All in Creative Endeavors

Mermay 2018

Just like last year, I’ve followed the #Mermay phenomenon on Instagram, which was originally started by Tom Bancroft, a Disney animator veteran. This year’s favorites include many crossover mash-ups and though there were too many I admired to post in one spot, I’ve wrangled up a few of the ones that inspired me the most.

Hufflepuff Letterman Jacket Upcycling

My mom has slowly been giving me things from my childhood room over the years.  I have no idea what to do with my spelling and academic trophies, but I did know that when she handed over my letterman jacket from varsity cheer, I was reluctant to donate it.

Then I had an immediate epiphany.  Though I went to an all-girls school, I cheered for the all-boys school counterpart....and their colors were HUFFLEPUFF HOUSE COLORS.  Well, I happen to know a very loyal Hufflepuff in my house, Little Lion!

Valentines Day Cards Upcycling

Can I tell you the little things that I love about being a mom?  Besides the fact that my girls are perfect (but not) and that they bring so much joy (overall) and they own every single piece of my heart. 

I like helping with Valentine's Day cards.  And Halloween treat bags.  And when they were younger (or far more many times with Mini Me than Little Lion), with birthday treat bags for parties.  It's fun.  And it's a privilege. #ILoveBeingAMom

First Pages: Twilight

As promised, Stephenie Meyer's Twilight is the second book in our first pages study session this month in honor of National Novel Writing Month. Why?  Again because both the Harry Potter series and The Twilight Saga were instrumental in changing the face of children's book publishing.

"I'd never given much thought to how I would die--though I'd had reason enough in the last few months--but even if I had, I would not have imagined it like this."

First Pages: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

First Lines: In the years I've participated in National Novel Writing Month in the past, I was part of a large group of women writers who would send messages of encouragement during the month.  One of the first posts was inevitably "First Lines" in which we would share the first lines of the novel we were working on.  I thought it would be fun to dissect and discover the First Lines/First Pages of some of the best YA/middle grade novels.

The first? Harry Potter, of course.