After reading the article entitled Meet the Agent- Barbara Lowenstein in Writer’s Digest (Feb., 2013), it occurred to me it might be helpful for my blog readers to know more about Mary Laudien, the Middle Grade Author. I decided to follow Kara Gebhart’s simplified format to provide this info to my blog followers (All 3 of you, but I know there are many more of you who were just waiting for an invite to subscribe!). If you seek more detailed information, you can always go to my website: http://www.twocandobooks.com
Who is Mary Laudien?
- a retired innovative educator (Known for successfully transforming the public schools she was principal of into International Baccalaureate World Schools)
- a newly appointed International Baccalaureate
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Authors find inspiration for their writing from all sorts of places. It just so happens, as I finish revising my third Middle Grade novel of the humorous Frenchie Series, that watching the Ashleigh and Pudsey YouTube video from Britain’s Got Talent, helped me create the best ending ever. Each time I re-read those final three chapters, I end up laughing hysterically. This amuses my husband to hear the belly laughs coming from my office upstairs. I don’t want to give anything away, yet, but give yourself a treat and watch this humorous video. It will make your day. Share it with others who would enjoy some pet humor and love.
If you enjoy Ashleigh and Pudsey, why not … Read the rest
It’s that time of year when everyone has made their New Year’s Resolutions and some are already struggling with them. It got me thinking about our ‘fur kids’ and how they must also make resolutions after over-indulgences throughout the holiday season.
‘Fur kids’ were referred to in an article in The Globe and Mail (14/12/12) by Peter Scowen. He was discussing just how “gaga” society is over their ‘pet kids’:
- They eat nothing but the priciest, organic foods.
- If their ‘pet parents’ work- they attend high-end day cares with check-up webcams.
- They travel everywhere with their family (often First Class) and receive routine spa treatments to keep them looking their best.
- Costuming is big (In the USA, 350 million dollars
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I’m a professional career woman. (And yes, I’m retired.) I keep wondering if this is my “just deserts” for being an elementary school principal in my other life… I mean, seriously readers, who would believe that an educated, career-minded woman would end up strategizing time in her day to pick up deer pellets scattered throughout her less than pristine yard! It has become such a joke, that I have taken to introducing myself at Frenchie author visits in this way, “Hello everyone, my name is Mary Laudien. I live in Nanoose Bay with the deer and occasionally, my DEAR (husband Ryan). Days in Nanoose are spent scooping up Bambi pellets and replanting the appetizing shrubs dined upon … Read the rest