Golly! I’m so excited my fingers are literally tripping over the key board, so please forgive me if I make a lot of typos! And no, it is not because I am over caffeinated. Or over chocolated. Yet. (Although I do have a cup of coffee and a chocolate croissant near to hand lest I become faint whilst typing :))
First, I have been honored with more awards! The lovely Clar has give me The Sunshine Award and The Kreativ Blogger Award. Thank you so much Clar! As I responded to awards just a week ago, I will refrain from boring you all again, but I did place the awards in my left sidebar with thanks to everyone who gave them to me. And you know my policy with passing awards on – I think you all deserve them, so help yourselves! 🙂 (You can lift them from the sidebar.)
And, this just in, the wonderful Christie at Write Wild has awarded me the Pot ‘O Gold Blogger Award – such a prestigious honor! There are rules about accepting which I’m not going to manage just now because this post is already long and I added this in after I wrote it, but I wanted to acknowledge and thank her for the award and all her kind words! Thank you, Christie! (I’m going to pop the award in the sidebar for now because I’m not posting on it properly but do take a look! – so pretty!)
Next, I want to update you on Phyllis’s World Tour.
WOW is she having a blast! She has already been to The Golden State With Kirsten, The Sunshine State With Kelly, and The Lone Star State With Natalie, and has arrived at Pam Courtney’s young literacy programs in The Peach Tree State! Last I heard she was headed for The Show Me State as well as back to The Golden State. (Bonus points to anyone who can identify the states by their nicknames. There will be a quiz on April 1st :))
You can follow all her travels with photos and weather reports on her new special tab above: Phyllis’s World Tour. But for your extra convenience here’s a little sneak peek:
|Here she is, lounging in what the locals refer to as “some sort of palm tree”
– I believe that is a botanical term 🙂
|And here she is modeling her sombrero, which I have a
sneaking suspicion she plans never to take off! Ever!
Thanks to everyone who has hosted her so far. I hope she has been behaving herself!
Now, before we get to Would You Read It, I have a surprise for you! Actually, it was a surprise for me, too! Yesterday afternoon, I opened an email from the lovely Donna Farrell (you all remember her from her interview, right? My multi-talented web designer?) Well!
|illustrations copyright Jeff Ebbeler
badge designed by Donna Farrell
Is this a thing of complete beauty and awesomeness or what???!!! And I didn’t even ask her (although I had been thinking about making a badge and who I should ask to design it.) Apparently, in addition to her creative talents, she is also a mind reader 🙂 I love this so much I want to make stickers… and bookmarks… and car magnets… maybe a billboard in Times Square 🙂
Anyway, I will be plastering it anywhere I can possibly get away with it, including but not limited to my blog sidebar and the Phyllis World Tour page and FB and maybe a huge one for my living room and perhaps a flag on Blueberry Hill, and you are all welcome to share it too! But would you kindly do me a favor if you use it and mention that the illustrations copyright is to Jeff Ebbeler and the badge was designed by Donna Farrell? Because they deserve the credit!
You have NO IDEA how hard it was for me not to post this on FB the second I got it. I hope you’re all admiring my self-restraint 🙂 I think it’s so incredibly perfect! (The badge, I mean, not my self-restraint!) (You probably couldn’t tell that from the amount of gushing :))
Okay. Now we have to get down to business. Sorry, Miranda for keeping you waiting! It’s time for Would You Read It, and this week’s post is from the wonderful Miranda who has just returned from The Gambia! Miranda Paul is an author who began her career studying aquatic biology and other oddities. Now a mother, picture book writer, and editor, she splits her time between getting splashed by her kids, wading through revision, and drowning in submissions at Rate Your Story. Read more at: Miranda’s Website and Miranda’s Blog.
Here is her pitch:
Working Title: Reef Stew
Age/Genre: Rhyming Picture Book ages 4-8
The Pitch: When a shipwreck destroys their reef, the shellfish grow selfish and every creature’s a crab. Can Whale stir up happiness with a single piece of stony coral? Filled with slurps, burps, and spicy sargassum, this quirky version of a classic tale will send ripples of laughter through any school of young guppies.
Miranda is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch!
And please stay tuned for more exciting updates from Phyllis! 🙂