Friday, November 15, 2019

Sleigh Rides and Barbie Vans

Hi, everyone!

Today, I am emerging from the NaNoWriMo caves to celebrate Elaine Kaye's latest release, Sleigh Ride. (Possibly funny side note: for some reason, auto-correct keeps changing 'sleigh' to 'slight.' Apparently, auto-correct isn't quite ready to celebrate the holidays.)

To celebrate, Elaine asked participants to share a favorite holiday memory. I've decided to share with you the very first one to pop into my head. So, I don't know if it's exactly a favorite, but it's apparently the most memorable.

All right, so many, many moons ago, I was very much into Barbie. As was my older sister. I don't recall how old my younger sister was at the time of this tale, but I'm sure she was at least a little bit into Barbie as well, if for no other reason than we were.

On this fateful Christmas morning, we went out to the living room to see what Santa had brought us, and there it was...the most amazing Barbie accessory ever created—the Barbie motor home. (The Star Traveler, for the purists out there.)

I was so excited. At last, my Barbies could travel in style to exotic places such as other rooms in the house. This baby was fully loaded with decals up the wazoo, and one of those super cool bench seat things that transformed into a bed—just like in a real motor home—and a rooftop deck thing, complete with lounge chair and a thing I think was maybe supposed to be a grill or something.

This was a super sweet ride, and I couldn't wait to start my adventures.

And then the hammer fell.

Santa had not brought the Barbie Star Traveler motor home for me.

He had brought it for my older sister.

Leaving me to utter the now-classic (in my family) line, "But...I want the Barbie van."

I did not get Barbie van. If I remember correctly, Santa brought me the Barbie Dream swimming pool. When I attempted to make lemonade out of lemons and said that at least I could put water in the pool and have real pool parties with my Barbies, my mother (rightfully) had to inform me that would not be happening.

Despite the double disappointment, they still managed to take this picture of me not looking quite so much like the petulant child I was sure I was being that day:

I love my family. (I really do. That's not sarcasm or anything. I know it can be hard to tell on this blog what may or may not be sarcasm, so just know I'm being incredibly sincere there.)

Now, let's talk about Sleigh Ride (which is so super cute, y'all. I can't even.)...

On Christmas Eve, Gregory and Sammy get a special visitor—Santa Claus! Santa brings them on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure around the world and to the North Pole. Bundle up and come along for the ride!

General Age Range: Kids 4-8 (story picture book)

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About the Author

Elaine Kaye is the author of A Gregory Green Adventure Series. She created Gregory Green after her son, who loved her homemade pea soup.

Kaye has worked as a library assistant and teacher's assistance in elementary schools. She currently lives in Florida, but has called Michigan; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Okinawa, Japan home.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Have You Googled Her Yet? (An IWSG Post)

Hello, all!

It's the first Wednesday of the month (I think) which means (I think) it's time for another action-packed installment of the Insecure Writer's Support Group!

As usual, I am assuming that if you're reading this post, you're already familiar with the IWSG, but if you're new and/or looking for more information and/or a complete list of participants, please click on the above link.

This month's awesome co-hosts are Sadira Stone, Patricia Josephine, Lisa Buie-Collard, Erika Beebe, and C. Lee McKenzie.

This month's (optional) question asks, "What's the strangest thing you've ever googled in researching a story?"

(Possibly interesting side note: one of the earliest known uses of 'google' as a verb was in a season seven episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, a line that acts as the title of today's post because that's just the kind of nerd I am.) 

Welp, considering I'm a fantasy author who throughly enjoys torturing characters, I've googled some pretty strange things in my lifetime. Strange and disturbing enough that I'm sure to be on some government watchlist somewhere called something like, "Googles a lot of weird shit, but claims to be a writer, so it might be kind of okay, but someone to keep an eye on just in case."

But the funniest thing I think I've ever had to google for a story was that time I had to research "what do people do on dates" for my terrible romance novel because I honestly had no freaking clue.

(Yet somehow, my significant other and I recently celebrated our 23rd anniversary together. Sure, that celebration looked like the two of us sitting on our couch, eating take-out, and watching reruns of Happy Endings (a truly hysterical sitcom canceled way before its time), but we're both super socially awkward introverts, so yeah. It was pretty much always going to look like that. Hence the googling of the date ideas...)

If you were curious, my characters ended up going to a bar to listen to a local rock band perform. Thanks, Google!

All right. That's it for me today. Hope everyone's having a great November. If you're participating in NaNoWriMo, I hope you're kicking some word-count ass.

Thanks for stopping by—see y'all in December.