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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Desktop Randomness

As a writer, most of the ideas come from funny things my children say and do, by people watching, or from something I love. Like the color blue, pickles, and the fascinating steel giants in my backyard.  In fact, my first story takes place on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico.
 
What amazing sea life lives on these legs of steel.



Next, my children’s love of hippos and peanut butter & jelly turned into a story, and then…  I’ll stop here you get the point.    

So romping thus far has not given me any big revelations as a writer, but been more of a market study. I have come across a lot of mediocre books, some down right poor, and also un-earthed some heart felt stories.  But many of the newer titles are embracing the multicultural trend, of which I do not.   So I look for publishers that aren’t trying to remove or give negative to a Christian’s moral compass. (In fact, my stories all have a conservative thread that holds them together.)  No, I will not turn this into a political blog, but if you are looking for children’s books with same sex parents, how to make the world fair for everyone, or any depicting a left ideology then this is not the blog for you.        

Back to business, do I spend time tweaking my old manuscripts or start on another?  Another, that’s what I thought.  All I have to do is listen for ideas and inspiration.  Little Reader said on her way home from school yesterday, “Mama, you should write a story about a sunflower that doesn’t like rain, just like my flowers.”  (This stems from our little garden we just started - only the tomatoes are growing, not the flowers!)  So without further ado, I will write today and see where my words lead me. 


A Few of Our Fav Romps

Amelia Bedilia’s First Valentine
By Parish, Herman



Happy Valentine’s Day Dolores
By Samuels, Barbara


Pete the Cat
By Litwin, Eric


Space Boy
By Landry, Leo



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Friday, February 10, 2012

Back Where I Belong

Okay so it’s been a while.  I thought I had found the ultimate teaching job, but it wasn’t, at all.  Even though it was just part-time, there still weren’t enough hours in a day.  So I’m back home doing what I do best, the “Mom” thing.  Not sure how working mom’s do it?  It can be done, but then everything is less tended. And I can’t do this, I’ve got romping and writing to do.
So without further ado, where are we?  All over the place! With many outdated titles, we are skipping around the sections to keep it exciting.  And, there’s nothing better than finding jewels tucked away.   I must warn you, some of these may cause leaky eyes.  


Let Me Hold You Longer
By Kingsbury, Karen




This tear- jerker will take you back down memory lane with your kids, showing them how each phase of their lives are special moments.  We celebrate their firsts, from walking, loosing the first tooth, to their first date, but the lasts are just around the corner.  I bought this wonderful book and will give it to my son when he leaves for college.  Hold on as long as they let you.
“Mama this isn’t supposed to be a sad book.”  Little Reader
When will her calling me Mama and snuggling up to read be her last?  - Mom

Note to the Author:  Karen you are truly a gifted writer.  Congrats on your success.  Writing from the heart is what you do best, and that’s a definition of a good writer.  Can’t wait to see what you do next!  - CR





The Robot and the Bluebird
By Lucas, David




A modernized Giving Tree story, about love and sacrifice.  Robot doesn’t feel he has a heart and offers shelter to a bluebird.  But when bluebird has to leave, robot offers to take him to a warm place, where he ends up running out of strength and becoming a home to many other birds as well.  Not sure if robot dies in the end, but little reader had fun making up names for all the birds.  Think I will re-read when she gets a little older.

A Carousel Tale
By Kleven, Elisa




You’ll adore this beautiful watercolor story of a blue alligator and a carousel in the park. Ernest loves riding the carousel, especially on his favorite wooden dog.  And when it closes, he is allowed to take care of the dog’s broken tail for the winter. You’ll be amazed by the tails transformation into a colorful bird, and by what happens at then end of the story.  “I want to make a carousel?” -  Little Reader
“And chances are if she wants to make a carousel, she’ll want some cotton candy to go with it. “

Our Nest
By McElmurry, Jill




We all need a place to rest and unwind, and this book reminds us that we are all part of a greater scheme.  A comforting rhyming bedtime story depicting how each family completes their nighttime routine.  A definite add to our home library.

Beyond the Book

Nest Building
(With blankets and an umbrella)



Making Edible Nests
(Combine 1 jar marshmallow cream, 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter, and 2 tablespoons melted butter until smooth. Fold in 1 can of chow mein noodles. Chill. Scoop out mixture by 1/3 cupfuls to form "nests" on a wax paper lined cookie sheet. Chill for 30-45 minutes. Place candy in each nest)

Mm-mm, Good!





And last but not least…

If You Give a Dog a Doughnut
By Numeroff, Laura




I just love the adorable illustrations and humorous text in her books.  But mostly, because I can relate, going off on a tangent runs in our family.   We barley finish a story before coming up with how we are going to extend it beyond the pages.  This makes for more fun and great memories!   (And also, these may be her last.)  See what transpired after this read!

The Ultimate Dog Treat Cookbook: Homemade Goodies for Man's Best Friend
By Palika, Liz



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