7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #450: Featuring SCBWI

h1 September 20th, 2015 by jules

I spent all of yesterday at the SCBWI Midsouth conference, as I was invited to speak at a session. I got there early to hear the keynote speaker, author-illustrator John Rocco. He’s pictured here, making a salient point.

Since I’ve been busy with that this weekend, I don’t have a picture book or art to feature, but I figured that, at the very least, I could share this action shot. (Cue action music as you read.)

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Note for any new readers: 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks is a weekly meeting ground for taking some time to reflect on Seven(ish) Exceptionally Fabulous, Beautiful, Interesting, Hilarious, or Otherwise Positive Noteworthy Things from the past week, whether book-related or not, that happened to you. New kickers are always welcome.

* * * Jules’ Kicks * * *

1) The aforementioned conference.

2) A college friend is in town, staying with us, and it’s great to see him.

3) This great new CD (Over and Even) from Joan Shelley:

4) And Lowland Hum’s new CD from this year (self-titled). Oh, it’s excellent. It took me a while to get my copy, but I can’t stop listening to it this week.



5) Making mixed CDs for friends.

6) Kind words about 7-Imp.

7) The way everyone rallied and kicked so heartily last week.

What are YOUR kicks this week?

7 comments to “7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #450: Featuring SCBWI”

  1. Good Morning Imps

    Jules – Sounds like you had a good conference. I’m impressed with your music picks. I have been spending so much time listening to podcast that I am behind the times.


    1. My son a daughter have both been working hard to reach individual goals and it’s paying off. They are an inspiration to me.
    2. My brother plays the Donald in this funny video. http://youtu.be/XSr7RKxsG9M
    3. I made a video this week too. http://youtu.be/e_iDUkucXGM
    4. Trying not to spin my wheels
    5. Latte
    6. Enjoyed the book club pick, “The Rosie Project”.
    7. A full week in the studio.

    Have a great week all.

  2. Jules, John Rocco was at the Oregon SCBWI conference. He was the best. I will check out the music you mentioned.
    Moira, our book club read The Rosie Project last ear. Great book.
    My kicks:
    1. The day with oldest grandgirl. Nails, clothes shopping, then lunch w/ Grandpa.
    2. Listening to how easy Grandgirl made conversation w/ the person doing her manicure.
    3. Watching Edward Scissorhands.
    4. School.
    5. CYBILS panels announced.
    6. Poetry is including novels in verse.
    7. Chuck’s family annual picnic.
    Have a great week.

  3. Good morning, Imps!

    Jules: I love mix CDs. I am listening to Lowland Hum as I type this because you posted the link and I’m amused that the first song is called Sunday. 🙂

    Moira: Best of luck to you and to them as the goals are reached!

    Jone: Amused that your manicure kick was followed by a mention of Edward Scissorhands – makes for a fun mental picture.

    My kicks for the past week:
    1) New music from David Cook – go get his new album Digital Vein!
    2) Early bird
    3) Worthwhile
    4) Conversations
    5) Release
    6) Short(s)
    7) Performances

  4. Hi Everyone!

    Jules- I love John Rocco! I lived through the blizzard he writers about in Blizzard and it was just as big as it was in the book. It took my dad 6 hours to travel the 15 minutes home from work. I would so love to meet him!

    Moira- My book club just picked The Rosie Project. Can’t wait to read it.

    Jone- So glad that you mentioned the Cybils panels. I am a middle grade judge this year and somehow missed that the announcements had been made! What are you judging? It’s such a fun process, isn’t it!?

    Little Willow- Are you the early bird? I so wish I was!

    On to kicks…

    1. That the girls are starting to settle in to their new school year.
    2. That we finally have cooler weather and it is feeling a touch like fall.
    3. The book A Window Opens. A friend described it as the ‘most familiar’ book she’s read in a long time and I agree completely.
    4. Coffee.
    5. I played tennis for the first time in 15 years yesterday and had a blast. I’m a bit sore today but I had a blast yesterday!
    6. Apple season is here!
    7. Our leaves are starting to change. My favorite pictures to take are red, yellow and orange trees against a deep blue sky and I think those days are coming soon!

    Have a great week everyone!

  5. Moira, that video is a hoot. I like the emperor moment. And I LOVE your video. At SCBWI this weekend, I listened to an art director talk about the value of illustrators’ blogs, sites, etc. (the sharing-of-art-there, that is, for discovering new talent).

    Jone, your time with your granddaughter sounds lovely.

    Little Willow, I love getting music recommendations from you.

    Stacy (and everyone): Looks like I’ll have to check out The Rosie Project. And now I’m curious about A Window Opens too. Thanks!

  6. Jone,

    Glad you had a great time with your “grandgirl.” I’m fortunate to be able to see my two grandgirls every day.



    I had let my SCBWI membership lapse for a couple of years. I just signed up again last week.


    1) My husband and I took a short vacation out to the Berkshires in western Massachusetts. We stopped by to visit and have lunch with Grace Lin, her husband, and her adorable daughter Hazel. It was so good to see Grace again!

    2) We went to the Van Gogh exhibit at the Clark Institute. It was wonderful!

    3) We also visited the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge.

    4) We went to an orchard and winery in Richmond, MA. Did a wine and cider tasting. Came home with some good wines and cider.

    5) We loved the Berkshires and hope to go back again in the near future.

    6) Not exactly a kick…yet: We’ll be heading down to Virginia later this week for a family wedding at the Morais Vineyard. I’ve heard that it’s a beautiful place.

  7. Elaine: That’s some good livin’ right there. Sounds lovely, all your travel.

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