Imagine a fish that creates an intricate artistic design, all in an effort to attract a mate. The Japanese Puffer Fish is simply fascinating! (Video from BBC Earth)
I could watch crabs eat all day! They’re so delicate and deliberate in movement. I usually fed mine chopped clams, because I wanted to give them a diet similar to what they would eat in their natural habitat. Crabs aren’t fussy eaters, and this one really seems to be enjoying this strawberry. So many fascinating creatures can be found at the edge of the shore. With summer approaching, I hope you get a chance to explore a beach near you.
(Source: Facebook: Adorable Animals Videos)
This is such a brilliant, brief listing of ways to help out a favorite author without spending a dime. I know that most independent authors would be excited if you were able to do just one of the first five suggestions. I know it would make my day! THANKS SO MUCH to everyone who has and continue to help support me and my books.
1. Read the book. Borrow it from the library or if it’s a children’s book, read it in the bookstore.
2. Request to reserve the book at the library. This puts the book on the librarian’s radar, and if he or she receives enough requests, it will help the librarian to make the decision to purchase the book for their city or town.
3. Review or rate the book. This is huge! Search for the book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble.com, Goodreads, or LibraryThing. If you can only do one, a review on Amazon.com would be the most helpful. Did you know that if a book doesn’t have at least 15 reviews or more, the book won’t come up in searches? (This is on my wish list for my books!)
4. Recommend the book to others on social media. Just a short, “Loved this book” with a photo of the cover is perfect. Tag the author to help people discover more information about him or her.
5. If it’s a children’s book, bring the book to school and read it to a class at story time.
Click here to read the entire article by Debbie Ridpath Ohi.
I’m excited to say that although the cold, snowy spring hasn’t been my favorite, it’s given me additional down time to complete the book I’ve been working on for the past three years. I’ve been drawn to writing “The Bay State Skye” since my life has been strangely intertwined with the conflicting industries of lobstering and seafood processing, and sea life preservation.
Please enjoy this photo account of a day in the life of a lobster fisherman (click here), as I look forward to putting the finishing touches on two of my fictional characters, Jimmy and Murph, who will bring you on an adventure based on true stories you won’t soon forget.
Fascinating work the folks down at the Mote Aquarium in Florida are doing to restore coral reefs. I once observed a sea star regenerate four new rays from one ray that had broken off. The four rayed parent sea star also grew another ray to replace the one it had lost, resulting in two complete, five rayed sea stars. Apparently coral is just as resilient. Check it out!
What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss story? Mine is “What Was I Scared Of?” Check it out. It’s a lesser known story at the end of “The Sneetches and Other Stories.” I loved Dr. Seuss stories as a kid, and feel they’ve had a significant influence on my own writing and illustrating. Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
While you’re there, if you could sign the guest book for my book, “Something’s Tugging on My Claw!” I’d be thrilled. The above link will take you to the book’s page. Just click on “Sign the Guestbook” on the right sidebar. It’s totally free, you aren’t required to leave an email address or to buy anything. Thanks so much for helping spread the word!
If you’d like to browse all of this years SCBWI member’s books, click on the logo to the left, and choose “book blast home.”
Edible packaging to keep sea animals safe. What a great idea!