What If Daddy? … Music

My daddy sent me this link:

Adorable tearjerker.

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Issey Miyake Fashion and Technology

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Almost every day I walk past a boutique clothing store on my street that has an Issey Miyake fashion display in the window. The volume of this designer’s clothes doesn’t seem like it would work on my body but I’m always so intrigued by what he’s creating. Today Dezeen has an interview with the fashion designer about his new collection and the technology being used to produce it.

Excerpt:

Dan Howarth: How does the technology work?

Yoshiyuki Miyamae: Let me quickly talk about the latest concept before we get into the technology. It’s called Windscape, this latest collection. I was inspired by the natural patterns that winds create. It could be about the shape of clouds, a sand dune changing shape, maybe the ripples on the surface of the water. It’s also to do with lightness. I wanted to express the lightness of those phenomena and translate them to the clothes.

We created paper prototypes of the shapes. We tried many patterns including squares and triangles. We usually tend to work like that and to make one paper prototype takes about a day to make it work. The way I came to this point is through endless research and experimenting at the paper stage and gradually translating it into fabric.”

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Just Girls – YA LGBTQ Book Review

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Just Girls is a young adult LGBTQ novel that stands out to me as innovative and aware while simultaneously touching on the topics that affect many teenagers as they enter the college scene for the first time.

The Story

Just Girls is the story about Ella Ramsey, a MTF transgender woman who is starting as a new student in college and hasn’t come out to people there even though she has gone through the coming out process in her hometown.

She becomes friends with Jess. She’s a cisgender lesbian who has overheard slurs and bullying comments about the transgender person on campus and pretends that she is transgender as a way to raise awareness of trans and LGBTQ issues. She doesn’t know at first that her friend Ella is the person she’s defending in this way.

The story is about their individual and shared experiences in these early days at a college campus.

What I Love

Author Rachel Gold does a great job of raising awareness of myriad LGBTQ issues in this book while still retaining the story itself as the primary focus. Reading it, I was concerned about the characters and their inner lives and their relationships. I wasn’t focused on anything as a “trans issue” and yet noticed that there was a lot of information and advocacy happening in those pages. I love that Gold was able to balance her writing in this way.

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Interview with Christopher Datta, Author of The Demon Stone

Today I’m excited to bring you an author interview from Chris Datta. His first novel Touched with Fire was a number one best-seller in the Historical Fiction category, and this supernatural thriller lives up to the high expectations readers have for this talented author.

The Demon Stone by Christopher Datta

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The Demon Stone is a powerful supernatural thriller that leads you from the killing fields of Africa to the quiet Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota. In braided narratives, Datta spins a terrifying story about the spiritual forces—both real and supernatural—that incite the basest, bloodiest and most frightening of human behaviors.
“Reading Chris Datta is like riding a rollercoaster. It’s a fast ride filled with twists and turns. His Demon Stone is scary fun. Stephen King, watch your back!”
-Richard Rashke, author of The Killing of Karen Silkwood

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Interview with Chris Datta

Novel Publicity: What drew you to writing about spiritual forces, and could you explain how spiritual forces can be both real and supernatural?

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This Lingering Life Nominated for 8 Theatre Awards

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This Lingering Life by Theatre of Yugen, a play I reviewed herehas been nominated in eight categories in the inaugural year of the Theatre Bay Area (TBA) Awards, which are to be held Monday, November 10th here in San Francisco.

 Individual Artist Award Category

 This Lingering Life Nominated for 8 Theatre Awards

  • Chiori Miyagawa* for Outstanding World Premiere Play
  • Michael Gardiner for Outstanding Original Underscore
  • Hideta Kitazawa for Outstanding Creative Specialty

Tier III Production Category

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  • Jubilith Moore for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor
  • Lluis Valls for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor
  • Callie Floor for Outstanding Costume Design
  • Mikiko Uesugi for Outstanding Scenic Design
  • Allen Willner for Outstanding Lighting Design

Good luck wishes to everyone for their amazing creative efforts in putting together this piece.

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7 Questions with Cina of Camp Cirrus

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I’ve mentioned before that I curate a Great.ly shop, through which I try to support wonderful creative independent makers who sell unique, stylish items. Camp Cirrus is one of those makers and today I’ve got an interview with Cina to learn more about what Camp Cirrus is all about.

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Camp Cirrus on Great.ly

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I have included several of the beautiful Camp Cirrus items in my Great.ly curated collections. For example, you can find at least one of the brand’s beautiful tea towels in my textiles section. Or you can find a beautifully-colored soft bucket bag in my soft goods section. Learn more about this great brand and why I support them from the interview …

7 Questions with Cina of Camp Cirrus

Q: How did Camp Cirrus begin?

After working as a freelance designer for more than ten years I felt an urge to be more intricately involved in each part of the whole creative process – from inspiration and ideas to the ready-to-sell prodcut. We started very small in 2010 and the company has grown slowly but steadily since then. We are very happy to have resellers both in our home town Helsingborg (in the southern part of Sweden) and in other places as far away as South Korea.

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Q: What colors are your own personal favorites?

That’s a tricky one. I use to say that I like all colours; it’s all a matter of how you put them together. I personally like when they are put together so that there is a little tension. If I really needed to choose, though, I’d say white indoors, green outdoors and accents of olive green and pink.

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Q: That makes sense and I adore those color choices. I see a lot of polka dots and florals in your collection … what draws you to these graphics?

The Swedish/ Nordic/ Scandinavian design tradition is what I lean on and there you have this kind of graphic simplicity. I love the basic patterns – dots, stripes, checks and plain florals. That’s mainly what I work with and I find that the possibilities to vary these themes are endless. However I do also like other more complex design, and I like when my strict shapes are combined with other styles.

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Q: This reminds me of something that you say on your site: “we like when a space or place is nice but not perfect” … Can you tell us a little bit more about what this means?

I like to think that textiles, other small stuff, art, etc. are the things that make a home nice to be in. To me it’s more important what kind of life you live in your home than how it looks in a picture. A home should be a place where all the people living there are represented in the style and I like when you see unexpected items on display beacuse they reflect the indivdiuality of the space. Colour and patterns, books and flowers and the smell of good food all combine to make a nice home if you ask me. That and a few nice people to chat with in the space are all a home really needs!

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Q: What tips do you have for people who are looking to make sure that their homes really do reflect their personal style in this way?

  • Listen to your heart.
  • Use as much colour as you dare; at least some colour is good for you!
  • Keep it simple.
  • Decorate your home for the people who live there, not to impress the guests.

A good practical tip is to make a colour scheme for the home (or a room): base colours (and woods etc.), additional colours and accents. If you are a bit uncertain about colours this is a trick that you can work with to never “choose wrong”.

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Q: How is Great.ly working out for you so far?

It has been a good thing both for sales and exposure. And I have found some new nice blogs and bloggers. It’s a charming and growing community of creative people.

Q: What else should we know?!

That the company is run by me and my husband Matts. We also have an office dog, Morris, who creates a laidback atmosphere at work (when he’s not barking at something!)

Want to find out more?

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Camp Cirrus is on Facebook and Cina is on Instagram as @cinakjellsson for those who want news and a peek at Camp Cirrus everyday life. And of course you can look for their items in my Great.ly Boutique.

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The Single Story

I’m still kind of recovering from my long weekend back to school. Those weekends are intense and they just wipe me out. I’m in class from 9-8 on Friday and Saturday and then 9-4 on Sunday. The classes this semester are family dynamics, psychopathology and trauma – not light material. So when I woke up on Monday I just felt completely beat up from the inside out and I’ve been mostly recuperating since.

That said, the weekend was truly inspiring. We pack a lot of amazing information into these weekends and I always leave with so, so much to think about. The favorite thing that stands out from this past weekend is a short TED talk that we watched in family dynamics about “the single story”. I have lots of thoughts but for now I’ll let the video speak for itself:

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Interview, Cover Reveal & Giveaway with Fantasy Author, Melissa McPhail

Welcome to an interview with Melissa McPhail, the author of Cephrael’s Hand. Below that you can see the newly-revealed book cover and check out the info to enter the book giveaway.

Author Interview

1. How important do you think cover art is to selling your books?

I think cover art is essential to book sales. A well-crafted cover will tell the reader in which genre the book is classified, represent in some way the story’s theme, and give an overall impression of the world. Fantasy book covers are vital to presenting a sense and feeling of the world. In many cases, the cover is the only visual representation a reader gets.

And of course, we all know that a book cover done well will catch a potential reader’s attention. It’s your best and sometimes only chance to make that memorable first impression.

2. For self-published and small house published authors, what do think is important to remember when deciding on the final cover for your work?

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