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It Gets Better

Those of you who follow me on Twitter might remember that I tweeted this a few weeks ago:  New video/book trailer from AMAZING project @itgetsbetter – watch, retweet, pledge support!http://youtu.be/TvhZA0B_qiQ #ItGetsBetter #LGBT

It was the first time that I had heard of this amazing viral movement created by Dan Savage and his husband Terry Miller, where thousands of people have spoken up via video messages to encourage gay teens to stick it out through bullying, believe in yourself, and find people in this world that support you.

Because it DOES get better – in the real world, it’s okay to be different, and there are SO many people out there that will love and accept you for who you are. I believe in this with all my heart!  While I had it easy to be born straight and female (inside and out), I think of all the people I care about who did have to carry that kind of secret with them.  And I, as with many other straight allies and creative people, remember what it’s like to grow up feeling like an outsider, picked on, or invisible.  In the real world, that ceases to matter – it only makes you stronger and more confident in who you are!

I don’t think I’ve ever been more proud of Pearson, in introducing this It Gets Better video (above).  It features some of my amazing, beautiful colleagues who were brave enough to share their stories.

For more information about the It Gets Better movement, what you can do to help, and the newly-released book, see below!

Watch Videos and Pledge Support

Buy The Book

Help get the It Gets Better book in every school in America

Lutheran bishop Rev. Mark Hanson’s video and ELCA response

Full interview on NPR this week

The Trevor Project


Merry Christmas 2010!

As you may have already noticed, I’m taking a break from blogging for a couple weeks to celebrate (read: run around like crazy) during the holiday season. So while I’m too busy sledding to post, I hope you had a very merry Christmas, and see you in bright and early 2011!

Matched: Will Leave You “Breathless”

When considering the perks of working in publishing, I have only two words: free books.  Between galleys and take shelves, there’s always something to bring home. But the best part is when Penguin decides to give away a free, hot-off-the-presses title… delivered right to your desk!

I’d heard about the famous “Penguin 5”, a selection of new YA titles whose advance copies were packaged and sent to industry folks, setting them all abuzz with excitement (did I mention the power of free books?).  I’d be surprised if the above trailer and website didn’t send every teen reader of paranormal/romance/horror/dystopia/fantasy running “breathless” to the nearest bookstore.  But the book I was excited to read myself was Matched… and guess what pretty, pretty hardcover showed up on my desk in honor of its release yesterday?

I think I can accurately describe Matched as The Giver for the teen girls of 2010. Heroine Cassia Reyes is a 17-year-old member of The Society, the universal government that dictates everything from your clothes and your food, to the art you consume, your job and – of course – your mate.  Cassia receives her optimum match, and in a stroke of luck, it’s her best friend and resident blond hottie, Xander.  But in an unlucky “error”, another face comes up on her match-card as well: outsider Ky.  Ooooh snap!

Who is her true “match”?  Will knowledge lead her to buck “The Society” and realize it isn’t all that perfect?  Though the answers seem obvious, I’m a third of the way through… and I’m still enthralled.  Definitely a great YA read!

Check out the super-mysterious website for Matched, as well as a video of the author, below.

Video Half-Day Friday: Cute Inspiration

This week has been slow on the blog.  It’s not that I don’t have enough to write about (I always have a Sticky on my laptop filled with post ideas!), but I’m actually, finally, percolating new ideas for children’s books.

What changed? Maybe it was the fact that Daniel Pinkwater beat me to the punch with a book about the Brooklyn parrots (now that hurts), or maybe I’ve taken all the break I needed this summer and this is as refreshed as I’m gonna get.  But I’m more than ready to get back to seriously drawing/painting, and the brain is starting to storm.

Where do I get my ideas, you ask?  You know… really classy/artsy/intellectual sources.  Oh, and cute animals off the internet.

Just… no one come out with a brand-new picture book about kiwis until I finish percolating, okay?  Thanks.

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Video Half-Day Friday: Werner Herzog

Dear fellow Girl With The Dragon Tattoo readers,

The first half of the book will be so much better if you read it to yourself like Werner Herzog.  Then you can get to the good parts (hint: it picks up at p. 297).

On a similar note, these versions of children’s books, read in “Herzog” ‘s voice, are easily the funniest kids-lit parodies I’ve ever seen.  I’ve been meaning to post them forever, but it’s no big, because they just keep getting better with age.

“They smiled at the good, and frowned at the bad, but being children, their concept of good and evil was not fully formed, and it would shock a grown person how much grey area existed along their moral compass.  In truth, children are next door to sociopaths.”

“George is lured out of hiding by the yellow hat, an alien trinket of unimaginable cultural significance.  George quickly learns a hard lesson about desire, as his adventure with the hat leads to his immediate captivity.”

“Like gangsters in an American movie, they have dug their own grave.  Mike seems doomed by his own hubris, and he is doomed to Maryanne as well.  She is like a beaten dog who still loves her master, because he is all she has ever known.”

“We search for Waldo, but what is Waldo searching for? Perhaps he is not searching at all, but running from something.  Does this man even want to be found?  Or in searching for Waldo, did we really find ourselves?  No, probably not.”