Last February 6, I was at Barrett Ranch Elementary School for World Read Aloud Day.
I was happy to be able to read Zoobooloo: With Filipino Translation to the third graders.
For the first time I read my new book Will you Still Love Me? A Puppy Haiku Story. The kindergarten students loved it! One boy hugged me after I read the story.
The third classroom I visited was the 1st grade. As usual, I enjoyed all their responses. This event reminded me how much I love book readings at schools. I will try to achieve this goal in 2020 - more book reading events!!!
I noticed that the recent Facebook book launches, both for children's books and poetry books, which I have co-hosted have not been well-attended. I'm not sure why. Maybe because of the following reasons:
1. People don't have time.
2. People are not intrigued anymore because I've already done several in the past.
3. People are bored because I haven't thought of anything fresh to offer.
4. The poets or authors I have selected to publish don't have a big fan base.
5. I just have not found the right people to invite.
Who knows? We might have chosen the wrong time or day to host the book launch. It's hard to guess. All I can do is keep trying. For my new book, I decided to open a Facebook book page and hosted the book launch for one full week (December 23-January 1).
I didn't have to stay glued to the computer every day. I just posted several pictures and videos of the main inspiration of the book - my all-year round bundle of joy, my dog, Haiku. I tried to keep it engaging and entertaining as possible by coming up with three contests. I think that was less stressful for me. Everyone I invited didn't have to stick around or wait for the next posts. Everybody had time to browse and take their time to decide whether they want to just take a peek or participate and come back the next day when they are ready with their contest entries.
To get an idea of what was going on, you can visit the Facebook Page here:
I had a blast so I hope the guests who participated did too! :-) Here was one of the contests - Post your dog's wackiest costume or most pawsome attire below! The winner of this BEST DOG OUTFIT contest will win a free copy of my book.
I'm so grateful that in 2010, Purple Cotton Candy Arts had published 3 children's books, one of which was written by me. I actually finished working on one more children's book by another author, but we are hoping her book will be picked up by a traditional publisher.
Amazing Glass House: Haiku Storybook by Susan Beth Furst and my book, Will You Still Love Me? A Puppy Haiku Story just recently participated in the 2019 SCBWI BookStop. It was a wonderful experience for Purple Cotton Candy Arts to be showcased among other children's books. Even before the release of my book, I was able to see whether other people would like it. In the span of 3 weeks or so, I was able to receive some positive comments.
Purple Cotton Candy Arts is also proud to have two new illustrators from the Philippines. Jiliane Vilches had just collaborated with me on two books while George Franco is currently working on another children's book by Michael H. Lester.
I am so blessed and I am looking forward to more projects next year! Thank you so much, God Almighty!
“Where could one snatch a pair of eyeballs?” Witch Wanda asked.
“Eyeballs? What are they for?” Vampire Vanessa answered.
“I need it to make my grandmother’s Halloween potion.”
“Have you been to the zoos, parks, or school grounds?”
“Yup! But no way am I going to pluck the eyeballs of a monkey, a goldfish, or any human being. Here, at the Halloween party, is my last chance to find them.”
“Come on! Let’s sample the treats!”
Witch Wanda spotted the monster punch bowl beside the cobweb cookies. Inside the bowl, were creepy frozen eyeballs!
That will do the trick!
Submitted as an entry to
THE 9TH ANNUAL HALLOWEENSIE CONTEST!!!
Follow the link here.
Look what I found out today at the Sacramento County Fair? My first two entries in the photography contest won 1st and 3rd place ~ 1st place in the colored photography (animal) category and 3rd place in the black and white photography (animal) category
I still can't believe it! Thank you, dear Lord, for this wonderful blessing!!!! I'm on the front page of the entertainment section of Asian Journal. So grateful to Thank you, Ate Fe Quisumbing, for letting me know that it's already out. I just found out that there are 4 editions - Northern California, Southern California, Las Vegas, and New Jersey/New York. This is the Northern California edition. To read the full article, here is the link. https://www.asianjournal.com/…/teaching-kids-a-deeper-appr…/ All articles are the same except for the layout and added pics.
Here are the links for the four editions:
Incredibly happy that I won these two awards tonight at the Northern California Publishers and Authors (NCPA) Book Awards banquet. I am so grateful, Lord, for all the wonderful blessings you have given me this year. A big shout out to the whole team of Purple Cotton Candy Arts (Shloka Shankar, Kathrina Iris, and Kathleen Sue Lagamia) and my Filipino translator Angelo Ancheta! I am so fortunate to have you guys!!! Thank you so, so much!!!!
Here are my 12 birdhouses to be used as centerpieces for the Northern California Publishers and Authors (NCPA) book awards banquet. They are actually made of book pages! If you want to learn how to make these, let me know. Maybe I can create a YouTube video?
I was happy to share my wonderful experiences and the things I had learned at the recent IBPA conference in Chicago with the NCPA members that attended the meeting last night.
Once again, thank you IBPA for awarding me a scholarship! Attending the conference on April 3-7 in Chicago was an enriching experience.