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May. 16th, 2012

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Smile Smile Smile!

Happy belated Mother's Day to all the awesome moms I know out there!

I've been meaning to put this up for a few weeks, but I dunno. While I'm absurdly proud of it, I'm still a little embarrassed to admit that I've sunk back into a fandom again (even though I'm not completely mired in it yet).

The following video is a collaboration of many artists in the "Brony" community. They took a song--the most awesome song in the whole series so far, by my own opinion--and created a We-Are-The-World type version featuring some of the most prolific music makers who are fans of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

Here is the original song, sung by Pinkie Pie, the carefree, crazy, and slightly bipolar optimist in the series:



This song has become rather special to me. Not only are the lyrics cheerful and uplifting, but the music is particularly peppy and catchy (at least for me, since I like that poppy stuff). I sing the song so much that The Wiggler is now familiar with it, and we dance along in the kitchen while I change the lyrics to include his name.

The new video, dubbed the "Massive Smile Project," is below:



Now, I know it won't make much sense to most people, and yeah, it's kinda weird if you don't know anyone in the community, but, you do know someone in the video. I made it as one of the chorus members. <^m^> I'm listed in the credits under the name Lady Grey.

You can catch a glimpse of my pony self at the 3:28 mark.



The best thing about this song is that it's been included in a charity album entitled, "Seeds of Kindness." They've already reached and exceeded their first goal, which was staffing a clinic in Uganda. Now, they have their sights set on building a self-sufficient village in Burundi for civil war orphans.

More information on the fundraiser and these projects can be found at Seeds of Kindness, Bronies for Good, and themassivesmileproject.com.

Keep on smiling, everyone!

Apr. 1st, 2012

lollipop

THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS!

13 recipes using Cadbury Creme Eggs

Mar. 13th, 2012

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Book Giveaway: Tomo Anthology

Debbi Michiko has a giveaway for the new anthology Tomo: Friendship Through Fiction – An Anthology of Japanese Teen Stories which is edited by Holly Thompson. Click here to read her interview with Holly and find out about the creation of this anthology to aid in the relief of teens from Tohoku, one of the areas hardest hit by the tsunami last year. You can also find more, including author interviews, at the Tomo blog here.

I just watched a documentary about the tsunami a few days ago, where they showed footage shot by a few of the survivors. Simply amazing how much their lives have changed, and how they lost everything. I remember one of the survivors saying how it's so easy to take nature for granted, and forget about how much sway it really has in our lives.

Mar. 11th, 2012

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Things I learned at the Tucson Festival of Books

My husband asked me if I learned anything new.

-Kidlit authors really are some of the kindest people out there
-Staying away doesn't necessarily mean you won't be remembered when you come back
-Beware alliteration
-There exists an app that will translate words into hampster
-Don't talk about it
-Learn from those who are further down the walk than you want to be
-"throw your heart over the bar, the rest of your body will follow"
-You have to become a finisher
-Coloring books can help unlock creativity (especially if they have horses)
-Be sweet to yourself
-No one will care about your career like you will
-No one can fault you for taking charge of your own destiny
-Don't have people look at your work while it's in progress
-It might not be until the 35th book until you write the one that will change peoples' lives, but, if you never get to it, you're robbing them of that
-You have to be comfortable with uncertainty
-If you keep focusing on the negative, that will only make things harder than they need to be
-Forgive yourself
-You know you're writing well when you forget about getting to the end
-Remind yourself that what you're trying to achieve is the most worthy gift--sharing what you know with others
-You only need one "yes"

Yeah, I guess I did.

Mar. 8th, 2012

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Thankful Thursday

I'm thankful I'm older, wiser, still learning, and have found love.

Woohoo!

Jan. 14th, 2012

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Epic ice cream! And ponies!



Ben and Jerry's Cake Batter in a waffle bowl, with sparkly blue frosting and rainbow sprinkles! And a new My Little Pony episode to watch while eating it! Does it get any better?

Jan. 8th, 2012

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What Teens Are Really Reading: A librarian’s informal survey uncovers the hottest YA fiction

My writer/librarian friend Karen McCoy recently had her article published in the School Library Journal. She surveyed school and public librarians to find out not only which YA titles they see in the highest demand, but which they are recommending to young readers. It's a pretty fascinating read, and you can find the article online here.

Read more at Karen's blog, The Writer Librarian.

Dec. 25th, 2011

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Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas!

And, while I love the holidays, I'm ecstatic that it'll be another year before I hear "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire" again.

Dec. 15th, 2011

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Thanks to that article on FB...

...I've discovered Hipster Ariel.

And I can't stop laughing.

Dec. 13th, 2011

bookshelf elf

FB is teh sux0r

Why people like me shun Facebook.

I hate that it's the new "social norm."

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