Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Blog Flashback #6 - A Rhyming Interview!

I've never tried to figure out my single favorite post in my 10 years here at Gottabook, but if I was making a short list, I'm sure my rhyming interview with Leslie Muir would be on it.

Leslie, who I've known since well before either of us was published, was celebrating the launch of her picture book, The Little Bitty Bakery (illustrated by Betsy Lewin). She was on a blog tour, and I basically said "Hey, stop by Gottabook, and I'll interview you. And oh yeah, my questions and your answers will be in rhyme! C'mon. It'll be fun!" Gamer that she is, she said yes... then hit it out of the park.

Here's a sample:

As authors we don’t get to choose
Our artists, so we wait for news.

Can you recall what you were doin'
When you heard "It's Betsy Lewin"?

The phone had rung, the light was blinkin’,
Can’t recall what I was thinkin’.

The ID name sure caught my eye,
said: D-I-S-N-E and Y!

But why would Walt give me a call?
Especially since he’s dead and all?

You can see the whole interview by clicking here.

There have been other fun posts over the years, and many books and many friends celebrated here. Sometimes it feels hard to do something fresh or worthy of the books/people involved. But this? This was a blast for me from start to finish (and proved again that if you surround yourself with talented, smart, funny people... you'll look good in the process!).


Tricia said...

I'm so happy you are doing this. I love revisiting these posts. I may steal this idea when I celebrate 10 in November. How ever do you choose?

Greg Pincus said...

It's not easy to pick an absolute favorite, but I have found it easier to say "I like this post!" And the reasons are sometimes post specific but usually more about how that post "played out" or what it symbolized. Like the poem I posted that eventually was printed in Ballonstof - it's not my favorite poem or maybe even favorite "where my poem ended up" story... but it represents all that cool internet stuff in the best way, if that makes sense. (There were also many posts I'd forgotten about. That was fun and made reviewing seem very worthwhile!)