Thursday, November 18, 2010
Artist's are invited to go there and submit their artwork. There are no fees. You retain all copyrights and control of your work, and you get the satisfaction of watching kids write stories inspired by your artwork. Booyah!
Storybird has no specific age range, but the designers suggest that is is most appropriate for ages 3-13. With Storybird, families and friends can build stories together, whether they are sitting together at the same computer, or across an ocean from one another. The idea is that one person starts with an image, adds some words and passes the story on to be completed.
When the story is complete you can print it, or share it with your network.
I'm excited about this great new resource. It looks like a lot of fun for both artists and kids who want to be inspired to write.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
What is the significance of November 11th and why are all those Canadians wearing poppies? Americans call it Veterans Day. Canadians call it Remembrance Day, but it all adds up to a day to remember the amazing men who fight for the freedom of our countries.
During World War 1, after losing a friend in the second battle of Ypres, Dr. John McCrae, a Canadian military doctor, wrote this poem.
In Flanders Fields
by John McCrae, May 1915
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
I can’t think of November 11th without associating it with poppies and this poem. In Elementary School we all memorized it and recited it each Remembrance Day. I hope it will mean as much to you as it does to me. It still makes me stop and think.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Apps like ibooks, amazon kindle and borders ebooks make it easy to download oodles of books. In the mood for a classic? There are apps loaded with classics, some of them are free. 'Classics' by Andrew Kazmierski has the best rating and comes recommended by Apple. It has realistic page turning visuals and sounds. Of course most of the book apps like amazon and borders offer free classics as part of their package.
I have found that reading on my i-phone is a little frustrating because the screen is so tiny. A kindle would probably be better. The advantage is that I can hold it in one hand. I can read in a restaurant and not have to balance the book. Finding the page is fast too, but where do I put my cute bookmarks?
So, when you publish that book of yours, will you go the ebook route? I think I would. I always check to see if a book has that option now. I'm not saying that my regular books are history, I'm just looking to the future.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Viriginia is currently in the process of getting Stories for Children Magazine up and on it's feet again. It's a great place to take your stories or articles if you write for kids. Virginia is a writer on
http://thewritingmama.blogspot.com/. She is a busy mom of three kids and a published author as well.
As with most of these awards, the way it works is that you pass it on. I would now like to give this coveted, prestigious award to these people.
Cindy Beck-http://bythebecks.blogspot.com/ Rashelle Workman-http://rashelleworkman.blogspot.com/, Rebecca Talley-http://rebeccatalleywrites.blogspot.com/, Wendy Swore-http://wendyswore.blogspot.com/, Elizabeth Mueller-http://elizabethmueller.blogspot.com/, Lori Nawyn-http://forethoughtandpurpose.blogspot.com/, Ali Cross-http://alicross.blogspot.com/, Connie Hall-http://clhall.blogspot.com/, Tina Scott-http://totallytinascott.blogspot.com/, Karen Dupaix-http://karendupaixwrites.blogspot.com/, Carolyn Frank-http://franklycreative.blogspot.com/, Weston Elliot-http://www.wendword.blogspot.com/, Sarah Southerland-http://livinglifeatwarpedspeed.blogspot.com/, Jaime Theler-http://jaimetheler.blogspot.com/ and Shawna Tenney-http://www.shawnajctenney.com/
The next part of the award is totally up to the recipients time and enthusiasm level. If you wish you may participate. If not, sit back and enjoy knowing that you are loved in a bloggy way.
1. Thank the person who passed the award on to you.
2. Share seven things about yourself.
3.Present this honor to 15 other bloggers.
4.Let them know why they have recieved this honor.
You may have noticed that I included blogsites. Check them out. They are awesome.
Here come my seven things:
1. This year is my 25 wedding anniversary.
2. I am a certified dental assistant (does that make me certifiable?)
3. I am addicted to Wendy's frostys.
4. We didn't have indoor plumbing till I was four.
5. I really like to paint cows.
6. I live with a kids who are 13, 15, 17 and 18. Certifiable probably fits.
7. I almost always wear socks.
Again, thanks to Virginia for this award, and Kudos to those to whom I passed it on. You rock.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
More to follow as color hits the canvas.
I discussed this with my 17-year old. You have to decide what wealth is. Is it happiness, knowledge, an abundance of friends and family.
Conversely, what is poverty. Can you live in a palace and still be poor. I'm sure there are people who are struggling in this economic depression who would beg to differ.
What do you think?
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Writing my own personal history has also been an interesting journey. I kept thinking of things to add and thinking of things that maybe I didn't want to add. Do I really want my kids to know about the weird things I did in high school? Maybe some things are better left unsaid. What do you think. Do you air all those skeletons for future generations, or do you let them gather dust and hope they quietly crumble away?
Friday, June 11, 2010
When I graduated from High School the attitude was, congratulations kid. Here's your diploma. Now go get a job.
Today I hear kids saying "What did you get for graduation? Where are you going on your Senior Trip? A sense of entitlement maybe?
So why did we give in and let her go to California? 'Cause we didn't want her to go to Mexico.
What's your take on the whole 'Senior Trip' thing. Did you go? What will you do when your kids come to you asking about where they get to go?
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
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Monday, May 10, 2010
For each of your paragraphs get a three by five card and write down the questions who, what, where, when, why and how. Ask questions relevant to your paragraph. For example: Who is affected in this paragraph? How did I show what my character was feeling. Where was he in this scene? What was he wearing? Was I descriptive, did I need to be? Why did my character say what he did? When did my character suddenly sit down?
Each set of questions will be different for each paragraph, and they will help you dig a little deeper into what makes each paragraph work, or not work. They may even help you to make your paragraph work better.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
When you are looking at a portfolio, you can click on an image to enlarge it, thus seeing more of the incredible detail.
Putting your work on display like this is a great way to share your work with other illustrators.
On an SCBWI Illustrator's blog, I found the following quote by Patrick Collins, the Creative Director at Henry Holt Books,“A portfolio should include about 10 pieces of your best work. Be selective. Don’t include more than 20 pieces. At least 3 of the works should show characters, people or animals, in scenes or poses that tell a story. The characters’ faces and body language should express emotion and attitudes in such a way that the image establishes a mood and tells the story. Portraits, landscapes and florals don’t do the job in this business.”
So here is the challenge to all you artsy types. Get out there, join SCBWI and get your work up where people can see it. I did.
Friday, April 16, 2010
How would you feel as a writer without a pen or a pencil and something, anything to write on. Writing is darn well addictive. You have to do it. And when the urge strikes, what ever is available will do.
What have you written with or on that wasn't conventional?
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Where the heck do I fit writing in there. Life is full of so many demands on our time.
What do you do to balance 'The list' with your writing time?
Monday, April 5, 2010
Easter weekend and my kistka was flying. A kistka is the tool that you use to make pysanky (Ukrainian Easter eggs). Yes, I know it’s not exactly illustration, but it actually is a form of story telling. Did you know that the work pysanky comes from the latin word pysaty – to write. So these eggs are in fact written eggs. They are eggs with a message. The colors and symbols on the eggs have different meanings to them.
Some basic color meanings are: White – Purity, Yellow – Kindness, Orange – Endurance, Green – Spring, Blue – Truth, Red- Eternity.
Symbols are divided up into animals, plants, geometric patterns and religious symbols. A few of their meanings are: Spider – Patience, Grapes – Fellowship, Horse – Prosperity, Fish net – Bringing men to Christ.
The eggs are made with a wax resist process. The kistka which is a brass funnel on the end of a stick, is heated over a candle flame. When it is hot, you fill it with bees wax. I love the smell of bees wax in the morning. You use the kistka to draw thin lines of bees wax on your egg where ever you want to leave white lines. Then you dip it in a light color of dye. You go from the lightest color to the darkest, adding more wax and then dipping progressively in darker colors. At the end, you melt off the wax, varnish the egg and blow it out.
Be careful, this is an addictive craft. Once you start you will find that you want to try more and more patterns.
The best place to find supplies is http://www.ukrainiangiftshop.com/. They have an extensive supply of what you will need and they ship it in a timely fashion with very reasonable prices.
If you have any questions there is a superb website http://www.learnpysanky.com/. It has lots of great information, even places in Utah where you can take classes. You will find me listed as an instructor.
So next Easter try something new. Or better yet, don't wait. I make pysanky all year round.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Nathan Bransford is a literary agent who gives all sorts of information about writing and publishing on his blog.
Cynthia Leitych Smith is a writer who has an agent. She shares a wealth of knowledge with readers who check out her blog called Cynsations.
Scott Rhodes has a blog called Scott Rhodes Writing Tools. He shares a bunch of free writing tools for your computer to aid with your writing.
Stacy Whitman's Grimoire is a blog done by a gal from Utah whose new imprint, Tu publishing was just purchased by Lee and Low books. Cool, eh. She has oodles of advice on things like writing, publishing and finding an agent.
Another great source for writing inspiration is The Utah Children's Writer's Blog. It is constantly updated with great information about writing topics by talented writers.
You will find these blogs listed under Links for Children's Writer's in the right hand column of my blog if you want to check them out or copy them to your own blog.
Well, I shared mine. Do you have any writing blogs that you enjoy. I'd love to hear about them.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
How do you respond to that. The kid is twelve. And where did he come up with that line.
As to what to do with it, I say, write it down. Save it for a writing reference. Use it as an idea to start a story or build a character. It's too precious to let fizzle.
Kids say stuff all the time that you can work with. When one of my kids was about three he was eating his breakfast and he looked up and said, "Mom, who invented fried eggs." I made up a story about a caveman accidentally dropping a pterodactyl egg on a hot rock and he was happy.
Are you taking advantage of your kids when you take their lines or questions and use them to further your writing? According to my husband, it doesn't matter. We only had them so we would have some one else around to do the dishes.
Friday, March 12, 2010
When Karen finds a line or a scene that touches her that way, she writes it down. She doesn't ignore it, she dedicates a little time to it. She told me if the writing was that good, she wanted to remember how it was written. In writing it down, she does two things. She keeps a copy of writing that inspires her, and she studies how the words were written.
Thanks for the tip, Karen. If your goal is to write as well as some of the authors whose books you simply breathe in, could be a notebook of words that inspire you might be the way to go.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
My last assignment was an illustration of a girl playing volleyball for a youth poem. You can see it posted on my blog.
I will miss the challenge of having a new story, article or poem to inspire me.
So what do I do, now that I no longer have SFC? I do have an illustrated picture book that has been on the back burner waiting to be finished. Perhaps now is the time to dust it off and see what I can do with it. I have posted a sketch from one of the pages on my blog above the volleyball picture. What do you think? Watercolor, acrylic, colored pencil? What medium would you use, and would you make any changes?
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
I would have to agree. This book is full of witty anecdotes that give you a boost of laughing juice. Just what is needed in todays hectic lifestyle. It's a great gift for Valentines Day, an anniversary, birthday, or just if you are in need of a chuckle. It's great for stress relief or joy-uptake.
This incredible book can be purchased at these fine locations - Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Borders, The BYU Bookstore or Deseret Book.
If you would like to have your book signed by one of it's awesome authors, you can attend a book signing at one of these events,
Feb 11, Thurs., 11:45a-1:00p.
BYU, Provo, UT
Mar 9, Tues., 3:00-7:00p.
Santaquin Library Fundraiser
20 W 100 S
A portion of all sales will go to help the library!
And now, what you have all been waiting for...THE CONTEST!
From now, until February 19th, you can enter to win a $20 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble. Here's how. C.L. Beck and D.N. Giles will draw a random winner from all of the stops on the blog tour. For more chances to win, visit the LDS Humor Blog to see the other blogs participating or go to the list at the bottom of this page. Winner to be announced Monday, February 22nd.
Leave a comment on my blog each time you enter the contest. Here are the steps:
1. Become a follower on my blog. I'm so lonely.
2. Write a wonderful review of the book on one or all of these sites: Amazon, Deseret Book, Goodreads, Shelfari, or other review sites. Leave a comment for each and a link to your review on my blog so I can read your inspiring words.
3. Blog about the book and the contest. Link back to the LDS Humor Blog and the Mishaps Website.
4. Tweet or FB this review.
Blog Tour as follows
Feb 5th ~Rachelle Christensen: Rachelle Writes
Feb 6th ~Ronda Hinrichsen: The Write Blocks
Feb 9th ~Connie Hall: C.LaRene Hall
Feb 10th ~Cathy Witbeck: Story Painter
Feb 11th ~Dan Olsen: Dan Olsen's Weblog
Feb 12th ~Danyelle Ferguson: Queen of the Clan
You can click on these blog links and the link to LDS Humor Blog and the Mishaps Website under blogs I like to visit.
Friday, February 5, 2010
The story is called 'The Mess Tin' and it is written from the point of view of the little boy. I hope I got most of what happened right. I think the emotions are pretty well summed up.
The illustration is on my blog. It was fun to do. I had my sixteen year old pose for it. The toughest part was that stinkin' fence. Later someone pointed out to me that there probably wasn't chain link in WWII era, it was most likely chicken wire. My land, try to illustrate that.
If you are interested in checking the story out, go to http://storiesforchildrenmagazine.org/default.aspx and take a look at February's issue. I also have a thrilling article on keeping your teeth clean. Booyah.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
In a column on the left hand side of Emily's blog, there is a list of categories that you can refer to. Those that would be of interest for children or teens would include - Adventure, Christian, Classic, Coming of Age, Family, Fantasy, High School, Historical Fiction, Humor, Non-fiction, Mystery, Picture Books,Pre-Tween, Read-Aloud, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Teen and Tween. Click on any of these and you get a list of reviews of books in that category.
What a great place to go and find a book. If you are concerned about the content of what your child is reading, check out 'Homespun Light' at http://homespunlight.blogspot.com/.