Sunday, June 30, 2013

Submission for the Female Superhero Challenge #CAFSC

Here is my entry for the Female Superhero Challenge. You can check it out here: http://imaginecreatewrite.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/creating-female-superhero-challenge.html

My Info: 
My name is Dani Duck. The word count is 1000 words.

Anthology:

 Yes

I don't mind which charity the money goes to. All of them are great charities, so whichever charity is chosen is alright with me.

Name of female superhero:

 Krista hasn't decided this yet.

Name of human alter ego, if different:

Krista Spokes


Superhero Appearance (hair, eyes, body type, etc.):

She glows with multicoloured energy. Threads of glowing energy surround her body when she is in this form.

Human alter ego appearance (if she has an alter ego):

Krista is an average looking Caucasian girl. Her hair and eyes are both dark brown. The most noticeable thing about her is that she's very thin and has sharp features.  She prefers to hide her body in clothing that's way too big for her.  She lives in her jeans and couldn't imagine wearing a skirt. She likes sweaters and t-shirts, but isn't picky about clothing. Usually she gets her clothing second hand.

Costume:

Krista doesn't have a costume yet. She has no sewing skills and wouldn't know how to put together an outfit. She generally fights crime in a t-shirt and shorts. 

Personality:
Krista is quiet and a bit shy.  She spent most of her youth reading (comics and playing video games). She never spent a lot of time hanging out with other girls. Most of her friends are boys. She is very warm and tries hard to fit in. She has a great love for the world around her.  When getting her powers she swore she would protect everyone - even those who constantly pick on her.

Brief description of how the superheroine gets her powers (i.e. born with them, radioactive accident, mad scientist experiments on her, etc.):

Krista was walking to school one day and saw a flash of blinding light. Something struck her and she was found hours later unconscious. She was in a coma for a week. When she woke up she seemed normal, but over the following weeks her powers slowly developed.

Powers:

Krista hasn't fully explored her powers yet. She has increased strength and speed. Her body is almost invulnerable. She can shoot energy bolts and has some control over different forms of energy. 

Anything else important:

Krista goes to high school. She's also not very self-confident in her looks.  

My Story:

“I wonder if she even showers.” the other girls with Illy laughed. They huddled by the door of the classroom. Krista sat a few feet away, her forehead placed firmly on her desk.

I had one just this morning! Krista thought indignantly. Krista's shoulder-length brown hair admittedly always looked terrible. Not that it would matter, Illy and her group of stuck-up snobs had already made up their minds up about Krista. Now it they lived to make her life miserable.

“Why is she always in baggy clothing?” One whispered.

Krista could eat anything and not put on weight. Everything was baggy on her. She could wear spandex and tights and it would still look enormous on her. There was another reason why she wore baggy clothes: Krista was wearing her gym clothing underneath lately just in case she had to Change.

Illy cooly walked over to Krista's desk. Krista looked up; her brown eyes glaring. Illy leaned over into Krista's face, “Why do you think you're such a loser?”

Krista stood up so fast that her chair fell backward. Illy gasped. Krista could feel her whole body prickling with energy. I should take them all down now. No one would blame me. She would Change soon if she didn't do anything about it and she didn't want to do anything about it. Krista just stood there glaring at Illy.

A loud crash came from another classroom. It was enough to brink Krista back to reality. Everyone in the classroom rushed out the door. Krista ran out into the hall where chaos had broken out. People were running towards the exit and screaming. Typical, she thought. Krista pushed through the crowd and slipped into the Janitor's closet. She removed her sweater and jeans and hid them behind the mop bucket.

The lights went out as they always did when the Change took hold. Every part of her body crackled and burned with energy. When it was over Krista felt a intense rush of immeasurable power. Her body glowed and multi-coloured threads of illuminated energy surrounded her body. After two months she still couldn't get over how beautiful the Change was and how it made her feel.

After the change Krista could hear nothing outside the closet. Slowly she entered the hallway. The lights flickered on and Krista could see a figure at the other end of the hall.

“I knew you went to school here!” The girl squealed in delight. Her hair was pulled back in a french braid. She was clad in black and red leather with fishnet tights. She wore a red mask. To top it off she was wearing thigh-high stiletto boots. Krista thought she looked ridiculous. “Want to join me in trashing the school?”

“If you know who I am, then you know my answer.”

“Suit yourself. I do hope you know that I have to destroy you and all now. Nothing personal.” The girl glowered and thrust her hands forward. Shadows, like black snakes, flowed from her arms at Krista.

Krista easily dodged most of the shadows, and destroyed the rest with her energy bolts. She paused to smile when she was struck from behind. A wave of sickness and pain overtook her. Krista wasn't use to anyone being able to actually hurt her!

“Does that hurt? Good.” The girl walked towards Krista throwing more shadows. The shadow snakes lashed out at Krista faster than she could destroy them. The pain was almost blinding. “I'm going to start by destroying you, and then everyone else at this stupid school.”

Krista used her energy beams to lift and throw nearby lockers at the girl, but the girl was too fast. Krista closed her eyes and threw a small bolt of energy at the girl's chest. The girl flew backward across the hallway and fell limp onto the floor.

Krista waited for the girl to move, but there was nothing. Time seemed to stand still as streams of energy poured from the girls body into the air. Krista moved to the girl's side. I... I killed her. She had never thought her powers would lead her to this. Krista put her hand up and felt the energy flow around her hand. The energy gathered almost lovingly around her hand. Tears streamed down Krista's face. She whispered to the energy, “If only I could put you back.” She delicately put her hand on the girl's chest.

The energy obediently moved from her hand back into the girls body. The girl sat up as though shocked, and then fell back to the ground. Krista could hear her breathing, though she didn't move. Krista stood up and wondered what to do next. She looked towards the door. She would have to get changed before going outside. She turned towards the girl, but she was gone. “I guess there isn't anything left to do but get dressed.”

Krista went back to the janitor's closet and let the Change melt away. She retrieved her clothes from behind the mop bucket. Great, all wet! I wonder if other superheroes have this problem?

Krista walked outside in her wet clothes. Someone said, “What did you do, fall in the toilet?” Krista just ignored them.

“Here's an idea for you, just stop eating.” Illy and her friends had Janice cornered by the lamp post.

“Seriously, how can you stand being so fat?” Krista could see Janice face burning red.

Krista ran to Janice's side. “Leave her alone! Why don't you go find another group of souless skanks to make fun of?”

Illy glared and bumped into Krista as she passed her. “Whatever, loser.” Her friends followed suit.

“I didn't need your help,” said Janice. I can take care of myself. Janice stomped off muttering to herself. Krista was about to call after her when something caught her eye. A hand-shaped dent was left where Janice hand had been. Krista wondered what other strange things her future held.


Friday, June 28, 2013

Colouring Book in the Works

Lately I've been working on a colouring book that I will be selling on Etsy! I still have quite a ways to go to get my artwork colouring book ready. I haven't decided yet if I'm doing one colouring book or two, but I've gotten lots of images to go in the book so far. I do have the black and whites for many of my drawings scanned, but I felt that some of the lines should be thicker for colouring pages. While I'm not starting from scratch with these I'm still re-inking and in some cases re-drawing a few things.

I was in the middle of working on one of my drawings when I realized that it would probably not work for the purposes of a colouring book. Yes, I love this drawing, and yes it would look lovely as a page in my book. The biggest problem with this picture is that I no longer own the original! I did the drawing for Iron Realm Games, and the game I did it for was Lusternia http://www.lusternia.com/ (Warning, this is an ingrossing game and you may never leave once you visit. Loved it for years though). Rather than have any problems I'm just going to post the drawing here as a teaser for my colouring book!

Yes, this page can be printed out and coloured. I may post some snippets from my colouring book later, but unfortunately I wont be posting more pages on this blog until I have my book done. If you are in desperate need of more colouring pages, never fear my financial blog is here! I post a weekly colouring page on my financial blog so go, colour and enjoy! http://fortunebydesign.blogspot.ca/


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

What's Up Wednesday

With seconds left here is my What's Up Wednesday post!

What I'm Reading

Halfway through Clockwork Angel. I haven't been reading much lately! Enjoy it more than her other series.


What I'm Writing/Drawing 

Lately I've been working on making my portfolio drawings into colouring pages so I can put them into a colouring book and sell it on Etsy! I think that I may need to come up with designs for two different colouring books so we'll see what happens! I've been writing a bit more for my financial blog (nothing yet this week). I will be posting a sample page tomorrow!

Every Day Possible
- Work on Colouring Pages 
- Tweet, blog, get out more in the Social Networking world.


Today 6/26
- Write my What's Up Wednesday post today - done

Thursday 6/27

- Create a new colouring page for my financial blog

Friday 6/28

- Start a few more paintings/spots for submission
- Edit some of my manuscripts for submission
- Come up with ideas for new blog posts
- Finish post for Tracey's Blog (sooner than this if possible)

Saturday 6/29

See Friday

Sunday 6/30

-Write blog/website review for my financial blog

Monday 7/1

- Swaddle myself in blankets so I don't get cold (never mind that it's summer). 
- Discover new ways of introducing caffeine into my diet.

Tuesday 7/2

- Complete at least 5 daily writing prompts by today
- Post at least 1 painting/drawing to this blog
- Write a blog review

Wednesday 6/26

- Write my What's Up Wednesday post 

What Inspires Me Right Now

Cookies... cookies inspire me.

What Else I've Been Up To

Baby Minding 

MY SON IS INSANE AND NEVER SLEEPS!

Working Out/Being Healthy 

I ate cookies and did some sit-ups

Ect.

Going to talk to a career coach tomorrow morning. It's my first time talking to a career coach, but it's a free session. I hope I learn a lot. I've also been pondering the meaning of life... my life really. Don't need to ponder the meaning of life in general, because I have that all figured out. 

*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, June 25, 2013

Chieu Anh Urban

Normally I don't review blogs that are new but I'm making an exception for Chieu Anh Urban (there is an ^ above the e in her name that I just can't seem to show here. So just imagine it's there as you read). Though she is new to blogging Chieu Anh is not new to the world of publishing. She has two books: "Raindrops: A Shower of Colours" and her new book "Away We Go: A Shape and Seek Book." You can find her blog here: http://chieuurban.blogspot.ca/ and her website here: http://www.chieuurban.com

You can't help but know that Chieu Anh is an illustrator when visiting her website and blog. The colours are just amazing. She is also a graphic designer, photographer and a writer to boot! The animation on her main webpage is really cute, so roll your mouse over everything and enjoy these before you start clicking!

Chieu Anh is no stranger to to fun. Her books are full of fun as is her website. To celebrate her new book release Chieu Anh has put up several coloring and activity pages up on her website. Just click on "Fun Stuff" on her home page and you'll be able to download the fun for yourself. If you are planning a party there are display cards, shape signs, banners, cupcake flags and name tags!  If you just want to have some fun there are colouring pages, cut and paste, colour the shapes, counting and matching activities. There are also some fun activities below these printables (as if those activities weren't enough)! Cheiu Anh's blog isn't short of activities to do. She has lots of crafts kids can make play with and sometimes even eat!

A lot of Chieu Anh's blog posts are focused around the release of her book. As such there are lots of pictures of the launch party. I don't think I've seen another blog that has as many nice photos depicting... well any event. It's not all about the book release. There is also lots of pictures of the lovely mermaid party she had for her daughter. Not everything was made by Chieu Anh in either party, but she did choose things for her party from people who gave a high attention to detail. Chieu Anh has a high attention to detail in her photography as well!

 Please check out Chieu Anh's blog and webpage right away! The posts that Chieu Anh has so far are signs of great things to come for her blog. Her two books are wonderful and I'm sure she'll have more great books yet to come. Tune back next week and I'll give you a look at Brianna's blog. Don't go away for a week, though, because tomorrow I will be posting my "What's Up Wednesday" post!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Paintings for Sale or Rent

I'm working on some images to sell on Etsy right now. It's been slow going (think extra clingy toddler). It's not all bad because I have finished inking 3 reproductions of my artwork. One of them is bellow. Now to hack away at doing more! I will also be painting this one before I put it up.



Wednesday, June 19, 2013

What's Up Wednesday

Here is my What's up Wednesday* post for today. I hope you enjoy it!

What I'm Reading

I'm still reading "Clockwork Angel" by Cassandra Clare. I actually haven't done any reading this week, so I should say that I'm not reading "Clockwork Angel". :P


What I'm Writing/Drawing 

Last week I had a lot of things that I attempted to do, but most of them I didn't get done. Things I finished were my colouring page for my financial blog, I started a few paintings, sent out critiques for my PB group, wrote a blog review. I didn't finish my rhyming picture book story, but I still sent it out to my critique partners! I hope that next week I will have more finished than I did this week. Next week I hope I can do more brainstorming and get more done in general. Much of what I did last week is the same as this week so here's what I have planned:

Today 6/19

- Write my What's Up Wednesday post today - done

Thursday 6/20

- Create a new colouring page for my financial blog

Friday 6/21

- Work on the Dummy and Paintings for my picturebook
- Start a few more paintings/spots for submission
- Edit some of my manuscripts for submission
- Come up with ideas for new blog posts
- Brainstorm ideas for comics

Saturday 6/22

See Friday
-See the new Superman movie with my husband!

Sunday 6/23

-Write blog/website review for my financial blog

Monday 6/24

- Walk around in blankets all day morning the weekend.
- Drink extra coffee

Tuesday 6/25

- Complete at least 5 daily writing prompts by today
- Post at least 1 painting/drawing to this blog
- Finish writing my rhyming picturebook story 
- Write a blog review

Wednesday 6/26

- Write my What's Up Wednesday post 

What Inspires Me Right Now

This beautiful summer weather we're having here right now. 

What Else I've Been Up To

Baby Minding 

Always, always this! My son stuck something into my Wii... I believe it's an expired transit ticket. So right now I can't play any of the Wii games that I don't have time to play. They are getting less and less expensive now, so maybe we'll buy a new one if we can't get this repaired. 

Working Out/Being Healthy 

I've been working out more, but still need to do a bit more each day. Need to cut back in some areas as well.

That's it for this week. 


*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, June 18, 2013

Becky Shillington

I found Becky Shillington on my quest for new blogs to follow. Previously, I asked who wanted their blog reviewed. Now I'm searching through my circles and finding new people's sights to review. I'm happy to have found Becky's website. Even at first glance you can tell that her blog is vibrant and fun (as is Becky herself). You can follow all the fun here: http://www.beckyshillington.blogspot.ca/

Every Friday Becky finds new poetry to talk about. I'm not sure how she does it, but she always finds the perfect poem to talk about in her Friday posts. The poem she chose to celebrate the last day of school was wonderful. Of course Shel Silverstein has such wonderful poetry to chose from! I read a lot and I personally find it difficult to find quotes and poetry to fit the mood of my writing. It takes a lot of work to match a subject with a quote/poetry so kudos to Becky for doing this so well!

It is absolutely adorable when Becky gets a young reader to review a book. It reminds me of Reading Rainbow. They use to have kids review books there too, but it's nowhere near as cute or honest as it is here.   She has only done a few of these, but I hope this continues because it's so much fun to read how kids enjoy different stories.

Reading about a writer's journey to being published is very interesting to me. Maybe it's because I'd love to be published myself someday. I'd like to think it's a bit more than that. In most of my favorite fantasy books it's the journey that I adore. Sharing in the struggle and hardship that someone goes through to accomplish their real life goals is as fun for me as reading a novel. Is it for you?

One great thing (though her whole blog is great) that Becky's blog should be celebrated for is the amount of resources she has for writers! She has a list of resources that are directly for writers, a general list of resources, and a list of blogs she follows. These lists add up to a wonderful portfolio of collected resources. I  liked her resources so much that I thought she deserved an award for this!

Unfortunately, my whole idea for an award became a whole lot less funny two minutes into making this award. I'm not making fun of Becky in this award but my lazy self in the inability to take the time to create a real award. I spent minutes creating this so I thought I'd share it in any case. Feel free to use and abuse this, but give some kind of credit to me. Also do check out Becky's blog, you'll be glad you did!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Father's Day Craft Time

Yesterday my 2 year old and I created some Father's Day presents and cards. I meant to put these up yesterday, but there wasn't enough time. We did cards and bookmarks for David's Dad and Gam (Grandfather). Gam's presents are at his house so I'll share what we did for his Daddy. I actually had the idea before to create my husband some bookmarks so he stops using everything he finds as a bookmark. Toilet paper and store receipts (especially if I need to file the receipt) don't make good bookmarks! I didn't have time to draw him something for his bookmarks so thank goodness for Laura Sassi. She gave me the idea to have David make the bookmarks here http://laurasassitales.wordpress.com/2013/05/06/mothers-day-craft-tea-for-two-and-book-marks-too/ After the bookmarks were finished I used some glossy gel medium to seal them so they should last for some years yet to come. 

Here's what we made:



Saturday, June 15, 2013

Laura Sassi Tales

After reviewing my blog I realized that I posted this on the wrong blog! This was supposed to be posted to my blog on Thursday: I am going to have to permanently change the review day to any day but Thursday!  Thursdays are so busy for me the way it is, so to be fair to the sites I review I'm going to change days. This week the review will hopefully be tomorrow. I think I may switch it permanently to Tuesdays!

Now to my blog review (after putting my toddler to bed after giving him his 5th drink of water...)!

Laura Sassi is well versed in the children's writing field. She has published in many children's magazines and I'm so happy that I get to review her blog! She is soon to have her first published book (coming out Fall 2014) titled "GOODNIGHT, ARK" It's rhyming book about bedtime on Noah's ArkYou can view her blog here: http://laurasassitales.wordpress.com

Laura has a wonderful way of writing about her own life and using her experiences as a metaphor for writing.  Anything from bowling balls, to flowers and even onion grass is used to illustrate ways that a writer can improve their craft. Though it is geared towards writers, the writing in this blog is wonderful enough to be interesting to those not in the book industry. I have always wanted to write in a similar way on my blog, but I've just never written like that. Maybe it's just not for me?

Laura is not the only one who posts to her blog. Quite often there are writers who stop in for a guest posts. These posts are some of the best I've ever seen collected. The writing is top notch for these posts and you must stop in and take a look! These posts give great tips and an inside look into the picture book industry.

There are a great deal of things that Laura covers in her blog other than just stories about her life and guest posts. Laura has several posts featuring her poetry. I think my favorite has to be Ode to an Onion (see if you can find it on her blog)! She also has a great deal of crafts that she posts. These are oodles of fun, and I think my son and I might do this one for father's day:  http://laurasassitales.wordpress.com/2013/05/06/mothers-day-craft-tea-for-two-and-book-marks-too/

I can not end this review of Laura's blog without mentioning her Books that pack a P.U.N.C.H. P is for pacing, U is unique twist, N is for nice and tight, C is character focused and H is for humorous (my favorite part). I will let you read the full explanations for each here:  http://laurasassitales.wordpress.com/2012/07/16/picture-books-with-punch/ She covers different picture book types including Parellel structure, culumitive stories, ABC books. If that wasn't enough she's started a list of books full of P.U.N.C.H. which can be found under the "Story Structure Index" tab on her blog.

I thoroughly enjoyed reviewing Laura's blog. I am always amazed on how different all these picture book related blogs are. I am inspired by each and every new person and fascinated on how there is so much diversity for such a focused subject! I can't wait to see who I review next.

So that's it... I'm out of Blueboarders (from Verla Kay's website http://www.verlakay.com/) that have asked me to review them. If no one steps up soon I'll have to stop my reviews! No, not really. I will just randomly chose a blog to review. It may even be YOURS, so be wary this week. See you Tuesday with a new review!




Wednesday, June 12, 2013

What's Up Wednesday

So 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.I think I've said before that I need another project like I need another hole in my head. I don't see this as another project, though, just a way to organize what I'm already doing. Every Wednesday I'll organize what I am working on here and hopefully it will help me to focus and get things done!

What I'm Reading

I just started "Clockwork Angel" by Cassandra Clare. I wasn't a big fan of the love affair of the two main characters in the "City of Bones" series. It was too over the top like Twilight, but the writing was better. The surrounding characters in "City of Bones" were way more interesting than the main characters. Magnus Bane was hands down my favorite character. I'm hoping that "Clockwork Angel"'s series is better than the "City of Bones" series, but we'll see. I do like the main female character Tessa better than Clary so I'm crossing my fingers.


What I'm Writing/Drawing 

I'm an artist as well as a writer so I'm merging the two in this. It wouldn't make sense to ignore my artwork! I have a whole host of these projects I'm working on right now. These are the things I'd like to complete this week and some dates I'd like to finish them by:


Today 6/12

- Write my What's Up Wednesday post today - done
- Create a new colouring page for my financial blog
- Finish writing my rhyming picturebook story

Thursday 6/13

- Work on the Dummy and Paintings for my picturebook
- Start a few more paintings/spots for submission
- Write a blog review
- Send out all my critiques for my picturebook group

Friday 6/14

- Edit some of my manuscripts for submission
- Same as Thursday minus blog review
- Come up with ideas for new blog posts
- Brainstorm ideas for comics

Saturday 6/15

See Friday

Sunday 6/16

-Write blog/website review for my financial blog

Monday 6/17

- Walk around in blankets all day morning the weekend.
- Drink extra coffee

Tuesday 6/18

- Complete at least 5 daily writing prompts by today
- Post at least 1 painting/drawing to this blog

Wednesday 6/19

- Write my What's Up Wednesday post 

What Inspires Me Right Now

I don't know what it is about Dr. Who, but I find the show very inspirational. I mean yes, there are all kinds of aliens, spacetravel and magical occurances. I think what I like the most about the show is the message. It's one show that I put in the catagory of "Must Watch". 


Favorite quotes from Dr. Who

Amy Pond, there's something you better understand about me, 'cause it's important and one day your life may depend on it. I am definitely a madman with a box
 The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. Good things don't always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don't necessarily spoil the good things or make them unimportant. 
All of time and space; everywhere and anywhere; every star that ever was. Where do you want to start? 
I wear a fez now. Fezes are cool. 
I think these are all quotes from the 11th doctor.

What Else I've Been Up To

Baby Minding 

Most of my time is taken up with watching my son. He is high energy and lots of trouble! He was sick for a few weeks there and been extra trouble for me. Speaking of sick... I was sick last Friday. It was not a happy time!

Working Out/Being Healthy 

I'm not great at this, but I try. Cutting out most carbs and dairy. Keeping away from processed foods. I'm trying to do something to workout everyday. Yes it's hard, but I do my best! Exercising can be the worst because sometimes I don't feel well enough to do certain workouts. I have successfully lost 40 pounds since January 30th. I'm eating more than I use to and healthier. I still cheat every now and again! I am happy that I've moved from being overweight to being an average weight!

That's it for this week. I will do my best to get my blog review up tomorrow!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Marcia Strykowski

I am so sorry it has taken me this long to write this blog post! I was terribly ill yesterday and spent most of the day in bed (I'm wondering now if that's why I had so much trouble focusing Thursday). I'm hoping this next week will be better!

Don't go to Marcia Strykowski's website, because you'll just get some yummy recipes, get to read some nice  articles and have other kinds of fun. Yes, I said fun, so you should be careful not to go there unless you want to have fun. Be sure to avoid this: http://marciastrykowski.com/ if you prefer boring blogs.

Marcia has recently released her book, "Call Me Amy" (congrats Marcia). Now you can watch as Marcia enters the world of being a published author. There are a lot of fun pictures about the book. I think the pictures of the kids reading her books are my favorites.

Marcia's blog isn't dedicated fully to her new book. It is actually a small part of what she does. The most delicious part of her blog is the recipe/craft portions. These posts contain several cookie recipes, a clam chowder recipe, food critters and even a paper doll. The food critters are made from food, and are completely edible, or can be used as decoration. The paper doll is nicely drawn, and I do hope that Marcia makes more like this in later posts!

Besides being a Writer, Cook and Artist Marcia is also a Librarian. One of the fun things she did as a librarian is set up a Valentine's display with brightly wrapped books. People could check out the books, but they wouldn't know what they were until they brought them home. Sounds like so much fun, and I almost wish my own library would do this year round. Marcia often gives insight into her life as a Librarian!

There are some absolutely stunning photos on Marcia's blog. It's true that she does live in the lovely area of New England, but she must have some talent (by some I mean a lot) to take such nice photos of the scenery. I guess I should add Photographer to the long list of Marcia's talents. Along with many of these photos are great facts and information about the world around us.

Despite what I said before you should visit Marcia's blog. Even if you like boring blogs, because going to Marcia's blog will change your tastes. Once you go to her blog you will be no longer interested in going to boring blogs! I loved visiting Marcia's blog and you should get yourself over there soon!


Thursday, June 6, 2013

Odd Day

Today was an odd day for me. I had a meeting this morning that I usually don't have. My friend was taking care of my son (which usually doesn't happen, but will be happening more often). I got work done, and I finished reading a book. I didn't think once today about posting a website review. I will have to do that tomorrow I think, because I want to have a clear head when I write it (though I doubt if that will happen ha ha). I do hope you all had a great Thursday, and please have a good weekend. Don't forget Father's Day is NEXT SUNDAY! Panic now and relax later.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Short Story

Once again this story is inspired by Shannon Abercrombie's 100 Days of Summer: http://www.shannonabercrombie.com

Any mistakes you find in this text are purely fictional. 

Gad puffed as he ran down the track. The other racers were nowhere to be seen. More than anything he wanted to win this race.

He imagined hundreds of people waiting at the finish line. They would all be cheering loudly. He would be neck and neck with Stance. At the last second he would get a second wind and pull away from Stance. He would be the first one across the finish line! Someone would slip a medal around his neck and hand him the trophy. Cathy would blow by Stance and put her arms around him. Confetti would be falling everywhere and he and Cathy would be drawn together by some irresistible pull and kiss. It was perfect.

Gad sped around the bend. He couldn't believe it, there was no one running in front of him. There was a large crowd waiting for him at the finish line. He picked up his pace. His head was high when he crossed the finish line. Everyone cheered loudly.

Gad stopped a minute to catch his breath. It was finally over. He looked up and there was Cathie. She came near him and mouthed the words. “Good job.” She reached her arms out, and embraced Stance. They leaned in for a long kiss.

Someone slipped a medal around Gad's neck. Everyone cheered again and then turned and walked away. Stance looked up and said. “Good job, Gad! Maybe next year you can finish the race before the rest of the runners go home.


Gad read the inscription on the metal quietly, “Last place again.”

Monday, June 3, 2013

Five Minute Poem

This poem was created to fulfil this prompt from Shannon's 100 Days of Summer. http://www.shannonabercrombie.com/sensory-sunday/

Five Minutes Outside

Outside in my pink pajamas.
I'm glad David's at his Grandma's
Everywhere signs that spring has sprung
(I'm just hoping I don't get stung.)
Sitting on a hard wooden bench
I'm not sure what made that stench
Leaves blowing softly in the wind
Bugs crawling all over my skin
Softly chirping birds all the birds sing
Roaring engines hush everything
Warm sun is shining on my back
Dumb cat screaming she wants a snack
No more coffee in my brown cup

Oh look, my five minutes are up!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

The Beginning of a Story

I have not been able to keep up with every one of Shannon's writing prompts for her 100 Days of Summer writing challenge, but I've done a few. The following is one I did on setting. You can find out more about 100  Days of Summer here: http://www.shannonabercrombie.com/100-days-of-summer/

The stairway was dark as I slowly walked downstairs. I was trying to be as quiet as possible because I didn't want to wake mom and dad. I especially didn't want to wake up any of my siblings because they would just ruin e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g.

It seemed like it took forever for me to walk through the dinning room. If it were any later I would have turned on the light so I could see. BIG MISTAKE! I tripped over something on the floor and landed with a thud. I held my breath and listened for what seemed like forever. When I was sure everyone was sleeping I crept up to the living room door and turned the handle.

The soft glow of twinkling lights greeted me as I entered. I quickly closed the door behind me. I stopped to take everything in. The smell of pine filled my lungs and I was in heaven. The tree was perfect no thanks to my brother and sister. They didn't even think when they put bulbs on the tree, they just put everything up willy-nilly! Mom says I have to leave the ornaments where they put them. Santa would take one look at our mess of a tree and hop back into his sleigh. Christmas would be ruined! I fixed it though, every day this week I worked on moving everything around so it was perfect. Mom didn't suspect a thing.

All of the stockings are bulging with candy! I wish I could get into my stocking right away, but mom says I'm not to do anything before everyone wakes up. Mom never said anything about taking candy from my brother's stocking. I wouldn't want to touch my stocking anyway right now. I designed it myself in school. I was the only person in class to do all nine reindeer and Santa on my stocking. I wanted to do the elves too, but my teacher said I had to leave some felt for everyone else.

All around the tree are the prettiest presents I've ever seen. Gifts don't get opened until after breakfast. It's so unfair, but no one said anything about shaking them. The thing about shaking the presents is you have to be careful not to break anything that might be inside. Umm, I think what's inside that present was already broken. Glad it wasn't mine!

For a moment I think that Santa had come back to see me, but then I realized it was just my siblings running down the stairs. They burst into the living room and said: “WOW look at all the presents!”

Then they started holding all the presents and going through the stockings. Then they started tearing paper. I decided enough was enough.

“Moooom Nicky and Jordan are opening up all the presents!”

“Are not,” they said in unison.

“Are too! And I think they broke something.”

“Nuh-uh” said Nicky. “It was Rachel.”

“Did not!” See, I told you they ruin everything.