This is quite a moment for me…never did I think, 25 years ago, that we would reach this point after producing so many plays as well as short films, sketches, a feature film and publishing scripts. Right now, I’m more focused on the published scripts produced in recent years (including plays previously produced and one yet to be produced: The Aquarium, The Paradise Lust Romance Series, It Was Kit and Shakespeare’s Brain, Crime and Etiquette and Horror at Terror Creek; and film scripts produced and yet to be produced: Space Zombies: 13 Months of Brain-Spinning Mayhem! and They Suck) and the novellas and novelette that spawned from those scripts (“The Trilogy of Horrifically Half-baked Ham”: Space Zombies!, They Suck and Horror at Terror Creek), as well as my picture books and up-coming novels…but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a play or possibly even a film in Triple Take’s future! Stay tuned…we’re not done with theatre, film and television yet, nor have we released every script to be published…
Of course, I have accumulated many, many memories over the past 25 years. I thought I’d share at least one per “production”…starting from the most recent and wrapping up with our very first production in 1993.
Mirror World Publishing has published my flash fiction story, ENVY, today on their blog! Check it out right HERE.
Please head on over to Triple Take's website this week and next to check out fond memories from Triple Take members past and present. Click on our mascot below!
I've completed a lesson plan for elementary students in Grades 1&2 and 3&4 for Tamara Turtle's Life So Far. It's called "Rescuing Red-Eared Sliders" and it's ready for presentation this 2018/2019 school year! Here's the scoop:
The lesson plan/presentation for RESCUING RED-EARED SLIDERS - Tamara Turtle’s Life So Far includes: Discussion of specific pages in the picture book, trivia questions and discussion on basic facts about Red-eared Slider turtles, turtles you might find in pet stores, the eight turtle species located in Ontario, Red-eared Slider distribution, how to care for Red-eared Sliders and other pet turtles, including expenses, foods, equipment and accessories, reptile and “special species” shelters and rescues, what to do/not do if you can no longer keep your pet turtle, why some people may choose to give up their pet turtle (generally due to previously discussed expenses, including equipment and housing, food, vet bills, etc.) and why you must never release a pet turtle into the wild. Many activity sheets (and answer sheets) are available in the package (word searches, crosswords, colouring pages, research assignments and many more), and an assessment rubric, vocabulary page and curriculum guidelines the lesson plan fulfills are all there for the teachers.
Together, we can create a unique and multifaceted learning experience for your students!
This $500 Package includes: Class visit with reading, post reading discussion and trivia, q&a and introduction to “poster”, “diorama”, “research” or “list” related activities (as determined on a case by case basis). Students will have 2 days - 2 weeks (as determined by teacher/class schedule) to work on their assignments and I will return for a second class visit to see presentations by the students and their work. New activities can also be done during my second visit. Book forms and take aways will be left for students to take home and a set of up to 15 books are included for the class and library. Lesson plans will be loaned out for the duration of the session and if teachers wish to sign up for a visit next year get to keep the lesson plan binders. 1 hour + per visit.
Tamara Turtle’s Life So Far: Tamara the Red-eared Slider turtle is having a rough start in life. Her new owner loses interest in her, and she is released into a nearby creek, where she does not belong. Luckily, a Good Samaritan takes her to a local animal shelter that cares for "special species" like Tamara. There, she learns about the plight of rescue turtles just like her.ckens! I am also able to answer questions the students may have regarding the book itself, and writing and publishing.
Please note that a “class” is considered to be no more than 30 students. A minor price adjustment based on number of students/activity copies and books will be made if a class has more than 30 students, or if you wish to combine classes. Teachers will be given the appropriate number of activity sheets to cover all the students in the class. Any loaned out lesson plans or books that have been damaged will need to be purchased for $25 per binder and $12.99 per book. I will be able to provide a brief contract for any school visit tier purchased.
From Mirror World Publishing:
"...Unreachable Skies will be the first in a planned trilogy about Zarda, an apprentice Fate-seer on a planet where it is normal to fly. In this first novel, Zarda finds she is ill-equipped to deal with the consequences of a plague that has resulted in wingless hatchlings. Efforts to fight prejudice and superstition lead to death for some and exile for others; while Zarda’s own journey to understanding her role in events may lead her to abandon all tradition in order to protect her peoples’ future.
Unreachable Skies is an adult speculative fiction novel. Not full fantasy or science-fiction, it lies on the cusp..."
You can pre-order Unreachable Skies HERE...and now, drum roll please...
THE COVER REVEAL!
Margaret and the Diamond Key Mystery
Written by Marsha S. Tennant with Lyric Bailey, illustrated by Amy Crane
Join Margaret, Mad Maverick and the crew of the Howling Queen as they set sail in search of the Diamond Key booty. A merpup, two funky felines and a mysterious stowaway join the adventure. Will they be able to solve the riddle and unlock the treasure?
Written by Joanna H. Kraus, illustrated by Mariana Dragomirova
Can a rescue dog win a grandmother’s affection?
When a Beagle “marks his territory” and ruins Granny Lil’s picnic, Nina worries whether she can ever convince her grandmother to like Benny and allow a dog to live with them. But when a snake threatens Granny Lil, a barking Benny races to the rescue.
Bravo, Benny is an intergenerational story geared to readers ages 4-8.
Barley B.: A Dog for All Seasons
Written by Betsy Manchester, illustrated by Swapan Debnath
In this book Barley is trying to express her thoughts on how important it is to make sure your pet is always healthy and happy no matter what time of year it is. She wanted you to understand that if you might be cold , hot, or even scared, your pet also has these feelings. If for any reason you can no longer give him or her the proper care, please find someone or someplace that can. That is what a responsible pet owner does.
Beverlee Beaz the Brown Burmese has a new publisher!
I'm excited to announce that a brand new edition of Beverlee will be published by Mirror World Publishing in early 2019!
So far, Beverlee has managed to win an Honorable Mention in the Children's Picture Book 5 & Younger category of the 2015 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards, and was a finalist in both the 2016 Best Book Awards (Children's Picture Book: Softcover Fiction) and the 2017 Wishing Shelf Book Awards (Category 1)! I look forward to the new and improved edition, which will incorporate some of the notes received from young readers, teachers and librarians in the UK involved in judging the entries for the Wishing Shelf Book Awards.
Mirror World Publishing is the publisher for one of my forthcoming picture books, Mixter Twizzle's Breakfast, which will be released on September 1st of this year.
Category: Angel to Angel
Author: Anja Clare Perry, 11 year old author
Artist: Aumi Kauffman Perry www.aumistudios.com
Paperback ISBN: 9781616339319 1616339314
eBook ISBN: 9781616339326 1616339322
A fictional short story poem revealing the often-times forgotten, yet age-old secret of life: the importance and attraction of kindness. A lighthearted tale of a peace loving old man, and how he became loved by the whole village by being kind.
EVERY INCH A KING
A Children's Christmas Musical
Category: Angelic Harmony
Author: Dixie Phillips, Sharon Phillips, Lucy Robbins, and Leslie Trettin
Playbook ISBN: 9781616339241 1616339241
eBook ISBN: 9781616339258; 1616339268
Music CD ISBN: 9781616339265 1616339268
The weavers and the tailors are in a not so friendly sewing competition, hoping to create the most beautiful garment for the newborn King. When they eventually find Baby Jesus, they are shocked to discover he’s wearing swaddling clothes. Children of all ages will love this fun, easy-to-sing Christmas musical. 6 Scenes-7 Songs- 30 minute running time.
The CD has the music included!
ANCIENT SYMBOLS, ARTWORK, CARVINGS, AND ALPHABETS BOOK 3
With Professor Hoot
Category: Academic Wings
Author & Illustrator: Eugene Ruble
Print ISBN: 9781616339296 1616339292
eBook ISBN: 9781616339302 1616339306
Book 3 contains another sampling of ancient symbols presented by Professor Hoot who guides the reader through distant times for further exploration. Join Professor Hoot as he displays more ancient art and unusual artifacts. These items represent various cultures from ancient countries and eras.
Regan is an art-fart and an animal-enthusiast who loves New Zealand, Winnie-the-Pooh, horror movies and a few select individuals. Writing is her passion, but she's also into producing and directing theatre, film, and television. When she's not writing or spending time with her husband (writer Kevin Risk), she spends quality time with her pets (a Chihuahua, a Siamese cat and various amphibians). Regan is also a Certified Canine (and feline) Massage Therapist.