Sunday, December 27, 2020

What will I remember about 2020?



Sometimes I wonder what I'll remember about 2020. Most likely I will remember the anger and grief I felt on a regular basis. The stark realization that far too many people don't have the compassion and empathy for our fellow human beings in order to have the kind of society I long to live in. The truth laid bare during a once-in-a-lifetime national crisis that far too many politicians value power and wealth over all else.
But I believe (and hope) I will remember so much more. The music that lifted me and/or comforted me. The shows that made me happy and felt like a giant hug at a time when I really needed them, like Ted Lasso and Soul. The books and shows that lifted me up and took me to faraway places, like The Invisible Life of Addie Larue and The Mandalorian. The love and admiration for my family and friends that has only grown during this difficult year. Those joyful moments of dog walks, bike rides, and spontaneous day trips to soak up the great outdoors, because through the darkness, those light-filled moments feel infinitely more special.
I hope I remember that in the midst of it all, I was able to do that which I love to do -- write. What a treat to spend time with characters I grew to love, but in order to find them, I had to begin, and what an important lesson that is for me. I hope I remember how hard I tried to bring kindness and light to others. I probably didn't always succeed, but I tried and in the trying, I myself found light and joy. I am fortunate in that I have not struggled the way many have struggled. I give thanks for that fact every day. But we have all experienced loss this year, in some form or another. Still, because of scientists, medical professionals, bright minds, creative souls, artists, musicians, storytellers, dreamers, loving hearts, comforting paws, and my own sheer determination and resilience, I made it through. And if you're reading this, you did too. And I hope I remember the immense gratitude I feel for that.

(📷: me, on one of our daily dog walks)

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Book trailer for Don't Judge Me

Last week I participated in a chat on twitter with teachers and librarians and many said they like to have a book trailer to show kids when they are talking up a book. So, with my limited iMovie skills, I made one! Feel free to use it at your school, and thanks for your interest!


Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Free virtual pre-recorded visits

I've been trying to figure out how to do some virtual visits this fall when I'm busy working my day job. So here's what I've decided to do - I will record a FREE 30 minute video for you to show to students in grades 4-7 at your school. So if you're an educator and you're looking for some reading/writing content that you don't have to teach, hit me up! So here's how it works.

Send me the date you'd like to share the video. If you think multiple teachers want to be involved please coordinate with them FIRST so I can do one video for all of you. Multiple classes/grades will get first priority so it's actually to your advantage to have multiple classes participating. 

I'll confirm that it's doable for me to record a video before then and once you have confirmation, you'll want to have one educator gather questions somehow and then forward the best ones on to me a week before you plan on showing the video (please have names attached to the questions so I can talk to each student and personalize my answers). I will do my best to make the videos fun and engaging while also being educational. I plan on recording a short presentation with some writing tips (and have my cute dog Alfie make an appearance) and then I'll answer questions. Once the video is done, I'll upload it to youtube as an "unlisted" video labeled for kids (no comments will be allowed that way) and send you the link. This will allow me to control my content and delete the videos I create in a couple of months. 

If there is something you specifically would like me to talk about to help your students, just let me know! I'm more than happy to tackle a subject you are wanting to teach as long as it's something I can go over in 15-20 minutes or so, allowing time for questions. 

For now I will offer this up through mid-December. If it goes well, I may do it again in 2021. 

If you are reading this and are not an educator, I'd love it if you'd send this post to any grade 4-7 teachers and librarians you know.  


Please email me at lisaschroederbooks@gmail.com with questions if you have them or to get your pre-recorded virtual visit scheduled!

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Thursday thoughts with Lisa - dealing with your internal critic

Figuring out how to deal with the negative voice inside your head so you can get your writing down on paper is something *every* writer has to figure out. Knowing that it's there and isn't necessarily something you should listen to is half the battle! But there are some other things you can do too. 

In case you want an easy link to the Annie Bloom's pre-order going on, you can go HERE.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Here's a little sample from my upcoming novel, DON'T JUDGE ME!

DON'T JUDGE ME comes out in less than two months, on November 10th. This novel is about a 6th grader named Hazel who finds a notebook that rates girls on their looks. She knows she has to do something, and she can't do it alone. The wave she'll be making might turn into a tsunami, but if Hazel can find the courage to speak up, she just might change everything.

The first professional review is in and it's a nice one!

Pre-order at www.annieblooms.com and get a signed, personalized copy plus free gifts!

This week's video offers a tiny taste - watch as I read aloud!

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Thursday thoughts with Lisa - the #1 thing you can do to improve your writing

I'm having a lot of eye pain this week for some reason so I'm not looking very well in this video, hopefully you will forgive me for that! But today I wanted to share what advice I give the most to kids who write to me and ask me what they can do to become a good writer. Can you guess what it is??? Find out in the video!


 

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Thursday thoughts with Lisa - staying motivated during the 1st draft

Writing is fun until it isn't. And then it just becomes work. So how you do stay motivated while writing the first draft so you can FINISH it? I share a few tips in this video!