Linda Kulp Trout

Thursday, December 28, 2023

Celebrating a New Year and My Birthday

Having a birthday right after the holidays (January 2) meant money was especially tight, 
   but my mother always made sure I had a present. I loved music so a record player was the 
     best gift ever!

Along with the record player, I got a 45 record titled "All I Have to Do is Dream" by the    Everly Brothers. I had never heard the song, but with only one record, I played it over and  over. Although it is a love song, I didn't think of it that way. Maybe it was because the        word dream (one of my very favorite words) is repeated over 30 times. For eleven-year-old me, it was about dreams and making them come true. Even now, the song brings back memories of dancing across the living room floor singing, "Dream, dream, dream..." I was (and still am) a dreamer who loves to imagine "someday."

Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy, 2024. May all your dreams come true!

 A big thank you to the very talented Michelle for hosting today.

I love reading your comments and try to respond to every one. Due to some recent SPAM comments, I have enabled moderation so there will be a delay in your comment being posted. 

Thursday, December 21, 2023

Holiday Movies

Last night, I had fun playing with holiday movie titles and turning them into this little poem. 
A big thank you to Jone for hosting this week's Poetry Friday.

Wishing you love and laughter this holiday season and a healthy, happy 2024!

Thursday, October 26, 2023

This is another poem from my book WRITE WITH ME.  For each section in the book, I wrote a little story about the inspiration for the poem. There are also prompts and a space for writers to add their thoughts, poems, and stories.  My hope is that sharing some of my personal poems and stories will encourage others to write about their own emotions and experiences.

A big thank you to Carol for hosting today's Poetry Friday on her blog The Apples in My Orchard.

NOTE: Comment moderation is installed on this blog so your comment will not appear until approved. I love your comments and read ever one of them! Thank you so much for taking time to share your thoughts. 

Thursday, October 19, 2023

Some Days

I'm grateful for this community where we meet every Friday to support and encourage each other.  
A big thank you to Bridget at wee words for wee ones for hosting this week's Poetry Friday gathering.

Thursday, October 5, 2023

A Place Where I Can Be Me

It is always scary for me to share my poems and stories, especially when they are so personal.  Your  supportive comments last week helped ease my fear. Your kindness and encouragement means a lot to me. Thank you so much!

Today I'm sharing a poem from my new book WRITE WITH ME. You can read more about my book here.

I really do think of my journal as a place. It is a home for my words, my ideas, and my thoughts.  A place where I can be my own true self without worrying about being good enough. Inside the pages of my journal feels safe and comfortable.They tell the story of my life, and contain a part of me I don't always show the world. As I read through old journals, I gain perspective and begin to understand more about myself. 

I have a ton of journals and probably should recycle them, but they are so hard to part with. 

If you write in journals, I'd love to know what you do with them when they are full. Do you keep them? Recycle them? 

A special thank you to Matt for hosting this week on his blog Radio, Rhythm, & Rhyme. 

Have a great week!

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Thank You Poetry Friday and Write with Me

 Dear friends, 

I have a new book, and I have you (and many others) to thank for it.  I could not have written it without the years of encouragement and support you have given.  WRITE WITH ME is part poetry, part memoir, and part journal.  

I got the idea for WRITE WITH ME after reading GOOD LUCK GOLD & MORE by the amazing Janet Wong. I love her book so much!  In it, Janet writes about growing up, family, culture, and identity. These are topics I care deeply about. (If you haven't read GOOD LUCK GOLD & MORE you are missing something special!) I was so inspired by Janet's poems and stories about her life, I wanted to write my own. GOOD LUCK GOLD & MORE became my mentor text. 

At first, I planned to write a book for my grandchildren. It was just going to be a few poems and stories about my life with space for my grandchildren to write about theirs. Then, I remembered the way my former students often struggled to find topics to write about. I started adding poems (some new, some previously published) exploring emotions, regrets, identity...  WRITE WITH ME grew into an interactive journal I hope will inspire writers of all ages the way GOOD LUCK GOLD & MORE inspired me. 

A lot of people helped me make this book a reality as you can see by my long list of acknowledgements. I am honored to be part of the Poetry Friday community where we share our love for poetry.  I'm very grateful to all of you for your kind comments and encouragement since this blog began in 2008. Each week, I look forward to reading your blog posts and have learned so much from you. 

Be sure to stop by Jama's Alphabet Soup for today's roundup. Jama's posts are always a treat!

Thank you so much!

Thursday, August 31, 2023


Happy September!

Autumn is coming. It's my favorite time of year. I love the cooler temperatures, gorgeous colors, and autumn-scented air. Next week, we're expecting another heatwave, but that's okay because I have hope that it won't last long. Having hope changes the way we see the world. 

I have been taking a break from blogging, but I'm here today to share a beautiful new anthology created by the amazing team of Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong. Their new book is all about hope. 

  WHAT IS HOPE? is collection of 40 ekphrastic poems that are sure to inspire readers and fill them with hope. This book is a Children's Book Council "Hot Off the Press Selection" for August 2023.  WHAT IS HOPE? is a valuable resource for teachers, parents, and librarians. 100% of the profits will be donated to the IBBY Children's Fund. 


 Readers will find poems by some of our Poetry Friday friends as well as other popular names in the children's poetry community. I am thrilled and honored to have one of my poems among them. 


The positive message in every poem makes WHAT IS HOPE? an excellent choice for readers young and old. We all need a daily dose of hope!

Thank you to Ramona for hosting this week on her blog, Pleasures from the Page.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

At the Market: A Poem Video

Thank you to Jone Rush MacCulloch and Jasmine for creating this beautiful video for my poem. 

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Two New Books and Facebook Live

Today I'm excited to celebrate the book birthday of two new books.  Not only am I excited to share two wonderful new books, I'm also the proud mama of the authors!  

LIBRARY OF LESSONS & LIES is a novel-in-verse by Tim Kulp.  It is a fast-paced dark fantasy I would recommend for upper YA and beyond. 

A book loving loner, Beatrix is enjoying a rare night out with her odd couple roommate, social media megastar Claudia. When their fun is ruined by a magical book, Beatrix’s latent powers are awakened, throwing the friends into a mystical world of monsters, sorcerers and extra-dimensional beings. Beatrix and Claudia find their way to a library of magical books, where they must discover who is trying to help them and who is trying to enslave them with promises of power and answers. Their inner demons drive them to deadly decisions with implications that will resonate further than they can imagine. Will Beatrix and Claudia conquer their demons and save each other, or will the horrors of their past unleash the end of all things?

Tim is the author of numerous books for a variety of audiences including MG, YA, and adult. His books take readers on adventures both internally and externally. Tim's day job keeps him on the frontier of AI, an element that often shows up in his writing.   He consults with companies and designs programs to help them use new technology. Tim also teaches undergraduate courses in technology. 

Join Tim tonight, (Feb. 17) at 8PM eastern for a Facebook Live book launch ( Tim will be sharing secrets about the book and answering questions about his writing process. I'll be there and will randomly draw the name of an attendee to win a copy of LIBRARY OF LESSONS & LIES.  Drop by Tim's Facebook page to learn more. Hope to see your there tonight!

SELECTION is a dystopian science fiction debut novel by Chris Kulp. I would recommend it for upper YA and beyond. His stories offer characters who confront current and future issues facing society.  Chris is a professor of physics, science fiction author, and the winner of the Mike Resnick Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Short Story by a New Author. His fiction has appeared in Galaxy's Edge magazine. He has co-authored nearly 30 scientific articles and one textbook.  Check out Chris' Facebook page for updates about his writing. Here is a brief description of SELECTION.

Humanity almost destroyed itself. To survive the changing climate, we trusted every aspect of our lives to an all-knowing, all-seeing artificial intelligence known as the Algorithm. With scarce resources, the Algorithm decides who lives in poverty and who lives in luxury to build an optimal society.

Omegas clean. Sigmas manage. Betas create. Alphas, lead.

No one questions the Algorithm.

SELECTION follows Sam, Jack, Jennie and Tabitha as they discover the Algorithm’s plan may be more than it seems.

But do four people stand a chance against an omnipotent AI who may know them better than they know themselves?

LIBRARY OF LESSONS & LIES and SELECTION are both published by Making Adventure. You may know Making Adventure is the publishing company Tim started last year. With a lot of hard work, Making Adventure is gaining an audience and growing, but becoming a successful publishing business takes a village. If you would like to help, here are a couple of things you can do.

Please consider ordering one or both of the books and reviewing them on Amazon. It really helps spread the word. 

If you are on social media, posting about the books can help them reach new people. 

I appreciate you reading this long post.  Thank you so much for supporting my sons' and their books. I am very grateful to be part of the Poetry Friday family.

A special thank you to Molly for hosting this week's Poetry Friday.

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Snow At Last!

 We've had a mild January with above average temperatures. On Wednesday, we got our first snowfall of the year. Our neighborhood was decorated in white. The weather forecast told us it would last long so I walked toward a wooded area near my house and snapped this picture.

A big thank you to Jan at Book Seed Studio for hosting this week's Poetry Friday.