Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Infographic: Games People Play

infographic and chart on games for kids and adults
(click to enlarge) © 2012 Sylvia Liu
Sometimes it's too easy to let my kids sit in front of the computer or the TV, so I made this chart to remind myself of the many non-screen options we have. 

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

All You Need to Know about Book to Movie Adaptations: A Venn Diagram

Venn diagram of book to movie adaptations
(Click on image to enlarge) © 2012 Sylvia Liu
Genre fiction (science fiction, fantasy, horror, and the like) is an always popular source of movie adaptations. Here's a handy Venn diagram explaining the various permutations that can result.

What do you think? What other books/movies fall into these categories?

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Review: Neal Stephenson's REAMDE

I tend to think authors who write books of over 1000 pages are a bit indulgent and rely on the good will of their rabid fans. But since I am one of those fans, I loved every page of Neal Stephenson's REAMDE (William Morrow, 2011). It's a page-turning geeky techno-thriller that reads like a mashup of Guy Ritchie movies (think Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels), James Bond movies, and all the hacker movies you've ever seen.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

4 Excellent Audio Books for Kids

Recently, my kids and I have started listening to books on CD on most of our car rides, whether 10 minute errands or longer trips. I don't know why it took us so long to figure out that this is a great way to fill up what adds up to be significant amounts of time.

Listening to a book is a very different experience than reading one. I enjoy the choice phrases and descriptions more. It's a small luxury to hear a professional actor read a story aloud. And it's a good way to introduce books that may be beyond my younger daughter's reading level. Here are the ones my girls (10 and 8) have enjoyed the most recently:

Sunday, July 1, 2012

I'm Crashing the 12 x 12 Party

My fellow members of the 12x12 in 2012 challenge (the goal is to write 12 picture books in 12 months in 2012) are checking in and joining the rollicking half-way point blog party. I'm crashing this party, because I haven't completed my six manuscripts. I'm over half way through the half way goal, so that counts for something, right?

Here are some excuses. The past six months, I've been busy: