Mama Diaries

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

IWSG Post and Should I Go or Should I Stay?

It's time for the Insecure Writer's Support Group post of the month. The question is, "What would you like to see changed in the publishing industry?"

That's a tough one. Ebooks seem to be here to stay. And Amazon seems to be the mega-giant from whom everybody purchases books. I wish the little bookstores with physical books would be able to compete with Amazon and be found in every town. But that probably won't happen.

I guess the other thing I would like to see is an end to "trends." For a while, it was all about vampires. And then it was about books featuring diversity. And then in the middle-grade world, it's been all about relationships and bullying. Which is all good and well. But why do publishers have to go with the trends? Why can't they have a variety? Maybe people want to read something other than what everybody else writes.

Is there anything you'd like to see different in the publishing world?

And here's the other part of the post:

I'm supposed to go to Florida in a few weeks to see the University of Tampa and find an apartment for my daughter, who will be going there in August. The coronavirus numbers there are increasing and are now over 10,000.  I'm concerned about getting it again. And I don't want to do that, especially since I have to go see my dad get married at the end of August. He's no spring chicken. I definitely don't want him to get it!

So, do I stay home and leave it to my ex to help her find the apartment and disappoint my daughter by not going, or do I go and risk getting the virus? What do you think?

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Getting Out and About

I don't know about you, but I've gotten a little antsy hanging out in my little apartment all day, quarantined. I decided to get out and enjoy the great outdoors a bit.

Adventure number one:  Tubing down the Hooch.

The Hooch, aka Chattahoochee River, in Georgia.  Looks pretty, doesn't it?

This adventure involved hanging out with a bunch of teenagers who thought it would be a good idea to tube the Hooch. All was well until my tube got stuck on some rocks. Then I had to get out of the tube, into the river, to free myself. It wouldn't have been bad, except the part where I got stuck ended up being much deeper than anticipated. The freezing cold water came all the way up to my neck! So, not only did I have to get my tube over the rocks of a small waterfall, I had to climb over those rocks myself while freezing my little tush off! Mama was not pleased!  Getting out at the end of the trip was a good trick, too. The current was moving a bit fast, and the exit point was on the opposite bank. I actually had to get out again and swim against the current, dragging my tube. Probably not very safe, but I managed to do it. Needless to say, by the end of the two-hour tubing expedition, I was extremely cold and tired! But hey, it was better than sitting in my apartment! 

Adventure number two:  Beach trip to Lake Lanier

Another trip with a bunch of teenagers. Same bunch, by the way. This time, I decided to stay on dry land and observe. These kids thought it would be fun to swim all the way out past the "safe swim zone" to the "kayak zone" buoys. I shook my head and watched as they swam, praying I would not have to call a rescue squad to save them. They made it to the buoy and hung out there, clinging to it for about 20 minutes. They must've been freezing! Finally, they decided to swim back, and almost all of them ended up floating on their backs, probably because they were so exhausted! So much for being invincible! The good news is, they all made it back safely.  

So, that's what I did last week. What about you? Same old same old in quarantine?

Before I go, I'd like to let you know that I will be doing an online book tour in September to celebrate the release of Bubba and Squirt's Mayan Adventure. If you'd like to sign up to be a part of it, go here. Thanks to those of you who have already signed up!  I'm looking forward to being a guest on your blog!   


Sunday, June 7, 2020

Book Release: Bad Fairy by Elaine Kaye

Today, I have a new book to tell you about:  Bad Fairy by Chrys Feye's mom, Elaine Kaye. Read on to learn some new fairy words!

Title: Bad Fairy
Series: A Bad Fairy Adventure (Book One)
Author: Elaine Kaye
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Fantasy Middle Grade
Length: 66 pages
Age Range: 8-12

BLURB: Thistle Greenbud is not a bad fairy. She simply doesn't like rules, and it's just her luck that her homework is to create a new rule for the fairy handbook. But first, she has more important things to do. Like figure out how to get back at Dusty and Moss for playing tricks on her.

Before she can carry out her plan, though, disaster strikes and she finds herself working alongside the very fairies she wanted revenge on. Can they work together and trust each other, or will things go from bad to worse?

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When you write for children, you get to make things up and let your imagination run wild. For fairies, I didn’t want to use the same sort of terminology and popular phrases that kids use these days, because fairies wouldn’t know them! So, I decided to create fairy alternatives. I had fun coming up with phrases like okum sokum and boogles, two of the most commonly used words by Thistle and her friends.

To get hip with fairy language, check out these words and their definitions.


Batty Eye - a facial expression of disgust or distrust.

Boogles - darn it, dang it.

Flea Fit - an outburst of anger.

Flutters - what the girl members of the Flutter Club call themselves.

Fuddlebug - similar to “boogles,” it means “shoot” or “crude.”

Moon’s Day - the Greek name for Monday.

Okum Sokum - pronounced oh-com so-com, it is the Flutter’s rallying cheer and means “YESSSSSSS!!!!”

Saturn’s Day - the Greek name for Saturday.

Speckles - amber pieces of fossilized tree sap used as money.

Spoogling - when a bad fairy throws rocks at another fairy while they’re flying.

Sun’s Day - the Greek name for Sunday.

Twisty - a tornado


“Now on to the subject of my tardiness. Dusty and Moss have struck again.”

The Flutters jump up. “Now what?” Those words echo in the clubhouse.

All of us have one thing in common—our dislike for Dusty and Moss. We are almost convinced they are related to trolls. As I tell them what happened, they sit on the edge of their chairs.

“They spoogled me!”

“Isn’t that dangerous?” Lilly asks.

“You bet. A pebble could’ve torn my wings. Then Moss grabbed my wing and flung me into a fern bush. See the tear in my shirt?” They get up to look. “Right now, I could be lying in the fern bush or on a hard leaf at Fairyview Hospital.”

Lilly stands up, facing the other Flutters. “We have to get even!” She raises a clenched fist.
“I agree,” I say.

“Well, it can’t be today,” Clover interrupts. “I need to get home before my mom throws a flea fit.”

“I told my mom I wouldn’t be gone long, too,” Rose says. “She has a punishment all planned out if I’m late. I’ll have to pull thorny weeds from the flower beds.”

“Ouch,” we say in sympathy.

“As President, I end our meeting. I can’t get a Flutter in trouble. We will meet tomorrow morning. Now let’s go home.”

We start to zoom off in different directions.

“And watch for Dusty and Moss!” I warn.

“Okum sokum!” they holler back.


3 Signed Paperback Picture Books –
Pea Soup Disaster, Doctor Mom, The Missing Alphabet

Eligibility: International

Number of Winners: One

Giveaway Ends: July 1, 2020 12:00am Eastern Standard Time



Elaine Kaye is the author of A Gregory Green Adventure series. She first created Gregory Green after her son, who loved her homemade pea soup, thus inspiring the story Pea Soup DisasterBad Fairy is her middle grade debut and the first of A Bad Fairy Adventure series.

Kaye has worked as a library assistant and teacher’s assistant in elementary schools in the Sunshine State. She currently lives in Florida, but she has called Michigan; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Okinawa, Japan home. She is a grandmother of three boys.