Thursday, June 30, 2011

Happy Baby! Happy Review!

The big day arrived yesterday. My niece, Sara, and her husband, Ben, welcomed their son, Carter Benjamin into the world. Healthy, 7 pounds, 13 ounces, all fingers and toes present. I've seen a photo and he's a great looking baby. If you'll recall, about five weeks ago, I wrote about Sara after I went to her baby shower. So, now I am a Great Aunt. That sounds so silly. She will be coming for a visit and the baptism and I am eager to meet Carter.

Speaking of babies, I got a fantastic review of my nursery rhyme from the Children's and Teen's Book Connection. I'd be pleased if you took a look. Reviewers have a hard job and I offer my thanks for their time and kind words. Read the review now! The buy link is in the review, but here it is just in case you know of a special child in your life that deserves a wonderful bedtime story. Buy First Spring by Margaret Rose at Guardian Angels Publishing.

July 4th is just a few days away. I hope you'll take some time to relax and reflect on what a great nation we have and offer a prayer of thanksgiving for those who have lead our nation and who do so today.

Until the next time,
Margaret Rose

Monday, June 27, 2011

Watching Creativity Blossom

Yesterday after church, I was at a farewell gathering. While I was waiting for my turn to say goodbye, a fellow walked up to me and told me his daughter was here and she is a budding author. I couldn't resist the opportunity to cheer her on. Her eyes got big as saucers when I shook her hand and told her who I was. Her mom did the same. Made me chuckle inside. Anyway, I sat down with Kathryn and she told me all about the fascinating chapter book she is writing with her girlfriend. Her imagination was inspiring. She's 10 years old. To think at such a young age, the idea of writing a chapter book doesn't scare the dickens out of her. 

Writing a "chapter book" scared me most of my life.

Her mom asked me some questions about how and where I write. I write about 60 hours a week and I always write in the same place. I told Kathryn that she should try to write something every day, too. Even if she doesn't feel like working on her chapter book that day, write a little paragraph about something else to get in the writing habit. Then we talked a little about her main character, Jenny. Jenny is a lot like Kathryn. That's a good thing, I told her, write what you know. I explained how I find pictures of my characters and keep little notes about them so when I'm writing I don't forget important details.  She thought these suggestions were good since she'd already forgotten a few things.

This is a child who will be a lifelong writer and critical thinker. Her tenacity was really something. Maybe she won't become an author, but some of what she does now will obviously help her in school and maybe she'll have a lifelong love for creative writing. And she'll live boldly, because a child who isn't afraid to write a chapter book at age 10 has it going on.

She asked for my email address and smiled like she won the lottery when I wrote it down without hesitation.  Of course mom will be over her shoulder but this little girl really inspired me and I look forward to hearing from her soon.

I love fireworks. Do you? I've watched them from high above in airplanes. I've watched them in Europe and I love watching them at home. I hate the mosquitoes that always come with though. LOL We'll have my husband's family and some of mine here for the long weekend. My eldest son's concert/jazz bands are playing in the park that evening and my youngest will be in the Honor Guard for Scouts too. Our flags will be waving. Thank you, brave men and women, who fought and served our company so bravely, so fiercely, so all we have to worry about on July 4th is whether we get a good seat for the fireworks.  Sure puts those sacrifices in perspective.

I hope you're enjoying your summer. Until the next time,

Margaret Rose