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.

 

 

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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.

Don’t miss Flying Corgi Media‘s Event at the Java Room, 14 Littleton Road, Chelmsford this weekend! Meet our cover model for Thérèse’s Adventure, enjoy food and drink from the Java Room’s delicious selections, and chat with the Flying Corgi staff. Thérèse’s Adventure and La Comtesse will be available for purchase (perfect for holiday gift giving!) and we’ll be talking about upcoming cover shoots for our new Back-to-Back Books set. Time? 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Date? Sunday, December 11. Be there for fabulous food, fun and friends.

Hope you’re all enjoying leftovers from your Thanksgiving holiday. Our “leftovers” this week include:

  Reflections: Flying Corgi has been a journey for us three partners, and continues to be a source of rewarding work, because we are committed to our mission of promoting the safe exchange and expression of ideas and the joy and promise of books, videos and experiences between generations. Something to be thankful for!

  Renewal: The holiday with our families has refreshed us and given us the chance to think about our core values. Three and four generations gathered to celebrate in our homes this year, and our families will welcome two tiny new members in the upcoming months. Something to celebrate! Sometimes, building a business can be an overwhelming project that proceeds at a breakneck pace. Holidays and R&R give us a chance to refocus and re-energize.

 Ruminations: We have some exciting projects in development for the new year, and this blog will keep you in touch with them, as well as your editor’s thoughts about their subjects. Look for ideas and material on the world-changing events of the Second World War and how they affected those who lived through it, as well as what they mean for us today (in concert with our upcoming Back-to-Back Book set, Present for a Princess and When Foxes Gather). Also, I’ll be ruminating about the issue and effects of mistreatment in the form of bullying, in the worlds of human and cyber communication, in preparation for our new book, Audrey’s Garden. What do these events and issues mean for us today? Some  important things to think about!

Happy Thanksgiving to all from Flying Corgi Media! We hope your holiday is marked with many blessings, including good food, family, friends, and good books! And after all the Black Friday madness is over, remember that you can order the perfect gifts– conveniently and without crowds– online. Amazon and Barnes and Noble carry our Back-to-Back Books, Thérèse’s Adventure and La Comtesse, by Charlotte Rolfe. Order your copies for holiday books to share in pairs!

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish? Post a reply on our blog and share your recipe too! Thanksgiving is an American holiday, but our “melting pot” culture has given us a lot of different ways to cook that turkey and enjoy side dishes. Let’s celebrate history and food from families around the world. Flying Corgi is all about bringing generations together and we think Thanksgiving is one of the best times to start.

And don’t forget about our December 11 Book Party Event at the Java Room in Chelmsford, MA. (Check our last post.) Join us for an afternoon of fun, food, and good books. This is the first of many Flying Corgi Parties, and we hope to see you there!

Come to the Java Room, in Gingerale Plaza, 14 Littleton Road in Chelmsford, MA on December 11 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., for a fun- and food-filled afternoon with Flying Corgi Media, Back-to-Back Books, and “Thérèse” from the cover of Thérèse’s Adventure. La Comtesse and Thérèse’s Adventure will be available for purchase– they make GREAT holiday gifts!— and you can chat with me and my Flying Corgi partners all about these and our next Back-to-Back Book pair to be published in the Spring. “Thérèse” can tell you all about what it’s like to pose for a book cover, and we’ll be announcing a call for book cover models for our next pair of books. The Java Room will supply delectable edibles. Don’t miss an afternoon of books, fun and food!

A great idea came to us from Corgifriend Barbara Kampas, who told us that she and her daughter like to fix bowls of soup, light a fire in their fireplace, and enjoy their warm meals with books. Sometimes they read individually, sometimes aloud to each other. What a great way to share and enjoy Back-to-Back Books! We suggest adding a great cuppa, and maybe a scone or two. Here are some recipe suggestions to get you going:

Sultana Scones (adapted from a recipe in the Belfast Cookery Book, Pergamon Press, Ltd., Oxford, 1974)

(amounts given in American measures)

1 1/4 c. all-purpose unbleached flour

1/2 tsp. salt

1 rounded tsp. backing powder

2 T. superfine sugar

1/3 c. sultanas (golden raisins)

4 T. butter

1/2 c. milk

1 large egg (optional)

Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. Cut and rub in the butter. Add the sugar and golden raisins. Beat the egg, if used, and mix with the milk and add gradually to the rest of the ingredients to form a soft dough. Pat out to about 1-inch thick. Cut into scones with a knife or cookie cutter. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet in a hot oven (475 degrees F) for about 10 minutes until golden on top. Enjoy plain or with jam and clotted cream or butter.

My own perfect cuppa

Heat a full tea kettle of water just to boiling (or whistling). Have on hand two 6-cup ceramic teapots (or “Brown Bettys”) or one teapot and a covered saucepan.

Pour half the water into a ceramic teapot.

Spoon three teaspoons (not measuring spoons– real teaspoons)  of loose tea (I like to blend my own) into another 6-cup ceramic teapot or saucepan. Fill this pot with the rest of the boiling water and cover. Steep the tea for 3 minutes or until you get a clear copper-colored liquid.

Pour out the water from the first teapot and set it on a trivet. Strain the tea from the second pot into the first, discarding the tea leaves. This way, you have made the tea to the strength you want. It will not strengthen or become acidic, because you have not left tea leaves in the bottom of the pot. Pour out a cup and enjoy!

We had a great meeting today and we’re planning another book launch event on December 11 (details TBA). We’ll be:

talking about Flying Corgi Media,

presenting our new Back-to-Back Books pair, La Comtesse and Thérèse’s Adventure for discussion and purchase, and

introducing our upcoming Back-to-Back Books pair, Present for a Princess and When Foxes Gather, with a “casting call” for models for our new book covers! Present for a Princess is about Girl Guides (English Girl Scouts) in England in the years after World War II. What better models could we ask for than Girl Scouts? Anyway, watch the blog, our Facebook page, and catch us on Twitter for the time, the place, and the details!