Spring time Showers bring Summer time Rainbows

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Is your spring a bit wet? Here in Maine we have seen our fair share of rain. One of my most asked questions, when I do a book reading at a school is: “What about blue?” If you have read The Rainbow Pants, you know that Peter chooses his pants based on his feelings. I leave out certain colors so that the reader can answer that blue and purple (or indigo) question. I think with all of our rain today I would wear blue in honor of our spring raindrops. But always remember without rain we couldn’t have Rainbows!!! So let the water fall on your face and answer back with a “rainbow smile”.

I won a Liebster Blog Award 2013

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As I am totally new to blogging I was humbled and honored to receive a Liebster Award. Of course I also did not know anything about it. First: thank you to DonCharisma.org for choosing TheRainbowPants.wordpress.com. I was nominated and accepted this award on October 30th 2013, well with 3 young kids and Halloween being our second most important holiday, I have been a little behind in posting my Liebster Award, but I am very grateful!!

Secondly: I needed to do a little research on what this award was.  After all I am a writer, and research just comes second nature to me. The Liebster Award is given to bloggers by other bloggers. Marketing at it’s very best “word of mouth” or at least the internet way of talking. A great way to “Pay it Forward” among bloggers.

If you accept it formally than you have a little work to do, think “a chain letter” you don’t want to break it. You can also accept it honorary and just say “thank you”. BUT I like the post by LorraineMarieReguly.wordpress.com who said:   ” It is said that the Liebster award was created to recognize and/or discover new bloggers and welcome them to the blogosphere. In the digital world of the internet, this seems like a nice gesture, in my opinion!”

Liebster is a German word that can mean kindest, dearest, or beloved. What I find most intreguing is that no one seems to know where the Liebster Award began or who started it. The basic rules are: I will answer the questions posted to me by DonCharisma.org (since he is the one who nominated me). I will then nominate other bloggers with less than 1000 followers (although this number changes based on how you research). The bloggers I nominate will have to decide if they accept their Liebster Award and answer some questions that I ask of them.

As DonCharmisma.org states the rules:

To accept this award, the awardee must do the following:

  1.  Link back and recognize the blogger who awarded you. (TheRainbowPants.wordpress.com)
  2. Answer the ten questions posted by the blogger who awarded you!
  3. Give between 3-10 bloggers the award and let them know.
  4. Create ten questions for your awardees to answer.
  5. Notify your awardees.

And then be excited that other people will learn about your blog and your followers will hopefully grow!!!

Ok so here goes on answering  my questions from: DonCharmisma.org

1) What would you do if you could do anything and you knew you couldn’t fail? I would jump out of a plane. My fear of heights keeps me from this but if I knew I couldn’t fail “Bombs Away”!!!!

2) Three reasons why WordPress.com is better than Facebook?: 1. I find it easier to post pictures. 2. I can write a whole lot more and tell a story. 3. Facebook feels more like “peeking into neighbors windows” (man I hope I am not in trouble for saying that one) and people are to quick to judge what they see or read. 

3) Who is (or was) the most influential person in your life? My parents who instilled the love of reading and writing and supported me in publishing The Rainbow Pants.

4) What’s your favorite thing to post about on your blog? I love to write about the people I meet when doing book signings and readings for The Rainbow Pants.

5) How do you best handle heated/angry situations?: As a counselor I try to teach kids to use coping skills like counting to 10, scream in a pillow or write it down. I usually have to walk away and say the word “perspective” in my head over and over again. It helps keep me grounded instead of blowing up.

6) What is the most inspiring thing you’ve ever read, heard, or seen, and how has it helped you on your life’s journey?: I am inspired in little ways every day. I have worked with kids who do not have heat in their home or food in their bellies but they still come to school every day with smiles on their faces and a positive attitude!!!

7) What do you think are the three qualities to building and maintaining good friendships/relationships?: 1. Honesty, 2. Respect, 3. Laughter (with each other not at each other)

8) How did you pick your blog’s name?: Easy one it is the name of my first Children’s Picture book. The Rainbow Pants

9) What is your favorite book/author, or film(movie)/director, or play/play-write, or song/band, or symphony/composer  and why?: I love the entire Harry Potter series and I love J.K. Rowling story of writing where ever she could. I also love Jodi Picoult and have read everything she has written. She has a way of truly developing characters better than any other author I have read.  I have so many to write on this one I will just leave it at these 2.

10) What’s your favorite recipe you make?: I love to make homemade bread and Maine Baked Beans slow cooked all day long on a cold winter’s day in Maine. The delicious smell is delectable and takes over the entire home.

Now Comes the fun part I would like to Nominate and Award the Liebster award to the following blog:

1. StampingPeace.wordpress.com

2. AreWeThereYet?

3.Kimchilatkes.com

4.spilledmilkblog.wordpress.com

5. thehighchairchic.com

6.Thefrugalcrafter.wordpress.com

Ok so now my 10 questions to answer:

1. How did you name your blog? What was your inspiration?

2. Why did you want to blog?

3. What is your favorite time of the day and why?

4. If you found a treasurer box in the middle of an empty room would you open it? Why or Why not?

5. Who are your inspirations in life?

6. Do you believe in fate? why or why not?

7. If you could choose a color pant to represent how you feel right now, what color would it be, and what feeling would it represent? (Example: grumpy pants red)

8. What is your dream job?

9. What is your favorite name?

10. Was blogging all you thought it would be why or why not?

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.

Congratulations to William and Kate and your new baby…The Rainbow Pants would be a great book for the New Prince!!

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So I admit I love the whole Royal Family thing. I think maybe it is because the manuscript I am working on, is all about Kings and Queens.  The time of knights protecting castles from dragons and evil witches.

I wish the Duke and Duchess William and Kate all the best with their new baby prince.

Just enjoy your time together and remember it is never to early to read bedtime stories.

The Rainbow Pants would be a great addition to your collection!!

The Book Release was a huge success!!!!

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What an amazing day it was yesterday. Thank you to all who came to the Book Release of The Rainbow Pants. We actually had a line of people waiting for us (Kelly Brooks-Bay author and Lindsay Weirich Illustrator). So grateful for the support, Thank you. Everyone can order their copy of the book very soon directly from the publisher.  We are also going to be at other events for book signings so please stay tuned as the information becomes available you will all be the first to know.