Thursday, September 15, 2022

A Compelling Novel-in-Verse

This week I’m excited to share an excerpt from a review of [dis]connection, a new novel-in-verse written by t. kulp.     [dis]connection is  “Frankenstein for the Social Network Generation,”  but it also takes us into the world of a young girl with a strong desire to belong while also searching for her own true identity.


   



The reviewer, Mary Lanni (who has reviewed more than 500 books) writes:

 

Tech, myth and magic collide in this novel-in-verse perfect for fans of the Girls Who Code series now ready for a YA techno thriller. This compelling story is presented primarily in verse and is told from the perspectives of three different characters. 

 

Erin Ulman is the new girl, and despite her popularity at her last school, she is anything but popular at her new school in Glen Coast, Maryland. Her computer coding skills and comfortable fashion choices are not appreciated by her classmates, and Erin often finds herself discussed on SocialNet whenever her behavior falls too far outside the norm. A mysterious package arrives for Erin one day, tempting her with the call of the unknown as she fits the pieces together and starts a computer program she has never seen before. Battling the drama of school and social media is only the beginning, and Erin must learn the truth behind the questionable parcel before time runs out.

 

From the very beginning, readers will be curious to discover exactly what is happening in Erin’s world. As a coder, Erin often thinks in computer code, and this appears frequently within her segments of the novel. Regardless of one’s experience with coding themselves, these inclusions make sense and help readers connect more deeply with Erin’s character. Profound and important, this book shows the damage social media and cyberbullying can have on a person within a beautiful and thought-provoking design. Anyone who has ever considered the potentials of artificial intelligence or the damage that can be caused by comments both in school and on social media will appreciate the unique combination presented in this story. This is a memorable young adult novel in both substance and style.

 

A compelling and unique approach to the dangers of both artificial intelligence and social media communication.

You can read the entire review here.

The very first poem puts the reader right in the middle of Erin's dilemma as a the new girl. Figuring out how to fit in is just one of the many obstacles she faces in this emotion-packed novel.




You can read the rest of the poem and purchase [dis]connection here.

Find out more about t. kulp and his latest projects here.



Be sure to look for the hidden website in the book.  So far, only 10 readers have found it!  The website tells more about the secret organization that plays a key role in the story.


A special thank you to Kathryn for hosting Poetry Friday.


Have a great weekend!

 

 

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Celebrating National Limerick Day

 When I'm looking for ideas to write about,  I sometimes check out the National Day Calendar.  I always find something interesting there. Yesterday, I found this:

"Observed annually on May 12th, National Limerick Day celebrates the birthday of English artist, illustrator, author, and poet Edward Lear (May 12, 1812 – Jan. 29, 1888).  Lear is known mostly for his literary nonsense in poetry, prose, and limericks."

Silly limericks can be fun to read, but I had an idea for a topic with a more somber tone.

The first weekend of May was cold, dark, and rainy.  It was so gloomy outside, our plans had to be cancelled. That led to this poem.


A big thank you to Rose at Imagine the Possibilities for hosting today's Poetry Friday.

Have a great weekend!



Thursday, April 14, 2022

 

Each spring, I look forward to the cherry blossoms. This was my view until a few days ago when we had thunderstorms and strong winds. The blossoms are gone now, and I miss them.

A big thank you to Matt at Radio, Rhythm, & Rhyme for hosting today.

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Anthologies 301: Making Videos

I'm having a great time learning new skills in our Anthologies 301 class.  Our Zoom sessions are so much fun.  We share, we laugh, we learn!

Before last week, I had never made a video.  It looked complicated, but  Janet and Sylvia took us step-by-step through the process and gave lots tips along the way. 

Here is my first video.  I am sorry it is so small. I couldn't figure out how to make it larger. That will be a challenge for another day.

 I hope to make and share more images and videos in the weeks ahead.



A big thank you to Tricia at The Miss Rumphius Effect for hosting today.

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, February 10, 2022

Singing Valentine

 



I'm still having fun making images for my poems using the tips I learned in Anthologies 301!

Happy Valentine's Day!

A big thank you to Linda at Teacher Dance for hosting today's Poetry Friday!


Thursday, February 3, 2022

Kicking It Up a Notch: Creating Images for My Poems

Self-promotion is hard for me, but I'm learning how important it is to showcase my poems.  It's a great way for readers and publishers to get to know me and my writing.  I've always admired poems combined with images because they grab my attention. I wanted to do something fun and interesting with my poems, or as Emeril Lagasse would say, "Kick it up a notch!"  

I knew about Canva, but it seemed so complicated until...

last Saturday when  a group of Poetry Friday friends and I participated in Anthologies 301: Creating Graphics.  The class was led by two very experienced Canva users,  Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell.  

To see some of their designs, check out the  Pomelo Books Pinterest page!

Janet and Sylvia, are kind and generous teachers who offer a safe learning environment where every voice is valued. 

They shared lots of tips and ideas to help us create beautiful images for our poems and gave individual feedback.  Although I'm still learning, I have a much better understanding of Canva. 

Here are some of my practice images. I had fun playing with placement of the text and colors. 






Later this month, we'll meet for our next Anthologies 301 session to learn how to make videos. I can't wait for that one!

A third session on how to make "swag"for our poems and books will be held in March. If you are interested in taking one of these classes, contact Janet . There may be a few spaces still available. 

If you take a class taught by Janet and Sylvia (check out other classes here), expect to learn a lot, and laugh A LOT!   I hope they offer more classes in the future!  


A big thank you to Elisabeth at Unexpected Intersections for hosting today.

Have a great weekend!




Thursday, December 16, 2021

A Poem and A Song

 


                                     


Angels Everywhere

My mother collects angels

on shelves, tables, desktops—

in every room of our house.

 

I asked her why so many.

She said they remind us,

angels are everywhere.

 

At first I didn’t understand,

then I thought of the man

on that scorching summer day

who stopped on the highway to help

when Daddy’s car broke down.

 

I thought about that lady,

someone we never met,

who quietly set a box –

(turkey and all the trimmings)

on our snow-covered porch.

 

I thought about Grandma

living two states away—

the neighbor who checks on her,

shovels her sidewalk,

mows her lawn, brings in her mail.

 

And the poet who came to our school

telling me my words matter,

filling my heart with hope,

making me believe

I can be a poet too. 


There are people who give.

There are people who care.

My mother was right.

Angels

are everywhere


©Linda Kulp Trout 


Angels have been on my mind lately.  Maybe it's the season. I think of my mother every time I look at the angels on our Christmas tree. Mom collected angels and kept them out all year long. They brought her comfort and made her feel less alone.  Back then, I didn't realize just how lonely she was. The older I get, the more I understand how hard her last years must have been. The angels on my tree remind me to check in with my elderly neighbors even if it is just to say hello.

And, I have always loved the song, "Angels Among Us" by Alabama. Every time I hear it, I'm reminded of the angels in my life who have supported, encouraged, and helped me in so many ways.   Somehow they always show up just when I need them the most.  They have given me so much without asking for anything in return.  They fill my heart with gratitude and love. I hope each one of them knows how much they mean to me.

Speaking of gratitude, a big thank you to Jone for hosting today's Poetry Friday.

I wish you and yours a magical holiday season and a happy, healthy 2022!

Linda