Love, Laughter, and Life

Adventures With a Book Lover


Leave a comment

Auto Repeat (I Wish)

7D3C526D-F362-45A8-A217-9ECE0CBD6103

Three car seats. Three preschoolers. Three strong-minded individuals. Three precious grands. Three songs.

Over and over. In equal quantities, or else. Even the 1 year-old can tell when it’s time for HER song.

Auto repeat would make life much easier in the car as we commute to preschool, the store, the post office, the library. But no. The Nana Bus has only the old-fashioned CD player. One CD at a time.

Nana has become a master at switching.

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, complete with unsynchronized clapping. (Pentatonix)

Bananaphone. With hand motions. (Raffi)

Baby Beluga, formerly known as Baby Beguda and Baby Deguba. (Raffi)

Switch on, clap on, sing on. Repeat.

Advertisements


Leave a comment

Storystorm 2018 DAY 29: JANE YOLEN CULTIVATES THE WILD IDEA

Collecting those ideas is just like gathering eggs. You have to watch where you’re walking, keep your eyes peeled, and collect those golden orbs of inspiration and place them in a sturdy basket to incubate for hatching up a great story.

Thanks, Jane and Tara!

via STORYSTORM 2018 Day 29: Jane Yolen Cultivates the Wild Idea


Leave a comment

STORYSTORM 2018 Day 27: Josh Nash is Always on the Clock

Ideas wait for no clock. It’s now or never, baby! Write down those great ideas, whenever they appear!

Thanks, Josh and Tara!

via STORYSTORM 2018 Day 27: Josh Nash is Always on the Clock


Leave a comment

STORYSTORM 2018 Day 26: Jeanette Bradley Invites You to Tea

I’d love to come home and find ideas on my deck, just waiting for me. But usually all I find are dead mouse parts and fluffs of bird feathers (no bird attached).

Thanks, Jeanette and Tara!

via STORYSTORM 2018 Day 26: Jeanette Bradley Invites You to Tea


Leave a comment

STORYSTORM 2018 Day 25: Vivian Kirkfield Kicks Back and Kicks Butt

This post is full of wonderful tips for staying the course in writing picture books for kids. AND Vivian shares suggestions on where to collect new ideas for future projects!

Thanks, Vivian and Tara!

via STORYSTORM 2018 Day 25: Vivian Kirkfield Kicks Back and Kicks Butt

 


Leave a comment

STORYSTORM 2018 Day 24: Susan Tan Writes on the Go

On the GO writing is my favorite type of writing! That’s why I feel anxious when I don’t have paper and pencil with me at all times…what would happen if I had extra FREE time waiting or something and NO paper or writing utensil??? The horror!

Thanks, Susan and Tara! Great post!

via STORYSTORM 2018 Day 24: Susan Tan Writes on the Go


Leave a comment

The MABEL Gate: In Memory of a Furbaby

img_3091

Just before Christmas, our family was devastated to discover neighborhood dogs had destroyed our precious love-love (my nickname for her) Mabel. It was pretty awful. We still miss our little gray girl every day.

6EDD2505-73D1-441D-BD2D-49299C851617

No more “Which one is this?” from the grands (and everyone else). No more help working on my writing projects. No more kitty tracks on my printed papers. No more head butts and lap cuddles.

6FD32CE5-DEC9-4508-8E99-0C77D1459D09

Monet, her twin sister, was lost for quite a few weeks and is now just finally starting to come into her own as an ONLY cat. There are times she quite enjoys the attention. The rest of the time she’d rather be out mousing or birding. She was always the more independent wild thing.

9A63ACE2-9F42-405F-B696-3C6864ACD009

To combat future attacks, we put up a gate on our driveway to discourage any other dogs from wandering in to check out what trouble they could get into. As Papa and Hayden finished up the gate, they decided it should be named after Mabel, a tribute to her short, cuddly, furry life.

BED3AAB3-1642-425D-90A3-6074B973C540

Perfect! In honor of our Mabes, Mabel, love-love, gray girl, kitty baby. The MABEL gate. Ta-da!


Leave a comment

STORYSTORM 2018 Day 22: Robin Newman Has Food for Thought

Food for thought. Ha-ha! Get it? Add food to any story you are working on – be it the main character, a walk-on part, the conflict, or part of the setting. I can see, I mean taste it now…a maple oat nut scone walks into a coffee shop…

Thanks, Robin! Thanks, Tara!

via STORYSTORM 2018 Day 22: Robin Newman Has Food for Thought


Leave a comment

STORYSTORM 2018 Day 20: Kate Dopirak & Mary Peterson Ask . . . What is Worth Illustrating?

Great post! I’ve always thought about this illustration and that illustration for my picture book manuscripts, but I’ve never considered if they’d are WORTH illustrating!

Thanks, Kate, Mary, and Tara!

via STORYSTORM 2018 Day 20: Kate Dopirak & Mary Peterson Ask…What is Worth Illustrating?