Hello all. Sorry I've been neglecting this blog a bit. Here are a few book related, fun things I've been up to:
Victoria Jamieson grilled Mac, Jon and Matt Holm on all things kids book. She even asked them a question I'd suggested - thanks Vicky!! It was about what their typical work day is like.
Mac is quite a funny fellow and explained he has two types of days. The days he puts real pants on and the days he does not. On non-real-pants days he internets, eats, g-chats with Jon and finds many other things to do besides writing, just like the rest of us. That's reassuring.
Jon said he has 3 types of days - the first is similar to Mac's non-real-pant days, lots of wandering around unsure of what to do, this is when he is coming up with a new book idea. He said this is his least favorite type of day and the one he is currently having. The second type comes after he has the idea. It's the laying out of pages and words and getting it all to work. And the third is long hours of final art making.
Matt Holm has a similar process to Jon, but he writes the books with his sister so there's a lot of back and forth between them throughout. I ended up on the same bus home with him after the conference and we talked about how very, very much work graphic novels are. I have to tip my hat to graphic novel artists - wowza. And am looking forward to reading Squish - their latest series about an amoeba in middle school.
A couple weeks ago I went to the book release party for the second
installment of the Wildwood series by Portland's own Colin Meloy and
(From the Oregon History Project.)
jackie in pdx's blog.)
Just one more thing:
The Children's Book Bank recently processed a donation of 100,000 kids books. I helped out one evening and was blown away at how many books 100,000 books actually is. See those giant boxes- the ones almost as tall as the people? I think there were about 30 of those. What a ton of work! But many Portland kids from low income families will be able to bring home books of their own because of this effort. I'm still shocked by this statistic from the Children's Book Bank website: "In low income neighborhoods the ratio of books to children is one book per 300 children."