But you don’t have to take my word for it!

June 29, 2012 § 1 Comment


Hopefully, you know this phrase from the PBS program, Reading Rainbow.  I loved that show from the first day I saw it with my then 2 year-old-daughter, Jennifer.  The opening song drew us in as we watched the animated ‘butterfly in the sky’ fly into a world of picture books. Towards the end of each show host LeVar Burton would say the phrase and a couple of children would have the opportunity to speak up for one of their favorite books. These children too would say the words from above as they introduced other children with their book reviews: But you don’t have to take my word for it!

That is how I feel about writing the editor’s column for our regional chapter’s newsletter.  I give you the work of many creative people. And as I have been among the first to see it, I can use this column to point out all the wonders each issue contains.

But you don’t have to take my word for it! 

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What is your writing resolution?

June 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

What? You don’t have one?

Well, I am here to suggest one or two for you.”

But, Carolyn, you may say. I make my own resolutions–or not. Thanks anyway…

Ordinarily I would agree with you until I read a newspaper article stating otherwise. Elizabeth Bernstein wrote of the success family members have in making resolutions for one another; someone close to you suggests a habit or personal shortcoming for you to work on and you check back with he or she from time to time.  Read more about how it works in the Wall Street Journal article http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204552304577114722549353752.html.

The real take away is how people grow together in their relationship. 

Feel free to send me an email or comment at this blog. Tell someone else what you are going to try so you have an accountability partner.

Look at All the Ways One Can Access the Same Story

June 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

On a late January Friday night I went to The Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth to see ten Oscar nominated animated shorts. The academy’s ceremony was still weeks away but already I could have watched all of these films online. But I chose to make the trip out since I wanted the large screen experience with a crowd of fellow movie lovers.

The movies were all great but it would have been worth it if only just to see the eventual winner: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.

When I arrived home, I called my college age daughter who writes YA novels and insisted it was worth fifteen minutes of her time to see it on You Tube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Adzywe9xeIU After viewing, she agreed it was great and it brought tears to her eyes as well.

Clearly I am fascinated by this beautiful heart-tugging tale that evokes iconic images and fills me with longing for a time long gone.  But in addition I want to point out that this story is increasing its audience size by diverse modes of communicating this story. http://morrislessmore.com/ For instance, there is an app and/or you could down load it on I Tunes. And soon this wonderful film will become a picture book.

If You are a Maven, You are in Good Company!

June 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

Malcolm Gladwell in his book The Tipping Point (subtitled How Little Things Make a Big Difference) speaks of three kinds of people who control word of mouth epidemics. *

One of them is a maven. Maven in Yiddish means one who accumulates knowledge. They are not passive collectors. They are not just obsessed about getting a good deal or finding a great story. They want to tell you about it too. Sound like anyone you know?

Our school librarian helped me find an alphabet book for my grandson’s 4th birthday. LMNOPeas. He and I both love this book. http://books.simonandschuster.com/LMNO-Peas/Keith-Baker/9781416991410

I returned to the library raving about the alphabet book when the library aide said to me that she has been telling others about a picture book she discovered on the civil rights era, Ruth and the Green Book.

I checked it out since it was an unfamiliar story to me as well. http://www.powells.com/biblio/9780761352556

So I‘d like to think I am a maven-“an information broker sharing and trading what one knows”. I call it not keeping the good stuff just for me.

And those of you who read my last editor’s note may remember I encouraged you to check out The Fantastic Flying Books of Mister Morris Lessmore.  Almost right after the newsletter was posted, I heard from an aunt of one of the artists who works at their animation studio. It is our own Mary Jeter.     And the next time you see Mary, be a maven and ask her about her nephew!

*If you want to read quotes from Gladwell’s books or columns click on the link: http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/1439.Malcolm_Gladwell

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