Do you like to blow bubbles with your bubble gum? I know I do. 😀
Although I know sometimes blowing bubbles can get you into trouble. It can be noisy. It can get sticky. It can be rude.
How about an activity that has all the fun of blowing a bubble AND it lasts?!
This Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum in a Dish activity will have you popping for fun! All you’ll need to do is download this free page, grab your crayons, a balloon, scissors (let an adult help you), and some tape.
Let me see what you do! Have a grown-up post your #fanart to social media with the hashtag #TMCcreates. I can’t wait to see what you’ve done.
There’s a new book in the world! My 11th picture book is now available!
The GET AWAY DANCE takes on a serious subject of what you should do if someone tries to take you away. I know, it’s a very serious and scary subject. As a writer, I believe in the power of words and education.
My generation grew up with Stop, Drop, & Roll, Just Say No to Drugs, Stranger Danger. I felt the empowerment of knowing what to do when a scary situation may have occurred.
After seeing someone trying to kidnap a child on the local news one night, I got to thinking what that child did right. Then I realized there was a need for others to know what to do, in case something like that happened to them.
Thus… The GET AWAY DANCE was born.
I hope to encourage parents to reinforce Stranger Danger to their children as well as include the Get Away Dance techniques to better equip their children in case someone tries to kidnap them.
The GET AWAY DANCE is published by Guardian Angel Publishing. Illustrated by Jack Foster.
Happy 10th Bookday, Squeaks & Shaping Up The Year!
Everyone grab a cupcake!
Thank you for coming. I really can’t take it all in still. Ten years… ten years ago my first book spread its wings and went out into the wild. *sniff, sniff. I’m such a proud book mommy.* And look at it today… ten years old. still making its way. Still showing people how to shape up every day into a beautiful thing.
I have been thinking on how I wanted to celebrate today. It’s a major milestone for me. And I thought what better way than to play it forward. I’m throwing a giveaway with 10 – yep TEN (one for each year) – prize packs. Each prize pack will include:
Shaping Up The Year book
Cover art sticker
TMC Productions sticker
Crochet Squeaks toy
But I have a goodie for everyone visiting too. Make sure you download Squeak’s Happy Birthday coloring page.
I’m in interrupting my normal posts in a way… Well, this news does go beyond the book. Or actually before the book! 😁
Many times you’ll see a small article announcing a book deal in a magazine. But did you know there are hundreds of deals that do not get mentioned. Many small publishing houses do not get a listing. Those deals are big too. After all, every book that comes into this world is someone’s dream. When you hold a book, you are holding hundreds of hours of work, a dream, a piece of someone. I think all of those deserve to be celebrated, don’t you?
So without further ado….
Picture book author,Tracey M. Cox has sold her rights to Guardian Angel Publishing for what will be her 11th picture book. The book will be illustrated by Jack Foster, who also has multi-books. This will be the second book Tacey and Jack have collaborated on.
THE GET AWAY DANCE is a picture book that addresses a very sensitive subject, but will empower children. What to do if a stranger tries to take you away? The story will reinforce Stranger Danger techniques. Then it describes what a child should do if the worse happens. What should you do if you do everything right, and yet someone tries to take you? You do THE GET AWAY DANCE!
Thank you everyone for coming over to hear my news! I’m super excited and cannot wait to see the amazing illustrations Jack does!
It’s the new year! That means a new chapter, a blank canvas, a new project, and so many adventures await! I always look forward to this day. I’ve been planning on how to redirect my blog to be more beneficial to my targeted audiences.
What does that mean for you? Hopefully, it will help you become more aware of the products I offer, as well as give you some insight on how to become better at what you do and also become more interactive with what I do.
Here is a peek at what I will be offering this year:
MONDAY: MARKETING — I will be offering marketing tips and tricks that expand across any field. If you work for yourself, you need to be marketing.
TUESDAY: AVON — I am an independent AVON representative and will be showcasing different products, how-tos, reveals, and more. Let’s get to know AVON better!
WEDNESDAY: BEYOND THE BOOK — I will take a more in-depth look at my books and how you can expand learning and having fun with them.
THURSDAY: COLORING PAGES — Who doesn’t like to color? From inspiration from my own books and more, I will be offering free downloadable/printable coloring pages.
FRIDAY: LEFT HOOK CROCHET — Did you know I’m a fiber artist? I began my crochet journey in 2017 and now offer my products for sale. BUT I have a hook on what I do… I’m a lefty! My Left Hook Crochet posts will be dedicated to leftys with patterns, videos, and more.
So much to do for this year. I hope to be more interactive and can’t wait to see what you think of everything.
I think every published author has heard the question:
How do you write a book?
I think my favorite quote is:
Honestly, sometimes it feels like this. It can exhaust you. You pour your heart and soul into each letter, each word, each sentence, each paragraph, each story. When you hold a book, you are literally holding onto someone’s dream.
Writing is an amazing thing.
So… How does one write?
Quite simply, BIC.
Butt In Chair
Sit down and write. It doesn’t have to be perfect. First drafts are called sloppy copies in school for a reason! *laughing* The main thing is to get your idea down onto paper or the computer screen. Breathe life into the sparks of your thoughts. Watch as the oxygen gives energy and becomes more vivid. Before you know it, you will have your story, or at least the gist of it, down.
Take a break.
Take a deep breath.
Take a good look at your manuscript.
Be proud. You have accomplished something magical. Something extraordinary.
Then roll up your sleeves and get ready to do the HARD work. Yes, I wrote “HARD”. “But that WAS hard,” you say? I know. I struggle even after writing professionally for over 18 years! BUT getting that first draft ready for publication… that’s where you add pressure to every word, every scene. You squeeze. You shift your visions. You hold onto the parts that matter and move the story forward. You learn to toss the parts that stall your story.
Continue moving forward. Constantly! Before you know it, you will have a story that sparkles like a diamond.
Keep checking in on Wednesdays, as I will be sharing writing tips and tricks I have learned over the years. Somethings I had to learn the hard way and some things I was lucky enough to have someone else pass onto me.
Leave me a comment:
Where are you in your writing career?
Do you have a hard time with ideas?
What is your downfall?
Until next time…
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