LitPick gives THE FIELD 4 Stars and calls it “electrifying”!!

The Field is an electrifying …[and] imaginative book full of action and mystery.  I liked that the author blended a believable story about a regular high school boy with just enough sci-fi to make it enjoyable.  … if you are a soccer fan who also likes a little bit of sci-fi, this book might be for you.” ~ LitPik reviewed by Jotaf aged 13

I love getting reviews from teen readers. Nice to know that he loved the book! Read the full review at LitPick.

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Knit One, Purl Two Sweaters

Here’s what my niece and nephew received from me for Christmas! I love making kids sweaters because they go so fast.

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Here’s almost-four-year-old Olivia’s sweater. And there are my feet in the picture!! :)

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Six year old Ben’s sweater is a little camo-looking.

Here’s the thing. My niece and nephew live in northern California…I’m just hoping that it gets cold enough for them to wear them. I know I’ve been to the park with them often enough wishing I had mittens. I hope they like them as much as I enjoyed making them! I even bought little labels that say “Hand Knit by Tracy Richardson”. Maybe they’ll save them for their own kids!! Just a thought.

Magic Happens Here!

Magic Happens Here!

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This is my craft room. I don’t get down here as often as I would like, but it is a very soul-filling space for me,

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Here are the work spaces. I LOVE the color I chose for the walls. My sewing machine is 16 years old. I bought it used for $1000, but it is amazing, Will sew through almost anything and has tons of decorative stitches (most of which I don’t use).

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Yarn in all colors left over from other projects. I use them when making applique.

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My husband’s grandfather’s desk that I refreshed and updated with Chalk paint.

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Design and pattern books and rick-rack.

Buttons

Old buttons that I buy in bulk at antique stores.

I need to get down here and do something creative!! I am always knitting something as I can carry that with me, but other projects require time and space. Maybe I’ll chalk paint another table?!? :)

Creative Minds are Rarely Tidy

 

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I love this saying I found at a local store. It validates for me what I’ve known for years. Creative people need fodder to feed their creativity and that often means a bit of organized chaos. I have always been a pile filer. I like to have everything I’m working on out in the open. I also love office supplies – pens, pencils, spiral note books, colorful folders – you get the idea. So I’ve tried to solve my chaos problem by putting my stuff into jars and baskets and stand-up file organizers.

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I love these sparkly spiral notebooks.

I’m also a huge note taker. I think it is a form of journaling, really. I make lists and jot down ideas and take copious notes at presentations. The act of writing helps me transfer and process information.

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More spiral notebooks! Obviously I am not afraid of color!!

I used to write on slips of paper or legal pads, but then I came up with the brilliant idea to use notebooks! I have different ones for my writing in progress and my job and personal life. I also like pens and pencils, pretty paper and colorful containers!

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More containers and my idea board. Lots of fuel for the imagination!!

Kentucky Book Fair – Love being with authors and readers!

 

 

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Saturday I was at the Kentucky Book Fair in Frankfort, KY! Met lots of new author friends and lots of readers! I even had some metaphysical conversations about the premise of The Field! 

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I shared my table with Megan Whitmer, author of BETWEEN and Julia Watts, author of HYPNOTIZING CHICKENS – that title got a lot of attention!

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Here are some great t-shirts I saw – gotta love authors and readers!!

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Careful, or you’ll end up in my novel. :)

Banned Books?! Open a book and Open your mind!

Lots of great books on this banned book list!

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Books By The Banks ~ Cincinnati, Ohio

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Great day on Saturday at the Books By The Banks Book Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio!

 

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Met with lots of readers and shared a table with Mindee Arnett, author of Avalon and The Nightmare Affair (a YALSA Teen Top Ten nominee.)

Of course, I also bought books… here I am with Marc Brown, author of the Arthur Series and TV show that my children grew up watching.

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I’m buying books for my niece and nephew, the next generation of readers. So much fun!!