Day of the Dead Celebration

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With Halloween just around the corner, I was hoping to find other customs and celebrations around the world that looked at this autumn/fall holiday in a different way.  Than as if my local library was talking to me, I happen upon a “Day of the Dead Celebration”.

The Orrington Public Library held it’s Day of the Dead, a little early: on October 29th.  It was different to think of death  in celebration and remembrance of our lost family and friends instead of the custom of Halloween where dead is to be feared.  Decorating sugar skulls, (see before picture above) which were made by our very talented librarian Audrey Snowden.  I think my kids skulls, in the end, looked like rainbow colored clowns,  but they had fun.  sugar skull

We were served Pan de Muertos – Day of the dead bread, it was a round, sweet bread with shapes on top which are suggestive of bones, sprinkled with sugar. Our drink was a very unique horchata, which was a Mexican rice milk , cinnamon, cream, vanilla and of course rice.

For my first experience with a Day of the Dead celebration it was super fun, educational and I can’t wait until next year to learn more!!!

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School Visits by Authors & a Roadtrip

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I couple of weeks ago I was able to go to a training in Connecticut about how to do a school visit by an author. The one thing I learned when I became a published author is that if you truly want to do this as a career, you need to do other things than just write. Unless of course you are J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, or John Grisham, but even they had to do some leg work in the beginning.

NO matter if you are traditionally published, self published, or indie published you need to learn how to market and promote your book. My background is in teaching and guidance counseling so of course I feel right at home in front of a class filled with kids, or so I thought. I had my first school visit in September and wasn’t sure “what was the right way to do this?” What I learned was there is no “right way”.

At the Windsor Public Library in Connecticut, which was a beautiful library, the training was done by an amazing children’s book author: Alexis O’Neill, who wrote The Recess Queen and Loud Emily. She had great tips about using props and the kids in the audience. She had many other great ideas and we did some small group work. I am very excited to get out there and plan some school visits with what I learned from Alexis.

Of course when not “learning” on this trip I did enjoy all the shopping from Connecticut all the way back home to Maine.

Young Writer’s Groups, School Visits, and The Rainbow Pants

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You may ask why did I choose an owl for this post? Well two reasons:

One I love owls they are so cute, and two it was the school mascot at the school I recently attended.

I was lucky enough this past Monday to visit an amazing school in Maine. The Carrie Ricker school located in central Maine.  It has students from 3rd through 5th grade, who are filled with the awe of writing. Ten authors in all were invited to participate in the “Meet an author day” sponsored by their Oak Hill Young Writer’s club. I was honored to be one of those ten.  I would recommend anyone who is a school librarian, PTO president, parent and/or teacher if you can organize one of these days at your school you should!!!

The Oak Hill Young Writer’s club is a non-profit run by volunteers to instill the love of writing to young people. From what I saw they do a super job inspiring and encouraging. The students asked us many questions from: “where do you get your ideas from?” to “How long does it take you to write a story”.  Then after school, students stayed to have us help in their writing. It was great to hear all of their amazing ideas. I was honored to read The Rainbow Pants to them, share the stage with many talented authors, and meet with some budding writers.

As my calendar fills up with school visits, book signings, and readings I am still humbled to all who continue to support The Rainbow Pants and am grateful to all of you.

Thank you.

The Rainbow Pants is in The MAP Fall/Winter Catalog

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I am very excited to announce that The Rainbow Pants is in the MAP (Maine Authors Publishing) Fall/Winter Catalog. What is that, you might ask? Well that is how book stores, schools, libraries, and individuals can purchase some amazing books.

At the Maine Author’s Publishing they put out two catalogs a year. You can find The Rainbow Pants on page 15 with a great write up about the book, author Kelly Brooks-Bay and illustrator Lindsay Weirich.

Still feels surreal to think one of my books is actually in print and in the hands of readers everywhere.  Thank you to everyone who have supported me along the way and here’s to The Rainbow Pants getting into bookstores across the world!!

15 Minute Scrapbook Page! {rainbowy goodness!}

The amazing talents of The Rainbow Pants illustrator Lindsay Weirich aka: The Frugal Crafter.

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Happy Weekend folks! Just a reminder that today is the last day to get 40% off everything in my shop Lindsay’s stamp Stuff. The sale is over at midnight so don’t wait to stock up on digital stamps, party printables, clip art, cutting files, templates and Learn to Paint kits! Speaking of painting, here is a quick and fun scrapbook page made with white cardstock, a black marker and watercolor paint:

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This is really easy to make, in fact I made the page in real time, I thought about pausing the video while I cut out photos, traced the letters and wrote my journaling but apparently I have no trouble thinking of stuff to gab about while preforming these tasks. I hope I shared enough scrap-booking tips with you during this video to make it worth your while, if not, let me know and I can certainly make the…

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