Belated happy Galentine’s/Valentines’s Day

A belated happy Galentine’s day to all of you poetic, noble land mermaids. As Leslie Knope would say, it’s the best day of the year. I’ve been hosting large Galentine’s day celebrations with my girlfriends for the last nine years. Due to the pandemic we changed things up this time. Instead of meeting at a restaurant we had a very small gathering in a private home.  after a year of self- isolation, it felt like a small miracle to be indoors with other humans. We wore masks, sat six feet apart, and enjoyed our first inside hang-out time since last March.

The next day, our pastor at church had a sermon on making beauty and he cut out a heart from a piece of red construction paper. He said it was a silly little illustration  meant to inspire us to love others by making them beautiful things. That afternoon I got out my scissors and made this simple little valentine card.

Dear readers, wherever you are in the world today, I’m wishing you love and beauty.

My book is finally here

IMG_0681Tonight, for the first time in my life, I have copies of my first solo-authored book in my home. I know it sounds silly, but I’ve waited my entire life for this moment. I’ve wanted to be a writer ever since I was a little girl scribbling away on stories and drawings. Tonight I rewatched the newest Little Women movie and once again sobbed through the entire last scene where Jo watches her book get published.  Tonight, just like Jo March, I get to hold a copy of my own book. And I am crying happy tears.

You can pre-purchase your copy here: https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781538118757/Exploring-the-History-of-Childhood-and-Play-through-50-Historic-Treasures 

Exploring the History of Childhood and Play Through Fifty Historic Treasures is now available for pre-sale!

In 1977 Kenner got a wee bit delayed in making the first-ever Star Wars action figures so they created a brilliant plan to sell the toys at Christmas that year, even though the toys wouldn’t be ready until the following February. They sold an empty box with a certificate for the toys. In similar fashion, my book about toys is undergoing the finishing touches in the publication process and won’t be ready until May. HOWEVER, thanks to the internet, you can pre-purchase a copy of my book for yourself or your favorite pals for Christmas this year with the promise of having it shipped straight to your house once it finally comes out next spring. Doesn’t that sound like a good plan? You can order it now on Amazon, through Rowman and Littlefield’s own website, Barnes and Noble, BooksAMillion, or even through the Japanese bookseller Kinokuniya, and the Brazilian bookstore Livaria Cultura! Merry Christmas, everyone!

https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781538118740/Exploring-the-History-of-Childhood-and-Play-through-50-Historic-Treasures

The Book Manuscript is Finished

It took 15 months, and hundreds and hundreds of hours of work but I finally finished the first full submission of my book manuscript. Exploring the History of Childhood and Play Through Fifty Historic Treasures is undergoing the editorial review process. Over the next few months we will be walking through the next stages: editing the manuscript according to the feedback my reviewers give me, then copy editing, indexing, and proofing.  No word yet on a publication date, but as soon as I know more I’ll post it here.

Art-O-Mat Part II

Remember that time in October 2013 when I first saw an Art-O-Mat machine while I was at SHA in Indianapolis? Today, almost five years to the day, we have our own Art-O-Mat Machine here in my town. My editor from Springs Magazine gave me an assignment to visit our Art-O-Mat, buy a piece of art, and write a story about the experience. Story to follow in the magazine next month. In the meantime, here’s a picture of our local version of the art-vending machine and the linocut by Mona Wu that I purchased from it for only $5.

Exploring The History of American Childhood Through 50 Historic Treasures

Hiya blog readers! (All 2 of you!) I have two exciting announcements to make.

1)I am under contract to write a book for a new series through AASLH entitled “Exploring the History of American Childhood Through 50 Historic Treasures!”  I also just received a research grant through The Strong Museum.

2) I have a new website for History Joy Consulting. Check it out at http://www.historyjoyconsulting.com