Showing posts from July, 2013

Disability in Kid Lit - a Middle-Grader's Perspective

A few weeks back an email pinged in my inbox. At first I thought it was nothing more than spam, but decided to take a chance and open the email. That email contained a note to my daughter from two YA authors, Corinne and Kody. They invited her to be part of a Disability in Kid Lit blog event. Wow! What a wonderful opportunity! I was so honored that they wanted to include her--that they wanted a child author's perspective. I was also amazed at how they even knew about us and found her...a reminder that the kid lit community is so small, a reminder that we're all in this together. Bethanie was apprehensive about discussing her disabilities and nearly turned down this fabulous opportunity.  After some encouragement and persuasion, my daughter and co-author agreed to write a post. You can find it here . I hope you'll read it. I think you'll find it quite insightful! I hope everyone out there can be inspired by her and by others with disabilities. After all, that's

The Great Cinderskella Giveaway #7!

Summer has been a whirlwind filled with camps (6 to be exact!), vacations and projects...which almost made me forget about this month's Cinderskella giveaway! Eek!! How could I forget something so monumental? Because, guess what? There's only 3 , yes, that's right, THREE months before the release of Cinderskella !! Yup, October 26th is quickly approaching!   If you go back to this post, you might remember my promise to bring you a contest each and every month until my release date!    (Yes, its perfectly fine to do a happy dance!)     So, you're probably asking yourself, "What does Amie have for us THIS month?"   Well, I have something pretty cool. At least I think so.   In my house, we're movie fanatics. We love to watch movies as a family and the best part is deciding which film to view for our movie night!   We're huge Tim Burton fans, so there's bound to be one of his awesome films among the selection. One of our fav

How Do You Deal With Snippy People?

It seems I've had to deal with snippy people quite a bit lately. I'm not really sure if it's the summer heat, personality conflict or just stress, but boy! Some people are cranky beyond measure. I try to give them the benefit of the doubt - try to remember that they might be personally struggling with something that I'm unaware of. We truly don't know what someone is going through in their personal lives. Although I'm not perfect, I've tried really hard to apply this thinking when someone becomes rude and snippy with me. Even if they're not going through some traumatic life event, at least it has given me an opportunity to practice patience, kindness and charity. Now, I know I have no control over it, but I certainly wish the same kindness were reciprocated. I'm not saying that trials give me an excuse to be rude or cranky, but perhaps if others took a moment to consider my personal life events, maybe they'd be more gentle when interacting wi

Up In The Air by Ann Marie Meyers!!

I'm so excited to host Ann Marie Meyers on my blog today! Ann Marie is my crit partner and friend. We "met" through a mutual friend a few years ago and her advice, input and encouragement have meant the world to me! I've only known Ann Marie online, we've never met in person, but with all our email exchanges, I feel as though I've known her forever!  Her middle-grade book, UP IN THE AIR, just released on July 6th! Ever since she can remember, ten-year-old Melody has always wanted to fly. And when she leaps off a swing in the park one day and lands in the mystical realm of Chimeroan, her dream finally comes true. She is given a pair of wings. She can fly! Life cannot be any better.? Yet, dreams do come with a price. Even with wings, Melody realizes she cannot outfly the memories of her past. The car accident that has left her father paralyzed, and her unscarred, still plagues her with guilt-she believes that it was entirely her fault. In Chimeroan, Mel

Judging Others - It's All About Perception

Recently I had been experiencing some issues with my car. Although brand new, it had been shimmying. The repair man at the dealership told me I needed new rotors on my brakes as well as two new tires because the belts were warped. I opted not to do anything about it because they said it wasn't urgent, but should be attended to soon.  Over the next few weeks, the shimmying became progressively worse. I'd get to it soon, I promised. One morning while rushing out the door for church, my tire light came on. One of the tires was nearly flat. I knew I should have tended to those tires sooner!  The next morning I took my car to the local tire dealer (not wanting to drive the extra miles to the car dealership) to look at the tire which was nearly flat. A serviceman about ten years younger than me helped me out. There were two nails, so it needed a repair. No big deal. Concerned over the warped belts that the car dealership warned me about as well as the shimmying, I felt as tho