Tag: children’s books

  • Frustrations of Self-Publishing – New Book On the Way!

    I spent hours yesterday and will likely spend more time today trying to format my new book for publishing on Amazon. The new book is a combination of some of my more colorful, playful artworks and poetry bits for kids. I used the art itself to inspire the poetry. I think the book will turn […]

  • January/February Book Subscription Boxes – Kids & Middle Grade

    Lately I’ve been trying random book subscription boxes just to try to figure out which one I want to get on a regular basis. For January/February, I tried the following two boxes: This first box was the January Book Drop subscription. I picked the middle grade option, although I was torn between that and the […]

  • I Am An Obsessive Collector

    I collect too many things. I collect tons of toys/action figures/dolls/squishies/stuffed animals/minifigures (Barbie, My Little Pony, Sesame Street, Looney Tunes, Lego, Nickelodeon, Disney, Schleich, Funko Pops, Reborns, Cabbage Patch Dolls, Coraline, etc.) I have an entire room for all my toys and collectibles. I collect books, especially children’s books and books about subjects I am […]

  • Poetry – Malice

    This little poem was inspired by a middle grade book series called “Malice” by Chris Wooding. I liked the world that was created, and decided to capture just a bit of it in poetry (my favorite line is the “mushroom lamps” one): Malice By: Maranda Russell Take the evening train into the cavernous abyss. Light […]

  • Poetry: A Bit of Lewis Carroll Nonsense

    A Bit of Lewis Carroll Nonsense By: Maranda Russell The serious ones and the bonkers ones are rare birds telling tales of biscuits and chewed pencils served with curry and elegance – a feast which you can chew on for ten whole years.

  • Kindle Direct Publishing’s New Reporting System and Some Author Updates!

    Yesterday I logged into my Kindle Direct Publishing account on Amazon and while looking at the reports, noticed there is a new “beta” reporting program they are working on that I could test (the picture above shows the new graphing, with part of the book breakdown below). I checked it out and it is WAY […]

  • Goals for 2019 – Blog, Writing, Art

    I don’t set personal resolutions for New Years, but I do try to set some goals to try to reach the coming year, especially for my blog/social media, writing, and art. I did meet and even surpass some of the goals I set for 2018. For instance, I hoped to have 500 Instagram followers by […]

  • Merry Christmas Eve! My Fave Gifts So Far!!!

    Happy Christmas Eve everyone!!! We do our present opening today, so my husband and I went ahead and opened our gifts for each other. Here are a few pics of my favorite things! First off, my Harry Potter Death Eater wand: My new illustrated version of “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” (featuring commentary by […]

  • Water is Back! 800+ Blog Followers! Awesome Book Series!

    Hey everyone! There were a few random things I wanted to share today. First, an update about my water heater situation….we now have hot water again! I can shower, I can brush my teeth, and I can flush the toilet again! Woo-wee!!! We are out almost $2,000 though, so that part really sucks. Secondly, I […]