|Judy Lopez Memorial Award Medal|
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
|A gift from Molly O'Neill|
|pencil marks next to the poem|
She (I am assuming this is a she because of the loopy handwriting) scratched out several words in Miss Dickinson's poem: "not want to" and "again". And then, she added two words to the above line, "not of", so the line now reads, "And not of putting love away." Instead of, "And putting love away".
I believe this woman changed the poem in order to make it fit her own circumstances, that she was probably grieving after her loved ones had died, and found comfort in this poem. However, it needed a little tweaking, and she felt as though the words she subtracted, and then added, made it perfect for her.
I understand this. This is what I do everyday while I write. And sometimes, it takes a while before I have what I've written how I want it.
This book sits beside me, on my desk, as a reminder that revision is constant, and also, that poetry can be exactly what might be needed in times of grief, and is always, essentially, beautiful.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Sunday, February 17, 2013
|THE COMPLETE POEMS OF EMILY DICKINSON|
|sticky notes to mark the poems chosen by Emily's mother|
|A birthday gift from my grandmother|
|A photo of young Emily, inside her book|
Thursday, January 17, 2013
I'm delighted to learn that A DIAMOND IN THE DESERT is a nominated title on this year's list of the Association for Library Service to Children. There are sixty titles on the list and I feel extremely honored to be included among these children's books. To see the complete list, please click here:
And, did you know that the paperback version of this book will be out on February 7, 2013? If you'd like to have one, they are available on Barnes and Noble. http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-diamond-in-the-desert-kathryn-fitzmaurice/1103632937?ean=9780142424377
I haven't seen them anywhere else yet.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
|A first edition Emily Dickinson poetry book|
This past weekend, my family and I visited Las Vegas. We went to see a Christmas show and my sister's new home. BUT, while walking around the hotel, I wandered into a rare bookstore, the kind that sells first editions and hard-to-find volumes. I asked the sales clerk if he had anything by Emily Dickinson, since DESTINY, REWRITTEN is very much tied to her.
He said, "As a matter of fact, we do have a first edition set of her three volumes of poetry." He took out the three volumes, all covered in plastic, and extremely old. I wasn't allowed to touch them. I asked him how much they were.
"For these," he said, "twenty-three thousand five-hundred dollars." Then he asked me if I would like to buy them.
I told him, yes, I would, very much like to have them, but no, thank you, and would it be okay if I took a picture of the first volume.
Friday, December 7, 2012
|A Miracle Under the Christmas Tree|
Rosi Hollinbeck is an SCBWI critique group coordinator, a reviewer for the Sacramento Book Review, and a writer. She has a blog you can visit /http://rosihollinbeckthewritestuff.blogspot.com/ which she has named "The Write Stuff". Recently, she also had a short story, entitled Christmas without Snow, published in A MIRACLE UNDER THE CHRISTMAS TREE, which was edited by Jennifer Basye Sander. I've read her lovely story, it actually caused me to tear up a little. If you're thinking of a special book to give someone this year, I can recommend this one. I asked her a few questions about her writing life and what it's like to be a reviewer.