Places to go, people to see…

I was trying to think of a unifying theme for these links I’ve been collecting for you, but there isn’t one.  Let’s just call it the "new-friends-cool-holiday-gifts-picture-book-pagination" edition.

1. My friend and fellow middle school English teacher marjorielight  is blogging on LJ now, with a cool mix of posts about writing, teaching, and her frequent visits to Montreal to eat good food.  She’s working on a post-apocalyptic YA that scares the bejesus out of me and posted today about "active writing."  Go be her friend, okay?  You’ll like her a lot.

2. I hope you’re buying books and supporting small businesses in your holiday shopping!  Along those lines, check out:

3. In the flurry of excitement over finding out that my picture book, OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW, has an illustrator now, my editor at Chronicle and I talked about dividing the text over 12 spreads.  I played around with the text last night and spent a good amount of time with some other Chronicle picture books we own, like the beautiful A SEED IS SLEEPY by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long, to see how they’re set up.  I also ran across this post from Editorial Anonymous, which is a fantastic primer on how picture books are laid out.  It’s a great resource if you’re working on spreads or just writing a picture book and wondering if it will work in the standard 32-page format.

Happy friending and shopping and writing!

3 Replies on “Places to go, people to see…

  1. Thank you, Kate!

    Those t-shirts look awesome. And how wonderful that an illustrator will be spending so much time absorbing and collaborating with your words. That kind of gives me snow shivers thinking about it.

  2. That quote on the t-shirt is the one our teacher used for the “Thought For The Day” in history class. I love the “Thoughts For The Day”, they each give s little things to think about throughout our day.