Animal (

Friday, October 1, 2010

Mission Houses Museum: Bookfair and Story-a-thon

From the Mission Houses Museum:

Please join us at Mission Houses Museum for Historic Bites on Tuesday, Oct 5th at noon in the Chamberlain House Kitchen.

Our topic is...

Victorian Horrors

Senior Curator, Elizabeth Nosek will give a background look at this unique genre of literature during the early 19th century before welcoming author, Mary Shelly who will read from her famous work, Frankenstein...

The program is FREE

Two other pieces of information

  • This program is a nice introduction to the Story-a-thon: A Celebration of Literacy event on October 22 which begins with Victorian Horrors ($15 a person, registration strongly recommended).
  • Don't forget this weekend's Bookfair at and Noble.  You can support Mission Houses and read great books!

Happy Halloween

What is it about this spooky holiday that inspires us to dress up as witches, ghouls and zombies? Americans love Halloween so much, we spend 2 billion dollars a year on costumes, candy and decorations, making it the second highest grossing holiday (after Christmas, of course).

And what about those crazy giant pumpkins, like the 1,500 pound monster grown by Jake van Kooten of British Columbia, who won $9,000 at California's Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Harvest and Festival? Did he really ship his pumpkin all the way from Canada to California?

If Mr. Kooten's prize money doesn't cover shipping his gourd back to British Columbia, then perhaps he can paddle his pumpkin home, like the good folks at the world's largest pumpkin boat race at the Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival in Germany. Every year enthusiasts don their pumpkin hats and paddle across the moat of a 17th Century castle in 200lb hollowed-out gourds. Between races, visitors can check out the 450 varieties of pumpkins, admire the pumpkin sculptures, and partake in pumpkin pies, stews and curries. Yum. A boat you can eat.

History of Halloween
Unnaturally large squashes aside, Halloween dates back some 2,000 years and in its current form is a mishmash of ancient Celtic practices, Catholic and Roman religious rituals, and of course, modern commercialism. Long before Walmart, October 31 marked the Celtic holiday of Samhain, a harvest festival observing the end of summer, when ancient Celts disguised themselves in costumes and masks and lit bonfires to ward off evil spirits. The harvest holiday was especially important because it marked the seasonal transition between the warm "lighter half" of the year, or the growing season, and the cold, dreary "darker half". This transition from a time of bounty to impending austerity extended into the spiritual world; it was believed that the boundaries between the living and the "otherworld" became especially thin, allowing the dead to pass over into this world.

Samhain and its pagan rituals, and some elements of the Roman festival of Feralia, which honored the dead, became integrated into All Saint's Day and all Soul's Day. In medieval Ireland and Britain, the poor would go from door to door asking for food in return for prayers for the dead, giving rise to "guising", a tradition in which Scottish and Irish children disguised themselves in costumes and went door to door requesting food and coins.

Save on Halloween decorations with these fun, printable Halloween origami and crafts.
Bat Origami
Black Cat Origami
Owl Mask
Owl Paper Bag Puppet
Pinwheel Spider

Pumpkin Box
©2010 Tammy Yee

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Coming Soon at the Hawaii Theater: "TiQri, The Little Snow Fox"

‘Ōhi'a Productions is launching their new literature to stage Story Surfers program designed for very young audiences at Hawaii Theatre this month, as part of the Theatreʻs thriving education program led by Eden-Lee Murray. The play has been adapted from Belknap Publishing's second Pacific Rim Calabash Book, TiQri, The Little Snow Fox, by its primary author, Tamara Montgomery, especially for Story Surfers, who will tour schools with the show this fall after its gala launch at Hawaii Theatre. 

The performance is interactive, with stage sets by the extraordinarily talented Michael Furuya and acting by some of the best performers in Hawaii!  Join authors Tammy Montgomery and Jodi Parry Belknap for a book autograph session and to say hello after the show in Hawaii Theatreʻs Weyand Room. 

This first in a new series for very young children from ’Ōhi'a is a special one, at  a special time during the day (Tuesday, September 21 at 11AM) ideal for home schoolers, grandparents and guardians. There are special prices, too. Keiki under 4 are free, and adult prices are very reasonable. 

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Grab some tissues...the most moving declaration of love...

Kristian Anderson, a video editor from Syndney, Australia, has been going through intensive chemotherapy for cancer that has metastasized to his liver. He enlisted the (small) help of screen star Hugh Jackson and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key to create this birthday video for his wife, Rachel.

His prognosis remains uncertain.

Rachel's Birthday Video from Kristian Anderson on Vimeo.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

And the Nobel goes to...

The Sexiest Dance Moves for Men Identified:

Dr. Disco (and his sidekick, Assistant Professor Party) from Northumbria University in the U.K. filmed 19 poor shmoes dancing to a disco beat, created dancing avatars, then showed the film to 37 heterosexual women to evaluate their level of attractiveness. He said the "experiment broke new ground."

Doh! I'm already thinking I went to the wrong university.

Next on his research agenda? Filming dancing women and getting men to judge them. Good luck on finding able and willing research subjects.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Children’s Writing Class at UH Outreach

For those interested in writing children's nonfiction, this sounds promising (I'm thinking of going):

Michael Elsohn Ross, a science educator and an award-winning author of more than 40 books for children on nature, science, and art will be teaching a two-session noncredit evening course UH called ‘Writing Your Children’s Book’ (Event ID: P11028). The class will meet on November 4 (Thursday) and 9 (Tuesday) from 6 to 9 p.m. in Kuykendall 303, and the course fee is $65. Michael describes the class as follows: “Discover the wide variety of styles and formats of current books, and pick up some useful writing and publishing tools from an author with extensive experience in the field. Participants will have a chance to write and edit short pieces, as well as get an overview of the publishing process.”
Michael, who works as a naturalist in Yosemite, presents at schools and conferences throughout the U.S. and internationally and teaches writing workshops. See his website at (While we don’t know Michael personally, he’s an SCBWI member, and the Regional Advisor where he lives recommends him highly.) Register online at, or call 956-8400.

And for those not familiar with SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) Hawaii's website, check out their online publication, Trade Winds.

This issue features helpful writing and publishing tidbits from the SCBWI Conference in L.A., as well as summary of what local publishers in Hawaii (Island Heritage, Mutual Publishing, Bess Press) are seeking.

Book Launch: Plenty Saimin, by Feng Feng Hutchins

The celebration will begin Sunday, September 26th, 2010 at 3 p.m. inside Native books. Light refreshments, books, friends and family. Fresh noodle packets of saimin from the Sun Noodle Company will be given away with the first 25-signed copies.

Book Launch Celebration And Signing

Native Book/ Na Mea Hawaii
Ward Warehouse (Ewa end)
1050 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, Hi 96814

Stories, Storytellers and Their Place in Our Lives

Join Mission Houses Museum on Tuesday,  Sept 7 , 2010 at noon for its monthly "Historic Bites" luncheon lecture in the Chamberlain House Kitchen.

Curator Elizabeth Nosek introduces the museum's program theme for the upcoming year - Talk Story: Legends, Myths & Fables.   The museum looks forward to seeing how universal themes and characters appear throughout the world helping us to understand our place in it.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Whales' Tails and Turtle Trails

Ta-daah...I signed books at Hanauma Bay and got my first glimpse of my new children's book from Island Heritage Publishing, Whales' Tails and Turtle Trails. Created in PhotoShop, which will probably be the medium for my next book as well. Very satisfied with the publisher's color reproduction...Hanauma Bay said they pre-ordered the book and were only able to get 12 copies.

What fun!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Face to Face

"A man finds room in the few square inches of his face for the traits of all his ancestors; for the expression of all his history, and his wants." 

~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Conduct of Life

Reading the news about Chrissy Steltz, an Oregon woman who lost her eyes and nose 11 years ago in a shotgun accident, getting a new face is nothing less than astonishing. Not only because of the prosthetic technology that enabled her physical transformation, but because of her indomitable spirit, with which no amount of plastic surgery can rival. astonishing is the fact that her $60,000 to $80,000 facial prosthesis is considered "cosmetic" and was denied by health insurance. How can one compare the loss of one's face with an obscene multi-billion dollar industry? I'm not talking about aesthetics. I'm talking about the basic elements by which, like it or not, we are judged. Eyes. A nose. A smile. I'm talking about quality of life and isolation, social or self-imposed.

We remain, at the cellular level, tribal primates who despite our claims of enlightenment, judge at first glance the viability and intentions of mates and rivals by their physical features and facial expressions. Newborns, whose undeveloped visual acuity is somewhere between 20/200 and 20/400, are programmed to fixate on faces, fuzzy as they may be. This is Chrissy's drive for a face neither she nor her blind partner will ever see–a face her young daughter can bond with, in place of the black mask Chrissy has been wearing.

If you object that appearances matter, you are preaching to the wrong choir. My time caring for children with burns and congenital malformations has trained me to view such conditions with clinical detachment. In the process I have met children and families with unimaginable strength, resilience, love and yes, beauty.

Which brings me back to Chrissy. I thought at first to explore the will behind Chrissy and survivors like Iraq veteran Ty Ziegel and chimpanzee attack victim Charla Nash. I doubt any of them would call themselves heroes, though many of us, lacking a better word, would like to label them. But I found myself, like so many others, lacking.

And this perhaps, is at the root of what stirs us in the stories of not only Chrissy, but any survivor of war, of cancer, of tragedy: under similar circumstances, would we be lacking?

On the history of facial prosthetics: Smithsonian examines the Faces of War.
Amid the horrors of World War I, a corps of artists brought hope to soldiers disfigured in the trenches...

Australian performance artist Stelarc's implantation of ear into his arm:  
"Extra Ear on Arm 2006-2007, as an exploration of alternative anatomical structures, which at one stage had him seriously contemplating the surgical removal of his ear and its relocation elsewhere on his body or face. Possible sites were the side of his forehead or forearm. But his medical friends — a group of doctors and artists willing to perform unnecessary surgery in the name of art — talked him out of it because the ear would probably die."

©2010 Tammy Yee

Lisa Matsumoto's "Once Upon One Time" Opens Tonight at Manoa Valley Theatre

Book and lyrics by Lisa Matsumoto
Music by Paul Palmore
Additional songs by Roslyn Catracchia

July 8 - August 8

(From press release)
The Po‘okela Award recognized musical comedy by Hawaii playwright Lisa Matsumoto adapts and intertwines familiar fairy tales into a fun Hawaiian-kine fantasy for the whole family. The action takes place in a mythical local kingdom where outrageous characters meet for one crazy, kapakahi adventure. Characters include Noelani an da Six Menehunes (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs), Kekoa and Maile (Hansel and Gretel), Red Rose Haku (Little Red Riding Hood), Da Keed Who Wen Cry Mongoose (The Boy Who Cried Wolf), and many more.

     Guest Director is Elitei Tatafu, Jr., Guest Music Director is Roslyn Catraccia, Guest Choreographer is Katherine L. Jones. Book and lyrics are by Lisa Matsumoto, music is by Paul Palmore, additional songs are by Roslyn Catracchia and orchestrations are by David Kauahikaua.

 To purchase tickets, call 808-988-6131 or buy online at

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Origami Folding Robot

This little contraption has been programmed to fold itself into a boat or an airplane. Looks like it will be a long wait before they invent Transformer robots...

For more information, visit Discovery News.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

SCBWI International Summer Conference

SCBWI Conference AttendeesThe 39th Annual SCBWI International Summer Conference features 4 days of agents, editors, publishers, workshps and networking designed to take your writing and illustration to the next level. From individual consultations on your manuscript or portfolio with an editor or agent, to keynotes and targeted workshops from best-selling writers and illustrators, the SCBWI Summer Conference gives you the opportunity to focus on honing your craft while networking with industry decision-makers.

Published or pre-published, you can't afford to miss this opportunity! Get the latest information on the market from the industry leaders in publishing for young people, and be inspired by some of the most well-known authors and illustrators working in children's literature today.

Make sure you're logged in as an SCBWI member, then click on the links above to learn and REGISTER NOW to reserve your place today!

What: 39th Annual Summer Conference
When: July 30 - August 2, 2010 
Where: Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles

SCBWI brings together top professionals in the children's publishing world to share their knowledge and expertise with attendees twice each year. The annual SCBWI Summer & Winter conferences are also excellent networking opportunities for those already established in the children's industry, and for those just starting to enter the world of children's book writing and illustrating.

Purple Dragonfly Book Awards Competition



CHANDLER, Ariz. — May 21, 2010 – With nearly 25 years of experience under its belt, Five Star Publications knows award-winning books. Its own titles recognized in numerous national writing contests, the Arizona-based publisher is taking its industry expertise to new heights by honoring the work of others. Preparing for its first annual
Purple Dragonfly Book Awards competition, Five Star Publications is raising the bar for children’s books in 19 categories—from stories about families, hobbies and pets to tales about the environment, religion and health.

Submissions must be received by Five Star Publications by June 14, 2010. Winners will be announced at the Arizona Literary Awards Banquet on November 6, 2010 in conjunction with Arizona Authors Association Literary Contest and Book Awards.

“Five Star Publications is proud to announce the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards,” said Linda F. Radke, Five Star founder and president, “because we want to help parents give their children only the best in reading excellence. Geared toward stories for children between the ages of four and 10, the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards are designed to bring families together with great children’s literature, and a Purple Dragonfly seal on a book’s cover lets parents choose new titles for their bookshelves with confidence.”

The Purple Dragonfly Book Awards are currently open to children’s books published between the 2007-2010 calendar years. Exceptions include titles by Five Star’s employees and their immediate family members; contributing editors and writers;
affiliated authors; and close acquaintances and relatives of contest judges. Participation is open to authors of both traditionally published and self-published books from any press except Five Star Publications. A Grand Prize winner and First and Second Place Winners in each category will be selected based on content, originality and overall readability, with emphasis on innovation and creativity.

The Five Star judging panel will include experts from the fields of editing, reviewing, bookselling and publishing. “Being honored with a Purple Dragonfly Award will confer credibility upon each winner, as well as provide extra positive publicity to further their success,” said Radke.

Based in Chandler, AZ, Five Star Publications has been publishing and promoting award- winning fiction, nonfiction, cookbooks, children’s literature and professional guides since 1985. For more information, visit

University of Hawai‘i KIDS FIRST! Film Festival

The award-winning University of Hawai‘i KIDS FIRST! Film Festival returns with four summer Sundays of free family films. KIDS FIRST!, a project of the Coalition for Quality Children's Media, is the largest traveling children's film festival in the world.

Curated locally by Outreach College and free to the public, the UH KIDS FIRST! Film Festival includes an entire program devoted to animations adapted from children's literature by esteemed authors and illustrators and are free of gratuitous violence; race, gender, or religious bias; inappropriate content; and condescension towards children. Age-appropriate groupings of films entertain through a balance of animation and live action, plus varied themes from different cultures. To add to the festivities, door prizes are awarded at all screenings.

What: University of Hawai‘i KIDS FIRST! Film Festival
When: Sundays • June 13 & 27, July 11 & 18 • 3:00pm
Where: UH Manoa Art Auditorium • FREE!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Must Be The Haircut

Or the underwear.

This dude, in the Taiwanese version of Idol, blows Susan Boyle out of the water with his jaw-dropping rendition of Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You."

Thursday, April 1, 2010

No Wonder They Call It Cape Fear

"FAYETTEVILLE, NC (WTVD) -- The North Carolina Medical Board says doctors and interns at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center attempted to induce labor on a patient, but when that didn't work, they performed a cesarean section only to find out there was no baby."

Full story, as if the above wasn't enough.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

SNL: Christopher Walken Complies with the US Census

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Hackers invade cell phone: A Hawaii Kai man's bill hits $5,000 for unauthorized calls after he answers a call from a phone number he did not know

From the Honolulu Star Bulletin:

"Hawaii residents apparently are falling victim to a scam triggered simply by answering their mobile phones.

Callers then hack into mobile phones and use the phone number to make long-distance calls and possibly gain access to other information."

Friday, March 26, 2010

Southampton Children’s Literature Conference

July 28 to August 1, 2010
The Southampton Children’s Literature Conference provides a unique forum in which to
study and discuss the craft of writing for children. World-renowned authors, illustrators
and editors offer inspiration and guidance through workshops, lectures, group discussions
and special presentations. Open to both established and aspiring writers, the Conference
is located in the Hamptons on the East End of New York’s Long Island—a resort area of
natural beauty.

The Children’s Writing Workshops are led by authors and editors of the first rank. The
distinguished faculty includes:
• Caldecott Medal-winning author/illustrator Ed Young
• Award-winning middle-grade author Tor Seidler
• Accomplished editor and novelist Cindy Kane
• Best-selling author/editor Emma Walton Hamilton
• Award-winning YA author Margaret McMullan

In the afternoons and evenings, participants choose from a wide range of elective sessions
presented by notable authors, editors, publishers, and agents. The schedule of formal and
informal gatherings is rich—from author receptions to open-mic night—with a few
surprises, too.

Among the guest presenters scheduled to appear this year are Arlene Alda and Lisa
DeSimini, Jim and Kate McMullan, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Catherine Creedon,
and Whiting Award-winning poet Julie Sheehan.

We’re pleased to offer three graduate credits to eligible students.

Workshop size is limited; some scholarships still available. Apply now!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Peachtree Publisher's Blogspot: The Development of a Book Cover

My dear friend and colleague, Shan Correa, just came out with her middle-grade novel, Gaff, and I am so proud of her!

As an author and illustrator, I am well aware of the challenges faced in developing a book cover, and have sometimes wished I could "do-over" a cover.

Peachtree's Blog, Judging a Book by its Cover, features Shan's novel as a demonstration of how a cover was selected:
"When creating anything, especially book covers, changes are going to happen and first ideas will become third ideas or even sixth ideas.  But, with every change or every new idea comes a more polished and a more cohesive cover, so that the end result is something that we are all proud of and something that highlights the story."
Congratulations, Shan!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Uncool Video of the Day: Tea Protesters Mock Man with Parkinson's

Is this what we have come to as a nation? Have we lost our sense of civility and community? I bet these people will tell you they go to church every Sunday, though it is obvious they should reflect upon "What Would Jesus Do." I am ashamed of these Americans.

Cool Video of the Day: Water Droplets and Surface Tension

Monday, March 15, 2010

Poetry advice to lighten your day

"I have a new method of poetry. All you got to do is look over your notebooks...And think of anything that comes into your head, especially the miseries...Then arrange in lines of two, three or four words each, don't bother about sentences."

~Allen Ginsberg, American Poet

Saturday, March 13, 2010

National Children's Book Week Art Display

May 6 to June 16, 2010
Kapiolani Community College Library

To celebrate National Children’s Book Week in May, SCBWI-Hawaii will put on its first-ever exhibit of children’s book art by Hawaii artists.  All members and friends are invited to the opening on May 6, 2010, from 4 to 6 pm In front of the Kapiolani Community College Library.

Artists exhibiting will be Scott Goto, Yuko Green, Jeff Langcaon, James Rumford, Esther Szegedy, and Tammy Yee.  David Behlke of Koa Gallery will curate.  The exhibit will be up in the library gallery until June 16 and will be open during weekday hours (for specific times, see or call 808-734-9268)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

More Publishing Trends: Literary Lion John Edgar Wideman Chooses Lulu

"John Edgar Wideman, a fixture of the American literary establishment and two-time winner of the prestigious Faulkner Award for fiction, has chosen to publish his latest work through Lulu, breaking from the traditional model he has used to successfully publish more than 20 other works. 

"Wideman decided against a traditional publishing contract — and royalty advance —  for Briefs because he wanted more control over the publishing process and to develop a more direct connection with his readers. He also wanted to experiment at a time when the publishing industry is undergoing more revolution than evolution."

Read the entire article on Yahoo Finance.

So what's an author to do? The recording industry, on the front lines of digital sharing, is half of what it was a decade ago. Newspapers are folding, Kindle, Nook and the iPad are here to stay.

Personally, since I both write and illustrate and the rights return to me once my books go out of print, I've been thinking about converting those out-of-print titles to print-on-demand.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Trends: Thinking About Self Publishing?

Self-Publishing, Author Services Open Floodgates for Writers

from Carla King, March 1, 2010 (on
"Mid-level authors already know that the era of large advances, generous royalties, book tours and media spots are over. They have to spend their own time and money to create a website and publicize their books. Publishers just don't have the resources to offer them full support. Why? The Internet, online bookstores, e-books, and an economy in decline are cited as some root causes of the steady slump in the traditional publishing industry. In 2005 sales were down by 9 percent (and have continued to fall). Yet in 2006 print-on-demand exploded..."

Read the full article.


Oxford University researchers have discovered the heaviest element yet
known to science. The new element, Governmentium (symbol=Gv), has one
neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons and 198 assistant
deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312.

These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which
are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called
pillocks. Since Governmentium has no electrons, it is inert. However,
it can be detected, because it impedes every reaction with which it
comes into contact.

A tiny amount of Governmentium can cause a reaction that would
normally take less than a second, to take from 4 days to 4 years to
complete. Governmentium has a normal half-life of 2 to 6 years. It
does not decay, but instead undergoes a reorganisation in which a
portion of the assistant neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places..

In fact, Governmentium's mass will actually increase over time, since
each reorganisation will cause more morons to become neutrons, forming
isodopes. This characteristic of moron promotion leads some scientists
to believe that Governmentium is formed whenever morons reach a
critical concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as a
critical morass. When catalysed with money, Governmentium becomes
Administratium (symbol=Ad), an element that radiates just as much
energy as Governmentium, since it has half as many pillocks but twice
as many morons.

2010 Lorin Tarr Gill Biennial Writing Competition

Rock-n-Roll Workshop to benefit Waldorf School

Forwarded from a friend:


What if you could change your life through music?
What if you could break though life's fears and
limitations with songs?
What if you could have a wild, fun, deep, powerful time doing Rock-N-Roll Therapy?

Breakthrough Performance Workshop takes you on a journey deeper into yourself using the vehicle of music and your voice.  Yes, YOUR voice - not the voice you think you should have - not the voice you think others will approve of - but YOUR voice -  the voice you were born with -- YOUR authentic sound. And by extension opening up to more joy, presence, confidence, passion, aliveness and much more! Breakthrough Performance has been transforming people's lives all over the mainland for the past 15 years.  Now it's here in Hawaii!

If you love to sing... if you're terrified of singing.... If you secretly want to sing but don't think you can carry a tune.... ...Breakthrough Performance can launch you into the next level of growth - open up doors of possibility that you thought were locked & bolted shut. Everyone on this planet was meant to sing and be fully expressed. Everyone on this planet has a unique, authentic voice.  Unleash your power.  Liberate your voice.  Discover the freedom of being You.


Sunday, March 21
Breakthrough Performance and Dance Party
A BENEFIT for the Honolulu Waldorf School

6:30 Performance
8:00 Dance Party
$15, Gordon Biersch Restaurant

Aloha Tower

Call 888-3768 for tickets


  • Friday, February 19 ~ 7-9pm
    3020 Hibiscus Drive, Diamond Head ~ 388-4308
  • Sunday, February 21 ~ 12:45pm-2pm
    Windward Center for Spiritual Living
    King Intermediate School
    46-155 Kamehameha Highway, Kaneohe
  • Wednesday, February 24 ~ 7-9pm
    3670 Kalihi St. Honolulu ~ 284-2345
  • Thursday, March 4,  7pm-9pm
    Unity of Hawaii
    3608 Diamond Head Circle
  • Wednesday, March 10 ~ 7pm-9pm
    2507 Rainbow Drive, Manoa

Breakthrough Weekend Workshops
  • February 26-28
    Honolulu Waldorf School
  • March 26-28
    Manoa / Honolulu

Breakthrough Performance 8 week Workshop
  • March 6 through May 2
    (check website for details)

Call for more information -808-888-3768 or 805-450-0919
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