IMAGINATION is Powering a BIG “Quiet Ship” Book/Prize GIVEAWAY! :D

I’m going to make an assumption here and figure it’s not a stretch that most of you “Writer Side UP!” blog readers know I’m quite a fan of books. You know, those printed gateways to countless worlds, imaginary and otherwise? And while we’re at it — I’m a not-so-little fan of imagination, for that matter. Seriously, one should never underestimate the power of imagination. After all — it is a limitless entity 😎 And one of its best features is it’s always handy, on call 24/7, there whenever you need it. Continue reading

UP!–Q&A with Peter H. Reynolds

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     A “Lighter Side Up”

            Q & A with

        Peter Reynolds

 

Confident that someone wouldn’t have to be unusually perceptive, it’s not a stretch to assume you’ve gotten just a bit of a hint that I am somewhat OVER-THE-MOON, JUMPING-OUT-OF-MY-SKIN EXCITED about the Reynolds brothers visiting my blogs for a “chat” in celebration of International Dot Day 😁😍👍👏😎❣💥!!!!!!!

No “Dynamic Duo” is complete when you have one of a pair. Last week I had the pleasure of one cape-donning superhero dropping by: the amazing Paul Reynolds. This week none other than the pencil-and-brush-wielding Peter Reynolds is here. Needless to say, very much in “Lois Lane” fashion, I’ve been swept off my feet to circle the stars by their gracious presence and certainly their incredibly thoughtful, moving and inspirational responses to my questions. I’m betting you enjoyed Paul’s and are about to enjoy Peter’s too 😀 😎 (also posted on “Creativity” Cookbook) Continue reading

UP!–Q&A with Paul A. Reynolds

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       A “Lighter Side Up”

               Q & A with

            Paul Reynolds

 

For those of you who’ve been following my blog since its launch, you may recall that at that time it had been planned to do Q&As with the Reynolds brothers, but due to life’s demands the posts had to be postponed. These are two busy guys. After all, what else would you expect from superheroes?! Well, I can tell you—they were worth the wait. When you read their sensitive, wise, affecting responses to my questions, their superpowers are crystal clear: words and actions that stem from passionate, sincere hearts. I’m SO honored to be hosting them as part of International Dot Day 2018 (just 2 weeks away, having been inspired by Peter’s book, The Dot!). This year, rather than creating my own little Dot, I think this is a MUCH better way to celebrate 🙂 ❤ Continue reading

UP! — It’s Summer, but Year-Round BOOKS are…

Hello, everyone! I hope your summer’s off to a good start and you’re staying cool 😎

Typically, as you know, my blog posts have more substance, but truth be told—I’ve been working on something for months, intermittently, and it’ll be a while before that’s ready (’cause it’s BIG!). I’m also waiting on a couple of special Q&As I hope to receive by Dot Day, so those are a way off, too.

Just yesterday I happened across a tweet, loved the image and wanted to share it with my fellow book lovers, so I’m throwing this quick little post in the mix and saying “Hi!” at the same time 🙂 Continue reading

UP!–NJSCBWI 2018 Conference Personal Schedule Template for Download!

Wow, is it THAT time of year again?! The years fly way too fast, but this is the type of event we can’t get to soon enough. There’s no way NOT to look forward to seeing friends, meeting new people and living a couple of “all things KidLit” days 😀 Our 2018 June New Jersey SCBWI Conference is jam-packed with goodies! (Note: registration is closed.)

This year’s schedule has quite a few changes to it in comparison to years past, so you veterans may notice the alterations to the templates. It’s the same basic layout and serves the same purpose, so I hope this continues to help your conference weekend run smoothly. I know I can’t do without mine! 😀 . For you newbies, here’s some helpful background info so you can understand why I do this and what qualifies me to do so. This is the second year we’re holding the conference at this venue, so the organizers continue to make improvements to help the weekend work well, and their work is so appreciated 🙂 . Continue reading