“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.
Here’s what my niece and nephew received from me for Christmas! I love making kids sweaters because they go so fast.
Here’s almost-four-year-old Olivia’s sweater. And there are my feet in the picture!! :)
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.
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,
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).
Yarn in all colors left over from other projects. I use them when making applique.
My husband’s grandfather’s desk that I refreshed and updated with Chalk paint.
Design and pattern books and rick-rack.
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?!? :)
I will be signing books at the Holiday Author Fair at the Indiana Historical Society this Saturday from noon to 4pm. Come and buy some books – they make great gifts!
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.
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.
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!
More containers and my idea board. Lots of fuel for the imagination!!
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!
I shared my table with Megan Whitmer, author of BETWEEN and Julia Watts, author of HYPNOTIZING CHICKENS – that title got a lot of attention!
Here are some great t-shirts I saw – gotta love authors and readers!!
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!
Great day on Saturday at the Books By The Banks Book Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio!
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.
I’m buying books for my niece and nephew, the next generation of readers. So much fun!!