7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #477 and 478:
Featuring James Marshall (and a Tiny Blog Break)

h1 April 3rd, 2016 by jules

Hi, dear kickers! I’m getting on a plane this morning to head to Connecticut. Last year, I was fortunate enough to receive the James Marshall Fellowship from the University of Connecticut. That means I have the opportunity to look through the papers of author-illustrator James Marshall. (Big fan here of his work. I’m excited!) I was going to do that back in October, but it was the week my father passed away. So, I had to re-schedule. And now it’s here — the week I’m finally going!

I’m really looking forward to looking through the Marshall Papers all this week, which means I’ll see lots of sketches and art. I’ll also have the opportunity to meet people up there in Connecticut who knew and love Marshall (who passed away in 1992).

That takes care of all seven of my kicks this week.

I’ll be able to read your kicks later today, BUT I won’t fly back till next Sunday, so this means that a) 7-Imp will be quiet this week and b) this post will still be here Sunday, April 10th, and I’m sorry I won’t have new art for you then. If you want to leave your kicks for next Sunday, too, at this same post, that’d make me happy. But no pressure.

And then after all that, I’ll be back on schedule.

See you on the other side of next week!

12 comments to “7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #477 and 478:
Featuring James Marshall (and a Tiny Blog Break)”

  1. Jules, how fortunate for you. I love his work. George and Martha are among my favorite books. Also his art in The Stupid Series( which was my first book challenge my first year in the library) Enjoy. Can’t wait to read what you learned.
    My Kicks:
    1. At Rockaway Beach in Oregon.
    2. Write several poems for my blog postsite this month.
    3. Walks on the beach.
    4. Good conversations with other writers.
    5. Creating clay fairy houses.
    6. Home made soup.
    7. Poetry postcards ready to mail.
    Have a great week.

  2. Congratulations on the fellowship, Jules! Have a safe and enjoyable trip, and I look forward to reading all about it. Here are my kicks:
    1. spring buds arrived
    2. new pet hamster
    3. winding down my teaching semester, so that I have:
    4. more time to draw!
    5. thinking of my mom on her birthday
    6. positive attitudes
    7. a few new books

  3. Good morning, Imps!

    Jules: Congratulations again! You are going to have a wonderful week. 🙂

    Jone: Happy National Poetry Month! Thanks for housing the fairies.

    Dow: Hello to the hamster!

    My kicks from the past week:
    1) Performances
    2) Opportunities
    3) Auditions
    4) Worthwhile
    5) Perseverance
    6) Writing
    7) Meeting

  4. Oh Jules I hope you are writing about James Marshall – I do love so much his drawings – and in our family certain situations are repeatedly described as “George and Martha” moments. Wisest book. I wish you a wonderful, wonderful week – enjoy every minute!
    1. getting to think about “George and Martha”
    2. spring – in California and here – lovely blossoms
    3. helping my husband with a project requiring much tangling with InDesign, much learning and frustration – em dashes and catching typos
    4. Receiving the new translation of “War and Peace” – a doorstop of a book for sure…but I so loved these translators version of Anna Karenina. And it’s such a pleasure to revisit classics.
    5.aah – and this is basic but a huge kick: new caulk around the bathtub!
    6. The taco truck on the way out of town reopened for summer
    7. The return of “Call the Midwife” tonight!

  5. Happy Sunday Imps!

    Jules – congratulations! Have a wonderful time! Love that hippo peeking through the shower curtains & its a bit of synchronicity for me since I just took out sliding shower doors & am contemplating what shower curtains to get…

    Jone – is it too late to sign up for poetry postcards? (Sent you an email too.) Perfect weekend to be at the beach! Will you share pics of your fairy houses when they are done?

    Dow – what a great week! Especially the new buds & pet hamster! Positive attitudes are everything.

    LW – busy week for you as usual! Hope those performances & auditions lead to new castings!

    Katy – must be the season for updating bathrooms, I totally get that kick! Spring in California is beautiful.

    My kicks this week:
    1) Getting more organized & seeing results.
    2) Early (super early) training sessions at the gym.
    3) Cooking spicy sautéed shrimp & king crab – yum!
    4) Fresh cut tulips in the house.
    5) Planning day hikes with friends.
    6) Productive work week with good results to come.
    7) Sunshine all weekend! Time to get outside & work in the garden with Daisy.

    Have a wonderful week everyone!

  6. Jone, a warm beach sounds good right about now. I’m here, and there’s SNOW! Brr. Still, happy to be here! Enjoy the ocean.

    Dow, what’d you name the hamster?

    LW: Hope you have a great week too!

    Katy, sometimes the most basic kicks are the best. Also, I wish I had a taco truck in my life.

    Rachel: Happy gardening!

    have a good week, all!

  7. Hi Jules and friends! I call him Squeaky Thing 2. But the girls have named him “Smuk,” which is Danish for beautiful. 🙂

  8. LOVE George & Martha so much!!

  9. Happy Sunday, everyone! 🙂

    Dow: Hello to Squeaky Thing 2. That’s hilarious.

    Kicks from the past week:
    1. News
    2. Attempts
    3. Consideration
    4. Future
    5. Walk
    6. Undeterred
    7. Work

  10. Hello Imps!

    LW – love kick No. 6 the most! Undeterred is a most excellent kick to have!

    My quick kicks:
    1) Early morning workouts that I love to hate.
    2) Flexing work muscles I hadn’t used in a while.
    3) Great result for a client.
    4) An evening walk around Mt Tabor with a friend who’d never been to that park before, & catching a glorious sunset in the process.
    5) Daisy & her usual silly antics.
    6) Busy & hard Friday that ended with an uplifting visit with a former client who is doing very well.
    7) Watched “Everything Is Copy,” the documentary about Nora Ephron, & really enjoyed it.
    7.5) Connections with friends that lead to work connections & friend connections – all good stuff.

    Have a great week!

  11. YAY! Can’t wait to hear all about your trip!

    This is way late, but:

    1/ Playing soccer in the yard with the kids.
    2/ Cuddling up in a blanket with 10yo and watching 12-yo play a soccer game and run like a gazelle.
    3/ Working on a goofy story.
    4/ Hanging out in the Parnassus bookmobile with a whole bunch of fun librarians.
    5/ Smelling lilacs.
    6/ Eating the yummiest caramel-filled chocolate square!
    7/ Meeting deadlines after working really hard.

  12. Dow, those are memorable names!

    Maria: They’re pretty much the best, right?

    LW: Thanks for coming BACK! Your kicks are rather tantalizing. “News.” Ooh. Hope it’s good news.

    Rachel: Thank you too! … I want to see that documentary. Glad it comes recommended by you. … Must be especially nice to hear from former clients, and how thoughtful.

    Jess: I gotta see this new bookmobile already. Congrats on kick #7!

    I am BACK. Good to see you all here.

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