Friday, September 3, 2010

Pursue your dreams!

I love to pursue my dreams. I feel that dreams are my creative journey. I am working on a story outline for my next “My Fuzzy’s World” adventure story which will be titled “My Fuzzy in Paris”.

Besides I also enjoy making small but significant plans for other fun and creative adventures! Pursuing my dreams inspires and energizes my mind and creativity. While I will be creating my new novella in my free time I am also making plans for a wonderful journey to Europe next year. I am dreaming of visiting Florence, Rom and the Amalfi coast. Travelling always inspires me in many charming ways.

Take a moment to think what dreams you would like to pursue.

Louise Carey art print on

For more information about "My Fuzzy in Paris" please read my blog titled: "What's next for My Fuzzy and his plush friend?"

Saturday, August 28, 2010

The magical illustration art of Polish artist Jan Marcin Szancer

Polish artist Jan Martin Szancer (1902-1973) was a true Renaissance man. Besides his exquisite and unique talent as a children’s illustrator he also was a talented painter, print maker, draftsman and a professor at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts among other artistic professional tasks.

Jan Martin Szancer  illustrated over 240 books, including classic polish and international children’s literature  by Julian Tuwim,  Jan Brzechwy, Ignazy Krasicki, Adam Mickiewicz, Hans Christian Andersen, Carlo Collodi and Bolesław Prus among others.

Jan was especially gifted with an extraordinary, enchanting and unlimited vivid imagination which he expressed brilliantly and beautifully in his colourful and unique  illustrations. Children and adults loved to be captivated into a magical world of fantasy which Jan created with his distinctive and delightful illustrations.

Looking at some of Jan’s  charming illustrations today I begin to slowly remember the special and wonderful moments in my childhood which made me escape into a world of  joyful enchantment,fantasy, magic and many delightful childhood mysteries.

Here are some of Jan's beloved and treasured illustrations:


J. M. Szancer, cover illustration for Lokomotywa by Julian Tuwim (Poland, 1954)

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J. M. Szancer, illustration for Lokomotywa by Julian Tuwim


J.M. Szancer, cover illustration for Abecadlo Krakowskie by Wanda Chotomska


J.M. Szancer, cover illustration for Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi


J.M. Szancer, illustration for Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi


Friday, August 27, 2010

Writing and illustrating for children-a delightful task

I do truly treasure my artistic talent of writing and illustrating for children. Creative writing for children is a great responsibly but also a very rewarding one.

When I decided to fulfill my dream project of writing and  illustrating my debut novel for young children titled “My Fuzzy’s World”, I embarked on a creative, challenging and very enchanting journey. I took some time to pursue this dream in 2009 and I can proudly say that I have made my dream come true. It took me approximately one year of full time work to  create and complete my novella for young readers.

I had no previous experience writing and illustrating children’s books. Back in my child and young adulthood I loved to write stories and drawing was also one of my very early creative passions. Through the years my life became consumed by education and later on a full time career.

When I rediscovered my artistic talent I felt that creative writing was something I truly had missed in all those years. I simply forgot about my talent and also to take some time to pursue it on a deeper level.  After accomplishing my special project I felt some kind of an enlightenment-I had truly pursued my dream project and made it come true trough hard work, courage and perseverance.

When I write and illustrate for young children I feel a great passion, joy and happiness.  I don’t consider it a job at all-rather an enchanting and fulfilling task as I love to challenge my creative mind. I write and illustrate from my heart and with my soul with the mission to educate, entertain and engage young children. I also want to inspire and encourage them to pursue their own colourful dreams and make them understand that nothing great in life is impossible to accomplish if one has the courage to pursue a dream.

This is my dream job!

For more information on how “My Fuzzy’s World” came to life and about the joy of creative writing refer to these earlier posts:

Happy reading!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

How do you define success?

I believe that we all define success differently. For  myself  it is happiness, health, joy, financial wealth, good friends, a caring family and a loving soul mate in my life. I believe that these are strong and important attributes to ones success.

As a creative children's writer I am driven by creativity, authenticity, passion, perseverance, excellence and a strong motivation to excel with my debut children’s novel  “My Fuzzy’s World” to a children's book bestseller in near future.

I consider myself a successful children's author always on the go promoting my book and writing creative blog posts and online articles. I believe that success is a lifelong journey of  hard work, passion, courage, perseverance and believing that you can accomplish anything you desire. Some people achieve success quickly and some of us work very hard to be successful in one’s working, private and social life's. 

Always have courage to pursue your dreams.

Take a moment to think how  you define success. 

success by Konrad Knutsen-cafepress

Art print by Gustav Knutsen on

Helpful resources for aspiring children’s writers

Here is a list of some beneficial sources which I recommend for any one who desires to become a children’s writer.  Please also refer to my previous post on how to become a children’s writer.'s_literature

Happy researching!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Challenge your creativity from within

Creative people of all kind of talents always have doubts if their creativity is authentic, exclusive, innovative, enchanting, captivating and delightful enough to stand out from the crowd.  Many more doubts cross possibly creative minds everyday.

Some of the greatest masters of all time from the past went trough emotions of self-doubt and criticism, failure and also genius.

I believe that anyone who desires to be creative in life needs to challenge its creativity from within. Replace the doubt with passion and courage for your creativity and start from within.

                                       Daring by Andrea Roberts on cafe press

                   Daring art print by Andrea Roberts on

An inspiring and unique quote on creativity

“The world is but a canvas to the imagination.”

Henry David Thoreau, American author, poet and philosopher.

I often compare creativity with the art of creating a painting on a canvas. Begin your creative journey on a blank canvas. Your creative mind and skills will take you on a magical journey. Pursue your creativity with a passion and courage!

Remember this famous quote by Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862).

How to become a children’s writer

The advise I am offering in this post is solely based on my own development and growth as a children’s writer. Today I am the published children’s author and illustrator of my debut novel titled “My Fuzzy’s World”. My book is available on Amazon.

I strongly believe that creative writing for children is an art. Either one has the talent and/or one have learn the skills which will help one succeed in this unique craft. I do recommend to do a lot of research and consult several renowned professional children writer’s resources to build your knowledge. This will also motivate one's desire to write for children and inspire the creative mind.

I was always very creative and I loved to write unique and colourful stories as a child and young adult. I never learned the skills for creative writing and for writing children's books. However, I am very creative, have a great passion for writing and a colourful imagination which I love to share with young readers.

Keep in mind that writing for children is also an important responsibility. Clarify what you want to teach your readers and be mindful and sensitive to use age appropriate language in your writing. A children’s story needs to be authentic, engaging and interesting. Basically-unique in its own way.

1. If you like to write -commit to authenticity, creativity and excellence!

2. Research  at least the basics of children’s literature and the difference between children’s literature, children’s classics and books. Familiarize yourself with prominent children’s writers from the past and present and learn what made them succeed, and why some of them created timeless pieces of classic children’s literature.

3. What age  is your target audience you are wanting to write for?

4. Research how children’s books are categorized in age groups.

5. Read some classic children’s literature for the age group you are intending to write.

6. What is the storyline?  Define it and clarify the message of your story.

7. Set a goal in regards to time you want to invest per day/week etc. to accomplish your project.

6. Network with published children's writers on the Internet  and/0r trough renowned local and national organizations.

7. Don’t be too proud to take advise from a professional writer!

8. Have passion for your creative writing and maintain courage and patience to pursue your project!

9. What are you trying to teach the targeted age group?

10. Ensure your story is suited for your targeted age group.

11. Have fun and just go for it! Research your creative mind and ideas.

12. Ask for feedback from family, friends, parents, children of the same age group as well as teachers and librarians.

Life is all about taking a smart risk and having courage to accomplish something important for yourself and others!

I will soon post some children’s writing resources which I recommend.

What I want to accomplish as a creative children’s writer and illustrator

In my debut children’s book titled “My Fuzzy’s World” I focused on creating a fun and engaging story for young readers. While enjoying my story young readers will learn valuable lessons on the importance of family, friendship, diversity and courage and will be inspired to create their own colourful dreams to come true. I also emphasize the essence of courage and determination to make dreams come true.

Book cover of “My Fuzzy’s World” designed and illustrated by Natalie Lehr-Splawinski

As a creative and published children’s writer and illustrator my goal is to teach young children about something of great importance in life. My story helps them to understand the true essence of different values and why it is so important to gain and keep these values for life.  I want young readers to have fun with my story and also be taken on a unique and magical journey.

I embellished my story with soft oil pastel drawings of all my plush characters in my book. My illustrations, which I believe are quite beautiful  mirror the soul of all my plush characters. The drawings make them all come to life.

I am very proud of my story and my illustrations which will enhance a young readers imagination and creativity. I want young children to understand and learn  that they can accomplish what ever they want in life if they pursue their dreams with courage. For more information about “My Fuzzy’s World” please visit my website:

You can view three chapters of “My Fuzzy’s World” on Google books!

Enjoy reading!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The journey to sucess

I do believe that we all are on a specific journey in our lives.  I mainly focus on success in my professional and personal life, besides creativity, happiness, health and inner strength. I do consider success as a lifelong creative journey of discovery, courage, perseverance, change, motivation and discipline for hard work.

On my life journey I rediscovered my talent for creative writing and illustrating for children. It takes a lot of promotional work to become a successful writer. So I embarked on this magical journey of becoming a celebrated and well renowned children's writer and illustrator. This is a very exciting, rewarding and happy journey which also motivates and challenges me to always be authentic, creative and thrive to the best as a published children's writer. My creative journey has just began and I will continue it with many more fun, engaging and creative children's books in the "My Fuzzy's World"  adventure series for young readers.

What is your journey to success? Take a moment to define it.

Success art print by Paula Scaletta on

Monday, August 23, 2010

The illustration art of Jessie Willcox Smith, America’s Golden Age children’s illustrator

I recently discovered the very beautiful and enchanting  illustrations of  Jessie Willcox Smith who became celebrated for her unique illustrations art  of the late-Victorian era home life.

Jessie Willcox Smith (1863-1935) achieved extensive celebrated success as an illustrator of children's books and popular magazine covers.  Jessie’s  unique cover art  on Good Housekeeping, one of America's most popular magazines brought her popularity and the recognition as a celebrated children’s artist. 

Her exquisite  illustration art graced the covers of Good Housekeeping for more than 15 years from 1913-1932 which are now considered as vintage covers.

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Jessie became a celebrated and successful artist of children`s illustration art in the Golden Age area. She charmingly portrayed the unique beauty, innocence and joy of childhood and it`s playfulness during the Victorian area. Her portrayals of mother and child in close and joyful moments together are very touching. I especially love this illustration:


During her creative career Jessie Willcox Smith illustrated over 40 children's books including  A Child's Book of Old Verses (1910), A Child`s Book of stories  (1911) and classics such as Little Women (1915) and Heidi (1922).


Jessie Willcox Smith book cover for The Bed-Time Book, by Helen Whitney, 1907


Jessie Willcox Smith`s book Illustration for A Child's Garden of Verses, 1905  written by Robert Louis Stevenson

For a list of all books with Jessie`s illustration work see: Jessie :

Her unique illustration work shows strong characteristics of  prominent outlines and flat shapes which seem inspired by Art Nouveau and Japanese prints. She worked with charcoal, water colors and oils pastels. Later on in her advanced artist’s life she also became an accomplished portrait artist. Jessie also painted posters and advertisements.

Jessie Willcox Smith`s illustrations and paintings are nowadays universally considered the pinnacle of American children's illustrative art.

For more resources on the life and work of Jessie Willcox Smith visit this great link:

Happy reading!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Visualize your dream and pursue it with passion and perseverance!

When I first created the idea of writing and illustrating “My Fuzzy’s World”,  I also visualized my dream project. In an earlier post I described how this project came to life. I invite you to read about it.

No matter what your dream is-even if it is winning the lottery, moving on an secluded island or retiring early-just visualize it. I believe that we are so consumed with work, responsibilities etc. that we simply don’t allow ourselves the time to dream about something which we would love to accomplish in our life.

The process of visualizing your dream is not only stimulating for one’s creativity but also for the purpose of one’s own personal success.
Off course I want to win the lottery. One day I will. I visualize and believe in it. I pursue my dream by continuously buying a lottery ticket without spending a fortune. I don’t say-I never will win the lottery.  In the meantime I focus on my other creative dream projects and make a plan how to reach my goal.

All you need is some time, passion, perseverance and courage. Believe in your dream!

You will be surprised what one can accomplish with that creative mindset!

Art print by Janet Kruskamp on

Nurture your creativity!

Where to find rare and enchanting children’s picture books

What first comes to my mind is the world wide web-today’s quickest, most convenient and also rich resource of a world information on every topic including rare and vintage books.

I recently stumbled over a website which sells some of these wonderful and enchanting children’s book treasures. You can search by category, illustrator and also signed editions. This website offers an amazing amount of rare and signed books. There I found some unique early editions which are a children book lover’s dream. I discovered the first American edition of A.A Milne’s Now We Are Six, illustrated by Ernest Shepard from 1927. The other wonderful fact about this amazing children’s books and illustration wonderland is that you can also purchase some of the most beloved Giclee Print like this one:

Giclee Print From Winnie The Pooh

Ernest Shepard, an illustration from Winnie the Pooh

Beautiful, authentic and creative illustrations like this one are a wonderful treasure for a nursery or young child’s room.

Visit to discover some your beloved treasured children’s books and Giclee prints.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

How to inspire and encourage a child to read printed books

By introducing young children very early to printed books you will change their life forever! Later on talk  about your favourite children books, read them to a child, talk about what you have learned from that book, the story, the characters and about the essence of that specific book. Share how the book has inspired you and enhanced your imagination.

Children are very visual and love to see colourful pages at a young age. This is the best time for awakening the desire to read printed books and enhance a child’s creativity.  Although they might be too young to fall in love and treasure a book they soon will discover the magical effect of reading a book.

Let a young child hold picture books, explore them and play with them. Once they grow older, children very quickly start being drawn to books because they were inspired early by an adult who knows the beauty of reading.


Girl Reading on a cushion, Vintage Wood Panel-artist unknown

How the beauty of a moment can be very inspirational for your creativity

 When I work on my creative writing posts, articles and notes about my next future My Fuzzy in Paris project I sometimes pause for a moment. Often I find my and my husband’s beloved cat Maya (who is also one of the characters in my first children’s book “My Fuzzy’s World”) sleeping or lounging in our office on her beloved spot.

Maya is a very happy, playful and active young Grey-Tabby cat and you can see it on this picture how comfortable she is when she sleeps or naps.

Looking at my cara bella mia Maya (Italian-my dear beloved beautiful Maya) always inspires my creativity to write. Maya has so deeply enriched our lives with joy and happiness since we have rescued her as a kitten and has also become my muse for creative writing.

Enjoy Maya’s afternoon nap snapshot!

Maya 2009

Do you have a favourite children’s book memory?

Most people I know have a favourite children’s book memory like I do. I am referring to a special, beloved and treasured children’s book of my early childhood. Some of us have several of these treasured books which have always been there when we needed to be comforted, encouraged and captured into a wonderful world of adventures. They are like a good and loyal friend who is always there for you when you need him.

Maybe it was a an exceptional book you were read to as a young child or you read yourself once you learned the  basic but very exciting skill of reading. I do believe that reading is an art. We have to learn it and treasure it as it is not only a very helpful talent but will always enrich our life with wisdom, inspiration and colourful imagination.

Our lives are now so consumed with work, family and social responsibilities that we tend to find excuses not to have time to read a printed book. We read everything which we need for work and our private lives on our computer screens, iPods and smart and i phones.  The memory of my most beloved children’s and young adult’s books immediately recalls the unique feeling of happiness, joy, comfort and a vivid world of a special adventure. That memory also reminds me that I need to take time to read printed books. If I simply don’t have the time I need to make time for the enchanting pleasure of reading again a printed book.

These unique books have also taught me much wisdom at a very early age. I either learned an important message from the book’s characters, the story, the ending or from all aspects of the book. These treasured books were also one of my guiding lights trough my child-and young adulthood. Until today I still read my favourite children’s books because I always discover a new message of wisdom.

Do you have a favourite children's book? I encourage you to be inspired by that special memory and take a precious moment to read a printed book again.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Today's Thought: Commit to Excellence!

I commit myself to excellence in my work, my creative writing and illustrating for children, in my partnership, in my friendships and in my life in general. I do believe that if you commit to excellence it grows into a valuable habit which will inspire others around you.

Always Thrive to the Best!

Are you committed to excellence?

Excellence Art print by Tavo Studios on

Happy reading!

What is a children’s book classic?

What defines a piece of children’s literature as a classic? Based on my research the answer seems to depend on an individual's personal viewpoint. I am expressing only my personal perception and opinion of classic children’s books in this post.

During my childhood and continuous education process through my adulthood  I have defined many read children's  books as classics. This includes all the books which I treasured and loved then and do so now. Beloved books witch were always around to  comfort me throughout the years like good friends who never fail to be with you when you need them.

I am referring to all the wonderful, imaginative, enchanting, engaging and magical timeless pieces of children’s literature which filled my heart with joy and my mind with wisdom at an early age. With years passing by these beloved and unique books  also became timeless treasures and guiding lights  in my life.

I define classic children’s books as any authentic books of creative, valuable and memorable work of art-in words, writing and illustrations. Many of my favourite children’s book classics have withstood the true test of time in popularity and are still in print. These brilliant books also left a lasting impression on me. I learned something important from the story and character(s), the ending or even of all aspects of the book combined.

These creative books made me memorize something unique, like a valuable lesson about the essence of life, family, friendship,love, forgiveness, courage, creativity or anything else encouraging in regards to the human spirit.  In this aspect I always will consider my favourite children’s classics as  inspiring and also educational for my life.

Here is a list of  my beloved classic children’s books (and some young adult fiction) which I  treasure until today and  highly recommend for children and young people to read. All of the listed books on here will enhance a child’s creativity and imagination. Please kindly note that I have not listed the books in in any age groups.

The Little Prince written and illustrated by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

This is my all time most favourite! This classic book  is listed as a children’s story but it is also a big  favourite among adults today and I am sure it will continue to be so in future. The unique and wonderful thing about this magical novel is that it never gets old. Every time I read it I discover a new and valuable lesson and meaning from this enchanting novel.


The Little Prince- book cover illustration by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, publication date: 1943 in French language


The Little Prince drawn  by  Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


The Little Prince drawn  by  Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


The Little Prince drawn  by  Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

I will be writing in detail about The Little Price by  Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in an upcoming post.

Alan Alexander Milne 

  • Winnie-the-Pooh
  • The House at Pooh Corner
  • Now We Are Six
  • When We Were Very Young

The Wind in the Willows  by Kenneth Grahame

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Madeline series by Ludwig Bemelmans

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

The Moomins by Tove Jansson 

The Jungle Book by  Rudyard Kipling

Doctor Doolittle series by Hugh Lofting

Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

One Thousand and One Nights -various unknown authors over many centuries

Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lindgren

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

Mark Twain

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Here are also some great children’s book treasures which I discovered as an adult (I still love to read children’s books!) I believe some of them will be considered as children’s classics in  future.

E.B. White

  • Stuart Little
  • Charlotte's Web

Kate DiCamillo

The Tale of Despereaux

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

My greatest inspirations to draw and illustrate for children-the unique talent of E.H. Shepard

British artist and book illustrator Edward Howard Shepard was always one of my greatest creative inspirations to draw animals early on as a child. Shepard's creative drawing talent also inspired me to illustrate my first children's book "My Fuzzy's World."

E.H. became most famous for illustrating Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne and The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. I remember how very much I loved all the enchanting and adorable Winnie-the-Pooh characters as a little girl.  They remain in my heart forever, just like all of my beloved and treasured Winnie-the-Pooh books by A.A. Milne.

E.H.Shepard is also well respected as the master of line and the black and white illustration. What most inspired me in his Pooh and friends drawings was their human-like appearance . To me all of the Pooh characters are very lovable and seem almost alive, just like they would step out of the pages to  share their adventures with me. The illustrations showcase all of the characters gentle and vulnerable human like nature. I admired Shepard's creativity to draw so beautifully Milne's charming Pooh characters with great imagination and an exceptional talent.

                            Eeyore and Pooh illustration by E.H. Shepard

I always loved Shepard's original black and white Winnie-the-Pooh characters illustrations. I proudly declared Pooh and Tigger as my most favourite imaginary friends as a little girl.

                                                     Tigger by E.H.Shepard

Every child and child at heart was thrilled in 1973 when Shepard colored his original black and white Pooh illustrations. I felt that they even enhanced the beauty and uniqueness of all characters making them more colorful for my own imaginative world of animal friends.

                                             Pooh eating honey by E.H.Shepard

Encourage children to read Milne's Pooh books and fall in love with E.H.Shepard's wonderful world of Pooh illustrations. Once they discover the uniqueness of both artists they will be grateful and inspired for life.

Visit a great source for  Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends:

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Today's Thought: Nurture your Creativity!

What ever your creativity might be-find time everyday to nurture  it!

Art print by Louise Carey on

About the great artist who illustrated AA Milne's Winnie the Pooh- Ernest Howard Shepard

Ernest Howard Shepard dreamed of being an artist from early on and always carried a booklet for his drawings with him until his death. He was originally a prolific British artist and contributor to the Punch Magazine in the early 1900. He later on became a very famous book illustrator. E.H Shepard became well known and respected especially for his human-like animals in illustrations for Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne and The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame.

Alan Alexander Milne was an  English author who later on became famous for his enchanting books about the teddy bear Winnie-the-Pooh and also for various children's poems. AA Milne approached Shepard to illustrate his book of poems titled "When We Were Very Young" in 1924. Milne was delighted with creativity of Shepard's illustrations and the book then became an instant success for both artists.

                   The original Winnie the Pooh drawing by E.H.Shepard

E.H. Shepard also illustrated Milne's 'Winnie-The-Pooh, Now We Are Six" and "The House At Pooh Corner". Shepard was said to have fallen in love with all the characters of Milne's Winnie the Pooh books and was delighted about the illustrating task for Milne. However, both artists were said to never have been close.

"Do you think you could very kindly lean against me, 'cos I keep pulling so hard that I fall over backwards"
                                                 © Estate of E.H. Shepard and Egmont UK Ltd.

Winnie-the-Pooh was published in October of 1926.  After Milne realized his illustrator's grand contribution to the book's success, he then generously arranged for Shepard to receive a share of his book royalties. Milne also inscribed a copy of Winnie-the-Pooh with the following very touching personal verse:

When I am gone,

Let Shepard decorate my tomb,

And put (if there is room)

Two pictures on the stone:

Piglet from page a hundred and eleven,

And Pooh and Piglet walking (157)…

And Peter, thinking that they are my own,

Will welcome me to Heaven.

Ernest Shepard died in 1976-on the 50th anniversary of the publication of Winnie the Pooh.

Most of his Winnie-The-Pooh illustrations are treasured by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

Read more on E.H. Shepard on the Pooh Corner's website

One of my articles now featured on Ezine Articles!

I am proud to share that my "Why we must encourage young children to read printed books" article is now featured on Ezine Articles! I also have earned Ezine Article expert author status!


Saturday, July 31, 2010

Have passion for creativity!

If you are very passionate about your creativity you will inspire and encourage others everyday! This is a priceless gift!

Happy reading!

How to uncover your creativity

What is your creativity? By asking some people this question I realized that most of us don't really know what is their creative talent (or talents). Of course-some people who are aware of their talent(s) in a many variety of fields are the true exception. I would say these people are the lucky ones as they live their passion and do what they love. Might it be every day or sometimes.

If you are not sure where your creative talent lies you simply have to embark on a journey of inner discovery. Search and explore your interest and wonder what artistic tasks really brings you joy and happiness in life. Be patient as it might  take a while to figure out your creative talent(s). When you discover your creativity you will know. What ever it might be you fill feel it in your heart. For some the journey of trying to find their creativity continues through their lives.

Some people including myself have searched for their creative talents and also learned many new skills and knowledge. Sometimes we change careers in our lives just like our interests change directions.

So what ever your uncovered talent might be start to listen to your heart and soul. Try different creative things.Be imaginative, courageous and have fun. Do what ever your heart tells you to do. I strongly believe that most creative people feel an inner calling to do something particular. Unfortunately, sometimes we all are just too busy life itself. We don't take enough time for ourselves to do something which fulfills an empty spot in our hearts.

I was a very creative child and always excelled in art classes and learning languages. Although I never forgot my creative talents I never really lived my passion of creative writing. When I rediscovered it later in life I felt an  joy, happiness and most of all what I like to express as an inner enlightenment. Writing and illustrating for young readers is my true passion-that's what I know 4 sure.

Happy discovery on your journey to unleash your creativity!

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” — Maya Angelou

“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” — Albert Einstein

Art print by Linda Woods on

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The joy of creative writing

Creative writing is considered any artistic writing which communicates a writer’s thoughts and emotions in a cultivated, enchanting, imaginative and poetic style.

Creative writing should be considered an art. Some people are lucky to discover it early on and some struggle to uncover this talent and or learn the skills. Any body can write something. But is it original, creative, enchanting, interesting, charismatic, engaging, unique? Is it written from the heart?

I believe that talented creative writers are inspired and driven by true passion for what they are writing about. Being a creative children's writer is my great passion and inspiring challenge. I am driven by my passion for creating delightful imaginary worlds for my story's characters and an unique inspiring message for the young readers of my children's book.

I always loved to write creative and motivating stories.Somehow I forgot about my talent for many years. When I recently rediscovered my love and passion  for creative writing I decided to put it into work in my debut children's book "My Fuzzy's World".

When I write a creative children's story I feel joy, happiness, creativity and a purpose. I am confident what I am writing about and enjoy sharing my imaginary world to teach children about the essence of family, friendship, courage, creating colorful dreams and determination to follow their dreams and make them come true.Creative writing for children fulfills my unique dream. Now I now for sure that writing for children is my true passion.

I like to share the following profound quotes on creativity and writing:

"There is the happiness which comes from creative effort. The joy of dreaming, creating, building, whether in painting a picture, writing an epic, singing a song, composing a symphony, devising new invention, creating a vast industry."

Henry Miller, American novelist and painter.

"To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the inner music the words make."

Truman Capote,  American author.

Happy reading!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Twitter Guide for Authors

Are you getting the maximum benefit from Twitter as an author?

Networking on Twitter is a terrific way to meet and develop relationships with potential readers as well as other authors, experts, and key influencers in your field or genre of writing. But, Twitter can be baffling at first, and many Twitter users don’t understand how to use this powerful tool to its full potential.

I consider myself still a newcomer in online social networking and there is a lot to learn how to benefit of sites like Twitter for book marketing as an author.

In Dana Lynn Smith's Twitter Guide for Authors, you'll learn how to choose the right user name, attract followers, write effective tweets, avoid common mistakes, and promote yourself and your books through Twitter. Detailed instructions and screen shots make it easy for you to quickly master this powerful networking tool.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

How to pursue a dream

Have courage, passion, determination and believe that your dream will come true! Visualize your dream. Work hard and be persistant in following your path to fulfill your dream.

I had the dream of writing, illustrating and self-publishing my first children's book "My Fuzzy's World". I used my recipe for fulfilling my dream. Today I am a published children's author and illustrator and "My Fuzzy's World" is available on amazon!

Here is one of my favourite quotes:

All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.

Walt Disney

Art print by Grace Pullen on

Discover the magic of My Fuzzy's World!

My name is Fuzzy, and I am a little lion. But I am not like any other lion. I am very proud about my unique appearance. You will never meet another character like me. Where should I begin my story? There are so many things I would like to share with you! If you are very patient, you will be rewarded with many wonderful stories. Before we begin, you also need to know that I live in a very colorful imaginary world. I am a very lucky little lion who has found a very special new home, family, and friends. Do you want to know my secret?

And so begins my debut children's book "My Fuzzy’s World", the first edition in a series of Fuzzy’s World Adventure Stories for young readers ages 4-8.

So -what is the magic of My Fuzzy's Word?

My Fuzzy's World will take young readers on a fun, inspiring and captivating journey! I emphasized the importance of courage and determination to pursue dreams to young children.Young readers will also embrace the essence of family, love, friendship and diversity and will be inspired to create their own colourful dreams to come true. I have lovingly enhanced my children's story with fine oil pastel drawings of Fuzzy, the charming plush lion and his plush companions. A dozen vivid stories share how the fluffy friends join what can best be described as an incredibly colorful family.

Meet Fuzzy, a delightful and wise plush lion cub with a big heart clasped between his paws and a vivid imaginary world in the Serengeti. When Fuzzy loses his family, he sets on a brave journey to fulfill his dream of finding a loving home.

Fuzzy courageously pursues his dream and is destined to be rewarded with a loving family and plush friends, who have great imaginations like his own. In a swish of his little furry tail, Fuzzy’s family happily welcomes a purple bear named Rudi, Lily, a lilac lamb, and Lulu, a pink sheep, among others. Fuzzy proudly learns vital lessons on family, friendship, and diversity while his life becomes enriched with true happiness and merry adventures.

Join Fuzzy and his friends and enjoy the magic of Fuzzy’s World where children you will be encouraged to create their own colorful dreams and be inspired to pursue them.

I invite you to visit My Fuzzy's World website and view the first three chapters on Google books!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Take a Moment to Dream!

Thought of the day-take a moment to dream.....

"It will cost you nothing to dream and everything not to" art print by Jo Moulton on

Enjoy and remember to encourage children to pursue their dreams!

Encourage children to pursue their dreams!

Encourage children to pursue their dreams and you give a wonderful and unique gift of love for passion and courage in life. When a child discovers a fresh interest in exploring something new and creative any adult should simply express encouragement and offer loving support. Sometimes a newly born interest might switch to different one very soon as children go trough many creative phases growing up.

I love the idea to teach children to colour outside the lines and to think outside the box. Be creative, passionate, smart and courageous when it comes to dreams and aspirations. Believe in your dreams. It costs nothing and everything if you don't dream at all. Later when we live our very busy lives one needs to continue to pursue new dreams to simply progress in life and to make sure that the passion to dream is being kept alive like a beautiful rare flower.

Little geniuses are among us. They are playing instruments like an experienced pro, singing their hearts and souls out, dancing like a famous ballerina, drawing like a true artists-many different talents are 'jumping towards the sky' which is has no limit because they truly belive they can accompish their goals!

Many rare and unique talents of different kinds are awakened early in life. There are little Einsteins understanding science better than an adult or painting like a young Picasso. Encourage children to dream big dreams and you will teach a child that nothing in life is impossible to accomplish.

While being taught and inspired that pursuing a dream leads children  successfully towards a happy and ambitious life they also feel loved more as their interests are appreciated and strengthen.

As a little girl I was encouraged to be artistic-to paint, draw and write stories. These passions stayed with me until today and I am glad that I learned early on to draw outside the lines. I always loved my creativity which now led me to fulfill my dream of becoming a published children's writer and illustrator of "My Fuzzy's World'', which is the first story in the seriens of My Fuzzy's World adventures books. I am very ambitious to keep my dream alive to grow.

So give children the biggest gift of love-the encouragement and passion to pursue dreams!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Reading is fun!

I very much enjoy looking at vintage art prints and posters of different genre. Here is one my favourite children's book art poster prints created by Maurice Sendak titled "Reading is Fun".

It is available on


Why we must teach young children to treasure printed books

I strongly believe that adults need to encourage and inspire young readers to discover, develop and maintain the interest for reading printed books for life. Reading an e-book on a computer screen is not the same wonderful joyous experience as holding a printed book in your hands.

Today's constant evolving technology captures our busy every day lives in many aspects. The Internet is a big part of our lives for work, research and for fun. The children's education process is now advanced trough the integration of high end technology from early on in the classrooms. Children literally now grow upon computers.

When I was inspired as a young child to fall in love reading printed books I also discovered a world of magic filled with many wonderful stories and characters and the joy of holding a book in my hands. Until today I love the feel and touch of the pages of a book and the feeling of being captivated and fully engaged into another exciting world of adventures.

I especially appreciate what I call the old world of books-almost antiquarian books, like an early edition. When I lived in Europe, I loved strolling through old bookstores to pick up some special treasures. Sadly, these type of old fashioned book stores seem to only survive in Europe.

If a young child never discovers the treasure of reading printed books it will never know and learn the appreciation for printed words on paper and the unique smell and touch of a book. The computer screen should never replace the printed book especially when it comes to children's books for young readers. One simply can't fully appreciate the a book on a computer!

I always loved cuddling up with a good book since I was little. No computer screen can ever replace that warm and comforting feeling for me. Books travel with you your whole life. Books don't need power to be read and are always encouraging and comforting when you need them around you. It's like a very good friend who never abandons your friendship.

So encourage young children to discover the beauty of printed books! Once they discover this great joy they will be thankful for ever.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Italian Art is one of my inspirations for writing

I love Italy and many wonderful and creative things connected to this beatiful country -Italian culture, history, architecture, art, food and the warm Italian hospitality. I will be writing more about Italy and it's wonderful treasures.

I like to share an IGoogle widget by the name of Italian Art Studio which displays different Art pictures all the time on my homepage. However it doesn't show the name of the artists. Have a peek:

You can find the Italian Art Studio widget on IGoogle:


My Fuzzy's World self-publishing journey

I entered the world of self-publishing with no previous experience and a lot of great expectations. I was determined to find a well renowned and respected source with a fair price package and quality and experience behind the name. Besides researching web related self-publishing resources I also explored local BC book publishers whose prices were too high.

There are many web based POD (Print on Demand) Publishers. Most of them offer a complementary phone consultation requiring about your self-publishing needs. After a long decision making process with my husband Richard we finally decided to choose Booksurge Publishing which is now transitioning into Create Space. After comparing many other price packages from POD Publishers the final decision was based on the fact that Booksurge offers a complementary listing on Amazon.

The publishing process took approx. 6 months. Boosurge offers a professional account management team via phone and email during business hours and a toll free number. After two rounds of editing my book was transferred to the Design team which accommodated me very well in regards to my self designed cover concept for "My Fuzzy's World". We were able to choose the desired page colors and fonts and some special requests in regards to the book decoration were fulfilled with no problems.

The book arrived as a PDF file for final approval before being printed as proof and authorized by us for final printing and self-publishing.

Overall we had a great  and positive experience with Booksurge and we are very happy with the look of "My Fuzzy's World."

I invite you to view and read the first three chapters of My Fuzzy's World on Google books under this link:

I hope you will discover some of the magic of My Fuzzy's World for someone very special in your life. My book is for young readers ages 4-approx. 8/10. My book is also for all the adults young at heart!

My Fuzzy's World is available on Amazon:


Monday, July 19, 2010

Thought of the day

I admire the unique canvas art by artist Rodney White. I especially favour Rodney White's "It cost's nothing to dream and everything not to" canvas art print. Every time when I look at Rodney’s canvas art I feel a strong visual message of inspiration and strength that encourages me to aspire more in life. I love that message!

"It costs Nothing to Dream and everything not to" art print by Rodney White is available on

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A list of some of my favourite and beloved children's books

Here is a list of some of my favourite and beloved children's books. Until today I do love to read children's books! When I read children's books I feel like I am entering a secret garden full of wonderful treasures!

My old time favourite is The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry which has great wisdom for all ages. One of my newest favourite books is "The Tale of Despereaux" by Kate DiCamillo which has many magical elements.

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

Moomin Book Four: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip by Tove Jansson

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

Madeline Loves Animals by John Bemelmans Marciano

The Story of Doctor Doolittle by Hugh Lofting

Dr. Doolittle (Scholastic Junior Classics) by Hugh Lofting

The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting

The Complete Tales and Poems of Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne

Winnie the Pooh's Colors by A. A. Milne

Little Bear by Elsa Holmelund Minarik

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell

Peter Rabbit's Giant Storybook (World of Peter Rabbit and Friends) by Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter Treasury by Beatrix Potter

Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak

Pierre: A Cautionary Tale by Maurice Sendak

Stuart Little by E. B. White

Charlotte's Web by E. B. White

1001 Arabian Nights - The Complete Adventures of Sindbad, Aladdin and Ali Baba - Special Edition Anonymous

There will be more added to this list.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Share what you know and write a knol

Knol makes it free and easy to create, collaborate on, and publish credible web content. Put your name behind your content; write a knol:

I invite you to visit my knol:

Friday, July 16, 2010

Use Facebook as a helpful author marketing tool!

I have been working on social book marketing now since October 2009. Only now I am starting to figure out how to use Facebook to my advantage as a children's author and illustrator. When I discovered Dana Lynn Smith's Savvy Book Marketer Guides I was in for a big treat. Dana's book marketing guides for authors are in expensive and immensely helpful especially for new and growing author's like myself.

Networking on Facebook is a great way to meet and develop relationships with potential customers as well as other authors, experts, and key influencers in your field or genre, but it can be a challenge to figure out how to take advantage of Facebook's full potential.

In Dana Lynn Smith's Facebook for Authors Guide authors learn how to create an effective Facebook profile, avoid common mistakes, and promote yourself and your books through Facebook profiles, pages, groups and events. Detailed instructions and screen shots make it easy for you to quickly master this powerful networking tool.

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About the Author Dana Lynn Smith:

Dana Lynn Smith, the Book Marketing Maven, specializes in developing marketing plans for nonfiction books. She has a degree in marketing and 15 years of publishing experience.

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What’s next for My Fuzzy and his plush friends?

“My Fuzzy’s World “ is the first edition in a series of My Fuzzy’s World Adventure Stories for Young Readers. I plans to create more engaging, exciting and creative tales based on the fun escapades of my beloved Fuzzy and company.

Fuzzy and company have travelled with me and my beloved Richard to many places.  We always take Fuzzy and several of his plush friends on our travels. Fuzzy is proud to have visited Vienna (Austria), Paris (France), the Mayan Riviera and also the British Columbia wine country.

My next children’s book for young readers in the My Fuzzy’s World Adventure Stories Series will be titled “My Fuzzy in Paris”. This book will describe Fuzzy’s & company's  fun Adventures in beautiful and charming Paris, the city of love and lights. The goal of this new book will be to encourage young readers to get excited about sightseeing Paris with their family. Fuzzy and friends will  also learn about famous places in Paris, art, paintings, sculptors and writers.

Here is a peek at a photo of My beloved Fuzzy in Paris:


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A comprehensive resource for information on the children's book industry

I was thrilled when I discovered JacketFlap which profiles more than 200000 authors, illustrators, publishers and other creators of books for Children and Young Adults. Thousands of published authors, illustrators, librarians, agents, editors, publicists, and publishers visit JacketFlap every day.

Jacketflap also provides a community where you can meet and network with thousands of other people in children's publishing industry. You can also feature your books and your art on your free profile page.

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I invite you to visit my jacketflap profile:

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Inspire children!

I strongly believe that children of all ages need to be inspired continuously. In my first children's book My Fuzzy's World I share the importance of pursuing dreams and following your heart. Although my characters are plush animals they also have colorful dreams and aspirations.

I spend several years caring for four boys from infant to toddler age as a live in nanny in Canada.  I learned many wonderful things which only young children can teach you. One of the most beloved things I loved to do with the boys was to inspire them to listen to children's stories and later on to fall in love with reading great children's books. The power of great children's books is amazing! Children learn to embrace new adventures and also to create their own colorful dreams. I believe that children can be inspired immensely by being read to as early as possible.

Children need to know that dreams come true. In My Fuzzy's World all of my characters have a dream they want to come true. My beloved plush lion Fuzzy dreams of finding a new loving home and family. He has to overcome many obstacles until he finds true happiness.

In my book My Fuzzy's World I want to inspire young readers to dream their own colorful dreams and believe that one day a dream can come true if you just believe and pursue a dream. After all, dreams are precious. I think children need to believe that what ever great they dream to accomplish in live-nothing is impossible!

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Meet My Fuzzy –my beloved plush lion and the main character in My Fuzzy’s World!

Fuzzy is a also a wise little plush lion who has big dreams, a vivid imagination and a red little heart clasped between his paws. This little guy inspired me to create a delightful imaginary world for Fuzzy and his plush friends and family.

My Fuzzy (4)

Please visit my website to read more about the characters and the story line. I invite you to also visit my book listing on Amazon and enjoy the look inside the book feature which is a great Amazon tool to get a feel for inside a book and the story.

Please also refer to my previous post titled:

Happy reading!

For published authors: how to promote your book for free!

I recently discovered the amazing marketing power of Google books! Any published author can promote his/her book(s)  for free on Google books!

The process is very simple. You need a Google account to join and then simply upload your published work in PDF format with the ISBN numer. You keep the rights to your work.

What a great book marketing tool. Check it out:

Now I have even more exposure for My Fuzzy's World!

View the first three chapters of My Fuzzy's World on Google books!

As a very proud published author and illustrator of My Fuzzy's World I am now working very hard on marketing and promoting my this first children's book. I invite you to view and read the first three chapters of My Fuzzy's World on Google books under this link:

I hope you will discover some of the magic of My fuzzy's World for someone very special in your life. My book is for young readers ages 4-approx. 8/10. My book is also for all the adults young at heart!

My Fuzzy's World is available on Amazon!

Please visit my website :

Alway's enjoy reading!

A helpful marketing guide for authors on how to boost book marketing sales with social networking

In Dana Lynn Smith's Marketing Guide "Boost Your Book Sales With Social Networking", you'll learn how to harness the full power of networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to promote yourself and your books. The 90-minute audio program outlines tried and true techniques for beginners and advanced users, and the downloadable Learning Guide includes screen shots and helpful links.

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A great book marketing source for authors of any genre

The world of book marketing can be very overwhelming for new published authors like myself. After I self-published "My Fuzzy's World" in October 2009  I started to spend a lot of time on researching many available book marketing resources especially online. I spent hours reading and still was I was  not sure where and exactly how to start my book marketing adventure based on an overwhelming  world of options to choose from and absolute no book marketing experience.

At that time I was also new to social marketing. When I discovered Dana Lynn Smith's Savvy Bookmarketer Guides and  finally could see how to get trough the maize of the book marketing options with the right guidance and experience by a great professional like Dana Lynn Smith. I will be writing more on Dana's products in my next blogs. I highly recommend to visit her Dana's website:

Here is also a helpful link for Dana's guide on how to  Boost Your Book Sales with Social Networking-Audio Program:

Happy reading!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

My cat Maya is an important character in My Fuzzy's World

My beloved grey Tabby cat Maya is one of the treasured characters in My Fuzzy's World. Besides she is a truly dearly beloved cat which we rescued as a kitten. My husband Richard and I wanted to rescue a kitten to give it a happy and safe life. Maya entered our lives three years ago and today we can't imagine living without her. She has greatly enriched our lives with happiness and joy since the first day she arrived in our home.

I have dedicated two chapters to Maya in My Fuzzy's World, simply because she is such an important part of my story and also our real lives. I strongly believe that Maya is a wise cat and a truly unique soul! She especially loves to play hide and seek with us and also loves chasing  after  little paper balls which we enjoy throwing. We want to keep her safe and therefore she is an indoor cat. Maya is very beautiful and always will have a very special place in our hearts.

Maya also inspires me to write and illustrate for children and to create My Fuzzy's World.  I have illustrated Maya from this picture I have taken about one year ago. You can see Maya's pastel drawing in My Fuzzy's World. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The chapters of My Fuzzy's World

Occasionally I get asked how I created the titles for my 23 chapters in My Fuzzy's World. Most people don't believe me when I mention proudly that they just came to my mind one day. Actually-this is a true story. When I first started to create the story My Fuzzy's World in my imagination I could also visualize my chapters and  illustrations. I simply had an outline for my story which I then slowly built on continuously.

Most of the chapter names originated from the names I have given to my beloved plush animals. I wanted my story to be inspirational and magical for young readers. Because I already had the creative idea for my story I didn't worry about the titles of my chapters.  I felt confident that one day the chapter titles would present themselves to me and so it happened. I rather focused on my goal to write and illustrate a very unique children's book and believed in my creative talent. I am proud of what I have created!

I strongly believe as a writer that once you can imagine your story the idea title or the chapter titles will naturally appear once the story unfolds.

Here are the chapters of My Fuzzy's World:

1. My Special World
2. The End of My Very Long Journey
3. The Place I Proudly Call My Home
4. Rudi, the Purple Bear
5. A Guiding Light
6. Lily, the Lilac Lamb
7. Sophie, the Sumatran Tiger
8. A New Sense of Adventure
9. Marli, the Polite Little Brown Bear
10. Where Is Maya?
11. Robby, the Little Seal Who Gets Lost
12. Uncle Maurice
13. Lulu, the Pink Sheep
14. Maya’s Arrival
15. Awaiting Fuzzinette
16. Booboo Leo
17. Secrets of My Friendships
18. Little Mayanette
19. PJ, the Horse in Pajamas
20. Magic Times
21. How Love Healed My Broken Heart
22. True Happiness
23. Why My Family Is So Special
24. Dreams Come True

I invite you to visit my website to read more about the characters and the story line. Please also visit my book listing on amazon and enjoy the look inside the book feature which is a great amazon tool to get a feel for inside a book and the story. Happy reading!