“Spring Day”

“Spring Day”

There is nothing quite like the season of spring,

Where the flowers bloom and the birds sing.

You can feel the nice breeze on your face,

And smell the fragrance of a Queen Anne’s Lace.

Everything is waking up from a nice long sleep,

An annual promise that God always keeps.

Take some time if you can to have fun and play,

And I hope you enjoy this beautiful day!

If You Give an Author Some Inspiration…

Hi! It’s been a while, and I’m working on an update post for everyone. I want to share an event I went to where I had the honor of meeting an amazing author!

I went to the Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown in Johnstown, PA this past Sunday. Along with networking and doing some book browsing, I had the honor of meeting Laura Numeroff.

If you were a kid in the 1990’s or have a young child now, chances are that you might know her most famous book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Well, she has written a whole series of If You Give… books, along with other stories. While I love the series both as a child and as a teacher, one of my favorite of hers is Raising a Hero, which is about a puppy who will become a service dog. Although I do not have one, I think this story is very special.

Here are some pictures from the event, as I continue my story:

I loved this sign at Laura’s table! The event was sponsored by a local daycare center, The Learning Lamp. Along with my networking for my writing career, my mom was able to share her experience in daycare with some of the teachers!

The festival was inside this neat art gallery, and another building that used to be a brewery. There were so many people there!

Laura gave a presentation first, where she shared her writing experience, her life story, her love of animals, and much more! I was inspired by her reminder to “never give up!”

She greeted me in line with, “Let me guess, you love to read!” That started a conversation where I thanked her for writing the books that she did, inspiring me as a writer, and sharing a picture book that I’m working on, which she wants to read!

We follow each other on Twitter and often talk about favorite candy, so that inspired me to give her a care bag of candy! She loved it! And her favorite candy is Reese’s peanut butter eggs!

Before I left, she asked for a hug!

And I asked for a picture together, and we held up this literary classic!

Thank you Laura for your kindness and for inspiring me as a writer and as a new friend! I can’t wait to see you at my own book signing someday! If you give an author some inspiration, she’s going to write her own stories!

Author Apparatuses I Use Part Three: My Smart Pens 

Hi, everyone! It’s been a while! I wanted to add a third post to my Author Apparatuses I Use series! I’m hoping to keep this series going and adding more things to it over time! So without further ado, here is part three!

While I mainly use my laptop to write, sometimes I get ideas in my head when I am away from it. And other times I just like to write in a distraction-free way. Some authors use an AlphaSmart word processor for this. I use my smart pens!

The first smart pen I got was my Livescribe pen in 2009 when I started my junior year of college. I was planning to use it for taking notes in my classes, but I ended up not needing it. I kept it to jot down ideas for writing. I eventually got a second one, which I also use for writing.

A haiku poem I wrote one morning after seeing the sunrise last year.

The inside and outside of my Pulse and Livescribe 3 smart pen notebook!

Photo credit: Google image search

Photo credit: Google image search

This past Christmas, I got a Moleskine smart pen and notebook. I love using it! I recently used it to jot down writing ideas for my grad school class. I also use my smart pens as regular pens to write in my journal sometimes. 

Pages from my M+ Notes app!

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Something I love about my smart pens is that my handwriting can be exported to text. I can email my notes to myself to put in my laptop from the Livescribe or M+ Notes apps.

Basically, my smart pens work together with my technology. On one hand, I take a break from technology to write the old fashioned way, but on the other hand, it imports my writing into the apps to preserve it forever.

Thanks so much for reading! See you soon! Bye!

Laurie Halse Anderson and me!

Happy early birthday, Laurie Halse Anderson! Our friendship began by a random meeting when I was in second grade. This wonderful lady took the time to send handwritten letters to a little girl who aspired to be an author! Our friendship has stayed intact through technological advances and I never miss an opportunity to come to one of your book signing events! 

It is amazing how God brings special people into our lives when we least expect it. I hope someday that I will be able to impact the lives of young readers as you did for me and continue to do every day! 

I hope you have an amazing birthday tomorrow! And thank you for all you have done for me over the years!

Best of the Net nomination!!!

I am so excited to announce that “A Mother for Melvin” was nominated by Diverse Voices Quarterly for Sundress Publications’ Best of the Net anthology in the Fiction category! I will keep everyone posted regarding the final results!


Happy birthday, Beverly Cleary!

When I was in second grade, my teacher introduced my class to the Ramona book series. I loved listening to her read aloud about Ramona’s adventures!

I laughed at her mishaps and felt bad when she kept trying to help solve problems and be understood by her parents and older sister. Ramona wasn’t the perfect kid, but she tried very hard and never gave up when faced with a problem. I admired her spunky personality most of all! I have all of the book series, and I had a Beezus and Ramona diary at one point.

Besides the Ramona book series, I also loved Dear Mr. Henshaw and its sequel Strider because it was an epistolary novel (which means that it’s written in letters and diary entries) and I liked Leigh’s character.

In third grade reading group, I read Muggie Maggie. I liked that book, even though unlike Maggie, I wanted to learn cursive writing!

Whenever I’m a flea markets or antique stores, I always look for Beverly Cleary books. I’ve found a lot of them that I have not read, so I am excited to discover them for the first time!

Thank you, Beverly Cleary, for these and other amazing books! Happy 100th birthday!

(All picture credits: Google image search)