Sunday, September 22, 2013

Take The Autumn Blog Hop

Take the Train Blog Hop

Do you have a favorite fall memory linked to a train? What do you imagine you would see if you were riding a train in the fall? Join the authors of Wild Child publishing and Freya’s Bower as we Take an Autumn Train Ride through our blogs.

Prizes will include


  • Four $50 gift certificates (two for Wild Child and two for Freya's Bower)
  • An awesome swag package that includes:
    • Bookmarks
    • Books
    • Wild Child T-shirt and mug
    • Wild Child and Freya's Bower bags
    • Four handmade, crochet coasters by Kit Wylde
    • An autographed copy of Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
    • A rare DVD copy of the Matheson/Furst classic "Up The Creek" (lovingly used)
    • One ebook copy of Nita Wick’s short story, The Dream (previously published as part of a Freya’s Bower anthology.)
    • Book trading cards
    • Signed Dangerous Waters poster
    • copy of "Battle for Blood: The Blood Feud"
    • the winner’s name as a character in Kissa Starling’s next sweet romance story.
    • A Yankee Candle
    • and more...

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Please visit these sites for more chances to win, the more you visit the more chances you have to win. We have 46 participating authors. You can stop at as many or as little blogs as you wish. At each stop, you will find two chances to enter per blog to win some awesome prizes. If you visit all, that’s 92 chances to win! There will be five, lucky winners.


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Friday, June 28, 2013

Writers Write & Readers Read

Helen Keller's birthday was June 27th. She was among many things a writer. Her vehicle for immortalizing her ideas was her brailler.

In 1918, teachers in the United States adopted braille as the official writing system for people who are blind, thanks in great part to Helen Keller. She was a very eloquent and influential proponent for this writing system.

As I try to develop a blog that combines a love of children's literature, both the writing and reading of it, with my passion for braille literacy. I find myself struggling with something as simple as finding a title for it.  What a puny task when seen in relation to the journey Ms. Keller took to attain her goals.

Here's some titles I've thought of -Touch and Tell-Kid Lit, or Braille Lit Print Lit Kid Lit.

If anyone has a catchy blog title that combines kid lit with braille literacy and you'd like to share it , please comment on this post.  If you like either of the above titles I've come up with, let me know.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Post Conference Musings

 A little more than a week has gone by since the NJSCBWI Conference, a fun information packed weekend.   I was given great suggestions as to revisions for both a picture book and a middle grade and I'm raring to get to work, but I have to fit it in around June's hectic schedule.

One of the great workshops I attended was hosted by Tara Lazar who many people know from her blog Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) and from her just released picture book Monstore.  Tara's workshop was on social media, and one of her topics was on creating a blog with individuality, so with that in mind Musing and Doodlings is under construction.  I'm thinking up a catchy title and a pithy way to combine my love for children's literature and my love for teaching blind and visually impaired learners braille.  Reading and writing braille is a blind and visually impaired child's access point to literature, just as reading and writing print is a visual child's access point to literature.

Think ... think... think...

  Thanks for the inspiration, Tara, and all of the faculty and participants of NJSCBWI Conference.

Tara Lazar

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Been away for awhile

 Been away for awhile,  I was lucky enough to have two e-books come out this past year.  but I'm back... doodles of musings to come soon...

I'm also working toward learning the ropes of book trailer creation.  So far, I've learned what I already knew- nothing is easy.  I know they say don't judge a book by its cover, but who doesn't?  If you want to look beyond these two covers check out my website,

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Point of View

I've discovered a curious similarity between two artistic modalities and though I'm sure others have known this for some time its new to me, and so I thought I'd share it, just in case others hadn't realized it yet.

 I'm trying my hand at drawing and I was working at overlaps when I realized how similar they were to first person point of view in writing. When a writer is portraying a first person point of view he must show only what that character sees and not what he can't see.  That's much the same in overlap drawing. 

 I had to draw only what I saw and not what I knew to be behind or a part of the actual object. Applying this realization to writing, specifically when depicting a character's point of view of an object or action, will help the author stay in touch with their character's perspective.  

My first try at overlaps and using plumbline .

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A budding rose

A rose bud from my garden.

A rose by any other name would smell so sweet ...

in other words what's in a name.

 How can we describe with words the beauty artists give to images?

Sensory infomation-

What do the petals feel like?  How is the light hitting the bud?

The fragrance and what it reminds you of. The sound of birds singing or bees buzzing as you gaze on the rose?  


The closed bud holding inside the potential beauty of the unfolded petals.

 For me the description of the image ties the reader and the author together in a shared experience. 

Add a metaphor or a simile and its a recipe for description with beautiful flavor. 

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Fairy dust

What makes wishes come true? 

 I'm not positive, but I think it takes a mix of hope, faith, and a sprinkling of fairy dust too.