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December 31, 2008

Happy New Year from The Splot

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Welcome to 2009! Well, almost.

Here at The Splot, we're following in that age-old tradition of making new year's resolutions. Here's how some of us are planning to improve ourselves as soon as the clock strikes midnight. Or, well, maybe starting the next day. Or next week . . . But we'll get around to it — we swear!


  1. Learn to love animated movies. I don’t like talking animals, but I know I’m missing out on some quality films by being stubborn. So in 2009, I vow to watch more animation — and already, I can’t wait for the upcoming Coraline!
  2. Run! I have a secret goal to run a marathon some day. But to do that, I need to practice.
  3. Visit a new country. Every year, I try to go someplace new — in 2008, it was Ecuador! — and I think in 2009, it will be Greece.

Carly H.:

Take a yoga class.


  1. Don't wait until the last minute to buy Christmas presents. (Of course, I say that now, but I'm sure I'll forget about this one by the spring.)
  2. Be more organized. (Seriously, you should see my closet. It's like a WALL-E world in there.)
  3. Keep my Zac Efron shrine neat and tidy. (No, seriously.)

Carly M.:

  1. No more losing my voice for more than four days at a time! I can only be a mute for so long!
  2. Just say no to my friends when they try to set me up with one of their guy friends.
  3. Study, study, study! And when I'm not studying, I should be thinking about studying! (I'm taking the GREs — Graduate Record Examination. It’s all those fun subjects everyone loves: vocabulary, arithmetic, grammar, geometry, etc., etc! NOT!)


  1. Learn to write with my left hand and left foot. I’ll save my right foot for next year.
  2. Become much more tolerant of a couple of my strongest adversaries in life: onions and laundry.
  3. Improve my handwriting (since I’ve been nonstop typing for 10 years, it’s gotten pretty bad). 


  1. Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro — I'll be training to climb Kilimanjaro for most of the year and, with any luck, in August I'll get all the way up.
  2. Learn the banjo — I've wanted to learn the banjo for about a year. This year, I'd like to spend the time to get really good at it.


  1. Reacquaint myself with my yoga mat. I used to be a Vinyasa diva, but now I’m miles away from touching my toes.
  2. I want to try something new each week — new food, new way to work, new vocabulary word — whatever.
  3. I purchase way too many books and then horde them like a little child. I need to make better use of my local library and give away books that I’ve read to people who will love them too.


  • Decide once and for all on my top three PASSWORDS to use for 2009 and start my social networking off right!
  • Avoid all Styrofoam cups, as they are not biodegradable and that is lame!
  • Text my parents more to let them know where I am.
  • Update my avatar with all those new background choices!
  • Tell all my friends about THE STACKS!
  • Spend less time >:-( and more time LOL!

What about you? What are YOUR new year's resolutions?

With wishes for a wonderful 2009,
The Ink Splot 26 team

December 22, 2008

About Ink Splot 26: Comments

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THE YOU. . .
We are here for you. Leave a comment. Tell us your news and views and we’ll connect back.

Before you get started, here are some RULES you should know about:

  • No last names, schools, or cities
  • Age/grade is ok, but no actual birth dates
  • No being mean/rude or cursing
  • Don’t post your e-mail address or links to other websites
  • No attachments or pictures are allowed
  • Please limit your comments to responses to blog posts. Don’t leave a comment about the site in general. If you wanna do that, just visit the Stack Back message board — we created a whole board just for you to provide feedback on THE STACKS!


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THE WHO . . .
Ink Splot 26 bloggers are an extremely diverse bunch. We are Scholastic staff who devour kids books and who, by the power of the pen, make blogging our business!

December 22, 2008

About Ink Splot 26: Blogger Bios

Posted by at 10:58 pm in About Us | Permalink

THE WHO . . .

Staff Bloggers

Ink Splot 26 bloggers are an extremely diverse bunch. We are Scholastic staff who devour kids’ books and who, by the power of the pen, make blogging our business!

Guest Bloggers

If you see a blog entry posted by SPONSOR, that means it’s an advertisement for that company’s product, or movie, or website, or whatever.

But we also invite special guests like authors, book experts, kid reporters and publishing insiders to contribute their wisdom to Ink Splot 26. Here are just a few of the people who have joined us so far:

Ann M. Martin, Author
Billy, Scholastic Vice President
Craig Hatkoff, Author
Derrick Barnes, Author
The Game On! Team
Gerri, Ink Splot 26 Celeb Beat Reporter
Jacqueline M., Kid Reporter
Jeremy Gilley, Peace One Day Founder
Jude Watson, Author
Julia, Clifford BE BIG Team
Meg Cabot, Author
Nancy Krulik, Author
Patrick Carman, Author
Peter Lerangis, Author
Tui T. Sutherland, Author
Whitney, The 39 Clues Team

You never know who else will pop in, so keep reading!


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THE YOU . . .
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December 22, 2008

About Ink Splot 26

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Want the 411 on the 26? You’re in the right place!

Ink Splot 26 is your daily blog for info on the hottest titles, authors, and industry events around. Get the latest on books before they hit the big screen, and hear from celebs about their favorite reads! Soak up exclusives, gasp at spoilers, test your trivia, stream some video, and surf our Top Five Listings. And if you’ve got an opinion — we wanna hear it!

THE WHAT . . .

Welcome to YOUR all-access pass to the biggest breaking book news in town. At Ink Splot 26, we blog every day to keep you in the know:

SPECIAL EVENTS COVERAGE: We’re talking webcasts, live blog reporting, release parties, book signings, celebrity scoop, and more!

SNEAK PEEKS: Read book excerpts BEFORE they go to press, get inside info on favorite authors’ next publications, and be the first of your friends in the know.

MEDIA MADNESS: Get the goods on your favorite bands, movies, websites, and games!

TOP NOTCH TRIVIA: Did you know? Can you believe? Exert your expertise!

AUTHOR SPLOTlight: Find out what it’s like to be on a book tour, get tips for aspiring writers, and find out what skeletons are hiding in their own closets!

THE FIVE LISTINGS: Dave has his Top Ten Lists. On The Splot, it’s the Top Five! We cut to the chase and count ‘em down!

GRAB BAG: Secrets from inside Scholastic, kid reporter scoopage, and more!


THE YOU . . .
Find out how YOU are involved!

THE WHO . . .
Ink Splot 26 bloggers are an extremely diverse bunch. We are Scholastic staff who devour kids books and who, by the power of the pen, make blogging our business!