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!