Tuesday, October 22, 2013

To Be, or Not to Be?

Thanks Shakespeare!  You summed it up for generations of folks in just a few simple words.  This week, that phrase could apply to my personal life, the possibility of help for a student, and this very blog.

Work is dominating my life right now and I am certainly not complaining but man, do I need a rest.   I am also taking a course in Special Education as I attempt yet another certification and the work load is definitely making sure my brain is scattered at most hours of the day. So I am taking a break from some work because I needed a little mind rest.

Yesterday, as I flopped into bed, I realized that my Alice, Ever After anniversary came and went last week and I didn't even notice.  So I sat down and considered whether or not I should keep good ol' Alice going anymore.  I won't put you through my not-so-important-but-slightly-existential internal conversation because that is definitely what I don't have time to do right now and you don't want to hear it anyway.

I haven't fully decided what to do, but I did need to take a two minute break and tell you one book update.  That is, after all, what this website is about.

So here it is.  I didn't go to the Boston Book Festival, I don't have any pictures from my ball gala, but I do have a book recommendation.  I'm out of time for this little break, so I will simply tell you...read Kate DiCamillo's Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures.   There, that is all.  Until next time...maybe?

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Wake Up & Boogie, Hockey Style

Best. Snuggle. Buddy. Ever.
Two words describe the past couple of weeks.  Holy. Moly.  Life got super busy and I haven't had time to post anything recently.  I'm crossing my fingers that I can catch up on here with some new books.  I'm also awaiting pictures from my gala so I can give you a glimpse of the evening.

In the meantime, my sister/roommate/soulmate/snuggle buddy found a dance video that is fantastic.  She is a huge sports fan, especially of all teams from Buffalo and most especially the Sabres.  (She is coming around to the Red Sox now that they are making magic happen and we live in Boston.)

Anyway, here is her contribution to your weekly inspiration to boogie down.  A hockey team dance off.  Boogie!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

We're Official!

It took me quite some time but this blog now has an easier url for you to find us.  You can still type in the old address (www.aliceeverafter.blogspot.com) if you want to.  However, as of this morning, we are LIVE as www.AliceEverAfter.com.

Moving on up!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Wake Up & Boogie - What makes you boogie?

I dance when I'm happy, when I'm sad, when I want to overcome adversity.  This week, I learned the trick to dealing with one of my angry students is to subtly dance when I am talking to him because it actually calms him down.  I need him to do tough work, he gets frustrated, I dance, we all feel better.

I dance wherever I go...leaping at Joshua Tree!

The other day I read about one of the latest viral videos.  A young woman working for a company made a dance video in her office, put some Kanye in the background, and posted it to tell her job she quits.  I read it and thought, "What a cheeky way to quit!" I have only had one job that I actually wanted to give em the ol' "Take this job and shove it" and in a proud moment of history I actually did.  It was my first job post-college graduation and it wasn't in teaching.  Long story, but man, do I wish I had thought of a dance video instead.

This morning I woke up to post the video and discovered that the folks this young lady used to work for posted their own response.

Aren't we all laughing now?  Dance.  It has the power to express big emotions, and to deflate big emotions.  I bet this young lady is going to get a job and I am also sure that the company will get something out of it too because of this light-hearted response.

Maybe we should send a memo to our government?  Take some Kanye, a few quirky dance moves, cheeky subtitles...BAM!  The government is open again.  Just remember, I thought of that first.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

October Events

The gods of good weather have blessed this former LA girl with the most beautiful fall weather. 
Tomorrow...80 degrees!  I couldn't be happier!!!  Hot weather in the day and nice, cool, snuggling weather at night.  (No, nobody to snuggle with other than the cat.  However, I did have a dream that Matt Damon decided he was in love with me.  Close enough, right?)

Anyway, October is coming in with a lot of good author visits heading your way.  If you live near Boston, get ready for the Boston Book Festival.  Tomie dePaola is the keynote speaker for children and I will definitely be there!

Los Angeles folk, this week is jam-packed with some of my favorites.  Don't miss out!!

For THE WORLD, Catching Fire tickets went on sale today.  Don't get left out in the cold on this one!  Also, there is an app for a countdown and yes, I have that app.

Noah loves Otis!!!


October 3
 * Join Loren Long, author of Otis and Jumpstart at the Carle Museum as Loren reads from a variety
of books. 11 am

October 5
* Porter Square Books is hosting a Stuffed Animal Portrait Party! Have your favorite stuffed animal’s portrait drawn (free) by illustrators Joe McKendry, Barbara McClintock, and Matt Tavares. 11 am

October 8
* Robert Sabuda, pop-up king, presents his book The Little Mermaid, Porter Square Books, 7 pm 

October 12
* Join Aaron Becker, author and illustrator of new book, Journey, at the Carle Museum, 2 pm

October 17
* Lincoln Pierce, illustrator of The Big Nate series, Wellesley Public Library, 4 pm
* Avi, Newbery award winning author, presents his latest book, Sophia's War, Porter Square Books, 7 pm

October 17 - 19
Boston Book Festival  Kate Dicamillo, Rebecca Stead, Jack Gantos, Lois Lowry, Tomie DePaolo, Marissa Meyer,  Jane Yolen, and sooo many more.  Check out the link: Kid/Teens programs

October 20
* Author and illustrator Matt Van Fleet reads his latest pop-up book, MUNCH! at the Carle Museum, 2 pm

October 30
 * Join the Carle Museum for a very special Educators’ Night with a presentation by author Jack Gantos, 4:30 - 7 pm, free!!

Los Angeles

October 2
* Sherman Alexie, author of YA/MG book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Skylight Books, 7:30 pm (Note: this is not billed as an YA author event and promises to be jam-packed but...daaaang, Sherman Alexie!)
* Jon Scieska is going to be at a school and if you pay $65 you can have dinner with him...or see him for free at Vroman's.  Either way, contact Children's Book World if you can get this done in time. 

October 4
* Jon Scieszka reads and signs from his Spaceheadz books.  Vroman's, 6:30 pm.  (I just saw him last week in NY...go to this!)

October 5
* Frances Sackett presents her new books, The Misadventures of the Magician's Dog, Children's Book World, 2 pm

October 6
* Kate DiCamillo and KG Campbell present their new book, Flora and Ulysses, Vroman's 2 pm. (Seriously Vroman's??  This line up is killing me!)
* Frans Vischer, author of the Fuddles books, presents his latest, and the inspiration behind all his books, Chevalier Books, 11 am

October 10
* Shannon Hale will present her new book, Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends, Mrs. Nelson's, 5 pm 

October 11
* Elissa Brent Weissman presents The Short Seller, a MG book, Once Upon a Time Bookstore, 7 pm
* Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will sign his new book at Mrs. Nelsons, 7 pm

October 13
* Frans Vischer, author of the Fuddles books, presents his latest, and the inspiration behind all his books, Once Upon a Time Bookstore, 2 pm

October 18
 * Gris Grimly (YES, GRIS GRIMLY) will show off his latest work of brilliance at Once Upon a Time Bookstore, 7 pm

October 25
* Octavia Spencer presents her middle grade book, The Case of the Time Capsule Bandit, Mrs. Nelson's, 7:00 pm

October 28
* Octavia Spencer presents her middle grade book, The Case of the Time Capsule Bandit, Vroman's, 6:30 pm