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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Olly is 11 years old!

Olly the Oyster Cleans the Bay, illustrated by the awesomely talented Kelli Nash, was first published by Tidewater Press eleven years ago today. Our amazing editor, Jonna Jones gave Olly a chance to see the world and we owe her many thanks! A year later it was picked up by Schiffer Books. It has been so much fun visiting schools and spreading the word about the importance of oysters! Since then two sequels have been published, Olly’s Treasure and Olly Explores 7 Wonders of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as a companion book, Mallory the Forgetful Duck, each highlighting the wonders and beauty of sea life along the Chesapeake Bay. Happy birthday Olly!

For an easy oyster craft activity, click here.

For a crossword puzzle with key vocabulary words, click here.

To find out where to buy a copy, click here.

To schedule an author visit, click here.

Author Visits

Olly’s Treasure Book Trailer

 

Reading Olly's Treasure
Reading Olly’s Treasure

The book trailer for Olly’s Treasure is here! I love this story because it is about the real treasures we have in oyster reefs as well as in our own friendships, community and environment.

Here is the full description… 

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St Margaret's Day School

New Book Trailer

Reading Mallory the Forgetful Duck
Reading Mallory the Forgetful Duck

After a brief hiatus from writing and blogging, I am looking forward to jumping back into the writing world! To that end, I have finally put together a book trailer for my book, Mallory the Forgetful Duck.

This story about a mama duck and her baby birds is one of my favorites. I came up with the story while rocking my baby to sleep in the middle of the night. With its message about mama birds and their eggs, it’s a great book for springtime as well as Mother’s Day which is coming up soon! Hope you enjoy the book trailer.

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Wonderful Spring

It has been a wonderful spring! Family activities have kept me very busy–maybe too busy! Between soccer practice, shopping for the school dance, volunteer work in the classroom and dealing with pollen allergies, it has been a wild ride. I have managed, however, to do a few author events in the past year, although writing projects have definitely taken a backseat. This includes writing for the blog which I have most definitely and sadly neglected. I plan to hold tight to the steering wheel however, and get back on track, starting now. Hopefully, there are smooth roads ahead. Okay, enough of the driving metaphors! Continue reading “Wonderful Spring”