Wednesday, June 28, 2017

It's Been a While

Sorry that it's been a while since my last post.  I love to write, but blogging just isn't something I think about a lot so I tend to forget.  Anyway, it is officially summer!! I have never been so thankful. I am enjoying it as much as possible.  My husband and I went on a vacation to Tennessee and had a blast!  I have been spending my time at home reading, painting, and writing.  There is even some house cleaning and organizing going on since my magic wand is on the fritz. Anyone know of a good wand repairer? 😉

I am really close to having my next children's book written.  This one though has had a mind of it's own so I don't think I am going to publish this one as a picture book but as a chapter book, with a few  illustrations thrown in.  I mean come on, I cannot create a book and not create the illustrations that go with it.  As I'm writing it, the images just pop in my head.  I am going to have to be more creative this time because I am going to try to keep the images in black and white with possibly a little color mixed in in order to keep the cost of the book down and the file small.  My love of marine life is the inspiration for this book.  I will reveal more as the project progresses. 

The Fourth of July is in just a few days.  What all do you do to celebrate?  You can comment on my FB author page. Here you can also see some of my latest artwork, if you're interested. I tried to get the comment section here working but for some reason I had no luck.  Guess it wasn't meant to be.  I'm hoping my sisters get to make it in this holiday.  We always like to have a picnic together, then head on out to watch the fireworks display and back home to sit around the fire pit.  It's a day to remember how lucky we are, and to give thanks to those who fought and are still fighting for our independence.  

Okay, well that is the end for this time.  Those dishes are not going to wash themselves, and that book I'm reading isn't going to read itself....hmmmm choices....choices. Hahahaha 

Happy Summer and Happy Independence Day!  Hope to hear from ya on my fb page.  

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

 Have you ever heard the saying "In like a lion, out like a lamb." to describe the month of March?  Well for us here in West Virginia and in many other states, March is definitely living up to the first part of that saying this year.  I am a fan of thunderstorms as long as they don't bring a lot of destruction with them but today it brought in a lot of damage to some places.  I wonder if this is a preview of what's to come this spring? Hoping everyone is safe in these lines of severe storms. 

Soooo enough about the weather.  What is your favorite thing about spring? The warm weather, flowers blooming, opening house windows and letting the breeze in?  For me, it is opening the windows, spring storms and Dr. Seuss's birthday! I know his stories can be so silly but there are some great messages in them as well. I love Dr. Seuss and this day gives me an excuse to play fun and silly games and read some amazing books to my classes.  I've been searching on Pinterest for some new ideas and I found a few.  I can't wait to play Dr. Seuss charades tomorrow and see all the kids dressed up as their favorite character. Do you have a favorite Dr. Seuss book or game/activity you like?  Care to share? I have enabled my comments section for my blog just for this post and I will see if I want to keep it open in the future.  March 2nd is also Read to Me Day so please take advantage of it and read to a child or make some free time to read yourself.  You could even make every day Read to Me Day. That's what I do. ;) You can read in bed, while standing on your head. You can read in the tub or even while sitting in the mud.  Okay, I've been looking at Dr. Seuss ideas for way to long so that is my cue to bid adieu.  Happy March! 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

A New Year Has Begun

Christmas and New Years Eve has come and gone for 2016 and we say hello to 2017.  Are you one to make resolutions?  Do you take the time to reflect on things and make goals for yourself?  Maybe just make al ist of things you want to do this year?  I am not one to sit down and make resolutions but I do try to make goals for myself and make plans for things I want to do or places I would like to go.   This year though, I've been thinking a lot about possibly taking a course or two to help make a career change.  Lots of doubt float through my mind as of how to do this, or what classes to take.  It will come to me eventually though. 

 Another item that has been on my mind is book ideas current books in the works.  Hopefully I will have time to work on them this year.  Fingers crossed!! What do you think the hardest thing about being an author if you are one?  For me it is the marketing.  Finding time and money for promotion is an ongoing battle.  Getting reviews is also an obstacle. If you have read any of my books, especially Bullies? No Worries? and you enjoyed it, please leave it a review.  Reviews are golden and help an authors book get promoted.  Want to read one of my books?  You can find them on my Amazon page

What is something you love to do?  I love to paint and I plan on spending more time on that this year.  I would like to learn some new techniques and possibly start selling some of my art.  It's an exciting dream.  Do you have any youtube artists with how to videos you recommend or artwork you would like to share?  If you do find me on my FB author page, I'd love to hear from you.  One of my favorites is Mark Waller,  Also check out Painted With Love by Lisa on Facebook.  She has some beautiful paintings and is a wonderful inspiration.  This is one of my latest paintings: 

It has been a very long week at work.  I think I am in need of some art therapy.  
Happy 2017 everyone! 

Friday, November 25, 2016

Tis the Season...

Hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving!  Can you believe Christmas is right around the corner? Eek!  It sure did swoop in fast.  This Thanksgiving I was very thankful for so many things in my life even when there are some things I would love to change.  I have been so fortunate to meet a bunch of wonderful children book authors and illustrators through social media.  They are the most kindest, and supportive friends.  Together we formed a giveaway for the holidays.  The prize is a $500 Amazon gift card!  The contest will run till December 15th so be sure to head on over to my website for more details.  While you're there check out all the AMAZING kid lit authors who made this exciting contest possible.  

I finally got my drawing tablet working again....FINALLY! It's been down since summer and I haven't known what to do with myself.  I'm crossing my fingers it stays working.  In celebration of this, I put all my ebooks on sale this week for $1.99 so if you don't have them now would be the time to gobble them up. Hehehe. If you do buy and you like what you see, please leave me a review.  Reviews are very important to an author because they help get the books out there more.  So thank you from all authors if you leave reviews for the books you love. 

I am thankful for all my friends, family, readers and more!  Thank you all! 💖💖💖

Merry Early Chiristmas!