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Collecting Odds and Ends

(Photo Credit: Sidereal via Flickr) I am a collector of many things–wind-up toys, picture books, chickens. But my favorite things to collect are memories and stories of the people I know and love, and images that represent these stories and memories. My memory alone isn’t very dependable for this collection so I have boxes of photos and memorabilia, notebooks and scraps of paper filled with written memories. This is the main reason why I’m interested in scrapbooking and keeping a family blog–to preserve these things. I am forever resolving to be more organized in how I collect and assemble these mementos, and forever intending to dedicate more time to it.… Read the rest

A Pretty Fantastic Book Trailer

Here’s an amazing book trailer for the upcoming release of Linger by Maggie Stiefvater, the sequel to Shiver. Watch this video, and then read on to learn some amazing facts. Okay, are you back with me now? Pretty cool trailer, no? Amazing Fact #1: Maggie created that entire thing herself. That blows my mind. She made a tree grow out of a book, people! What kind of Johnny Appleseed wizardry is that? Amazing Fact #2: The cool, slightly eerie, slightly romantic music that’s playing? She composed it. And she performed it. (Along with the help of a few others). If I tried to create a video trailer like that for my book, it would be a re-eanactment of the story using cut out circles to represent the characters, accompanied by my original composition of the beginning bars of Fur Elise blended into Chopsticks, because that’s about all I can remember how to play on the piano.… Read the rest

And the Giveaway Winner Is. . .

Anna J! Congratulations, Anna J! You’re the winner of the raffle for a signed copy of Gringolandia by Lyn Miller-Lachmann. Please email me at fromthemixedupfiles (at) gmail (dot) com with your mailing address and who you would like Lyn to inscribe the book to, and we’ll get your prize out to you as soon as possible!… Read the rest

A Winner and a Rainbow

Thanks for your patience with the book raffle, everyone. I’m back from my vacation and had my husband pull a name from my beach hat (which is the last action that hat will see for a little while as the daffodils have just barely begun to poke their green tips through the dirt and snow is predicted for the weekend here–was I really watching the sun set into the Pacific less than 24 hours ago?) Without further ado, the winner of a signed copy of Building on Nature by Rachel Rodriguez is: Jane Heitman Healy! Congratulations, Jane! Please email me at fromthemixedupfiles (at) gmail (dot) com with your mailing address and I will get your book to you ASAP!… Read the rest

Creative Spaces Launch Week Wrap-Up

I hope you enjoyed this kick-off to the Creative Spaces series! A huge thank you once again to Julie Anne Peters, Danlyn Iantorno, Amy Kathleen Ryan, and Roberta Collier-Morales for participating and sharing their workspaces with us. There’s still time to enter the raffle to win a signed copy of By the Time You Read This I’ll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters. Comment on any post from this week up until noon Sunday (mountain standard time) and your name will be entered in the drawing. I have to tell you guys, I am so excited about the line-up of authors and illustrators for future Mondays.… Read the rest