Links
Links are connections.  Author links, writing links, industry links, links that lead you to other links, links like intersecting veins in a birch leaf, like a smuck of jellyfish (look it up!) with all their tentacles ( - wait a minute now, I did say tentacles - ) umm, with all their tentacles trailing about in the water, sometimes idly snagging on something, sometimes entangling a neighbor, sometimes happily grasping a delicious grunion...
...where was I?

Links.  Some of what I have listed will interest you.  Some of what I have listed only interests me.  Figger out which is which, and use what you will.

For some of my favorite AUTHOR SITES, go here.
For POETRY, go there.
For PUBLISHING INDUSTRY INFORMATION, go hither.
For FASCINATING BLOGS, go yon.
For IRRELEVANT ZOOPLANKTON, go 300 ft deeper.



INDUSTRY INFORMATION SITES

SCBWI - Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators
www.scbwi.com
If you are serious about being published in children's literature, you must become a member of SCBWI!  The organization is a fantastic source of Everything You Need to Know about getting published.  Or getting published some more.  Conferences, critiquenics, workshops, contests, publishing house info, literary agencies, etc. And with all the connections and friendly people involved, you'd just be a silly person not to be part of us!


AS IF!  - Authors Supporting Intellectual Freedom
www.asifnews.blogspot.com/
This site informs and gives out huzzahs for those who fight censorship, particularly in books for teens.


fAiRy GoDsIsTeRs, iNk
http://www.fairygodsistersink.com
A small, benevolent squadron of Santa Barbara children's book authors who believe in the magic of passing forward lucky breaks, bounty and beneficence, as so many have done for us. (Yes, I am one of the sisters!)  Offering a fairy-dusted scholarship for the SCBWI Summer Conference in L.A.!


IndieBound - Independent Booksellers
www.IndieBound.org
Support your independent booksellers!  Find a local independent bookstore, purchase gift cards, get information about how the independents run.


Viking Children's Books
http://us.penguingroup.com/static/html/aboutus/youngreaders/vikingyr.html



POETRY SITES


Find Poetry
Look up a poem!
www.findpoetry.com

Merlyn's Pen
All kinds of writing by American teens.
www.merlynspen.org/

Poetry Forms and Terminology
Researching different poetry forms.
http://thewordshop.tripod.com/forms.html



AUTHOR SITES

Some of My Favorite Authors of Novels in Verse:

Sonya Sones
www.sonyasones.com

Jacqueline Woodson
www.jacquelinewoodson.com

Patricia McCormick
www.pattymccormick.com

Ellen Hopkins
www.ellenhopkins.com



Some of My Favorite Plain 'Ol Novel Authors (not in verse):

Kathleen Duey
www.kathleenduey.com

Cynthia Leitich Smith
www.cynthialeitichsmith.com

Stephenie Meyer
www.stepheniemeyer.com

Philip Pullman
www.philip-pullman.com

Neal Shusterman
www.storyman.com


Name Droppin' (authors/illustrators I know on a personal level):

Ellen Jensen Abbott
www.ellenjensenabbott.wordpress.com

Jay Asher
www.thirteenreasonswhy.com

Dan Hanna
www.bluebellylizard.com

Mary Hershey
www.maryhershey.com

Valerie Hobbs
www.valeriehobbs.com

Siri Weber Feeney
www.siriweberfeeney.com

R. L. LaFevers
www.rllafevers.com

Lee Wardlaw
www.leewardlaw.com



FASCINATING BLOGS


Shrinking Violet Promotions
Marketing for introverts with M. Hershey and R. LaFevers.
www.shrinkingvioletpromotions.blogspot.com

Cynsations
Interviews, resources, and news in children's and young adult lit.
www.cynthialeitichsmith.blogspot.com

Lisa Yee
The latest happenings in the life of humor of author Lisa Yee.
www.lisayee.livejournal.com

Harold Underdown - The Purple Crayon Blog
Questions about children's publishing answered by editor Harold Underdown.
underdown.org/blog.htm

SOME LINKS TO OTHER AREAS OF LIFE
Write locally, link globally!

Etsy
Buy and sell all things handmade.
www.etsy.com

USGS Earthquake Map
I love to keep track - this link is for California, but you can find your neighborhood, as well.
http://quake.usgs.gov/recenteqs/latest.htm

Folding Trees
Paper craft - this site compiles the best tutorials and paper creations online.
www.foldingtrees.com

The Best Whisper is a Click
Positive reinforcement horse training with Peggy Hogan, and some great YouTube videos of her miniature horses in action.
www.thebestwhisperisaclick.com

Ideal Bite
Small ways to go green on a daily basis, with subjects ranging from shampoo to cell phones. 
www.idealbite.com

USA Volleyball
Indoor, grass, beach, Olympic, rules, news, everything volleyball!
www.usavolleyball.org

Nicole Strasburg - fine art
Nicole is a wonderful friend and artist who works in oils on birch panel, and I want three or four of her large pieces for my house, if anyone's looking to get me a nice present.  Thanks.
www.nicolestrasburg.com

Squelch on over to my blog for poetry, photography, and character experimentation! 

Epiphany's Voice