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,