Monday, January 23, 2023

First Ever Podcast Appearance

 

Today was my first time interviewing on a podcast about being an author. I was quite nervous, as I'm not the best at being vocal about my projects (at least with the idea of having a large audience listening.) I met Laura Womack at last year's Imaginarium Convention in Louisville, KY in July. After chatting and exchanging business cards, we went our separate ways. A couple of weeks ago, she contacted me and asked if I might be interested in being on her podcast.

 Courtesy of NeverTooLateCafe

I listened to some of her previous episodes and decided it might be a good thing to do. Laura sent me three questions she said she would ask and they were very straight forward: What would I tell anyone interested in going into the same field I'm in, what are my next projects and what does bloom where your planted mean to me.

During the podcast recording, she laid out her plans on how the interview was going to go and informed me the final product would be released four to five weeks later, after it was edited. We only did a voice call, after she had previous trouble with video recordings in the past. Which was super fine with me. During the recording, Laura would ask me questions (it really showed she did her research before inviting me) and it kept me going and left no dead air.

We talked for about forty minutes and then the session was concluded. It was a very pleasant experience and I would definitely be interested in any future podcasts. It wasn't as terrifying as I'd expected.

 Bloom Where You're Planted podcast found at https://nevertoolatecafe.com/the-never-too-late-podcast/

 

Stay tuned for more info on air date!

Write on!

Angie

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

New Release Coming Soon!

 I've been working on a new chapter book series and completed Book 1 of the Magic Today: School Days  series. I've written about all my barn animals and now I've officially run out of critters. So, I decided to do a series based on my adult supernatural adventure novella series, Magic Today.

In my kids series, it involves children that get magical talent and how they deal with it. Magic is a norm in their world and its not Harry Potter-like. They are just individuals that get a (as in one) magical talent.

My illustrations for the book are complete, so I'm in the formatting phase and hopefully will be ready to release the first book before my first in-person show that is in March.

 

Here's a sneak peak of an illustration! 

 

 Currently, I'm finishing the editing of one of my adult novels and then Magic Today: School Days will line up next.

Stay tuned for more details coming soon!

Stay warm and read on!

Angie



Saturday, January 14, 2023

I Love Collecting Model Horses! And, YES, I'm a Grown-up!

 I got my first Breyer horse from Santa when I was a young girl. A prancing palomino Arabian stallion. 

https://www.identifyyourbreyer.com/Images3/4mjc1.jpg Family Arabian Stallion (Breyer): Identifyyourbreyer.com

 And that started my lifelong love affair with model horses. I've always been a horse lover. I've owned horses for more than forty years. I went to college for training horses. I'm plain and simple a horse girl.

 I love horses.

And I love model horses. Breyer horses are on my Christmas list every single year since I was seven. I have real horses in the barn, but I'm always looking at what new models are newly arrived and what customs have been put up for sale by talented artists.

 My husband and daughter just laugh and think I'm slightly off-kilter for being so crazy for these plastic horses. We won't even get into how much money a person could spend on a horse. Who am I kidding, I will get into it. At this year's Breyerfest in Lexington, KY, the highest selling model horse at their auction was The Lone Ranger's Silver model turned into a silver dun Pegasus. It sold for $65,000! Yep. You read that correctly.

Over the last few years, I've gotten into customizing model horses (thanks to NaiMoPaiMo in February) and I find pastels are the medium of choice.  I imagine I will get better with each horse I do, but I have so many things to learn.

 So, that brings me to one of my newest additions to my model horse stable. I told myself (and my husband) that I wouldn't buy anymore. Yeah, that didn't work. I ran across the horse below on a sale site. Days went by, and I found myself looking on my phone, half-hoping it would have a sold icon on the ad and half-dreading it would have a sold icon on the ad. Finally, I couldn't take it anymore. I made an offer and it was accepted.

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 Bellatrix customized by Audrey Dixon from Wild Horse Studios

 I'm so excited. I've never owned this model before and the workmanship on her looks incredible. And someday, soon I hope, I'll be able to take her to a show (I'll do a separate post on showing model horses later!).

So, now you know, I have an obsession with model horses and I don't see when my love for them will ever go away. I look forward to seeing all the amazing horses in the future!

Write on!

Angie

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

My First Reading Glasses Experience

 No one told me I would need reading glasses. I'm 48 years old and had NO clue this was something that almost everyone needed as they aged. I am the black sheep in a family where everyone wears glasses. For my entire life, I was lucky enough to be able to see just fine. I ate lots of carrots.

I noticed a few months ago I couldn't read the tiny instructions on the back of pill bottles. If I did try to read, my eyeballs would hurt. Still never crossed my mind that I would need glasses to aid me in reading. Then the blurriness grew to impacting when I would read books while brushing my teeth. (All my free time I try to devote to writing - or surfing the internet for little model horses -- that will be another posting.) So, I read while I brush my teeth with my electric toothbrush. And I couldn't see the words in my historical romance I was reading. Not fair!

 

15 Best Reading Glasses to Shop in 2022, According to an ExpertCourtesy of Prevention.com 

 

One day I had stopped in a store for something and walked past their reading glasses fixture. My brain whispered to me to try a pair on. Ughh. I didn't want to put glasses on. In my mind, it was a sign of weakness, but I still reached out and picked a bright yellow pair and slid onto my head, settling them on my nose. When I looked out into the store, things were blurry and I breathed a sigh of relief. 

See, I didn't need glasses.

Then I saw the little card on the side of the fixture and suddenly the font was crystal clear. I lifted the glasses and the suggested prescription "fit" guide grew blurry. I slid the glasses down. CLEAR.

I was elated! Thirty seconds ago, I was ready to pump my hand in the air with the declaration that I don't need glasses. But I wouldn't have been able to see.

Now, the second eye opening fact of the day was when I turned to my eleven year old daughter and asked her how I looked and she screwed up her face and said, "I don't like how they look." Well, I don't either, I had to conclude, but to able to read clearly again and without eyeball pain, I might be willing to look uncool. 

One week later, I have three pairs of glasses spread around the house. One in bathroom, one in living room and one in purse. I need my readers to do anything closer than arm's length. I can see now and am somewhat more willing to acknowledge aging is something I must be willing to accept. I might not be happy with it, but I have to understand there's no way around it.


Happy reading!

Saturday, November 26, 2022

The Mysterious Benedict Society - what a fun series!

My daughter and I stumbled across The Mysterious Benedict Society while surfing Disney+'s many movies, so we thought, "What the heck. Why not give it a try?" The original book series is written by award-winning author Trenton Lee Stewart.

To say we are hooked is an understatement. We binge watched the first season after we stumbled across the second season preview. It looked so interesting we had to give it a try. I loved the fantasy element of it and couldn't wait to see what kind of adventure we'd be taken on.

 

Courtesy of TheLaughingPlace.com

Season One introduced us to four very resourceful orphans as they answer a mysterious ad in the newspaper in which the best students would get a scholarship to a prestigious school. We get to meet Reynie, Sticky, Kate and Constance. Each has their own distinct personalities and with each episode you can really see how they continue to bring the best out in each other. The children learn about their mission through their benefactor, Mr. Benedict and his helpers - Number Two, Rhonda and Milligan - each of these having their own skill sets.

The Mysterious Benedict Society TV Review | Common Sense Media 

Courtesy of Common Sense Media

 I don't want to get into any spoilers but wanted to let my readers know that this serious is enjoyable to all ages. There's comedy, action, and mystery - what's not to love? I love the costumes and the environment in every scene they take us to.

Every episode had us wishing it wasn't over and wanting more! Every single character that walks across the screen is carefully placed and integral to some part of the story.

One fun thing to be on the lookout for that had Morgan and I giggling in glee involves Number Two. When you see her swinging the axe to chop down tree branches, you'll know why.

I highly recommend this series and can't wait to see more!

Happy reading and write on!

Angie

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

A Lesson Learned

I managed to lock myself out of my book room today. By book room, I mean the room I store all inventory for my book events. Tables, chairs, signs, business cards, book stands. Everything. And it was my fault. I didn’t lean one of the tables back the way I usually do (they have a nice spot RIGHT behind the door and out of the way). So, a little while later, I went to open the door and… nothing. 

Door wouldn’t budge.

disappointed dog - Animal Fair Courtesy of AnimalFair.com

Yes, my husband probably told me a bunch of times to put the tables somewhere else in the room. I don’t like admitting that he’s right. But now I have to and, I promise you, when I get back in that darn room, I’ll make sure I put them somewhere better where they can’t fall over and block people from entering! 

Now we have to basically kill the door in order to get into the room.  

Which could be cool since Halloween is right around the corner and we can re-enact The Shining.

So, this is a lesson learned. Don't be in a hurry and listen to the well-meaning advice of others.

 Have a happy Halloween!

Write on!

Angie


Tuesday, September 6, 2022

A Suggestion Adds to my Collection!

 At a recent book event, a young child looked at all my coloring books and said they wished I had something with fish. I had no fish. But that night I went home and started working on my next project. I pushed aside my adult novel I'm currently writing (I won't lie, I was glad for the break.) 

While looking for fish, I realized I know nothing about fish - especially tropical fish. But I always like doing these coloring books because it gives me the chance to learn about what I'm drawing. I also liked adding more than just fish to my newest book. Seals, sea gulls (although I learned they really should be call simply gulls) and turtles were added as well.

The next suggestions in my 'get to eventually' bin are flowers and "Getting ready to Show" - another horse-centric book!

Sea Fun on Amazon

I wish everyone a great fall season and lots of pumpkin yumminess!

Write on!

Angie