I’m always excited to see the phenomenal sea-themed ice sculpture that appears each year in front of the New England Aquarium for Boston’s First Night Celebration. Last year, the sculpture was a gorgeous blue lobster, that coordinated beautifully with the blue lobster in my book, Something’s Tugging on My Claw! This year, Don Chapelle and
If you ever have the opportunity to visit the Whydah Museum in West Yarmouth, MA, I strongly recommend that you take a look. I was there last week, and although the history of the Whydah ship, a slave ship captured and turned into a pirate ship, was interesting, what I found truly fascinating was the
We learned so much about the fascinating Hammond Castle during our book signing on Saturday. Our table was nestled between a beautifully decorated Christmas tree, the skull of a Christopher Columbus crew mate, and a remote control weather controlled room, complete with lightning, containing an eight foot deep pool surrounded by a replica of a
These are octopus babies inside their eggs. According to the book, “Soul of an Octopus,” the female octopus lays her eggs towards the end of her life, and cares for them even at the expense of her own welfare. The octopus is a fascinating creature!
I attended a “Fireside Chat” at the Beauport Hotel last night and heard author James Masciarelli (Beyond Beauport) speak. My favorite part of the evening was when Jim spoke of the wreck of the Hesperus. I became familiar with the Longfellow poem as an adult, but learned about the Wreck of the Hesperus when I
We had another spectacular day at the Sea Festival of Trees this year. We met so many wonderfully fun people, and got to see this year’s crop of creatively decorated sea-themed Christmas trees. The highlight of the event for me was when a little preschooler handed me “Did You Make the Hole in the Shell
This gorgeous lobster has been categorized as a rare “cotton candy” lobster. According to National Geographic, one of these pastel pink, baby blue, and periwinkle colored lobsters are found every 4 or 5 years. Why this shell coloration happens is unclear. It could be caused by a genetic mutation, or perhaps, from relying on a
Had a blast at the Fireside Chat last Monday evening! I met so many interesting people and the staff couldn’t have been more accommodating. If you’d like to hear why I wrote “Bay State Skye,” click on the photo above, and then on the video below and enjoy!
You realize you’re seriously in love with sea creatures when your daughter texts you the following and says, “Mom I think they made this comic for you!” (and they did!) Click the photo to see the full comic. Regeneration is fascinating. Enjoy!! (comic by pbfcomics.com)
The New England Aquarium does a Facebook live segment the first Friday of every month. This one’s from their herring tank and is about schooling. Did you know there are three different types of groups of fish? Click on this post to check it out!
Favorite comment from someone passing by our book display at SCSF in Gloucester last weekend, where the Bay State Skyestory all began: “I read that book. What an ending! Wouldn’t of guessed a girl wrote it!” My feminist side should have been offended, but a) he called me a girl (I doubt that will ever happen again)
Last weekend we spent three days in Wolfeboro, NH, the area from which Frederick Small’s jurors in “Perfection To A Fault” hailed. The weather was like the Schooner Weekend chapter in “Bay State Skye.” The setting was beautiful, sitting in 90+ degree weather was tolerable, but the empty show grounds was heartbreaking! Silver lining: We
A quick update:All of our books are now available in hardcover, paperback, and e-book format, including our children’s books. They’re available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Brodart, Follett, and our newest distributor, Ingram Book Company (1-800-937-8200). Now getting a Seatales book is easier than ever! Happy Summer!!https://www.ingramcontent.com
Seatales participated in this survey. The results are extremely close to the data we reported. Nice to know we are on track with other publishers.
One of my favorite chapters in “Bay State Skye” includes the iconic Greasy Pole Contest. Click on either of the photos below to link to footage from NBC-Boston’s coverage of this weekend’s event. It shows great views from both the water and the pole itself, and captures the true meaning of the Greasy Pole Contest
We’re thrilled that all three of our children’s books in our Seatales Sea Animal Series have been chosen as Mom’s Choice Award recipients. It means a lot to have the entire series recognized in this way! “The Bumpy, Lumpy Horseshoe Crab” & “Did You Make the Hole in the Shell in the Sea?” join “Something’s
This ten year old and his brother stopped by to ask if they could look at my books. They both chose “Something’s Tugging on My Claw!” They read the book, studied the illustrations, and read the additional information that the fish in the story provided. In the end, they declared that they liked the book
Teachers and parents: If you’re looking for an authentic art/science lesson, this is a great contest for your class or kids. Unfamiliar with horseshoe crabs? Read “The Bumpy, Lumpy Horseshoe Crab” (now available in paperback) to get the creative ideas flowing. Then enter the ERDG’s annual contest. Your work could be displayed around the world!