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Duck Soup is going virtual!

Duck Soup will be moving to an entirely online format in the near future! This will allow us to invite more people from all over the US and those who may not be available at our usual meeting times.

At first, Crystalee was worried about the change, but now she’s excited for the new format. Although face-t0-face critique groups have their place, the online format opens many new exciting doors for us.

Stay tuned for more details!


5 Reasons Why Angeline Jellybean is the Perfect Easter Gift

5 Reasons Why Angeline Jellybean is the Perfect Easter Gift (Cross Posted on Crystalee’s Blog

Don’t forget that April 12th is Easter! In honor of Easter, I bring to you the 5 Reasons Why Angeline Jellybean is the Perfect Easter Gift:

1. Books last longer than candy.
2. Slipping Angeline Jellybean into your child’s Easter basket might act as a gentle warning before they tear open and devour all of their jellybeans and chocolate.
3. The vivid illustrations by Stephen Macquignon conjur up thoughts of spring.
4. Easter morning can become a time for learning about all holidays throughout the year as your kids read about Angeline.
5. At $9, it’s more for your buck than fake Easter grass and dyed wicker baskets.

You can find Angeline Jellybean on and at the 4RV Store.

Happy Easter, everyone!

The Debate over One Space or Two?

We at Duck Soup want to know, how do you do it? After a period between your sentences, do you use one space or two?


“Use one space after all punctuation, including periods, question marks, exclamation points, and colons. Putting two spaces after these marks of punctuation is a convention that evolved because typewriters were equipped only with monospaced fonts, which made it difficult to see where sentences ended. Professional typographers have always used only one space because they use proportionally spaced fonts, which do not require the extra spaces in order for a series of sentences to be readable. Because most of the fonts in today’s word processing software programs are proportional, in other words, we do not need to put an additional space after end punctuation or colons when we use our computers to compose. ”

Some people still prefer the old school way. We want to know what you think. 🙂

Dr. Seuss day at the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum!

If you’re in the Pittsburgh area and have kids, you may want to drop by this fun annual event at the Children’s Museum, 10 Childrens Way,  this Saturday!

The schedule of events:

12:00-3:00 (Lobby)
RIF Pittsburgh Welcome Table

Sign up for RIF Pittsburgh’s Mailing List and enter into a chance to
win one of 3 great Dr. Seuss Themed Gift Baskets. Each Basket has an
estimated value of $60.00. One “Riffle” ticket per family please.
“Riffles” will be drawn at 2:30, WINNER MUST BE PRESENT.  Please
listen for your name over the Museum pager system and come to the RIF
welcome table to redeem your prize.

12:00-3:00 (Theatre)
RIF Pittsburgh Book Give Away

Join Reading Is FUNdamental Pittsburgh in the theatre where each child
who is present
can choose a free, age appropriate, new book while supplies last.

Once Upon A Toon with Joe Wos (Theatre)
Join resident museum cartoonist, Joe Wos for special interactive show!

12:00-3:00 (Grand Hall)
RIF Pittsburgh Craft Tables

Join volunteers from Pittsburgh Literacy Americorps  in the Grand
Hall, where each child will have the opportunity to make fun Cat in
the Hat themed crafts including: Daisy Head Mayzie “hats”, Cat
“masks”, Cat “puppets”, and plant your own Daisy!

STORY TIMES 12:00-3:00 (Theatre)
Join special guest readers in the Theatre for special “Cat in the Hat”
stories with special appearances by the Cat in the Hat himself!
12:00 Story Time
2:00 Story Time
3:00 Story time

(Crystalee will be reading during one of the storytimes!)

2:30 (Lobby)
RIF Pittsburgh will draw names for the 3 RIFFLE baskets
, listen for
your name and claim prize from the RIF Pittsburgh information table.

Hope to see you there!

Excited about our first meeting! Plus, update!

Just an update:

The very first meeting of Duck Soup will take place next Tuesday, March 10th at 5:00 PM. We have changed venues. We will be meeting at Bruegger’s Bagels at 411 7th Ave., Downtown Pittsburgh. It just seemed more convenient for the downtown-working gang.

If anyone is interested in participating, please drop us a line at 🙂

Introducing… Duck Soup

What is Duck Soup?

Duck Soup is a new writer’s group for children’s writers in the Pittsburgh area.

What does Duck Soup mean?

Where did it come from?

Together, our goal is to make writing children’s books our Duck Soup!

Duck Soup is FREE to join.

Meet Ben, our Duck Soup mascott