Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Wednesday Writers Weigh In: When the Monsters are Real
The sun came out briefly today in NYC. I have never been so excited to see blue sky. But quickly the clouds have rolled back in.
As I was holed up in my Brooklyn apartment during the storm, I could not help but think about all of the other creatives doing what they could to maintain some semblance of normalcy as we waited and waited. Some, I am sure, were using their laptops, getting as much written and saved as possible before a power outage. Others were probably using pens, pencils, paper and other archaic materials. I am sure it is only a matter of time before we see all that was "created" during this time.
All in all, NYC has faired well and you can be sure we will come back better than ever soon.
Today is Halloween. The Greenwich Village Parade which is an annual fixture was canceled. And honestly, I am still reeling from some of the real life horrors, that Halloween is far from my mind.
I was going to post about Halloween Picture Books and have others weigh in with their favorites. But Tara Lazar and Peter Adam Salomon do a great job of that today at http://taralazar.com/2012/10/31/pre-pibo-day-7-peter-adam-salomon/. (btw, quick reminder that PiBoIdMo starts tomorrow, so sign up!)
Instead, as my own mind tries to grasp the long road ahead of so many of us, I realize that books are a HUGE help on this journey. Bookstores did a great business before the storm and some even rode it out. My local indie bookstore was open to provide some much needed escapism in paper form.
The Red Cross asked residents of Brooklyn to chip in and help a local shelter which was in need of towels and...wait for it...BOOKS! Immediately Greenlight Bookstore in the Fort Greene neighborhood Tweeted, "You guys provide the towels, we are on our way with the books!" Doesn't that warm your heart?
And books don't just provide an escape, they also help us process. Both in the writing and the reading.
So, this brings me to today's Weigh In.
What are some Picture Books about "real life tragedies"? Or books that give comfort when the world is a scary place?
I know some were written around Hurricane Katrina and others about WWII. Weigh in and let me know. Afterall, its time to brainstorm for PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month) and I know this tragedy is front and center in my mind.