Find Elisabeth on Facebook:

Blog Index
The journal that this archive was targeting has been deleted. Please update your configuration.

Beached Whales, Then and Now

This week's news story of beached whales in Newfoundland took my college friend Jennie and me back to the days of our Prints of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries art history class with Walter Melion, in which we studied amazingly interesting prints, like this one by Hendrick Goltzius:

In fact, beached whales were a common subject in Dutch art of this era. (For more on this, click here.)


Fan Art From Amelia

Recently, I met up with Baltimore writer Evan Balkan, and we made a swap: his most recent book, Walking Baltimore, for a copy of Genie Wishes for his daughter Amelia. A few days later, this excellent piece of fan art arrived in the mail. I love the level of detail--Amelia nailed it.


Letters About Literature

Being part of the Maryland Humanities Council's Letters About Literature recognition ceremony at the CityLit Festival this weekend was a highlight of my spring. I met so many curious, bright young writers. To learn more about the Letters About Literature program and how to get your students or children involved, go to the Library of Congress website. (Even the envelope designs are cool!)

There's a podcast of Saturday's festivities here, at the website of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, which hosted the program and the festival at its Central Branch.

Here's the window I always have to stop and admire when I'm fortunate enough to be in that building.


Fueling the Writing Life

For a career day at West Towson Elementary this week, I created this Fueling the Writing Life chart. I drew old-fashioned gas pumps (which, on second glance, look kind of like thumbs). School, reading, life, arts, and traits were fairly obvious fuel categories to include. But the sixth category was maybe a bit unusual: income.

It's odd to be at a career day fair talking about a job that may not be very lucrative--or even provide a living wage. I wasn't like the engineer at the other end of the gym, or the physician beside him. I wanted the students to know that most people can't support themselves just by writing fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction--that writers depend on other income streams, from teaching or working at a bookstore or editing or programming or doing technical writing or whatever.

This news won't discourage really committed young writers--I'm sure of that. But it will, I hope, help them plan more realistically. 



Writer, friend, and beautiful pregnant lady Betsy Boyd and I went to NYC this weekend and visited with our agent, the lovely Alice Tasman. Here we all are, near the cool book display at the entrance to the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency's offices.