Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Dream...Reach...Fly

So I posted yesterday that I was about to do something super fun with my books. Well I did & yes I was a bit nervous. I had the privilege of talking to 125 8th grade students at C.R. Anderson Middle School ( 6 classes instead of 3). All because one of the students (Sami) fell in love with my books so much, she wanted to share the stories with her teacher & her fellow classmates.

What an amazing opportunity. I was able to speak into the lives of 120+ students about the importance of following their dreams, reaching for them & once you get there flying to where ever the dreams may take you. I talked about the fact that not all dreams that you may share with others are received well & others may squash them. But we all have a choice to continue to pursue our dreams regardless of those around us. I also discussed my troubles in school with writing, spelling, grammar, etc... & how I almost let those troubles stop me from writing my books. I even talked about God's prompting me to write the book & obeying him in 5 of the classes, wasn't sure I was allowed to talk about God so I asked after the first class & the teacher said "OF Course. A little salting of God had to be in my talk since that is really how I have been able to get to where I am today.

 It really was such an incredible experience. I couldn't believe that the dream God gave me back in 2008 would lead me to such great things. I will say that now having read & discussed the inner workings of the publishing world with elementary school kids & the young adults of 8th grade, 8th graders have more in depth questions which I was happy to answer. Questions like: "Did you know what you were going to write in the story before you wrote it?" or "Did you know what would be inside the mysterious box before you put that in the story." Great questions. Then there were easy ones to like: " How old are you?" "Are you married?" yep fun questions like that:)

I hope through all of this I was able to inspire a few young people to pursue their dreams & not give up. I know I inspired at least one, hopefully more will follow.

I want to say Thank you again to Sami (Who also has awesome stawberry blond hair), Shannin, My Husband & Justin for making this awesome opportunity happen.

I can't wait to see where my books take me next & yes I am seriously considering a third now.

Dream..Reach...fly



Saturday, June 27, 2015

Christmas In July!

Christmas in July is here!!! Review either of my books on amazon.com during the month of July and be entered to win a $25 gift card to The Big Dipper.

Rules:
1. Each book on Amazon must have 10 new reviews from 10 different readers by July 31st in order for anyone to be entered into the drawing.
2. If you win and are not local (in Helena) the gift card will be $25 to Target.
3. Have fun reviewing:)

Note: If your child has read my books you can always write a review on their behalf. Please include their age or the grade they are in (that would be awesome).

Instructions on How to Write a Review:

1.  You must sign in or create an account with amazon.com & have made a purchase through that account.

2. Type in either book title into the amazon search bar

3.Scroll Down until you see the section that says Customer Reviews

4. Click on the button on the right that says write a customer review

5. Write your review and click on the submit button below that and your done.

Thank You!  Hope you are enjoying the summer days and finding time to have fun.
         





Sunday, May 31, 2015

Red's book tips 102: Ocean Inspiration

If you have been following my Facebook page you saw that I recently did our local ArtWalk to showcase my books, a huge success by the way & then the day after that my husband & I took a vacation to Tokeland & Seattle, WA. (Thank you Auntie & Uncle for helping make our vacation spectacular).

During vacation I brought a book to read called: Some Instructions on Writing and Life.  By: Anne Lamott.

I would like to say that I devoured every bit of it on vacation but in reality I didn't open the book until the day we got home. I will say though that while in Tokeland the grayness & misty days sparked my story brain & I did begin writing again. It felt good letting my brain spill out onto my paper with my pink pen. Something about writing on paper is more satisfying to me. Having finally opened this book, I love it & I am only through the first chapter. As I read through it I thought I would try to post things I find helpful or thought provoking or funny.

She shares a piece of simple advice in the first chapter. Her advice to finding time to be creative:  "You sit down. You try to sit down approximately the same time every day.  This how you train you’re unconscious to kick in for you creatively. So you sit down at, say, nine every morning, or ten every night. It is a matter of persistence & faith & hard work."

This seems so simple, yet it’s hard to do. I find personally when I end writing a book I have those overall sense of freedom like I can fly. Then as time passes my mind starts to fill with stories again & I know I must write but sitting down everyday even for an hour seems so daunting.

And then she says something so great about authors & maybe because we spent three days by the gray misty ocean surrounded by the dark wet forest of WA is why this next piece keeps circling in my head.  ..."We may notice amazing details during the course of the day but we rarely let ourselves stop & really pay attention.  An author makes you notice, makes you pay attention, & this is a great gift.  My gratitude for good writing is unbounded; I'm grateful for it the way I'm grateful for the ocean."

I read that blurb & couldn't help but think, "Yes that IS what we authors do. It is easy to get lost in the daily routine of life & forget we have a creative talent that should be shared.

Well, I hope that gives you some encouragement to write. Write anything too, I'm not just writing about writing books but if you love to write whether it is poems, short stories, comics...whatever, make some time for your creative brain & write.  Your brain will appreciate it. 

(picture below from our stay in Tokeland, WA)


Sunday, April 5, 2015

Red's book tips 101: Dust off those pencils

I thought I would write about what I have learned on my book writing journey so far. Some of my tips will be from me, others will be what I have found helpful from others.  I hope as always to encourage my readers to take that first step towards whatever your writing dream may be. I will also continue to post about what I am doing with my current books.

Something that has helped me greatly with my books is keeping notebooks in all different locations. I have found that ideas strike me at all different moments and places during my day. And jotting my idea on paper seems a lot quicker than typing it up on a computer. If I don't write my idea down it seems to slip away from my mind.  Not to say that I write down my ideas every time but when I do I am very happy I did. My entire first book is based off a small dream I had that God inspired in me.  So here is a list of a few places I keep my notebooks & a few pens since my pens seem to wander away. My notebooks are of various sizes some areas just have sticky notes because my notebook has gone to another room. This is also great for writing down things that just pop into your head that you've forgotten to do.

1. Beside my bed. Dreams can be a catalyst for writing something great. They to me seem to be the hardest to capture because usually I am so groggy I think to myself, "Oh I will remember this". But I usually don't. Forcing yourself awake is a must. 
2. In the Office
3. In the Kitchen
4. In the basement
5. In my purse
6. In my glove box
7. At Work

I hope that gives you some Ideas. As always I love to hear your comments and how your journey is progressing. 






Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Amazon Author Page

Take some time and visit my Author page and learn more about purchasing my books. Thank you.
http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B006V6XQVC

Friday, January 9, 2015

A nice break, Now back to it. Reviews Please:)

I realized today that I have not updated my blog since my book release party.  Life got a little busy after the book party, Thanksgiving, Christmas parties, Christmas, New Years you know normal life things. The Book release party was a success and thank you to all of you who made it out that night or found my book on-line. It means a lot to me. I have attached a few of the pictures from that fun night and one from my first book signing.  Also if you have finished my book which I know some of you have Please write me a review on Amazon.com. If you don't have an account with Amazon send me your review and I will post it for you.  Thank You!  Plus I would love to hear what all of you think.

I have also ordered copies of the first book in the series, The Wooded king which should be here in the next few weeks. If you would like to purchase any please contact me. I have decided to wait to do another book signing until May at the Spring Art Walk if everything goes according to plan.  I do also have copies of Kingdom Forgotten.  If you would like either book and don't won't to purchase it on Amazon let me know.

I want to give a shout out to Katy Wright who not only read my first book with her class at Smith Elementary but has also started Kingdom Forgotten with her class this week.  Can't wait to hear from all of you too!

Again thank you for all your support and awesome feedback! Now get out there and write some reviews all of you lovely people:)

I'm signing books, what?

Lovely Ladies from work Jeri, Linda and of course my sis Abby

The Brains behind the book Cover missing Tyler though

My awesome friend Kalli and I, first signing Dec.2011 never thought I would do another