Monday, November 10, 2008

Got children's books?

Got children's books? Want to buy some as holiday gifts? This article by Austin author Lindsey Lane lists some of the many children's books by Austin authors, and could serve as a good shopping list!

Another Austin Treasure: Children's Book Authors
                   from The Good Life magazine

And to her list, let me also add Philip Yates' newest picture book, A Pirate's Night Before Christmas, April Lurie's 3 young adult novels, Dancing in the Streets of Brooklyn, The Latent Powers of Dylan Fontaine, and Boyfriends, Brothers, and Other Criminal Minds, and Lila Guzman's many books including George Lopez: King of Latino Comedy and Lorenzo and the Pirate.

The article also didn't mention authors whose books aren't out yet, but Chris Barton's upcoming books, such as his non-fiction book The Day-Glo Brothers (coming out July 2009) will soon be worth a look! And Christy Stallop illustrated K. Pluta's adorable picture book, There's a Yak in My Bed!, from Austin's own Blooming Tree Press.

And come to think of it, also check out the other books from Austin's Blooming Tree Press, including From the Desk of Septina Nash: The Penguins of Doom by Greg Fishbone, and Summer Shorts, a fun anthology of summer-themed stories and poems for readers aged 7-12, including a story and poem by well as other selections and art by some of my online friends!

P.S. It's completely unrelated, but my former theatre buddy from 8th-10th grades, Shelley Seale, also has a local business profile in the same issue of The Good Life!

Saturday, November 01, 2008

After the candy rush

Halloween was yesterday, so today must be...Christmas! Well, at least that's what the stores seem to think. (I was in Hallmark yesterday and heard a woman say, "Christmas is sneaking up on us this year!" And I thought,'s actually 2 months away, also known as 1/6 of the year. And Hallmark has had ornaments since July, so it hasn't snuck up on them!)

Around here, though, it's Candy Day. Actually, we've been rationing it, but there's still candy everywhere I look. I have never seen so much as my kids got from trick-or-treating this year! (The older boys kept going with their friends' family after the rest of us came home, so they went longer than we normally would.)

Anyway, my 10-year-old was Indiana Jones. I couldn't find a dark jacket for him, but I think he looked pretty good.

My 7-year-old was Prince Caspian...we haven't even seen the movie, so we mainly thought of him as a knight. I saw the costume on sale and he liked it. (My older son and I have read the book, but he hasn't yet.)

So, who would win in a fight between a whip, a sword, and...a bear?

My 21-month-old went trick-or-treating in the Pooh costume I bought when his oldest brother was a toddler:

But because I'm such a sucker for baby costumes, I couldn't help buying him a monkey costume at a consigment store for his school shown in my previous post...and also a Dumbo costume at Goodwill for $5 new with the original tags still on.

Meanwhile, our cat would like everyone to know she is NOT amused to wear a chicken hat!

And meanwhile I am not doing NaNoWriMo this year. Or at least I didn't sign up. The main reason is that you're supposed to start a new novel for NaNo, but I still need to finish last year's NaNo novel! And yet...if I don't actually finish it, I might as well have started a new one, you know? Because I do have an idea... so, I need to get to work on my old novel! But this weekend I have to write a freelance article, so that comes first.

Happy November to all!