Episode 10 of a 13 episode web series called "A Man of Great Importance Explores the Scary Changes, and Social Decline, and Secret Horrors of Our World, and He Doesn’t Like it One Bit". Based on characters from the feature film "Space Zombies: 13 Months of Brain-Spinning Mayhem!", including A Man of Great Importance, the movie's narrator. This episode stars Jason Reilly as A Man of Great Importance, Andrea Lyons as Mrs. Smith, Sookie S. Macaulay-Risk as Mrs. Smith’s cat and Raxl D. Macaulay-Risk, also as Mrs. Smith’s cat. Written by Jason Reilly. Directed and edited by Regan Macaulay. Lights and camera work by Kevin Risk. Produced by Maureen Bell, Regan Macaulay and Kevin Risk.
Episode 9 of a 13 episode web series called "A Man of Great Importance Explores the Scary Changes, and Social Decline, and Secret Horrors of Our World, and He Doesn’t Like it One Bit". Based on characters from the feature film "Space Zombies: 13 Months of Brain-Spinning Mayhem!", including A Man of Great Importance, the movie's narrator. This episode stars Jason Reilly as A Man of Great Importance. Written by Allison McWood. Directed and edited by Regan Macaulay. Lights and camera work by Kevin Risk. Produced by Maureen Bell, Regan Macaulay and Kevin Risk.
I'm currently featured on Literary Classics' Author Spotlight Blog, where I am interviewed about my picture book, Tamara Turtle's Life So Far, which won a silver medal from Literary Classics (in the Educational category)!
From the Literary Classics blog:
HOW DID YOU GET THE IDEA FOR YOUR AWARD WINNING BOOK? I volunteer with the Toronto Humane Society, and when I was working to enrich the animals in the Special Species Department, I noticed that all the turtles (and they were all Red-eared Sliders at the time) had a great deal of trouble getting adopted. Some had already been there for a year or more (there are some there still since the book was published), and though THS has created wonderful habitats for them to thrive in during their stay there, it’s not the same as having a permanent home. I wanted to create a story that would teach kids and their parents about the responsibility and commitment involved in caring for a pet like this, and if they determine they can properly look after a turtle its whole life, to adopt one that really needs a home.
CLICK HERE to read the rest of the interview!
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Episode 8 of a 13 episode web series called "A Man of Great Importance Explores the Scary Changes, and Social Decline, and Secret Horrors of Our World, and He Doesn’t Like it One Bit". Based on characters from the feature film "Space Zombies: 13 Months of Brain-Spinning Mayhem!", including A Man of Great Importance, the movie's narrator. This episode stars Jason Reilly as A Man of Great Importance and Darcy Windover as Zombie Boy. Written by R. J. Downes. Directed and edited by Regan Macaulay. Lights and camera work by Kevin Risk. Produced by Maureen Bell, Regan Macaulay and Kevin Risk.
Mirror World Publishing has some great titles coming out in 2020, including my latest picture book (this time with co-author Kevin Risk, who also happens to be my hubby!) Libby the Lobivia Jajoiana! Gord Bagshaw is finishing up the absolutely INCREDIBLE illustrations as we speak! For now, please enjoy some preliminary drafts of Libby below (she's great here, but she's even BETTER in the final illustrations!)...
From the Mirror World Publishing blog:
Mirror World's 2020 Line Up!
Happy New Year!
It’s a brand new year (our seventh, in fact) and we’ve got a brand new list of upcoming releases for you to get excited about!
Last year we kicked things off with a local Windsor author and her debut middle grade novel set in Windsor, Ontario; Karen Koski’s The Gimmal Ring. Then we had a children’s picture book from M|W author, Regan W.H. Macaulay and the talented artist Alex Zgud, Beverlee Beaz, the Brown Burmese, which we later also released in French! Then came the second in Sharon Ledwith’s Mysterious Tales from Fairy Falls series, Blackflies and Blueberries, a teen psychic mystery. And we also brought you Shelf Life from a new addition to the Mirror World family, Rob Gregson. Then in the fall we released the sequel to Karen McCreedy’s Unreachable Skies trilogy: Exile, and Felix Eddy’s hardcover art book, A Bestiary Alphabet.
And now it’s 2020. And we have another great line up for you...
Read the rest on Mirror World's blog...click HERE!
Beverlee Beaz the Brown Burmese
Regan W.H. Macaulay
Mirror World Publishing (2019)
Reviewed by Lydia Dehning (age 6) for Reader Views Kids (11/19)
“Beverlee Beaz the Brown Burmese” by Regan W.H. Macaulay is about a cat named Beverlee Beaz who has an active imagination. Beverlee gets out of the house and starts walking. She sees the trees and the running water, then she sees a butterfly. The butterfly turns into a parrot from the Amazon rainforest! Then Beverlee sees a rabbit under a bush, and it becomes a kangaroo that she chases around. Beverlee trips and lands in the pond where she sees a frog. The frog then becomes a Komodo dragon! I really like Komodo dragons, so this one was fun to see in the book. Then Beverlee bumps into a beehive and the bees start chasing her, but they turn into hungry Pterodactyls! Last, she sees a unicorn standing in front of her, and it kind of scares her with its horn so long. After the unicorn helps Beverlee out of trouble, she realizes that it’s not so bad, or a unicorn, after all. Beverlee had a fun but busy day with her imagination.
This was a fun book to read because of all of the interesting animals that Beverlee imagined. I liked all of the animals, and I liked how Beverlee was able to know that the animals weren’t really scary ones like she imaged them to be, but instead they were less scary. I think kids of all ages will like this book – I did, and my three-year-old brother did too."
A Note from Mom: "This is a very cute book about how your imagination can become very realistic. It is good that the author was able to show Beverlee understanding that it was just her imagination while allowing her to have fun at the times her imagination was taking over, as well. I agree with Lydia that this is a book for any age with the imaginative choice of animals, and the beautifully drawn pictures to look at."
And now, please enjoy these little clips from the Hudson Bay Holiday Windows on Queen Street (Toronto), and a few moments from the Santa Claus Parade...
Okay, my turn! One new favourite Christmas tale of mine...or a couple, actually...includes Chapter 1 from The House at Pooh Corner and the second poem from Now We Are Six, within one of the most famous series in children's literature, Winnie-the-Pooh.
Beginning with Chapter 1 from The House at Pooh Corner, in which A House is Built at Pooh Corner for Eeyore...this is one of the few chapters or poems in the series of books that takes place during winter (and though not necessarily at Christmastime, the spirit of Christmas is certainly present, in my opinion, at least as far as good intentions go).
Pooh prepares a song for Eeyore and sings it to Piglet as they journey to where Eeyore is:
The more it
The more it
The more it
How cold my
As they continue on their snowy walk, Pooh realizes that Eeyore has no place to live, and so proposes to Piglet that they build him a home. And naturally, Piglet thinks this is a Grand Idea. So, they find a pile of sticks on the other side of Pooh Corner, and begin building on the Warmer Side of said corner.
Eeyore finds Christopher Robin, in the meantime, and grumbles about the cold as the snow slowly engulfs him. Turns out Eeyore's house (a house no one realized he had in the first place) is missing and he wonders if Christopher Robin knows where it has gone. They set out in search of the errant abode.
They hear Pooh and Piglet singing as they build Eeyore's new house out of the sticks that were Eeyore's old house. But Eeyore somehow gets to take credit for the new, better built home now standing in a Warmer, more suitable spot (Pooh Corner, no less). All is well!
Then there's the poem, King John's Christmas, from Now We Are Six.Here's a verse, but you'll need to read the book to discover the rest (and preferably, you'll read it to someone you love at Christmastime, along with all the other poetry):
King John was not a good man--
He had his little ways.
And sometimes no one spoke to him
For days and days and days.
And men who came across him,
When walking in the town,
Gave him a supercilious stare,
Or passed with noses in the air--
And bad King John stood dumbly there,
Blushing beneath his crown.
Read on to a link about another of my favourite Christmas stories, and find out more about my very own published Christmas book, Merry Myrrh, the Christmas Bat...
The 11th day of the 12 Books of the Holiday Season, with guest blog post by author Leslie C. Halpern
My Favorite Holiday Story: A Christmas Carol
I’m especially fond of the Charles Dickens’s novella, A Christmas Carol, first published in 1843, because of its humanitarian theme. Dickens, an enthusiastic proponent of educating and subsidizing the poor, created the character of Ebenezer Scrooge as a lonely miser without compassion until he is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future, and undergoes a personal transformation. The story revolves around far more than merely a season of giving, and includes a life-altering change in one fictional man’s perception that in reality inspired countless readers to change their thinking about the way to celebrate the holiday.
Leslie C. Halpern is the author of Poodles & Doodles: Poems about Dogs. This pack of wild dog poems skewers oodles of adorably outrageous dog behaviors. Using various poetic forms, including haiku, limerick, acrostic, diamante, free verse, and rhyming couplets, the author shares humorous universal truths about man’s best friend for readers of all ages. Halpern is an award-winning author of several books of poetry and nonfiction books about entertainment.
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.