Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Another Teensy Movie, starring Blizzy!




We LOVE being in movies!



Deedy just made us some really short videos about our stories. Here's Tizzy's!
(Watch it full screen for the Full Effect.)





FINALLY! A NEW IZZY ELF BOOK IS ON THE WAY! (It's all about the pressure.)


Our author, Dorothea Jensen, whom we all call Deedy, reports that she recently returned from a visit with four of her grandboys. The two youngest, twins named Miles and Henry, have finally realized that (unlike their brothers and cousins) they didn't show up in any  Izzy Elf story. They immediately started asking why not.

Deedy has had a story in mind for them ever since they were born (5 YEARS AGO), but has been totally concentrating on Her Other Kind of Writing (which we will not mention here). She has not focused on getting this story down on the page, despite all our whining and whatnot.

The time is NOW, Deedy!

Obviously, this will not be done in time for this Christmas, but here's a little note to Shane, our illustrator, to be ready to started drawing pictures for Henry and Miles's story soon.


Miles and Henry, dressed as munchkins for a recent music video,
and soon to "star" in Bizzy, the Bossy Boots Elf




Friday, October 12, 2018

The Professor, the "Heroine", the Villain, and the Bookshop!

Here is a post from Deedy (Dorothea Jensen to you). We're happy to let her put this on our blog because she actually talks about us Izzies! (Finally.)

The Professor, the "Heroine", the Villain, and the Bookshop!

When I was a student at Carleton College in 1964, I took a Jane Austen seminar.  In the summer before school started, everyone in the class received a letter from the professor, Owen Jenkins. He instructed us to order a complete set of Jane Austen's novels from Blackwell's Bookshop in Oxford, England. 

I remember being thrilled at the opportunity to buy books from this venerable, respected, academic British bookstore. It seemed very exotic to do so. My Jane Austen books arrived, and I have them still.

I'd like to be able to report that I aced the seminar, but I didn't quite. One reason? Mr. Jenkins specialized in sarcasm, which terrified me and rendered me speechless. This had NEVER happened to me before.

The only positive comment I ever received from him was when I showed up early to class wearing my hair up  and a wool dress. He told me I looked like a Jane Austen heroine. Hmmm. Here's a picture of me at that time in that exact same getup, 54 years ago! Yikes. (Despite his odd compliment to me, I eventually named my "villain" in The Riddle of Penncroft Farm, Mr. Owens, after him. )


Anyway, when my husband and I went to Oxford many years later, we made a point of visiting Blackwell's, and it was as venerable as I had envisioned.



Anyway, imagine how thrilling it was for me to find the following on the Blackwell's website recently:



They also carried my Izzy Elf books, but for some reason did not display the cover art for those. No matter, my Izzies have made the big time, as far as I am concerned! I'm sure they are all delighted to find themselves available through such a venerable, respected, academic British bookshop! 

How I wish I could tell Mr. Jenkins!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Giveaway: Buss Audiobook!


Deedy (Dorothea Jensen to you) is giving away one Audible.com download of her audiobook of A Buss from Lafayette on June 16. (This is a nearly $20 value.) Rafflecopter is running this for her, and will be doing the random "drawing".

Click on the following link to sign up for a chance to win! (You sign in with your e-mail address, then click something like "join A Buss from Lafayette mailing list", then click enter.)

A Rafflecopter Audiobook Giveaway

We are lobbying for Deedy to start giving away audiobooks of our stories, too!