Life’s been a little busy – not just because of the holidays coming but also homeschooling and life’s activities. But I’ve continued to find some time to carve out for my writing which continues to give me a sense of peace.
Fireflies of Hope recently began its journey to finding a publisher. It’s a process that takes a long time as it joins other hopeful manuscripts on a desk. Often the wait time is around 4-6 months before finding out if someone wants to publish it. However, authors often don’t hear back from publishers if they aren’t interested. I truly believe in the Fireflies of Hope story – it’s a picture book written for older children and includes information on fireflies as well as volunteer organizations and ideas that would welcome a child’s help. I truly hope the story will find a home soon. Giving to one another, we learn so much about ourselves and the world we live in.
I’ve also been working on some articles for a magazine’s publication for Siberia. It’s a magazine written for children and they are accepting submissions. Life in Siberia was much different than I had ever expected and I am glad that I had the chance to visit years ago. It changed my life in so many ways and I’m glad to share some of these experiences. From my time there, I was able to write 4 articles and send in some of the photographs. The articles include:
“The Magic Swan Geese” (a retelling of a famous Russian folktale that was translated for me while I was in Siberia.)
“Sleeping Over at a Friend’s House….in Siberia” (With a little history of Siberia, this one focuses on what I learned from my time there. I discovered many more similarities between our 2 countries than differences and I learned new perspectives on life.)
“Siberia’s Hidden Treasures” (This shares more about the history of Siberia. Largely unknown and undiscovered, Siberia holds a large percentage of Russia’s wealth. This is not only in its economy but also in its people.)
“Time to Party and….You’re Invited!” (This article shares one town’s New Year’s Day traditions. In far eastern Siberia, Khabarovsk residents look forward to this holiday the most. Included is a recipe for pelmeni, a Russian dish of dumplings which is native to Siberia.)
Stay tuned for more of my writing!
She wasn’t thirteen yet. But it didn’t matter. She wasn’t old enough – at least that is what the volunteer organizations told her. It didn’t make sense. “What difference does it make if I’m nine or thirteen?”
After creating her own successful campaign, she gathered a car load of warm clothing for a local homeless shelter. But it was at the shelter where she received an unexpected gift of her own.
Fireflies of Hope was written to empower and inspire kids, of all ages, to make a difference within their own communities. The ability to change lives is not defined by age but by one’s heart. The story is not just motivational but it offers a list of national and international community service opportunities that are kid friendly. At the end of the book, there is also a scientific Q&A section about fireflies.
After working on the story for a couple of years, Fireflies of Hope has now been sent to its first potential publisher. As a picture book, it shows kids that one simple wish can change the world with their fireflies of hope. Hopefully, it will find its home soon.
Unlocking the Mystery of the Alphabet is now available through Barnes & Noble, Apple, Kobo and Baker-Taylor. It is also available through Kindle, Sony Reader, or in a PDF version at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/179170.
I’m so excited to announce that Unlocking the Mystery of the Alphabet is finally published! Written originally for my daughter, it’s been patiently waiting for me to find a home for it. Along the way, I’ve gotten a lot of support and encouragement. I thank all of you who have supported me along this journey. At one point, I was told that it should be published because “what blesses one, blesses all.” That is my hope.
This book helped build a strong literacy foundation for our daughter as well as an insatiable love of learning. Along with another curriculum that I designed, she entered kindergarten devouring early chapter books. It is with this hope that I published my first e-book. With the ideas in this book, teachers and parents can work more effectively to introduce reading to their students. Once kids discover this first key to unlocking this “mysterious code,” they begin a journey that will last a lifetime.
Check out my new e-book at Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, and Apple (just to name a few.) As a resource book, it focuses on over 200 activities for letter-sound recognition. It is also expected to be in e-book format with other major retailers within the next week or so. https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/179170