Tuesday, June 29, 2010

* Dies Laughing *

Watch this HILARIOUS and fabulous video from YA author Jackson Pearce. It's her version of Ke$ha's "Tik Tok," and it's dedicated to writer's block. You MUST watch it.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Head on over to...

* Chasing Ray, where book reviewer extraordinaire Colleen Mondor asks children's and YA authors and bloggers (including me) What historical figure or nonfiction book (s) do you wish you knew about or read the last summer before your senior year in high school?

* Asia in the Heart, World on the Mind, where I interview Indian American author Uma Krishnaswami about her latest picture book Out of the Way! Out of the Way!

* Chachic's Book Nook, where I talk a bit about why I love YA books.

* And if you are a Filipino book blogger (any genre; anywhere in the world), please visit Filipino Book Bloggers and have your blog details added to the directory. :o)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

New Bookmark!

I bought this bookmark because the children's book industry is said to be a "bunny-eat-bunny world." ;)

Saturday, June 12, 2010

"Reflected Faces" by Tanita Davis

Please read "Reflected Faces" by Tanita Davis. It's a painfully true article about how "...it still seems as if young people with brown skin are acceptable to ignore [in contemporary YA literature], at least in the marketing departments where the Powers That Be have determined that Brown doesn’t equal Buy."

Friday, June 11, 2010

Children's Book Necklaces

At the Summer Solstice Rockwell Bazaar, I discovered Thingys Accessories by Cessa Gaston. There are lots of cute and quirky Thingys Accessories, but I zoomed in on the children's book necklaces! There were necklaces for Grimm's Fairy Tales, Harry Potter, and other children's books. I bought the necklaces for The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss and Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman. I *loved* those books as a child. I read them over and over and over again.

I'm not really a necklace person though. So I'll use the necklaces as bag accessories. :o)

"The Elephant in the Room" by Elizabeth Bluemle

Please read "The Elephant in the Room," an article by Elizabeth Bluemle. It's a call to publishers, editors, art directors, sales representatives, librarians, booksellers, and other stakeholders to make the children's and YA book industry more inclusive and better reflective of the great diversity in our world. I am answering this call. I hope you will too.

Below is Grace Lin's illustration for "The Elephant in the Room." Thirteen children's book illustrators including Grace Lin created artwork specifically for the article.

Distractions =D

When not checking out children's and young adult literature blogs, I am checking out entertaining fashion blogs. I love the confidence of these fashion bloggers:

Behind the Seams
Blushing Ambition (fashion + food!)
Cupcakes and Cashmere (fashion + food!)
Maison des Reveries (fashion + food!)
The Sartorialist
Sea of Shoes
Song of Style
Tricia Will Go Places

And I am addicted to dressing up an avatar of myself for this online fashion game:


Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Bellyfest 2010

On Saturday, my beautiful, fabulous poet friend Chloe (I fondly call her Chloebellabelles LOL) invited me to watch a dance show with her at the PETA Theater. (A note about the PETA Theater: I was appalled to see that the theater chairs were plastic chairs and that the stage was all scratched up / beaten up. It's a shame because the rest of the building is so clean and beautiful!) The dance show was the grand evening show of Bellyfest 2010. It was a recital of professional and amateur belly dancers. The very talented belly dancers were beauties of all different ages, shapes, and sizes. They were exuding a lot of confidence and it looked like they were having a lot of fun. I wanted to get up and dance, too!

Unfortunately, in one part of the recital there was an attempt to string together dance numbers using a narrative. It was a story about a man searching the world for a priceless gift to give his beloved. There was a dance number for each country he visited (Spain, Brazil, China, Egypt, etc.). The dance numbers were charming, but the story was trite and felt very forced. The narrator didn't enunciate his words well and there was no passion or any other kind of feeling coming from the actor playing the man who was traveling the world.

Still, I thought it was an excellent recital. Click here to read Chloe's review of the show. Her review includes a video of one of the amazing performers balancing a sword on her head while belly dancing!


I bought my ticket to Bellyfest 2010, but I did get freebies from one of their sponsors, Slenda. The people from Slenda were so nice and they gave me a lovely gift bag. Thank you, Slenda!

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Big Changes

I've resigned from my job to be a full-time graduate student. Yesterday was my last day at work. I worked as an editor for the Resources Development Department at goFLUENT, a provider of distance English training solutions for corporations. Resources Development has two teams, the Trainer Resources Team and the Learner Resources Team. I was part of the Trainer Resources Team. This was my little corner in the office (yes, right next to the fire extinguisher :P )...

The rest of the Resources Development office...

Oh, hi Ray! Don't let me disturb you.

Ray is a writer for the Trainer Resources Team.

This is Jem. She's a fantastic writer and she's replacing me as editor for the team.

Here's Max, the manager of the Trainer Resources Team. :)

Check out Issa, a writer for the Learner Resources Team. She's holding our work "bible," Practical English Usage by Michael Swan.

Chloe hard at work. Chloe is also a writer for the Learner Resources Team.

Anya is the manager for the entire Resources Development Department.

There was a little going away party for me...

In the picture below I am with Aika (a writer for the Learner Resources Team), Chloe, and Issa.


Why aren't you smiling, Jem?!

And here I am with my good friend Carlo. Carlo is part of the IT Department at goFLUENT. He did the artwork and design for this blog and Asia in the Heart, World on the Mind!

Yesterday was bittersweet. I will miss my wonderful coworkers, but I am also excited about being a full-time graduate student.