new perspective

January 05, 2009 | 6 Comments

Santa brought a new lens for the Nikon D-80. It’s a portrait lens, very fast and bright. Note the lovely depth of field. However, it’s been forever since I’ve used a fixed lens, and I need a lot more practice at it. Here are my inaugural shots. I didn’t crop these but WordPress did, sorry. Barkis is my guinea dobe:

unretouched with the 85mm f/1.8D
unretouched with the 85mm f/1.8Dblurred background is also known as "bokeh"

 

handsome little dude
handsome little dude
okay, so now hes getting bored...everyones a critic...
okay, so now he's getting bored...everyone's a critic...

Braille Bicentennial

January 04, 2009 | 2 Comments

Lillian, a reader, and her guide dog Lucy
Lillian, a reader, and her guide dog Lucy

It’s the 200th anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille, who invented a way for the blind to read and write. Genius! Another technology hasn’t replaced Braille for writing–it’s still the standard.  I first met Lillian as a reader who wrote me letters about my books. Last year at a booksigning, we finally got to meet. I know she joins me in saying, Bonne anniversaire, Louis!

Do you know a kid who loves to write and draw?

January 03, 2009 | Leave a comment

What’s better than a brand new novel from a beloved children’s author?

A free copy plus a $40 certificate to buy any book you want! See below for entry info:

FORTUNE’S MAGIC FARM

fabulous for readers 8-12
fabulous for readers 8-12
In Fortune’s Magic Farm (coming March 1, 2009), Isabelle meets two people who share a very special magical skill.
Imagine your own story in which your hero discovers that he or she has a special magical power. Write a few paragraphs about the moment when your hero discovers that power.
Email your story to Suzanne at mail@suzanneselfors.com. Be sure to put “contest” in the subject line. Or mail your story to Suzanne at Writing Contest, PO Box 10414, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Include a drawing if you’d like.
Four winners will each receive a $40 gift certificate to the bookstore of his/her choice and a signed copy of Fortune’s Magic Farm. Winning stories will be posted on Suzanne’s website. Entry deadline: February 1, 2009.