The bad news is that we had to put our company on hold for 18 months as our board of directors dealt with family matters and life events. Some of these were painful, but others were miraculous! All of us, for example, have become grandmothers, doting on a gaggle of adorable future readers!
And the REALLY GOOD NEWS is that we’re back in business. This fall, we have a wonderful new book coming out. Recommended for our readers aged 9-13, it’s called Audrey’s Garden, and here’s the scoop:
As Audrey and her family move to another town, she says goodbye to her BFF, promising to stay in touch. With a new town, new house, new school, and even a sweet, new friend life is looking pretty perfect. But things get complicated when the “popular” girls seductively vie for Audrey’s attention. They are so beautiful, so smart, so sophisticated. What will Audrey do to be part of their world? And what will she sacrifice to stay there? Audrey’s Garden follows one full year in the life of a ten year old child as she learns some hard lessons about honesty, self respect, and what it is to be a friend.
For the adults among us, Audrey’s Garden is ideally suited for discussion of behavioral issues of the pre-adolescent set. You can use this book to help your kids understand the nature of bullying, and how to prevent it and get through it. You can talk about friendship, compassion, and the healthy self, as well as other values and ideas with your child as you follow Audrey’s adventures through the social minefield that is middle school.
Our author, Leslie Koresky, was born and raised in Boston, and is now a long-time resident of Chelmsford, MA, where she and her husband raised their two sons. For over eighteen years she worked in the Chelmsford Public School System, first as a writer and Director of Public Relations, and later as a teacher’s assistant for children ages six through nine. Over the past twenty years she has served as occasional editorialist for the Chelmsford Independent newspaper, and is presently Public Relations Director for the Chelmsford Center for the Arts. Her experience in the public schools of Chelmsford inspired this book. It’s a great read for kids, and adults too.
Apologies to all those of you who were following our blog and must have felt positively abandoned over the last two months. Things at Flying Corgi have been busy: Charlotte Rolfe is at work on another pair of Back-to-Back Books, and Leslie Koreski and I are developing her Audrey’s Garden, which will be our next publication. In addition, we are looking at illustrators for the Russell’s Muscles series.
In addition, though, we have all been leading lives crowded with activity and there are real stories to tell. Over the past few months, my father has been working on a memoir of his life. His is a life that has been and continues, in his eighty-seventh year, to be well and fully lived. His story spans the Great Depression, a World War and several smaller conflicts, television, space travel, and the information age. His book promises to be a fountain of laughter and wisdom, and it also promises to tell an important story about Americans born in the early part of the 20th century who had such vital roles in the formation of the country we know today. It’s a story that will be lost if we don’t go out and seek out these people and find out what they have to tell us.
Each of us has a story to tell, too. We think we lead ordinary lives, and yet our experiences and decisions set the tone and pace for everything that follows us. Our Flying Corgi authors tell stories about children and young adults and the issues that inform their growth and development, about adults and their relationships with each other and with children, and about the things that all these people share. Whether the stories are fictional or true, they help to tell us who we are, where we’ve been, and where we’re bound.
I found that I lost two months of blogging in the press of everyday life, but time flies, and I don’t intend to let that happen again. Inspired by Charlotte Rolfe, Leslie Koreski, my father, and other wonderful writers, I’ve learned the importance of telling the stories of the ordinary and extraordinary things that make up our lives. I hope you’ll be inspired too: write down your days, your thoughts, your experiences. Tempus fugit! Tell your story!
Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us to all of you!
And just in case you needed to know, we at Flying Corgi are also fans of cats! Actually, we’re fans of old-fashioned valentines, sweet surprises, warm, fuzzy pets, and love in general. Hope you share your holiday with someone you love!
At Flying Corgi, we have a special relationship with the work of Charles Dickens. Many of his characters grew from childhood to adulthood in his serialized novels: David Copperfield, Pip, and Little Dorrit, to name a few. In all his novels, he celebrated the lessons and the richness of life, and fashioned a social consciousness for his readers to learn from and act upon. His writing anticipated the centuries that followed him with its visual qualities, and made it a natural for the many cinematic renditions of it that we can enjoy today, but there are few writers whose books are better suited to long winter evenings and to reading aloud. In our Back-to-Back Books series, our characters progress from childhood to adulthood, and in our upcoming books for tweens, teens, and children and their adult relations, caregivers, and friends, we hope to raise social consciousness. In all of our efforts, we strive to bring generations together over the pages of a good book, just as Dickens did. Charles Dickens gave us a high standard, and we remember his writing on this day as an inspiration. (Now for a cozy re-read of Great Expectations in anticipation of the new PBS film…)
Flying Corgi has just celebrated its first anniversary! It was in January of 2011 that we decided to incorporate and form a company. It’s been an exciting time since then, filled with work, learning, and partnership. We celebrated our anniversary with champagne and chocolate, following the clink of our glasses with congratulations for what we achieved this past year and then yet another business meeting (switching to tea and cake!). We made plans for this year, and they are exciting. If you’ve had an anniversary lately, we congratulate you and hope that you’ll have lots of plans for 2012 too. And we hope that whatever you plan, you’re planning, as we are, to do something you love.
The pot’s simmering! I have just started on two manuscripts, one for Back-to-Back Books, (When Foxes Gather, by Charlotte Rolfe) and the other, a new book called Audrey’s Garden (see earlier posts) by Leslie Koreski. They’re now in development for publication later this year. Ms. Rolfe is at work on the companion piece to Foxes, called Present for a Princess. 2012 is starting out to be a lot of fun for us and, hopefully, will be fun for our readers, too!
Editing at this stage is a particularly satisfying job. Our authors are already very talented writers, but helping them develop a plot, polish a character, and sometimes even make major changes is a great, hands-on job. It’s rewarding to assist an author in refining a vision and bringing it to life on the page and to guide a book to publication; it’s a little like directing a play and bringing it to production. Together we nurture our own professional relationship while we nurture a book. There’s a lot of brainstorming and spontaneous creativity; we learn from each other, play off each others’ ideas, and usually wind up with a whole host of new ideas for future books!
Must get back to the manuscripts, but I’ll check in regularly with thoughts and progress.
It’s a new year, and time to make a fresh start. Do you have resolutions? Achievable resolutions? Why not make one of them reading and sharing books and stories with friends and family of all generations?
My reflections this year have led me to two resolutions, which I hope are achievable in 2012. I’d like to try and achieve real, sustainable mental and physical health: I’m not talking about being in Iron-Man shape, just to be as healthy as it is possible to sustain on a daily basis, so I can consistently feel great and enjoy a high level of energy. Second, I’d like to do rewarding work and make it successful. Flying Corgi is certainly a rewarding place to work, so I’m on the road already!
I know all of us here at Flying Corgi are wishing all of you the best and happiest of new years. Be sure and share with us your resolutions, and watch for new books and materials in 2012.
Happy holidays to all of you from all of us here at Flying Corgi Media!
This morning I cut some holly from our bushes to decorate the house, and was reminded, as I am every year, of the first winter we moved into our home and planted that holly. So many holiday traditions, repeated each year as traditions are, call to mind memories of events and celebrations past, of people who have moved in and out of our lives, of light in the darkness of winter. Like our holly bushes, the traditions are evergreen, and return to us every year as old friends.
So it is with books. When the holiday season becomes rushed, when the desperadoes are storming the malls looking for those last-minute gifts, when the candles are lighted but the relatives are late (or there are so many relatives and friends that you forgot to light the candles!), a few minutes in the pages of a good book will calm things right down. Flying Corgi’s Madeleine Needles started a tradition with her family years ago of reading aloud to each other as a family. (More about that in an upcoming post.) There is nothing like a book to center you, to make you feel as if you have a friend, and to allow you a few moments to breathe. If you share that book with a friend or family member, it’s certain that you’ll feel warm and comforted. Don’t reach for the headache remedies– reach for a book!
Be sure to try our Back-to-Back Books this year. Books to share in pairs: what could be a better way to escape the busy-ness of everyday life? And have you some holiday book recommendations? Put them in the comment section of our blog and share them with our readers.