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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Let's See If I Remember How to Do This

It's been a long time since I've clicked on the "new post" button on my blog.

I wish I could tell you why.

Maybe it was that it felt like there was so much noise in the world that I probably didn't have anything worthy to add to it.

Maybe it felt like if I did add something and it was kind of frivolous, it would seem like I didn't care about big things.

Maybe there was just a lot of things going on behind the scenes of my life and there were no words I could even give to the blog. Maybe I needed every word I had left inside of me to say to someone who needed it or to write something that needed to be written, lest I lose my mind.

I am not even sure myself, but I am fairly certain it was a potent mix of all three.  And for some reason that I don't even understand myself, I clicked "new post" just to see if it still worked.  And it did.

So here I am. Here we are.

And I find that actually, I have a lot to say. And I am trying to be less afraid of things in every aspect of my life. I am trying to be brave about sharing pieces of myself again. Because that's all we can do sometimes, isn't it?  Attempt to make connections with other humans so we won't be alone. So we can somehow stay together and weather the storms to come.

See you on the open seas, my friends.

xo--

hrh

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Coming Soon (Sort of)

Image result for from tree to sea

This is the gorgeous cover of a new book!  It won't be available until February 2019, but I just didn't want to keep all of the loveliness to myself until then.

Sometimes, we write books from inspiration of one sort or another, never realizing until later how much our own true heart really needed this book. It's as if Past-Shelley wrote it as a pep talk for Future-Shelley. And who knew, when I first wrote this poem years ago, how much children might also need to read these words and let the gentle lessons of our home planet take root, flourish, and blossom.
Anyway, the words would be so much less without the amazing illustrations. 
 Christopher Silas Neal's work fills me with joy.
I am so proud of this book.

Can't wait to share it with you!

hrh


Monday, April 2, 2018

Best Laid Plans

I keep meaning to post something, but somehow I just haven't.

I've been cutting myself a little slack because I have needed to. Sometimes life is like that. Sometimes you just need to be kind to everyone on your journey, including yourself. And the truth is that I am not certain how much more slack I will need in the next bit. But I have been writing still, filling journals and word docs, and that is a good thing.

I have a couple of picture books coming out in the future, probably 2019 and 2020, which sound SO FAR AWAY and yet I have seen some art work for both already--AMAZING--and I have been visiting some schools (So. Much. Fun.) Basically, just still plodding along in this teacher/author/storyteller existence in which I find myself.

So, in case you are wondering about what I am working on, here we go:

1. Editing a middle grade novel. This book is perhaps the best thing I have written. But it is not yet as good as it could be. Hopefully I can get it to where it needs to go this spring.

2. Writing a new middle grade. I would love to crank out a finished draft in the next few months so it can sit and await some revision this summer. I have been working on this on and off for a year, but the off time has gotten too long. I really need to reconnect.

3. Revising a picture book that seems a little preachy.

4. Writing 3 new picture book drafts. I have some really great titles (most of my picture book ideas start with a title, then I figure out what is it really about) but I haven't had the courage to put pencil to paper. There's something so lovely about having a great title for a book--so full of promise!  My fear is that I will write the wrong stuff, the wrong words, and ruin my idea. I am sure I am not the only writer to have this fear.  But I need to get over it. Soon.

So, that's what fills my writing days.

More soon, I hope!

xox--

hrh

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Haps

Things have been busy around here--well, not here, exactly. Not on the blog. Nope, the blog has been as quiet at a mouse. Actually, quieter than a flea on a mouse if you think about it.

 But around my house it has been a very busy Spring/Summer. Not only did my "baby" graduate from high school (how did she grow so fast??) but there have been some very nice happenings in the Shelley Moore Thomas world of books.

First, take a look at this:
This is the cover of Secrets of Selkie Bay in Spanish!

It releases in Spain in October (I think).
Cool, yes?

And then I found out that this book:


 received the
 CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE IN LITERACY INSTRUCTION READ ALOUD BOOK AWARD. (That is a mouthful!!)

Here is a lovely group of students enjoying the book in Mississippi.

If you want, you can read about it here.

And I've been working on a few things that I'll be telling you about soon. *winks*

Thanks for stopping by!

hrh




Tuesday, March 14, 2017

How Is it March Already?

I have never let my blog lapse this long without a post.

I just....I dunno. It's hard to say much on-line these days. It's like I haven't wanted to add to the noise and clutter(and there is just so much noise and clutter) and I've worried that anything I might say might not be important enough. Somehow right now everything feels like it needs to be important. Why go and post anything if it's not important?

And then this week Amy Krouse Rosenthal died.

I did not know her personally, but for the past few years, she has been a part of my class. I can't imagine starting the school year without this amazing little book:


I miss her as if I knew her in real life, but I guess that's the gift of a truly amazing author--you feel as if you know her just by reading her words on the page. Her passing has stopped me short and made me look up from where my head has been (which has been looking down at all of the stuff I need to do, nose to the grindstone and all that) and notice that somehow we are three months into this new year and I barely remember anything that has happened since it turned 2017. I mean...wha???  How can time move so quickly? It is speeding along and I am not even watching it whiz past. And who even knows when it will all be gone?

Time is a treasure, and I must use mine more wisely. 

I must make:

Time to breathe. 

Time to observe. 

Time to appreciate.

Time to love.

Time to rest.

hrh

Saturday, December 31, 2016

The Cutting of the Slack

Things to remember in 2017:

1. You are important. Even when you feel like you have nothing to say, even when you feel like all the words have already been said. you are important. Your thoughts are your own, and if you choose to share them, that's great. But if you choose silence sometimes, that's okay too. Some of us need the quiet to gather our own thoughts and understand our own feelings.

2.Be kind. This doesn't mean just being kind to others. It means be kind to yourself. Cut yourself slack when you need to. It is okay not to do it all. Actually, it is kind of impossible to do everything.

3. Live the life you dream of living. Today. Start today. It's the little things that make a difference. Take time to sip your tea and read those books you want to read. Give yourself the gift of boredom from time to time. Without boredom, there would be no creativity. Without boredom, there would be no art. Make 2017 your most creative year yet.

Um...goodbye 2016. Don't let the door hit you and all that....

Happy New Year!

hrh




Saturday, November 12, 2016

This Week in Dragons








I will be at the Carlsbad Library (Cole Branch) on Tuesday, November 15, at 3:30 to celebrate Children's Picture Book Month. I'll have some of my dragon friends with me (You can expect Baby Dragon and Tri for certain, and I heard somewhere that Baby Dragon just might bring his dragon puppet, too--Babier Dragon!)  

But don't expect me to be reading any books about dragons. I mean, dragons can breathe fire and stuff like that. They can be dangerous!!

Actual picture of my brain this week. Seriously. 


Which is why I am  going to drop this quote here for you, in case you need it. (Because I find myself needing to hear words such as these...)



“Fairy tales are more than true – not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.”

~ Neil Gaiman, Coraline 
(source,  G.K. Chesterton)



Holding all of you in my heart,

hrh