Sunday, 30 September 2012

Distraction-worthy Links, and the Next Round of ROW80

Got my Amanda Palmer Kickstarter Deluxe Edition the other day! (Most of this post is about distractions from writing...)

Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra: Theatre is Evil

I've been listening to the album nonstop.

Meanwhile, Amanda and Neil Gaiman will be on an upcoming episode of Amoeba Records' What's In My Bag?

This is awesome! So far I've watched Noel Gallagher, Tim Burgess, Elijah Wood (that episode ended with an old Turkish song, though they didn't say why), and Johnny Marr. I miss buying records.

Which dovetails to: blogfest coming up on 15 October! The Nineties Blogfest (love the Jarvis cutout!):

"Choose one thing from each year from 1990 to 1999, be it a film, a TV show, a radio show, a particular episode of a TV or radio show, a piece of theatre, a book, a comic, a song, an album, a gig, a piece of artwork, something online or something else entirely, and then tell us what you love about it."

Speaking of videos, has anyone else seen Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee? I've watched three episodes so far.

Then there's the list of 25 things missing from The Hobbit trailer. Especially the Gaffer. And number 7: "Any fleck of fire or flame from Smaug. The infamous dragon is not in evidence besides his name being mentioned. Since his is the prime threat and the motivation for Thorin and Company, it would've been very appropriate to see just a tail swooshing or a shadow across the moon perhaps" and number 9: "The Sackville-Bagginses, anyone? You know they want Bilbo's furniture as badly as Thorin wants that Arkenstone."

And Duff McKagan, who says that "Bookstores to me these days are like what my experience was in the past of going to a bar or maybe even a strip club... I'm like a kid in a candy store when facing shelves and shelves of books." Thanks to him, I picked up a "Factoid about The Great Gatsby: Hunter S. Thompson typed every word in this book four different times, just to get the "feel" of writing perfect fiction"

Seattle Weekly also had a recent post on The 10 Best Songs About Books. They forgot quite a few however, especially The Smiths' Handsome Devil ("there's more to life than books you know but not much more") and The Booklovers by The Divine Comedy:

The next round of ROW80 starts tomorrow! I'm going to make things easy on myself this round - I'll keep typing up Fred and Lyne's story, which I'm slowly starting to call Druid's Moon. And I've got to keep querying Out of the Water!

What's everyone else working on?

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Famous Author Interviews, the Victorianator App, and Mind-Drift Phrases

Just learned of a neat collection of interviews, over on the CBC website, featuring authors such as Rose Tremain, Stephen Fry, Seamus Heaney, Ray Bradbury, Maeve Binchy, Julian Barnes, Orhan Pamuk, and others.

And take a look at this fun episode of the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, featuring Stephen King, Dave Barry and the Rock Bottom Remainders:

Speaking of discoveries, I've heard of a new app! I can't get this one yet, as I don't have an iPhone, but if you can and do please tell me what it's like. It's called The Victoriantor, it's supposed to teach you how to declaim in Victorian English, and it was developed by an English professor at the local university (not the one I attended but the other one) here in Montreal.

"Here's how it works: a poem appears on the screen of your iPhone ... You read the poem aloud ... Then a steampunk robot takes you through a series of gestures that produce voice effects on the poem you just read. So, for example, sweeping an arm toward the sky will raise the pitch of the poem, whereas extending your arm will extend the sound of the word. The variations in pitch make the poem sound like it's being read by an eminent Victorian."

I read a Lilian Jackson Braun book the other day where one of the characters referred to a sentence that "drifts back into her head when it's completely empty." All the other characters in the scene chimed in with their sentences.

I've mentioned a couple of these mind-drift phrases before: 'I have one hymn and two song lyrics that are permanently stuck in my head, and crop up at odd times throughout my life: Jerusalem, "...and I feel like I'm slowly, slowly drifting from the shore" (U2), and "I am smelling like the rose that somebody gave me on my birthday deathbed" (Stone Temple Pilots).'

The other day I realised I have another one, the first two lines from a Walter de la Mare poem called Silver:

Slowly, silently, now the moon
Walks the night in her silver shoon;
This way, and that, she peers, and sees
Silver fruit upon silver trees;
One by one the casements catch
Her beams beneath the silvery thatch;
Couched in his kennel, like a log,
With paws of silver sleeps the dog;
From their shadowy cote the white breasts peep
Of doves in silver feathered sleep
A harvest mouse goes scampering by,
With silver claws, and silver eye;
And moveless fish in the water gleam,
By silver reeds in a silver stream.

What sorts of sentences drift into your mind when it's empty? [note: this post was edited to correct spelling in Braun's name]

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Finding a Title Before the Next Round of ROW80, All Hallow's Read, and Alexander Skarsgard

Declare your intent!

Round 4 of A Round of Words in 80 Days begins on 1 October; you have until then to think about your goals.

Hmm, an entire week between now and then. I'd like to use it to type up as much of Fred and Lyne's story as I can (I've cracked 10,000 words typed up!), and think of a darn title!

No, seriously, it's getting a bit silly calling a completed novel 'Fred and Lyne's story'. I've tried a few of the random title generators (remember the infancy of the internet when there was hardly anything on there? Now we've got anything and everything at our fingertips!) and, while most were simply silly ('Crossword in the Money') or funny ('Happy Sunday'), I did uncover a few options, along with a few that I thought of based on the words used by these generators:

Flight of the Shadow
The Grim Path
The Cavern's Door
Beauty's Path
Under a Ragged Moon
Druid's Moon
Albion's Rose
The Secret in the Stone
The Future in the Rose
Shadow's Haven
Beast's Haven
Captive of the Sea (this could work for Santiago's story, actually)
The Last Charmstone
Lady of the Wolf
Lady of the Legend
The Legend, the Cave, and the Sea

I have to stop now. Rolling words around on your tongue is addictive!

Speaking of ROW80, Kait Nolan is having a sale! If you enjoy paranormal, or simply any book that's fast-paced and well written with intriguing characters, snap them up!

All Hallow's Read is coming!

And I've got another book on my wishlist (besides J. K Rowling's new one, which comes out Thursday!):
Mischief and Mistletoe, featuring a new story by Jo Bourne!

Okay, the Skarsgård bit in the blog post title was simply a ruse. I don't think I've actually watched anything he's acted in. But author Carole Matthews pinned a few of his images the other day, and some of Skarsgard's expressions look remarkably Fred-ish. So I repinned them.

What have you pinned lately?

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

End of ROW80, and New Diana Gabaldon and Amanda Palmer!

End of A Round of Words in 80 Days!

At the start of this round, I vowed to enter all the edits for Rome, Rhymes and Risk. I have to say, I failed spectacularly on that front. I was too busy finishing the first draft of Fred and Lyne's story (the contemporary paranormal) and beginning to type it up, along with much sweating over my query for Out of the Water. Some goals accomplished, some left hanging. Can't wait for the next round!

I won a book over at Kathy's! And I've just finished reading Karen Jones Gowen's Lighting Candles in the Snow. I'll be reviewing that and Kathleen Koen's Before Versailles soon. (Feeling guilty that I read this before I've read a single Dumas book!)

Has anyone kept bees or collected honey before? I'd really like to experience it just once. Particularly on this day, at Casa Gaiman. Speaking of Neil Gaiman (don't I always?), I've just discovered that there's a Twitter account that works on a similar premise to the country of Sweden's account (wherein anyone can apply to tweet for Sweden for a week or so): the Neil Gaiman's Twitter Wife account. I am now inching that much closer to joining Twitter.

I think Diana Gabaldon should set up an account like that too. I could be Diana's Twitter Sister or something. And speaking of Herself, she has a new anthology coming out!

A Trail of Fire, featuring four novellas in one volume. I've read three of the stories already, but I'm eagerly waiting for 'The Space Between': "This is a long - 40,000 words - novella that takes place in 1778 (right after the events in An Echo in the Bone) and deals with Michael Murray (Young Ian's older brother), Joan (Marsali's younger sister), the Comte St. Germain, Mother Hildegarde, and a few others."

This one's going to be in the Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination anthology, along with a new Turtledove story, among others.

Speaking of releases, happy belated Theatre is Evil release day to Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra! I got my copy of the Kickstarter Limited Edition album yesterday. Many of the songs are available here, but I'm embedding this one, one of my favourites (even though it's a lyric video and I sometimes subscribe to Pulp's dictum: NB Please do not read the lyrics whilst listening to the recordings):


What new stories and songs did you discover this week?

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Pitch Polish, ROW80, John Green, and "Rosey the Dragon"

As many of you are, I'm participating in the Gearing Up To Get An Agent blogfest. I didn't get in among the first 200 to submit their pitch, so I'm sharing mine here. Maybe you can help...

Here's what I had for Rosa's story, Out of the Water:
After she becomes separated from her family as they flee their Spanish homeland - and the Inquisition - the last thing eighteen-year-old Rosa expects to find is love.
Her one hope of reaching Constantinople and finding her family lies with a stranger, Baha, a Muslim artist from the Ottoman Empire. Rosa's drive to find her loved ones is matched by a deepening desire for the man at her side. Yet despite all his help in reuniting them, her family rejects this man of a different faith, forcing her to choose between them.
When janissaries arrest her father and brother, Rosa and Baha risk everything on a daring rescue. Together they will prove that their love is stronger than their differences... if the Sultan's Grand Vizier doesn't throw them both into the dungeons first.
OUT OF THE WATER is a 15th-century historical romance complete at just over 100,000 words, set in Spain and Turkey.
I completely overhauled it this afternoon:
In 15th-century Spain, when eighteen-year-old captive Rosa deToledo seizes her one chance to escape the clutches of the Inquisition, the last thing she expects to find is love.
Only a few miles into the woods, her path crosses with Baha, an older Muslim artist. He not only helps rescue her relatives, but agrees to guide them safely to Constantinople, the heart of the Ottoman Empire, where she hopes to reunite with her parents.
Rosa's drive to find her loved ones is matched by a deepening desire for the brave man at her side. Yet despite all his help in reuniting them, her parents rejects this man of a different faith, forcing her to choose between them.
When janissaries arrest her father and brother, Rosa and Baha risk everything on a daring rescue. Together they will prove that their love is stronger than their differences... if the Sultan's Grand Vizier doesn't throw them both into the dungeons first.
Historical romance OUT OF THE WATER is complete at just over 100,000 words.
Then I checked my email... Last week, agent Suzie Townsend offered a personal reply to anyone who queried her that week. Though she passed on Rosa's story as not her kind of concept, she specifically mentioned that the query (the first one, above) was a good one. So my dilemma is: which one should I continue querying with?

Theresa Milstein had a fun meme on Facebook the other day: Take the title of the last book you read and add 'with a chainsaw'. I've got: Ah King, With a Chainsaw; Hallowe'en, With a Chainsaw; and The Ecclesiastical History of England, With a Chainsaw.

I've been interviewed by Morgen Bailey (#494 on the list)!

A week or so ago I devoured John Green's The Fault in Our Stars (thanks Medeia!) in a couple of days. Then I went on John Green's website, reading the FAQs of the story, for I wasn't ready to let the characters go. Also found this lovely quote in the Guardian's review: "What I loved about The Fault In Our Stars is that the journey that Hazel went on wasn't acceptance of death - she'd completed that before the novel began - but on the acceptance of life." Everyone should read this book!

Also last week, my mother dug up and scanned a story I wrote when I was 10. Hope you like it!

Pleased to report that I'm back on track with part of my goals for A Round of Words in 80 Days: typed up another 2000 words of Fred and Lyne's story just yesterday!

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

ROW80, Justine Dell's Book Launch and Giveaway! and Some Tolkien and Lewis News

Round of Words in 80 Days is approaching the end...

...of this round.

I've revamped my query four Out of the Water and sent out a few more letters. I've begun typing the draft for Fred and Lyne's story. But once again I feel as though I'm pushing through sand dunes - never moving quick enough to feel as though I've accomplished anything.

Meanwhile, it's celebration time: Justine Dell has released Recaptured Dreams!
Ten years, the Atlantic Ocean, and several rungs in society have kept Xavier Cain from having Sophia Montel. Now twenty-seven, he's spent his entire adult life building a fashion empire that could finally prove his worth to her family. When fate reunites him with Sophia at London's premiere fashion show, one problem lodges in Xavier's path: Sophia doesn't remember him.
The only obstacle that has kept Sophia from Xavier is a horrific car crash that erased her memory at seventeen. She's spent the last ten years fighting to reclaim a sliver of her past that her mother refuses to help her remember. When Sophia meets Xavier at the London show, however, all her fantasies come to life in one night of passion. Discovering he is the missing link, she is determined to find all the pieces to their love story and her memory.
Xavier wants forever. Sophia wants her memory. If they take this chance, they'll have to start over. How far are they willing to go get what they want? And when the past catches up to them, can they handle the truths it has hidden?
Recaptured Dreams Giveaway on Goodreads!
Recaptured Dreams on Facebook!
Friend Justine on Facebook and check out her blog and Twitter feed. And don't forget to check out Omnific Publishing: "Romance ... without the rules."

Recaptured Dreams Trailer!

Don't forget, just by commenting you're entered into a draw for a copy of Recaptured Dreamsand for two TWO Recaptured Dreams bookmarks!

Finally, I recently discovered that the cupboard that inspired C. S. Lewis is on display at Wheaton College. Must. Go. To. Illinois.

Also, 21 September is Second Breakfast Day! Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of The Hobbit:
Check out the fun and games, and if you're in London (lucky you!) join in in person. If you can't visit there, you might head over to one of the fifteen places named after Tolkien (well, except for the crater on Mercury and the asteroid (if you know how to travel to those places, please tell me)). I'd love to visit the Plough and Harrow in Birmingham!

Which author's tracks would you trace?

Sunday, 9 September 2012

GUTGAA Questionnaire, Next Big Thing Challenge Questionnaire, and Coyote Con

Gearing up to Get an Agent is on!

I'm quite late in my meet 'n' greet post, but here I am:

Where do you write? Anywhere I can carry my notebook and pen!

Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see? Well, I don't really have a writing space. But I type on the computer. And I tend to have a cat draped on it...

Favourite time to write? If I can, all day. Otherwise, I love getting morning pages written as it makes me feel as though I've accomplished something before the day has even started.

Drink of choice while writing? Lattes!

When writing, do you listen to music or do you need complete silence? I love listening to music. I make lots of YouTube playlists for when my CDs or LPs aren't available.

What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it? Another dream - I've been very lucky with my dreams this past year. Fred and Lyne's story all started with a dream of a man and a woman in a room in the depths of the cave. I knew who was searching for them beyond the closed door, and I knew that Fred had been transformed from a Beast. The rest I had to discover while writing... Now I'm typing up the draft (ROW80!) but it's going very slowly.

What's your most valuable writing tip? Write every day! The more you make all aspects of writing a habit, the easier the words flow.

Carol Spradling tagged me in the Next Big Thing Challenge! I've got to answer the ten questions about my current wip, but actually, I'm going to focus on Out of the Water, since it's out on queries.

Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing

What is the working title of your book? Out of the Water

Where did the idea come from for the book? When I learned that Jews had been exiled from Spain in the same year that Columbus set sail from that country - exploration and discovery led by the same country/monarchs who were expelling an entire nation

What genre does your book fall under? Historical romance

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? Anyone who has my characters' faces!

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Not a complete synopsis but here's how the pitch starts: After she becomes separated from her family as they flee their Spanish homeland - and the Inquisition - the last thing eighteen-year-old Rosa expects to find is love.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? I'm hoping for an agent!

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? The first draft? Maybe six months. Then came the editing...

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? Well now... I'm not sure... I've purposely been avoiding novels set in the same time frame. Does anyone else do this?

Who or What inspired you to write this book? The Cherry Hill Writers' Houseparty!

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? It travels the Mediterranean! It's steamy! And sweet! There are adventures in Constantinople!

These questions are open to everyone - tag yourself if you wish.

Coyote Con is coming! An online convention celebrating all flavours and blends of Science fiction, fantasy, horror, and romance. Get in on the fun before Virtual Surrey starts!

I've never attended a writing convention before. What's it like?

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

First Ever Sharing of a Snip from the New Story

Going to try something a little different today... With two weeks left to go in A Round of Words in 80 Days, I'm going to share a snip.

This is from the still (sigh) untitled Fred and Lyne story, a Beauty and the Beast tale turned upside down.

A one thousand year old curse enslaves a Man,
but what happens when Beauty refuses to help the Beast?
"'The Curse of the Octopus,'" Lyne read out loud.
"Octopus? Are you certain of that?" Professor Ronald peered over her shoulder.
She passed him the vellum sheet, which she'd already slipped into a plastic covering. Still the edges crackled under her hands. She couldn't wait to carbon date the ink and paper.
The Professor's brows rose as he read, lips moving. He tilted the sheet towards the light coming from the entrance to the cave. "There seems to be a mark here," he muttered, and stepped across to the trestle table.
Lyne hurried after him, boots clomping on the uneven stone floor. They'd turned the cave's opening into a makeshift office and storeroom, even while excavations continued further into the caverns behind and below.
She'd been with the Professor on the other side of the dig site, near the well, when he'd uncovered the sheet that morning. She'd not had a chance to read it until all the testing and caretaking formalities had been completed. He sensed her enthusiasm, and slid the sheet closer to her. Yet he was not smiling.
She wiped down the surface of the table, pulled on a pair of cotton gloves, and eased the vellum from its wrapping. A breeze fluttered the corners of the sheet and the Professor cast a scowl at the open doors. But Lyne glanced back, towards the narrower opening that led further into the cave. The wind seemed to have come from there.
They couldn't keep the vellum out of its covering for long, owing to the weather; the wettest April England had seen in over a century. Despite the solid rock surrounding them, and even with the newly-erected doors in place, the damp still seeped in.
Lyne weighted the edges of the vellum with marble blocks, as the Professor slammed the doors shut and came around to stand behind her. "This is the mark I meant," he said, pointing with a finger above the manuscript. "If we take it as part of the rune, then it changes the meaning."
"So not 'octopus' but -" She stopped, but the Professor didn't offer an alternate translation. The runes were so faded, in any case, that every mark or line on the page seemed to run into the words. "Perhaps it's a code word," she offered. "The cave is on the sea, after all."
"Read on," Professor Ronald commanded.
Slowly, tracing each rune with a hovering finger, Lyne read the legend. The last line was the hardest to decipher and the nearest she got was 'until the Beast be freed and the octopus fall / though no luck there be unless Beauty calls.'
"What does that mean?" She'd promised herself never to act uncertain in front of the Professor - the highest authority in Celtic scholarship in Europe - and hurried on with a suggestion. "If it refers to a woman who falls in love with the beast and -"
"I hardly think it's as simple as that," the Professor snapped. "We're dealing with druids, Miss Lyne. The educated class. Not old wives and their folktales."
Hope you liked it! First pages of the first draft...

Coming up in the next little while on and around this blog: poetry anthology release! Justine Dell! guest posting at Jessica Bell's!

the link above explains where this venn diagram came from...

Sunday, 2 September 2012

IWSG Day, ROW80 Check In, Schedule for the Upcoming Writers' Conference (watch this space!)

I've thought about doing this a couple of times, and now I'm finally getting around to it: Funniest, Most Ridiculous Blog Spam Comments:
who are these people?


I think the pencils one is my favourite. These don't even have links - what are these spammers trying to accomplish?

At least they're positive in tone! Which leads me to... Insecure Writers' Support Group Day!

I don't feel insecure, necessarily, but I generally feel as though I'm lagging behind. No agent in sight yet, editing for second novel not progressing...

But that's not keeping up the positive tone. I've got to think of what I have done (ROW80!): Another rewrite of the query for Out of the Water under my belt, and 6000 words typed up of Fred and Lyne's story (I'm also working on a title!). I'm thinking of giving that query one more chance in the online world, this time at the Gearing Up To Get An Agent Blogfest, hosted by Deana Barnhart!

I've also started organizing the Virtual Surrey Writers' Conference, to take place from Friday to Sunday, 19 to 21 October. Here's the first draft of the schedule, keeping the same terms for events that SIWC uses:


8 to 9.30 am - roll call on the Compuserve Forum

9:30 am to 5 pm - writers' workshops (themes to be announced) (lunch and coffee breaks not included, as participants will be assumed to be eating and drinking in front of their computers)

SIWC includes a Night Owl session; Virtual Surrey will of necessity be an all-night-owl event, as participants will be joining from many different time zones.


9 am to 5 pm - more workshops, including such items as troubleshooting (dialogue giving you problems? or perhaps you need help with deep POV?) and quicker-paced "the doctor is in" sessions (fire away with questions!).

If you would like to offer suggestions for other sorts of things you'd like to see, feel free. Shall we share sample pages? Dissect each other's pitches and blurbs? You decide!

5:30 pm - book fair (there will be giveaways!)

9 pm - movie night!


8:30 am - trade show: free for all marketing. Talk up your book!

9 am to noon - more workshops

noon - lunch and farewell

There might be a wrap up session over the next day or two to discuss what worked and what didn't, and to hear stories from those who participated in the real Surrey.

Hope you'll all join us!

Books I'm Reading and Finished Books

  • Alexandria by Monica Byrne (short story)
  • Testament of Experience by Vera Brittain
  • Zoom sur Plainpalais by Corinne Jaquet
  • Sophie's Choice by William Styron
  • ***Reading At Intervals***
  • 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***
  • Hermit Crab by Peter Porter (poem)
  • The Hidden Land by Private Irving (poem;
  • The Little Turtle by Vachel Lindsay (poem; reread)
  • Dear Mr Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
  • My Own Two Feet by Beverly Cleary
  • Managed by Kristen Callihan
  • beta read! (JB)
  • The Making of Outlander by Tara Bennett
  • 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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