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Events: December

December Events Find me at these events this December: 3rd - Cheyenne Mountain High School   10th - Thornton Winterfest Holiday Bazaar    

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Event: Colorado Springs

November Events Find me at these events this November: 12th - Liberty High School   19th - Sand Creek High School    

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7 Tips to a Successful Arts & Crafts Show

Since this is the time of year when I attend a lot of holiday shows, I've decided to use that topic for a post. I’ve been selling my books at arts & craft fairs for several years now, and over that time I've been learning plenty of tricks and picking up on advice for what to do (and some things NOT to do) to have a successful show. Whether you're an author selling books or a jewelry maker or other craft seller at a fair, this information will be useful for you! My very first craft fair ...

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History Outside the Page

If you've ever been to a zoo, you know how cool and amazing it is to learn about animals by watching them instead of only reading about them. But when you're out hiking in the woods and happen to spot a bear lumbering down his own path, nosing around a bush full of berries, not even twenty feet from you ... Well, that'll get your heart racing! Did you know that history is the same way? Most people know that if you want to see history, a museum is a good place to go. But even better is when you ...

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Deja vu Lions

History has this uncanny way of popping up all over the place. A while back, I was able to visit the Istanbul Archaeology Museum in Turkey. It was an incredible place for a writer who loves inspecting ancient artifacts. For the first time, I got to stand next to one of the famous "striding lions" that had been part of a Processional Way in what was once the city of ancient Babylon. Some 2600 years ago, there were about 120 such lions that guarded the way through the city. There I was, looking ...

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Event: Colorow Elementary

I'm excited about my upcoming visit to Colorow Elementary in Littleton! They will have a blast with Literacy Night, and I'll be joining them for all the reading fun! See you on September 21st, Colorow!      

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Event: Colorado Springs Signing at Why Not Books?

Every bookstore has its own unique atmosphere and selection of books. I like Why Not Books? for their cozy, relaxing setting. When I'm in there, I don't feel rushed or overwhelmed. They have a great selection of used and new books for children up to every genre of adults, everything's well organized, and there's even a section with local-Colorado authors' books. Come on over to Why Not Books? at 5975 N. Academy Suite 204 in Colorado Springs, where I and author Dede Stockton will be signing our ...

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Event: Colorado Springs Signing at The Bookman

The Old Colorado City area in Colorado Springs is full of interesting shops to visit. One cool place is The Bookman, a used bookstore that reminds me a bit of the shop Arthur visits in The Society's Traitor. In The Bookman, the two resident cats, who wander through the maze of tall bookshelves and nooks, make me feel right at home. Drop by The Bookman at 3163 W Colorado Ave in Colorado Springs and catch me and author Dede Stockton as we sign our middle-grade and children's books and have some ...

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Happy Holidays! Sneak Peek from Arthur Grey Book 4

What better way to celebrate the holidays than with a peek at a scene from The Discoveries of Arthur Grey BOOK 4? Not yet seen by anyone else, this is a special little gift just for you! In this next book, Arthur and his dog Griffin get to visit his bubbly friend Pernille and her family in Ireland for Christmas. Arthur is expecting a relaxing time, not an eerie one. Here's part of that chapter:        The car jerked to a sudden halt, nearly throwing Arthur into the dashboard, and ...

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Me and my costumes, part 4

  If you've ever seen artwork from old Germanic/Nordic culture, you'll notice their fondness of serpentine designs and cross shapes. They were also creative and adapt at incorporating images within images, so frequently seen in their early jewelry and art are hammers, faces, or eyes hidden within what at first seems like a larger hammer, a dragon, a tree, etc. A few of the most famous Norse gods/goddesses were Odin, Loki, Thor, Frigg, and Freyja (also commonly simplified to "Freya"). In ...

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