Five on a Friday: It’s Not About the Talent…

1. Today is the last day to enter in the Book Giveaway for a combo package of Lessons from a Dead Girl and an ARC of Jumping off Swings by Jo Knowles! Comment here on a time when you last felt carefree. I will close this down at 5pm today.

2. I started a new book last night, The Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry. I get nervous with fairy-tale-like stories, because most times they can be quite painful to read, but I must say, this book is really good. Great characters, dialogue, danger and an interesting plot. I can’t wait to finish it tonight.

3. Jeff Stone’s The Five Ancestors series. I’ve heard quite a bit about these books and thought my children would like this series since they’re really into karate. These books are quick reads–engaging, action packed, great plot with power and emotional struggles–perfect for boys and girls.

4. I’ve been experimenting with making kim bop — the Korean version of maki rolls. It brings back memories of hanging out with my mom after school and telling her about my day. My mom filled these with bulgogi (barbecued beef), vegetables and kimchi and I could eat these forever. Mmmm. Total comfort food.

5. Spy Girl and Ninja Girl have been practicing for the school talent show and couldn’t wait for yesterday’s rehearsal. Spy Girl and a friend are playing “We Will Rock You” on flute and let’s just say flutes don’t make the same impression as Queen. Ninja Girl and her friend are singing “When There was Me and You” from High School Musical–probably one of the s l o w e s t songs for two girls who each want control of the microphone and belt out the words. 

The rehearsal went well. All of the children had fun acts–from comedy, dance routines, singing, karate, unicycle, hula hoops, piano–we had it all. It was interesting watching the children, from kindergarten to fifth grade, all with different levels of talent and intensity, performing their hearts out on stage. All I can say is, man, these kids are brave.

The one thing that really hit home yesterday, and this applies to all of us, is that the level of talent didn’t matter. It was the execution that made kids and adults alike–smile, clap and cheer. There were kids who couldn’t hold a tune, but their smile, the way they engaged the audience, made up for it. 

My words of wisdom for the day:

 It’s not always about the talent. 
It’s in the execution.

Enjoy your weekend!

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Vivian Lee Mahoney

Consider yourself warned: I write books about rebels. I'm also a postergirlz for readergirlz, a literary advisory group for teens. Who knew going back to the teenage years would be so rewarding?

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