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Monday Motivation: The Summer Day

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Don’t you just love discovering a poem that you’ve never read before – one that grabs your heart and tickles your soul and makes you say yes, that’s it, that’s the truth! Stumbling upon those gems is such a joy. My joy today, one that also makes me really, really long for summer:

The Summer Day by Mary Oliver

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

I reread that last line about five times:

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

Sigh. Chills. Just chills.


Okay, okay, I’ve been posting a lot about runDisney lately instead of writing. But it’s hard not to when I’M SO EXCITED about participating in my third Princess Half Marathon Weekend!

(For recaps of my first two, you can go here.)

(And if my agent is reading this, I have been working on that massive rewrite for my next book … really, I have.)

But first, LOOK AT THIS AMAZING STUFF! Yes, my friends, Facebook and Twitter was all ablaze yesterday after runDisney released some pictures of this year’s merchandise on the Disney Parks Blog:



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This year’s pattern for the Princess Half Marathon Dooney & Bourke bags have finally been released!
PHM DooneyI’ve been going back and forth over whether or not I like this. Part of me loves the color and the design but oh … my … gosh, since runDisney is not offering preorders for runners this year, is this worth waiting in what might be a complete cluster you-know-what of a line full of runners, personal shoppers, and eBayer resellers for? I still remember how insane it was during 2013’s PHM Expo held in Coronado Springs with women jostling for a bag.

<<shiver … cringe … runs for cover>>

But that satchel is looking rather pretty.

And it is my tradition to buy a bag every year.

Shoot. Guess I’m going for it. Still, since this gal does not handle complete clusters very well, I’m going with a healthy, “if I can get one, fantastic, if not, no biggie,” attitude.

But I’m still adding some boxing to my exercise regime just in case any elbows are thrown my way. ;)


FinsburyWednesday ETA Update: Yeah, it’s official. I’ve crossed over to absolutely loving the satchel, especially after realizing how awesomely awesome it will coordinate with my raspberry Finsbury planner!

And my husband – brave man that he is – has offered to wait in line and buy it for me, seeing as how he has lots of practice dealing with crazy women after being married to me for 20+ years. :)

Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram if you’re curious about just how crazy these lines turn out! (I’m hoping that they won’t be as bad as I expect. Have the feeling they will be, but one shall always have hope.)



Bow WowCongratulations and a mighty woo-HOO to James Proimos and Welcome Literary for the January 6th release of the graphic novel, Apocalypse Bow Wow!

The end has come. The world is in shambles. Everyone is gone…except for the dogs!

Brownie and Apollo are two dogs living in bliss with a big, comfy couch to laze on. But unbeknownst to them and seemingly overnight, the world has turned to utter chaos. What they do know is their owners are MIA, they are starting to get on each other’s nerves, and it’s dinner time. What has happened? Who will feed them? What if their people are gone for good?!

With bellies rumbling, Brownie and Apollo decide to set out into the wide world, where they discover other pets and stray animals who have been left behind. But not everyone is man’s best friend. It’s a dog-eat-dog world now! With the help of a friendly neighborhood police dog and a small but mighty side-kick tick, Apollo and Brownie must figure out how to survive these dark times and locate their ultimate goal: dinner!

“It’s The Walking Dead with dogs. It’s funny, action packed, and now my dogs know how to survive the apocalypse. I look forward to reading Brownie and Apollo’s further adventures!” —Dan Santat, author of The Adventures of Beekle: An Unimaginary Friend
Uninhibitedly wacky . . . A potent combination of unhinged energy and poignant sentiment.” —Publishers Weekly
Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN-13: 978-1619634428
Ages 8 – 12 years
Congratulations, Jim, Apocalypse Bow Wow is AMAZING! Can’t wait to read the follow-up, Apocalypse Meow Meow, which comes out November 2015. :)

Half Marathon Recap HeaderWarning: This post is going to be really, really long. You might want to hit the bathroom or refill that coffee cup first! Oh, and if you missed my first three recaps, here’s this one and this one and this one!

Anyway, where were we? Ah, yes, Jackey and I left Epcot and headed back to Pop Century for an early dinner. Now, not to crack down on Pop – I liked it there, but yikes, my chicken and pasta was not good. Not good at all. Since Jackey and I have so much in common, though, we did have a nice chat in the dining area before going to our room to get ready for the half.

This is when we discovered we do have some differences.

Me, I meticulously lined up my race belt, costume, and gear bag following a pre-made list on my phone. The end result:

On the other side of the room, it took Jackey about five minutes to get ready:


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Happy Friday! I had planned on posting my WDW Half Marathon recap today but seeing as how it took me FOREVER to write my 10k report – which I didn’t even run! – I better work on my next installments during the Super Bowl and post them next week.

(Yep, I’m not watching the game. Just Katy Perry and the commercials.)

So instead, here’s a quick heads up about registration being open for SCBWI MD/DE/WV’s regional Spring: From the Bay to the Mountains Conference!


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