Sunday, April 20, 2014

News from The Roving Eyeball

Hey, long time no see!

It's been more than a year since I've graced this space with my presence, but something very special brought me back. Something eggciting. Something... eggstraordinary.  (See what I did there?)

I know, I know, you want me to get to the point. Well, dear readers, the Blog Squad has chosen me to be the one to share our eggciting, eggstraordinary news. (See? I did it again.)

Okay, here goes:

An Eyeball in My Garden is being released in paperback!!!  

That's right, folks. This brand-spankin' new edition will be available on September 9, 2014. Ahhh, just in time for fall, and of course, the haunting season. I can't wait to check it out!

In the meantime, I'll just be here. Sitting in this basket of eggs. Hoping some crazy, rainbow-colored chicken doesn't mistake me for one of her own... Wish me luck! Oh, and Happy Easter!

The Roving Eyeball

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Happy Poem in Your Pocket Day!

Greetings, faithful followers!  Today is the third Thursday in April, and that can mean only one thing--It's Poem in Your Pocket Day

For more than a decade, poetry fans have celebrated by carrying treasured poems to share with friends, relatives, neighbors, students, and teachers.  If you like the idea of sharing your love of well-written words, but don't have a pocket-sized poem lying around, then you've come to the right place!

The Academy of American Poets has put together a terrific collection of poems that you can download and print: Poems for Your Pocket.  Just click on one of the "pockets" and--voila!--two poems appear.  One to keep, and one to give away.  How great is that?! 

We hope you enjoy the poems.  And feel free to leave us a comment letting us know which ones you like best!

Happy Reading!
The Blog Squad

Monday, March 25, 2013

Spotlight Interview: Stella Michel

Ah, springtime! We've been busy, spring cleaning the crypt and tending to the graveyard (which looks stunning at this time of year--the zombies do an amazing job). During our clean up, we found some treasures hidden in a little dusty corner--Spooky's third grade school pictures (we'll have to post them some time), a box of moldy chocolates (our favorites) and... a delightfully spooky Eyeball contributor! We had to bring her out to show you...we know you'll simply die for her, just like we have.  Introducing the hauntingly talented Stella Michel

1. What is your favorite Halloween candy? 

 Although I don’t eat much candy these days, my favorite is candy corn. I like the yellow and orange colors--perfect for Halloween. I even had a pair of candy corn earrings that I used to wear to work near the end of October. 

2. Have you ever visited someplace that was haunted? 

At the risk of sounding a little loony, I believe I lived in a haunted house in Detroit from age 3 to 4 years old. I slept in a bed that jutted out into the middle of the room and a group of figures (whose faces I couldn’t really see) gathered around my bed and tickled me to the point where it hurt. When I called my mom and told her that ghosts were tickling me, she’d snap on the light to show me that nobody was there. Still, I often crawled into bed with my parents in the middle of the night and I was frightened when my mom wore gloves. One day my mom noticed red marks along my abdomen. She showed my dad. Soon after that we moved. I’m still not sure if I imagined the figures or it was just a child’s fear of the dark and an active imagination, but at the time it seemed very real. 

3. What was your favorite bedtime story as a child? 

Artwork by Stella Michel
I had so many but I particularly liked fairy tales – Sleeping Beauty, Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood. The spookier the better. Blog Squad note:  Stella is also a talented artist. Check out her amazing painting of a few of her favorite stories. Looks like there might be a couple of spell books there, too!

4. Would you rather have a gryphon, a dragon, or a werewolf pup for a pet? 

I think I’d like a pet dragon, even though it might prove sort of a fire hazard. But it would be useful if I went camping and needed to start a campfire right away or if I had a sudden craving for a toasted marshmallow or wanted to melt all the snow on my sidewalk. It might also be cool to go for a dragon ride around the neighborhood. 

5. How do you like to dress up for Halloween? 

For Halloween, I like to dress up as something spooky. After all, that’s the point – to scare people. My favorite costume is a witch. Maybe I have a secret wish to cast magic spells. 

Hmmm, we have the same secret wish, Stella.  By the way, you look smashing in your hat and broom. Thanks for sharing a little bit about yourself. Now we're off to clean the attic...who knows what could be hiding up in there?

Until next time,
The Blog Squad


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Spooky's "All the history you need to know"

After the roaring success of my last installment (Thanks to "Frank" and "Heidi" and "Family" for getting the information into the Small Island First Grade Newsletter), I have spent the past five months researching these next ten facts. Please digest them carefully as they are likely to remain in your stomach until June.

10 Things I Made Up... About History

10. George Washington crossed the Delaware at night because he was afraid of the daytime.

9. Abraham Lincoln looked smaller on television.

8. Benjamin Franklin lost his house key and was unable to find it.

7. Caveman planted rhubarb to scare away pesky wooly mammoths.

6. All the continents were once joined together in one gigantic burger stand.

5. Henry Ford spoke only in Pig Latin-ay.

4. The Dust Bowl was won by THE University of Maine, Spokane branch.

3. Jesse James, the famous gunfighter, was actually a girl with long, golden hair and freckles. She road a cactus named Stumpy.

2. Neil Armstrong read the map upside down. They were meant to land on the Noom.

1. Caesar did not actually like salad.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Coolest Career Day Ever!

Today, Eyeball Poet Laura Wynkoop had the opportunity to visit Goddard Middle School in Glendora, CA for their annual Career Day.  It was, without a doubt, the most amazing Career Day she has ever experienced.  In addition to the incredible roster of presenters (there was an artist from DreamWorks, an architect, an astrophysicist, a video game designer, a veterinarian, a movie make-up artist, and an assistant director from "The Simpsons"--just to name a few!), there was also the wonderful and enthusiastic student body.

Laura was privileged to speak to three different groups of students about the joys and challenges of being an author.  She discussed the skills and aptitudes needed in the writing profession, as well as the rewards that her job offers.  She also presented seven tips for young writers.  The students were so polite and excited about writing!  The also asked terrific questions such as...

"How do you battle writer's block?"

"How do I find a publisher for a story I'm working on?"

"What is the best way to offer criticism on someone's story?"

"How did your life experience contribute to becoming an author?"

"Do you feel there's a place for e-readers, or do you prefer the experience of reading a real, physical book?"

These questions led to some lively discussions that continued even after the bell had rung!  Laura had a wonderful time, and she was completely blown away by the sheer number of students who are already writing their own stories and poems and are curious about publication. 

As she left campus, Laura couldn't help but think that someday, many of those talented students will return to Goddard's Career Day... to present as published authors.