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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Christmas Reads & Goodbye Tree

It was a bookish Christmas in south town. Our new reads include James Patterson, Wendy Mass, Raina Telgemeier, Harry Potter, and Suzanne Nelson. My personal favorite, The Little Prince. So much that I had to stop reading because I didn't want the book to be over. Have you ever done that? After seeing the movie on Netflix, I discovered the French author and pilot, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 1900–1944. If you have not read this French classic,  make your way over to Amazon and order it...

 

Things You didn't Know About The Little Prince

http://mentalfloss.com/article/64148/12-charming-facts-about-little-prince
 
Christmas is over and it's time to take down our decorated delightfully smelling Nordman tree. While some procrastinate, others are specific on when the tree comes down. For us it's tradition to take it down a few days after Christmas. But to some it's superstition. Like if you don't take your tree down by New Year's Eve, your bringing baggage into the new year. But I'm not superstitious, just ready to bring in the New Year!  

 
It 79 degrees here and I long for a cozy reading experience. So tonight I'll make my grandmothers spiced tea, drop the ac, and wrap myself in a fluffy blanket. In case you didn't know, I intend on moving to Japan or Colorado after I sell 1 million copies of my book. #lovesnow

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Geese Are Here & So Are Graphic Novels

This was  from Word Press, I didn't want ya'll to miss anything .
 
The snowbirds arrived on Thanksgiving and this means winter is here. When geese start to show up, so do the other “snowbirds” or winter Texans with their RVs. At Whataburger this morning, the seniors were attacking the free coffee. This happens when you live in a touristy kinda place.

But what a spectacular sight!

I spent Black Friday and the rest of the weekend eating leftovers and searching graphic novels for my 4th grade reader. In case you haven’t seen, graphic novels are everywhere!  My girl has always read Japanese books or Manga. The attraction being, they tell fascinating stories and read backwards, or right to left. Also, most adults can’t easily read them.
 
But now the comic world has crossed into mainstream books. My college kids and elementary reader can’t seem to put them down. I never read comics as a kid and personally not into them. But children are drawn to visual media these days, so this doesn’t surprise me. And who knows, maybe Pixie will be sucked in a graphic novel on one of her upcoming journeys.
 
I will say that graphic novels have got kids reading. And what a great tool for pushing along reluctant readers. But most of the elementary teachers and librarians I’ve talked to haven't joined the graphic novel bandwagon. Mainly because they don’t make good classroom read-alouds or guided readings. And kids are leaving the school library bookless when the graphic novels are checked out. There are both pros and cons here, but as long as children are getting a well balanced literary diet, they’ll continue to grow as readers.
 
Top Shelf Graphic Novels  
 
These are my 4th graders books. My personal favorite is Ghosts.  
Learn more about the author 
http://goraina.com/
 
    https://www.amazon.com/Stonekeeper-Amulet-1-Kazu-Kibuishi/dp/0439846811/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1482245212&sr=1-1&keywords=amulet+1        https://www.amazon.com/Ghosts-Raina-Telgemeier/dp/0545540623/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1482245136&sr=1-1&keywords=ghosts+raina+telgemeier   https://www.amazon.com/Sunny-Side-Up-Jennifer-Holm/dp/0545741661/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1482245168&sr=1-1&keywords=sunny+side+up+book
  
https://www.amazon.com/Maximum-Ride-Manga-Vol-1/dp/0759529515/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1482244827&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=maximum+ride+graphich+novel++1        https://www.amazon.com/Maximum-Ride-Manga-Vol-2/dp/075952968X/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1482244900&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=maximum+ride+graphich+novel+2        https://www.amazon.com/Maximum-Ride-Manga-Vol-3/dp/0759529698/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1482244948&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=maximum+ride+graphich+novel+3
 
           
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Monday, December 19, 2016

Word Press BreakUp

Thought it fitting to spend this chilly day giving reason to why I’m breaking up with Word Press. What was I thinking?  I went against my gut feeling and bought into the advice of you need to move over to WordPress. “It’s what all the serious bloggers use.” they said.  “It’ll give you all the latest plug-ins.” they said.

I love writing for children and don’t have time to spend figuring out the Word Press platform.  Or the money to pour into the latest gadget &widgets.
 

Why I like Blogger.  

 ·   You are calm and collected.
 ·   You are easy to use, in the good way.
 ·   You give me time to write.
 ·   You don't cost me a dime.
So I'm back on Blogger? I promise to never leave you again.

Why I don't like WordPress.

·      You are not user friendly and don’t work well with others.
·   You don't communicate with me. There's no support in this relationship.
·   You don't give me time to write, your too needy.
·   You cost too much money and there's nothing given in return. Except a headache.

I’m sorry Word Press, it’s over. I’m leaving you and going back to my ex.
P.S. Happy 1 month anniversary though! 
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

A New Posting Ground

coralinegrace.com

 
This page has become a neglected pen-pal. But no more, I'm on a new platform. I'm hoping to utilize all the bells and whistles Word Press has to offer, ignoring it's realm of complexity. I look forward to seeing you over across the way.

And yes the book is done. Check it out. The EBook is available and the hard-copy will be available December 19th. 
 
Meet Pixie, our adorable book reading, library romping, mystery solving, apple loving girl that goes on a quest to save books at her local library.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Summer Kick Off

Summer is here and living on a Texas beach means a few big storms, swarms of mosquitoes, and the start of 100 degree weather. It's also when the house noise is at its peak. And I couldn't be happier. No, not the pitter patter of tiny feet. More like college kids, high school teens, and a fourth grader. So begins the never-ending laundry, late night gaming, loud sleepovers, little regard for bedtime or for what's on the next day's schedule. And for the not so great, disappearing groceries.
 
For my kids, I want summer to feel like summer, for them to be free of expectations, free to play, learn something new, and just breath. - Especially the teens.   
How we are kicking off our summer!
Summer reading in the swing!
Get your readers signed up for the summer reading program @ your local library.
 Off to Sea Camp
The youngest is going to explore Goose Island.

Returning From Sea Camp
Notice it's not the same boat. Their boat ran aground on an oyster reef and 20 children, including mine had to be rescued by fisherman. That moment when you get a call telling you your child is adrift in the Gulf of Mexico. Yes, she is made it home safe.  What an adventure!
 
 Eno Time
Chilling in Wonderland. That's what I call the tropical forest we live in. But it feels like a greenhouse. Hot and sticky.
 
And we have bananas!
I've been warned these bring banana spiders. I have not seen any yet. What does a banana spider look like anyway?
Dog days of summer
Kobe enjoying the afternoon. Bet you can't guess what kind of dog he is?
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And Lastly,
Where's The Book?
Don't you love the lighthouse library?
This is where Pixie discovers the magic!
 
In the middle of all my Wonderland chaos, I'm debuting the release of Pixie And The Green Book MysteryAn illustrated early chapter book that they will love reading.

And yes, I'm still working on the next - The Purple Mystery. It does take more than one book to make a series, doesn't it?

For you foodies out there, don't forget to check out my Fourth of July cookbook.
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Monday, March 7, 2016

Building, Books, & Birthday


I can see the end. Six months ago we gave our home over to contractors. Home renovation is nothing like it is on HGTV. Not once have the Property Brothers showed up, but at least the stones are here to complete my hobbit house.

It's a fireplace fit for Bilbo Baggins.

I have a thing for J.R.R. Tolkien.

The media/office/guest/game room is almost complete. It was once the patio, as you can see in the pictures below. The décor will be a mesh of Hayao Miyazaki (Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author, and manga artist) and childhood storybook classics.


Here's a look at the room now with the construction done. Looks good, huh?



Despite the noise & dust I'm still romping & writing.

And where is Pixie? She's still hanging out between the pages. We do have an ISBN number for her. That's progress. Working on the cover, because she wants it to be perfect. I've also been working on the next book in the series. It's the Purple Mystery! This one won't take as long making it to print. We are working all the kinks out on this one.

To answer the question I'm often asked... What do I do to unwind? More specifically, what does a typical Friday night entail? Might I add a little wine? Not for me, wine gives me headaches. And I look for ways to recharge myself and alcohol makes me sleepy. A warm bubbly soak, a cup of chi green tea, a good book or a Netflix movie is how I indulge in me time. With my kids are usually right next to me. But that's the way I like it ;-) How do you unwind?

To answer another question... Now that your daughter is older, are you still reading picture books? Yes, but there are picture books she’s outgrown. Like the ones teaching colors, shapes, numbers, and other basics. But the classics, she’ll never outgrow. To name a few: The Giving Tree; The Velveteen Rabbit; Alice in Wonderland; Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; Where the Wild Things Are;; Frog and Toad Are Friends, and Dr Seuss.

I will never stop reading picture books. I'm not so much as a teacher anymore, I'm more of a reading partner. We read all kinds of books, although our current genre is fictional chapter books. Reading together is a wonderful experience that we delight in almost every evening. As she grows into her teen years, I will keep all kinds of books on the shelf ready to read. So we can revisit our old favorites and revel in the sheer joy of reading together.


This Weeks Romps


By Ellen Potter

There are three things you should know about Piper Green:


1. She always says what’s on her mind.
2. She rides a lobster boat to school.
3. There is a Fairy Tree in her front yard.


    By Ellen Potter

    As far as Piper Green is concerned, the day started out lucky:


    Lucky thing #1: Her mom is painting Piper’s bedroom lime green.
    Lucky thing #2: Piper found a perfect strawberry at breakfast.
    Lucky thing #3: Piper lost a tooth. And the tooth fairy meant money.



    By Ellen Potter




    http://www.amazon.com/Pish-Posh-Ellen-Potter/dp/0142419060/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1457404577&sr=8-1&keywords=Pish+Posh
    Pish Posh
    By Ellen Potter

    Clara Fronkofile is eleven years old and super snobby. She spends most her time people watching at her parents New York City restaurant, Pish Posh. Little does she know, a mystery is happening right under her nose. When a stranger comes to the restaurant things are about to change, including her attitude.


    Coco: My Delicious Life
    By Kyla May

    Written as a diary, each book centers around a different member of the Lotus Lane Girls Club. This book is centered around Coco and she tells us about herself, her family, and her friends. Love how it's playfully illustrated. A fun captivating read for girls.


    Lulu: My Glamorous Life
    By Kyla May

    Kiki: My Stylish Life
    By Kyla May


     



    And... A Very Happy Birthday to My Little Reader!

    Gotta Catch Em All!


    Dad the Pokémon Trainer


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    You're the greatest gift in my life.
    - Author Mom

    The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance.
    - Author Brian Tracy
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    Saturday, January 9, 2016

    Into The New

    So the Christmas tree (yes, it's a real) is on the curb and lights are off the house. But the newness of the gifts has not yet worn off. Especially, the adult coloring books. Colored pencils, fine tipped markers, and intricate designs still occupying hours.  I look at the different color combinations the kids have filled on their pages. This opens the imagination I need to find that magical click.  Finding just the right turn of the key to open the doors of my writing success.
     
    This Christmas and New Year’s, I was reminded how the essence of holidays are much more important than what we sometimes make of them. Take away the involved dinners, decorating expenses, gifts, and shopping, I was brought to focusing on Christ's love, family, giving to others, and gratefulness. And of course starting anew. 
     
    For book rompers like myself, anew means more reading. What a better way to create a new journey in 2016 than to make a book resolution! I'm in entrepreneurial mode amassed by my new Christmas reads.
      Where I'm looking for insight and inspiration to guide my journey.  



    Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler

     
     
    Not my resolutions, just process plans.
    Large resolution reached with small plans.
    Read for knowledge; write for understanding.
    Give books to those who need.
    Result:
    My stories will reach the hearts of children instilling a passion for written words.
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     And lastly, where are we on the book front?
    Excited to announce that this year Pixie will make her debut. Yes, it's taking longer than expected getting Pixie and The Green Book Mystery off the press. But soon young readers will get to meet this adorable, library romping, apple loving 3rd grader.
     
    How will  reading make a greater impact in your life this year?
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