Monday, November 26, 2007

Little Masterpieces

Ever since I was little, I wanted to write and illustrate children's books. My goal to be a writer and illustrator is still alive...albeit barely. If only there were more hours in the day, and more discipline in my nature...

I may be "all grown up" but to this day, I still love fairy tales and collect children's books and fairy tale books, especially if they are old or exhibit amazing artwork. Some of my favorite illustrators are Michael Hague (my favorite collection is pictured to the the right), Maurice Sendak, Arthur Rackham and Maxfield Parish.

The reason I bring this all up is because I wanted to share this cool article I stumbled across today, that discusses the history of children's book illustrations. Check it out!

And if you have time, leave me a comment and let me know what your favorite storybook was when you were growing up as a child. My favorites were "The Little Mermaid" (NOT the Disney version) and "Snow White and Rose Red" (bet you didn't know Snow White had a sister). I've linked to the versions of these books/stories that I own. The illustrations for the Little Mermaid book are absolutely gorgeous!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

It's All About the Writers

This is a random post about writers and writing, since November seems to be the "all about the writers" month. Why do I say that? Well, for starters, there’s the writers' guild strike in Hollywood. I can't say that I blame them for striking; it sounds like their concerns and requests are legitimate and reasonable. That doesn't change the fact that in my selfish little way, I'm very concerned about some of my favorite TV shows being delayed even longer than they already have been. (I've already been in serious LOST withdrawals for a while now.) If you’re interested, here are some good articles and a video about the strike.

Additionally, this month is NaNoWriMo, otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month (but NaNoWriMo is more fun to say, isn’t it?). It’s an annual novel writing project where both professional and amateur writers from all over the world are challenged to write a 175-page (50,000 word) novel, starting November 1st and ending on midnight, November 30th. I have not accepted this challenge, but their gung-ho enthusiasm has been inspiring.

Last but not least, this month is also the one year anniversary of this humble little blog. As I looked back over my year’s worth of posts, I have decided my writing goals for the new year will be as follows:

1. Write more articles and less lists, even though I love making lists (case in point). In fact, did you know there is a blog dedicated solely to lists? The blogger even has a book out now, based on the lists.

2. Stick more to my purpose for this blog and write about the things I love (music, art, film, literature, etc.) instead of my everyday life. I don’t want this to turn into an autobiographical navel-gazing type thing. I get bored when I read about myself and the last thing I want to do is bore people.

3. Post more regularly and consistently. I was thinking about committing to deadlines, such as posting on every Tuesday and Thursday. That way, Loyal Readers, you will know what days to come check out the blog.

All this talk of writing has inspired me and I’m off to go work on a short story. In the meantime, leave me a comment and let me know what show you will miss the most during the strike OR let me know if you’ve taken up the NaNoWriMo challenge OR let me know any suggestions you may have for this blog. There’s your assignment – so get writing!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

A Salute to Veterans

Today is Veterans' Day. Be sure to take a moment today and thank those service men and women you may know who served in the armed forces. I send out a thank you to my husband. And today I also think about my dad who served in Vietnam, and my grandfather who served in the Korean war. I also want to send a little recognition out to those friends of ours who are still serving - to Z-Man in the North country and to T. in Texas. Thanks for all the sacrifices you have made to protect our freedom.