Friday, September 27, 2013

King Midas - Part 2

I wanted to write more this week. Unfortunately my son is sick and very needy so instead of struggling to finish I'm just going to post what I have so far. 

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

King Midas - Part 2 


True to his word King Midas set out to beautify his land. He started with turning the fountain gold in the city's centre. He found that he could turn something partially or fully into gold at will. He went about town selectively adding gold to the moldings, shutters, doorknobs and other areas as he saw fit. Soon the town was sparkling with gold.

After the town was finished King Midas turned to his own castle. The first thing he changed was his throne. Any bit of wood used to create his throne instantly turned to gold. He took great joy in all the wonderful changes he made to his home. The frames of every painting in the castle were soon pure gold as was every suit of armour, every rug, any bit of linens and anything else that suited the King.

Having spent the entire afternoon and evening decorating the town and the castle with gold, the good king thought he would turn in. He slipped on his gloves but he could make it to his room he was met by his daughter.

“Fair Daughter,” he said. “What is it that I can help you with on this eve?”

“Dearest Father,” she began. “The gold everywhere is so pretty, but it is not good for sleeping on.”

King Midas followed his daughter to her room and found she was correct. The entire bed (as was all beds in the castle) was as hard as a rock.

“I'm afraid your father has been quite foolish, dear one. I did not see until now how my turning things into gold could be bad. Please forgive me.”

“Of course father,” his daughter replied.

That night in the castle King Midas slept quite soundly despite his painful sleeping arrangements. He awoke with a smile on his face. His wife on the other hand was not so happy.

“My Sweet Foolish Husband. I am in much pain from my night's sleep. I can not go on sleeping like this!”

“I shall have the servants replace these items at once,” replied King Midas. “Eric,” he called.

At the door a tall man appeared. “Yes my lord?”

“See that all the gold beds in the castle are disposed of, and replace them with new beds.”

“Yes my lord.” Eric hesitated. “What... what would you like me to do with these beds?”

“What do I care? Give them to the orphans, set them in the city square, melt them down and give them to the poor. Just get rid of them!”

“Yes my Lord.” And Eric set out to do just as he was told.

“It is wonderful being royalty, is it not my dear?”

The queen rubbed her neck. “Perhaps, though you may want to ask me after I've gotten a decent nights rest.”
Having decorated the town and his castle, the king sent for a carriage to take him about the rest of his kingdom. It would be hard work, but the King was determined to make his kingdom the most beautiful kingdom in all the lands.


It took King Midas three months. When he returned to the castle city he was met by Eric at the gate. “My Lord, there has been great trouble since you left. Come to the castle and I'll explain more.”

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

What's Up Wednesday!

I forgot to review a blog yesterday and I almost forgot to do this post! Been really busy lately and I don't think it's going to let up anytime soon. I'm just going to have to do my best to keep up! If I have time tomorrow I'll post about one of the fantastic podcasts I've been listening to lately. 

SCBWI meeting was rescheduled to this Sunday, so I'm stoked! Also Word Vancouver is happening that day. Going to be a great Sunday!

What I'm Reading

I read a couple more chapters of Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. I swear I'm not a slow reader... just not finding the time to read.

What I'm Writing/Drawing 

Finished 5 of my 7x5 inch paintings. I gave up on one because there was something wrong with the composition and it wasn't looking right in colour. If you've been following me on Twitter you'll know that I gave that one to my son to fix. 

I've been busy working on artwork! Right now I'm working on Chirstmas type drawings to be printed on cards. I'm also working on a couple pieces that might be in the Jingle Bell Anthology! I was also going to submit a story but I don't see that I'll have the time, oh well I can't do everything!

I'm also working on securing some vendor tables for upcoming craft shows and swap meets. I have two booked already and will post them on my website soon ( http://daniduckart.weebly.com/ ) It's kind of scary because I don't have enough things to sell and a lot of it depends on the printer and the money I have to print things, so fingers crossed for me! Speaking of printing... there is a slight snag on the Pattern Pals book, but I'm still hoping to have it "on the shelves" by the end of the month if not sooner.

Every Day Possible
- Work on my Etsy shop
- Online Interaction

Today 9/25
- Write my What's Up Wednesday post today - done

Thursday 9/26
Watching the toddlers run amok! 

Friday 9/27
Getting my grove on to finish up some projects and start new ones.

Saturday 9/28
Not sure what's happening yet, but I demand to have a good time!

Sunday 9/29
SCBWI meeting today! Also Word Vancouver (formally Word on the Street) happens today. Fun, fun, fun!

Monday 9/30
- Go to Strong Start and there is something else I'm forgetting.

Tuesday 10/01
- Post at least 1 painting/drawing to this blog by this date.
- Don't forget a blog review this week!

Wednesday 10/02

- Write my What's Up Wednesday post 

What Inspires Me Right Now

Podcasts are freaking awesome!

What Else I've Been Up To

Baby Minding 
There is just not enough coffee in this world...

Working Out/Being Healthy 
This will happen one of these days!

Ect.
No more early week babysitter for me (unless I make tons of money off my art!) My husband is back to a semi-normal schedule so that's great. Looking forward to things that are happening 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.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Life and a Handbasket

I've decided to shelve doing my Fractured Fairy Tales (that was supposed to be done last Friday) until this coming Friday. I wasn't able to get much done over the weekend. I don't know if I just burnt out, was sick or if the Sandman is just playing tricks on me, but I was exhausted over the weekend. If that wasn't bad enough there was a bit of a malware problem on my computer, so it took the better half of the day today to fix that.

Now for the good part (and there is a good part)! I got a bunch of paintings done for my Etsy store. I'm a little hesitant about pricing. I researched it before and was all ready to set a certain amount, but then I might be in too high of a price point for most buyers seeing as it would put me to the middle or top of pricing for Etsy. At the same time I'm not as worried about selling as getting my work out there.

I don't have these earmarked for selling prints right now (though is a possibility in the future). So right now I'm considering prices for the 5"x7" originals. I've also got some original pen and ink drawings from the colouring book to sell (I'm having the colouring books printed now, so I'll be putting them up for sale soon. Any insight from experienced sellers?






Friday, September 20, 2013

Fractured Fairy Tales Friday

Hi everyone,

I know I said I'd be posting a story every Friday. I'm really sorry I can't do it today. I'll try later this weekend. Too exhausted. I could try if a bunch of people hound me on Twitter about it but it will be a big run on sentence and it wont make much sense or be any good and it will end up making everyone hate me. The end.

Dani

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

What's Up Wednesday!

Not really sure why I put off writing this post tonight. I've had this all set up for hours now. I had to put David to sleep, but other than that it's just been sitting here waiting to be done! I shall start now, then.

What I'm Reading

I read a single chapter out of Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. One of the few books that I've watched the movie before reading the book. I enjoyed the movie, and I'm looking forward to this being a great book.

What I'm Writing/Drawing 

Gave up on the acrylic painting for now. I have all these canvases that I'm not using, but they will have to stay unused for now. Getting so much more done in watercolour right now. Have 7 - 5x7 paintings in the work and all about 50% done or more. I'm hoping to finish them all by Saturday and get my Etsy shop going strong. It shouldn't be long now before I get my colouring book ready to go for my store. I've got 25 being printed sometime this week and hopefully they wont be in my possession for long!

Actually got a blog review post done this week. If you haven't seen it yet check it out here: http://daniduckart.blogspot.ca/2013/09/meg-miller.html Meg Miller has lots of awesome paintings to look at, and she's also hosting ReviMo next year. ReviMo is a week long event in January to help writers edit their stories. It's going to be a lot of fun, so read the post and then go to Meg's blog to sign up! I will be posting more about Meg and ReviMo in the following months so stay tuned!

Every Day Possible
- Work on my Etsy shop
- Online Interaction

Today 9/18
- Write my What's Up Wednesday post today - done

Thursday 9/19
Maybe get my kid watched, maybe watch another kid. Make emails/phone calls about Swap Meet Tables.

Friday 9/20
-See above.

Saturday 9/21
-SCBWI ILLUSTRATOR'S MEETING BABY! I'm buying me a coffee and going to get my draw on. Just can't wait!

Sunday 9/22
- Mr. Clean will have nothing on me.

Monday 9/23
- Go to Strong Start and have the boy play bunches.

Tuesday 9/24

- Post at least 1 painting/drawing to this blog by this date.
- Do a blog review

Wednesday 9/25

- Write my What's Up Wednesday post 

What Inspires Me Right Now

The idea that I might actually get my Etsy store up and running soon. ^_^ 

What Else I've Been Up To

Baby Minding 
Was up half the night with David again. I'm beginning to wonder if I'll ever sleep again!

Working Out/Being Healthy 
Did a bit of exercise. Lack of sleep is making this more difficult.

Ect.
So happy my husband's extra shifts end next week. It's so not worth the extra money (though I will miss that). Hopefully my new shop ends up making up for all the money that he wont be making 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.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Meg Miller

Meg Miller has a wonderful blog. She writes about herself as a writer, artist and also a mother of two. She has lively paintings which she posts often onto her blog. The neatest thing about Meg Miller's blog is that she will soon be hosting ReviMo! You can visit her blog here: http://megmillerwrites.blogspot.ca


I'm not sure how Meg gets anything done with two children in the house. I have one and sometimes it seems impossible (of course mines worse than 3 kids. Ha, ha, ha!) Her beautiful little boy was born in June. Even then Meg is already getting back to posting! It took me six months to blog again after David was born, and even then I did very few posts. Already Meg is going ahead and posting book reviews, updating resources and organizing ReviMo. This is just what she's doing on her blog! She's also a participant in the 12 x 12 and that is a lot of work in and of itself.

ReviMo or Revise More Picture Books Week is an event taking place in January 12 through the 18, 2014. 
This is a great event for me because I've been writing a lot of stories for the 12x12 but I've had no time to even think about revising them. So far 121 people have signed up, and there are a lot of great prizes including a picture book critique from Simone Kaplan and A Making Picture Book Magic Class with Susanna Leonard Hill! There are lots of other prizes that she has already, plus there are more to come! You can see the entire list (Seven huge prizes so far!), read more about ReviMo and sign up here: http://megmillerwrites.blogspot.ca/p/revimo_16.html I'm really excited to see what happens!

I love Meg's artwork. She's really busy right now, so she doesn't get time to do much. She will be working on a cartoon for me because I won a contest on her blog recently! I'm so excited and can't wait until she gets it done. Meg also does really nice posts about the writing life. I love the post she did about her own life for the blog hop! She also keeps people up to date about SCBWI events, resources, writing helps and writing challenges much like her own!

Definitely check out Meg's blog now. She has some great posts to come in the near future. Also you don't miss out on anything about ReviMo, because it will be an awesome event!  

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Pattern Pals Colouring Page!

As promised here is a colouring page for you to do! This is just one of the pages in my new colouring book "The Pattern Pals". Due to circumstances I can't control I do not have it up on Etsy yet, but I will let you know as soon as I do. For now enjoy this colouring page!


Friday, September 13, 2013

King Midas

In the last few minutes of Friday I decide to post my Fractured Fairy Tale for the week. This particular tale is very different from the last story. After much deliberation I've decided to do the story of King Midas.The beginning of this is not as light hearted as the Little Mermaid. I believe that there are enough changes in this story from what is commonly told of King Midas' story that fully warrants a reading investigation. This week is mostly a set up for the following week or two, but I hope that I can entertain you with a few surprises!

Be sure to check back tomorrow for a brand spanking new colouring page taken from my new colouring book "Pattern Pals"!


King Midas - part 1

Once there was a very proud king that went by the name of Midas. King Midas loved surrounding himself with beauty. His wife was the most beautiful woman in all the land. King Midas' daughter was the prettiest child in all King Midas' land by far and was a joy to everyone who met her.

Since King Midas was in love with all things beautiful he took great strides to celebrate all things beautiful. He had great festivals in the honour of artists, architects, musicians and even nature itself. It was at one of these festivals that gave King Midas the chance to have anything his heart desired. A great enchantress, who was a great lover of the arts, visited one of these festivals one day. She was so impressed by the Kings love of art that she asked for an audience with him.

“Dear King Midas I am pleased that you give so much of your time and love to the arts. I will offer you a gift of your own choosing. If you had one wish what would it be?”

As was already stated King Midas was a lover of all things beautiful, but the thing he loved most of all was gold. Without hesitating King Midas, “I want the ability to turn things my hands touch into gold.”

The enchantress puzzled by his request. “Are you sure you want the ability to turn what you touch into gold? I must warn you that one's greatest desire in abundance can soon become one's bane. Maybe you you would like to choose something that would be more beneficial to your kingdom?”

King Midas was taken aback by the insinuation that his chosen gift would not be beneficial to his kingdom. “My dear lady, I assure you that I always think of my kingdom's needs above my own. I choose this gift to beautify my land. It's use will enrich our culture and will show the world how a love of all things beautiful can make a kingdom the greatest kingdom in history.”

The enchantress closed her eyes and when she opened them said, “It is done.” She quietly turned to leave.

“Wait!” cried the king. “Could I have one last request from you?”

The enchantress stopped and faced the king, “Very well, what is it?”

“While everything being gold might be lovely, might there be a way to prevent me from turning everything I touch into gold?”

The enchantress smirked at this. “Usually these things are asked for before the wish is granted.”

“I only ask because it is my kingdom that I am thinking of... I don't want it to become a wasteland of gold people and things.”

“Because it is for your kingdom I will grant you this as well.” With that the enchantress raised her arm and sparkling white gloves appeared on the hands of the king. “While wearing these gloves you will not be able to turn anything into gold.” The enchantress bowed to the king and slowly walked towards the castle gate.

“Thank you my dear lady. You have done a great service to my kingdom.”


Without turning around the enchantress stopped said, “See that it is your kingdom you serve and not yourself dear king." 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Colouring Pages!

These aren't new colouring pages, but I thought I'd share them with you anyway. I did all these for my financial blog, but it was short lived so you may have missed them! I will post a brand new colouring page from my new colouring book on Saturday. Until then enjoy!












Wednesday, September 11, 2013

What's Up Wednesday!

I've had a really rough couple of days. I haven't had much sleep and things aren't going really well. I'm sorry I missed yesterday's blog review. Hopefully next week will go better. I think I'll post a colouring page from my colouring book later this week.

What I'm Reading

Do books in dreams count?

What I'm Writing/Drawing 
Been working on some acrylic paintings. It's taking me an extremely long time to do these. Hopefully I'll get over this hump and they will go faster from now on.

Every Day Possible
- Work on my Etsy shop
- Interwebs

Today 9/11
- Write my What's Up Wednesday post today - done

Thursday 9/12
-Watch insane children do insane things
-Blog about ReviMo! What is it? You'll find out

Friday 9/13
-Hopefully get things printed for my store

Saturday 9/14 
-Have fun with little David

Sunday 9/15
- Maybe clean, or maybe not

Monday 9/16
- Play with the boy and cuddle him.

Tuesday 9/17

- Post at least 1 painting/drawing to this blog by this date.
- Do a blog review

Wednesday 9/11

- Write my What's Up Wednesday post 

What Inspires Me Right Now

My Little Pony. Go ahead and laugh. 

What Else I've Been Up To

Baby Minding 
He's sleeping in his own bed! Might only be for a few minutes but still.*

And in the two minutes between writing this and posting it he woke back up. 

Working Out/Being Healthy 
A little here, a little there. I hope things get going this week.

Ect.
Returned the Telus box. Still not getting more sleep. Peter is still working crazy extra shifts!


*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.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Fractured Fairy Tales: The Little Mermaid Part 3 of 3

You may have noticed that I'm making some changes to the blog. Nothing major yet, but I will be updating my link list soon. I hope you are enjoying my rendition of "The Little Mermaid". Turn in next week and watch me destroy a completely different fairytale!

Stop! If you missed either part 1 or part 2 of the story please read them first:

The Little Mermaid: Part 3 (the Final Part)

The next day it only took Lydia half as long to figure out what dress to wear. Unfortunately Lydia hadn't tried on the shoes the night before. Giles was correct none of the shoes fit her. They were either way too big, or far too small.

“Are you ready yet, Miss?” Lydia answered by flinging open her bedroom door and parading around the room. “Yes, yes, very nice. The limo is waiting downstairs”.

Lydia had never been in a limo before and she found that she quite liked it. Inside the Limo was a wondrous place. There were a lot of buttons to push, tiny cakes and sweets and a lovely sweet drink with bubbles that tickled her nose.

When they arrived at the market Lydia gasped. She had never seen such beauty. Rows upon rows of houses like Herman's, but with dresses, shoes and all kinds of sparkling things. Lydia immediately dashed into one of the stores and Giles ran after her.

The inside of the market was beautifully decorated. Lydia immediately started grabbing dresses to try on. She soon found out that she had help choosing dresses to wear and people who looked at her adoringly as she tried on each gown. When she was finished Giles pulled out what he called a “credit card” and used it to pay for the dresses. Giles then reluctantly gave it to Lydia. “Herman said to give this to you after I showed you how to use it. He says you should buy whatever your heart desires.” Lydia eagerly took the card and held it close to her heart.

Herman could think nothing more than about his bride to be throughout the whole meeting. Any question he was asked was met with an “I do.” The shareholders finally gave up and agreed to reschedule the meeting. They knew from the past that nothing would get done during a day when the owner was thinking about a bride to be. With the rest of the day free Herman race towards his car. He was met by an absolutely stunning woman in an evening gown.

Lydia was immensely enjoying the use of her new “credit card”. She had bought everything that had caught her eye at the last three stores and now was enjoying a relaxing spa treatment. She had never been this happy. “I'm so happy I could kiss you,” she thought to her card. “Too bad you aren't a man!”

The Sea Witch was quite proud of the form she took on. Her hair was the colour of the sun and it flowed down the curves of her body. Her eyes were a deep sapphire and her lips looked naturally as red as the form fitting gown she was wearing. Herman was speechless as she lent in to kiss him. Just before she brushed his lips he pulled back. “I'm sorry fair maiden, but my heart belongs to another!”

She would have to use more than just her body to lure Herman in. She opened her mouth and began to sing a siren song. “This will seal his fate!” she thought.

Before the song could take hold of Herman, he had clamped his hands over his ears. “Be gone evil beast, before I decide to slay thee!” He got into his vehicle and sped off.

“That stupid girl tricked me! This voice is a curse.” The Witch looked towards the sky. “No matter, there isn't much time left for her little kiss.” She cackled and disappeared in a puff of smoke.

When the Sea Witch reappeared she saw Herman and Lydia embracing. She raised her arms and called a wind to throw them apart.

“What trickery is this?” asked Herman.

“It is my trickery!” said the Sea Witch in her own voice. “Your little bride to be has seconds left before she will turn into a sea plant and be mine forever! There isn't time for you two to kiss the kiss of true love.”

“No!” shouted Herman. He ran towards his love.

“You're too late! She will change any moment now. No amount of kissing will change that!”

Herman embraced Lydia and tears flowed from his eyes. “Oh cruel fate once again taking my true love from me!”

The Sea Witch tapped her foot impatiently. “You're not changing, why are you not changing?”

A wry smile spread across Lydia's face.

The Sea Witch turned to Herman. “She's smiling, why is she smiling? She's going to be part of my new foyer. What does she have to smile about?”

Lydia reached into her new designer purse and pulled out her credit card. She held the card out for the Witch to see. On the front of the card was a lip stain in the shade of berry red.

“No, it can't be!” Screamed the Sea Witch. “That's not fair. You cheated!” She was furious. She looked around her in anger. “There sure are a lot of people here,” she said thoughtfully. “I should kill you both where you stand, but I don't want to waste another minute on either of you. There are too many potential clients here. Congratulations, she's all yours!” The Sea Witch immediately turned to a young woman. “Excuse me miss, how would you like to swim as a fish?”

“That's it, we've won!” Herman gave Lydia a big kiss on the lips. “We will be married tonight. Giles, get the carriage. We have a wedding gown to shop for!”

Giles frowned, “I'm sorry sir, I'm confused. Why would you want to marry this woman when her true love is a credit card?”

“Do not fear my friend! I have enough love for the both of us.” Herman held Lydia tightly and she smiled.

Afterward

The Sea Witch - realized that business was better on the surface than under the sea. She turned a good many humans into plants for her underwater castle until she realized that charging money for her services made much more sense. She used the money that she earned from her ventures to buy Iceland. She now goes by the name of Sandy.

Lydia - Lydia's love of the credit card gave her great happiness until Herman's money ran out. She soon dumped Herman and is now on her fifth husband. She sometimes sends letters to her family under the sea. Unfortunately she writes these letters on paper and they dissolve before anyone has a chance to read them.

Herman - now poor and alone has found true happiness as a bar tender in Detroit. He married the first mute woman he saw after the divorce. She never has a bad word to say about him.


Giles - now works as an adviser on a popular network TV dating show.   

Thursday, September 5, 2013

What's Up Wednesday! (Or Thursday if You Prefer)

I totally missed Wednesday! Since I can't bring myself to go to sleep I'll write my "What's Up Wednesday!" post on THURSDAY.

What I'm Reading

I've heard about this once. It's what people use to do before computers.

What I'm Writing/Drawing 

Editing, editing, editing. I had some serious mistakes with my colouring book that I just have to change before I send them out to be published. Something weird about a lot of the scans, but I've fixed them up and they should look good.
I lost a lot of time this past Monday because my computer had some Malware on it, and I thought it was a virus so lots of time wasted there.

I've been working on some sketches for some future paintings. I've got a bunch of little canvases I can use, but I need to get some more gesso (or find mine in storage) before I can start painting. 

I do not have my Etsy shop open yet. I had some major concerns about the costs of shipping on the items. It seems as though I can send anything I have so far by letter post, so I should be able to have some fair shipping prices there. I'm still debating some of the specifics of the shop, but I'm not afraid to open due to shipping costs any longer.
I'm hoping to be able to post the grand opening of my shop before my next "What's Up Wednesday!" post

Every Day Possible
- Find more things to add to my Etsy shop along with what I have planned.
-  Interwebz or Interwebs?

Today 9/04
- Write my What's Up Wednesday post todayish - done

Thursday 9/05
- Either watch kids or get things done for my store.

Friday 9/06
- Either watch kids or get things done for my store.
- Hopefully have something added to my store

Saturday 9/07
- Have Etsy Store Open Maybe Really This Time!

Sunday 9/08
- Do something and then do it some more!

Monday 9/09
- Play with the boy and cuddle him.

Tuesday 9/10

- Post at least 1 painting/drawing to this blog by this date.
- Blog Review!

Wednesday 9/11

- Write my What's Up Wednesday post 

What Inspires Me Right Now

Things that I sleep in and things that make me not sleep.
What Else I've Been Up To

Baby Minding 
TEETHING IS AN EVIL AND NASTY THING!

Working Out/Being Healthy 
I did some Yoga this past week.

Ect.
EXTRA SHIFTS ARE MEAN! Also have to remember to send back the Telus box. Also I remember sleep to be a good thing.


*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, September 3, 2013

Amy Good

Amy Good is a wonderful person that I've met on Twitter. I picked her to feature on my blog this week because I just love this woman's personality! The only thing I'm sorry about is that I'm posting this so late at night, so sorry Amy! I will Tweet about it at a reasonable time tomorrow. Amy is the Author of the book "Rooted". She is very knowledgeable in the writing field as one might expect from an author. What you might not expect is how crazy wonderful her You Tube videos are. I'll get to the videos in a moment, but for now this is the link to Amy's blog: http://amicgood.tumblr.com

What I love about Amy's blog is that it has a little bit of everything in it. It's not just a writer's blog, but a blog about her life and what she likes. I do like blogs that are straight up nothing but writing blogs, but there is a lot to be said about a writer's blog that can be relatable outside the world of writing. Amy will have these great posts about how to be a better writer, sandwiched by posts about what she does while her kiddo naps (hint: it's done with Legos). The photos on her blog are great. They are well composed and have vivid colours. I'm not sure if she takes all her own photos, because some of them are of her! I'll have to ask later.

Not often does a writer give away their whole novel for free, but Amy Good's Novel is free on her website: http://www.amicgood.com/. Feed My Reads (@feedmyreads on Twitter) made this novel their #starbook for August, so don't forget to check it out! Amy also has a few good short stories on her website, as well as on her blog! On her blog, Amy will post poems (mostly inspired by her kiddo) that are very cute.

One of the neatest things about Amy Good is her YouTube videos. She does these quite often to answer questions about her book, talk about her tools for writing and to post important romantic videos (See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1lWDC72QHU) Amy's videos reflect her wonderful personality. They are also very professional and well done... Yes, the kissing scene in that link I gave you was very professional. Be sure to take a look at her other videos as well, I'm sure you'll enjoy them!

Be sure to check out Amy Good's website and blog. If you haven't had too much of Amy yet (that's silly, who could have too much of Amy?) then follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/amicgood and on Facebook as well: https://www.facebook.com/amicgood. Be careful though, you might have too much fun following her!