My Books Released! And a Tandem

My books released! Early! As a newbie I am learning (check Amazon for release dates!). Lucky for me I had friends to toast with that evening!

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Click on the image to link to this page on the Bailiwick Press site.

It’s Thanksgiving Day in Canada and Columbus Day in the U.S., so Catherine Johnson and I are using the holidays as prompts for a tandem post (words/doodles). BUT I don’t celebrate Columbus Day, though I do remember the day off from school fondly! Every year we’d pack the family and a few neighborhood kids into the station wagon and head north for leaf peeping, picnicking and cave crawling in Connecticut’s oldest state park: Putnam Memorial in Redding (see image below).

Click on the image for more info on Putnam Memorial State Park

It was the highlight of autumn, my favorite season.

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For more on the new books: Carrie Charley Brown invited me to be her Mystery Guest tomorrow on Carrie On…Together!, and that includes a GIVEAWAY – HERE

Cavorting with Pumpkins, and Catherine

The bright globes are more than a symbol for Halloween to me: a strong connection to my childhood, the season, to my nationality and even my wedding. I can easily conjure their cut-open scent, the sweet-baked aroma, and the rotting stench on my porch as squirrels are destructively determined to rid me of this decoration choice!

Not one of my own today, but here is a favorite poem from my early days…

“I saw thousands of pumpkins last night
come floating in on the tide,
bumping up against the rocks and
rolling up on the beaches;
it must be Halloween in the sea”

Richard Brautigan, The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster

And I’ll be honest – I think of them cut up and menacing more often than not!

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Now go check out what Catherine has carved up – HERE

Tandem: TerRUFFic Twos

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Another poem (keep an open mind!) and doodle to match, in tandem with my friend Catherine – HERE

Tricks for Treats: TerRUFFic

Here boy, huh, huh
Come, heel, heh, heh,
Throw, chase, ha, ha,
Go fetch your toy.

Sit, stay, hah, hah,
Look here, heh, heh
Down, roll, huh, huh
Such a good boy.

WOOF!

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Catherine persuaded me to try something darker today, but, I fear, I am not there yet! (Even after I got the creeps reading Tony DiTerlizzi’s beautifully illustrated version of the poem The Spider and the Fly, by Mary Howitt, last night!). But I had fun with the dashing and dastardly Rat King. I guess having fun was where I went wrong!

I am also honored to accept the Gargie Award, ‘for services rendered to the blogosphere and beyond’, bestowed by a favorite reviewer of picture books, that yellow lab, at Reading With Rhythm.