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Stuff That’s Great Good — Reboot the Suit!

Wrapping Up Week One
Ooooo, this has been a fun week! I’ve loved sharing all the bits and bobs I’ve collected about space travel, and bus travel, and middle names — all things that would really matter to the characters from my middle grade novel, THE GREAT GOOD SUMMER.

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Reboot the Suit!
Today I’m sharing something a little bit different — a link to a Kickstarter campaign! This a special Kickstarter — it’s about conserving and digitizing and exhibiting Neil Armstrong and Alan Shepard’s spacesuits!

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What my character Paul Dobbs wouldn’t do to get a load of these suits! Or even one of the rewards, like “a boot print from the Apollo 11 mission on a mega-attractive Cling-On Decal.” Maybe we can go ahead and donate since Paul really can’t. 🙂

Share and Win!
Please like, comment or share — here, on facebook, or on Twitter (#greatgoodsummer) — to be entered in a weekly drawing for a copy of the book and a lucky strike extra or two. The first drawing is this Sunday, August 16 so toss your name in now! And thanks!

Stuff That’s Great Good — Ivy’s Name

Day Four
Thanks for stopping by, friends! If you visited earlier this week, you know that I’ve started a new blog series called Stuff That’s Great Good. The whole point is to share news and links to things that would mean something to Ivy Green and Paul Dobbs, the main characters of my book The Great Good Summer.

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What’s In a Name?
So far I’ve shared stories of journeys — be they by bus or by spaceship — but today I found something that would’ve meant a lot to Ivy long before her mama disappeared, long before she set off on her own great good adventure.

One of Ivy’s old sorrows (we’ve all got them, I think) is that she wasn’t given a middle name when she was born. Her parents have their reasons, but that does nothing to assuage Ivy’s feelings of inadequacy and deficiency. She’s ached for a middle name her whole life, and spends part of The Great Good Summer looking for one.

And now, here comes someone called The Name Lady who agrees with her! Nothing like a good dose of validation to make a girl’s day.

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It turns out that lots of folks have thoughts on middle names:
Here’s the BBC…
And the folks at Mental Floss
And The Daily Mail

Ivy would be so relieved to find out she’s not alone!

Share and Win!
Share or comment on any of my Stuff That’s Great Good posts, here or on twitter or facebook using the hashtag #greatgoodsummer, and you’ll be automatically entered into a weekly drawing for a free copy of the book and who knows what else? Some fun little Paul-and-Ivy related things! Good luck! And thanks….

STUFF THAT’S GREAT GOOD — Paul’s Turn Again

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Active Denial
One of the things that is most fun about writing a novel is really getting to know the characters as people. And one of the hardest things about finishing is giving them up, releasing them to the pages of the book and moving on.

So this blog series is sort of my form of Active Denial. I can carry on thinking of Ivy Green and Paul Dobbs as living, breathing 12-year-olds and this world we live in is their oyster.

Kinda Cool, Kinda Creepy
Yesterday I shared some links to Greyhound and road trip-related articles because I just know that Ivy caught the travel bug during her GREAT GOOD SUMMER. But today we’re heading back up into space. Because would Paul think that news from Mars was cool, or what?

This particular news is actually kind of cool, but kind of creepy too. I think you’ll agree.

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Share and Win!
To learn more about Ivy and Paul than just the stuff I’m sharing on my blog this month, enter to win THE GREAT GOOD SUMMER (plus an extra treat or two)! Simply share this post on twitter using the hashtag #greatgoodsummer, leave a comment here on the blog, or leave a comment on my facebook page. And thanks!

Stuff That’s Great Good — Ivy’s Turn

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Welcome Back!
Hey friends — Thanks for your great response to yesterday’s kick-off of my new blog series: Stuff That’s Great Good. I’m excited to spend the next few weeks sharing some of the cool, creepy, weird and wacky stuff in the real world that I know my fictional characters would dig — and I hope you will too!

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We started off with Paul — the pal and co-conspirator of my book’s narrator, Ivy Green. Paul is a science kid and hopes to be an astronaut someday. Ivy, on the other hand, considers herself more a girl of ideas than a girl of action. Still, with Paul’s nudging, the two of them take off on a brave but risky adventure. What she learns along the way is that she’s made of tougher stuff than she’d imagined.

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Ivy’s only twelve in THE GREAT GOOD SUMMER, and by the end of the book she’s headed back to the small (fictional) town she grew up in, but somehow I imagine that the road is going to call her name from now on.

I’ll bet she’d love to take a trip like this with her mama and daddy on a Greyhound bus. And once she gets her driver’s license in a few years, maybe she’d be up for the Old Spanish Trail, the ultimate in blue highway (or backwoods or bike trail) adventures!

I hope if she goes for it, she’ll write about it….

Share and Win!
(To join Ivy and Paul on their original adventure, enter to win THE GREAT GOOD SUMMER (plus an extra treat or two)! Simply share this post on twitter using the hashtag #greatgoodsummer, leave a comment here on the blog, or leave a comment on my facebook page!)

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Stuff That’s Great Good — Kick-Off!

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Paul and Ivy Would Love This!
So the main characters in my novel THE GREAT GOOD SUMMER are pretty cool kids. As in, they’re interested in things that are wild and mysterious and, well, interesting. So much so that even though I finished writing the book many moons ago, I still see articles online and hear stories on the radio and think, “Oh, Paul and Ivy would love this!” (Yes, I know that they’re not real people. But y’know, if they were…)

Anyway, I’ve decided I can’t stand it anymore — I want to share these discoveries! And if I can’t share them with Paul and Ivy, I’ll share them with you! Over these next four weeks, I’ll be posting every day or so about the things my characters would get jazzed about — and that you might get jazzed about, too.

Share and Win!
And also (because why not?), I’m turning this whole thing into a give-away! Share any of the posts on twitter or facebook using the hashtag #greatgoodsummer and you’ll be automatically entered into my weekly drawing for a free copy of the book and who knows what else? Some fun little Paul-and-Ivy related things!

So. Yes? Yes!

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AldrinNow, here’s a teaser of how this is gonna go. Paul Dobbs — the slightly antagonistic pal to my narrator, Ivy Green — is a freak for space. He flies remote controlled airplanes and he hoped to someday fly a Space Shuttle. But alas, the Space Shuttle program is no more and he grieves it throughout the novel.

Paul’s like a lot of us — he thought the end of that era was a death knell for the adventure of space. But there seems to be mind-boggling space news nearly every week lately. And I just can’t help but think Paul would get a huge kick out of it all. Like the fact that you can follow Buzz Aldrin on twitter. Seriously. And what about this look at Buzz’ Customs Declaration Form, submitted when he returned from the Apollo mission to the moon.

Cool, huh? Yep. That’s what Paul would think….

More tomorrow, I promise! In the meantime, share and be entered to win #greatgoodsummer

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And thanks!