Thursday, May 2, 2019

I've Been Hijacked!


 
 
Hi there, I'm GW from Into the Ocean and I've hijacked this months blog post to let you all in about a FINtastic sale going. Into the Ocean is on sale for $0.99!! Now, I don't know much about money, considering I'm a shark, but that sounds like a JAWsome deal to me!
 
 
 
 
So what is Into the Ocean all about? Well, it's all about where I call home. You will take an under the sea voyage with me as your tour guide and discover some of the amazing marine animals that call the sea their home and other fantastic ocean facts around our magnificent world. Some say I am more of a clown fish than a great white but I just don't get it. I mean come on, how can a fish dress up as a clown anyway? Haha
 
 

 

What are you waiting for!? Swim on over to this link and pick up your copy today. Available in ebook and paperback. I hear reviews are very important so if you enjoy our adventure, consider leaving a review for my good friend Rebecca Lyndsey.






Well look at that handsome fella there. He looks familiar. Hehehe
 
If you want to learn more about Rebecca Lyndsey, her books, and download some cool coloring sheets, then swim on over to her website www.authorrebeccalyndsey.weebly.com. Thanks for letting me take a bite at my first ever blog! Happy reading!
 
 
*All images are copyrighted by Rebecca Lyndsey.



Here’s some more “May First Friday” posts from my author pals to follow:

Sandra Bennett – Where Do You Find Ideas For Stories?

Julie Gorges – 10 Super Foods for Baby Boomers

Auden Johnson – WHEN YOU’RE TOLD YOU CAN’T MAKE A LIVING AS AN AUTHOR?

Cat Michaels – 9 TIPS TO HELP YOU BUILD YOUR ONLINE COMMUNITY

James Milson – Happy Hummer Season! Welcoming, Helping, and Attracting Hummingbirds In Your Neighborhood

Rosie Russell - May Celebrations
 

 

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Penny For Your Thoughts

Has spring officially arrived in your neck of the woods or are you still stuck in between having all four seasons in one day like we are having here?  Luckily, we have been graced with a few warm, sunny days, which is a great stress reliever for any teacher. Especially one whose spring break is still two weeks away! LOL If you are a teacher, you will understand totally where I am coming from. I'm going to have to start singing Bon Jovi's chorus from Livin' on a Prayer during lunch duty. I'm sure the students are going to love it. 😂
Image found on Bing.com I do not own the rights.

So you may be asking yourself, why did I choose the particular saying "Penny For Your Thoughts" for my title this month..  Well, I have been thinking about many things lately. One being, should I continue on creating more children's books or throw in the towel?  For those of you who have read my books and enjoyed them, thank you!  I really do love creating them and I have a book full of ideas I would like to fully produce but between teaching full time, writing a blog, keeping up on FB and Twitter for my author pages, and trying to promote my creations...…… I'm wondering if it is all worth it?  I am so proud of what I have accomplished and it truly makes me happy writing and illustrating, but sadly it doesn't pay the bills and is extremely time consuming.  Maybe I've done it all wrong, maybe I could spend more money to have a more established page help with promotion, or maybe I need to spend more time on social media making my presence known......I just don't know. My job working as a monkey wrangler, hehe, is also up in the air. That is a long story but I'm considering taking some classes to earn a new certification, so I really need a magic wand to make more of me to complete everything.

Now I am neither writing this post to get sympathy nor am I fishing for compliments, although compliments are always nice. Hahahaha Just kidding,  No, I'm writing this to get these thoughts out of my head and onto paper. Possibly, you are in the same situation and can relate or have in the past.  Obviously, I haven't given up, I'm just not sure where this journey I am on is going to go next.  I would love to spend this summer working on another book, but once those precious few weeks are up, I'm back to the stress and then the book is put on hold once again.  I may just concentrate on creating book videos this summer for promotional services and go from there.  If you feel the same and want to create a support group for Adulting is Hard, hehehe, feel free to message me on Fb and we can chat.  If you've read this far, thanks for listening to my whining. You rock!

You've endured enough of the Weird Files my brain has concocted, so let's talk something fun. For me that is anything art related but if you've read my blog before, you already know that.  I am in love with researching resin art and fused glass.  Has anyone tried these?  I would love to but I've heard they are expensive art mediums.  Doesn't mean I won't try small though! :)

This resin/mixed media art image from blick.com is so awesome!

 
I've also added quite a few of my favorite pieces to my Inspiration Board on Pinterest if you want to check them out.
 
Thanks again for letting me vent.  Hope you have an amazing month!

Friday, February 1, 2019

Short and Sweet

This months blog is just like the title says, short and sweet!  Things on my work end have been extremely stressful due to the big honchos, but I won't get into any of that.  The arctic blast was a warm welcome so to speak because it gave us two much needed days away from the stress. I took advantage of this by relaxing as much as possible. I read a short story, got some inspiration for my current work in progress and of course, painted!  

Ever tried Paint by Sticker books?  I love them!  I actually find them relaxing. However, if you are a little OCD about things, then this probably isn't for you. LOL  Some of the stickers are very tiny and not easy to fit on there perfectly.  To me, that doesn't matter.  It's a mosaic, so lines are acceptable. 😁



I've also been practicing a painting I might try with my students. I came across this lesson on Pinterest and loved the looks of it.  Here is the link if you are interested.

   https://stepbysteppainting.net/2019/01/04/how-to-paint-easy-northern-lights/


This is my finished painting. The colors are actually a lot darker, I just couldn't get a good picture. 

What hobbies do you have to help to de-stress?  What have you been working on lately? I'd love to hear from you in the comments section or find me on Facebook. 


Oh and I can't forget, today is World Read Aloud day!!!  I am all for that!  My book, Into the Ocean, even made a book list created by Sharks4Kids. I'm so honored to be included!  Check it out and some other Fintastic books here

Looking for more children's book authors?  Here are a few wonderful ones for you to check out! 










Thursday, January 10, 2019

Happy 2019!


        Christmas has come and gone, the ball has dropped and 2018 is in the past as we welcome in 2019. My author pals and I are sharing our hopes - on the writing road and in our family life - for  2019 in our #Gr8Blog hop: “What I Want to Accomplish in 2019 Even if I Don’t Win the Lottery.” 

Do you make new year resolutions?  Me, I’ve never been much on that.  I do however set goals for what I want to try to accomplish over the summer when I’m able to put my author hat back on.  So, what do I have planned for this year?  That’s a good question because it’s something I haven’t given much thought to yet. Right now, I am just trying to plan out how to survive in my classroom until our next break, which is in four months! Lol 

   Okay, I will give it a try….. hmmmmm I want to……


           

  






Don’t roll your eyes at me, those are realistic!  😊 


All joking aside, I do have a few things I want to accomplish:  I would like to create more read-aloud videos for my books, start on a new book and possibly collaborate on another. More details about that one later. 

Learning how to get my books some recognition by entering them in some award categories would be fantastic!  Marketing is my weak link and I need to learn how to do it better without breaking the bank. 

 Painting and creating art more often is a must!!!  Last but not least, collaborate more with the wonderful organization, Sharks4Kids.
Maybe then, I will actually get to swim with some sharks one day! 



Creating art and books is a passion of mine but sometimes it can feel overwhelming and makes me question why I do it. The song,
"The Mountain" by Dierks Bentley is one of my favorites and I'm going to try to keep it in mind and let it inspire me this year with its wonderful message:  



Follow your dreams, the obstacles that lie in front of you are only a stepping stone. Take it one step at a time and you will climb that mountain. 



I am going to leave you with one last message....

 "Success is not defined by the end result, but rather the journey it took to get there."  Author Unknown



Wishing everyone a wonderful year! 


For more inspiration, visit my #Gr8blogs pals below.  (Ooooo, and we’ll let you know if you if one of us actually wins the lottery - 😁