No, this does not mean bicycling uphill. I’m not even sure it is an actual word. I’m very into creating things and protecting the environment, and I’ve been able to combine the two with Upcycling. It best describes how I turned these shirts, a suit jacket from Goodwill with some random buttons and trim from my stash -
into this custom pillow for my nephew Ben – thus the ‘B’! Shhhh, don’t tell him, it’s his birthday present.
And these lamps I bought at Value World for $4 apiece (I don’t have a before picture, but they were shiny gold) to these French country beauties in my dining room after I painted them with off-white chalk paint. I’m still not sure about the beads, though.
It snowed six inches in central Indiana on Friday, so my husband and I went for a hike in Brown County Indiana. We weren’t going to be deterred by a little snow! Well, acutally I was. We hiked four miles of the total six mile trail. I just couldn’t slog through any more of the six inches of virgin snow. We did see several hunters, though. It is somewhat disconcerting to be out in the beautifully silent woods and come upon five men in camo with bright orange accessories, all toting riles. We didn’t see any deer. They were smart enough to stay hidden.
The reward was having lunch at the famous, but inconveniently located Story Inn.
Thanks you to Page Princess Blog for a Five Star (Crown) review of The Field!
“I loved this story of discovery. Eric is examining his place in the world, his beliefs, and his emotional connection to friends and his girlfriend. This story has strong messages of unified spiritualism and green energy. Eric and Renee’s star-gazing date was a perfect example of a romantic and sweet alternative to the common.”
When you are writing you always wonder if you are getting the character’s point of view right. Apparently I nailed it on Eric’s teen boy point of view. A male librarian reviewer recently told me that he though I was a man when he was reading The Field and this reviewer agrees that I got it right, too.
“Richardson did a terrific job of portraying this young male, and it really felt like I was inside a teenage boy’s head for the entire story (which was a little scary at times!). I’d highly recommend this book to any male young adult reader, and all the parents wondering about just WHAT is going on in their child’s head. It was a great read.”
The Novel Publicity Blog Tour for The Field is underway! This reviewer really ‘got’ that the novel is both a realistic tale of the struggles of a teenaged soccer player with making the team and dealing with the real issue of his friend’s spiral into drinking, and also a science fiction/metaphysical tale.
“I really liked this very different YA read, that I would also consider a NA [New Adult] crossover due to the weighty nature of scientific/metaphysical storylines. Yes, this book also deals with “normal” teen subjects: dating (no sex); drinking; families in transition: sports; school, etc…. but it was the unusual metaphysical elements of “The Universal Field” that a large part of the story revolved around.
I would recommend this book to YA readers who want something out of the ordinary, who question how the universe works, are interested in science and science fiction and who are open to new ideas.”
~Tracy Riva’s Blog
Here are just a few of the cool things happening at the ALAN (Assembly of Literature for Adolescents at the NCTE) Conference in Boston.
1. Hanging out with teachers of english – my people! There are literally stacks of books on the ballroom tables and people giddy with anticipation to read them.
2. Listening to REALLY well known and well respected authors talk about writing, books and how powerful they can be in the lives of young people. Here are a few of those who were here. I was sitting toward the back of the room, so I took pictures of them on the big screen – sorry about the quality.
Chris Crutcher – Note the title of his presentation – “Can We be Fucking Real?”
I say YES! Not only can kids take it, but they need to hear it AND they can spot a phony a mile away.
Rainbow Rowell, author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl
Bill Konigsberg, author of Openly Straight
3. Seeing THE FIELD on the “New Teen Fantasy and Adventure ” Shelf at the Barnes & Noble in Boston – facing out!!!.
4. Fantastic sign outside the restrooms. ALAN wholeheartedly supports the LGBTQ community!
Tomorrow it will be my turn up on stage. Can’t wait!
It was a fun way to spend Saturday morning – a book signing at 4 Kids Books & Toys with other Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators published authors.
I shared a table with Angie Karcher, Where the River Grins, and Laurie Gray, Maybe I Will, Summer Santuary and Just Myrto (Spring, 2014)
Illustrator and author Kristi Valiant with her picture book “Penguin Cha-Cha”
Mike Mullin -always up for a joke – author of Ashfall, Ashen Winter and Sunrise (Spring 2014)
Julia Karr - XVI and Truth, and Alina Klein – Rape Girl
We also heard from Besty Bird, YA and children’s librarian at the New York Public Library, about trends in the industry. She is so in the know and had so much to share! Follow her blog at Fuse 8 Production to find out what’s going on in the world of YA and children’s literature.