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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Getting The Word Out

           Had a great time at Word Fest. I had my first author event at TAMUCC. It was nice being back on campus, as it's been over 6 years since I went back for my Masters. But how cool it was to be a guest of honor, not the mom running late to class and the never ending parking space wars. (They now have garage parking.) What a lovely feast and time spent mingling with other writers, entrepreneurs, and professors.
            It's hard connecting with people like me. Being on the social side of a writer's life is something I’ll have to get used. Meaning stepping out of my solitary cove. I've got the writing part down and love my quiet life. The social aspect of getting my work out there to potential buyers is something I'm working on. I mean my books aren't just going to fall in the laps of readers. Is there some big secret, something I don't know? This is a lonely journey, as I'm figuring it out as I go along. Still waiting on my marketing fairies to arrive. 
        They say the reason most people fail is fear and self-doubt. I don't see this on my journey. For me, it's not knowing what to do next. And modeling others success doesn't always work, as everyone's journey is different.  It's finding the one piece that causes everything to fall in place. Or perhaps it finds us? So I’ll have a cup of crock-pot hot chocolate and ponder this more…
( I've linked the recipe we use.)
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Monday, October 22, 2018

A Child’s Interpretation ~ The Rainbow Fish

A child's mind posses a super power. I'm not talking about how they navigate through our phones better than we do.  But a power that let's their mind travel to the future and create wondrous worlds. Without knowing anything about actual “science,” they design cities, cultures, and value systems with childish glee. We see it with Mindcraft. I've  spent hours under the direction of my daughter creating entire blockish empires. This is going somewhere, I promise.

Remember playing with your friends as a child? We didn't have all the resources there are today. I would conjure up scenarios, directed who acted which parts, and made costumes from what I could find. All with no money and a little comrade negotiation!
All this creative expression stemmed from books I read as a child. As a mom and educator, I see how reading opens channels for the imagination to run wild. Remember, this blog was started as my little reader and I took on reading the entire children's section at our library.  And it's through these books not only did she acquire high literacy and communication skills at a young age, but also learned values and how they work under examples.

What books are your children reading and what values are leaving an imprint? Here's why it's so important to know what your they are reading. After reading, The Rainbow Fish my daughter wanted to know why the fish had to give all his scales away to make friends? Sorry Marcus Pfister even a child may not have the word, but they can recognize rejection of individuality and promotion of socialism. You might be shaking your head saying the moral of the story is sharing. But it can be interpreted in several ways. My child came away with the message, you have to give up being unique to be accepted. And that you have to buy friends. How do you see this?  
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Thursday, June 21, 2018

If It Ain't Broke

           Ever heard of the old adage, if it ain't broke don't fix it? Well, that's where I've been. Fixing what ain't broke. My Pixie story needed a revamp, not because it was bad. It was very good, just not amazingly great. And like most writers, I tend to be a perfectionist with my work. I released Pixie about a year ago. Book reviews came in and I began talking to libraries about author visits. But my kickass get out there and hustle attitude wasn't full on. The feeling I got when writing the last chapter kept creeping up. And when I got an Amazon reviewer seeing what I felt, I knew something had to be done.
            I let Pixie swim around out there, but behind the scenes operation redo was underway. My story was great up until the last chapter. I couldn't seem to tie it all together. It's like having a beautifully wrapped gift, but the ribbon doesn't match it's perfection. But I put it out there anyway. Might have something to do with the expectation of needing to get the book done. I was living out my favorite childhood book, The Never Ending Story. The continual questions of where is your book and why is it taking so long? This is not how this works. Patience and time is key to success in whatever you are doing. Again with the old adages, can't rush perfection.
            With all this to say here's where things stand. Pixie And The Green Book Mystery has been  written and edited. We are just waiting on a few pics, which do take a while. I'm also having a new website constructed, Pixiemystery.com. In the meantime, here are a few newly added pics.
           The new and improved Pixie will be ready to go in a few weeks. I'll keep you posted on the big debut. A big positive, the next book in the series is not far behind. It's a purple pirate adventure. To be exact, I'm halfway done with it and what I've done is being illustrated.
           So now with my fifth grade reader home, we will be romping the library this summer. I'm going to venture out and find some new places to romp. What is the perfect library? That might be our next challenge. She came back from LLYC requesting new books. And getting them at the library wasn't enough. The Amazon cart is filling up. Apparently, these are in with these age girls. Never thought books would be a status symbol at camp. This is something to be happy about...

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
This highly inventive mystery involves sixteen people who are invited to the reading of Samuel W. Westing's will. They could become millionaires, depending on how they play the tricky and dangerous Westing game, which involves blizzards, burglaries, and bombings. Ellen Raskin has entangled a remarkable cast of characters in a puzzle-knotted, word-twisting plot filled with humor, intrigue, and suspense.

 A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L 'Engle
Wrinkle in Time is both a sci-fi story and a coming of age story. Meg, an awkward and insecure girl finds the courage and resourcefulness to overcome IT and save her father and brother. She also learns about the importance of family and love. Throughout the story there are references to Christianity: quotes from scripture, mention of guardian angels, and the idea that God is in charge of everything.

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
Though rowing was the vessel for the story, this is truly a story about determination, heart, grit, and hard work. These boys grew up in the Depression and yet they found ways to reach their dreams. In the process, they found a family with one another. Brown presents the story of Joe and the other 8 boys in his boat (along with their coaches) in a way that made me feel as though I personally knew them. This is a book about what America truly stands for.
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

My Greatest Showman Thougts

Have you ever noticed the journey to making a dream come true is not as glamorous as you'd think? The word glamour comes from the Scottish term gramarye which means magic, enchantment or spell. Id like to define glamour as seeing the world through the eyes of charm, but it's mostly portrayed in terms of physical beauty. I see myself as somewhat attractive for my age, been Blessed to stay home with my kids, and now following the children's author dream. So where's the magic? Could it be my solitude life of a writer?
The  Greatest Showman has brought me to the question.  How do I  satisfy my crave to live glamorously. I always wanted to run away and join the circus. And who wouldn't want to swing on a rope with Zach Efron or let your imagination fly with Hugh Jackman

But in reality, my journey is not filled with acrobats and death defying acts. Instead, I read entrepreneur books, write, and mess with web stuff, repeat. Where's the glamour in that? I think at times we  get lost, not in a depression sense, but the longing for something more. For me, maybe it's because I'm in my 40s? Or perhaps being off, is because we are still in hurricane recovery mode? 

The younger me danced with the Houston Ballet Company alongside Li Cunxin and Janie Parker. I never made prima ballerina.  I wonder if  Ben Stevenson could get me to some sort of authentic state?

So this is where I'm at. The big writing news is that I've landed a deal with Barnes & Noble and been invited to do an author event at the Nueces County Library. So now on to promo work and book talk prep. I'm wondering if this will add an element of circus excitement? 

 To end, each journey is exciting in it's own way, and not to be clichĂ© but the fun part is sometimes getting lost along the way.  And for me my glamorous exciting life is in Japan. Probably getting lost forest bathing. Yes, I love everything Japan. In fact, Pixie is looking for a Japanese publishing home and the ending goal here is to end up there. Just need the path to be more scenic.

A lovely nook of forest scenery, or a grand rock, like a beautiful woman, depends for much of its attractiveness upon the attendance sense of freedom from whatever is low; upon a sense of purity and of romance.
P. T. Barnum

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