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All authors suffer from OCS

You are probably wondering what OCS is. It’s a coined diagnosis my husband gave me a while back. It stands for Only Child Syndrome. OCS sufferers are used to getting their way. Without siblings to compete with, you ask for a new toy and get it, primarily because mom can afford one toy just not […]

I love to sing!

No, you will never find me on American Idol or America’s Got Talent or any crazy singing show and probably not in the karaoke bar either, but I do love to sing. I sing in the shower. I sing in the car while driving. I sing at my desk and I sing at my church. […]

A Whitaker Owl Poem

Award Winning Author Kathleen J Shields educational books hamilton troll

Blessed with talent – that’s how I feel, when I think ’bout what we’ve done is surreal. 10 books and counting – 11 on the way, I do what I love, what a wonderful day! So my illustrator, Leigh A. Klug is not only super talented with her ability to illustrate the most captivating faces she […]

I write too much!

I know that when I respond to a one question email with a three paragraph answer; I write too much. I’ve learned that when I create content for a website, bullet points are better than paragraphs. I believe that most people don’t read that much, they skim the details and scan for the answer. It’s […]

DEAR Texas Kickoff, Press Conference & D

It’s coming quick – I’d love to see you there! The DEAR Texas Kick-Off at the State Capital, Austin, TX on April 11th http://deartexas.info/calendar/Kick_Off.html Noon-3pm the winners (myself included) of the 2015 TAA book contest will be presented on the south steps of the capital. The press conference will have speeches by Texas senators and house of representatives […]

Thank You with Pictures!

This weekends Celebration of Authors dinner in Austin was amazing! Not only did we get to meet some amazing Texas talent, eat a wonderful meal and receive awards and recognition for our books, we were blessed by God! From one conversation to the next, I heard inspirational stories, faith-based discussions, conversations of prayer, thank yous […]

Conversation from a fan

Message from mother of a new young fan: My son wanted me to tell you, he loves your book. He asked me, “Mom is it ok if I read it again?” My response was, “Of course, it’s yours – read it all you want!” He goes on to say, “You have to hear this, so […]

WE DID IT AGAIN!!!

Award Winning Author Kathleen J Shields educational books hamilton troll

  No Oops here readers, we REALLY did it again! We won First Place Best Children’s Educational SERIES from the Texas Association of Authors.   I guess hard work really DOES pay off… along with dreaming, following God’s plan and persisting no matter what.  It is quite an honor to now be able to say I […]

Here Be Dragons Show

A good friend of mine, Miss Angel, has started an educational children’s show based on her textbook “Here Be Dragons”. She has put together a number of videos so far.  In this one – Hamilton Troll visits the land of Far Far and Away from his land called Erin Go Bragh. 🙂 How cute is that?  I […]

ZipADeeDoDah – A Fun Parody

Do you suffer from boredom? Are you missing the Zippity part of your Do Dah Day? Is the sunshine NOT heading your way?  Well then ask your doctor for Zipadeedaoxatine.  ZDD is known to increase the serotonin in your brain and stimulate you’re my-oh-my muscles in a wonderful way. ZDD has been known to cause […]

I have never started a poem yet whose en...

I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.  -Robert Frost   I saw this phrase the other day and immediately said, how true! I get an idea for a poem, or a message I’d like for it to portray, but it writes itself through the rhyming words […]

Website Frustration & the Good ol’ Days

The other day I received an email from my grandfather, basically venting, regarding the frustration he experienced while attempting to order a couple of bath mats online. I read through his email and started to chuckle, because we all have been there. Links that don’t work Not compatible with Internet Explorer Flash that isn’t operating […]

Purple Carrots – They DO exist!

Call me crazy… the other day at a tradeshow it was winding down to the end. There weren’t as many shoppers, and we were waiting for the set time to start packing up. I usually take this time to sit down and drink a V8 Fusion fruit drink, to give me a little extra pep […]

Animals are grouchy too

A friend of mine’s young daughter suggested I write a book about how animals are grouchy too. Obviously, there was someone in her ‘circle’ whom she thought was being grouchy, but that is neither here nor there. I always try to be a positive person and smile as much as I can, I realize we […]

My Illustrator takes the Ice Bucket Chal...

Award Winning Author Kathleen J Shields educational books hamilton troll

The Ice Bucket Challenge, sometimes called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on someone’s head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research. It went viral on social media during July-August 2014. The challenge dares nominated participants to be […]

National Poetry Month – Why Do I Write i

author kathleen shields interview about poetry

Poetry, to me, is a very memorable form of storytelling. Like music, when your favorite song comes on, it’s not only the beat and the rhythm that gets you moving, it’s also the lyrics. Poetry is the same way. Quite a few authors are inspired by emotional situations, and that inspiration flows out of that person like music flows out of a radio. This is why, in my opinion, it is important to do rhyming children’s books. My goal as an author is to get children as excited about reading and writing poetry as I am. I hope you consider checking out my poetry book, “A Rhyme for Everything” or “The First Unibear” or any of my Hamilton Troll children’s books.
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Baby Corn – Fields…

Here is a picture of me, a crazy tourist in Ohio, standing in front of a huge field of corn… Hey, I’m from Texas, we’ve been in drought for years. Anyways, on the way back to the family’s house I got to thinking…. We get some pretty big ears of corn from fields like this, […]

Portraits of Bygone Days – An Ode to Ame

In a recent trip to see my grandfather I came across an old booklet on his shelf.  “Portraits of Bygone Days” by Bessie J. Hemp of Frederick, Maryland self-published in a simple handmade booklet in 1973.  Within it were poems she had written and desired to share with friends and family and I came across […]

Advice from the Ocean – A Poem

The other day I came across this picture and I just had to share it – yet I decided to add in my own two cents as well… and since poetry seems to flow through me like air… Be Shore of Yourself When standing on the edge between water and sand, Go ahead and jump, […]

A Blessed Memorial Day

Of all of the reasons,     of all of the people,         of all of the pictures,              and all of the messages… Memorial Day is about this…           No caption,               no sentence,                   no title,                       can say it more appropriately                           than the feeling you feel in your heart,                               when you […]

 
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