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2 Mark Rothko paintings highlight New York auction

AP Entertainment News - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 11:36am
2 Mark Rothko paintings highlight New York auction Associated Press - 10 November 2014 20:36-05:00 News Topics: Business, Arts and entertainment, Arts and collectibles auctions, Painting, Shopping, Lifestyle, Visual arts, Art museums, Museums, Recreation and leisure, Leisure travel, Travel People, Places and Companies: Mark Rothko, Rachel Lambert Mellon, Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Elvis Presley, Marlon Brando, New York, Orange, New York City Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

NY agency notes clinic errors in Rivers' treatment

AP US News - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 11:31am
NY agency notes clinic errors in Rivers' treatment Associated Press - 10 November 2014 20:31-05:00 News Topics: Arts and entertainment, General news, Celebrity, Entertainment, Health, Obituaries, Diagnosis and treatment People, Places and Companies: Joan Rivers, New York City, Manhattan Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

NY agency notes clinic errors in Rivers' treatment

AP Entertainment News - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 11:31am
NY agency notes clinic errors in Rivers' treatment Associated Press - 10 November 2014 20:31-05:00 News Topics: Arts and entertainment, General news, Celebrity, Entertainment, Health, Obituaries, Diagnosis and treatment People, Places and Companies: Joan Rivers, New York City, Manhattan Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Google signs 60-year, $1 billion NASA lease

AP Technology News - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 11:25am
Google signs 60-year, $1 billion NASA lease Associated Press - 10 November 2014 20:25-05:00 News Topics: Science, Technology, Online media industry, Space exploration, Military facilities, Space industry, Robotics, Military technology, Media industry, Media and entertainment industry, Industries, Business, Military and defense, Government and politics, Aerospace and defense industry, Industrial products and services, Computing and information technology People, Places and Companies: Larry Page, Sergei Brin, Anna Eshoo, San Francisco Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Rose returns to starting lineup for Bulls

AP Basketball News - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 11:19am
Rose returns to starting lineup for Bulls Associated Press - 10 November 2014 20:19-05:00 News Topics: Sports, Athlete injuries, NBA basketball, Men's basketball, Athlete health, Professional basketball, Basketball, Men's sports People, Places and Companies: Derrick Rose, Chicago Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Meryl Streep, Stevie Wonder get Medal of Freedom

AP Politics - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 11:03am
Meryl Streep, Stevie Wonder get Medal of Freedom Associated Press - 10 November 2014 20:03-05:00 News Topics: Arts and entertainment, Government and politics, Legislature People, Places and Companies: Meryl Streep, Stevie Wonder, Tom Brokaw, Barack Obama, Stephen Sondheim, Marlo Thomas, Alvin Ailey, John Dingell, Ethel Kennedy, Isabel Allende, Beijing, United States Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Meryl Streep, Stevie Wonder get Medal of Freedom

AP Entertainment News - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 11:03am
Meryl Streep, Stevie Wonder get Medal of Freedom Associated Press - 10 November 2014 20:03-05:00 News Topics: Arts and entertainment, Government and politics, Legislature People, Places and Companies: Meryl Streep, Stevie Wonder, Tom Brokaw, Barack Obama, Stephen Sondheim, Marlo Thomas, Alvin Ailey, John Dingell, Ethel Kennedy, Isabel Allende, Beijing, United States Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Deb Vanasse: Is It Done Yet? How to Tell if Your Book is Ready to Market

49 Writers - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 7:00am
Sculpture by Marcel Buhler, courtesy Cream Contemporary
Scan advice from agents and editors, and you’ll find a common thread: too many writers send off their work before it’s ready. Reader reviews of self-published books echo this concern. But how do you know when a piece is as good as it’s going to get?

This is trickier than it sounds. Part of the fun and frustration of writing is that a piece can always get better. Most published writers will tell you they’ve wished for changes even after their work came out in print. And while much writing goes off half-baked, it’s also possible to overcook a piece, to fiddle with it till it falls apart on the page, or to play with it more or less forever, thus staving off any chance of rejection.
Let’s assume you’ve engaged in that recursive process of discovery, prewriting and drafting and revising until you have what feels like a decent draft. You’ve let it set awhile, and in the most objective of ways you’ve approached it again. You’ve gotten critiques from a few trusted readers. Is it ready for market?
Even when your instinct tells you a project is ready, it’s good to go one more round, taking time to move through the project chapter by chapter, doing the same sort of writer-as-reader analysis you’d do on a good published book by another author. If your piece is an essay or short story, so much the better – there’s a lot to evaluate.
Hand write your notes, both in the text itself – marking lyric moments, best parts, surprise and delight – and also in a free-standing list. Handwriting keeps your right brain involved in what’s essentially a left-brained pursuit.
Here’s what I look for. When it comes to revision, I’m not a big fan of checklists, so beware. This sort of analysis too early in the project can stifle creative energy. Plus this is my own personal list,  keyed to what I find engaging in narrative (fiction and non) and slanted toward my own shortcomings. Your ready-for-market survey might look quite a lot different. 
  • The basics: notes on time, point of view, narrative distance, voice, and length.
  • Beginning and end: Copy down the first and last sentences in order to study the frame for the piece.
  • Scene and summary: List these, in order. For the scenes, note ways in which characters change from beginning to end. Note how backstory, if any, works in.
  • Characters: What do the characters know about themselves? What are they blind to? Which feelings are articulated? Which feelings need to be articulated? In what ways are they larger than life?
  • Arc: Where’s the set-up, the climax, the denouement?
  • Surprise and delight: What feels most fresh and alive in the piece? Consider word choice, metaphor, humor, voice, plot, character.
  • Suspense: Foreshadowing, not overdone. Consider what’s not said, what’s withheld, and conversely, what’s revealed and where.
  • Language and details: Where’s the sharp, smart language? The humor, if any? Make sure nothing’s overwritten or over-explained. Even after a few rounds of revision, I find myself lopping off ends of sentences, where I’ve said too much.
  • Lyric moments: Identify the ones you’ve got, and look for places where they should be.
  • What it’s about: If you thought you knew and now you’re seeing something more, less, or different, that can be good, as long as you make the most of what you discover. Pay attention to how the focus is revealed to the reader. Sometimes it’s too obvious, sometimes it’s too subtle. Every story is two stories: identify both.
  • Where you copped out: Consider the ways in which your project could be more than it is – more emotional depth, more distinctive voice, richer language, more layers.
Beware, too, the opposing tendency: to hold back your work indefinitely, for fear it's not good enough. If you've done everything here, it's time to move the book on to a few trusted readers and/or an editor who'll help you see past your blind spots. Have courage! This is why you wrote the book, yes? So it will find its way to readers, once it's the best it can be.

Co-founder of 49 Writers and founder of the independent authors cooperative Running Fox Books, Deb Vanasse has authored more than a dozen books. Her most recent is Cold Spell, a novel that “captures the harsh beauty of the terrain as well as the strain of self-doubt and complicated family bonds,” according to Booklist. Deb lives and works on Hiland Mountain outside of Anchorage, Alaska, and at a cabin near the Matanuska Glacier. This post also ran at www.selfmadewriter.blogspot.com.
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Official Presentation of “Resilience” Chilkat robe

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 5:56am

Many, many braids in weaving “Resilience” Chilkat robe by Clarissa Rizal – 2014

HEADS UP!  For those of you living in the Portland, Oregon area:  I will be doing a public presentation on Chilkat weaving and a Power Point Presentation of weaving my latest Chilkat robe “Resilience” at the Portland Art Museum on Friday evening, December 5, 2014 at 5:30pm.  Guitarist extraordinaire Dan Shanks, will be performing the live soundtrack. —  If you are in the area, come on by!  Two woven Child-size ensembles, one in Ravenstail and the other in Chilkat, be on display only during this presentation.  Also, I will have a few things available for sale:  my Chilkat Weaving Handbook, greeting cards, Chilkat prints, etc. See you soon!

Categories: Arts & Culture

So you want to learn Icelandic and you don’t know where to start…

Juneau Public Library Blog - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 2:11pm
What about your library’s website? The Juneau Public Libraries’ website is a point of access to Mango Languages, an interactive and fun program for language learning; and free for Alaskans! Moreover, Mango languages doesn’t only give you access to the most popular languages, like Spanish or French. It includes up to 64 languages, and you […]
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Juvenile Literature Reviews, September 2014 meeting

Juneau Public Library Blog - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 9:17am
Volunteers and librarians read and discuss new books for young readers. Andrew Draws   Written and illustrated by David McPhail I liked when the animals jumped right out of the pictures. I didn’t like the long hair on the boy. I would recommend this to others. I would like to tell the author that I like […]
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Finding Fela @ Goldtown Nickelodeon

What Turtle Blood Tastes Like - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 11:44am
I’m hosting a screening of the film Finding Fela on December 8th at The Goldtown Nickelodeon in Juneau! The screening will only happen if we sell 50 tickets by 12/1, so I need your help.  Head over to the Event Page to reserve your tickets. Finding Fela tells the story of Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s life, his […]
Categories: Arts & Culture

Chilkat Warp Trick-of-Trade

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 5:52am

Washed Chilkat warp is pulled tight and set out to dry

Here’s a trick-of-the-trade to create smoother, more even Chilkat or Ravenstail warp with no give: after you wash your warp, pull tight as you wrap the warp around the back of a chair — let dry thoroughly, then groom.

Why do you want a smother, move even warp with no give?  When you are weaving your weft yarns over this warp, you will notice a less bumpy, more evenly-laid fabric.

Periodically I post various tricks-of-the-trade in regards to spinning, weaving, designing or anything else I may think of to post here on my blog for all you wonderful artists/craftspeople out there in the world!–for more tricks, check out “Tools-of-the-Trade in the column to the right…

Categories: Arts & Culture

Libros en español en la biblioteca

Juneau Public Library Blog - Sun, 11/02/2014 - 3:07pm
¿Sabìa usted que las bibliotecas municipales tienen libros en español tanto para niños como para adultos? Si nunca los ha encontrado acèrquese al mostrador y pregunte a los bliotecarios, ellos estaràn encantados de ayudarle a encontrar libros en español tanto para usted como para sus niños.
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Reviews of Juvenile Literature, Summer 2014

Juneau Public Library Blog - Sun, 11/02/2014 - 12:33pm
Reviews of a variety of new books for young readers. Being Sloane Jacobs written by Lauren Morrill This “Prince and the Pauper” story is fairly predictable in terms of resolution, but still, the journey to that resolution is thoroughly enjoyable. Two young women named Sloane Jacobs—one the daughter of a senator, the other the daughter […]
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Superintendent speaks out about student privacy rights

Juneau School District Announcements - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 1:40pm

Supe's On  - Welcome to the Superintendent's Blog

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School District Report on Investigation into Hazing

Juneau School District Announcements - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 3:35pm

The Juneau School District has concluded our investigation into allegations that on or about May 30-31 of this year a group of incoming senior boys hazed/initiated a group of incoming freshmen boys by paddling them multiple times.

These events were first brought to our attention in early June. At that time the district began an initial investigation, which, due to an active police investigation and summer vacation, was put on hold. When we were informed that the police had concluded their investigation we resumed our efforts.

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