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Archive for November, 2014

A Certificate Fit for a Turkey

Posted by lindamartinandersen on November 23, 2014


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“A Certificate Fit for a Turkey” by Linda Martin Andersen

Am I a turkey? No, not I.

I recently completed an online course called “Thirty Days to a Stronger Novel” by Darcy Pattison.  Here is my certificate of completion.

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I couldn’t help but wonder what type certificate a turkey might earn, especially this time of year.  How would you complete this certificate for a turkey?

                   Certificate of Completion

This is to certify that__________________________successfully

completed the ________________________________________

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barnyard course on November ______, 2014

Let your imagination go wild.  I’d love your feedback.

Do you like online writing courses?  If so, consider taking “30 Days to a Stronger Novel” with Darcy Pattison, I strongly recommend it.  Learn more here.  https://www.udemy.com/courses/

Please leave a comment below.  Thanks for visiting. Come again and bring a friend. 

Children 13 years old or older may leave a comment. Read more about the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. (COPPA) See: http://www.coppa.org/coppa.htm

 

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Thankful for the Kids on the Playground and the SCBWI-C Group

Posted by lindamartinandersen on November 18, 2014


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“Thankful for the Kids on the Playground and the SCBWI-C Group.”

 

It’s nearly Thanksgiving and I’m counting my blessings…

Kids on the playground call out, “Thanks for pushing me (on the swings).”  I echo  that: “Thanks for pushing me (with my writing).

Kids on the playground say,  “Whee!  This is fun.”  I echo that.  Probably only writers and illustrators get that one.  😉

Kids on the playground ask, “Wanna play ball?”  I echo that:  “Wanna  play (swap stories?)”

Kids on the playground squeal with delight when their team scores a point.  I echo that.  Our hurrahs and congratulations fill the listserv.

Kids on the playground ask, “Can you show me how to do that?”  I echo that.  I’ve learned so much from this group.

Thank you kids that inspire and SCBWI-C members that encourage and motivate.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Please leave a comment below.  Thanks for visiting. Come again and bring a friend. 

Children 13 years old or older may leave a comment. Read more about the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. (COPPA) See: http://www.coppa.org/coppa.htm

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Lucky Winner Announced–Jennifer Larson’s Giveaway

Posted by lindamartinandersen on November 16, 2014


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“Lucky Winner Announced–Jennifer Larson’s Giveaway” by Linda Martin Andersen

Today, I announce the winner of the book giveaway.  But first, I’d like to share a recent observation that included shoes.   Last week near lunch time, my husband and I were riding down a busy highway and stopped for a traffic light.  A truck that serves prepared food was parked at an auto parts store on the corner.  People were standing near the window of the food truck, which was opposite our view.  All we could see was the truck and shoes underneath.  It was a humorous sight and reminded me of Jennifer Larson’s book called Lost Soles.  When did you pay attention to shoes this past week?  Comment about it below.

Thanks to all who visited “Have You Ever Found a Lost Shoe?  Book Giveaway!” and left a comment.  Those names were placed in a drawing for a free copy of Lost Soles by Jennifer Larson.  The names on cards, plus a plastic lucky frog foot, were shaken and my husband drew the winning name.

And the winner is Susan Williams.  Congratulations Susan.  Let’s give her a shoe-tongue flapping, double-knot tieing “Writer’s Playground” round of applause.  Susan Williams, would you please email me and provide your mailing address?  I will forward the information to  Jennifer who will send you a copy of Lost Soles.  Enjoy!

Jennifer, thanks for being a guest blogger here and for providing a giveaway.  It was great to have you. 

Readers, the next time you see a single lost shoe, think of Jennifer Larson.  Support her book launch by visiting http://www.amazon.com/Lost-Soles-Jennifer-Larson/dp/1492294179/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416138105&sr=8-1&keywords=Lost+Soles+by+Jennifer+Larson

Book copies are available just in time for holiday giving.  To learn more about Jennifer Larson, please visit her website  at www.authorjenniferlarson.com.  She loves receiving photographs of lost soles from everywhere. And to keep up with her latest find, follow her blog at www.authorjenniferlarson.blogspot.com.

Any shoe sightings you’d like to share?  Any lone sole sightings?  Please leave a comment below.  Thanks for visiting. Come again and bring a friend. 

Children 13 years old or older may leave a comment. Read more about the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. (COPPA) See: http://www.coppa.org/coppa.htm

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Is It Already the Second Week in November?

Posted by lindamartinandersen on November 9, 2014


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“Is It Already the Second Week in November?”

I saw a comic today that reminded me that it’s all about perspective.  The adults in the “Family Circus” are concerned that they don’t have enough time to prepare for Christmas.  The kids, on the other hand, think there is entirely too much wait time until Christmas.  How about you?  Are you seeing things more from the adult or kid angle?  A great exercise this month would be to try to see things from the opposite perspective, at least for a few minutes.  And don’t forget to smile!

Just in case you thought I forgot, here are a few events you might want to celebrate during the remainder of this month.

November is…

Aviation History Month–Are you flying anywhere for the holidays?  Where would you like to fly if you could?
Family Stories Month--Write them down.
Historic Bridge Awareness Month--Can you name one in your state?
National Adoption Month--What a gift!  Do you have an adoption story to share?
National Native American Heritage Month–How can you honor Native Americans?  Consider visiting a museum with displays of early settlements.  Look at the exhibits from the perspective of Native Americans. 
National Family Literacy Month--What book have you read recently?  What book have you read someone in your household?  What have others read?  Consider having each family member share about a favorite part of a book read.
Picture Book Month–I’m writing a picture book idea for each day in November.  It’s called PiBoIdMo and organized by Tara Lazar.  Maybe you’d like to try it or like to read a picture book a day for a month.

Special Days in November:

Sesame Street Day: 10--How many Sesame Street characters can you name?

Origami Day: 11--Learn how to fold paper this special way.  Libraries have books on origami and most likely you can find videos online.

Veterans Day: 11–Will you visit a grave, attend a parade, honor a veteran in some way?

Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day: 14–Most of us could use a day of less stress.  What could you do to loosen up or lighten up today?

National American Teddy Bear Day: 14–Recall a favorite childhood memory that includes a teddy bear.

I Love to Write Day: 15–What do you like to write?

National Day of Play: 15–If you were to visit a playground today, what would you like to play?  What about a child you know?

Guinness World Record Day: 15--Always a popular book with kids.  Do you know any world records you could share with someone?

Use Less Stuff Day: 20–What about cleaning out a drawer, closet, or shelf today?

World Television Day: 21–My brother cried when he had to start school because he would miss “I Love Lucy.”  What stories do you remember based on TV shows?

Mother Goose Day: 23–Pick a nursery rhyme and say it aloud.  If it gets stuck in your head, share it with someone else.  Better than spreading gossip. 😉

International Hat Day: 25–My husband just bought two new hats?  When was the last time you bought one?  Where did you wear it?

National Day of Listening: 27--Try harder to really listen.

Thanksgiving Day: 27--Where will you be and with whom?  Give thanks for all your blessings!

 

Special Weeks in November:

World Kindness Week: 10-16--Think of kind things you can do each day of this week and do them.

National Young Reader’s Week: 10-14 –These last three remind me of the value of a good education and the part books play.  Check out books with the kids you love.

American Education Week: 17-21

National Book Awards Week: 17-21

 

Please leave a comment.  Thanks for visiting. Come again and bring a friend. 

If you haven’t registered for the book giveaway, check the guest post by Jennifer Larson for details.  You’ll be glad you did.

Children 13 years old or older may leave a comment. Read more about the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. (COPPA) See: http://www.coppa.org/coppa.htm

 

 

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Have You Ever Found a Lost Shoe? Book Giveaway!

Posted by lindamartinandersen on November 8, 2014


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“Have You Ever Found a Lost Shoe?  Book Giveaway!”

Have you ever found a shoe when walking to the playground, riding down the road, walking on the beach, or somewhere else?  Not a pair of shoes, but one shoe?  One lone lost sole?  I have and I’m pretty sure you have too. I know someone who is on the lookout for lost shoes every day.  She takes pictures of them, and guess what…she has even written a book about them. Today, I’m honored to introduce this special lady to you. Please help me welcome Jennifer Larson, author of Lost Soles.  Let’s give her a shoe-tongue flapping, double-knot tieing “Writer’s Playground” welcome.  And here’s Jennifer…

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Thanks for having me here today.  My inspiration for Lost Soles began when I started noticing lone shoes in random places. There’d be a sandal in the median, a flip flop on the sidewalk, or a sneaker on the side of  the road.

 

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I began photographing these lone shoes ten years ago, creating a portfolio of boots, heels, cleats, and more.

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I’ve even found a slipper. Then I started to wonder how these shoes had come to rest alone in such odd places. Where was their mate? How did they get separated from their other half?And that’s when I decided to tell the children’s story of a pair of flip flops, Flip and Flop, that get separated from each other after a day at the beach. Flip flies off the beach cart and gets left behind. He then embarks on a journey to find his way home in hopes of reuniting with his “sole mate.”

 

I decided to self-publish, and after two years and a lot of hard work, my first children’s picture book, Lost Soles, is coming out and will be available on amazon.com.FINAL COVER September 30 copy - Version 3 (2)

 

Over the years, I’ve photographed more than 100 lone shoes. I’m always on the lookout for the next one. If you have a lost sole find and want to share, please visit my website www.authorjenniferlarson.com. I love receiving photographs of lost soles from everywhere. And to keep up with my latest find, follow my blog at www.authorjenniferlarson.blogspot.com.

Jennifer, thanks for joining us today.  Love the book cover and story idea. 

Readers:   Jennifer is offering a free copy of Lost Soles to some lucky person who leaves a comment here by November 15.  The winner will be announced at “A Writer’s Playground” shortly afterwards. 

Don’t you love Jennifer’s way of taking cast off items and making them something special?  Show your admiration by visiting her photos and blog and by commenting here.  Thanks for visiting. Come again and bring a friend. 

Children 13 years old or older may leave a comment. Read more about the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. (COPPA) See: http://www.coppa.org/coppa.htm

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