Friday, January 24, 2014

New Guardian Angel Publishing Releases

January 2014 Releases for Guardian Angel Publishing!
A Sandy Grave Academic Wings by Donna McDine art by Julie Hammond
What is a group of friends to do when they discover mysterious men poaching whale teeth at the beach?
My Brother is My Best Friend: A Trilingual Story  Academic Wings by Nicole Weaver art by Clara Batton Smith
Brothers are very special. Meet two brothers that do everything together. This delightful story transcends all cultural barriers. It will warm the hearts of children from all over the world.
Los hermanos son muy especiales: Conozca a dos hermanos que hacen todo juntos. Esta  bella historia trasciende todas las barreras culturales. Tocará el corazón de todos los niños del  mundo.
Être frère, c’est très spécial.  Voici deux frères qui font tout ensemble. Cette histoire merveilleuse transcende toutes les barrières culturelles.  L’histoire va réchauffer le cœur des enfants dans du monde entier.
Under the Full Moon Academic Wings written and illustrated by San Hoy
What do a family of beavers, a young robin, a scare crow, two wolves, a bunch of sledders, a bow and arrow hunter, a builder of sandcastles, and fairies have in common? Their stories and possibly yours are influenced by the full moon. 
All in a School Day Journey Littlest Angels by James Byers art by Jack Foster
Everyone daydreams at school, but have you ever taken a daydream journey while at school? A President flying through the air on a bat? A shark getting a tan on the beach? Discover tree-sized sweets and find yourself in a room with the most peculiar doctor and nurse you’ll ever meet. Enjoy the adventure, but be sure to get back before the teacher catches you dreaming.
Trial by Walkabout Chapbooks for Tweens by Margot Finke
Sibling rivalry is the engine that pushes Josh Howard and Bindi into a walkabout that almost proves fatal. The Aussie outback is unforgiving, and the tribal Medicine Man is out for blood – Josh’s blood! 
Tissue Tantra: The Sum of Our Parts Academic Wings by Bill Kirk art by Eugene Ruble
This children’s non-fiction picture book is all about tissues, from skin to bone, to muscle to blood and is a great learning tool to teach the various tissues found in the human body, from the outside in.   
A Gift for Roo  Academic Wings by Max and Arianna Overton
A seven-year-old girl, living with her father, tries to cope with the loss of her mother and her loneliness. One rainy day, she rescues a small caterpillar and takes it home with her. Roo discovers truths about growing up and loss, coming to realize that all life is a cycle. 



Friday, January 17, 2014

Inner Critic

This morning, I was reading a chapter of UNLEASH THE WRITER WITHIN: THE ESSENTIAL WRITERS' COMPANION by Cecil Murphey.  It was a chapter about whether one should listen to or silence the critic within.  Murphey talks about his reasons and experiences with both listening and shushing his inner critic and, in the end, decides, "my inner critic can be my friend, so I honor and trust that voice."

Lately, my inner critic needs to virtually scream in my ear as I seem to be doing a remarkable job tuning her out in the day-to-day chaos of life.  Or, perhaps, she is working very silently and effectively and this is why I've allowed the daily details to reign supreme and take precedence over my writing as of late.

Either way, it is time to get back on track.  I do believe my inner critic can be helpful in terms of spurring me into action (when I so allow) and nudging me toward what works and doesn't work in a given WIP; however, I also allow her to plant the seed of fear...fear something isn't good enough, won't find a home, isn't worth the time spent away from family and the daily grind...all of which makes it easier to not write and submit.  For, if nothing is completed, nothing can be submitted and, thereby, nothing can be rejected.  But, it is only in taking the risks that one can reap the rewards, so persevere I will.  I hope you will too!

If you have thoughts or methods that work for you in silencing or embracing your inner critic, I'd love to hear them if you are willing to share.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Weather Wonders

January 2014 Guardian Angel Kids eZine


 Tsunami Fog on the Beach as reported by Gak

A Sudden Storm by Robert Niven 

The Day It Rained Cats and Dogs by Arthur Carey 

Finding Your Place in a Storm by Carol Thompson 

Earth—A Stormy Planet by Irene S. Roth 

Everyone Knows it’s Windy by Mary Sue Roberts 

Down on the Windmill Farm by Mary Sue Roberts