Our dog is pretty patient, but we would have to do a series of lounging photos as that's more her forte:
Anyways, click on the first two photos for more and prepare for cute explosions.
Anyone else freaking out about this? I still can't believe it's happening.
So who else can't wait to go back to Neptune?
I can't get this Miley cover, by Postmodern Jukebox and the Tee-Tones, out of my head: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXYWDtXbBB0
So good, right?
This Ke$ha one is pretty sweet too:
Around this time two (!) years ago, a few of us got together and created a children's writers and illustrators critique group. We meet monthly and review each others work. (It's been invaluable and totally deserves its own post someday.) Though I have hours and hours of art critiques under my belt, until then I had only participated in a few writing critique sessions and only for picture books. To be able to provide more helpful advice to the novel writers, in the last couple of years I've made a point of reading middle grade and young adult books. I devoured such books as a kid, but honestly, (besides the Hunger Games and the Divergent series, ahem,) at that time I wasn't familiar with any current titles. I'm happy to say that's completely changed and it's been really fun! I thought I'd periodically list some of the ones I loved and recommend. So let's start with:
Believe the hype. This book is brilliant.
An honest look at racial and economic lines in our society. Complicated and nuanced, Walker doesn't deliver a neatly packaged ending. (Which is a good thing.)
Erskine's absolute mastery of the first person account from a kid with severe aspbergers is stunning and enlightening.
Anyone out there have some recommendations for me? What are your favorite current middle grade novels?
First, who lives in LA? I have your Saturday afternoon planned for you: How would you like to go to a little get together hosted by Emily Henderson? There will be drinking, and nibbling, and a dj, plus you get to say hello to my dear friend Soledad who's amazing jewelry line, Sol del Sur, is among those featured!! I am beyond excited for her, but alas am stuck on the East Coast. (Does her work look familiar? I designed her new site last year...)
If you see Sol there, give her a big hug from me. You will freak out when you see her latest line. It is that good. Click on the image above to RSVP.
And on to number 2: See those cowgirls above? Go check out the roundup of photos from LIFE Magazine over on Messy Nessy Chic. It's awesome. (And if you can't get enough of ladies and horses, check out McLeod's Daughters over on Hulu. Someone might be obsessively running that show in the background while she works lately. Someone... --Aussie accents, high waisted jeans, and french braids, people!)
Aand I'll leave you with this brilliant piece of animation that made me laugh this week:
The magazine my brother, Sam, co-founded has just launched it's first issue!
"Session" is China's snowboard magazine. Exclusive, original, content from China and around the world keeps you tuned in with the Chinese and International snowboarding community and inspires you to get out and ride.
Obviously, it's for a Chinese audience, but if you're into snowboarding, or just great photography, you should check it out. It's gorgeous. It will be available in print in China, and online for everyone else here. (I should note that it's available in English and Chinese versions.)
Congrats to Sam and the whole team! Job well done!
Fun fact: Besides taking many of the photographs, Sam also models some snowboarding gear on page 36. [Insert wolf-whistle here.] ha.
Check out this wonderful Ted Talk, "Your body language shapes who you are" from Amy Cuddy. Good stuff, especially for my fellow introverts out there!
My brother Sam has started a new site called Photo Everyone:
...a blog dedicated to creating a home for up-and-coming portrait and people photographers.
They're looking for submissions now! So gather up your cool photographs, and photographer friends and get over there!
All images credit Sam Cornwall.
Oh my gosh, have you heard about the ultimate business giveaway, A new Biz for the New Year, over on Oh My Handmade Goodness?! If you have a creative business that needs a branding overhaul, get yourself over there! They're giving away prizes worth over $6500!
Crazy, awesome: ULTIMATE.
Edition of 30 screen prints with hand finished watercolor.
Hand printed, painted, signed and numbered by the artist. Measures roughly 30" by 22" on an archival watercolor paper.
...As each piece was individually painted by the artist, no two are exactly the same.
There are only 16 left, so run over there to get yours!
We usually spend our long trips having long rambling talks about our possible future and then catching up on Radio Lab and This American Life. But driving to Joshua Tree a few weeks ago, we substituted NPR for BossyPants. (And even if you've read it, the audio book is worth a listen because Tina Fey reads it herself.) It was awesome.
I'm not an avid audio book listener, as I've assumed that I prefer reading books the old fashioned way. But Ms Fey's reading led me to wonder if there aren't other books that are great, if not better, to listen to?
We just downloaded from the library the A Game of Thrones* for this weekend's drive. But that's just one book. (--we both agreed that we wouldn't read ahead of the show. I know, kind of backward. But the show is so good.)
So, any ideas? Thoughts? What audio books do you love?
*Edit: Did you know the audio book for A Game of Thrones is 33 hours long?!
Have you heard of the IOU Project? "...an easy-to-wear line of clothing based on the idea that each piece is handmade and completely unique. The uniqueness of each item allows us to provide traceability right down to the weaver that hand-wove the fabric."
I randomly came across them, and was so inspired by the idea, I bought a dress and scarf for our honeymoon coming up. The only bummer is that I forgot to check who made my items! Fingers crossed they add a note to my order. I'll let you know when I get it!
Jess LC's Franklin Necklaces: Braille letters on one side with the text in English on the back. Choose from five phrases.
And of course I'd love to do a portrait of said mom's kids! Details here.
The new issue of LMNOP is out today! YAY! Go over and download it-- It's free! And every page is just lovely...
Some of my favorites:
Craft ideas for Plastic Figurines
Cophenhagen City Tour for Kids