Friday, March 30, 2012

Barking Tree Frog in the Florida scrub

Found this beautiful barking tree frog (Hyla gratiosa) in the yard.  Barking tree frogs are Florida's largest native tree frog. Typically they are very green with yellow spots. This one had whitish-silver skin. Tree frogs will often change their color based on their level of stress or time of day. But I have to wonder if living in the Florida scrub with all of our white sand helped encourage this little charmer to give up the green. There are lots of animals in the scrub that are white: tiger beetles, wolf spiders, millipedes. The much rarer Gopher Frogs that live here as commensals in gopher tortoise burrows are this same striking color. It helps keep them inconspicuous on our blaring white soil. It really isn't much different than animals in polar regions who tend toward white coloration. White makes great camoflage.











Thursday, March 29, 2012

Book store signing and visit



Ancient Florida was filled with brutal magic. What if some of it leaked into the present and only a 10 year-old girl stood in the way?

Read the book then come visit me at Books-a-Million. Olivia Brophie and the Pearl of Tagelus is an exciting fantasy novel that kids are gobbling up at schools. You can learn a little something about Florida nature in the process!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Night Sky and Fireflies

The night sky in the scrub is filled with fireflies tonight, mixing effortlessly with the clear night sky. Jupiter is very close to the moon, to the left on the photograph. Venus is at the top of the frame.




Moon and Jupiter

Venus

Monday, March 19, 2012

The Lightning Forest Chapter Thirty-four: Country Darkness



      Orlando is burning on the southern horizon. Every night, it burns a little bit brighter, a little bit closer. The entire city is immersed in a searing light. It inches northward consuming Eatonville, Maitland, and Apopka. Imperceptibly it draws near. Lake Mary has fallen. You can feel the hum as it rises up in a torrent.  It is feeding on the trees, the untouched land. It is inhaling all of the oxygen. Fire. Fire. The sand pines are heavy with cone. Does the forest lean toward the glow, hungry for the flame?  The scrub wants to be destroyed. At its heart, it is a tinder. It aches for fire. Once a generation, the desire is so compelling, the denied ember explodes and ignites the crown, charring everything down to the sand. The lightning bolt, the cigarette butt, the campfire is only a convenient excuse.

      I like to go outside and stand in the country darkness. A gentle churring in the grass. The dew swells. A bold galaxy spins from horizon to horizon. This is my precious metal. This is my Mercedes, my yacht, my golden parachute.

Night does not fall from the sky, it rises up from the earth.

      Orlando is burning on the southern horizon. It brings complete destruction. The tortoises won’t emerge from their burrows. The gopher frogs will boil. The rosemary, the oaks, lyonias, and the pawpaws won’t resprout. The sand itself will solidify. Orlando’s firestorm burns so intensely that nothing will rise from the ashes. Its brimstones fall tens of miles away in the open land and grow out from there, eventually to meet up again with the main blaze. The scrub will willingly accept this fire, but it will not survive it. I wonder if I will I be here to see it reach my doorstep.

      I wake up late at night and look out to the scrub. It is three in the morning. The trees are crooked black masts leaning over a sea of white sand. It is so late even the frogs and crickets are sleeping. Sparkling lights are drifting slowly from the trees down to the ground. Tiny, quiet lights. I rub my eyes. I count ten, maybe more. They glow on the grass and sand for a moment before fading away.  It is unlike anything I have ever seen. My heart beats faster. More lights fall from the trees. Fifteen, maybe twenty. They are bluish-green. I strain my eyes trying to get a closer look. There is a tiny speck at the heart of each light. A bug? A fungal spore? Tenderly, they drift down, lighting up the woods around them. A magical shower. Not the green luciferinous glow of fireflies. Not the atmospheric rip of meteorites. Not the meandering sparks from a fire. I’ve seen foxfire and will-o’-the-wisp, the ignus fatuus. This is different. A hanging garden of light. This is something forbidden, a pollination of energy, an unexplainable phosphor adrift in the deep scrub. They fall from the trees like heavy snow. More follow. The streak of their descent lingers on the film of my retinas. Then, they are gone, faded completely away into the ground. I wait for more. And wait. Nothing. I vow to search the sand in the morning for a tiny ash or the sudden appearance of a shy flower that wasn’t there yesterday.
     
      Do I say anything or should this be my secret forever? I fall back into bed.  

      Orlando is burning on the southern horizon, brighter every night. It has swallowed a curving slice of sky. No plucking, no moderation, no savoring. Taxes are going up again this year. The land is getting more expensive but it is worth less and less. I know these falling lights, whatever or whoever they are, will not survive when Orlando arrives.  I know no one will ever believe.  No one will ever believe.

      I stand in your country darkness, Lord, amazed and humbled. The more I see, the more confused I become. I flow down from a northern mountain. I rise in an ancient dune. I burn. I bend in the wind. I surface. I crackle like a handful of beetles. Like lightning. Under my skin, I itch. I weep light. Up in the candles, inside the inner lantern. I long for the relentless hot summers. I do not understand my own body. Do I say anything? Should I pray aloud so everyone can hear my sandy voice?



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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Bowl and Doily Spider Webs

Early in the morning, the bowl and doily spider webs are filled with fine dew.




If you catch the angle of the light correctly, the web fills with refraction.









Looks like Hubble deep field photography to me



In this web, you can see the bowl and doily spider lurking in the background












Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Poetry Chapbook News

Yellowjacket Press has announced that they will be publishing my poetry chapbook, "A Little Book of Light History: from Delft to Ocean Park." It is a 25 page series of ekphrastic poems that starts with Vermeer and ends with Diebenkorn. 

For a look at an early version of the Table of Contents, see my original post.

Needless to say I am excited and proud to be part of Yellowjacket Press's catalog. They do a fantastic job promoting poetry in the state of Florida. A special congratulations to Liz Robbins who won the Yellowjacket Press Chapbook competition. Her chapbook, "Girls Turned Like Dials," should be quite good judging by the previous work I've read of hers. Also getting published is Paul David Adkins for "The Upside Down House."


Grey and Silver: The Life Boat, Whistler 1884

This Whistler painting inspired a poem in A Little Book of Light History. I wrote ‘The Life Boat’ as a response to the 2011 tsunami disaster in Japan. Whistler’s painting conveys a muddy and stunned desolation that seemed so appropriate. People are rowing, survivors are walking, but they are mired in the enormity of the disaster. Oddly, the artist’s signature, a stylized butterfly, rises to the forefront of the painting. What does that mean for hope when the entire world has turned to mud?  This poem will also be published in The Flagler Review in April. Watch for it!

The chapbook also includes poems inspired by Redon, Hopper and Blaschka. My hope is that not only do the individual poems stand as individuals but the series represents our evolving understanding of light and perception, from Vermeer's camera obscura to Diebenkorn's flattened, mathematical landscapes.




Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Transcript for Why Fantasy Novels can be Educational

OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 3 minutes ago RT @OliviaBrophie: I will publish the transcript for the chat today or tomorrow so others can read. #flfantasy
  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 3 minutes ago I will publish the transcript for the chat today or tomorrow so others can read. #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 5 minutes ago @OfficialLucyG @OliviaBrophie I'll let you guys decide about a topic. You're the experts! :) #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 7 minutes ago DEfinitely. We should brainstorm. RT @OliviaBrophie: @PineapplePress @OfficialLucyG Let's come up with a new topic! #flfantasy

  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 8 minutes ago @PineapplePress @OfficialLucyG Let's come up with a new topic! #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 9 minutes ago Thanks to @pineapplejune and @craigtimes for joining us too. Good suggestions! #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 9 minutes ago We must keep chatting on Twitter. Great fantasy tips! RT @OfficialLucyG: @PineapplePress @OliviaBrophie Thanks for hosting! #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 10 minutes ago I hope that @OliviaBrophie gave you some good ideas about how fantasy can be educational! Have a great night! #flfantasy

  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 10 minutes ago Thank you @craigtimes and @pineapplejune #flfantasy

  • OfficialLucyG's avatarabout 10 minutes ago @PineapplePress @OliviaBrophie Thanks for hosting! #flfantasy

  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 10 minutes ago Thank you @PineapplePress and @OfficialLucyG for the fun chat! #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 10 minutes ago Keep an eye out for Olivia Brophie in the Pearl of Tagelus in your favorite book store. #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 11 minutes ago Thanks for participating in our #flfantasy chat everyone. Glad you could join us.

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 11 minutes ago I like time travel! RT @OliviaBrophie: #flfantasy and maybe a bit of time travel...

  • OfficialLucyG's avatarabout 11 minutes ago RT @OliviaBrophie: #flfantasy I can tell you that Book Two has a lot of twists and turns. New worlds based on nature

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 11 minutes ago Definitely! RT @OfficialLucyG: This has been a great chat! Been so good talking to you all. We should do it again some time! :D #flfantasy

  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 12 minutes ago #flfantasy and maybe a bit of time travel...

  • pineapplejune's avatarabout 12 minutes ago I really liked this freewheeling fantasy chat. Don't need much structure. But maybe nature and fantasy. #flfantasy

  • OfficialLucyG's avatarabout 12 minutes ago @PineapplePress This has been a great chat! Been so good talking to you all. We should do it again some time! :D #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 12 minutes ago Well, I'm looking forward to reading more about Olivia's adventures for sure. #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 13 minutes ago RT @OliviaBrophie: #flfantasy I can tell you that Book Two has a lot of twists and turns. New worlds based on nature

  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 13 minutes ago #flfantasy I can tell you that Book Two has a lot of twists and turns. New worlds based on nature

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 13 minutes ago @OfficialLucyG Any suggestions for another fantasy chat in future? #flfantasy

  • OfficialLucyG's avatarabout 13 minutes ago RT @pineapplejune: I'm liking the idea of middle grade readers as reflection of ontogeny (look that one up!) #flfantasy

  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 13 minutes ago It is time already! Wow! #flfantasy

  • pineapplejune's avatarabout 14 minutes ago I'm liking the idea of middle grade readers as reflection of ontogeny (look that one up!) #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 14 minutes ago @OfficialLucyG It's been great chatting with you @OfficialLucyG. You've taught me a lot about fantasy! #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 14 minutes ago RT @OfficialLucyG: I think kids fantasy novels are like nostalgia for adults, the characters are very reminiscent and comforting #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 15 minutes ago About time to wrap it up. Any sneek peeks into the plot of the next book in the series @OliviaBrophie? #flfantasy

  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 15 minutes ago Agreed. The internal sense must be there in order for the story to work. But you could have a person that matures backwards. #flfantasy

  • OfficialLucyG's avatarabout 15 minutes ago @PineapplePress I think kids fantasy novels are like nostalgia for adults, the characters are very reminiscent and comforting #flfantasy

  • pineapplejune's avatarabout 16 minutes ago Just like childhood and adolescence (and play) is a testing grnd for adulthood. #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 17 minutes ago RT @OliviaBrophie: @PineapplePress @OfficialLucyG Fantasy definitely is a testing-ground for different approaches to life. #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 17 minutes ago RT @OfficialLucyG: I agree. Stumbling into a fantasy world is much like stumbling through adolescence into an adult world #flfantasy

  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 17 minutes ago @PineapplePress @OfficialLucyG Fantasy definitely is a testing-ground for different approaches to life. #flfantasy

  • OfficialLucyG's avatarabout 17 minutes ago @OliviaBrophie I agree. Stumbling into a fantasy world is much like stumbling through adolescence into an adult world #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 17 minutes ago I have to say I am seeing fantasy in a whole new light thanks to y'all! #flfantasy

  • pineapplejune's avatarabout 17 minutes ago Hmm. An editor might insist on internal sense. #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 18 minutes ago RT @OfficialLucyG: I think there's much more freedom with fantasy characters because things don't always have to make sense #flfantasy

  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 19 minutes ago haplessness goes along with the transition from baby to adult. I think readers what to see the whole spectrum in the characters #flfantasy

  • OfficialLucyG's avatarabout 19 minutes ago @pineapplejune I think there's much more freedom with fantasy characters because things don't always have to make sense #flfantasy

  • pineapplejune's avatarabout 19 minutes ago Same journey to adulthood, I guess. #flfantasy

  • pineapplejune's avatarabout 19 minutes ago Same journey for kids to adults, I guess. #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 20 minutes ago RT @OliviaBrophie: I think haplessness and the journey to self-agency is definitely a common theme for middle readers. #flfantasy

  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 20 minutes ago I think haplessness and the journey to self-agency is definitely a common theme for middle readers. #flfantasy

  • OfficialLucyG's avatarabout 21 minutes ago @craigtimes The Phantom Tollbooth was one of my favourite books as a kid. I must hunt down aa copy now that you've mentioned it! #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 21 minutes ago Interesting. RT @pineapplejune: Can we talk characters? They are usually hapless and get sucked into the fantasy. #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 21 minutes ago It's fun to find new books. RT @OfficialLucyG: You've all got my Googling like mad. Good job I have my notebook with me! :D #flfantasy

  • pineapplejune's avatarabout 21 minutes ago Can we talk characters? They are usually hapless and get sucked into the fantasy. #flfantasy

  • OfficialLucyG's avatarabout 22 minutes ago You've all got my Googling like mad. Good job I have my notebook with me! :D #flfantasy

  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 22 minutes ago Hi @craigtimes Loved the Phantom Tollbooth when I was young. Definitely a great transition book. #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 23 minutes ago @craigtimes WElcome! Thanks for joining in and the suggestions! #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 23 minutes ago RT @craigtimes: "The Phantom Tollbooth" &"Half Magic" are both excellent for younger readers. Also the Magic Treehouse series. #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 23 minutes ago RT @OliviaBrophie: Definitely in favor of the novel / story coming first, then the movie. or vice versa. But not both together. #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 23 minutes ago Is Lemony Snicket fantasy? #flfantasy

  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 23 minutes ago Definitely in favor of the novel / story coming first, then the movie. or vice versa. But not both together. #flfantasy

  • craigtimes's avatarabout 23 minutes ago @PineapplePress "The Phantom Tollbooth" &"Half Magic" are both excellent for younger readers. Also the Magic Treehouse series. #flfantasy

  • OfficialLucyG's avatarabout 24 minutes ago RT @OliviaBrophie: I cheated and googled "florida fantasy" and received Pearl of Tagelus results... ha! #flfantasy

  • OfficialLucyG's avatarabout 24 minutes ago @PineapplePress I can't bear the movies. I'm not a fan of movie adaptations anyway, but those are awful in my opinion #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 24 minutes ago A success already. :) RT @OliviaBrophie: I cheated and googled "florida fantasy" and received Pearl of Tagelus results... ha! #flfantasy

  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 25 minutes ago I cheated and googled "florida fantasy" and received Pearl of Tagelus results... ha! #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 25 minutes ago Lovely! RT @OfficialLucyG: @pineapplejune Haha, no. I wish. I write on a picnic bench at the lake near my house #flfantasy

  • OfficialLucyG's avatarabout 25 minutes ago @pineapplejune Haha, no. I wish. I write on a picnic bench at the lake near my house #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 25 minutes ago Speaking of Spiderwick, are you guys for or against the movies that go with the fantasy books? #flfantasy (too broad of a ? maybe)

  • OfficialLucyG's avatarabout 26 minutes ago @PineapplePress The Spiderwick Chronicles are quite good, not to my personal taste but my sister loved them as a middle-grader! #flfantasy

  • pineapplejune's avatarabout 26 minutes ago Ah, you are in England. Do you write in your garden shed like Pullman? #flfantasy

  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 27 minutes ago I think there often isn't a transition to fantasy, it is just a natural growth from whatever they were reading before. #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 27 minutes ago RT @pineapplejune: I love Alice in Wonderland. Not sure it's the best place to start though. #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 27 minutes ago @OfficialLucyG Swamplandia is fun. It has a nice touristy Florida feel to it. #flfantasy

  • pineapplejune's avatarabout 27 minutes ago I love Alice in Wonderland. Not sure it's the best place to start though. #flfantasy

  • OfficialLucyG's avatarabout 27 minutes ago @PineapplePress Never heard of Swamplandia here in England. I shall Google it immediately! #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 28 minutes ago Nice point. RT @OfficialLucyG: I think the HP books are great to start with because the grow with the child #flfantasy

  • OfficialLucyG's avatarabout 28 minutes ago @PineapplePress I think the HP books are great to start with because the grow with the child #flfantasy

  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 28 minutes ago @pineapplejune Good example. I can't think of any others for the middle readers. #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 29 minutes ago That's been really popular. RT @pineapplejune: Well, there's Swamplandia. #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 29 minutes ago What's your recommendation for a child's first intro to fantasy? #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 30 minutes ago RT @OfficialLucyG: I love children's fantasy books and so do a lot fo my friends. They're so rich! #flfantasy

  • OfficialLucyG's avatarabout 30 minutes ago I love children's fantasy books and so do a lot fo my friends. They're so rich! #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 31 minutes ago Do we know of other Florida fantasy novels or is Olivia Brophie one of the first? #flfantasy

  • pineapplejune's avatarabout 31 minutes ago Example? #flfantasy

  • OfficialLucyG's avatarabout 31 minutes ago @OliviaBrophie I particularly love the use of adjectives that's available. I think you have more fun with description with kids #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 32 minutes ago RT @OliviaBrophie: #flfantasy Adult fantasy readers are pretty tolerant of crazy proper nouns.

  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 32 minutes ago #flfantasy Adult fantasy readers are pretty tolerant of crazy proper nouns.

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 32 minutes ago RT @pineapplejune: Oh yes. That's why we all (adults included) love H. Pottter #flfantasy

  • pineapplejune's avatarabout 32 minutes ago Oh yes. That's why we all (adults included) love H. Pottter #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 32 minutes ago I'd think less based on what you guys are saying? #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 33 minutes ago Would adults who don't like fantasy like a child's fantasy book more or less? #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 33 minutes ago RT @OfficialLucyG: I think adults like to read more quickly, as well. They're much less patient with books #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 33 minutes ago RT @pineapplejune: That's why they love to tweet. #flfantasy

  • OfficialLucyG's avatarabout 34 minutes ago I think adults like to read more quickly, as well. They're much less patient with books #flfantasy

  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 34 minutes ago @OfficialLucyG Agreed. I have a chapter titled "The Tombolo." I don't think I would try that on an adult. #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 34 minutes ago RT @OfficialLucyG: Writing fantasy for young people has certainly given me chance 2 use words I wouldn't if writing for adults #flfantasy

  • pineapplejune's avatarabout 35 minutes ago Guess adults are a different type of sponge. #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 35 minutes ago So we can agree that fantasy is a springboard for learning! #flfantasy Any teachers want to comment on that?

  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 35 minutes ago @OfficialLucyG That's a gread description. "Comfortable." #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 35 minutes ago RT @pineapplejune: Advice to writers for adults: Little words, little sentences. #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 36 minutes ago RT @OfficialLucyG: Adults get very comfortable in the words that they know, I think & see no need for more. Kids much more open #flfantasy

  • pineapplejune's avatarabout 36 minutes ago Advice to writers for adults: Little words, little sentences. #flfantasy

  • OfficialLucyG's avatarabout 36 minutes ago Adults get very comfortable in the words that they know, I think and see no need for any more. Kids are much more open #flfantasy

  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 36 minutes ago @pineapplejune Do you find that to be true in your experience as well? #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 37 minutes ago RT @pineapplejune: Big words, little sentences. Advice to middle grade writers. #flfantasy

  • pineapplejune's avatarabout 37 minutes ago Big words, little sentences. Advice to middle grade writers. #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 37 minutes ago RT @OliviaBrophie: #flfantasy I stand by my slander of adults. They have larger vocab, but don't like 2 come across words they don't know.

  • OfficialLucyG's avatarabout 37 minutes ago @cassieclare 's books are great for learning about the histories of Christianity. May be a little dark 4 middle-graders though... #flfantasy

  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 37 minutes ago #flfantasy I stand by my slander of adults. They have a larger vocab, but don't like to come across words they don't already know.

  • pineapplejune's avatarabout 38 minutes ago Funny you said "sponge" I said "soak." #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 38 minutes ago RT @OliviaBrophie: I think your vocabulary options are wide open when writing for middle readers. #flfantasy

  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 38 minutes ago I think your vocabulary options are wide open when writing for middle readers. #flfantasy They may struggle with complex sentences though.

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 38 minutes ago Quote: @OliviaBrophie Adults on the other-hand, often lose the patience necessary to investigate a word. #flfantasy

  • pineapplejune's avatarabout 38 minutes ago Children soak in words. That's their survival job. #flfantasy

  • OfficialLucyG's avatarabout 39 minutes ago @PineapplePress I really agree with that for all the reasons he stated. The mind is like a sponge in that age group #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 39 minutes ago RT @OliviaBrophie: Riordan's books are great way 2 intro readers 2 Greek mythology. Still odd 2 me 2 use a story 2 teach a story. #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 40 minutes ago Quote @OliviaBrophie I find middle-grade readers to be the most vocabulary-tolerant of any reader. #flfantasy

  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 40 minutes ago Riordan's books are a great way to introduce readers to Greek mythology too. Still odd to me to use a story to teach a story. #flfantasy

  • OfficialLucyG's avatarabout 40 minutes ago @pineapplejune Absolutely agree #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 40 minutes ago Chris talked bout fantasy vocabulary in his post. That middle readers would accept it better. Agree? #flfantasy

  • pineapplejune's avatarabout 41 minutes ago And what's more reality than the Earth and its nature. Fantasy based on nature: the best. #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 42 minutes ago RT @OfficialLucyG: Precisely! Fantasy isn't just escapism, if it's REALLY good it pins you to reality more than anything else :) #flfantasy

  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 42 minutes ago #flfantasy During the storm, they all drummed their legs on the leaves they were sitting on Pretty cool if you can get past the poison spray

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 42 minutes ago Q2) We've talked about morals and values. #flfantasy

  • pineapplejune's avatarabout 42 minutes ago Do tell the hurricane behavior #flfantasy

  • OfficialLucyG's avatarabout 42 minutes ago @PineapplePress Precisely! Fantasy isn't just escapism, if it's REALLY good it pins you to relaity more than anything else :) #flfantasy

  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 42 minutes ago #flfantasy Muskmares were actually one of my first big publications. I discovered a new behavior of theirs during Hurricane Charley.

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 43 minutes ago We've sort of touched on Q2 already: What about fantasy makes it a good vehicle for education? #flfantasy

  • pineapplejune's avatarabout 44 minutes ago Pullman manages to engage us deeply into philosophy and theology in kids' books #flfantasy

  • OfficialLucyG's avatarabout 44 minutes ago @OliviaBrophie They sound charming! #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 44 minutes ago @OfficialLucyG #flfantasy Sort of a trick! :) Chris had a nice point about that too in his blog. I hadn't thought of it that way.

  • OfficialLucyG's avatarabout 45 minutes ago @pineapplejune His Dark Materials are amazing books! So entrancing :D #flfantasy

  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 45 minutes ago @pineapplejune LOL. You just need to see a close-up of their faces... #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 45 minutes ago RT @OfficialLucyG: #flfantasy What I love bout fantasy is that its way f4 kids 2 learn without knowing theyre doing it b/c it's 'not real'

  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 45 minutes ago We call the walkingsticks "muskmares." They are capable of temporarily blinding their attackers with a chemical spray. #flfantasy

  • OfficialLucyG's avatarabout 46 minutes ago @PineapplePress #flfantasy What I love about fantasy is that its a way for kids to learn without knowing theyre doing it b/c it's 'not real'

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 46 minutes ago RT @OliviaBrophie: Here are some of walkingsticks in the book that participate in exciting climax. #flfantasy http://t.co/0ER08B0g

  • pineapplejune's avatarabout 46 minutes ago Love bear pix on Tozier blog. No wonder we all love teddy bears. Cute! #flfantasy

  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 47 minutes ago Here are some of the walkingsticks that show up in the book and participate in the exciting climax. #flfantasy http://t.co/EdL4qpaN

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 47 minutes ago Tell us about the walkingsticks in the book @OliviaBrophie. I think walkingsticks are awesome. #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 47 minutes ago RT @pineapplejune: I recommend Pullman's trilogy His Dark Materials. #flfantasy

  • pineapplejune's avatarabout 48 minutes ago I recommend Pullman's trilogy His Dark Materials. #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 48 minutes ago RT @OliviaBrophie: some pics of "our" black bears that inspired several characters in book #flfantasy http://t.co/GDRiGFof

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 49 minutes ago @OfficialLucyG #flfantasy I really need to read A Wrinkle in Time. I have to confess I haven't read a lot of fantasy

  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 49 minutes ago Here are some pictures of "our" black bears that inspired several characters in the book #flfantasy http://t.co/DmG8DGwK

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 49 minutes ago Is this what caught your eye to publish? RT @pineapplejune: I like the melding of fantasy and nature writing in Olivia Brophie. #flfantasy

  • OfficialLucyG's avatarabout 50 minutes ago I agree about Wrinkle in Time. It seems more fantasy, with interesting technical elements as a bit-player #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 50 minutes ago RT @OfficialLucyG: My books set in alternative modern world & I try to reflect through unreality, the choices young people face. #flfantasy

  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 51 minutes ago #flfantasy but the lines are so blurry and we spend so much precious time delineating and defining...

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 51 minutes ago @OliviaBrophie Do you have any pics that you could share of nature found in OliviaBrophie? #flfantasy

  • OfficialLucyG's avatarabout 52 minutes ago @PineapplePress I didn't set out to write educationally, but was very aware of the impressionable ages of my potential readers #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 52 minutes ago RT @OliviaBrophie: Wrinkle to me was fantasy cause technical aspects are part of background #flfantasy

  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 52 minutes ago Thank you! @pineapplejune #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 53 minutes ago RT @pineapplejune: I like the melding of fantasy and nature writing in Olivia Brophie. #flfantasy

  • pineapplejune's avatarabout 53 minutes ago I like the melding of fantasy and nature writing in Olivia Brophie. #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 54 minutes ago @OfficialLucyG Do you write your books to be educational? #flfantasy Tell us about them.

  • pineapplejune's avatarabout 54 minutes ago #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 54 minutes ago RT @OfficialLucyG: I agree. My own books meld sci-fi & fantasy together. The two are nicely interchangeable & work well together #flfantasy

  • OfficialLucyG's avatarabout 55 minutes ago I agree. My own books meld sci-fi and fantasy together. The two are very nicely interchangeable and work well together #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 55 minutes ago RT @OfficialLucyG: The Keys to the Kingdom series is a fave. A little dark, but gently enough for young readers to cope with #flfantasy

  • OfficialLucyG's avatarabout 56 minutes ago @OliviaBrophie The Keys to the Kingdom series is one of my faves. A little dark, but gently enough for young readers to cope with #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 56 minutes ago I was curious because I thought they called A Wrinkle in Time scifi in an interview yesterday. Ur thoughts? #flfantasy

  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 56 minutes ago Ugh...I'm always horrible at drawing distinctions between genres. To me, sci fi is a subset of fantasy. #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 58 minutes ago RT @OliviaBrophie: @OfficialLucyG I enjoyed the Abhorsen (sp?) series. Are there others you had in mind? #flfantasy

  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 59 minutes ago @OfficialLucyG I enjoyed the Abhorsen (sp?) series. Are there others you had in mind? #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 59 minutes ago Could you guys define fantasy versus science fiction for me? #flfantasy Curious...

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 1 hour ago RT @OfficialLucyG: Water Babies is one of the books I used to read to my little sister. Wonderful book! #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 1 hour ago RT @OfficialLucyG: Garth Nix's books are very good 4 educating bout moral choices which I think fantasy books are good at #flfantasy

  • OfficialLucyG's avatarabout 1 hour ago Water Babies is one of the books I used to read to my little sister. Wonderful book! #flfantasy

  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 1 hour ago Water Babies by Kingsley was an inspiration for writing the Pearl. A lot of creatures in there that turn out to be real animals. #flfantasy

  • OfficialLucyG's avatarabout 1 hour ago I think Garth Nix's books are very good for educating about moral choices etc which I think fantasy books are very good at #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 1 hour ago RT @OliviaBrophie: enjoy all types of books & lit, classics, poetry, children's, picture, fantasy, sci fi #flfantasy.

  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 1 hour ago I also read a lot of science and non-fiction. #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 1 hour ago So, let's dig in. Q1) Name a fantasy novel that you believe has educational value. #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 1 hour ago We'd like to get some suggestions from our tweeps about other good educational fantasy novels. #flfantasy

  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 1 hour ago I enjoy all types of books & lit, classics, poetry, children's, picture, fantasy, sci fi #flfantasy. I grew up reading a lot of great books!

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 1 hour ago @OliviaBrophie Are you a fantasy fan yourself? #flfantasy

  • melissatphoto's avatarabout 1 hour ago RT @PineapplePress: @OliviaBrophier Are you a fantasy fan yourself? #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 1 hour ago RT @OliviaBrophie: The hard part was, of course, what makes writing any book hard. Long hours, right characters in right plot.. #flfantasy

  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 1 hour ago The hard part was, of course, what makes writing any book hard. Long hours, the right characters in the right plot... #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 1 hour ago @OliviaBrophier Are you a fantasy fan yourself? #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 1 hour ago RT @OliviaBrophie: Turning the relatively unknown scrub into a fantastic story was easy! #flfantasy

  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 1 hour ago Turning the relatively unknown scrub into a fantastic story was easy! #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 1 hour ago We're excited to add your novel to our list, and introduce some fantasy to Florida! #flfantasy

  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 1 hour ago #flfantasy I'm lucky enough to actually live in a rare FL scrub habitat, and I'm somewhat a naturalist, so I live in a great fantastic land

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 1 hour ago RT @OliviaBrophie: So Pearl of Tagelus is great way 2 introduce readers 2 Florida nature/geology. At least, that was plan & hope! #flfantasy

  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 1 hour ago So Pearl of Tagelus is a great way to introduce readers to Florida nature and geology. At least, that was my plan and hope! #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 1 hour ago How'd you pick the Florida scrub to set your book in? #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 1 hour ago RT @OliviaBrophie: wanted to write book that was entertaining, but also had an educational mission. Not a text book disguised #flfantasy

  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 1 hour ago I wanted to write a book the was entertaining first of all, but also had an educational mission. Not a text book disguised #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 1 hour ago Welcome! RT @OfficialLucyG: I am here and ready to chat :) Definitely a subject which needs addressing! #flfantasy

  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 1 hour ago The Pearl of Tagelus is a middle-grade fantasy novel officially released March 1 by @PineapplePress #flfantasy

  • OfficialLucyG's avatarabout 1 hour ago I am here and ready to chat :) Definitely a subject which needs addressing! #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 1 hour ago So @OliviaBrophie, tell us a little about yourself and your book. #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 1 hour ago Use hashtag #flfantasy to join in. We'd love to hear from you!

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 1 hour ago We're starting off chatting with him as @OliviaBrophie on Twitter. #flfantasy

  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 1 hour ago Hello everyone! I'm excited to discuss our topic today. #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 1 hour ago We just published a book called Olivia Brophie and the Pearl of Tagelus by Chris Tozier. #flfantasy

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 1 hour ago Welcome to the #flfantasy chat! We are chatting about how fantasy can be educational, especially for middle grade readers.

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 1 hour ago RT @OliviaBrophie: Ten minutes to go until #flfantasy chat, using fantasy books for education. http://t.co/s1uqCaZX

  • melissatphoto's avatarabout 1 hour ago RT @PineapplePress: 20 minutes till #flfantasy chat. Calling all authors, teachers, parents, readers, & fans of fantasy! We want to chat. http://t.co/GRHf6UEB

  • melissatphoto's avatarabout 1 hour ago RT @OliviaBrophie: Ten minutes to go until #flfantasy chat, using fantasy books for education. http://t.co/y0doEPZ0

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 1 hour ago 20 minutes till #flfantasy chat. Calling all authors, teachers, parents, readers, & fans of fantasy! We want to chat. http://t.co/GRHf6UEB

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 1 hour ago @OliviaBrophie @OfficialLucyG Diet Coke for me. You guys are much healthier! :) #flfantasy

  • melissatphoto's avatarabout 1 hour ago RT @PineapplePress: We love to chat on Twitter. Join us in an hour for the #flfantasy chat. Use #flfantasy to join in! Chatting with @OliviaBrophie

  • OfficialLucyG's avatarabout 2 hours ago @OliviaBrophie Got some sun dried banana chips and a bucket of red tea on the go, all ready for the chat :) #flfantasy

  • KeyWestRedBarn's avatarabout 2 hours ago @PineapplePress: Fantasy fans, teachers, writers, and readers. Join us for the #flfantasy chat. More here: http://t.co/UjSwbSaJ” Love this!

  • KeyWestRedBarn's avatarabout 2 hours ago RT @PineapplePress: Fantasy fans, teachers, authors, writers, and readers. Join us for the #flfantasy chat. More here: http://t.co/GRHf6UEB

  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 2 hours ago 55 mins to go until our fantasy/education chat #flfantasy Time to start planning what snacks you need. Green tea and cinnamon almonds for me

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 2 hours ago We love to chat on Twitter. Join us in an hour for the #flfantasy chat. Use #flfantasy to join in! Chatting with @OliviaBrophie

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 2 hours ago Me too! RT @OfficialLucyG: Gearing up for #flfantasy chat on fantasy & education w/ @OliviaBrophie & @PineapplePress Looking forward 2 it!

  • OfficialLucyG's avatarabout 2 hours ago Gearing up for the #flfantasy chat on fantasy and education with @OliviaBrophie and @PineapplePress Looking forward to it!

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 3 hours ago Fantasy fans, teachers, authors, writers, and readers. Join us for the #flfantasy chat. More here: http://t.co/GRHf6UEB

  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 5 hours ago Four hours left. Can't you feel it? Fantasy novels in the classroom chat at 3:30 EST. #flfantasy http://t.co/y0doEPZ0

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 6 hours ago The #flfantasy chat intro. March 6th 2012 3:30p EST: http://t.co/YGuc5CSc via @youtube

  • PineapplePress's avatarabout 6 hours ago I'm chatting about how fantasy books can be educational at 330p today. What are you doing? #flfantasy Details: http://t.co/GRHf6UEB

  • OliviaBrophie's avatarabout 23 hours ago Read the guest blog http://t.co/S1HCqP7R to prepare for tomorrow's chat on education & fantasy #flfantasy http://t.co/y0doEPZ0