UP!–Wow! It’s Int’l #DotDay 2019! :D

Every year there’s a touch of “creative magic” in the air 🦄✨ as International Dot Day approaches, this year on Sunday, September 15th. Since my first dot 🟠 to celebrate the day back in 2014, when I had the pleasure of interviewing Terry Shay, the co-founder of Dot Day, I’ve gotten excited anticipating all the amazing, shared creativity worldwide and getting to see SO many DOTS! I’m also, as you would expect, a HUGE fan of Celebri-dots, a site where published authors, illustrators and celebrities post their dots 🥰 😎. Continue reading

UP!–ENCORE! for Mister Rogers Talks with Parents

If ever there is a book for parents that needs to go back into print, it’s this one (available at exorbitant prices). I am now a grandmother and also write for children, so am reading this book with great appreciation. This is as thoughtful, and full of common sense and invaluable knowledge as a parent could want or need. I don’t understand why it ever went OUT of print!

Several reviewers on Goodreads commented that there are parts which are “outdated” and gave it a 4-star review for that reason. I wholeheartedly disagree! The nature of being a child doesn’t change—the world they live in and how adults approach parenting is what changes. In my opinion, the wisdom contained in this book is timeless—as relevant today as it was when, and before, the book was written. Continue reading

UP!–And the Lucky “MY QUIET SHIP” Winners are… :D

Yes, you heard me right! I said “WinnerS“—in the plural 😀

I already know Hallee has a big heart, so I wasn’t surprised when she told me she wanted all the Giveaway entrants to win something 😃❤🤗

With that in mind, to celebrate the release of her debut book My Quiet Ship, we let Rafflecopter randomly select a “Grand Prize” Winner who will receive the full “My Quiet Ship” package; and First and Second “Runners Up,” each of whom will receive a signed copy of My Quiet Ship! ALL OTHER ENTRANTS will receive a little surprise from Hallee! Is that cool or what?! 😎 Continue reading

UP!–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