Giveaway on Storytime LIVE tonite at 7:30pm!!

Hey y’all! Tonite’s Storytime LIVE is all about being a friend! And because I think you are so AWESOME, I am giving away my Dog and Mouse handmade hand puppets!


1. Simply comment on THIS blog entry to enter. Just say hello, or anything you want. That’s it!

2. Comment by 6pm eastern standard time to give me time to get all your names in a hat.

3. Tune in at 7:30pm eastern and watch to see if you win. You must be watching and logged into Livestream to be able to chat and tell me if you are there. If you are not present, another name will be pulled.

4. One entry per person only, only on this webpage.

THAT’S it! EASY PEASY and my hand puppets can be all YOURS!

Click here or on an image below to view it at 7:30pm and don’t forget to comment on this blog entry!!

Here is what you can win! The Dog and Mouse handmade puppets in the middle! I’ll miss them, but I just KNOW they’ll go to a GREAT home!

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.


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! đŸ˜€

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.