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April 30, 2009

Third Best in the West

Filed under: Awards — Wendy Wahman @ 9:44 pm

No gold, not frst, but most likely my last, ‘Best in the West’ newspaper award. Unless I miraculously hook up with a real live newspaper in the future. 

The story was about putting up with your crumby lousy trapped like a rat job with your horrible ogre boss. Stay in your stinkin’ lousy job cause it’s worse on the other side of your rat trap cubicle maze. I feel for the pink mouse. And if you look at his waist line, he’s suckin’ it in and suckin’ it up.

Third Place: “Hate Your Job,” by Wendy Wahman, Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

“This illustration shows a mastery of a well developed style, one that makes you look at it and gives the viewer a smile, the judges wrote. It is brave and bold. The judges noted that there were many more intricate illustrations contending, but this one stood because it was “executed the way Matisse would have drawn on his canvas, in a very secure way.”

http://www.bestofthewestcontest.org/2009contestresults.html
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This new world

Filed under: Events — Wendy Wahman @ 9:30 pm

I don’t go out much, but that’s quickly changing with my first book coming out. Suddenly, I have places to go where I don’t know anyone. And almost as suddenly when I get there, I know someone. It’s this new world I’m nuzzling into: children’s books. While I’ve been busy working on mine, they’re been busy working on theirs. The difference is they go out and meet Others. I’m just starting that.

The last time I spent time with SCBWI was in Los Angeles more years ago than I’m going to admit here. And so shy I would have liked to use invisible ink on my name tags at conferences and meetings. So now I’m steppin’ out again, donning my hello face over my original shy; ‘I just wanna go home and climb in bed with my poodles’- face. Last night I went to check out the “Inside Story” at Island Books. I’m going to present at one in the fall, so I had incentive to leave the poodles. Plus, my new friend Dana Sullivan went with me – he is very dedicated and hard working. And not shy at all, which is comforting to hang with. I met some keepers there, and the ones I didn’t get to meet I hope to meet another time. One writer, Samantha Vamos, “Before You were Here, Mi Amor” was like insta-sistah. We’ll be emailing and get together to talk books and gossip about the big little world of publishing. It seems even first time authors, like me, have Stories already. I imagine stories just turn into work environment when the novelty wears off. Talk of agents, editors, Houses, imprints, time periods, how # of books in a run is privileged information. I can see that. I mean, if I found out they only printed 247 copies of my book, I would be very hurt indeed. 

I hope to pry myself out of the dog bed regularly now and get out and meet some more of these smart talented people who are are already longtime friends with each other. I’ve got some catching up to do. I lost my pack of smart, creative, talented, focused brilliant colleagues at the Seattle P-I, all adrift to new rafts. I’m happy to jump onto this one and see where it goes.

The poodles will keep the bed warm, and my smiley mask gets more loosened up each time I wear it.

Secret Garden secret

Filed under: Book readings — Wendy Wahman @ 8:49 pm

An intimate reading. A select and discriminating few. Uhm. OK, here – Jeremy describes the evening in a more flattering light than I might.  http://blog.seattlepi.com/litriffs

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April 26, 2009

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #112: Featuring Wendy Wahman

Filed under: Reviews — Tags: , , , , , , , — Wendy Wahman @ 5:54 pm

Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast (Why Stop at Six?)

~a blog about books by Jules

Here today: http://blaine.org/sevenimpossiblethings/?p=1658

And Archived: http://blaine.org/sevenimpossiblethings/?p=1658

http://blaine.org/sevenimpossiblethings

and I am impossibly flattered

April 21, 2009

High Tea at Tokeland

Filed under: Book readings,Events — Wendy Wahman @ 12:01 pm

Sunday Joe, the poodles and I were invited to stay at the Tokeland Hotel for High Tea at Tokeland, a fundraiser for HAvA where it turned out I was the guest speaker. I wasn’t sure what adults wanted to hear, so I pretended it was a room full of 5 year olds, which worked out nicely. Oh, I’m Kidding!

Katherine and Scott White own the historic landmark hotel, and hosted this very successful first annual Tea. They served everyone a platter, not a dish, a huge platter of tiny filigree tea sandwiches and baked treats. The brownie was over the top good. The best I’ve ever eaten, and I love brownies. The recipe came from Rebekah Denn, my old P-I colleague. She’s not old, old as in we worked together many years. 

Gina Lewis, a veterinarian who practices in Raymond, WA and does 100s of free spay and neuters for the animal rescue, HAVA was there. Very gracious, sweet woman. Her oldest son helped serve the tea, along with other kids from a volunteer group I can’t remember the name. Sorry.. I was a bit distracted from learning I was it, The speaker, and not one of a 1/2 dozen, like I thought. 

I think the fundraiser did pretty well for HAVA. There was a silent auction, generously donated to.

Andy, GoGo and LaRoo had the run of the hotel. Their role as poodle ambassadors upheld regally in every way. I should say, Andy and LaRoo were very good… miss GoGo kept trotting into the kitchen and finding trash cans with napkins, her favorite treat outside kleenex.

I didn’t get to see Charley, the ghost, so we need to go back and hang around Room 1 & 2 some more. No matter how hard I tried, I could not scare myself. I wanted to.Too homey and safe. Deer in the back yard when we woke up. A beautiful place. Fun, relaxing and so many nice people to meet. Thanks again, Katherine, Scott, and Gina.

April 16, 2009

Podcast on Just One More Book, April 17

Filed under: Reviews — Wendy Wahman @ 7:46 pm

A chat about Don’t Lick the Dog is the Friday April 17th, 2009 edition of  the Children’s Book Podcast  Just One More Book!!  – a podcast about thechildren’s books we love and why we love them. 

You can listen to our chat by double clicking the play button (“>” ) on the “Listen Now” icon: 
http://www.justonemorebook.com/2009/04/17/doggie-dos-and-donts-dont-lick-the-dog/

 

April 8, 2009

R E A D at Third Place Books, Bothell

Filed under: Book readings — Tags: , , , — Wendy Wahman @ 4:51 pm

Saturday, September 26th10:30 a.m.   READ / Group Health Festival

Third Place Books

Tuxes & Tails

Filed under: Events — Wendy Wahman @ 4:35 pm

We donated 8 copies of “Don’t Lick the Dog” for this wonderful Humane Society fundraiser, May 9th. I can’t afford to go – but you go on ahead – no, really. I insist!

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Saturday, May 9, 2009
Sheraton Seattle Hotel ~ Grand Ballroom
1400 6th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

The 20th Annual Tuxes & Tails Celebrity & Pet Fashion Show and Auction:
5:00 p.m. Silent Auctions begins
6:30 p.m. Dinner and Live Auction
Followed by:
Celebrity and Pet Fashion Show

Fort Lewis Storytime July 7th

Filed under: Book readings — Tags: , — Wendy Wahman @ 4:20 pm

I LOVE FORT LEWIS !!! 

JULY 7, Tuesday:  10-11:30 a.m.

Kindergarten babies, born in the gravy

Filed under: Book readings — Tags: — Wendy Wahman @ 4:10 pm

Some kindergartners I’ll be visiting:

APRIL 17, Thursday, 11:30
Spiritridge Elementary, Dana Lowy’s class
    

APRIL 21, Thursday, 10:20
Hazelwood Elementary, Julie Hohn’s class

APRIL 22, Wednesday, 1:00
Meridian Elementary, Colleen Packert’s class, “The Dogs”

MAY 12, Tuesday: 
School visits with Third Place Books
TBA

MAY 14, Thursday 9:15 a.m.
Somerset Elementary in Bellevue
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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