goodnight moon

Sorry peeps

(*I really had every intention of coming on here tonight and doing drafts and responses.

But I’ve had this migraine for almost three days now, and no amount of Tylenol, Excedrin, Percocets or weed is doing anything to help it. So I’m just really nauseated, my head feels like it’s going to explode and my back and feet are sore as all hell.

I’m literally a walking ball of misery right now and it suuuuuucks.

So hopefully tomorrow, I’ll feel better and be able to get some responses done. I also owe sensualroxas a starter that I REALLY need to get done.

In the meantime, I’m going to curl in a ball on my couch with my kitty and try to sleep.*)

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365 days of music: Day 42

“Cause I’ve been trying way too long
          To try and be the perfect song
When our hearts are heavy burdens
          We shouldn’t have to bear alone…

So goodnight moon
          And goodnight you
When you’re all that I think about
          All that I dream about
How’d I ever breathe without

A goodnight kiss from goodnight you
          The kind of hope they all talk about
The kind of feeling we sing about
          Sit in our bedroom and read aloud
Like a passage from goodnight moon”

Goodnight Moon does two things right away: It sets up a world and then it subverts its own rules even as it follows them. It works like a sonata of sorts, but, like a good version of the form, it does not follow a wholly predictable structure. Many children’s books do, particularly for this age, as kids love repetition and the books supply it. They often end as we expect, with a circling back to the start, and a fun twist. This is satisfying but it can be forgettable. Kids — people — also love depth and surprise, and “Goodnight Moon” offers both. Here’s what I think it does that is so radical and illuminating for writers of all kinds, poets and fiction writers and more.
—  In a wonderful essay from NYT’s Draft series, Aimee Bender considers what writers can learn from the beloved 1947 children’s book Goodnight Moon. Pair with what editors and mentors can learn from the great Ursula Nordstrom, the legendary children’s book editor responsible for Goodnight Moon as well as other children’s classics like Where the Wild Things Are, Charlotte’s Web, and The Giving Tree.

Today’s top item in Book News: lullabies written by Goodnight, Moon creator Margaret Wise Brown are being published today. The works were discovered in a trunk in her sister’s farmhouse in Vermont. One lullaby, titled “Sleep like a rabbit,” begins: “Sleep like a rabbit, sleep like a bear / sleep like the old cat under the chair.” Kirkus says the lullabies “were written in 1952, the last year of her life, when she was traveling in France for a book tour and under contract to create songs for a new children’s record company.” The compilation is titled Goodnight Songs.

Read more here.