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Life imitates Art

Waking up to the beauty of sunrise over the mountains is something I appreciate every day. I’m currently reading and loving KATERINA’S WISH by Jeannie Mobley, which has cover art that reminds me of my sunrises.

This is exactly the kind of book that made me love reading. It’s the story of an immigrant girl who has big dreams for her family and works hard to make them happen.

The writing is beautiful and each character is lovingly created in a way to make them memorable and a hero of their own story. Mobley weaves in little stories and folk tales in a way that is charming and important to both character development and plot.

Charlie Writes a Love Story

If you follow this blog, you know me. I’m Charlie and my favorite things are playing in the snow, chasing my friends, and my mom. But this is a love story so my mom is only the photographer. And the chauffeur to get to the trail. And the one typing this because dogs don’t have thumbs.

This is Meadow. 😍 She’s one of my favorite girlfriends. I know what you’re thinking. Don’t judge, it’s a dog thing and you wouldn’t understand.

Look at that smile!

Be honest, you’d chase her too.

Sometimes she lets me catch her.

We stop for some refreshing “snow cocktails.”

I think she likes me too. 😊

Author interview with K. D. Huxman

K.D. Huxman’s new nonfiction children’s book (pictured above.)
Author K. D. Huxman
What Ludlow looks like current day
Today’s post is a departure from my usual photography and poetry to share a peak into an interesting new book by a fellow SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) author.
1. Tell us the name of your book and what was your inspiration?

The title is COLORADO COAL FIELD WAR: MASSACRE AT LUDLOW.

My publisher, Apprentice Shop Books wanted to put together a series for middle school and older to highlight events in American history that changed hearts and minds. The Ludlow Massacre was part of a larger conflict in the mines of Colorado that pitted immigrant miners against wealthy mine owners. I’m a transplant to Colorado. The first time I heard about this bit of history was in a newspaper article. It caught my mind. When I was invited to submit book proposal, it didn’t take me long to decide to retell this story.

2. Is this your first nonfiction book? What else have you written?

Yes, this is my first book length nonfiction. I have written shorter biographical pieces for Apprentice Shop Books’ 25 Women You Should Know series. I have two picture books out. For adults I’ve had six novels, three novellas, and a short story published as well as a number of magazine pieces and poetry.

3. Will you have a teacher’s guide to go along with this book?

It’s been suggested that I do so. At this time it is a work in progress. I’ll post it on my website when I’ve got it finished.

4. Your book is about events that happened over 100 years ago, did you find research to be challenging?

The massacre at Ludlow was well documented in the newspapers at the time as well as by the Colorado Militia in regards to movements of troops and the legal actions following the events. There are many photos available. It was a pleasant bit of history hunting to do the research. Ludlow is a ghost town now, but I drove down there and took some time taking pictures and getting a feel for the place.

5. Are there any events present day that you feel are tied to the massacre at Ludlow?

As I was doing my research and writing it was clear to me that there are many corollaries to be drawn from those events over a hundred years ago. In some ways the plight of immigrants and the challenges they faced haven’t changed. The desire to improve our lot in life is a very human desire, and does not fade with time. The struggles to organize the mines and miners helped create the labor organizations we have today. Lastly, the fact that men still go into the earth all over the world to dig for coal and other materials and die in the attempt hasn’t changed. It remains a dangerous job.

You can find K.D. Huxman at:

Http://kdhuxman.wordpress.com

Her book is available now on Amazon.com and Apprenticeshopbooks.com

Walking and talking (poetry in nature)

Walking and talking

enjoying the path,

enjoying the cool fall air,

the leaves filtering daylight

colors and light changing with each step.

Stopping by the creek

listening to the water

listening to your description

of whirling water followed by calm

a metaphor for life

But mostly enjoying the company

Full Moon Announcement

The full moon, has always been an inspiration for me. On this full moon, I’m happy to announce that I have signed contracts with my publisher and my illustrator for a book that will be released in early 2019!

Photo of the harvest moon 9/24/2018

Sunlight through the trees (Haiku)

Aspen leaves turning

green giving way to yellow

sunlight filters through

Komorebi is a Japanese word to describe the effect of sunlight streaming through the leaves.

Shades of Green

Green

the color of both strength and relaxation

harmony

Symbolizing life, renewal, energy, growth

healing powers creating hopefulness and optimism

balancing the sun and ocean

the center of the rainbow

Sorry, Kermit but it is easy to be green.

💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚

Green is also my dear friend Sophia’s favorite color. This post is written for her with all the love in my heart sending her positive healing energy on the eve of her surgery. I can’t be with her, so as a writer and a photographer, I’ve created this message with positive energy across the miles.