Friday, January 2, 2009

Lucy and Ethel in LMC Magazine!

Okay, we have to scream it to the world that Ethel and I have an article in the January/February 2009 issue of LMC (Library Media Connection) magazine. Our article is on pages 16 and 17 and the title is "Journey into the World of Manga and Graphic Novels". This is the first time we have appeared in a print publication, and it is exciting. I have always had a griping fear of writing that Ethel shares--so we had to overcome much self-doubt to write this. We kept the folksy style we use in this blog because that is just how we are--folksy and funny! We hope you all read it and enjoy it--it was quite a learning process for us, and getting the magazine in the mail today (author copies) was really exciting! I urge you all to do the same--share your ideas with the rest of us by submitting an article to a magazine!

Twilight mania!

Okay, I (Lucy), have fallen hard for the Twilight series. Yes I am late in the game, but my daughters (17 and 19) convinced me I had to read them. I devoured them in two weeks, ignored my family, the pets, and the housework, and had them all read two weeks before the movie premiered. The seventeen year old and I saw the movie on the day it opened, then saw it again after Thanksgiving! I even bought a Twilight t-shirt to wear to school. While I know not everyone enjoys these books, I will tell you that my reading them sparked a lot of great conversation with not only my daughters, but with students at our school and the other school I serve (both high schools). We have almost 12 copies of Twilight and the rest of the series, and they are all out. We have long lists of holds we are working through. I wore the T-shirt to school, and one of the questions I wrote on our green board for student response was "Who is your favorite Twilight character?". We had tremendous student response on the board. I also have them circulating heavily through my faculty--I haven't seen so much faculty enjoyment of a series since I hooked a group of faculty on The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon (an adult series). Reading them put me back in touch with my inner teenage girlie girl self. So if you haven't taken the plunge, do it just so you can make that connection--and remember, not everyone will enjoy them. And if you enjoyed the series, I would highly recommend for your Twilighters the book Impossible by Nancy Werlin. It totally rocks--it is well written, has fascinating characters, a great love story, supernatural creatures--what is not to love!