Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Feed My Reads

I struggled a bit about which blog I wanted to blog about today. There are so many good ones out there that it's tough to decide! I decided today I'm not going to review a blog. Well there is a blog involved but it's much more than that. It's more of a concept, and maybe soon it could be a revolution! What am I talking about? Feed My Reads.

Feed My Reads is a Twitter account ( or @feedmyreads) created by Fraser Stoopman. The idea behind it was to create a community to bring authors and readers together. Unlike other similar accounts, where you have to pay to talk about your book, Feed My Reads is absolutely free. You follow Feed My Reads, and when it's found out that you are an author or an avid reader you'll get followed back. Interact and participate in the community, tweet about your books and chances are you'll get Feed My Reads retweeting your tweets.

I wouldn't call Feed My Reads a service. It's much more friendly and open than that. It's more like having a friend, who actually cares about you, helping you out and giving your book a chance to get seen. It's not just for writer's either, but bookworms, illustrators and bloggers as well. There is real interaction here and you aren't a number you are a person. For me, I tend to try to only follow people who interact with their followers and has good content. Feed My Reads has both! If you want to learn about new authors just starting out, or events in your area, then Feed My Reads is the place to go.

It just started out with one person, Fraser Stoopman/Feed My Reads, hanging out with authors and readers, and it's grown into a family. Feed My Reads is growing and now there are lots of Feed My Reads starting out all over the world. I should probably state that I am handling Feed My Reads Canada right now! or @feedmyreadscan. If you are interested in helping me out with this please let me know!

Like I said, Feed My Reads is starting to travel the globe. There are also Feed My Reads according to genre and age groups. There is one for book reviews, book bloggers, Fandoms, Nostalgia, Film, and I'm sure a few others that I can't remember. It may have started with just authors and readers in mind, but Illustrators, bloggers, and anyone in between can gain from participating in this community!

Recently there was a Facebook Event that was very successful. Authors and Bloggers got to post in one hour sessions and the rest of the community were able to ask them questions! There were giveaways and free time for the community to just hang out.

The newest thing for Feed My Reads (other than all the great new areas they are covering) is a Magazine! There are interviews, book reviews and a lot of surprises in store for us. To see a sample of what it will look like go here: If you are interested in the Facebook Page go here:

I do hope you will take a look at Feed My Reads! I really think this might change the face of how people market their books, and will change the way we get our information. Thank you Fraser Stoopman for coming up with this. Please check this out and tell me what you think!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

My Giveaways

As you may well know I'm doing three giveaways at once. You can read about them here. It's getting close to the end of the giveaways, and the requirements for the giveaways have not been met. Don't worry if you've entered, you can still win, though I'll just send out the prizes after I have 100 likes for my Facebook Page, and 100 followers for Feed My Reads Canada. I still don't think it will take too long, but I didn't want you to think you were entering contests for no reason!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Just Bedcause A List of #Bedbands

So on Twitter today there was talk of bedbands. In case you don't know here is a list originally composed by Claudette, Greg, Cedrix, Nick, Jimmi, Marc, Roland, Yousuf  and myself (check #bedbands to see their full twitter names) on Oct 26th (all in alphabetical order by name). All I have to say is Claudette started it. You are welcomed to post your own in the comments!

Guns & Snoozes
Sleep Purple

Snoozy and the Banshees
Kate Bushed
Snore-bid Angel
Guns n Dozes
Axl Doze
Iggy Pooped
Snoozy and the Banshees
Lenny Kravitzzzzzzzzzzz
Lamb of Nod
Bon(soir) Jovi (oh dear)
Nod Stewart
Motress the Hoople
Tenacious Z
Uriah Sleep
Cotley Crue
Ozzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzy Osbourne
Bed Nuget
(Sleep) Soundgarden
Bed Zeppelin
Kiss (goodnight)
ZZzzzzzzzzzzzzz Top
Kings of Leon-down
System of an EiderDown
Spinal Nap

Duvet Duvet
The Futon Fighters
Boxspring Boys
Mattress Twenty
Pillow Jam
Quilting on Toes

System of the Down Comforter

Manic Street Sleepers

Bruice Springsheet & the E Sleep Band
Bed English

daft bunk

Zzzz Top

The Zzzzzombies

Friday, October 25, 2013

PiBoIdMo Blog Hop!

PiBoIdMo - Picture Book Idea Month 

This is my first year doing Picture Book Idea Month. The brain child of Tara Lazar. She was tired of the novelists having all the fun in NaNoWriMo If you want to join PiBoIdMo the sign up is here. Here you will create 30 picture book ideas in 30 days (no, no pressure at all! ha ha ha.) There are daily blog posts and awesome prizes to be won so why not?

I'm joining this because I'm a busy mom, and I'm having trouble with the 12x12 because I'm not focusing to come up with new ideas. I'm hoping this will help me focus. Next year I'm hoping to be brimming with stories to write! 

About the blog hop.
At the end of this post I'll take some writers. Each writer who is tagged just has to answer a few questions and then tags 3 other children's writers participating in PiBoIdMo.

I was tagged by Yvonne Mes a very talented illustrator and writer. She's living in Australia and has three cute little boys. I honestly can't remember if I met her first in the 12 x 12 or the Chapter Book Challenge group (probably the latter). She has wonderful illustrations on her site so check them out! Her blog is a great read and I'm sure I'll be reviewing it in the near future.

1.      What am I currently working on?

So much I don't even know where to start! I have a lot of craft shows coming up soon. I am using my illustrations in everything I sell. I'm going to be developing some ideas in PiBoIdMo, so that will give me a lot of things to write soon. I have my blog that I need to start dedicating more time to... and my fractured fairy tales have to suffer right now because I just don't have time to write them. I'm thinking about starting a web comic about "The Pattern Pals" soon and I have a picture book that I want to enter in this SCBWI contest where I'll be submitting the dummy and some finished artwork.

2.      How does it differ from other works in the genre?

I'll stick to "The Pattern Pals" for this question. The way I've developed this whole thing is kind of backwards. I had a blog in 2010 where I designed all these characters. Now I've gone back and made a coloring book out of them. I have original illustrations that I'll be selling of these and have done tons of greeting cards as well. This is all before having a book to base it on. I'm hoping to start the web comic in January and see where that goes. My husband will be helping me write it, and it will likely be for a younger audience than most web comics.

3.      Why do I write what I do?

No one in their right mind really knows! I just write whatever comes to my head. Same with drawing. Maybe it's the lack of sleep. Maybe it's the lack of time. Maybe, maybe it's just that I've got a screw loose ever since I had my son (blaming him even though the last straw was years ago). 

4.      What is the hardest part about writing?

When I actually have the time to work on something I usually choose illustration (and I really don't usually have much time). Sometimes I actually prefer to write, but I feel like my portfolio needs to be fixed up in certain places so I end up just doing art instead. Also it's much easier to paint than write (for me) when my toddler is screaming bloody murder/joyful murder.

I guess I was supposed to only do three people but I did four!

Stacy Jensen

Short bio:
I write {picture books and memoir}. I design {websites}. I eat {chocolate}. website:

Ceilia Clark

Short bio: 

I am therefore I write. Hmmm okay I am lots of things besides being a writer. I am an illustrious illustrator who brags brilliantly. Okay then story teller, public speaker, parent, friend and confidante, props makers, teacher and erstwhile chef. I have works in progress, ideas galore and lots of flash fiction in places to read it. Me in a nutshell, if I could fit in one.

Robyn Campbell

Short Bio: 

I'm a published short story writer, who also writes picture books and MG novels.

Elaine Hillson

Photographer and writer focus on historical fiction and dark fantasyAlso an artist and student of feline behaviour.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Announcing Three Giveaways

Okay, this might be last minute but I'm doing three giveaways on Feed My Reads and Friends starting tonight! I need some more followers in some areas so maybe you can all help me out? This is my first Rafflecopter giveaway and I'm doing three at once!

First one is for Feed My Reads Canada! If I can get to 100 followers by the end of the month you could win a free download* of the Chapter Book's Challenge's Anthology "Jingle Bells" when it comes out.I believe I have a couple of illustrations of this.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Second Contest: I desperately need more likes for my webpage on Facebook if I can get 100 likes by the end of the Month I will give out a free download* of the SuperHERo Tales! It's tales about strong Female Superheroes. I've written one of these stories. The profits for this book go to The Because I Am a Girl charity
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Third Contest: If I get both 100 likes on Facebook and get 100 people following me on @FeedMyReadsCan then you could also win a copy of my "Pattern Pals" coloring book or 10 of my Mini Coloring Books (your choice)!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I hate dangling prizes in front of people and then refusing to give them the prize. I'm almost positive that I'll get the numbers by this time (even without this contest) so this is just a fun way for me to interact with all of you! Contests end at the end of the month so act now! * These books have not been released yet so please allow at least 2-4 weeks for your book.

What's Up Wed... er Today

I was so busy last week getting ready for my show that it was crazy. I didn't make any money at all off of any artwork (maybe had 20-30 people who visited). I did have a lady that was absolutely thrilled about my work, which was almost like a sale to me!

What I'm Reading

All the great posts over at Feed My Reads and Friends event! I got a copy of "The Cloud Diary" from Tony Gilbert and I believe that I have another one on the way as well.  

What I'm Writing/Drawing 

I recently was asked to head Feed My Reads Canada! @FeedMyReadsCan In a nut shell it's a place to connect readers, authors and bloggers. If you have a book/writing event in Canada just tag or at @feedmyreadscan and I'll retweet it! There will also be great events like the Feed My Reads and Friend event that's currently going on through Sunday.

Fraser Stoopman heads @FeedMyReads and he's all about finding ways to get new authors known. It's not a pay service or anything like that. With this new event he's putting on it's a way for authors and bloggers to host and connect with other authors, bloggers, writers and readers. This is why I've agreed to help out, because I think it's a great way for people to get out there.

I'm not sure what all I'm going to do with Feed My Reads Canada, but I know I could use help. If you are interested in joining me please send me a message. Otherwise please follow at Feed My Reads Canada to help me out!

This week I'm getting ready for another Swap Meet. This one is pretty low key and I don't expect to make a ton of money, but I do hope to have fun. I better too because I'll have my toddler David with me. I'm also hosting Feed My Reads and Friends for two hours tonight 7pm-9pm right before David Lichty! There WILL BE A BIG GIVEAWAY so please tune in!

 Every Day Possible
- Getting ready for my show this Saturday!
- Remember that I have Twitter/Facebook and a life outside of these. 

Wed 10/23
- Write my What's Up Wednesday post delayed to Thursday

Today 10/24
- Hosting Feed My Reads and Friends 7pm-9pm and announcing a giveaway or three there! 

Friday 10/25
- Getting ready for my Swap Meet Saturday Morning

Saturday 10/26
- Swap Meet 
Fall Community Swap Meet 
Surrey Alliance Church
13474 96 Avenue
Free admission
9:00am - 1:00pm

-Halloween Party!

Sunday 10/27
- A day of rest?

Monday 10/28
- Play with a terrible two toddler

Tuesday 10/29
- Post at least 1 painting/drawing to this blog by this date.
- Blog review
- More artwork this day!

Wednesday 10/30
- Write my What's Up Wednesday post 

What Inspires Me Right Now

The Feed My Reads Event.... very inspiring the way it's run right now. 

What Else I've Been Up To

Baby Minding 
If I die anytime soon it will be from lack of sleep.

Working Out/Being Healthy 
I'm Sick

I'm sick. Yes I had to say it twice.

*What's up Wednesday is part of Jamie Morrow's summer writing intensive: "Ready. Set. WRITE!" There are other host blogs including: Erin L. FunkAlison MillerKaty Upperman, and Elodie Nowodazkij.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Ashley Bohmer Children's Writer

I've been waiting to do this one for a while! Today's blogger is Ashley Bohmer She's a wonderful writer, and also she came up with the idea for the characters in my Coloring Book "The Pattern Pals". Ashley is a highly imaginative writer and much like the last Ashley I blogged about, she is also very enthusiastic! Ashley's blog has a lot of great information about the project's she's working on and good things about the writing life itself. She just started her blog back in August, but with her drive I'm sure she will be posting on her blog for years to come!

Ashley's blog has a lot of neat writing tidbits on it. Her "10 Things I’ve Learned About Writing Recently" is a very good list to read through even if you are an established writer. Her four I's post has a lot of great information for writers. Though it's less of a lesson and more of a truth Ashley's "A Picture-Book Writer's ABCs..." post is great for a giggle.

Ashley's blog has a small sampling of her writing style. I love her recent Haikus they are lovely short poems about the fall season. What Ashley isn't showing you in her blog is her great new story for the Jingle Bells anthology that the Chapter Book Challenge is putting together. This should be coming out the same time as the Female Superhero Anthology. I got the chance to read her story for the Jingle Bells anthology and it's really cute! Ashley's work is very well worked and she takes great pride in polishing her stories until they shine (and this one really does shine)!

Off her blog Ashley is just as wonderful! You don't have to take my word for it! You can follow her here: and see for yourself. I can't wait to see what Ashley does next on her blog and in her writing career. If what she's written so far on her blog and for the Jingle Bells Anthology then we're in for a real treat.

Check Ashley out, and I'm sure you'll agree that she's just wonderful! I'm glad to have met her and I expect great things to come in the future. One last thing: Ashley is going to feature me on her blog on the first of November. Be sure to tune into her blog to see what goes down. She's got a list of wonderful questions for me to answer. I'm very excited to be featured!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

What Was Up On Wednesday?

I actually did a blog review this week! I guess I sacrificed my What's Up Wednesday post for doing this. That's okay, it was my birthday and I'll do what I wanna. 

I had an extra special birthday gift this year. SO, I met my husband online in a Comic Book Chat Room (we rarely if ever talked about comics). This was back in 2002... well my husband wasn't the only person I met there. Emma (@emmajeans on twitter) was one of the wonderful people I met there. This past Sunday I MET HER IN PERSON! We hung out both Sunday and Monday (with Peter and David) and we had a blast. I can't believe I got to meet her before she gets really famous for doing comics. You can see her webcomic here: Check her out and you'll agree that she's awesome! It's just too bad she lives on the other side of the world, but I'm sure I'll visit her some day.

What I'm Reading

Not enough!

What I'm Writing/Drawing 

I'm in a rush to get things done for Sunday's show (was freaking out because I keep saying Saturday). I bought some paper yesterday to make cards... ended up spending twice what I thought I'd spend. The biggest problem is I don't know if I got everything I wanted to get. Non-buyer's remorse is the worst when you are a visual artist!

All day today I'll probably be creating and packaging my work (if I get to the packaging part). Yesterday I cut out all kinds of The Pattern Pal shapes to go onto greeting cards. These will either be general greeting cards or Christmas cards (I haven't decided). They are a bit colorful for Christmas so we'll see!

 Every Day Possible
- Getting ready for my show this Saturday!
- Remember that I have Twitter/Facebook and a life outside of these. 

Today 10/16
- Write my What's Up Wednesday post delayed to Thursday

Thursday 10/17

Friday 10/18
-Watch Insane Children
-Make sure I have everything for my swap meet!

Saturday 10/19
- Printing for the Swap Meet!

Sunday 10/20

Monday 10/21
- I have no idea...

Tuesday 10/22
- Post at least 1 painting/drawing to this blog by this date.
- Blog review
- More artwork this day!

Wednesday 10/23
- Write my What's Up Wednesday post 

What Inspires Me Right Now

My meeting with the very talented Emma and the overwhelming fear that I wont finish everything I need to.

What Else I've Been Up To

Baby Minding 
He's a crazy boy! He loved going bowling this past Monday. He had a ball throwing a ball. 

Working Out/Being Healthy 
I walked all over Vancouver so that makes up for all the times I'm bad, right?

I had a great birthday! Thanks to Peter, David, Emma, My Family and all the wonderful family and friends who wished me (and might still wish me) a Happy Birthday this year!

*What's up Wednesday is part of Jamie Morrow's summer writing intensive: "Ready. Set. WRITE!" There are other host blogs including: Erin L. FunkAlison MillerKaty Upperman, and Elodie Nowodazkij.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Ashley Howland and Ghostnapped

The delay for me to write about Ashley's blog has been great indeed, but then again maybe that delay is a good thing. Ashley's Blog is called "Ghostnapped" and that's just a perfect name for a blog to review near Halloween! Though Ashley did write a scary book called "Ghostnapped" her blog is anything but scary! Check it out for yourself:

Along with her book "Ghostnapped" Ashley has a couple of other books highlighted on her blog. The other one that might fit in perfectly with Halloween coming up is: "The Homework Goblin" This book may be more Halloween-ish by name than scary, but it's still good fun. Probably the most important of these books is "Obi the Super Puppy and the Mystery of the Red Mist". I say this because the story is based on the life of a real dog that is very dear to Ashley's heart.

Ashley's blog is as much about her writing life as her personal life. Much of Ashley's personal (and professional) life is about dogs. Ashley is one of those people who is my hero. She's one of those people who has dedicated part of her life for working for a very special not for profit organization called Labs 'n Life. This organization helps train Labrador as companion dogs for autistic children.  How amazing is that? I wish I could say that I have done the same, but it's not easy choosing a job like this. 

"Obi the Super Puppy and the Mystery of the Red Mist" must be a fantastic book. I have not read this book yet, but the joy that is felt when you read about how Ashley talks about Obi is just so powerful. If you even get a fraction of that enthusiasm and joy from reading this book, then it is a must read. So why is this book the most important? Well it's about a very special dog to Ashley. The one in a million type of animal. I was lucky to have had two cats like this growing up. It's the type of amazing animal that everyone needs to know about. Unfortunately Obi is no longer with us, but the adorable Stitch is still here. While Obi was still here Ashley created this Facebook page for her faithful friend and his stories. July of this year took Obi away, but help keep him alive by liking her Facebook page dedicated to his books and life: Okay I know it was a while ago but I'm still crying. I can't say I know how Ashley feels, but I've lost animals before and anything that keeps their memory alive is a good thing.

I really think Ashley's blog is one of the special blogs out there. This will probably date me a lot here, but I remember back to the show "Home Improvement". I don't remember what the episode was about but the term "unbridled enthusiasm" was brought up. I think it was mostly a joke at the time, but I think Ashley has a lot of unbridled enthusiasm. I mean this as a complement in this case. Whether Ashley is talking about her family, writing or dogs you can feel her enthusiasm in her posts. She is one of the people I can't imagine not becoming a well known author just based on the passion she has for life and writing. Please check out her blog and I'll post a few more places to follow her below!

Web page:

Saturday, October 12, 2013

King Midas Part 4 of 4

I'm not sure how I feel about this story now that it's done. I did a bit of a push to finish it, because I wanted to start a fresh story next week. I didn't expect it to go on quite so long! I'm glad to get it done, and now I can start thinking of a new story to write.

Stop, if you haven't read part one you can read it here: King Midas - Part 1

King Midas Part 4

A wonderful area of the gardens was set aside just for Eric honouring his life and service to the king. Guards were posted around the clock. Anyone who saw the gardens loved the memorial, and everyone agreed that the gold statue bore an uncanny resemblance to Eric himself.

Under Midas' rule the castle city soon became a wonderful place to live once again. The king did not want to stop turning items in the kingdom gold, so he found ways that his people could have all the gold they wanted. If someone in town wanted more gold all they had to do was request it from the king and it was given to them. Soon the entire kingdom was rich, and since everyone was rich, no one was rich. Gold became a very useless item to have and soon it was replaced with silver as currency.

Even though gold wasn't worth much anymore the king still loved turning things into gold. He would turn whole houses into to gold, the dirt roads were soon gold dust and even the trees looked better to him as gold.

One day while eating his dinner King Midas was visited by Reginald. “My Lord there is a problem.”

“Can't you see I'm in the middle of eating?” Said the king.

“Yes, My Lord, but this can't wait.”

The king sighed and put down his cutlery. “What is it now?'

“There isn't much food left in the kingdom.”

“Well have them go to the market to buy more. That's what commoners do isn't it?”

“Of course, my Lord. It's just that there isn't any food to sell. You have turned too many plants into gold. And the soil...”

“The soil has never looked better!”

“I don't disagree with you there, but gold soil can't grow crops. Maybe you could just not turn things into gold anymore.”

The king sighed, “I can't stop turning things into gold any more than you can not stop criticizing the way I run the land.” The king slipped off his gloves. “It's a simple solution. We'll just use our gold to buy food from the other kingdoms surrounding us.”

“My Lord, no.” At least, that is what Reginald would have said if he had not been so busy looking at himself in the mirror rather than paying attention to King Midas' movements. “Percy, Percy! Called the king.

“Yes my Lord?” Percy looked over at the golden statue of Reginald. The color drained from his face.

“You are my right hand man now. Please see that Reginald gets a nice spot in the garden.”

“Ye -yes my Lord.”

Percy brought more guards into the room to help him remove Reginald's body. Percy silently cursed his luck. He knew if he wasn't careful he would too become a golden statue. He didn't have to live in fear for long, because a few days later he too was turned to gold.

Percy was soon joined in the garden by many other great advisers. Glen, Richards, Evens and even Soren was there to keep Percy company. Oh how they all sparkled brightly in the kings garden. It wasn't just King Midas' advisers that ended up in this garden, but his cooks, tailors and anyone else the king felt like turning into gold. Much of the kingdom lived in fear of the King and many fled to kingdoms without enchanted kings.

One bright morning King Midas was just putting his finishing touch on Olga the maid. Behind him he heard a little voice.

“Dearest Father why do you have to turn everyone into gold?”

“Well you see my dear, sometimes people need to be taught a lesson. The maid was just telling me that it was my fault that the other kingdoms wont sell me food anymore.”

“Well, Father, it is your fault.”

The king pulled a gold rose from a vase “They are better off this way. They will live forever as gold statues. Even something as small as this rose is more lovely as gold.”

“Well I think it's ugly.”

The king turned to look at his daughter, but he didn't see her when he turned. Instead he felt something brush his hand. He looked to his side and to his horror he saw a perfect statue of his little girl. “No!” It was too horrible to bear. The king wrapped his arms around his daughter and wept.

After what seemed like hours King Midas found his way outside the castle. He looked around at his once great kingdom. Oh how beautifully the entire city sparkled. No longer were there people in the streets to enjoy his wonderful works of art. Most fled the town, and others hid quietly in the shadows. The king made his way to the city's centre. “What have I done?” He asked to no one and buried his face in his hands.

King Midas' gift performed it's magic one last time. With the King as a statue the magic that held everything in it's gold state fell away. Everyone and everything that was turned to gold went back to normal.

Many merchants that day cried in sorrow as their gold from Midas' kingdom turned into useless junk. The people of the city soon returned and celebrated their lives without the plague of gold. And King Midas? Well no one shed a tear for his death except his little girl. Even she has long since stopped crying, though every year during the art festival she clips the most beautiful red rose she can find and leaves it at his feet.

Friday, October 11, 2013

BC Cancer Foundation and Me!

Sometime early this year, when I was exercising regularly, I decided to join the Workout to Conquer Cancer. I was all set to give some donations from my current business to this event. Well things happened and I am no longer in the business I was in before. I've since then started a new business and have an Etsy shop to go along with said business. Since not much has changed, and I still need to raise $1000 I thought I'd go ahead and use my business to earn money for this!

Okay, okay, I'll admit that I'm not making any money with my Etsy shop yet, but I'm sure that will change soon. Either that or I'll end up in the poor house (it's all good). When I do start making money, please know that 5% of my sales (before taxes) will go to the BC Cancer Foundation. I have planned to do this from the beginning, however I had to get permission to say so!

It's a good thing that I got permission, because I was going to use the wrong logo! That would have been embarrassing. This was the logo I was going to use! It's okay and now everything has worked out! If you want to donate directly you can click on the logo in the upper left corner of my blog or go here: My Personal Fundraising Page If you can support my shop the link is to the right just under my bio or you can go here: My Etsy Store

Thanks so much for reading, and hopefully together we can help fight cancer!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

And the Liebster Award Goes To...

This post was meant to be done a long time ago... like last week. My computer died before I could post this but I want to make sure I get this going. 

I am going to have to give a shout out and a heartfelt Thank You to Becky Shillington for nominating me for the Leibster Blog Award. The Leibster award is giving to wonderful blogs with under 200 followers. The word "Liebster" Means sweetheart in German, so you either have a bit of sweet love for my blog or you want to marry it (I'm good either way). Even if you pine for my blog for the rest of your life, you may bring yourself to admit that it's a nice award. Please visit Becky's blog here:
In accepting this award I am contractually obligated to answer 10 questions of Becky's choosing and then command 5-10 other people to answer my similarly worded questions.  The goal here is to thoroughly embarrass the people who receive this award. Oh, no, wait... that's my goal. In any case make up a batch of these cookies: read my answers, and then cower in the corner if I call on you by name!

1. When did you first know you'd like to be a writer (or illustrator)?
I think it started in High School. In my Freshman year we had to create original coloring books and read them in front of the class. I'll have to tell you that mine ruled all of the other coloring books in the class. As a Sophomore I had an excellent writing teacher named Glen Shellhammer. This was the first time I really was encouraged to write. One of the few teachers I've had over the years that really believed in me. 
I decided to take an Art Major in College, because it would reduce the number of math classes I'd have to take. Little did I know that Artists didn't need to know anything about math, because they'd never have enough money to worry about these things. Just after I graduated I spent my life savings ($1500) on a graduate course in Illustration taught by Dominic Catalano. This was worth more than the $30,000 some I had spent on about 2.5 years of University. Loved the class and decided to become an Illustrator though I may never be able to afford rent.

2. If you could meet any author, living or deceased, who would it be?
First off, I'd rather meet a living author. The dead ones are no fun to speak to. There are so many I'd like to meet, but I don't know if I'd like those people as well as their work. I think the best answer is that I'd like to meet living authors that are intelligent, who I'd get along with, and who'd actually get me. I'd be more than thrilled to meet any author who was in the SCBWI, 12 x 12, those that take part in the Chapter Book Challenge, those that I talk to on Twitter or any other group where I'm a member. I'd rather be a friend to people than a fan.

3. Coffee or tea?
Mostly Coffee. I appreciate tea, but I appreciate it more with sugar. Sugar is not my friend right now so I stick mostly with Coffee. When I can afford bucket loads of loose leaf tea, or decide I want sugary drinks in my diet I'll put tea on even footing with coffee.
4. What item is #1 on your "Bucket List?"
Live Forever

5.  What topic do you think is most overdone in the kidlit market today?
Hrm depends on the kidlit. Overly sappy/cute stories are bothersome, but not necessarily the most overdone.
For YA it's Vampire Stories and Post Apocalyptic Stories. These can be done, and done well, but mostly it's a flood of "Meh" stories. If a story is really well done it doesn't matter if it's overdone, but really I'd wait to sell any Vampire and Post Apocalyptic stories for a while.

6. What is the best book you've read in the last six months?
The Hunger Games Series (Post Apocalyptic story done so well). Things similar to this have been done, but no where near as well (and anyone who uses this as an argument should know it's not always about who does it first). 

7. Are you an early bird or a night owl?
Night Owl. Always have been. If I try to get up early to do something my son will just wake up, so I'll just enjoy the night for now.

8. What is your favorite opening line from a book?
I rarely remember the opening lines of books, though they are very important. When I do remember them they are usually morbid or somewhat unmemorable. 

9. Do you write better in silence or with background noise? (If you chose background noise, then what kind?) Depends on what kind of mood I am. Mostly quiet music if I do listen to anything. I'll start writing what I'm hearing (especially on the tv) and that makes it hard for any of my own thoughts to be written down.
10. What book has had the most profound effect upon your writing style?
I think every book has a profound effect on my writing style. I've changed my writing style a lot over the years, so I don't know if I can attribute this to any one book. I can say that if a book I like is fresh in my mind (being I've read it within a week before writing) I will often be able to/or try to write in a similar voice as that book. 

It's your turn! I'll be bugging you on your blogs shortly, but if your name is on the list you have received the Leibster Blog Award from yours truly! If you choose to accept it you will have to answer the 10 questions I came up with which will be listed after your name. No pressure to join in, but this should be fun!

Great Blogs
Meg Miller:

Sue Frye:

Nancy Vo:

Helena Juhasz

Please answer these questions however you see fit. Since I'm lazy I'm copying and pasting the instructions: "If you choose to accept here are the directions: Link back to the blogger that tagged you. Nominate 5-10 others and answer the questions of the one who tagged you (mine are below). Then ask 10 questions for the bloggers you nominate as well as letting your nominees know of their award. Oh, yeah—and have fun! ☺"

1. What is your favorite thing about writing or illustrating for children?

2. Who or what inspired you to become a writer or illustrator?

3. What is one thing that most people don't know about you?

4. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

5. How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck would chuck wood?

6. What do you do when you aren't writing/illustrating?

7. Color or Black & White?

8. How long?

9. How annoying is it that I tagged you on my blog for this?

10. Do you have any big events that you are going to or hosting soon?

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

What's Up Wednesday? Oh So Many Things!

Once again I have failed to do my blog review. Today I have a really good reason. My Grandmother-In-Law had to be moved into a full care retirement community last Wednesday. Monday we moved a lot of things over the border (couch, washer/dryer, storage) from Bellingham to our place. Yesterday I spent the whole day helping my Mother-in-Law to clean and organize the place. It was great getting new things but I'd trade it all to not have Nan in a full care facility. She's doing great though, and she needs the added care. I am completely wiped out after these two days... I even canceled my tickets to the "Parent's Bloggers Unite" tonight. (#pbuyvr in case you want to know what I'm talking about on Twitter). I'm sad that I can't make the event but I have so much to do this week!

What I'm Reading

Ads and websites to see what Swap Meets, Christmas Fairs, and Craft fairs are out there

What I'm Writing/Drawing 

Still adding a lot to my Etsy shop. Feeling the pressure now, because I have a ton of things to get printed and some of those aren't ready to be printed yet. My first show is on the 20th and I need business cards, illustration prints, poster, greeting cards, small coloring books and maybe a few more of the big coloring books. The only things that aren't ready for print are the greeting cards, so that will be my big rush job this week. I'm also working hard at booking some of these shows so I know what I'm doing when. I will be posting shows under a new section of my webpage ( in the next coupe of days. I just got accepted for Christmas in Cloverdale December 6&7th! 

 Every Day Possible
- Work on adding to my Etsy shop
- Work on Greeting Card Art
- Remember that I have Twitter/Facebook and a life outside of these. 

Today 10/09
- Write my What's Up Wednesday post today - done

Thursday 10/10
-Watch two crazy toddlers.

Friday 10/11
-Get some serious outwork done.

Saturday 10/12
Working on things for my shop

Sunday 10/13
- Hang out with my friend Emmj either today or tomorrow (or both!)

Monday 10/14
- Hanging out?

Tuesday 10/15
- Post at least 1 painting/drawing to this blog by this date.
- Blog review
- Have all my craft shows set up.
- More artwork this day!

Wednesday 10/16
- Write my What's Up Wednesday post 
- It's my Birthday and I'll do what I wanna!

What Inspires Me Right Now

All my online friends!

What Else I've Been Up To

Baby Minding 
He was so good at his GG's when we were moving and cleaning out her apartment Monday & Tuesday!

Working Out/Being Healthy 
I've been doing a TON of cleaning. This counts, doesn't it?

Computer is fixed. All is well with the world again. Trying to set up an account with Square so I can take credit cards. It's been a failed attempt so far. I hope I can fix this soon.

*What's up Wednesday is part of Jamie Morrow's summer writing intensive: "Ready. Set. WRITE!" There are other host blogs including: Erin L. FunkAlison MillerKaty Upperman, and Elodie Nowodazkij.