Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Timeless Christmas Classics

For the children, we have the usual family-favorites;

How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Frosty the Snowman
The Night Before Christmas

All wonderful and read many times during the Christmas season.

These books have become as traditional as their television counterparts, I still adore those as well.

Our newest addition to the Christmas Book Treasury is The Polar Express.

Chris Van Allsburg is one of my favorite children's authors. he wrote 16 books, including The Polar Express, Zathura and Jumanji.

According to an interview in 2004, Chris Van Allsburg said his Caldecott Medal-winning book The Polar Express originated with the image of a train standing alone in the woods. He then asked himself, What if a boy gets on the train? What does he do, and where does he go? 

The story is about Christmas and Santa Claus but, ultimately, it has become a story of Faith.

Chris Van Allsburg defined Faith as believing in things that makes us feel differently about the world we live in.


We can believe that extraordinary things can happen. We can believe fantastic things that might happen. Or we can believe that what we see is what we get.

For a child who has believed in someone like Santa in a way that was absolutely fabulous for seven or eight or nine or ten years of his/her life, the fact that that Santa may not be real, not only changes how he/she feels about Santa, but it also changes how he/she feels about the world. Everything that was not absolute and rational and factual goes away. If all that I believe in is what I can see, then the world is a smaller, less interesting place. It's like your imagination only is indulged with daydreams that cannot inform your real world.

I Did It!


Final word count: 57,726.
Now onto editing.
I do not yet know what will become of this month's work, but I feel very happy to say that I actually did it.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Eek. The Things My Kids Bring Home From the Library

The Munchkin has been given library privileges at school, As in, they are allowed to check out their own books, without any suggestion from the teacher.




Yes, Dinosaur Dinners. The latest acquisition.




Eek, indeed.

Friday, November 4, 2011

My Book Hoarding, er.....Collecting

keeps growing.

I find cool ones. Old ones. Weird ones.

Some I sell, like the Victor Hugo. But others I just keep for myself. I have decided to build a library.

Not sure exactly where this library will go, but I am building it nonetheless.

My recent obsession has been pulp fiction. Mostly because of the covers.

The other current book lust is just that. Horribly cheesy romance novels. Which probably stems from the pulp fiction collecting. The racy covers. I am not into reading them, but I do scour the pages for the naughty bits. (Which is never hard to find.) I love the verbiage in describing sex. Heaving bosoms and throbbing < insert quirky penile anachronism here. >

I found a few at the recycling center. Some at Goodwill. eBay.

A couple from my stash;

Not Only Do I Read

but I like to write too.

The altering part you may already have noticed.

This month I am attempting to write a novel. It is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) after all.

So, it's official.


Wish me luck.