Did you know that it is the 50th Anniversary of the Crayola crayon 64 box? When I was a kid, this was the biggest thing since sliced bread. Imagine, 64 different colors in one box and it had a crayon sharpener built in. How cool was that? I had to wait until I was 14 before I bought my first box because I finally had a job and the money to pay for it. How I treasured it and wouldn’t let my brothers or sisters touch it (they would have broken them and everyone knows you can’t color as well with broken crayons).
A lot of kids start writing with crayons and I wonder how many of you wrote your first story with a crayola. I bet you saved them too. Maybe that can be another blog, but now it’s time for This, that and the other thing where you send me the news, info, kudos and other stuff going on. Email me here with things you’d like to share.
From author Faye Hughes: The Chronicle did a video essay about Christie Craig, who is my writing partner (for non-fiction), and her struggle with dyslexia. I am so proud of her – she’s a living testament to the power of "Making It Happen" – she went from a high school drop-out to a multi-published, multi-award-winning author of over 3,000 national credits, three non-fiction books and now seven novels. She broke back into fiction after a 12-year hiatus with a three-book contract for Dorchester (she just made another three-book sale to them, btw) and this video was partially shot during a booksigning for her first Dorchester release. Check out the video here. (Very inspirational, thanks Faye)
From author JoAnn Ross: I just "adopted" a REAL live deployed sailor. (As opposed to a fictional one. *g*) He’s an MA3, which is a petty officer, which the website said is equivalent to a detective or cop. I don’t know where, exactly, he’s deployed yet. I’m waiting for my mentor to contact me before I send him my first email. (There’s a video on their museum link telling more about it.)
We agreed to send a card or letter a week — easy since I’m already making cards for the cards for soliders program — and at least two care packages a month. I found the link while researching Landstuhl Air Force Base regional medical center in Germany for Shattered, the 3rd of the High Risks. Click here for more information. (JoAnn, this is a great program and you’re going to have to keep us updated on it.)
From Ann Roman of Border Books: Sue Grimshaw, who has been the Romance book buyer for Borders Group, Inc. for the past seven years, has received the prestigious Vivian Stephens Industry Award from the Romance Writers of America (RWA) for 2008. The award recognizes a professional in the romance-publishing industry who is not a writer, and whose accumulated body of work has contributed to the genre in a significant and continuing manner. (Congrats Sue, I look forward to seeing you receive the award at RWA in San Francisco)
Gabrielle Gantz of Penguin Books: On April 1st, 2008, Penguin Classics began their support of The Nature Conservancy’s ambitious reforestation plan to plant and restore one billion trees in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest.
As the publisher of many classics on natural history and conservation and as a publisher deeply concerned with environmental issues, Penguin is putting forth major marketing, publicity and in-store promotions to increase public awareness and participation in this timely campaign.
In bookstores everywhere, bookmarks – printed on recycled paper – featuring three of Penguin’s favorite environmental classics, Rachel Carson’s Under the Sea Wind, John Muir’s The Mountains of California and Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Nature and Selected Essays, will encourage readers to visit The Nature Conservancy’s website, donate a dollar and help plant a billion trees. (Great idea, great cause)
Bottom Line: Coloring is relaxing and a great stress reliever. I think crayons should be given out as an alternative to lower blood pressure and just to make people smile (it’s hard to be cranky with a crayon in your hand).