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    Tuesday, January 4th, 2011
    4:59 pm
    And the Winners are
     Those people who won copies of Burn are: 

    Tanya Kitay
    Feary writer
    Joanne Coupland
    Kim Marcus
    Tammy Jonsson Comeau
    Melody Shore
    And Kim Baccellia 

    Yes I know there are seven here but two names stuck together. If you're here send me an email almafullerton at almafullerton . com
    If I don't already know where to send it. Please let me know who you want it signed to.
    Monday, January 3rd, 2011
    8:58 am
    Win a copy of Burn
     Hi everyone, just letting you all know I'm giving away 6 copies of BURN. All you have to do to get into the draw is to leave me a comment on LJ, facebook or twitter.  

    Here's a review if you'd like to see what the book is about.

    www.umanitoba.ca/outreach/cm/vol17/no11/burn.html
    Sunday, July 18th, 2010
    12:37 pm
    Defining Reader Level by Character's age
    I dislike when people automatically fit manuscripts into mg/ya categories because to the age of the character - assuming children don't like to read about other children younger than themselves. I believe that if a story is thought provoking, the plot riveting enough, and the character believable children are not going to be turned off by the age of the character.  Generally yes, a story about a ten year old would be classed as a lower mg but sometimes the situation that character is in or what's going on around that character bumps it up to a YA. The Boy in Striped Pajamas and To Kill a Mockingbird are both YAs about young children going through tough situations. Neither are lower mg and you'll find them both in the YA section of stores.  I know of several others books like this as well.

    I personally don't know a teen that would turn away a book if it sounded compelling simply because the mc is ten. (They may not want to read it if the cover is too childish but covers are a whole other topic - for another day).
    Thursday, October 22nd, 2009
    9:02 am
    Upcoming Appearances

     

     

    International Festival of Authors Toronto

     

    TD Canadian Saturday, October 24, 2009

    Children’s Literature 1:00pm

    Award Reading: Studio Theatre

    235 Queens Quay West

     

    Roundtable: Saturday, October 24, 2009

    4:00pm

    Studio Theatre

    235 Queens Quay West

     

    Sonia Levitin's Upon the World Children's book Award

     

    Award Ceremony Sunday November 1, 2009

    Simon Wisenthal Center - Museum of Tolerance LA, CA

     

    Monday November 2, 2009

    Museum of Tolerance LA, CA

     

     

    Literacy Evening for Parents

    St. Elizabeth Catholic School Toronto ON

    Tuesday November 10, 2009

     

     

    Parkdale Elementary School Montreal, PQ

    Thursday November 12, 2009 1:30 PM

     

    CCBC Children's Awards Gala

    The Carlu in Toronto

    November 19, 2009

     

     

    Saturday, September 5th, 2009
    9:54 pm
    John Provenzano, who works at Access Copyright, has composed a cut-and-paste letter
    The Great Canadian Copyright Consultations - A "How to" Guide for Creators 
    on Submissions

    A few minutes of your time could help shape the government's promised 
    copyright bill!

    C

    anadians have answered the Federal Government's invitation to air their 
    views in this summer's Copyright Consultations with enthusiasm, sending in 
    thousands of responses.

    However, to date, the majority reflect the perspectives of education 
    professionals, students, or others with little sympathy or insight into the 
    rigours of survival as a professional creator of copyright works. Beyond 
    this forum, opponents of an effective copyright regime have worked hard to 
    build support through websites, blogs and email campaigns.

    If you are concerned about the impact on your livelihood of new exceptions 
    under the Copyright Act or an extension of fair dealing that will expand 
    uncompensated uses and erode the market for Canadian books, magazines and 
    newspapers, you still have a chance to be heard. You still have a chance to 
    help ensure the government's promised copyright bill does not undermine your 
    livelihood. Make sure your voice is heard.

    If you believe that Canada should better protect the rights of creators, 
    drive innovation, catch up with its trading partners and meet its 
    international commitments, then please prepare a submission right now.

    Your submission should respond to some or all of the six questions the 
    government has posed (see below). This guide has been created to help you 
    draft it. The suggested structure and arguments are just that - 
    suggestions - to make this task fast and easy for you. This can be completed 
    in as little as 10 to 15 minutes. You can cut and paste the arguments below, 
    build on them, or write down your own reasons for reforms. The main thing is 
    to send your views to the government. Ask your friends, family and work 
    colleagues to do the same.

    Send your submission now! The deadline is Sept. 13, 2009.

    All submissions should be sent directly to the government at 
    info@copyrightconsultation.gc.ca

    *********************

    Preparing Your Submission

    Question 1: How do Canada's copyright laws affect you?

    Briefly introduce yourself and explain why copyright reform is important to 
    you. For example,

    I am a writer who makes a living from books. My income depends on royalties 
    from the sale of my books as well as from the reproduction of my books under 
    collective licences. This income pays for food, shelter and clothing for my 
    family, and allows me to continue.

    Copyright should exist to protect creators like me. When others use my work, 
    it should ensure I am compensated.

    Collective licences exist to allow universities, schools, corporations and 
    governments to make copies of my work and the works of other creators while 
    ensuring that we are fairly compensated. This is a system that works well, 
    but is in peril.

    I am worried that new exceptions and expanded fair dealing could 
    significantly undermine my income while at the same time damaging the market 
    for books, magazines and newspapers published in Canada.

    Question 2: How should existing laws be modernized? (Use as many of the 
    points below as reflect your views)

    I want Copyright Act reforms to follow the principles outlined by the 
    government for Bill C-61:

    The rights of those who hold copyright must be fairly balanced with the 
    needs of users to access copyright works.

    The Copyright Act must provide clear, predictable and fair rules to allow 
    Canadians to derive benefits from their creations.

    The Copyright Act should foster innovation in an effort to attract 
    investment and high-paying jobs to Canada.

    Canada must ensure that its copyright framework for the Internet is in line 
    with international standards.

    Canada's Copyright Act needs to be reformed because:

    New digital technologies have made it cheap and easy for anyone to copy 
    files and make money from them, or to copy and distribute works without 
    recognizing my need to get paid for these uses.

    By failing to take action, our government has allowed a culture that demeans 
    and devalues intellectual property to flourish. This is a culture that 
    assumes copyright works can be expropriated without proper compensation for 
    those who invested their talents, skills, time and hard work to create them.

    Canada's Copyright Act is badly outdated. We are years behind our key 
    trading partners in modernizing our copyright laws for the digital age. 
    Canadian copyright law should recognize international standards by 
    implementing and ratifying the WIPO Treaty.

    We need rules to discourage the unauthorized taking of other people's 
    property without compensation.

    It is only fair that we protect creators' investments of time, money and 
    creativity.

    Question 3: Based on Canadian values and interests, how should copyright 
    changes be made in order to withstand the test of time?

    Canadian copyright law should be technology neutral. It should be based on 
    general principles rather than specific technologies. The ability of a 
    creator to get paid for the use of his/her work should not depend on the 
    technology used.

    Question 4: What sorts of copyright changes do you believe would best foster 
    innovation and creativity in Canada?

    Creativity and innovation will thrive only when they are rewarded. Fair 
    compensation for creators provides the resources and incentives they need to 
    continue to create and innovate.

    I want my work to be distributed as widely as possible. But I want to be 
    paid fairly when my work is used.

    Fair dealing already allows for substantial free use of copyright works. 
    With a system of collective licensing in place, there is no need to expand 
    fair dealing.

    Instead of resorting to exceptions and expanded fair dealing which do not 
    offer compensation to creators, the government should facilitate an 
    expansion of the existing system of collective licensing which provides 
    users with easy access to copyright materials through one-stop shopping and 
    creators with fair remuneration when their works are used.

    Collective licensing helps consumers obtain access to works while ensuring 
    creators are fairly compensated. It is a "win-win" for everybody.

    Question 5: What sorts of copyright changes do you believe would best foster 
    competition and investment in Canada?

    Canadian creators and publishers are actively pursuing new business models 
    and opportunities. Expanded fair dealing, new exceptions in the Copyright 
    Act, and a weakening of collectives and collective licensing rules would 
    undercut these models and the sustainability of our Canadian cultural 
    industries.

    The copyright reforms advocated by creators and publishers are reforms that 
    have been successfully implemented in other markets. In many countries that 
    have modernized their copyright laws, digital marketplaces are flourishing, 
    consumer choice far exceeds that in Canada, and illegitimate file sharing is 
    declining. The result? Legal online activity is skyrocketing among teenagers 
    and illegal behaviour has plunged.

    Question 6: What kinds of changes would best position Canada as a leader in 
    the global, digital economy?

    Canada's creative community has proven it can win accolades and achieve 
    greatness in the global marketplace when the conditions are there for it to 
    flourish and thrive.

    To flourish and thrive, creativity and innovation need to be rewarded. 
    Canada can be a leader in the digital economy by ensuring that copyright 
    laws protect the livelihoods of creators and provide incentives to produce 
    compelling, professional content that draws international audiences.

    Summary and Thank You

    Thank the Government for the opportunity to provide input on these issues of 
    critical importance to you, your colleagues, and your family. Reiterate how 
    these issues are directly important to you because they affect your 
    livelihood. For example:

    I am a professional, and I produce professional quality products. Like other 
    professionals, I expect and deserve to be paid. No-one suggests that 
    teachers should not be paid, or that the suppliers of computers and other 
    materials used in the classroom should give them away for free. Canadian 
    creators and information producers need the same respect if we are to 
    continue making an important contribution to Canadian culture and society.

    New exceptions and extensions of fair dealing that are being called for will 
    be done at the expense of creators like me, eliminating with a stroke of the 
    pen revenue streams that are fairly earned and on which I and my family 
    depend.

    Thank you for the opportunity to express these views and help ensure Canada's 
    copyright laws match international standards and reward innovation and 
    creativity.

    Email your submission to: info@copyrightconsultation.gc.ca

    THANK YOU FOR SPEAKING UP!
    Saturday, August 22nd, 2009
    11:36 am
    Libertad a Finalist
    The Official Press release is out. The CCBC awards have been announced and Libertad has been named a finalist for the TD Canadian Children's Literature award.

    Never expect to win these things (can't expect anything in this business) but I have as much chance as  the other finalists and they have as much chance as me. If I win it's a bonus. If I don't I'm fine with just being a finalist. But it would be nice because then maybe I would be able to at least cut back my hours at my day job and work only part time - leaving more time for writing  and umm... sleeping. More than 4 hours sleep would be good. Working/writing 60 - 80 hours a week and doing the Mom thing right now has been a little draining.

    Anyhow - here's the full list. Congrats to everyone!

    www.bookcentre.ca/news/finalists_announced_2009_canadian_children’s_book_centre_awards
    Wednesday, July 15th, 2009
    6:41 pm
    Oh Man
     It's been like forever since I updated. What's happened since then? Let's see...

    Libertad won the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz award. Won the Golden Oak Award. Was shortlisted for the 2010 MYRCA awards, won the Once Upon the World Children's book award (given by the Simon Wisenthal center in LA). It was also named an honor book for the Canadian Library Association Children's book of the Year and got on a couple of great lists. I've done two readings, three speeches, a character workshop and am doing another reading at the Books By the Bay Festival in North Bay this weekend - should be fun. Would love to do more of these - and more school visits when school is back in session. I love doing that kind of stuff.

    I've gotten very little sleep in the last few months  - either people partying (not here) but around the neighborhood, or loud music or a car engine revving at the house next door or just insomnia - (mostly insomnia and the music thing). With insomnia I usually just get up and write. 

    Weather here still sucks mostly rain and cool but we have had some nice days too. At least we are saving on air conditioning bills. Went fishing a few times. Caught a few fish - only two that I could keep but I don't fish to necessarily catch big fish but it's always nice.

    I think that's about it mostly.

    Monday, April 6th, 2009
    12:44 pm
    Again...
    It's April for pete's sake. A SNOW DAY?

    Even the dog was depressed to wake up and have to go pee out in this... (the snow not the house)


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    Monday, March 9th, 2009
    11:37 am
    SCBWI Canada East Spring Thing
     

    The Canada East Chapter of the

    Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)

    presents our Annual Spring Writing Conference:

     

    It's a retreat, it's workshops, it's fun! It's

     

    The Spring Thing 2009!

     

    April 24-26, 2009

    Kempenfelt Conference Centre

    Barrie, Ontario

     

    Featuring:

    Lisa Graff, Associate Editor, Farrar Straus & Giroux

    Kathy Lowinger, Publisher, Tundra Books

    Karen Li, Editor, Kids Can Press

     

    Limited all-inclusive weekend attendance but lots of Saturday day-only spots. Come take part in the writing and illustrating inspiration, networking, and fun! For more information, see the Events page of our website <http://www.scbwicanada.org/east/events.htm> for the conference brochure and registration form.

    Monday, January 26th, 2009
    9:51 pm
    WOW!
    My last post was FOUR WEEKS AGO. Holy crap. Guess I've been a little busy.

    I was wide awake this morning at about 3am with an ah-ha moment. I really love those but not so much at that hour of the morning when it was after midnight when I turned in. Normally I would have gotten out of bed and wrote what I was thinking but it was too cold and I had a school visit this morning so I just tried to get back to sleep. It didn't work so well. I fell back asleep probably 15 minutes before my alarm went off - I HATE that.

    School visits though - I love doing those. This particular group of teens was fantastic -or almost teens as I suppose most of them were between 11 and 13 - it was a six/seven class. The teacher who was also wonderful had read Libertad in class and the class had done a whole skit on the book during a school assembly last week. They showed me part of their skit today after my presentation. They lined up chairs in rows as if it were a bus and went on a chicken bus ride. They had Latin music playing and rubber chickens and kids were piled on top of each other in the seats just like you'd sit on a chicken bus. One boy was even pretending to run behind the bus. Anyhow, it was all very cool and so much fun. It's always so great to see children/teens get so involved in the books they're reading and also to see teachers getting children that involved in books.


    This weekend I'm off to NYC for the SCBWI mid-year. I opted to take the train again instead of flying so I could get writing done so I better attempt to write. I'd like to have at least 1/2 of 'Nowhere but Here' editor ready and most of BURN by the end of Feb - hopefully more of each. And 12-14 hours on a train will help me meet that goal.

    There's been so much going on that my writing has taken a back seat which is unfortunate for a lot of reasons. But after this weekend things will be slowing down again and I really need to push ahead with these novels.

    Hope to see some of you in NY this weekend.
    Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008
    2:11 am
    What is it?
    Here I am at 2 am awake  - I did go to bed two hours ago - but I'm back again sitting at my computer. My mind doesn't seem to be functioning enough to write this post without my fingers hitting keys that aren't meant to be hit at the time I'm hitting them let alone my novel. But it's calling and I'll write - perhaps incoherent drivel but get words on the page none the less.
    I can fix it later. Or delete it. Whatever works best when my mind can think again.
    What is it with writing that wakes you up in the middle of the night and drags you out of bed to work on a novel that may never be read by anyone but yourself (and maybe a few close friends). Is it the hope that it will in fact be published and read by thousands (I'd say millions but my hope is never set that high). Or is it your character alive inside your brain just waiting to be reborn on paper?
    Friday, December 5th, 2008
    11:37 am
    I want my laptop back
    Yes, it's still dead. I need a new one but today it's driving me nuts not to be able to pick up the computer and go downstairs to write.
    I need a change of scenery every so often. 

    Plus the dog is barking to go out every  hour or so. He's not sick or anything. I think he just wants to be outside but cannot stand to be outside in the cold for long periods so he goes out then comes in to warm up then goes out again. It's not too cold out there and I could leave him out for a while (not like hours we don't even leave him out that long in good weather if we're home) but he's such a suck and even though he's a monster of a dog he really is an inside dog at heart. So I'll continue to run up and down the stairs (maybe not every time he barks to go out but every other time). I'm such a push over.

    On another note... to all those people losing their jobs and all the writers worried about the publishing scene these days, hang in there. There will always be people who want to read good books as long as we continue to write/publish them. It'll smooth over.
    Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008
    11:11 am
    SPAM emails

    Just received this email saying Summer is almost here - Be Ready...


    I don't know where he is but it for sure isn't around here. This is my backyard today. And more snow is in the forecast.
    Sunday, November 30th, 2008
    4:16 pm
    From my window I can see the bare Maples quivering in the wind. There's not even a blanket of snow covering them - just a sheet. The sky looks like it's bringing more snow  - or maybe freezing rain. Either depresses me. 

    There's a sheet of slush in the pool. Not ice yet - not water - sloppy grey slush.

    It's almost like the world outside has turned black and white with shades of grey.

    C is going to have to shovel off her trampoline again - it's sinking pretty low with the weight of the snow that's on it now. We left it up this winter as it's run down already, and there's no net or pads so we plan to get her a new one come spring. If she keeps it shoveled she'll be able to jump all winter and if she falls off she won't have too far to go. Kind of like an in-ground tramp.  We have friends that leave theirs up year round. Don't think it's too great for the springs or mat so even though theirs has lasted a few years we won't do it with the new trampoline next year.

    It's only November's end and I've already had enough snow. Hopefully it won't last until the end of April like last year.

    I should probably learn to migrate with the geese. I can learn to honk and I'll bet my joints can make that squishy squeaking sound of hinges in need of oiling that geese wings make. I'll bet if I listen close enough my joints already do.

    Current Mood: blah
    Friday, November 21st, 2008
    1:28 pm
    When Opportunity Knocks

    Be prepared
    to open the door.

    Get things done
    that need to be finished.

    Clean up things
    that need to be clean.

    You don't want opportunity
    to come visit
    a messy house.
    Because he might just
    walk right on out again.
    Wednesday, November 19th, 2008
    9:58 am
    Lots of stuff going on here- writing wise. Some of it good - like getting on major award lists but not all is grand. I can't get into most of it right now just that cuts suck and one lost advance/sale will turn into another gained advance/sale, I'm sure. I'm not stressing over anything. Just taking it as it comes, rolling with the punches and not worrying about it. I'm really a roll with the punches kind of girl anyhow.

    I'd like to book school visits now that Libertad is out. Know anyone who wants to book a Cdn MG/YA author? I do have my passport :) Fly me to Australia, or Italy or somewhere nice and warm. I really won't mind getting out of the snowy cold of this town.


    Also does anyone know where I can get a pair of size 7 or 71/2 Nfinity Genesis or Nfinity Evolution shoes for C fast? Haven't been able to find a Cdn supplier and a lot of the places in the US don't ship to Canada. And if they do they may not get here in time for the Dec. 9th competition. Plus with the exchange and shipping they'll cost over $100. I bought a pair of white shoes for her for practice, but they're heavy and weigh her down for her jumps and tumbling. I was waiting for the team to put in a shoe order but it's not happening. I'm probably going to have to look for something else for now but you can't just go into a shoe store and buy cheer shoes in Canada. It just doesn't happen. At least not anywhere around me.
    Tuesday, November 11th, 2008
    6:41 pm

    About ready to drop.

    Went to sleep long after 1AM - probably closer to 2am and woke up at 5AM. Had a live TV interview this morning... on about three hours sleep that was um... fun.

    Went in to work for 9am stayed until 3:30. Came home did some house work and computer stuff. Ate supper. - thank God I don't have to cook. I would have burned down the kitchen. 

    Trying to write something before taking C to her practice. Yeah, that's working, heh.  It's all blah blah blah.  Does that sentence even make sense? Maybe I should change it - Nope now it's worse - maybe... bang bang bang

    Practice from 7:30 to 9 - think I can sleep in the gym? Don't give me a crash mat...

    I need caffeine. 

    L8R
    Monday, November 10th, 2008
    1:14 pm
    Want to have a LOT of FUN?

    You can come work for me at the store while I work on my novel.

    You'll get to unpack and put out SHOES! It'll be JUST LIKE CHRISTMAS - Opening all those boxes! (Except some of the shoes are kind of cheap). And the best part is the smell of 12-24 pairs of boxed up plastic (or man made material of some kind) shoes! If you breath in really deep you might clear your sinuses or get looped on shoe glue!

    And you might even get to deal with some  crabby  great customers looking for things that were on sale LAST week or for things from our two day sale or things that we don't carry or things that they think we should carry...  You might even get to hear them yell at you and treat you like you're an idiot (of course you're not because YOU know how to work a ziplock bag).  And you'll get to deal with some stoned or drunk customers that usually come in too. You may even get an old guy dropping his pants or one grabbing your butt.

    All that excitement - and I'd even pay you for it ! - well what I would make - minus taxes, union fees, ect... It might even pay for a pair of those cheap shoes - or maybe 1/2 a pair. WOW.

    Any takers....
    Sunday, November 9th, 2008
    9:16 pm
    Even day
    My day has been a few ups and downs

    up - C was able to connect her roundoff to her back handspring today. She's had this before but lost it and started to pause. She's got it again

    Down - she hurt her foot tumbling

    up - she went to a friends today so I was able to get time to write

    Down - five minutes after I turned on my computer it shut down

    Up - I didn't lose anything when it shut down because I hadn't been writing long enough.

    Down - it's been shutting off a lot. Did the same thing last year before the hard drive finally crashed. I need a new computer. Will probably go with a Mac next time. But right now I can't afford a new computer so will probably have to take one of J's.

    UP - J does have two and they are both newer than mine
    Down - neither of hers have WORD so I'll have to get a copy or find our copy - which I think her ex bf lost.


    UP - it stopped raining

    Down - It's now snowing ;(
    Thursday, October 23rd, 2008
    10:54 am
    Bump Bump Bump


    Here we go again...

    Don't you just love the novel writing process ;)




     

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