I’m excited to be at Coles Seaway Mall in Welland on Saturday, February the 4th from 1-4pm! I’ll be signing and personalizing copies of Panda the Very Bad Cat and I’ll have complimentary colouring pages available! A portion of the proceeds from every book sold will be donated to animals in need. Hope to see you there!
Did you know that Panda the Very Bad Cat is a Tuxedo type of cat. Tuxies, as they’re affectionately called, are pretty special! Here’s some interesting facts about them: Click on the link below to read all about them!
Just a friendly reminder that this Saturday, January 21st I’ll be at the Sherwood Branch of the Hamilton Public Library teaching a class called Blogging 101-An introductory course about blogging and how to get started. It starts at 10:30 and goes until about 1. It’s drop in so feel free to come at any time.
Some of the things I’ll touch on are:
What is a blog?
How to get started
Types of blogs
Marketing your blog
Blogging for Business
And so much more! It’s going to be a great course for beginners and I look forward to seeing you there if you’re in the area. Click on the link below for more information: http://www.hpl.ca/intro-blogging?date=2017-01-21
Awhile back you may have read that we were having a contest where the winner would receive a free, signed copy of Panda the Very Bad Cat! The contest was remembering the names of all of the characters in the book and I’m happy to say a big Congratulationsto Michael C. of New Brunswick!
He sent me an e-mail with the correct names and now I’m sending him his very own, personalized copy of Panda the Very Bad Cat signed by yours truly and Panda himself!
Here are the answers Michael gave:
Girl: Megan(Meghan) yes!
Great job Michael! Thanks for being a reader and for following this blog! Congratulations!
I’m keeping a HUGE secret right now and I WISH I could tell EVERYONE! But…I can’t. It’s really awesome news and I can’t wait to tell you but it’s going to have to wait. I think I’ll be able to announce it within the next couple of weeks though depending on how quickly the paperwork gets completed.
Here’s a hint…It has to do with a BRAND NEW AUTHOR joining Pandamonium Publishing House…exciting I know and I can’t wait to introduce her! She has an amazing imagination and I just LOVE the story she’s written. Stay tuned for more news on this in the upcoming weeks. Looks like it’s shaping up to be an all girls team!
Today’s post is a continuation of the series titled, How I Got Started in regards to writing. The second part of the series focuses on a question I get asked almost every day, “Where do you get your ideas?”
Whether it be a book about a naughty black and white cat named Panda or a silly Deer named Duncan who has a penchant for writing in his personal diary, I can honestly say that idea generation for me personally, has never been much of a problem. That being said, I do occasionally suffer from writer’s block. But that’s a whole other can of tomatoes.
Ideas come from all kinds of places and here are a few of my favourites!
People watching-Go to any public place, sit quietly on a bench with a soy, caramel macchiato and watch the people go by. SILENTLY (this is important) make up stories about them. This is so much fun because it gives you the opportunity to let your mind and imagination run free! For example, Why is that woman wearing a tiara and jogging pants? Is she competing in a Disney princess marathon? Is she some sort of super hero with super powers? Is the tiara magic? You get the point.
Talk to kids-Please make sure that their either your own kids, kids you know, kids you know the parents of etc. NOT some random kid in the mall…that would be bad. Kids have a funny way of making things extremely clear. It’s refreshing and is a reminder that sometimes we all need to be silly. Kids also have a lot of answers to life’s big questions like, “Why are we here?” “We’re here because everyone has one special thing that they can do that no one else can.” This is a TRUE statement from a kindergartener that I happened to be reading to last year. Betcha some kid could answer the question of why the woman above was wearing a tiara with track pants!
Meditate-Yep. You read that correctly. Meditation leads to some pretty great ideas and I can speak from experience on this one. Meditation quiets the mind and lets you explore silence. It’s kind of hard to do at first but if you start out with a few minutes at a time you’ll get the hang of it and may even look forward to it. Meditation is cool because sometimes our minds wander and let us see things that aren’t there. During a recent meditation session, I envisioned my guardian angel…she was made completely out of ravens and when I looked at her they spread their wings and flew away. Talk about a cool intro to a novel right?! Trust me on this one…meditate! Ideas are just floating in the air.
Real life-Remember the phrase, “Truth is stranger than fiction?” Believe it because it’s true! Panda the Very Bad Cat is based on a real cat named Panda who lives on my parent’s farm. He’s been in quite a few sticky situations and one day I decided to write them down. Wallah! A book! Whether it’s a beloved family pet, a kid who fights with his parents about putting on a snowsuit (God Bless Robert Munsch), or a neighbor who grows prize-winning sunflowers, inspiration is all around us.
There are countless other ways to think of things to write about and these are just a few that I’ve decided to touch on. Keep an idea journal, it’s an invaluable tool for all writers and you never know when or where inspiration will strike! Stay tuned for part 3 where I answer the third most asked question…Happy writing!
January 9, 2017-People often ask me how I got started with writing, what inspires my stories and how I get ideas so I’ve decided to dedicate today’s blog post to those questions. Today will deal with the first question and subsequent entries will explain the rest.
How I got started:
I’ve always had a huge imagination, ever since I was a kid. Sure, I used to write stories and such but I never really wanted to be a writer. Truth be told, I didn’t really think about the books that I read or how they came to be when I was up late reading a hand-me-down copy of The Baby Sitter’s Club.
I wanted to be the person who went out onto the ice during an NHL game and stitched up the hockey players! Talk about a totally different path! I remember that in the third grade, my friends and I decided to write stories about our “crushes,” and mine just happened to be the amazing Cam Neely (of Boston Bruins glory back in the day). I dug out some paper and filled seven lined pages with a story where he fell madly in love with me! (I was only nine years old by the way:) This is my first solid memory of my love affair with writing.
My creative writing started to wane as I got older and school assignments became more of a priority. I didn’t care about writing really but I still had a huge imagination.
I can’t remember the particular day this happened or how the conversation went exactly but I think it was my mom who bugged me to write a story about our farm cat named Panda. It probably went something like this, “You should write a story about Panda! He’s been into (fill in the blank) again!” I heard this about a dozen times before I did anything about it. Then, one day, I wrote Panda the Very Bad Cat (plus the 2 other books in the series) and my husband suggested that I go all the way with it! And the and the rest is history.
So I’d like to thank my mom for bugging me to write a story about a black and white cat who’s actually a real pain in the butt! Without her “encouragement,” I wouldn’t be able to share his story with you today. I’d also like to thank my husband for his constant support, love, and vision of everything Panda. Oh, and I’d like to thank my brother-in-law for naming Panda:) and letting me off the hook with a royalty percentage:D
So there it is! The story of how I got started. Maybe a little less magical than one would have thought, but the truth is…it’s magic to me.
A HUGE thank you to everyone who has liked our page! We truly appreciate your support, comments and kind words as we continue on our tour this year. Thanks again for everything and I look forward to meeting those of you I haven’t been able to yet. See you soon!