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Diana Hansen-Young
New York City
Writer/Artist
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It's about time. When I see what everyone can do by standing together, it is my fervent hope that Hawaiians will do the same. In the words of the Hawaiian poet Liko Martin: All Hawaii, Stand Together. Project KULEANA has a number of Hawaiian musicians singing the musical version of... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Diana Hansen-Young
It's about time. When I see what everyone can do by standing together, it is my fervent hope that Hawaiians will do the same. In the words of the Hawaiian poet Liko Martin: All Hawaii, Stand Together. Project KULEANA has a number of Hawaiian musicians singing the musical version of... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Diana Hansen-Young
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So I get an invitation for a tour of the West Wing, just after my shoulder replacement. Felt a little rocky but couldn't pass up the opportunity. So I hoof it down to DC, trusty cane in hand to make sure I didn't fall off Amtrak, and just before this... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at Diana Hansen-Young
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Hot goat cheese on toothy toast, boiled egg, parma, tomato, sauteed potatoes in garlic and five kinds of lettuce. All fresh! Heading back tomorrow for Thanksgiving. Nom nom nom. Diet starts next week. Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at Diana Hansen-Young
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Okay, so take a good look . . . . because 60 seconds later, it was gone. Delicious. The raspberries were incredible, there was a tiny candy flower on one of the raspberries, and some of them were filled with raspberry puree. Yes. The raspberries (the tiny holes where the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at Diana Hansen-Young
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. . . and their branches were bare against the wind and the cold, wintery light. But you knew there would always be the spring, as you knew the river would flow again after it was frozen. When the cold rains kept on and killed the spring, it was as... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2016 at Diana Hansen-Young
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Street antique fair on Ave. LeClerc today - old issues of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine in French - what a find. Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2016 at Diana Hansen-Young
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So tomorrow I'm off to Paris for a week, mostly to do some work on my little apartment. The ceiling in the bathroom came down from a leak overhead. I'm carrying plastic and duct tape in my backpack. Au revoir. I'll send watercolors of baguettes. Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at Diana Hansen-Young
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"Ring the bell that still can ring/ Forget your perfect offering/ There is a crack in everything/ That's how the light gets in." Leonard Cohen. One of the greatest voices of our generation has died. His words inspired me since 1968 to 2011, when I did this sketch and put... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2016 at Diana Hansen-Young
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News From Kat Barf City: Election anxiety has reached my cats. Furballs coming up all over the house, fast and furious, a strange green color, all day, both cats. I can’t stand it. I go out and take a mini neighborhood poll, offered here without comment. I say “Be sure... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at Diana Hansen-Young
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So the short-read I finished, COLOR ME DEAD, got hijacked by the main character, Rang Jones, at a writer's weekend in Maine two weeks ago. It started out as a fluffy novella about a retired assassin turned coloring book artist. But Rang took over. Turned it into a serious thriller.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2016 at Diana Hansen-Young
From the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, it's an extraordinary word that defines that feeling that comes over you in a subway, or on the street sometimes. I've never seen a word for it, until now. What a great, great word. sonder n. the realization that each random passerby is living... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at Diana Hansen-Young
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So in the middle of the night, there's a commotion in the ceiling. I hear romping and running. The cats try to jump up to the ceiling. They abandoned that attempt, and sit, staring intently, their ears kind of rounded, to take in all the noise. My guess would be... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at Diana Hansen-Young
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when they're faced with making a plot choice. It's either barrel through, or quit and clean the refrigerator. So here's the affirmation for all you writers who have Plot Hell or other kinds of Writing Anxiety, Unspecified. Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2016 at Diana Hansen-Young
And I'm brain dead. Death By Site Building. Go and see if it works. Beta test it for me. www.freedianahanasenyoungart.com Enjoy the downloads, and let me know if it goes haywire. Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2016 at Diana Hansen-Young
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Never mind. Smudge, star of Cats In Hats, is doing it for free. Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2016 at Diana Hansen-Young
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They're here! LLAMAS IN DRAMAS and PIGS IN WIGS (Below the Llamas). They're on AMAZON and other online booksellers, as well as in selected bricks and mortar stores. Boy, did I have fun doing these. More to follow! https://www.amazon.com/Llamas-Dramas-Peaceful-Artist-Coloring/dp/168230695X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1471874068&sr=8-1&keywords=llamas+in+dramas https://www.amazon.com/Pigs-Wigs-Peaceful-Artist-Coloring/dp/1682306941/ref=pd_sim_sbs_14_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=TRB6866FGVWKJENX4H2B Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2016 at Diana Hansen-Young
I went to Thrillerfest a few weeks ago in NYC and was privileged to take a fantastic class from Gayle Lynds, hear Daniel Silva lecture about writing thrillers, and get some personal help from Joseph Finder refining my pitch about the mystery I'm writing ('ll share that later) Here's the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at Diana Hansen-Young
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So yesterday I'm on a long conference call with my agent about the two new coloring books coming out this fall. I'm sitting at my desk when my two cats rampage by, chasing two small mice, right over my bare feet. I stifle a scream and jump up on the... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2016 at Diana Hansen-Young
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Every spring, I look outside my Brooklyn window, and see a brief explosion of white blossoms. For a few days, I am surrounded by a magical curtain that turns lime green as leaves replace petals. "It wasn't really so/but it seemed to me/ Popcorn Popping On The Apricot Tree" I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2016 at Diana Hansen-Young
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Cover model Smudge rushed over to check out his photo. He approves. He naps. He tweets: BUY BUY BUY I NEED SHRIMP, NOT KIBBLES. Amazon, folks. Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2015 at Diana Hansen-Young
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The Statue of Liberty saw the crowds and the hate signs and thought she was watching the Hungarian Prime Minister speaking to the Refugees. . . and then she realized it was crowds in her own country. . . . . . and she cried. Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2015 at Diana Hansen-Young