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Misty Copeland Visits Seattle 0

Misty Copeland Visits Seattle

On a soggy Friday in Seattle, a bright ray of sunshine filled Meany Hall. Misty Copeland stepped onto the stage to a standing ovation. The delightful 30-something principal dancer of  The American Ballet Theatre spoke candidly to a packed house of dancers and families for close to 90 minutes about her life struggles and her resilience. The director of the UW School of Drama acted as interviewer keeping the evening event flowing so smoothly the time flew past. Misty eventually addressed her latest book, Ballerina Body, which many young dancers clutched to their bodies  like a golden chain connecting themselves...

Upcoming Dance Celebrations and An Invitation to Dance 0

Upcoming Dance Celebrations and An Invitation to Dance

March 23-24  Arts Advocacy Day brings together 85 or more national arts organizations in Washington D.D. to meet with Congress to advocate for arts educations policies, charitable tax deductions and funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. Let’s hope they are successful. (Recently it was reported that the arts are facing deep financial cuts by the Congress.) March 31  – Dance Everywhere Day begins at noon Pacific Standard Time. It encourages everyone to join in a world-wide simultaneous pubic dancing performance. Grab your friends. Put on your dancing shoes and dance, dance, dance!!! Who??  dancers (of course), teachers, plumbers,...

My Top 6 Famous Ballet Dancers 0

My Top 6 Famous Ballet Dancers

Through history the ballet world has created many famous dancers who’ve shared their grace, beauty, charisma, and strength. Here’s my short list in no special order and why they’ve made my list. Anna Pavlova (Russian, 1881-1931) Not a typical small, compact dancer. Her world travels opened up the non-European world to classical ballet. She’s also credited with revising the pointe shoe. The role of the Dying Swan was created for her. Margot Fonteyn (English, 1919-1991) Beauty in motion who danced from 1935-1960s (but danced on occasion until age 60). I saw her dance in Seattle when I was a young...

5 Easy Ways to Help Authors – Part Two 0

5 Easy Ways to Help Authors – Part Two

Here are 5 more ways to let authors know when you enjoy their writings: Suggest places where the book would fit into groups, organizations, etc. Pass out author information (bookmarks, brochures, reviews) to appropriate waiting rooms. Buy and send the book to a friend outside your local area. Host a book party for the author/for the book. Blog and talk about the book with your friends.

Quotes on Writing 0

Quotes on Writing

Readers and writers enjoy a good book. These quotes are reasons that may happen. Enjoy! A novel is a question, not an answer.                                                 Richard Peck A human being is nothing but a story with skin wrapped around it.                                            Fred Allen Setting details are multipurpose…When a reader first opens a story, setting is the doorway through which he or she ventures into the story events.                                                 Jessica Page Morrell

Letters to Follow Book Event Follow-up 0

Letters to Follow Book Event Follow-up

Thursday, February 16th I had my first book talk for Letters to Follow- A Dancer’s Adventure. It was advertised to be a rainy evening but turned out to be cool and clear. The cozy Edmonds Bookshop is one half block from the center of downtown Edmonds. Mary Kay has supported the Art Walk each month with guest authors for several years. Michelle, her PR person made a great window display that brought in several people before the event to checkout my books. I was lucky to enjoy a steady stream of friends, acquaintances and new-to-me drop-in readers who spent a...

Ballet Chapter and Book Events 0

Ballet Chapter and Book Events

February is my official publication month so read on!! FREE chapter Here’s a free, unpublished chapter from Letters to Follow—A Dancer’s Adventure, the last book in my dancer’s stories. Enjoy! Download your copy of the unpublished chapter—click here! You’re Invited!  Edmonds Bookshop on Thursday, February 16th You are cordially invited to attend my book event in Edmonds, WA on Thursday, Feb. 16th  as a drop-in guest between 5 and 8 pm. If you are too far away or unable to attend, you may call and order a book from the shop. I’ll cover the cost of mailing (inside the U.S....

Ask the Writer 0

Ask the Writer

I’ve written lots about writing in general and about my books and my writings. Now it’s your chance to ask me questions about: my process my writer influences where my ideas come from characters settings future planned works goals and plans beyond writing writing advice etc. I’ll be curious to know what questions you have for me. Either add a comment here or send me an email at [email protected] and know that I’ll respond in a future blog. Save

Book Trailer for for Ballet Trilogy and Interview with Videographer Emily Hill 0

Book Trailer for for Ballet Trilogy and Interview with Videographer Emily Hill

Book Trailers are one way authors introduce readers to their books. My dear friend, Emily Hill created a lovely book trailer for my ballet-themed books: 84 Ribbons, When the Music Stops – Dance On, and Letters to Follow – A Dancer’s Adventure. She took my ideas and massaged them into this lovely tribute to ballet. After watching her work, I decided my blog followers might enjoy a peek behind the scenes of how she organized the trailer. Here’s her brief interview. Your book, The Ghost Chaser’s Daughter had an amazing book trailer. When and how did you get started making...

Guest Blog from Judith Works – Bookshelves 0

Guest Blog from Judith Works – Bookshelves

Edmonds is a great community of artists and authors. One such author is Judith Works. It’s always a pleasure to share her insights and information on her books.  Enjoy! I’m looking at my new “library,” otherwise known as three tall bookshelves in my office. No longer are books spilling out to the floor and only a few are placed sideways on top of other books. That may seem very neat but in fact books are still everywhere – art books piled on the coffee table in the living room, references on a shelf on my desk, books I’m reading on...