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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Second Back To School Day

It's the second first day of school! After 2 school days we evacuated from hurricane Harvey & now 6 weeks later we are back in business. And here's to a short year, no we don't have to make up missed days. #PirateStrong

Big news! I was offered a publishing contract for Pixie & The Green Book Mystery.  But declined the deal because I did not feel it was the right  literary home for Pixie. But this has given me assurance that my work is marketabley good.  I'm a writer so I make up stuff and this includes creating new words.
In regards to our little village of Rockport, we are in recovery mode. Business are slowly reopening and all around is progress. We have a tarped roof, water damaged walls, and piles of debris but every day's progress brings happiness. ;-)  

And since things have slowed down a bit, I can now get back to working on the 2nd episode in the Pixie Mystery series. Well kinda, at least I cleaned my desk.

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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!

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.


“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.

          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.

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.


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.  
      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/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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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

#ASKGARYVEE & why I hate carrot cake.

When did things get so high-tech? My 4th grader went into the children's hospital for a CT scan due to frequent headaches. It was straight out of a sci-fi movie. First she was given a movie menu and then we got to pick our room theme. Of course, we went Japanese. Then afterwards they served us sushi. No not really, we had to go to a restaurant for that.  Lights, music, action!  
They found something called cavernous angioma. Much relieved that this isn't dangerous. We will see a neurologist  to follow up, but my worries have dissipated.

We don't go anywhere without our reads.

Mom's Crushing it with #ASKGARYVEE
He's a bit much and his language offensive to some, but this guy gets me.  He's got charisma and the massive energy that I posses.  I start every morning with dose of  Gary Vee and a caffeinated beverage. No, I'm not hustling the streets of New York, nor out to buy the Jets. But crushing it my own way. Kids and books are my hustle and it's up to me to figure out my unique path. Here's what I've learned on the journey thus far. #Thanks GARYVEE
  • Most people stop building their business because of  time or money. For me it's money, it's expensive going out on your own. - But I'm not stopping. Wait until it all comes together and it will. - Then I'll reward my doubters.
  • Keep your eyes open and take advantage of social media platforms. I subscribe to Entrepreneur Magazine. It's keeps me up to date with emerging networks, always be first.
  • Be straightforward with your intentions.  My passion is writing for children and something I do full time. I've started selling my first early chapter book on Amazon. So you are going to see book promos and bookish content on this page. It would mean the world to me if I had your support on my journey. I'm all about creating a love of reading to children and invite you to check out my new book and leave comments about the book.
  • Stand out and look for inspiration where no one else is looking. I'm fascinated with Steve Jobs and how his out of the box thinking was the gateway to success. Here's to those of us that put the circle in the square hole.
  • If you can use failure to your advantage, then you got the stuff to build your game. If not get out.
  • No one gives a sh**. Outside your circle, most don't care. This brings me to carrot cake. Who thought to put carrots in a dessert, they belong at the dinner table.  My dislike is perhaps the things people put in it, like raisins and pineapple. And let's not forget the glue like substance they call icing.  Or maybe it's the negative experiences have been served with it. What's up with control and carrot cake? Every time I've been served this cake it's because the other person likes it. "I know it's  your birthday, but I'm gluten free and so got you this carrot cake instead,"  No thanks I'll pass, again.
A morning vlog from Gary Vee

The Patient's reading Harry Potter.

The first book, The Sorcerer's Stone is a great introduction to Rowling's world of wizardry and magic. Sure it's 309 pages, but an easy read to boot. With an hour wait at the hospital, she made a sizeable dent. Every fourth grader should read this. If they don't want to read alone, then read aloud to them. We have book nights every other day, where I read to her before bed.  She still loves to listen to stories. We just finished a personal favorite of mine, Alice In wonderland. I'm thinking of starting a classic next, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Pixie's Library Romps

My daughter, the inspiration behind Pixie is also reading these 3 books. Kids these days have an amazing ability to multitask. Can you read more than one  book at a time?
                      https://www.amazon.com/INGRAM-DISTRIBUTOR-ING0440414806-HOLES-PAPERBACK/dp/B004JKR1WC/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485986884&sr=1-3&keywords=holes       https://www.amazon.com/Miss-Peregrines-Home-Peculiar-Children/dp/0316245283/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485987668&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=perigreens+home+for+peculair+children+graphic+novel    https://www.amazon.com/Fantastic-Beasts-Where-Find-Them/dp/1338109065/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485986788&sr=1-1&keywords=fantastic+beast+harry+potter


“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” - J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
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Saturday, January 28, 2017

John Denver/Flying For Me

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