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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

#Rockport Strong

August 25th hurricane Harvey slammed our little town of Rockport Texas. We have now returned to a damaged home and my forest is cut in half, but grateful as many here returned to nothing.

Here's the rundown of our first few days. We boarded up, packed our bags, and the kids I headed up north. - Husband had to stay back on the hurricane committee. The house goodbye went something like this, "Goodbye we'll see you on the next episode of Fixer Upper."

  
We hunkered down in a hotel with other Aransas county residents and tuned in to what was happening back home. As the day turned to night, the strangers from our town now felt like family. Together we watched the kid's schools, our homes, and the places we love being torn apart.  And the gut wrenching texts of those that stayed back. "Were putting socials on our arms in case we don't make it." It was then a couple brought out their 300$ anniversary bottle of tequila. I'm not a drinker, so had to be reminded how to do a proper shot. Hehe ;-)  In this moment we said goodbye to the way things used to be and welcomed whatever our new life would soon be.

The next few days we still didn't sleep much. We went to breakfast in our pj's just like home and this brought comfort to our fuzzy minds. And we waited to hear any news of loved ones, our homes, and friends. - My husband was safe and staying with friends. People began to check out, some returning home and others traveling to more long-term living arrangements.  - AKA FEMA.  Without power and water there was no reason for us to rush home yet.  So began the next adventure on our trek across Texas. Here's what we saw on Eagleview.
Before & After  Pics - We are middle home

  
 
The amount of support we received on our trip  was amazing. Especially, the complimentary hotel @ Staybridge Suites in College Station. And Booneville Animal Hospital for helping us out with our pup along the way. Gotta love those Aggies!
 
Gig'em!
 
    
  
And there's BIG book news - Coming Soon
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Q & A With Coraline

Pixie And The Green Book Mystery
 
 
Questions And Answers 
 
Question:  There are still unresolved things at the end of the story. Pixie saved the fairytales, but the Book Guardian is still on the loose. And why is he trying to take the books away?
Answer:  The Green Book Mystery is book 1 out of  5. And in each episode, only immediate conflict is resolved. By leaving certain things open, this allows readers to fill it themselves. This is what makes a genuine connection. I compare it to painting a picture and each book is a brush on the canvas. It's not until the final book 5, will the whole picture be completed.
 
Question:  Why are the pictures green and gray?
Answer: Color evokes emotion and leaves impact and expression. And it's the immersion of color in each story that impacts the reader's mood and leads them to pay attention to vibrant color in daily life.

For Pixie, green relates to her strength and persistence when she is faced with adversity.  And on the negative, the color green represents the Book Guardian's possessive need to be in control and take possession of others. But overall, the green shades bring a positive  revitalizing feel to the story.
You may have noticed a few blue objects in the story as well. Blue is Pixie's favorite color and insisted we add these. I agreed, as they add a different element to the story without taking away from the green shades. 
Each book in the series will follow with a different color scheme. In fact the next mystery is purple!
 
 
Question:  I've noticed Asian references and pictures in your story. What is the connection to Japan?
Answer: My writing is inspired by animation director and artist, Hayao Miyazaki. For me Japanese manga and anime carry deeper emotional themes that you don't see in other types of storytelling. It's about using crazy concepts to stretch your imagination. Words and pictures should take the reader out of the real world. So when I'm needing an inspirational push, I watch one of his films. The characters are unique and often just plain weird, they believe that nothing is impossible, easily make friends, and value these relationships. These are all things I want in my stories.

 
Let me add, Pixie is looking forward to bringing her stories to Japan. And when we go, this will be our first stop.


 
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“I do believe in the power of story. I believe that stories have an important role to play in the formation of human beings, that they can stimulate, amaze and inspire their listeners.” - Hayao Miyazaki  
 
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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Mushishi Muse

What perseverance looks like?  Starting piano lessons this fall, my girl learned to read music and began logging hours of  practice.  Things were playing along smoothly until the headaches started leading her to miss weeks of practice. And after a tag fall, she fractured her collarbone and was out another 10 weeks. But back to the keys she went and was able to perform her first recital. It's these moments that makes parenting so memorable.
 
 
 


Amazon Anime Graphic Novel Reads   

Your Lie In April   
             https://www.amazon.com/Your-Lie-April-Naoshi-Arakawa/dp/163236171X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1495924132&sr=8-1&keywords=your+lie+in+april+1    https://www.amazon.com/Your-Lie-April-Naoshi-Arakawa/dp/1632361728/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1495924176&sr=8-1&keywords=your+lie+in+april+2    https://www.amazon.com/Your-Lie-April-Naoshi-Arakawa/dp/1632361736/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1495925485&sr=8-1&keywords=your+lie+in+april+3

Fourteen year old, Kosei, is drawn to the piano but an abusive past holds him back. But after meeting rogue violinist, Kaori, he is able to experience music again. A musical story of a first love and true friendships that will tug at your heart.  For ages 11 and older.

Mushishi
          https://www.amazon.com/Mushishi-1-Yuki-Urushibara/dp/0345496213/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1495926031&sr=8-1&keywords=mushishi+1    https://www.amazon.com/Mushishi-2-Yuki-Urushibara/dp/0345496442/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1495926115&sr=8-1&keywords=mushishi+2   https://www.amazon.com/Mushishi-3-Yuki-Urushibara/dp/0345496450/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1495926327&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=mushsishi+3

Ginko, the main character wanders from place to place helping those affected by mythical parasitic creatures called mushi. The artwork is exquisite and each chapter is its own separate story. For ages 11 and older. The paperbacks are expensive so we are reading the EBooks.  This has become my new muse and sets me in writing mode.
Here's the trailer (It's on Netflix)


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Friday, April 14, 2017

A Writer's Inspiration

  To answer the question, from where do I draw my inspiration? 

Hayao Miyazaki,  Japanese animator, director and creator of Studio Ghibli. With his imaginative plots, compelling characters, and breathtaking animation, this is the creative piece of my inspiration. It guides me when writing and takes my mind to the impossible.  Yes, I watch at least two of his movies every week and his book collection rests on my desk permanently. 
 
BookmarkYou'll find Japanese elements weaved throughout the story, Pixie And The Green Book Mystery.
             

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Steve Jobs, entrepreneur, inventor, and  co-founder of Apple Inc. His out of the box thinking and insane ways of how to make things work is something I relate to. - I'm one of those circle in the square hole people.  Jobs is the motivator / inspirational piece of  the pie.

Bookmark - Apples are an integral part of Pixie And The Green Book Mystery.
                              

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Gary Vaynerchuk, (#AskGaryVee) marketing expert that grew his family business and took wine library from 3 million to 60 million in just 5 years. Today he runs Vaynermedia and hustling to buy the NYC Jets.  I could  elaborate, but this video shows best his raw-natured approach: Language Advisory.  
             
Bookmark -  I began watching his podcasts and read his books during the entire writing process of Pixie And The Green Book Mystery. He is the application piece to my inspirational pie. You can't listen to this guy and not want to crush the obstacles in front of you.  Sure most of his following are millennials, but hey your never too hold to start that business.  
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      On a book note, here are this weeks Library Romps
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Friday, March 17, 2017

Irish Activity


Saint Paddy's Day Fun!



Everyone loves an Irish Blessing.
 May there always be work for your hands to do...
May there always be work for your hands to do
May your purse always hold a coin or two;
May the sun always shine on your windowpane;
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;
May the hand of a friend always be near you;
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Wrapped Up In Reading

It's a conglomeration of mystery and action. The ends tie up just enough, while leaving a hint of uncertainty that leaves me wanting more. Isn't this what mysteries are supposed to do? On our last book romp we stumbled on The Midnight Library series, by Damien Graves. I'd classify these children's short stories as tween or early teen horror fiction. In fact my ten year old is wrapped up in The Midnight Library #5: Liar.  And books are not the only thing she's wrapped up in. Notice The sling!
 

When I picked her up from school last week, she wasn't moving her shoulder and was in a bit of pain She never complains, so I knew something was wrong. Not to mention it looked different from the other shoulder. A trip to the hospital confirmed a fractured collarbone. Luckily no surgery, but going to be a long time without the use of her right arm. Activities for a one armed fourth grader?

Back to the books. The author, Damien Graves real name is Allan Frewin Jones but writes under other alias names. In using my detective skills, I learned this English author is a ghost writer. The Midnight Library collection has three spooky funny short stories in each book. These are not his newer books, but all that our library carries. I'm requesting our library purchase the series of Codename Quicksilver and The Six Crowns (Sundered Lands)

Until then, the Amazon book fairy will be delivering. 
My one armed reader picked one from the different alias names.   
 
       https://www.amazon.com/Trundles-quest-Sundered-Lands-Frewin/dp/0340988096/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1488382982&sr=1-1&keywords=Sundered+Lands+trundles+questhttps://www.amazon.com/Weird-Eyes-File-Hunter-Mystery/dp/0340678186/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1488382255&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Weird+Eyes+File
      
            https://www.amazon.com/Elephant-Parvati-Talisman-Allan-Frewin/dp/0340882271/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1488383301&sr=1-3&keywords=The+Elephant+Of+Parvati         https://www.amazon.com/Ghostlight-Paths-Allan-Frewin-Jones/dp/0330392395/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1488384227&sr=1-1&keywords=ghostlight+Dark+Paths+%238        https://www.amazon.com/Voices-Midnight-Library-Damien-Graves/dp/0439863562/ref=sr_1_sc_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1488384869&sr=1-3-spell&keywords=the+midnight+library+voicews

While your on Amazon be sure and check out my author page,
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