New things can be tricky, but never you fret–it’s time to make friends with the Magical Yet!
Bike & Trike written by Elizabeth Verdick
When Lulu graduates to a bicycle with training wheels, rusty, old Trike feels lonely in the garage and worries about Lulu’s safety on her shiny, new bike.
Two Bicycles in Beijing written by Teresa Robeson
Lunzi and Huangche were made in the same bicycle factory and remained close in a shop, but when Huangche is purchased before Lunzi, she races through Beijing seeking her friend. Includes glossary of Mandarin Chinese terms and descriptions of the places visited.
Bikes for Sale written by Carter Higgins
Maurice rides his bike all over selling lemonade, while Lotta rides her bike collecting sticks as she goes; they ride different routes and are completely unaware of each other–until their bikes are wrecked and they…
It’s apparently a draw. Or a drawing or five. I debated whether I should do the #scbwiartober thing. It’s never been a completely satisfactory experience doing these group challenges, but I still get pulled in every so often.
Then a friend on social media shared about this other challenge, ##autumnwoods2021 , and I stupidly decided that the best thing to do was to combine the two.
No, the best thing to do would be to ignore both altogether and work on my writing. But I never learn from past miserable experiences. 🙄 All is not lost, however, I’ve decided I should stop at 10. I’ll share the first 5 with you today and the last 5 next Friday.
All of these were done with Tombow Dual Brush Pens. And to compensate for my whining, I have to admit that doing these forced me to think creatively when trying to combine the words into an interesting scene. They also gave me some practice with the Tombow markers. I’m not very good at making art with markers.
Have you participated in challenges where you look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself, “What in the heck were you thinking of???” Tell me about it on Twitter!
When I was younger, I was a HUGE fan of Wonder Woman and I had the underoos to prove it! Every week I would dress up to watch Lynda Carter kick butt and take names. When I heard there was going to be a picture book biography of Wonder Woman’s story, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of it myself!
Apples, apples, and more apples! It seems like everyone’s apple trees had a good year. We received a ton of them from our good friends Carol and David. Then we picked about the same amount from our trees (and we’re still harvesting).
So we dehydrated some
and they taste amazing!
We also made applesauce that I forgot to take photos of, but fear not, I might still post photos of that since we have at least 50 pounds of apples to deal with.
Sometimes, the day just does NOT go the way you envision or hope. At. All. Last Saturday was one of those days for me.
When that happens, and you want to tear your hair out and scream at the universe, the best thing to do is cook up a storm because keeping physically busy will help dissipate the negative energy AND even better, you get something good to eat at the end.
With all the recent talk about Shang-shi (and the popularity of Marvel movies), it prompted me to go gaze lovingly at the comic book collection that the Spousal Unit and I have, and I thought you might want to gaze lovingly at them along with me. Or am I over-estimating how many nerdy people read my blog?
Still waiting for the big screen adaptation* of this:
And the collection I started on my own:
If you’re salivating over these and thinking how cool I am instead of going “Whaaa?”, then we can be best buds! 😀
* To clarify some more “big screen adaptation” means movie, like traditional theater movie (even if we need some other ways to watch it during the pandemic); I know there’s a Luke Cage series, but I can’t stream it (or anything) due to our very bad rural internet, and I also heard it could be improved. Mainly, I would love to see a Luke Cage movie of The Black Panther magnitude. 🙂
The grape plant went wild this summer…it dragged down our garden fence with the sheer weight of its fruits and gave me hours and hours of work processing the harvest (thankfully the kids did the harvesting) into jelly. I’m ready for a break from summer now, though we’ll be processing veggies well into October.
Grape pomace (though my family prefers the other P word because scatological humor is ageless)…
And the juice
Apparently some people never eat jelly…and I’m wondering what the heck do they put on their toast? Know what I put on my homemade artisan bread? Butter + Vegemite, and then peanut butter + homemade jelly and/or homemade marmalade.
I’m also preparing talks for a couple of other appearances. One is at the MT-SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) virtual conference in October where I’ll talk about writing biographies for all ages…or at least picture books to middle grade. 😄 It will be a blast! Do join us!
And the other will be next Spring in Davenport, IA (pandemic willing). Registration and info to come.
Hope I will see some of you in one of those workshops/conferences!