A Quick Note of Thanks

pastel reflectionI want to thank Renee at Mother Daughter Book Review  for allowing me to guest post and for making the post look so lovely.  I did  research on photography as illustration in children’s picture books and found an interested study that illuminated a hybrid genre. I hope you’ll take a moment to click on the link and read my post. I would love to hear your thoughts.

And for those of you who have not read the first two Gator McBumpypants books, or you just want a chance to win a signed copy, I have two Goodreads giveaways going on right now.

Gator McBumpypants Hears a Scary Noise Giveaway until Dec. 2, 2015

Gator McBumpypants in Herman Learns to Fly Giveaway until Dec. 11, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I hope you are surrounded by reasons to be thankful.

Happy Reading and Writing!

My First Blog Award: Liebster! And Eleven Great Blogs You Might Not Have Checked Out Yet.

Thank you to Vaidehi Singh over at Vaidus WorldLiebster award for nominating me for the Liebster award. I’m very glad she enjoys this blog.

Here are the rules for accepting the award:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you with a backlink.
  • Displaying award badge.
  • Answering nominator’s questions.
  • Writing 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominating 11 bloggers (with less than 3,000 followers).
  • Asking 11 questions from your nominees.
  • Notifying your nominees through social media.

Here are my answers to my nominator’s questions:

  1. When did you identify that you wanted to be a blogger?
    I started my blog when I wrote my first book, Gator McBumpypants Hears a Scary Noise. I wanted to share my journey as an author.
  2. How do you get new topics to write?  I read A LOT. I also talk about challenges from my critique group and areas I am focusing on improving in my writing. There is always something new to learn and share.
  3. What inspires you to write? My story ideas. I get excited to see where my characters will take me.
  4. Are you also a reader along with a blogger? Yes. My sister teases me because I’m always reading at least 30 library books at once.
  5. How do you take criticism about your blogs? So far, I haven’t received criticism about my blog. However, my weekly writing critique group has helped me improve my ability to take criticism. There is always room for improvement.
  6. Do you want to pursue blogging as a profession or is it just your hobby? Blogging, for me, is part the professional life of an author.
  7. Share your own favourite published blog till date? Strange Pleasures and Hedonic Motivation
  8. Who is your favourite blogger? I love harrybipedhiking.com. I have learned about some wonderful day hikes there.
  9. Do you think twice before putting your opinion or personal stuff on your blog? Yes. I try to keep my blog posts focused on learning about writing.
  10. What all things do you do to make your blog visible to your readers? Most posts start with an eye grabbing photograph that I have taken myself. I have also linked my blog posts to Twitter, Tumblr and Google + in hopes of reaching a wider audience.
  11. Write 11 random facts about yourself?
  1. My favorite color is orange.
  2. My favorite Seahawk is Earl Thomas.
  3. I sang in a band called Bizarre Garden Accident in college.
  4. I invented a fabric art I call fabricglass.
  5. I have lived in Sweden, England and West Africa.
  6. I used to design and manufacture laser-cut wooden  jigsaw puzzles.
  7. I was a costumer on the remake of All the King’s Men and met Sean Penn and Jude Law.
  8. I marched with the Ninth Ward Marching Band (floutist).
  9. When I find an author I like, I binge read all of their books.
  10. I enjoy Scrabble and own a hardcover Scrabble Dictionary with my name embossed on the cover.
  11. I played bass in a cover band that entertained at motorcycle rallies.

I Have Nominated

  1. harrybipedhiking
  2. Andy Mulberry
  3. Part-Time Novel
  4. Kahani Tree
  5. Words–And Other Things
  6. The Tenth Muse
  7. Read It Real Good
  8. Ontic Awe
  9. Get It Write
  10. Allegra Hyde
  11. Janine Donoho

Congratulations! Thank you for  your great blog posts.

Questions For My Nominees

  1. When did you identify that you wanted to be blogger?
  2. How do you get new topics to write?
  3. What inspires you to write?
  4. Who is your favorite author?
  5. How many blogs do you follow?
  6. How do you find blogs to follow?
  7. Share your own favorite published blog to date?
  8. Who is your favorite blogger?
  9. What is your favorite book?
  10. How do you make your blog more visible to your readers?
  11. Write 11 random facts about yourself.

I look forward to reading their answers.

Happy Writing!