Wednesday, April 29, 2009


We were leaning over the balcony, a cool wind spluttering through our hair, watching endless blue waves roll by. We listened to the elated shouts of children in the pool, the clatter and chatter of people in the restaurant, the relaxed conversations of adults stretched out on chairs facing the water. The air was filled with the fresh smells of sea salt and straight-out-of-the-oven pizza, swirly vapors twisting up to where we stood, enveloping us in a kind of happy, warm goodness.

Find me, it seemed to say. Come and find me.

© Priya Ganesan, April 2009

Monday, April 27, 2009

Body Image Challenge

I've joined the Body Image Challenge as part of Body Image Week. Here are the rules:

Part I: Feel Better About Yourself
For the next 7 days, we challenge you to look in the mirror every morning and find something you like about yourself. I don't care if all you can come up with is that you like your nail polish or your cute socks or your earlobes! Find something you like and can be happy about all day.

PART II: Accept That Other People Think You Are Great
Throughout each day if you ever receive a compliment about anything I want you to say "THANK YOU" and Stop. Right. There. Don't negate the compliment with "Whatever ... you're the one that's pretty" or "Thanks, but I wish my hair would have turned out better today" or "Thanks, but I'm not really very good at that".

PART III: Be A Builder
Now it's your turn to help the people around you know that you think they are beautiful and talented, too! Make a conscious effort to tell your friends and family the things you like about them, whether it's cute shoes, a listening ear, etc. You never know when it's just the thing they need to hear!

In order to accept the challenge, you can go here for more details.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


I've been tagged by Danielle!

All the meme requires you to do is to take a picture of yourself immediately without fixing your hair, changing your clothes, etc. Here's mine:

I did this with the photo-taking tool on Gmail Chat, so it's kind of small--sorry about that!

I now tag:

And if anyone else has a burning desire to take a picture of themselves, feel free to do this too!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City

by Kirsten Miller

Ananka Fishbein's boring, ordinary life suddenly becomes extraordinary when she meets Kiki Strike, a small, pale girl who seems to be strange, but surely not dangerous. Ananka's views of Kiki change when she is asked to join Kiki's exploration group of the Shadow City, a labyrinth of abandoned tunnels below Manhattan. One thing is for sure: Ananka's life will never be the same again...

I loved Kiki Strike! It had all the things I love in a book: mystery, adventure, history, action, and more. The story line was engrossing with several surprising twists, and the writing was interesting and fast-paced. I also loved how the story was so suspenseful, yet I learned a lot about New York from reading this book. I would definitely give this five stars, and I can't wait to read the next book!

Monday, April 13, 2009

The Adoration of Jenna Fox

by Mary E. Pearson

Jenna Fox has just woken up from a year-long coma. Her parents (supposedly) have given her a stack of past home videos, hoping that watching them will spark her memories. Adventure comes to Jenna in the form of school, conversations with her neighbor, community service, and more.

The Adoration of Jenna Fox was a beautiful book of self-discovery, self-learning, and self-acceptance. Jenna was a very relatable character, and her emotions and memories were conveyed really well. The science fiction aspect of the book was interesting, and it weaved in with the realistic fiction elements of the story. Overall, this book is a must-read!

Friday, April 10, 2009


I've noticed several times that my spacing on my blog posts often gets messed up. Either it completely ignores the spaces between paragraphs, or the spacing is too much and I can't fix it. Has anyone else had this problem? Have you found a way to fix it?

Awards, Awards, and More Awards!

I've received:

The Proximidade Award from Em

"Your Blog is Fabulous" from Maya

The "Best Poetry Blog Award" from Katie

Thank you all so much!

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Interview with Lorie Ann Grover

Lorie Ann Grover is the author of Hold Me Tight, Loose Threads, On Pointe, and many others, as well as an illustrator.

How did you get involved in writing?

I've always written to get my emotions out. I find it so helpful to put them down on paper. I didn't turn to writing as a career until after college though. I was frustrated everyone was interpreting my art work differently than I intended. I decided words were the best choice for me!

In addition to being a writer, you are also an illustrator for children's books. Is there one profession you enjoy more? What do you like about being both?

It would be sad to have to choose one! Although I illustrate less now that I have rheumatoid arthritis. A board book is about as large a project as I can illustrate. I love bouncing from difficult writing topics to lighthearted sketches. Both refresh my soul.

What inspires you?

My daughters and other great works of literature! Nature frequently stirs me to create.

Why do you choose to write your novels in verse?

That came from my jump from picture books to novel writing. Loose Threads was originally a picture book! My editor asked me to expand it to a novel in the very same form. And what a surprise: the verse format really fit my voice!

Do you often connect your story characters to people in real life?

Oh, yes. All my main characters so far are me. Side characters are all based on family and friends. Many carry their own names! In Hold Me Tight, there is the character who is kidnapped. That truly happened to Chris who sat right in front of me in fifth grade. All the ladies of Loose Threads are my family.

The theme of "doing things for yourself" comes up a lot in On Pointe. When you started writing the book, did you have this particular message in mind?

No, I didn't! But it's interesting to hear. My thought for On Pointe was to share that sometimes dream do end for reasons we can't control. And then we can get back up and dream again!

Family is an important aspect of most of your books. What does your family mean to you?

Family! Family is how we are here and often the focus of the majority of our lives. Life without family would be so difficult. Here's to those we are blessed with and those we create!

Is there anything you're currently working on?

Yes! I have a verse novel being presented to houses right now. It springs from my year in Korea. I'm finishing final tweaks on my first work in prose. It's a fantasy. And my journal is absolutely chubby with board book ideas. Yay! Of course, I spend much time working with readergirlz and readertotz. I love them both much.

Thank you for the great interview, Priya!

Thank you so much, Lorie Ann!

Friday, April 03, 2009


Books are thieves of hours.
They kidnap the mind;
The body is left behind.
But books are always caught
And released
After serving many
Arresting sentences.

-by J. Patrick Lewis

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

I believe this is a trick

but it's funny all the same. Check out the new Gmail Autopilot.

Happy April Fool's Day!