Summer Fun

Hello Fellow Creators,

I hope you all are doing well after this past year of quarantines and lockdowns. I am happy to say I along with my family have received our vaccines and are hopefully putting this whole crazy experience behind us. We recently visited Disney and Universal in Florida. So much fun, but so very hot! It rained at some point each day, but on the last day we had the benefit of this beautiful rainbow.

Over the past year, I haven’t been able to spend much time writing and crafting, ironically with all this downtime. I don’t know about you, but I find when the whole family is home it’s not easy to get any work done. Especially when work is writing, which can always be put on hold for chores, homework help, making meals, and recently, touring college campuses. On the upside, I’ve spent many pleasant hours with my family that I would not have been able to do otherwise. So there is definitely a silver lining.

So with “normalcy” just around the corner I’ve decided to spruce up my website and plan some new projects. It has been a while since I published a book, so I am itching to see a new one in print. As I get older, the path to traditional publishing and its snail’s pace has become unbearable. So I have decided to self publish for the first time! I’m a little nervous but so excited.

I have been working with a program called Sketchbook Auto Desk in an attempt to illustrate my next book, tentatively titled “A Fine Day on the Bay”. I’m learning as I go, one step at a time. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Sandpiper

Happy writing,

Elaine


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Happy Maryland Day!

Celebrate Maryland Day with Olly the Oyster and Mallory the Forgetful Duck, children’s books about sea life along the Chesapeake Bay.

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Nautical Festival

Happy National Bird Day!

Celebrate National Bird Day with Mallory the Forgetful Duck, an educational story about five mama birds and their nests, including a Great Blue Heron, an Osprey, an Oystercatcher, a Canada Goose and a very forgetful Mallard Duck.

 

For a fun craft activity making baby birds, click here.

For a word search puzzle, click here.

To find out where to buy, click here.

To schedule an author visit, click here.

How to Add Red Herrings to your Story

How to Add Red HerringsRed herrings are elements in your story that lead the protagonist in the wrong direction of reaching his or her goals. If you’ve ever read mystery novels like Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple or Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, you know the value of red herrings. They help to add tension and conflict to a story.

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Waterfowl Festival

I had a wonderful time at the Waterfowl Festival in Easton, Maryland on Friday where I read from my books, Olly the Oyster Cleans the Bay and Olly’s Treasure. It was great to see kids having fun at the festival and learning about oysters and waterfowl on the Chesapeake Bay. Children also made stick puppets of Olly the Oyster to take home with them! A big thank you to Cathy Fawell for coordinating and making this event so special.

 

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‘Tis the Season for Oysters!

October marks the beginning of oyster season, a time when oysters are harvested by private and commercial fishermen, through to March of the next year. During the warmer months, oysters spawn and grow awaiting the next oyster harvest.

Oysters also provide a valuable service to the environment by filtering and cleaning the water! Olly the Oyster knows all about cleaning up the environment. For lesson plans and crafts that go along with Olly the Oyster Cleans the Bay, you can click on the image below. Or, go to OllytheOyster.com/KidsPage.

Also, you can visit me and buy my books at the Waterfowl Festival in Easton, Maryland on November 8, 2019 from 11:30 to 2:00 at the Easton Middle School. I will be reading my books and leading a craft activity for kids.