Wednesday, February 17, 2021

The Izzy Elves are B-A-A-A-A-A-A-C-K


Over two years ago, we Izzy Elves let ourselves be convinced by Deedy (that's Dorothea Jensen to you) to stop writing this blog and settle for an occasional mention on the blog about Her Other Kind of Writing (here's a reluctant link : http://dorotheajensen.blogspot.com/).

But yesterday, we did a little research. We looked at our glorious STATS. 

Bizzy, who is the best of us on the internet reported the following:

1. We have had 64, 907 hits on this blog to date. (That's sixty-four THOUSAND, nine hundred and seven.) Wow.

2. Last month we had 512 hits.

3. This month we've had 100 hits.

4. Yesterday we've had 41.

AND THAT'S WITHOUT WRITING ANY POSTS AT ALL SINCE JANUARY 1, 2019.

It seemed to us that we should not ignore such loyal visitors.

So we had a meeting in S.C.'s conference room (see below) and voted unanimously to start this baby up again! 


So first of all, here's our latest big news.

We have a new book out!! It's called Bizzy, the Bossy Boots Elf, and features, you guessed it, Bizzy. The other two stars of the story are Miles and Henry, the last of Deedy's grandboys to make it into verse.

She's been promising them to write this for quite a few years: they are both now seven years old. (Yup, they're twins.)

Bizzy, the Bossy Boots Elf isn't actually a Christmas poem per se. It takes place well afterwards, when the Izzy Elves finally get a chance to bust out of the cold, icy, North Pole and go on vacation. (We Covid Shutdown folks who live in the North can really relate to this.)

The picture above is actually of Bizzy presenting a petition to Santa requesting this.

Bizzy succeeds in his quest, as you can see from the cover:




Here's a quickie video trailer 


 Bizzy Trailer




We'll be back soon to tell you more!
(Thank you SO MUCH, whoever you are.)

Love from the long-silent Izzy Elves,

Bizzy, Blizzy, Dizzy, Fizzy, Frizzy, Tizzy, Whizzy, & Quizzy


P.S. We forgot to put the buy links for Bizzy!

Here are some of them:

IndieBound

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

iTunes

Audible











Monday, December 16, 2019

The Izzy Elves's Moving Day!

Dear faithful readers,

We Izzies are sad to tell you that we are decamping today and moving all our posting to that of Honorary Izzy Dorothea Jensen. She tells us she's run out of oomph and can't keep up with two blogs anymore. We told her this is silly, because we do all of the posting on the IzzyElfBlog but she is stubborn and insists on making us move.

We suspect this means our posts will be buried underneath posts about her Other Kind of Writing.

We Are Not Happy.

Oh, well.

See you on the other side! 




Here's a farewell video from us, as sung by (you guessed it) Dorothea Jensen. . .

(If you can't see the video, following this link: https://vimeo.com/378538818

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Woo hoo! Deedy's FINALLY starting to post our Christmas Countdown Verses!


2018 Christmas Countdown #1: Whizzy

Just to remind you, Whizzy is the elf who wraps all the presents that the other Izzies make. Unfortunately, this means he can't even start his work until all of his colleagues have finished theirs!

(Notice that his symbol is a whirlwind.)




Poor Whizzy cannot get ahead of the game
His problem each Christmas is always the same:
He can't finish his wrapping until Christmas Eve
(Just minutes before Santa's ready to leave.)
And why, you may ask, is there such a delay
For Whiz to wrap presents to pack in the sleigh?
It's because he must wait until each Izzy Elf
Is done before he can start working himself!


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!