Motivation Monday

The One With The Coffee Mug Motivation…

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I love mugs. If you ask The Chemical Engineer, he might tell you we have too many mugs. I would disagree. We have mugs that are full of memories that make me smile. We have mugs that have sayings on them that make me smile.

I actually got the mug below for him. 😉 I do use it as well.

It’s official. You’re awesome.

I took the following picture sometime last week, and I thought I’d share it in case anyone else needs that reminder or needs a smile or loves mugs as much as I do. 😉

I shared it on Instagram this morning.

Oh, in case you’re wondering where I got it. It was at Target. They don’t seem to ship it anymore, but some stores may still have it. They do curbside contactless pick-up. 🙂

I have a lot of things on my to-do list for today and for this week, including:

  • Finish revising/drafting my first adult rom-com.
  • Getting the German/Italian version of ONE DREAM ONLY ready for publication. That means: work on the ebook cover, the paperback cover, upload it on different platforms.
  • Getting the Italian version of ONE DREAM ONLY ready for re-publication, as I’m getting the rights back this week. That includes: work on an updated ebook cover, an updated paperback cover, upload it on different platforms.

Do you have mugs that bring a smile to your face as soon as you see them? What do you have on your to-do list for today? Or for this week?

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Motivation Monday

A picture to make you smile on Monday…or a little bit of Monday motivation.

Pictures of Plato the Dog always make me smile. He’s silly and cuddly and stubborn and loving and so sweet.

I took this picture last week. He had taken a long nap during the afternoon and was just waking up, stretching, clearly not entirely ready to get up.

Kind of me like me some mornings…

Hope this picture makes you smile too and that your Monday is going well!

Motivation Monday

Looking for online bookish/writing content & activities for kids & teens? Authors are helping…

Hello, I know times are very uncertain right now. And with schools closing and social distancing and activities canceled, kids’ and teens’ and their families’ routine have been upended. And yes, personnally, my anxiety is pretty much riding on a roller coaster of emotions, but I saw this going around and it made me laugh:

And this Facebook update from my friend, Sara, still has me smiling:

So, during this time, Kidlit, MG and YA authors (and now I’m wondering what the definition of Kidlit is…what ages does that term encompass? and shouldn’t I know that already? Anyways…) are helping parents and children, pre-teens and teens by sharing more online content. It not only can give new ideas for discussions or activities, I think it also brings another layer of connection to the outside world.

Oh and did you know that Audible announced a new site with free streaming of titles for kids and families?

Below you’ll find the links to articles from the New York Times and BookRiot with authors who are sharing interviews, ways to draw, reading out loud and so on…

But as this list always grows and more and more authors & illustrators & publishing houses are offering content, I’m first adding a few authors who I haven’t seen mentioned in those articles. And if you have content, don’t hesitate to add them in the comments.

  • YA and MG New York Times bestselling author Kelly Yang offers free online writing class for teens on Instagram M/W/F and then post the videos on her website.

Kelly Yang is the New York Times bestselling author of FRONT DESK, winner of the 2019 Asian Pacific American Award for Children’s Literature, PARACHUTES (YA debut novel, May 2020, Harpercollins) and THREE KEYS (Front Desk Sequel, Sept 2020, Scholastic). FRONT DESK is Kelly’s award-winning middle grade debut novel about a 10 year old Chinese American immigrant girl who manages the front desk of a motel while her parents clean the rooms. FRONT DESK was awarded the 2019 Asian Pacific American Award for Literature, the Parents’ Choice Gold Medal, is the 2019 Global Read Aloud, and has earned numerous other honors including being named an Amazon Best Book of the Year, a Washington Post Best Book of the Year, a Kirkus Best Book of the Year, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, a NPR Best Book of the Year, and a Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of the Year.

  • Kidlit Author Rachele Alpine created a Virtual Book Club for elementary to middle school readers on Facebook: The Flashlight Society

Welcome to the coolest virtual book club around! While this group is geared toward elementary to middle school readers, any one who loves to read is welcome to hang with us. And we promise not to tell if you hide under your covers and read past your bedtime!

Rachele Alpine is a lover of sushi, coffee, and busting a move on the dance floor. One of her first jobs was at a library, but it didn’t last long, because all she did was hide in the third-floor stacks and read. Now she’s a little more careful about when and where she indulges her reading habit. By day she’s a high school English teacher, and by night she writes with the companionship of the world’s cutest dog, Radley, a big cup of coffee, and a full bag of gummy peaches. Rachele lives with her husband and son in Cleveland, Ohio, but dreams of moving back to Boston, the city she fell in love with while attending graduate school there.

  • Penguin Kids is starting a virtual storytime #ReadTogetherBeTogether

Debbie Ridpath Ohi is the author and illustrator of Where Are My Books? and Sam & Eva (both with Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers). Her writing and/or illustrations have appeared in nearly 25 books for young people, including titles by Judy Blume, Michael Ian Black and Linda Sue Park. Her books have been a Junior Library Guild Selection, New York Times Notable Children’s Book, Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award winner, National Post Best Books For Kids, Indie Kids’ Next choice, shortlisted for the CCBC Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, among others, and have also been featured on The Late Show With Stephen ColbertLate Night With Seth Meyers and NBC’s Today Show. Debbie posts about reading, writing and illustrating children’s books at You can find out more about Debbie and her work at as well as on Twitter at @inkyelbows, Instagram at @inkygirl and Youtube at @debbieohi.

  • Middle grade fiction author Lindsay Currie teaches how to write “spooky”.

An author of middle grade fiction, Lindsay is represented by Kathleen Rushall, of Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Her publications include: The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street, (Simon & Schuster/Aladdin 2017), Scritch Scratch (Sourcebooks, September 1 2020), Untitled MG (Sourcebooks 2021)

  • YA author Brigid Kemmerer is organizing Instagram live with authors

Brigid Kemmerer (New York Times bestselling author of dark and alluring Young Adult novels like A Curse So Dark and LonelyMore Than We Can Tell, and Letters to the Lost (Bloomsbury), as well as paranormal YA stories like The Elemental Series and Thicker Than Water (Kensington). ) is organizing Instagram live with authors:

Here’s one next week for example:

  • MG and YA author Nic Stone is doing #FirstChapterFriday, where she reads the first chapter of one of her books aloud.

Nic Stone was born and raised in a suburb of Atlanta, GA, and the only thing she loves more than an adventure is a good story about one. After graduating from Spelman College, she worked extensively in teen mentoring and lived in Israel for a few years before returning to the US to write full-time. Growing up with a wide range of cultures, religions, and backgrounds, Stone strives to bring these diverse voices and stories to her work. You can find her goofing off and/or fangirling over her adorable little family on most social media platforms.

  • New York Times article: Home with your kids? Writers want to help.

If you’re an kidlit author and would like to share your online content, don’t hesitate to leave a comment.



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Writing Motivation Monday…

I’ve been pretty bad at writing these past few weeks. For several reasons. But I need to get back to it. This break I had not intended to take may have helped me figure out one plot point, but now it’s time to buckle up and make writing a habit again.

So, for all of you writers out there, here’s a little bit of motivation Monday.

Motivation Monday

May the words be with you…or at least, let’s shovel shit from a sitting position…