UP!–It Pays to Be PERSISTENT!

rocket-ship-for-blog-postIn the movie “The Martian,” (based on the novel by Andy Weir), the Mars base of a 6-man crew of astronauts is about to be hit by a super-storm* which threatens to breach the Hab** (their living space) and tip the MAV*** (small rocket ship). If the Hab ruptures, they die. If the MAV tips, they can’t launch and, you guessed it — they die. Their most important goal is to return to Earth safely, so they are forced to scrub their exploratory mission and escape the red planet. Something happens Continue reading

UP!–Winners of My Blogversary Giveaway

Giveaways

Well, it’s been quite a whirlwind of activity for me lately, but largely joyful stuff, I must say, so I’m not complaining 🙂  I’ve just been BUSY! Between prepping for the Princeton Book Festival and actually attending it, unexpectedly going to Books of Wonder the following day (I’ll be blogging about both!), various appointments and family visiting, my “dance card” had been full 😎

I’m really looking forward to sharing the two big events with you, which also means two big blog posts, but before I dig into composing them, I wanted to announce the random winners of my little “Blogversary” giveaway 🙂 Continue reading

UP!–It’s Int’l #DotDay 2016, everyone! :D

Peter&Paul-YouTube-DEN Dot Day

Well, gang, it’s one of my favorite times of year again 😀 Yep, as you can plainly see — unless, of course, the post title and this little image of Peter and Paul Reynolds somehow escaped you  😉 — it’s International Dot Day!

Once I launched my blog, I was able to participate in this worthwhile event, so I made dots—most gleefully—in 2014 and 2015. Since I first learned about it, having interviewed Terry Shay, the creator of the celebration, I was compelled to make my mark, so here I am, my third year in, with another dot  😎 Continue reading

UP! — TWO YEARS?! Wow, another BLOGVERSARY & Giveaway :)

ROCKBandTRIOIt’s true that time really does fly when you’re having fun…or is that “when you get old”? 😉 Either way, I really can’t believe two years have gone by since I launched Writer Side UP! and Creativity Cookbook, and what’s the real fun of it is that you are travelling along with me 😀

I figured I’m not going to reiterate what I said last year, but the sentiments are pretty much the same. What I DO want to do is have a little giveaway to celebrate 🙂 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