Thursday, June 25, 2015

Blazing Courage over at Project Mayhem

I'm actually blogging today! Can you believe it? I know, I know. Don't get me started.

Please just drop on by Project Middle Grade Mayhem, and take a gander at my post about Kelly Milner Halls' debut MG novel, Blazing Courage.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

10 Truths from Chicago Land

1) Christa Desir is the best hugger I have ever met. Seriously. I had formerly considered myself the master of the long, poignant embrace, but she killed me. With style and grace.

2) Ted Goeglein is a certified bad ass. Richard Price would call him a Do Anything Soldier. A Dolja.

3) Andrew Smith is the most sensitive man I know. I love this man.

4) Carrie Mesrobian is my TV Show soulmate. She writes exactly the kind of books I love to read.

5) Amy Del Rosso does not know quite how awesome she is. She also bows out way too early.

6) I love Chicago. Chicago rain tastes like sweet summer wine.

7) Christa called me a really talented writer when she introduced me to her friend. I did not know whether to pump my fist or cry.

8) Twitter is like the lunch room in middle school: the worst of humanity, and the world's most evil and terrifying place (now trumping the former champion, Goodreads).

9) Sabaa Tahir is really fucking sharp.

10) Book people are the best people in the world.

Sadly: I forgot to get a photo with Ted.
Sadly: I also forgot to get a new photo with Andrew.
Happily: here is me and Christa and Carrie:


Bonus: John Green, the sly bastard, somehow managed to photobomb my selfie:

Monday, May 4, 2015

2015 A to Z Blogging Challenge Reflections


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Thursday, April 30, 2015

A to Z Challenge 2015: Z - World War Z

This is it! The final day.

The final letter.

Today's 2015 April A to Z Blogging Challenge story for the letter Z:

World War Z

Here's the summary from IMDB:

United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself.

Director: Marc Forster
Writers: Matthew Michael Carnahan (screenplay), Drew Goddard (screenplay), Max Brooks (novel)
Stars: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz

That's it! You made it! Congratulations!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A to Z Challenge 2015: Y - Yummy

Almost there!

Only one more day!

If you've made it this far, you might as well start celebrating.

This is a graphic novel I haven't actually read yet, but I've read other volumes of Neri's work, and he's a very talented author.

So, today's 2015 April A to Z Blogging Challenge story for the letter Y:

Yummy

Here is the summary, from Goodreads:

In August of 1994, 11-year-old Robert “Yummy” Sandifer — nicknamed for his love of sweets — fired a gun at a group of rival gangmembers, accidentally killing a neighborhood girl, Shavon Dean. Police searched Chicago’s southside for three days before finding Yummy dead in a railway tunnel, killed by members of the drug gang he’d sought to impress. The story made such an impact that Yummy appeared on the cover of TIME magazine, drawing national attention to the problems of inner city youth in America.

Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty relives the confusion of these traumatic days from the point of view of Roger, a neighborhood boy who struggles to understand the senseless violence swirling through the streets around him. Awakened by the tragedy, Roger seeks out answers to difficult questions — was Yummy a killer or a victim? Was he responsible for his actions or are others to blame?

Author: G. Neri

That's it! Please come back tomorrow for the final day!