Sunday, 29 May 2011

Charles II, Fall of Constantinople and CANSCAIP Workshop

Yay for writer's conferences! They don't quite make me feel like a girl in a martini glass (they might, if I was writing Dorothy Parker type stories), but having been to my first one yesterday, I can definitely say they give you a buzz!

I attended one session with Canadian author Brian Doyle (ashamed to say I'd never heard of his books before but I snatched up two directly after the session) which was an exciting reaffirmation of the strength and beauty in language. One of his examples was the opening to Dickens' Bleak House. You can just feel these lines rolling off your tongue:
"Fog everywhere. Fog up the river, where it flows among green aits and meadows; fog down the river, where it rolls defiled among the tiers of shipping and the waterside pollutions of a great (and dirty) city. Fog on the Essex marshes, fog on the Kentish heights. Fog creeping into the cabooses of collier-brigs; fog lying out on the yards and hovering in the rigging of great ships; fog drooping on the gunwales of barges and small boats. Fog in the eyes and throats of ancient Greenwich pensioners, wheezing by the firesides of their wards; fog in the stem and bowl of the afternoon pipe of the wrathful skipper, down in his close cabin; fog cruelly pinching the toes and fingers of his shivering little 'prentice boy on deck. Chance people on the bridges peeping over the parapets into a nether sky of fog, with fog all round them, as if they were up in a balloon and hanging in the misty clouds."
Doesn't it make you want to leap up and recite poetry? Or collapse on a divan and write poetry?

Two things:

1. The actual subject of Doyle's talk was writing what you know, not being afraid to write from your own street and backyard, since there are stories to be found everywhere. Which is good advice at some level - though I'm all for exploration and research and widening horizons - but he also observed that even the most outlandish things can be related using familiar imagery, and that was more pertinent to my story. Everyone can relate to examples and similes taken from day to day life, and it makes the exotic especially familiar to readers if your story is set in oh, say, Constantinople...

2. Someone in the audience said something about how her 15 year old son doesn't want to read stuff like this because he finds description boring. I've heard this before (also from adults who tell me they can't read The Lord of the Rings because they find the description boring) and I haven't yet figured out why this should be so. Do these people not read from a young age and so read too slowly? Are they reading all the wrong books and not developing an ear for language? I realise that not all books are for all people but... it still makes me feel sad.

There was a lively panel discussion with Brian Doyle, Peter Carver (editor at Red Deer who, incidentally, has a handbook coming out entitled So You Want to Write a Children's Book), Yayo (illustrator), and Marsha Skrypuch (another yay! this time for Forumites!), chaired by Monique Polak.

Then lunch (with Pam Patchet - yay for Forumites again!), then a session with Peter Carver, who took us through his background as an editor and the current crop of Red Deer publications, and then a final session with Marsha, which was a great talk on historicals, research, sleuthing and much else.

And now to today - a hugely important day in history. It's the anniversary of the fall of Constantinople and of the Restoration of Charles II to the throne - Royal Oak Day!

"Before long, Parliamentarians were searching the woods. So Charles hurried into the Boscobel House garden. He quickly climbed up into the branches of an oak tree and hid..." The tree spread its arms and hid him, and he was not discovered. The Monarch's Way traces the route that Charles followed on his way out of the country.

On the writing front, I'm still 40 pages or so from completing all the edits on this round, and then I can start all over again... How's everyone else doing?

Friday, 27 May 2011

CANSCAIP and Charity Book Fair


It's the yesouiCANSCAIP Imagine A Story Conference! Lots of great workshops and seminars, presented by local authors and illustrators, including Jill Murray, Yeyo, Monique Polak and Marsha Skrypuch.

In other news, I spent the last little while organizing a book fair at work, which we held last week.

Here's the announcement:

Here's the layout:

Here's me putting Diana Gabaldon's book front and centre:

And here's me!:

Raised close to 900$ for a children's library in Tanzania!

So... Are you rooting for Barcelona or Manchester United?

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Meme, Check In and Guest Post

Meme! I was tagged by J. L. Campbell!

If you could go back in time and relive one moment, what would it be? Ooh, that's a toughie. Let's say... St Patrick's Day Parade, 2002.

If you could go back in time and change one thing, what would it be? I'd take back all the days I procrastinated on writing or editing.

What movie/tv character do you most resemble in personality? Hmm, you'd have to ask others for a proper answer. I keep thinking of Natalie Portman in Beautiful Girls.

If you could push one person off a cliff and get away with it, who would it be? I'd still have a hard time doing that to anyone, even if I could get away with it.

Name one habit you want to change in yourself. Knuckle cracking. Ick.

Describe yourself in one word. Introvert.

Describe the person who named you in this meme in one word. Vibrant!

Why do you blog? Answer in one sentence. I enjoy interacting with other writers and readers. Hi, all!

Who am I tagging? Whoever wants to play!

More exclamation points:

Thank you Justine for hosting a fab contest!

My guest post is up on the Turkish Muse!

And as for ROW80...

I had a great day off on Monday - finished my synopsis, rewrote my first five pages, sent off a book review... Still working my way through the square brackets and other desperately-need-editing bits of the novel, however. Hi ho, hi ho...

Sunday, 22 May 2011

How Do You Read and Blog Award

How do you read?

Diana Gabaldon recently wrote a blog post on this topic. "I get frequent questions—from readers and interviewers—asking me whether I read. My initial response is always, 'What, are you crazy?', but I usually suppress this in favor of something more politic, like, 'How can anybody not read?'"

Hear hear!

She goes on to answer the question of how she reads, as - apparently - there are people out there who can't fit reading into their lives. I wonder how they even avoid reading? There's always something out there to scan, peruse, skim, devour... My comment to her post was:

I pretty much read all the time everywhere. How can one not have a book to hand? People always comment on the fact that I read while walking – mianly to and from the train station – but why not? It's ten minutes each way! I've tried writing while walking, but haven't perfected that yet... Especially in waiting rooms or at the post office – how can one simply sit there for 40 minutes or more?
Related to this is the question of rereads – I reread a lot of my favourite books (lots of young adult books from my childhood, The Lord of the Rings, Agatha Christie, Outlander [g]...), but not everyone seems to do this.

Then, in reply to Marte Brengle's comment, I added:

Eye hunger – yes! That's what I've got. Why else would I read the backs of cereal boxes, advisories at train stations, fine print at the bottom of the screen during cheeseball drug ads...

Lately, I've been worse than usual, as evidenced by my books I'm reading list below - I keep starting books and dropping others. I've got to buckle down at some point and finish them all.

Meanwhile, I've been working steadily on my Round of Words in 80 Days goals - completed my synopsis, overhauled the first five pages (again!) and am still plugging away at fixing and finalising Rosa and her love's first night together. I've also got a guest post coming up tomorrow on The Turkish Muse!

Thank you Trisha for this shiny award!

I'll pass it on to... I'd like to pass it on to everyone! But just for fun, here are a few names:


Friday, 20 May 2011

India Drummond's Blood Faerie - Contest!

To celebrate the launch of her latest urban fantasy novel, Blood Faerie, author India Drummond will give away five Kindle copies of her book on its release day, 1 June 2011.

Blood Faerie is the first in India Drummond's new series, Caledonia Fae.

"Unjustly sentenced to death, Eilidh ran away from faerie lands to the streets of Perth, Scotland. Just when she has grown accustomed to exile, local police discover a mutilated body outside the abandoned church where she lives. Recognising the murder as the work of one of her own kind, Eilidh must choose: flee, or learn to tap into the forbidden magic that cost her everything."

To enter to win a Kindle copy of the new book, all you have to do is sign up for her email newsletter. The email list is only used to announce book releases and important events, and emails are sent out infrequently. (It's free, and it's easy to unsubscribe after the contest date if you find it's not for you.)

Five winners' names will be announced on the India Drummond newsletter on 1 June, along with instructions for how winners can claim their free Kindle books. Only subscribers are eligible to win.

No Kindle? No problem! Anyone with a PC, Mac, or smart device (iPhone, Blackberry, Android phone, etc.) can read a Kindle book. Download free reading software here.

Want to quadruple your chances of winning? Simply tweet about the contest with a link to any participating blog post and include @IndiaDrummond in your tweet. Or, share the link on Facebook. (But be sure to add @India Drummond to tag her on the link so she will see it! – You can add her to your friend list here) And finally, add another entry to the list by posting about the contest on your blog. Tweet and share the link as much as you like, but only one additional entry per method, per person.

Good luck, everyone!

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Literary Resolutions - Rereading Your Old Work

Literary Resolutions 2011!

I found out about these through Theresa Milstein last month. May's resolution is to spend the month rereading your old work.

Now, I'm not sure why it takes a month. I spent a whole night looking through documents I've saved for the past fifteen years (anything older isn't on the computer) and that was enough for me!

Boy, I sure drivelled on sometimes ("Melancholy rocks in a slow chair").

So many of my short story, poetry and play titles came from other people's song titles. I've got a funny spoof I did of hard-boiled fiction, a short short about Liam Gallagher, and one about my favourite Britpop bands at the time, as well as a short story version of the Pulp's Don't You Want Me Anymore (guy leaves girl; guy returns to girl to find she's taken up with another guy). Also a Bukowski-esque piece, a Stephen Fry ripoff (that's what I called it), and a pile of book, album and concert reviews. My German used to be one heck of a lot better, more's the pity. I read a few of my plays and short stories, and wow, I've lost so much vocabulary, I can barely understand my own writing.

Then there's the one and only time I ever tried to plot a story. All about Katherine Richler, her friend Arlene Rochester, her love interest Christopher Randall, and his friend Allen Fougler (what was I thinking with those names?). After I listed Katherine's name, age, schooling, career, etc., I added:

"Bollocks. This isn't working, I have typed her name and a thousand different sentences, finally decided what I want, her walking down the street to her rented car, to go down to Old Montreal to meet Christopher and his partner, and I can not begin."

Then, instead of starting the story, I decided to, ahem, explore his eye colour: "His lips are full, and when his smile is genuine it includes his entire face, his eyes growing greener. When he's serious or troubled, all the green is lost, becoming only faint specks near the pupil and a chocolate brown stares at you, deep in whatever emotion he is in, anger or sadness. His eyebrows are on a ridge, shadowing his eyes without covering them, and they are not joined in the middle."

And that is why I'm not a plotter.

There are some good words in there among all the chaff, though. At some point I wrote: "The roses which prick you / do so not because they have thorns / but because you hold them too closely."

I also had a three line poem on Romeo and Juliet. Then, for some reason, I wrote about the circus:

under the big top
when you're waking all those faces
and the colours are bright on your skin
they're shining and shining and shining
full house tonight
hey man, the laughter's loud
it's echoing from all sides
and running all down your spine
to the ballooning pants and the
big shoes
they're cackling when you snap your
they're howling when you've got custard
in your eyes
and the tears are from the smoke, right?
Have you looked at your old writing lately?

Meanwhile, on A Round of Words in 80 Days, I'm gearing up for Barbara Rogan's Revising Fiction course (starts 14 June!) by finalising my synopsis - draft after draft after draft. I think I've memorised it by now...

And don't forget! Ann Best's memoir, In The Mirror, came out yesterday!

Sunday, 15 May 2011

500 Posts Contest Winners

Winners, come on down!

I couldn't rope Frodo into picking winners tonight, so did the honours:

On 7, 8 and 9 May, there were 17 commenters and the winner is Theresa!

On 10 May there were 3 and the winner is Liz!

On 11 May there were 2 (counting Carrie's, which Blogger ate, but is in my Gmail) and the winner is Carrie!

Blogger was out on the 12th, and yesterday, there were 2; the winner is J. L.!

The winner for today by default is Rach!

Plus! Bonus Prize! To Jill, for commenting more than once!

And... The winner overall out of 23 commenters is Susan! Your prize is 20$ at Amazon or Paypal.

All you other winners get to choose a book from the following list - let me know which one you'd like (reviews are linked in the post below), and please email me your address:

Ariana Franklin's Mistress of the Art of Death
Diana Gabaldon's Brotherhood of the Blade
Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Love in the Time of Cholera
D H Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover
Marsha Moore's 24 Hours London
Nicky Schmidt's Naked in Knightsbridge
Muriel Barbery's The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Kait Nolan's Forsaken by Shadow
Susan Bischoff's Hush Money
Marte Brengle's Closed Circuit
Linda Gerber's Trance
Alan Silberberg's Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze
Regina Brooks' Writing Great Books for Young Adults
Kait Nolan's Devil's Eye
Jill Murray's Break on Through
Talli Roland's The Hating Game
Helene Boudreau's Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings
Kate Kaynak's Legacy
Deborah Kerbel's Lure
100 Romances Project, where I have a number of reviews
Tatiana de Rosnay's Sarah's Key
Steve Fuller's The Sickness
Lisa Hendrix's Immortal Champion

Thanks everyone for playing! Here's a gratuitous shot of Frodo anyway:

Saturday, 7 May 2011

500 Posts! Week-long Contest!

Five Hundred Posts! I can't believe it's been that long, and I wouldn't even have noticed, if Zan Marie hadn't also been celebrating a milestone this past week.

Prize rules are very simple - I'll do a prize draw every day that this post is up, counting those who have commented that day. So commenting each day gets you into a new draw! Then I'll do an overall draw as well, with every name, at the end of the week. Links to your blog and to Facebook will earn an extra draw in the overall (but please let me know in the comments that you've done it. Also, if you Tweet, please link to Facebook as I don't Tweet - yet).

So here goes. I've done a recap of some of my odd/interesting/weird/silly posts from the start of the blog, back in 2007, to now:

In the beginning...
Here's me at the very start, so simplistic!
Here's the blog name explained, and how I started writing. Leading to... a story I wrote when I was 12.

My favourite pen! Also, why I write longhand.

I've been lamenting the fact that I don't have a story set in Wales for a long long time.

There's always my abject ignorance when it comes to flora.

And some fun:
I need an intern!
The longest sentence I can write using World Wide Words' weird words.
A limerick about me.

The Face of A Lion, my MG
Seeking a title for Austin's story
Still seeking a title
Found a title for Austin's story!
Explaining the title, The Face of A Lion

Naming characters part I and naming characters part II

Slow work on The Face of A Lion

In which I find a photo of Austin!
A meme on Austin

The Face of A Lion is complete!

Out of the Water, my historical romance
Oh! I thought I'd started her story in the summer of 2009, but look, it was earlier than that! I have on record almost the exact moment when Rosa came into my head!

And here's me finally getting some research done
One year on, I hard hardly learned anything about her
Look! An outtake! This scene isn't even in the novel anymore.
Isabella and Ferdinand (the pub where I took this photo has now been demolished. Oh, how I miss the trivia nights!)
Four months later, I'd only achieved 10,000 words more
A meme about Rosa
And we have a title!

That's when things began to heat up...
The writers' houseparty that started it all
Outtakes from Rosa and the Earl of Rochester's romance

Some inspirational images, here, here, and here, as well as fooling around with old masters, and more fun with Picasa

What is a houseparty, anyway? Guest posting at Kait Nolan's, with an explanation

All houseparties all the time
Party like its 1493
Would you like to travel in time to...
I'm in Constantinople
Constantinople houseparty in figures
A love letter to Lord Rochester

Out of the Water 2010 year end look back

Research and accountability
Learning the oddest things while reading – not even doing research
Learning the oddest things II – while doing research ("Joanna Bourne's hilarious comment about Tolkien"?? What does that refer to??)
More research weirdness, unusual research topics, and researching historicals

Who remembers Sven?

The beginning of A Round of Words in 80 Days

An October in Istanbul (also the start of Mission: Accountability)

Promoting others
Carol Spradling releases her first book!
Joanna Bourne is the greatest!
Scholastic's Dear Canada series
Helene Boudreau's Acadian Star is released!
Books by members of the Compuserve Books and Writers' Community!
Zan Marie Steadham is nominated for an award!

Promoting myself, and learning from others
I'm on Evil Editor!
Critique of the first page of The Face of A Lion by Roni!
Fifteen minutes of fame for The Face of A Lion!
Out of the Water chapter critique at Clarissa's!

Canadian musicians and what they read
Vince Ditrich (Spirit of the West)'s picks!

Me on Nathan Bransford's blog
Here's my paragraph
Comment number 543
Be an agent for a day
Be an agent for a day continues
Now it can be revealed... I was query 43

Postcards from Jill Murray and Tessa!

I host a contest featuring Jo Bourne's The Forbidden Rose

I host a contest to thank my 100 followers!

Requiescat in pace
Peg Bracken
Pauline Baynes
Norma Fox Mazer
J D Salinger
Alan Sillitoe
Brian Jacques

Some more fun
My first cat-related post
Things to do in Istanbul on a weekend (also the oldest saved email I have)
The Book Buying Ban!
One night I drempt that I was a snail...
Wordle for me, wordle for the blog
Dr Horrible!
Jamie and Claire WC signs at the pub
All Agatha Christie all the time
Eddie Izzard's Death Star Canteen
Why Tahereh Mafi should read The Lord of the Rings
HMS Sofa
If your desk could talk

Quoting Nora Ephron and Somerset Maugham and C S Lewis and Dorothy Sayers and Mark Twain

Can you identify this bottle?
Can you identify this item/tool/instrument?

Books I've read and reviews
Finally starting to keep track of the books I read
Still tracking, plus a review of Ariana Franklin's Mistress of the Art of Death
A review of Diana Gabaldon's Brotherhood of the Blade
A review of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Love in the Time of Cholera
A review of D H Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover
A review of Marsha Moore's 24 Hours London
A review of Nicky Schmidt's Naked in Knightsbridge (and here also)
A review of Muriel Barbery's The Elegance of the Hedgehog
A review of Kait Nolan's Forsaken by Shadow
A review of Susan Bischoff's Hush Money
A review of Marte Brengle's Closed Circuit
A review of Linda Gerber's Trance
Authors from my neighbourhood!
A review of Alan Silberberg's Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze
Dear Lucky Agent contest and another Dear Lucky Agent contest
A review of Regina Brooks' Writing Great Books for Young Adults
A review of Kait Nolan's Devil's Eye
A review of Jill Murray's Break on Through
Congratulations to Talli Roland on The Hating Game and Helene Boudreau on Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings
A review of Kate Kaynak's Legacy
A review of Deborah Kerbel's Lure
A link to the 100 Romances Project, where I have a number of reviews
A review of Tatiana de Rosnay's Sarah's Key
A review of Steve Fuller's The Sickness
A review of Lisa Hendrix's Immortal Champion

Books read in 2008, 2008 addendum, 2008 addendum II, 2009, 2009 addendum, and 2010

The Whisky Trench Riders' music

And that's my nearly four years of blogging! Thank you to everyone that's been part of the journey!

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

A Lot of Contests, Celebrations, Poems

Post Number 499! I'll be celebrating 500 on Friday, with lots of flashbacks and prizes.

Meanwhile, check out these other celebrations and exciting events:

Zan Marie is celebrating her 100th post and 200th follower, with prizes!

All The World's Our Page have a new interview, with Elizabeth Loupas, author of literary mystery and historical novel, The Second Duchess. With prizes!

Brenda Novak's annual auction (raising funds for the search for a cure for diabetes) is on! So many exciting items to bid for, including revisions and reviews by agents and editors, drinks and dinners with authors (including Diana Gabaldon), all sorts of ARCs, crafts, etc. Bidding starts at two dollars and goes up from there.

Mahtab Narsimhan is blogging from TD Canada Book Week!

Theresa Milstein has a rundown of all sorts of exciting stuff happening this month, including the publication of 100 Stories for Queensland (featuring a story by herself, one by Jessica Bell, and so on), proceeds of which go to Queensland Premier's Flood Appeal.

And, oh yes, A Round of Words in 80 Days. I've signed up for Barbara Rogan's Revising Fiction Workshop! As part of that, I've begun work on the synopsis for Out of the Water (eep!). Meanwhile, I've been reading Stephen Fry's The Ode Less Travelled and practising writing poetry for the first time in years, all because my hero sends a few poems to my heroine and I want to match his level of beauty and passion.

Which verse form should I choose? Ghazal? One with an Arabic metre? A Spanish Redondilla or Serventesio? I tried to title this post in iambic pentameter, with a feminine ending. Not sure I have the ear necessary to create poems (though I had a few not so bad specimens back in the day when I was writing poetry more regularly). You should see the silly stuff I've been writing as part of Fry's exercise. Today I tried sixteen lines of iambic pentameter, with extra points for every enjambement, feminine ending, and trochaic or pyrrhic substitution. I might post a few lines on Friday, just so we can all laugh together.

A Whisky Trench Riders B-side!

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Crusades, Celebrations and Contests

Very excited today! Thanks to Zan Marie, who's celebrating her 100th post and 200th follower, I just discovered that this is my 498th post. Wednesday will be 499 and Friday will see my 500th post! I'll be thinking of ways to celebrate all week, and yes there will be prizes!

Rachel recently posted her Writer's Code, which goes for me too. Besides working every day, and having patience - and not comparing myself to others - one other item I'd add to the list is: stop obsessing over time. It's only been a year since I've been writing and revising the current novel (though there was a year before that when I was halfheartedly drafting); no reason for me to rush the process or feel as though I'm falling behind some arbitrary line.

On that note, I'm seriously considering signing up for Barbara Rogan's Revising Fiction Course, starting in June and running all summer. I've only done a few hours of editing each day in the past few days, and that's still only on paper. All those changes have to be entered into the MS, the ending needs a major overhaul (at the moment it's... dare I say it... rather lame), and I think being part of a course will give me the added discipline I need to finish the novel and get ready to - gasp! - query in autumn.

Rach's Second Writer's Platform-building Crusade has ended. Join us for the next round in August!

Oh, in case you missed it... Here's Google's Doodle for the Royal Wedding:

Books I'm Reading and Finished Books

  • The Making of Outlander by Tara Bennett
  • Testament of Experience by Vera Brittain
  • Zoom sur Plainpalais by Corinne Jaquet
  • beta read! (JB)
  • ***Reading At Intervals***
  • Sophie's Choice by William Styron
  • The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Young Lions by Irwin Shaw
  • Burning Sky by Lori Benton
  • 12 Anne and Avonlea books by L. M. Montgomery (skimming/reread (this was free on Kindle!))
  • Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
  • Istanbul Noir (Akashic Books anthology)
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien manuscripts edited by J. D. Rateliff
  • The Jerusalem Bible
  • ***Finished Books***
  • The Children of Men by P. D. James
  • A Daughter's A Daughter by Mary Westmacott (Agatha Christie)
  • A Girl From Yamhill by Beverly Cleary
  • Sunlight by Margaret Rucker (poem; floating in a cocktail glass)
  • Save the Cat by Blake Snyder
  • Preface to The Hobbit, by Christopher Tolkien
  • Ilk Defa... by Beste Barki (essays)
  • Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers (essay)
  • The Moon and I by Betsy Byars
  • The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson
  • Rogue Warrior by Regan Walker
  • Beauty and the Beast by Villeneuve
  • Black (what was this? I don't remember!)
  • Dance of the Jakaranda by Peter Kimani
  • Thomas the Tank Engine by Rev. Awry (26 book collection)
  • beta read (Born to Run by RB)
  • The Little Turtle by Vachel Lindsay (poem; reread)
  • The Kraken by Alfred Lord Tennyson (poem)
  • Android's Dream by John Scalzi
  • The Mysterious Tadpole by Stephen Kellogg (reread)
  • Yashim Cooks Istanbul by Jason Goodwin
  • Miniatures by John Scalzi
  • Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain
  • Kitty-in-Boots by Beatrix Potter (illustrated by Quentin Blake)
  • All or Nothing by Rose Lerner (short story)
  • Merry Christmas, Emily (board book)
  • Extra Yarn by __ and Jan Klassen
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • The Outlandish Companion II by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Outlandish Companion I, Revised by Diana Gabaldon
  • MacHinery and the Cauliflowers by Alistair MacLean (short story)
  • The Dileas by Alistair MacLean (short story)
  • The Gold Watch by Alistair MacLean (short story)
  • betty, butter, sun by Monica Byrne (short story)
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay by J.K. Rowling
  • The Very Cranky Bear (Scholastic)
  • various haiku by R. Wodaski
  • ongoing rereads of most board books listed last year!
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