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Discipline and travel arrangements

During all the eight years I was working so hard to get published, there was only one major conference I paid to go to and that was being held at Harvard’s Law School. Oh I took lots of courses and workshops, but not that many really expensive conferences. It was called the Children’s Literature New England […]

Mental Mush…

Just got back from a resort up north where I attended the CODE conference. CODE stands for the Council of Ontario Drama and Dance Educators. I got to go through my booking agency, and this year was different because through the Ontario Arts Council, which helps fund such initiatives, there was an artist subsidy that […]

Can’t sleep, so I thought I’d blog…

I’ve been watching Oprah’s Life Class the last week or so, it comes on twice in the day on her new network and a commercial came on for Shania Twain’s show “Why Not?” and she mentions how she lost her voice and her confidence etc. and she can’t figure out why. I wish I could […]

Canada’s Got Talent and other shows…

I’ve been thinking of all these talent shows on the air these days. Of course it all started with American Idol. Then there was The Voice. Then America’s Got Talent, and now there’s X Factor. It’s a really good gig, if you think about it. But not for the participants! One of the things I […]

Considering Stand Up…

Last night I watched some special hosted by Russell Peters, that Indian comedian with the wasp name. He’s quite funny! And I saw a commercial for his hockey movie called Breakaway that actually makes me want to go see it! The special he was hosting was on comedy channel and for some reason last night […]

Photos and frustration with charities!

I have to try to update my photo gallery more often! Problem is I do it so infrequently that each time I put together the web album, I have to relearn the process of posting it! Argh! In some ways it would be so much easier to just hand all the website maintenance over to […]

It’s ironic that I would feel like I’ve kind of ‘made it’ when I received my first hate email a little while back. My first thought was, “I must have done something right!” And my second thought was, “What if this person is right about me?” I have seen too many people delude themselves. These are […]

A few years ago when Jon Stewart was hosting the Academy awards, the African American group that won for best song/score started jumping around at the announcement. Up till that point, Jon was uncharacteristically subdued and not his usual irreverent self. But at this show of raw emotion, he perked up and said something about how […]

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There’s only been one other time that I’ve been as nervous as I was before the Golden Kite speech, and that was just before giving the plenary speech at the Danish IBBY Congress. Actually, that moment was more intense–at least this time I wasn’t going to say anything controversial. (I’d already done that on Friday.) […]

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SCBWI LA cont’d…

I only had to do one ‘presentation’ at the conference and it was last Friday. Nevertheless, I was pretty nervous. Writing about other cultures is a pretty contentious issue, especially with my approach to it. It was funny, because as I was preparing for the trip on Wednesday evening (I had to leave at 6 […]

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