Tuesday, August 12, 2014

#ExpressYourself: My Teen Crushes and Steampunk?

Happy Tuesday, everyone. Can you believe it's the middle of August already? This summer has just flown by so fast. Today I am answering two Express Yourself questions because I am catching up on my blogging.

Question #1 = Who were your celebrity crushes when you were a teen?

This may sound quite odd but I tended to fall in love with the characters more than the actors who portrayed them. Here are a few of the characters I had a crush on.

Wesley Crusher (Star Trek: TNG) 
Worf (Star Trek: TNG) 
William F. Cody (Young Riders) 
James Butler Hickok (Young Riders)
Buck Cross (Running Buck)(Young Riders)
Ike McSwain (Young Riders)
Hank (Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman)
Sully (Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman)
Cloud Dancing (Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman)

Question #2: What is one thing Steampunk-ish I find fascinating from books, TV, movies and/or the internet. 

That's a great question! What I love most about the Steampunk genre is freedom in creativity it gives you. Steampunk opens the mind to all kinds of wonders. New worlds and alternative worlds are just waiting to be explored. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

What'sUpWithAllison: New stories and camp? #IamWriting #Camp

Good Morning! This summer has been full of changes for me as an author, publisher and educator. My writing routine was interrupted this summer but no longer. I am currently working on rewriting Calico with the protagonist being her husband. I also will have two more shorts coming out soon. One is a paranormal story that takes place in the Big Bend region of Texas. The Lady of Wild Rose Pass is based on a ghost legend from that area. My second short is a Christian short titled Where Grace and Faith Collide. It is based on a true story that happened in my family. That short story became the inspiration for my movie, Field of Grace. I am working on converting the movie to novel format. I am so excited to be back to writing and look forward to publishing more stories for my readers to enjoy.

Ok, so what's up with the camp song in the video? Well, I am pleased to announce that I am starting a writing program for all ages called Arts in the Parks. It's a writer's retreat that takes place in the local, state, and national park systems for students from K through adult. I am still working on the website for the program but as soon as I have it all in place I will make the big announcement. Arts in the Parks is more than a writer's retreat. I will also have day camps for the performing and visual arts. It is my goal to have the curriculum implemented throughout the nation. I plan to start in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan and Illinois.

Friday, August 8, 2014

#Blessings: Ph.D here I come! #education #authors

It's been a very busy summer for me and I've been MIA for the past month. But now I'm back in full force with some very exciting news. I have been accepted into Walden University's Ph.D in Education program. I am so excited. I told my husband in 2006, when I had gained my Texas teacher certification, that I wanted to earn my Ph.D in Education and teach on the university level. Last year, I obtained my MFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University. Obtaining the degree changed my life. I'm the proud owner of Mountain Springs House, a publishing company that offers services to authors and business owners. My MFA also made me a stronger writer. I can't wait to see what will happen in my life as I work on my Ph.D. I have always loved to teach and I have some great ideas that will change the way we teach the literary arts.