Friday, November 16, 2012

Tying up Ends and Making Bows PLUS A Winner!

Well, its Friday.  I don't know where the week went.

I realize that I have a few housekeeping bits to settle.

First, I never took a moment to thank the amazing authors who shared their stories during WriWOPi in October!  What a fabulous series!  I am truly honored to have hosted Ame Dyckman, Tammi Sauer, Amy Dixon, Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and Deborah Underwood. Thank you for sharing your stories.

I also want to thank everyone for your support as I embarked on a new journey of creating Teacher's Guides for Picture Books.  I launched this business by sharing the guides that I recently developed for Corey Rosen Schwartz's THE THREE NINJA PIGS and Amy Dixon's MARATHON MOUSE.  The response has been wonderful and I have booked 4 guides for other authors.  If YOU are interested, please feel free to email me at for more information on a Common Teacher's Guide for your book.

And because of your incredible support, I was contacted this week by Dianne de Las Casas (Picture Book Month) and asked to be the Education Consultant for PBM and create a special reference guide for the website.  Wow!  How exciting! 

Lastly, I have been quite vocal on the blog over the last few weeks about my doubts and struggles.  To help me through this, I will be starting a new series on Monday based on "The Creative Habit" by Twyla Tharp. 

All it takes to make creativity a part of your life is the willingness to make it a habit. It is the product of preparation and effort, and is within reach of everyone. Whether you are a painter, musician, businessperson, or simply an individual yearning to put your creativity to use, The Creative Habit provides you with thirty-two practical exercises based on the lessons Twyla Tharp has learned in her remarkable thirty-five-year career. In "Where's Your Pencil?" Tharp reminds you to observe the world -- and get it down on paper. In "Coins and Chaos," she gives you an easy way to restore order and peace. In "Do a Verb," she turns your mind and body into coworkers. In "Build a Bridge to the Next Day," she shows you how to clean the clutter from your mind overnight. Tharp leads you through the painful first steps of scratching for ideas, finding the spine of your work, and getting out of ruts and into productive grooves. The wide-open realm of possibilities can be energizing, and Twyla Tharp explains how to take a deep breath and begin...

This book is out of print, however, I will be sharing its wisdom and leading YOU through the exercises.  May the next 12 weeks offer us time to creatively grow.

Lastly, I forgot to announced the winner of the signed copy of MARATHON MOUSE by Amy Dixon!  Thank you to all who commented and tweeted. 

The winner is...



Have a wonderful weekend, folks!  See you on Monday!


  1. Look forward to the new series on Monday, Marcie. Think Twyla's habits, and your comments, will help this struggling writer, too!

    1. Thanks, Patricia! Your friendship means so much to me. :)

  2. Wow Marcie - many good things have come your way lately! I'm so excited to see your new "teacher's guides" career taking flight. And the Monday series sounds awesome!

  3. Wahoo! * ^ * ^ * ^confetti confetti * ^ * ^ * ^

    And great news on your new role for PBM. Excitement all around!

    Twyla is inspirational - can't wait to read what you make of her in a series!

  4. Looking forward to being creative with you.

  5. Looking forward to exploring Twyla Tharp's book - what a journey.

  6. Marcie, I have looked at the guides via the links in your posts and I see why your business is taking off. EXCELLENT work! Congrats to on Educational consultant for PBM!!!
    I am looking forward to your new series. Sounds like something that will be very helpful to me!

  7. I'm marking my calendar and really looking forward tot he new series!
    I know it's been awhile since I visited, and when your blog popped up in my reader tonight, I headed over right away to say hi! *waves hi and smiles*
    Have a wonderful weekend:)

  8. Wow, Marcie, congrats on all these awesome things you've shared!!

    Looking forward to the new series too! :D

    Congrats, Cathy on the book win!

  9. New series! Yay! This will be fun and inspiring. Thanks!

  10. Sounds like great things are happening for you! That is fantastic:) And oh, those doubts and struggles can be such a pain. We just have to push through them I suppose:)