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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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