Flat Stanley guest blogs


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Hubby and I have have spent the last week trekking around Nashville with Flat Stanley. I was ready to put him in an envelope with a bunch of photos and mail him back to Bremerton, Washington, but HE wanted to create a notebook about his trip. (Of course he did!) I told him I'd help him with his notebook, if he'd guest blog for me today. Since I said in last week's blog I'd recount some of his adventures in this week's post, I thought that was a fair trade.  So, here goes... Hi, My name is Flat Stanley. My friend Trysta mailed me to her Aunt Kay and Uncle G in Nashville, Tennessee, for a vacation. The first thing they did was dress me in western clothes. Pretty much…
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Flat Stanley Strikes Again


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Once again, Flat Stanley arrived our mailbox. If you aren't familiar with the concept, Flat Stanley is a book by Jeff Brown. The story is about a little boy, Stanley, who is given a bulletin board by his father. One night the bulletin board falls from the wall above Stanley's bed and flattens him in his sleep. He survived accident and learned he could do all sorts of things in his flattened state: slide under locked doors,be a kite, pose as a painting, even travel through the mail. Thus the Flat Stanley project, adopted by third graders all over. The book was written in 1964. I received my first FS around 1986 and have gotten several since. This time, my little third grader lives in Washington state. The packet came with a laminated…
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What’s the longest word you know?


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When I was in high school, I learned to pronounce and spell antidisestablishmentarianism. Why? Probably for extra credit…or maybe to be a smart alack. A teacher told us it was the longest word in the English language at 28 letters. I guess no one bothered to count the 34 letters in supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, a word we all knew from Mary Poppins, and challenge her. In case you're wondering, antidisestablishmentarianism has something to do with the separation of church and state. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious means—well, I'm not sure what it means. I know it's a happy word and the name of a song. Wikipedia says the film defined it as "saying something when you have nothing to say." Wow! I can do that with way fewer letters. According to several sources on Goggle (and…
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The pitter patter of little feet


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For some time now, I've heard noises in my attic. You'd think, since my new book has a paranormal element, I'd welcome this intrusion. But our house is fairly new, and I'm pretty sure ghosts don't scurry. You might recall almost all of the houses in our neighborhood had, not one, but two roofs replaced last year due to storm damage. Yes, insurance premiums went up! Apparently, there were some "gaps" in our new roof that some squirrels found. They notified all their friends and have colonized in the rafters. We called one animal removal company in January and their estimate was over four thousand dollars to repair the roofline, trap the animals and do what they said should be done to get rid of the critters. I had a…
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Careful. You could be in my next novel.


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My sister gave me a tee shirt that says, "Careful. You Could End Up In My Novel" I don't wear it out of the house much; I don't want to scare people. But the truth is every one I know, every experience I have influences my writing. My experiences are a part of my subconscious and come out on paper, sometimes to my chagrin. Recently, I woke from a sound sleep in the middle of the night and realized a character in the novel my agent is currently shopping to publishers had the same name as a real person I knew over thirty years ago. It was spelled differently, but it was the same nonetheless. I haven't thought of this person in years, but a conversation about someone else in…
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