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STORYSTORM 2018 Day 28: Stacy McAnulty’s Brain if Full

Way to prime the pump! Thanks, Stacy and Tara!

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STORYSTORM 2018 Day 16: Tami Charles Might Fail (and that’s OK!)

Not every day comes with a deluge of perfect picture book ideas. Some days ideas might shower down for future projects while other days are as dry as the Sahara Desert. Nada.

Thanks, Tami, for your encouraging words. Thanks, Tara, for STORYSTORM!

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STORYSTORM 2018 Day 14: Rachelle Burk Shares Resources

Do you need resources? This post (and Rachelle’s site) are chock full of anything a writer could need! Wow!

Thanks, Rachelle! Thanks, Tara!

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STORYSTORM 2018 Day 13: Lori Mortensen Finds the Main Ingredient

Me? You? We are the main ingredients for coming up with ideas for new writing projects. Yes, that’s correct. We writers are the main ingredient. What does that mean? As writers, we need to listen to what interests us or causes us to ask questions like What if? or Why did that happen?.

Me? I’m going to be the main ingredient. Chocolate.

Thanks, Lori and Tara!

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STORYSTORM 2018 Day 12: Alicia Padron Does Nothing

Doing nothing (work related) allows the creative part of our brains to stew. Let ideas cook on the back burner. I do this, but I realize I also need to value the time to takes for those germs of stories and projects to come to a full boil and be ready to move up to the front of the stove. Patience sounds like a desirable character trait! 🙂

Do nothing!

Thanks, Alicia! Thanks, Tara!

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STORYSTORM 2018 Day 10: Heidi E. Y. Stemple Keeps Every Single One

Oh, I am totally on board with this! Keep every single idea! Some will be good, some not so good, some good now, others won’t be ready until years from now.

The big thing is to keep them all. Now. If I would take that next step and LOOK at my files of ideas…

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Thanks, Heidi! Thanks, Tara!


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STORYSTORM 2018 Day 8: Annie Silvestro Mindlessly Multi-Tasks

Mindlessly multi-tasking is my choice-du-jour for allowing my creative side to enjoy some free play time (and hopefully toss out a few story idea sparks).

One of our hobbies (hubby and I) is taking motorcycle trips. I ride behind him, so my hands are empty and we don’t have a way to talk to each other, so I have all that talk-to-myself time. I’m working on one story right now that came directly from daydreaming and wondering on the back of the Honda Shadow.

I’ve also learned that wherever I go I need paper and pen. This goes for motorcycle trips as well. Other motorists often see me hunched over behind his back, jotting down ideas on my paper, fighting for control as the wind gleefully tries to steal my notes. Alas, it’s January, foggy, cold, and in Washington state, not a good time for motorcycle rides. Otherwise I’d say, “Pony up, honey, we need to take a ride!”

Guess I’ll do the dishes. Or sweep. Or bake something. And let those ideas flow.

Thanks, Annie! Thanks, Tara!

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This Is My Dollhouse ~ Picture Book & KID KANDY

This is what a homemade doll house looks like.

By Angie Quantrell @AngieQuantrell

This Is My Dollhouse

By Giselle Potter

(Schwartz & Wade Books, 2016)

I’ve always loved doll houses, so I was instantly attracted to This Is My Dollhouse.

A young girl uses an old box, craft materials, and toys to create and decorate her own doll house. Her imagination is in full swing as she makes food, clothes, and props for the little family that lives in her dollhouse.

Her friend, Sophie, also has a doll house. It’s a fancy store-bought dollhouse with pretty furniture and a family. When the girl goes to visit Sophie and play with the dollhouse, their imagination is stilted and comes to a stand still.

After seeing Sophie’s doll house, the girl is afraid of showing her own dollhouse to her friend. But one day, when Sophie came to play, Sophie discovered the hidden house and was delighted. Many hours of creative play followed and the girl was once again pleased with her own dollhouse.

I don’t think this book is against store-bought doll houses at all, but rather This Is My Dollhouse celebrates creativity and ingenuity of those who build from scratch.

It was so much fun to see the creativity of the young girl and the way she used her imagination to create scenarios and adventures for her little family. This book will inspire little ones to create from miscellaneous materials found around the house.

This is a little sewing room I made in a wooden box. Can you find the tiny mouse?

KID KANDY:

Make A Doll House

Materials: box (any size will work), cardboard, paper scraps, fabric scraps, ribbon, markers, scissors, tape, glue, toy figures, wood scraps or blocks

1. Make a doll house. You can use ANY type of container to make a little house. I once made one from a teapot! Cut cardboard and paper to make walls and floors. Ask for help in cutting a door and windows.

2. Use craft scraps and other materials to decorate your house. Add curtains, rugs, furniture, and whatever else you want. Use markers to add color.

3. Make your little family comfortable. Cut blankets, clothes, and other household necessities from your supplies.

4. Give your family (and their pets) names. You are now ready to imagine adventures for them!

P.S. This would be a fun activity to do with a sister, brother, or friend!


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Hobbies? Rubber Stamping Cards is One of My Top Favorites

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My stamping buddy (aka college roommate and friend of many many years) and I were recently trying to figure out how long we’ve been stamping. We sort of came down to the correct decade and several-year span, but we couldn’t quite pin it down. Suffice to say stamping has been a part of my life for most of my life.

This hobby has become a habit. A tradition. A much anticipated gathering.

Actually, another college roommate joins us or we join her to feed our habit. Maybe being a college roommate is a prerequisite? LOL. No. We have other college buddies and friends that join crafting days or at least tolerate our obsession by bringing their own crafts or visiting with us while we crazily create.

I think it’s the creation part that is addicting. Playing with stamps, papers, inks, glitter (always glitter!), and stuff is exhilarating!

And just look! The benefits involve large stashes of beautiful cards, fit for any occasion.

Let’s hear it for the college buddies, friends, stampers, and crafters!

P.S. A recent stamping trip netted an addition of 45 lovely cards. Coming your way . . .


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Storystorm Day 30: “Make Soup!” by Dr. Carrie Barron

by Dr. Carrie Barron Here is a wonderful quote I just found by psychologist and creator of the Hierarchy of Needs pyramid, Abraham Maslow: “A first rate soup is more creative than a second rate pai…

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Creativity. Sometimes it comes and sometimes you have to start working and then the juices get flowing. Writers and other creative souls, we just need to start working with our ingredients, be those pen and paper, paint and canvas, clay and tools. Smell the soup!