Monthly Archives: May 2014

Goodwill Abounds

People are so kind to this new children’s book writer. Case in point: the Museum Gift Shop manager.

I left a copy of the Life Application version of Scissortown (please see for the difference between the versions) for her consideration.

She called and ordered four more of the Life Application and five of the Faith-Based. When I delivered them this morning, Netta was at a table outside the Gift Shop with a book stand. We placed my “Debut Picture Book by Peace Country Author and Peace Country Artist” poster at the back of the stand and put five copies of each version in the stand.

Would I like orange, pink or purple felt buttons to indicate the version? I chose orange, having just read about orange sales buttons.

It started to sprinkle, so we took the items into the Gift Shop. Netta’s an artsy craftsy person, and shared her happy ideas about how she’s going to arrange things.

She’d been so kind in providing a stand and allowing me to put it near the entrance, I hesitated to ask–but might there be a place for my business cards? How about on the table beside the stand?

Not so. Netta opened a cupboard and produced a business card stand for me.

And this afternoon, I got a call. Scissortown‘s first Gift Shop customer had met Tommy, Tina and Katie Kat.

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Names in a Blender: and a Surprise Gift

Ah, speech! One of the wonderful features that sets us apart from the rest of creation! Without speech, where would be the puns and poetry, the stirring oratory, and the mundane daily communication that helps us understand each other so well?

Or not. For without speech, where would be the MIScommunication, rich in humour and drama?

Take the humble blender, for example. Did Tommy’s after school care program coordinator really say she was going to put the children’s PICTURES in a blender? No, she said their names.

However, the key word here is not “pictures” or “names,” but “put.” gives us a generous 24 meanings for this little word, not one of which is “blend.”

And the coordinator did indeed put little bits of paper with the children’s names on them in a blender container. I mixed up the little bits by hand and had a child draw out the name of a delighted kindergartner.

This little girl had just turned six, and joyfully claimed Scissortown as her gift. There’s a birthday party planned . . . let’s just hope it doesn’t turn out like Tommy’s in the story!

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Scissortown Grand Opening . . . and Children’s Pictures in a Blender

An appointment with 54 children, Scissortown pictures and a blender

Let me explain . . .

The Scissortown Grand Opening Ceremonies (step aside, Sochi) took place last Monday, complete with a “Welcome to Scissortown” sign and marching band consisting of Tommy, Tina and yours truly. T and T each opened a box of books (one of Faith-Based Application versions and the other of Life Application versions) and passed them around to the dignitaries.

Honoured attendees included Tommy, Tina and Katie Kat (heroes of Scissortown), Scissortown CFO (aka my husband), T’s and T’s moms, Coralie and her husband, Steven (aka videographer, book designer, IT guy), our daughter and her friend, and my brother and his wife (aka the Scissortown Express Delivery Team).

What fun! As my brother kindly explained, he had learned during his publishing career that the only way to catch a typo is to make 1,000 copies of the document. Bingo–and I challenge you to find it!

Guests took book(s) to give, sell or use in promotion, and everyone had a good time except Katie Kat, who eschews noisy crowds and book launches.

Oh yes, back to the blender.

But let’s start with our local hardware store. With nothing to lose and no bookstore in our town of under 3000, I looked around our local hardware store. Hmmm, there might be some shelf space beside the toys. Perhaps the owner would consider selling Scissortown on consignment. When asked, he took me to the portion of the front counter dedicated to local works! And there went Scissortown with a stand and poster supplied by me, happily featured with books by another local author and a CD by a local musician.

Oh yes, the blender.

On Friday I read the story to 54 well-behaved children and an entirely adequate number of supervising staff at Tommy’s after school care program.

I’m to return for a draw for a free book this Friday, which brings us to the blender. The children have colored line drawings of Scissortown pictures, which their teacher is going to BLEND as per page 9 of the story!

I hope I get some good pictures . . . watch this space.

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