Category : Cool Stuff

MY INTERVIEW WITH WHO CHAINS YOU, PUBLISHER OF “THE KITTY WITH THE ITTY-BITTY TAIL”

Who Chains You, publisher of the adorable tale I recently recorded, The Kitty with the Itty-Bitty Tail (by Sandra Biersdorfer), interviewed me for their website here.

You’ll learn more about Who Chains You, me, and The Kitty with the Itty-Bitty Tail, and as a delightful bonus you’ll see a photo of my cat. (Come on… click over… I know you want to.)

The mission of Who Chains You is a noble one: amplifying the voices of animals through the empowerment of animal lovers, activists, and rescuers by publishing books that protect and elevate the status of animals in today’s society.

I’m not only thrilled to have narrated the book, but as an animal lover and rescuer myself, am honored to be a new part of the Who Chains You community.

Here’s a special prize just for you: A preview of The Kitty with the Itty-Bitty Tail audiobook. Enjoy!

 

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FAIRY, FAERY, OR FAERIE?

I’m working on yet another fairy voice project. It seems fae-folk are my forte lately. Totally cool, but I do have one puzzling question:

Is it FAIRY… FAERY… or FAERIE?

I found some information online. Some people say that “fairies” are totally different creatures from “faery/faeries.” Others say “faery/faerie” is the Middle-English/Old-French spelling, and that today’s spelling is “fairy.”

What spelling do you think is correct and why?


Image Source: Spirit of the Night by John Atkinson Grimshaw

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IN DEFENSE OF DAYDREAMING

Why does daydreaming get such a bad rap?

You’re daydreaming, developing a simple method for time travel and solving all the mysteries of the world. Then all of a sudden, people start calling you names like “space cadet” and “slacker,” and saying daydreaming is a total waste of time.

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”
Edgar Allan Poe, Eleonora
I don’t understand why these people think that, so I’m writing this post today in defense of daydreaming. It’s NOT a waste of time. I think it’s a brilliant use of time.

“Everything starts as somebody’s daydream.”
Larry Niven
When you’re daydreaming, your brain stops focusing on what you’re doing. Your mind wanders. It gives your brain a chance to throw ideas at you to see what sticks. Maybe it’s ideas for resolving a problem you’re having in life… or ideas for an awesome story.

“A daydream is a meal at which images are eaten. Some of us are gourmets, some gourmands, and a good many take their images precooked out of a can and swallow them down whole, absent-mindedly and with little relish.”
W.H. Auden
Most of my best ideas have come from daydreaming, but it isn’t just for people seeking inspiration. It’s for everyone!

“You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it.”
Neil Gaiman
So my advice is to ignore that “space cadet” and “slacker” name-calling and get to daydreaming!

“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake up in the day to find it was vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.”T.E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom
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