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Speaking Engagement for Children’s Author Tiffany Turner

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Tiffany Turner will be leading a Creative Session at the SCBWI Asilomar Children’s Writing Conference. The session will be entitled: Writer’s Block Walk and will be on Saturday, March 4 at 3:15pm-4:00pm.

writerblockwalkDescription: Got writer’s block on a project? Bring your project for a walk around Asilomar along the beach and dunes. Brainstorm with other writers, and take some time in nature to write and release new ideas.

Still time to sign up for this excellent children’s writing conference at: https://sfsouth.scbwi.org/events/2017-golden-gate-conference/.

A message from Tiffany Turner:

“I’ve been attending the SCBWI South San Francisco Asilomar Writing Conference for over 10 years. Each year it is a shot in the arm to help get my creative juices flowing. It is also a great opportunity to mingle and pitch to children’s editors and agents. It’s a small conference, and many times it’s a nice family and friend-like atmosphere that is great for children’s writers just starting out to the seasoned veteran like myself. Great weekend getaway and chance to focus on your children’s writing career.

Still time to sign-up, and if you are coming already, please join me for the walk. It’s something similar to what I’ve done and I’ve heard others do during this writing conference. Except I’ve taken it to a new level by giving this walk some structure and applying it to something I think a nature walk helps with the best, writer’s block. It should be a fun writing activity. I look forward to meeting you.” -Tiffany Turner

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The Bridges of the SF Bay Area: Local Perspective

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Driving over the Golden Gate Bridge at Sunset

Driving over the Golden Gate Bridge at Sunset

I was admiring another bloggers post on their comments of the Golden Gate Bridge. It is a fantastic land mark for San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area. And to be honest, I’ve lived in the Bay Area my whole life. But it still gives me a sense of awe every time I go over the Gate. I’ve driven over it, walked, and ridden my bike. Every way you take in it’s glory, it’s worth it.

So, I’ve been asked to post some of my pictures of my last excursion over the bridge. I’m posting the best of the sequence, coming from Highway 101 over the bridge into the City. The first is approaching the Golden Gate. You come out of the tunnel, and it appears in the distance. Different times of the day the lighting will change. It could be a bright orange or a glowing shade as it is in these pictures at sunset. No matter the time of day, it is dramatic.

Approaching the bridge towards San Francisco.

Approaching the bridge towards San Francisco.

On the bridge with the other span seen through the other.

On the bridge with one span seen through the opening of the closest span.

As you draw closer, you start to see the other span through the one you travel under. This is especially exciting since you can get some artist shots as you drive over the bridge. If your stuck in traffic, which is often as you drive into the City, it is easier to get pictures in the car if the traffic is stopped. In this case, we were going at a slow, safe rate in the far right lane.

To be fair, there is another bridge in the Bay Area. It crosses from Oakland to San Francisco, and is called the Bay Bridge. In it’s own right, it is about as old as it’s bridge cousin, and it recently has had a light sculpture mounted. It is to remain for two years. I’ve gone over the Bay Bridge last weekend, and the LED lights are secured right onto the cables.

I have a regular cell phone. So, I think a faster shutter speed is needed for the full impression of the lights. But, I’m posting my pictures, even though they are a bit blurry. It is the exciting thing for the locals right now. I hope they are able to keep it longer than two years.

Bay Bridge Light Sculpture April 2013

Bay Bridge Light Sculpture April 2013

Bay Bridge LED Light Sculpture Close Up

Bay Bridge LED Light Sculpture Close Up

So, sometimes, you can take your local sites for granted. But often it’s another visitors perspective that makes you rethink them in a new way. And most important, traveling and seeing other monuments helps you to come home and appreciate your own at home. In the end, you come to understand that the things you have around you all the time can be magical.

Dolls Make the Best Travel Companions

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A recent epicture book has caught my attention. Emilio by Silvina de Vita is a charming story about an ignored doll. Thoughts of the “Velvetine Rabbit” came to mind as this little rag doll is ignored by his owner. You want him to be loved. He tries everything, with adorable pictures to illustrate his plight. Finally, he is packed in a dark suitcase and travels to places that even the Travel Gnome would be jealous of.

This ebook seems like a great fit for young children 2-6 years old. It is also available in Spanish. It’s a great way to get children excited about travel, esp. if a toy is their favorite travel companion. Plus, it can be used to teach that travel can be fun, and that a special travel toy companion can bring security to a worried child.

**** 4 star rating. Available in English and Spanish editions at Amazon.com.

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