UP!–PODCAST Paradise :)

gallery.yopriceville.com-microphoneThe first time I became aware of the term “podcast” was over 10 years ago. When I was immersed in the online “Harry Potter” fandom, I heard of the “Mugglecast” podcast. At that time, for whatever reason, I couldn’t or simply didn’t know how to access it. It was launched through Mugglenet, whose team was attending and hosting all kinds of events pre-Deathly Hallows, and broadcasting Live. I didn’t get to hear any of it, and not until JUST NOW, when I googled it for this post, did I know they’re still doing it!😎

Anyway, it was not until I became active on Twitter a few years ago, and wove my way into its wonderful online community of KidLit, did “podcast” come up again. That’s when “Let’s Get Busy” with host Matthew Winner became one of my favorite pastimes. It was the first one I began listening to Continue reading

UP!–The “HARRY POTTER” Clock Strikes MIDNIGHT!

The Cursed Child - coverBack in July 2007, the anticipation was palpable for the release of the last installment in the one-and-only Harry Potter series. The day on which there would be midnight release parties throughout the world for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, I made very definite plans to enjoy it. I’d never attended a midnight release and that being the last one (so I thought), I didn’t want to miss it. (You can read about how I spent that unforgettable day in a blog post I wrote when having done a “Harry Potter Re-Read“.)

The question of whether or not there would be additional books to the series was discussed by many and certainly posed to the author herself. J. K. Rowling said she’d “never say never.” The characters and world she built had become a part of her and her life in a very profound way, and the truth is—you can’t turn off the imagination of a writer—certainly not one of her caliber. Aren’t we LUCKY?! Continue reading

UP!–Writers’ Conference Nerves–and NO-NOs!

SCBWI-GirlwithKiteThis past weekend was our always anticipated, ever energetic, inevitably incomparable, annual NJ SCBWI Conference😀 It is an event I look forward to and can’t bear to miss. During my many years of involvement with our New Jersey Chapter, I’ve been blessed to have gained many friends in the KidLit community, one of them being pal and KidLit guru, Tara Lazar. If you’re a KidLit-er and are not familiar with Tara and her blog—Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)—you should be! One of the many things she is noted for, besides her writing talent, is having founded PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)😎 .

 

Now post-conference, many of us are inspired to write about it in one way or another. Since I barely snapped any photos (though Robin Newman did!), I figured I’d pass on blogging about it this year, but then Continue reading

UP!–Poll RESULTS & Giveaway WINNERS!

GiveawaysI have to say I’m PRETTY EXCITED about the fact that you all pulled through for me in a BIG way with this little poll I did!😀😀😀 I needed your help with my research—and you didn’t hesitate❤ I got the 100+ participants I was hoping for, so I consider this a success 😎

Before I get into the results of the poll, I’m itching to announce the three winners of my “thank you” giveaway, and here they are!… Continue reading

UP!–ARTISTS & COLORERS! A Giveaway for You :D

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Hello, everyone😀 I’m glad you stopped by! Over the course of the next few weeks, I’m doing research on the preferences of artists and coloring enthusiasts with certain tools and could really use your help by answering a few simple multiple-choice questions. For your generosity, I’m offering prizes for three lucky winners! Pictured below, you’ll see I’m giving away two copies of Zentagle for Kids (just as useful for adults, if you ask me!), and a “Writer Side Up!” notebook 😎 Continue reading