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Animal Allies is a finalist for the Russell Freedman Award for Nonfiction for a Better World
I’m so excited to announce that Animal Allies: 15 Amazing Women in Wildlife Research is a finalist for the Russell Freedman Award for Nonfiction for a Better World presented by the SCBWI Impact and Legacy Fund. The Russell Freedman award is given to a work of nonfiction that contributes to our understanding of how to make our… Read more »
Tips for Travel to UK and Ireland
Our family recently traveled to the UK and Ireland. It was a trip we planned back in 2019 to see family and some soccer (football) destinations, but we had to delay it because of COVID, of course. It was wonderful to catch up with everyone and visit some amazing places – but it has been… Read more »
This is why I write books for young readers.
My new book Animal Allies: 15 Amazing Women in Wildlife Research came out on May 17, 2022 and the next day I read the tweet embedded below. This is why I write for young readers! My friend wrote about her 9yo: This book was released today and she’s half way through the 200 pages. “I… Read more »
Celebrate Leonardo da Vinci’s Birthday!
On April 15, we can say Happy Birthday to Leonardo da Vinci! Let’s celebrate by being curious. One option, if you live in Pittsburgh, is to stop by Riverstone Bookstore in McCandless for a Think Like Leo challenge! If you can’t get to Pittsburgh, then get a copy of the book and try out… Read more »
Tech Tricks for Writers: Apple Maps Update
Here’s another tech tip for writers! Setting is so important to story. Are you writing a book set in a place far from home? Are you not sure what monuments or buildings look like as your character walks down the street? Apple Maps has a new update that gives you a 3D look at places, mostly… Read more »
What Would You Name Our Owl?
We first noticed our new neighbor in January. I mentioned it in my First Birds of 2022 post. We weren’t sure it would stay, but it seems to love the owl box we hung for it. We’ve seen it all through February! So, now that it has stuck around, we think it’s time to name… Read more »
Tech Tricks for Writers: VRBO
Time for another tech trick for writers. Where does your character live? What does their house, apartment, or room look like? There are lots of ways to get interior design ideas from Pinterest or Wayfair or Houzz. But what about VRBO? VRBO is an app that lets you look at the interior of a house… Read more »
What would be your Color of the Year?
Every year, Pantone selects a Color of the Year. For 2022, the color is Very Peri. Here’s an image from the Pantone website: I love the idea of a color of the year. I love the meaning that Pantone has ascribed to the color- joy, creativity, courage, and imagination. We all need those qualities every… Read more »
All About Puppies
We are a dog family. We have a schnoodle and love puppies. At a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, this spare brush painting from Japan engaged me on a deep emotional level. I loved it. I wanted to jump right into the scene. Puppies are an excellent subject for artistic masterpieces…. Read more »