Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Sunny and mild...

We LaVigna-Coyle girls know our limitations in the weather department. Brrr is a four-letter word in our vocab. (Sometimes even six, seven or eight!) Neither one of us is fond of getting a chill. Simply put, life isn't as much fun when we are cold. Hence, we always carry provisions. And this explains why our luggage is always bulging. Sweaters, scarves, hats, coats WITH hoods, and warm wooly socks. You get the idea. We are wimps.

Do Princesses Surf? (You better believe it! But in a wet suit.)

It might very well be sunny and 65 on the beach in Santa Barbara CA (February 2012.) But that doesn't stop Annie and I from wearing puffy down, putting up the hood, and stuffing our feet into boots. The only real explanation is: humidity. Throw a few extra percents in there, mix it up with a cold sea, and fairly brisk breeze... and you have the ingredients for:

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Truth On Snow...

The Truth On Snow...
White.  Bright.  Frozen.  Powdery.  Dry.  Light.  Wet.  Slick.  Heavy.  
Slushy.  Clumpy.  Brazen.  Trudged through.  Played on.  Slid down.
A combination of many.  Macro/micro.  Without borders.  
Without boundaries.  
Is.  Was.  Will be. 

Thus... a little back story.  Some time ago, while on a walk through a nearby wildlife preserve, I saw a stick in the shape of a "T."  I had to circle back for it because at the time, I didn't know I was looking for a stick in the shape of a "T" until I passed it.   Playfully,  I set out to find more sticks shaped in the letters of the word "truth."  But "truth" took a while to find.  The rules: it had to be found on the ground, no breaking or trimming allowed and no constant searching. 
So now starts my little series:  The Truth On...   

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Super sonic traveling author

On March 7, I'll be visiting classrooms in Ontario, Texas, Ohio and Oklahoma!
All in the same morning! You ask, how is that possible? Is she teleporting? Is she space porting? Did she get a new pair of running shoes?
Nope... just Skype and World Read Aloud Day (WRAD) AND a triple espresso. Actually could I make that a 16 ounce drinking chocolate, please? With whip. And chocolate shavings. Who am I kidding. I'll be hyped enough. Make mine a camomile tea.

I'll be comfy in my little studio next to a wall of glass. It's going to be fun! I might even wear slippers. Many nice schools contacted me to participate in this fabulous event made possible by author Kate Messner and Lit World .

It's designed for outreach, hopefully inspiring children all over the world to read. Isn't that cool? I'll read a couple books, maybe even share a few silly true stories. For sure I'll have to show all the kids my dog Lulu.  And my desk and studio... oh gosh, I better clean.