Thursday, December 28, 2023
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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.
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Thursday, October 19, 2023
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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!
Have a great week!
Thursday, September 28, 2023
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.
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.
Thursday, August 31, 2023
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.
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
Thursday, February 16, 2023
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!
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 (https://fb.me/e/2E6RLL0dQ). 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
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.