Storytime Live tonight at 7:30pm eastern!

Look! A Piggycorn! Don’t miss Storytime LIVE tonight! Who are you? Who do YOU want to be? Featuring Bob is a Unicorn and Rufus, Piggy and Otto as who they want to be for Halloween!

Click the photo below to watch it at 7:30pm!

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Storytime LIVE is tonite at 7:30pm eastern! Don’t miss it!

All about our furry best friends tonite! Featuring the music created from my books Dogs, Dogs! and Cats, Cats! by Liat and Jeremy Savo! You will NOT want to miss this rockin’ Storytime LIVE! See you tonite!

Click the image below to be able to watch!

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You can buy the music I will feature tonite (and all the songs from all my books by clicking on the image below.)

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Dog and Mouse teaser trailer

On a whim one day I downloaded the app called StopMotion Animation Maker after seeing my amazingly talented friend, Linda Sweeney’s super cool book trailer she had made for her new book, When the Wind Blows. It’s the sweetest thing EVER. Click here to see it.

ADORABLE, RIGHT?

I promptly forgot that I had the app or wanted to make my own animation. Of course.

Then today I was going through my phone and saw the app I thought to myself, “Self, you have a million things to do and you TOTALLY need to go grocery shopping, you know what makes TOTAL sense? MAKE THAT ANIMATION! And spend the WHOLE day doing it!”

And I thought, “Self, that is a damn FINE idea! Who needs dinner?! I think there are some frozen turkey burgers in the freezer – hot diggity, let’s ANIMATE!”

I present to you my first ever Stop Motion Animation for my newest book coming out in Jan. 2015, Dog and Mouse. And I warn you: It is pretty terrible. But it is also terribly cute. So I am willing to share it with you. And I plan on making lots more. Because WHO NEEDS DINNER, Y’ALL??! Not my family! :D

No one said life wasn’t scary.

It’s scary to take risks – to take chances. Things go wrong. We make mistakes. We mess it all up. But only by trying, only by failing can we figure out what doesn’t work. More more importantly though, it helps us figure out what DOES work. Mistakes help us figure out how we can do it better. What we like, what we don’t like. The more we fail, the faster we learn what NOT to do. What’s the thing you are scared of trying, but maybe want more than anything else in the world? If you don’t try, don’t move forward, you can guarantee you won’t get hurt, but you also guarantee you won’t get that  dream of yours either. Mistakes are OKAY. Failure is OKAY.

Jump. Your wings will come – I PROMISE. But be willing to tumble and flail about in the air for a while until they do. Because flying? Is AWESOME.

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Bob

To all my fellow ‘Bobs’ out there,

I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for ‘getting’ Bob. If you get Bob like I do, it’s probably because you ARE a Bob. Which is a compliment by the way. :)

If you have ever felt like you don’t quite fit in, don’t quite know your place in this world, but know you have lots to offer? If you march to a different beat, if you live in your head – in a wonderous, magical land – and when you open your eyes, you can still see the magic around? If you love people, I mean really truly LOVE people, yet you can be so very disappointed and hurt by the people who are mean, thoughtless, don’t seem to care about the magic? Yeah, you’re TOTALLY a Bob.

On days where you just think you should give up, give in and be ‘normal’? Don’t. Don’t you dare. The world needs a LOT more Bobs. And the more of us that are out there? The more of us BRAVE enough to SHOW the world our BOB-ness? The better this world is going to be.

So if you ever read Bob is a Unicorn, and you really truly got it, maybe even cried at the fairy and unicorn page? Stay true to yourself and don’t ever, EVER wonder where you fit in. Because you know what? YOU FIT IN RIGHT HERE. And thank you for being a Bob. You make the world so much more magical. Believe in yourself. Believe in your inner Bob.

Love, Michelle

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Sept. 24, 2014 Storytime LIVE at 7:30pm eastern

Click below to watch Storytime as I do it live! It’s totally free and you only need to make an account if you want to chat live with me.

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Happy Fifth Anniversary to My Love.

Eight years ago, I met this guy for a lunch date – we had met on Yahoo Personals (Gasp! I KNOW, right?!). Turns out he knew of me from a pet portrait I had delivered to a coworker of his two years earlier and actually emailed me about painting his dog.

After the lunch date, we ended up deciding to just be friends. (The reasons for this are widely disputed between us to this day.) After a year of hanging out as friends, we both began turning down dates to just hang out with each other. Without realizing it, we had fallen totally and completely in love with each other.

We married two years after dating. We took the children with us and eloped on Tybee Island as the sun came up.

This man, my best friend, my partner in crime, my straight man, my love, looked at the giant mess I was, learned everything about me, my two children, my hopes and dreams for a career that is not the most lucrative in the world, my complete and utter lack of interest in being a good housekeeper, my PMS mood swings that could possibly get me out of a murder charge, my lack of culinary skills, my love of two giant, sobbery dogs that peed in the house on occasion and ate important objects on many more occasions AND knowing ALL THAT? Still married me. PHEW.

This man is my rock. This man takes care of me. This man takes care of our children as if they were his own – without hesitation or question. This man makes my life so much more than it ever would have been without him in it. Without question, I do not deserve such an incredible man to call my husband, but I thank the stars in the heavens that I get to call him my husband anyway.

Happy 5th Anniversary, Kevin Schmidt, my love. Eleventy million thank yous for being my partner in this life is still not enough. I love you forever and always.

Here is a video I made from out first anniversary. I was going to make another one, but I was so busy with a child named Cordelia – who popped into my life very suddenly and I have been obsessively talking to, drawing and writing about – that I have not had time to make a new one. Or to clean the house. Or to make dinner. Or do much of anything else. See? He is a SAINT, I tell you.

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