2017 How to Make it Your Year

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2017 is going to be MY year!… I’m setting Achievable Goals for 2017: Guaranteed for success!

As a resilience author – teacher – speaker (Karen Tyrrell) I’m aiming HIGH determined to attain my goals and dreams! My passions for writing, speaking and resilience will drive me in 2017.

I’m creating my own luck and capitalizing on every opportunity presented to me.
With determination, I’m planning ahead every step of the way, setting realistic, achievable goals.

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No Pie in the Sky dreams in 2017 for me

I’m focusing on my achievable goals and what I can accomplish and the practical steps to reach there. It’s time to reset my targets, as the New Year comes hurtling towards me.
My wish is to make 2017 my MOST memorable year, one to be proud of.

What’s your Main Goal in 2017?

Squeeze your eyes shut and visualize your Big Picture for 2016.
Which goal drives you the most? What do you want to achieve above everything else?

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Concentrate on your main goal FIRST…

Now set practical mini-goals you can complete in three months or less.
Your brain will react to genuine personal goals that are S.M.A.R.T.

Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-bound.
Display your goals at eye level as a constant reminder and incentive … on a whiteboard or vision board above your computer … and/or on your fridge.

Aim High in 2017…

3 MONTH GOALS for Writing Success

  1. Write every day with passion and conviction … Everything else will follow.
  2. Rewrite & Redraft every writing project you’ve created to the HIGHEST publishing standard possible.
  3. Send away completed projects to writing competitions, critiquers, Beta readers or to editors.
  4. Follow up on VIP emails … Take advantage of every constructive opportunity presented to you
  5. Extend your writers platform, reaching out to your community: face-to-face and online.
  6. RESEARCH … RESEARCH … RESEARCH every writing project, every opportunity that ignites your interest. Understand how the publishing industry works from the inside out.
  7. Join a pro-active writing group or sign up to a writing course that will assist you achieve your goals.
  8. Network and Critique with writers who have a similar passion to you. Create pro-active partnerships.
  9. Be creative … envisage a brand new project that excites you.
  10. Tick off every success along the way!

I’m so proud of where I’m come from as a bullied teacher… Parents at my school harassed me to breaking point, triggering mental illness within me… Now I’m the recovered author of eight published resilience books … More Here

My Personal Goals for 2017

  1. Publish a new action-packed book for children in 2017 that will excite, entertain and empower kids to live strong. This is my MAIN goal and what drives me.
  2. Spread positive resilience messages via my published books at Digital Future Press. Share positive messages at my speaking events, writing workshops, author talks, storytelling, incorporating humor as a coping skill.

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ME & HER: A Memoir of Madness

Me & HIM: A Guide to Recovery

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STOP the Bully

Bailey Beats the Blah

Harry Helps Grandpa Remember

Jo-Kin Battles the It

Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra

Song Bird Superhero

 3. Mentor writers to achieve their writing and publishing goals through my Book Marketing Masterclass on Jan 28 and writing workshops.

4. Share my books to a wider audience including MORE schools, MORE libraries, MORE bookshops and MORE networks.

5.Present MORE writing workshops and speaking events in 2017

6. Maintain my OPTIMUM happiness, health and life balance. This MUST be my #1 PRIORITY.

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My DAILY GOALS …for SUCCESS

  1. Write every day: 365 days a year.
  2. List attainable goals that I CAN achieve for each day.
  3. Tick boxes [  ] on my diary page, a visual reminder of every SUCCESS.
  4. Congratulate myself on every success along the way.

Meanwhile, I’m setting all those positive Goals in Motion, aiming Sky High, ready for whatever the cosmic forces decide … Please Universe, be kind!

NEWS: I’ll be announcing exciting News in the next few weeks … Please stay tuned 🙂

Wishing you all a VERY happy, healthy and SUCCESSFUL 2017!

Thanks for your amazing friendship, support and encouragement in 2016.

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HOW will you make 2017 YOUR year of success?

What are Your S.M.A.R.T Goals?

I would love to hear from you. Please leave your comment below.

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Giving Thanks for 2016

thankyouI’m celebrating 2016 …

I’m giving thanks to the universe and to everyone who helped me to achieve my writing dreams.

Without you and your kind support, I, Karen Tyrrell could not have achieved what I did.

In 2016, I expanded my goals, incorporating superheroes into my resilience messages to teach kids and families to connect with their inner superhero.

Giving Thanks for NEW Books

In May 2016, I launched my junior fiction, Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra, my hilarious space adventure with themes of perseverance and teamwork. Jo-Kin is set on Planet Dee-lish-us made entirely of food.

OUT MAY 14 Terra Book

In September, I launched Song Bird Superhero, a junior fiction celebrating the power of self-belief, singing and science. Song Bird celebrates diversity with Rosie’s side-kick, Amy Hillcrest overcoming her disability of Cerebral Palsy. In March 2017, a magazine is featuring a double spread on Song Bird.

Song Bird Superhero launch with Alison & Jacqui

Song Bird Superhero launch with Alison & Jacqui

 

 Giving thanks for NEW Venues

Throughout the year, I signed books at over 20 book shops including Dymocks, Angus & Robertson, Mary Ryans around Brisbane and Sydney. Thanks to the shops who sell my books, some listed HERE

Books avaialble at Dymocks, Angus & Robertson, Mary Ryans & MORE

Books available at Amazon, Riverbend, Dymocks, Angus & Robertson, Mary Ryans, Apple & more.

Giving thanks for NEW Events

In 2016, I presented 6 Resilience & Well-being power point talks: to a Sydney West Teacher’s Conference, a CPA conference, a staff training, libraries and more.

I was key note speaker at Sydney Teachers conference on resilience

Key note speaker at a Sydney West Teachers conference on resilience.

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I presented 6 Resilience & Well-Being power point talks in 2016

In 2016, I presented over 40 events: including Supanova, Comic Con, writing workshops, author talks, story-tellings, pantomimes or book signings at festivals, schools, libraries and pre-schools.

Gold Coast Writers Festival with Elaine, Angela, Candice, Me, Dimity & Robyn.

Gold Coast Writers Festival with Elaine, Angela, Candice, Me, Dimity & Robyn.

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I presented 5 Bully Prevention talks based on my book STOP the Bully to schools in 2016

 

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Book Marketing Masterclass 2016 … next one 28 Jan 2017

 What was  the BEST thing about 2016?

 Meeting all the awesome writers, authors, creatives, teachers, colleagues, parents, children, friends I met face to face or online. I was thrilled to make a personal connection with you.

Special thanks to those who made 2016 AWESOME …

 Firstly I’d like to thank Steve Tyrrell for his creativity, insight,  and wide range of skills.

Working with him was so much FUN.

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Steve reading chapter 2, his ‘Guest Chapter’ in Song Bird Superhero.

Giving special thanks to…

In no particular order: Anthony, Penny, Trevor, Alison, Jacqui, Yvonne, Charmaine, Jillanne, Rebecca, Jenny, Jocelyn, Rachelle, Lucy, Megan, June, Justine, Chris, Aleesah, Romi, Jill, Di, Sam, Tammy, Barb, Montana, Belladonna, Cheryl, Lisa, Meg, Lea, Nicky, Norah, Robin, Lurline, Cenly, Sue, Vacen, Dimity, Angela, Candice,  Amanda, Ruth, Karen, Kim, Susan, Tyrion, Georgina, Kate, Claudia, Bel, Toni,  Jeanette, Raelene, Kate, Dannii, and many, many more xxx

HUGS to all my friends, readers, listeners, colleagues and supporters. Thanks so much xxx

giving thanksNEWSFLASH:  I’m announcing some exciting news in my next Blogs … Please stay tuned !!!!

HOW was the year 2016 for you?

What do you give thanks for?

Please share: Please comment, like, tweet , Google plus <3

 

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Meet Logan’s Talented Creatives Dec 11

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Meet Logan Creatives – songwriters, artists, musicians, poets and authors. And its FREE!

Meet award winning author Karen Tyrrell (moi) 

I share the highs and lows of my writing and publishing career.  Once I was a bullied teacher who experienced a dramatic breakdown …   Now I’m a resilience author  of eight books which empower adults and kids to live strong .

I’m appearing at the Meet Logan’s talented creatives FREE event with incredible artists, musicians and poets.

★★★★★ Me and Her: A Memoir of Madness

Bullied school teacher is harassed and stalked by parents to breaking point … and Beyond. How does she claw her way back from insanity?

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★★★★★ Song Bird Superhero

Children’s book, Song Bird Superhero focuses on bullying and humor. How does Rosella Ava Bird empower herself?

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Meet Logan Creatives Alison and Grant Strachan

Alison and Grant organized this innovative event as directors of Fringe Art & Culture.  This online group connects creatives to the people of Logan. Alison and Grant will share exciting news with us.

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Alison & Grant Strachan

Meet Logan Creative: artist Peta Thompson

Peta will reveal the ins and outs of working and using social media to help with your business (creative or not). Peta is a mixed media artist, art teacher, designer and qualified art therapist.

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Peta Thompson

Meet Logan Creative: muso Shaun Diver

Shaun, a local muso just won **1st place** for his original song at the Goodna Jacaranda Festival! He will perform heartfelt lyrics and tunes to keep you entertained.

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Shaun Diver

Meet local Creative: Artist OmiLee

Hear from local artist OmiLee as she lets us in on her experiences, her trials and errors emerging into an arts career. How  does she keep momentum as an artist?

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Meet Logan Creative: poet Matt Langdon

Meet  Matt (Trucky) Langdon the bush poet. Hear the power of the spoken word as he shares some of his incredible bush poems.

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Matt Langdon

Meet Logan’s talented creatives!

Join the FUN. Meet the most amazing, talented creative people in Logan. Come along to see their work, pick their brains and revel in their energy!

Learn about more opportunities to interact with Logan’s creatives as Fringe Art & Culture launches its new app… And more to be announced!

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FREE Local Creative event This Sunday

WHERE: Toscani’s Café,  restaurant area (near movies)

Hyperdome Shopping Centre,

Pacific Highway & Bryants Road, Loganholme QLD 4129
WHEN: Sunday 11th December 2.30- 4.30pm

RSVP: To this Facebook event

So, are you coming along this Sunday?

Please comment below, LIKE, tweet, share on Linked in.

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Winner All of Us Together Book Giveaway

Winner All of Us TogetherWinner: Check out your name below to see if you WON new release: All of us Together.

Its an entertaining children’s novel dealing with challenges a family faces during the Great Depression.

Winner announced at the end of the blog…

Meet Bill Condon, award winning Australian author of All of Us Together.

I , Karen Tyrrell author, interview Bill chatting about  his latest book…

036831-bill-condonQ: What is All of Us Together about?

A: When John O’Casey leaves his family to go in search of work, his wife Margaret is left to raise three young children, Daniel, Adelaide, and Lydia.

Daniel, the eldest, takes on the role of a leader, but as he discovers, it’s hard to be a man, especially for a boy who’s only twelve-years old.

All of Us Together is an entertaining book for children, set in a past era.

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Q: Why did you write a book set in the Depression?

A: The idea for the book was planted in my head as a child when my parents told me about their Depression era experiences. I dutifully listened before filing the information away in the darkest corners of my brain. First I remembered my parent’s stories, then I Googled the Great Depression and read first-hand accounts of others from that time. Slowly I realized that this was something big and important.

Q: What were the difficulties you encountered?

A: When I first tackled the book I wrote it in third person and it didn’t work. So I gave up on it for about six months. This year I had another try, but I changed it to first person. To me, the immediacy of writing in that tense brought the book and its characters to life.

Q: Pretend you’ve just won a major award and you have the opportunity to make a speech thanking those who helped you in your career.

Who would you thank?

A: I thank my wife Di (Dianne Bates) who taught me how to write for kids. I’d mainly written stage plays for adults before meeting Di, and had never even read a children’s book. (I know, shame on me!).

The first publisher who gave me a chance was Cathie Tasker, who published four of my books when she was with Harper Collins. They were small books and certainly not prize contenders, but with them the door to the publishing world was nudged open.

Belinda Bolliger, who was then at Hodder Headline – now called Hachette, published my first young adult novel, Dogs.  Prior to that I’d written mostly short and funny books, as well as  poetry and plays. Dogs was a very different kind of book, often violent and dark. Belinda took a big risk in publishing it. To my great delight and surprise Dogs was named an Honour Book in the CBCA Awards.

My next YA novel was called No Worries. It was about a teenage boy whose mother suffered from manic depression. As with Dogs, it was hard-hitting and confrontational, perhaps too much so for many. Five publishers rejected it before I sent it to Leonie Tyle who was then with Queensland University Press. Leonie accepted it and went on to publish four more of my young adult novels. Whenever I had doubts, Leonie would gently urge me along. She’d send me inspirational quotes about writers. She’d phone me and ask how I was going.  She was unfailingly supportive. And as with Di, Cathie, and Belinda, I’ll always be grateful to her.

Q: What publishing advice would you give to writers?

  • Read work in the same genre you’re writing for.
  • Be part of a small but select writing group.
  • Read your work to others and listen to their advice.
  • Strive for clarity in your writing.

Winner: All of Us Together is available from About Kids Books http://www.aboutkidsbooks.com/payment-methods or from any children’s bookstore.

Bill Condon has had four CBCA short-listed books. In 2010 he won the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Junior Fiction.

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Winner: Book Giveaway

Who wants to be a winner of a FREE copy of All of us Together?

Leave a comment below. Best answer will win a FREE print copy.

Winner announced HERE on the 12th December. Good luck 🙂  AUS only

Drumroll … and the winner is Ruth Garlick … PS I hope you enjoy it 🙂

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Logan Lifestyle Expo showcases Karen Tyrrell’s Books

Logan Lifestyle ExpoLogan Lifestyle Expo will showcase my empowering children’s books.

I, Karen Tyrrell am a Logan award winning author and school teacher. I write funny books that empower kids to live strong: teaching self-belief, bully prevention and resilience skills…

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★★★★★ Song Bird Superhero

Bullied girl Rosella Ava Bird dreams of flying. How can Song Bird defeat the evil boy-genius? Song Bird empowers herself through song, science and self-belief.

★★★★★ STOP the Bully

“Eleven year old Brian is hiding something. His life is falling apart. Dad abandoned the family. Brian hates his new school. And now an aggressive bully attacks him every day. Can Brian STOP the Bully without revealing his secret?” **Endorsed by Kids Helpline

★★★★★ Jo-Kin Battles the It (Super Space Kids #1)

Geeky Jokester, Josh Atkins (code-name Jo-Kin) dreams of zooming off into space. Josh wins an online competition to become a Super Space Kid. The It kidnaps Captain Astra, threatening to destroy the Earth. Who will rescue her and save the galaxy?

★★★★★ Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra (Super Space Kids #2)

Reluctant hero, Jo-Kin doesn’t want to be a Super Space Kid . Not until Lord Terra kidnaps his Commander’s little sister and starts destroying the galaxy. Can Jo-Kin defeat the all-powerful Lord Terra ? **STEM Science. Power of Humour: Resilience, Team work

★★★★★ Bailey Beats the BLAH

Bailey HATES his new school. His tummy aches. He has no friends. His dog Fuzzy slobbers all over him. How can Bailey change his BLAH to HA-HA-HA? **Coping skills.

★★★★★ Harry Helps Grandpa Remember

The special love between Harry and his grandpa who succumbs to Alzheimer’s. Harry will do anything to help his grandpa remember. ** Endorsed by Alzheimers Australia

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Meet Karen & Steve Tyrrell at Logan Lifestyle Expo

My children’s books make excellent Christmas presents!

Come check out the SUPER prices and book packages!!!

WHO will be at the Logan Lifestyle Expo?

Over 50 exhibitors from health and fitness, cars, 4x4s, hot rods, bikes, caravans, boats, travel, local businesses and community services all showcasing how they create a Logan lifestyle….

Join the FUN, for the chance to win a CRUISE worth $5,000

Check out the list of 50 exhibitors … Click here
Thanks to Ingenia Lifestyle for kindly hosting this FUN event.

Logan Lifestyle Expo

WHERE: Car Park & Club: Greenbank RSL, 54 Anzac Parade, Hillcrest, Brisbane.
Please find me, Karen Tyrrell near the reception opposite the Garden Café
WHEN: 10-2pm on 26-27th November
Drop by for a coffee, a drink or for lunch. Love to meet you. 🙂

WHO’s joining the FUN this weekend?

Please let me know … Comment, Like, Tweet and Google plus.

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Supanova Brisbane Author Karen Tyrrell

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Supanova Brisbane – I celebrated the ultimate book signing event in my author’s year.

Supanova Brisbane 2016 presented its cosplay Pop Culture expo. A three-day fan festival of books, TV, movies and games.  Gob-stopping. Exhausting. Exhilarating.

Song Bird Superhero

I met SUPA cool little fans and BIG fans of Song Bird Superhero.

Thrilled to sign my new release, Song Bird Superhero … Bullied girl, Rosella Ava Bird powers up with singing, science and self-belief.

I surprised them; announcing Song Bird Superhero 2 comes out in 2017.

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Song Bird girls hang out!

 

Fan girl Loves Song Bird Superhero

Meet little Song Bird

 

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Meet Song Bird’s friend and reader

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Shout out to kids who bought copies of Jo-Kin Battles the It and Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra.

Jo-Kin AKA Joshua Atkins battles robots, monsters and evil lords … At the same time chomping down on Planet Dee-lishus made entirely of yummy food.

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Fan boy loves Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra

 

Supanova Brisbane Drumroll …

I met SUPA rock star authors, celebrities and cosplayers.

Awesome authors

WOW! I got to chat with award winning fantasy authors Kim Wilkins and Angela Slatter.  Kim and Angela tutored me at Queensland Writers Centre in my early days as a writer.

PLUS I got a sneak peek of thriller author, Matthew Reilly.

And so many awesome author friends dropped by my booth to say hello. Kylie Thompson, Kev Webb, Luke West, Kate Russell and Charmaine Clancy and MORE.

Check out the photos!

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Awesome fantasy authors Kim Wilkins & Angela Slatter

 

Matthew Riley SUPA author

 

Meet Naomi Eccles Smith

Naomi Eccles Smith, dragon author.

 

Amanda Greenslade, fantasy author.

 

Meet Kate Russell friend & author

 

SUPA heroes

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Meet Raven, Song Bird’s sister

 

Supanova Heroes Love Song Bird

Supa Heroes love Song Bird

 

Wonder Girl meets Song Bird

Wonder Girl meets Song Bird

 

Thor AKA Steve Tyrrell  meets lady THOR + fantasy friends

SUPA Winged creatures

Avril Sabine, author created  steam punk wings

 

Brianna created her own SUPA wings

Brianna created her own SUPA wings

Finally, thanks everyone for saying hi at Supanova Brisbane  … and supporting Song Bird Superhero. Song Bird is now available on Amazon … Click here

A  gripping page turner with positive messages for kids.

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Download Free teacher notes & Kids activities with STEM science . Click Here.

WHO else loves Supanova Brisbane?

Please share, like, tweet or Google plus.  🙂

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Stocking Stuffers of Hope and Cheer

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Stocking Stuffers of Hope & Cheer USA invited my children’s book Song Bird Superhero to join their Prezi interactive presentation. Song Bird Superhero shares positive messages of self-belief, reaching your dream and bully prevention.

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Song Bird Superhero  shows strength with Rosie overcoming bullying. And diversity with side-kick, Amy triumphing over her Cerebral Palsy challenges. Both girls are super smart at STEM science, breaking stereotypes. FREE kids resources click here.

WHY?

Christmas for many children and their families celebrates the most wonderful time of the year! Children scurrying around making holiday plans, ringing in the season to be jolly, singing holiday tunes, with happy wide smiles from ear to ear.

BUT…

Not so Happy Christmas for Others

Among children frolicking we notice anxious, worried and sad children. Christmas can be the toughest time of year for them. Some children are driven into depression and feeling hopeless. Many will need someone to talk to – a counselor, a teacher, a close relative, or an adult they trust.

So, let’s not forget children who are doing it tough.  Perhaps experiencing the death of a loved one, hunger, poverty, loneliness, separation from their parents, abusive home lives, being bullied or isolated at school. Christmas time may bring sad memories.

HOW we help children feel better around the holiday season?

How can we help lift a child’s spirit so they can enjoy the celebrations?

I don’t claim to have all the answers. Let’s share ideas to help lift a child’s spirit. Anti-depressants may help some children. But if we can avoid this, some children can get through the holidays without being medicated.

What about a great book, colouring book, journal or diary?

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Books help children relax, put a smile on their faces, help them laugh a little, or sooth their minds. Children would love to spend time journaling. Writing can be another past-time to get through the holidays while children take their minds off their home life.

Within the Prezi link below I share books from inspiring authors, Bloggers, speakers, and podcasters that will help children through the holidays.

Please add more book ideas to the list by commenting below.

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Take a look at the RED Prezi Stocking Stuffers Presentation link

It’s a Prezi Holiday presentation showcasing books of more than a dozen authors who have written children’s books. Take a look at these author’s websites, blog spots and Amazon author pages to get to know the faces behind all their books.

‘Tis the Season! Books Make Great Stocking Stuffers, too!   HERE

Remember, books make awesome stocking stuffers, so have fun perusing the Prezi presentation.  Feel free to pass this link along with the Holiday Prezi link to your friends and family who may have small children. …Rewritten from Cherrye’s Blog.

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What are your favourite Stocking Stuffers on the Prezi link?

What positive books do you recommend for children?

Please comment, ask a question or give a suggestion. Please Like, tweet, or Google+

Karen Tyrrell is the award winning author of Bailey Beats the Blah , Harry Helps Grandpa Remember, Song Bird Superhero, Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra, Jo-Kin Battles the It and STOP the Bully.

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Supanova Showcases Song Bird Superhero

supanovaSupanova Pop Culture EXPO will host my book exhibition.  Come meet Song Bird Superhero, Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra and Jo-Kin Battles the It.  PLUS all my books to empower you to live strong.

I’m so fired-up, I could explode into a zillion stars!

Supanova fans: assemble your geek squad!

Supanova Brisbane 2016 is coming! Jam-packed with scifi and fantasy superheroes from the screen and your imagination!

I’m SUPER excited to bring my original children’s superhero books to Supanova Brisbane.

What’s SUPER about Song Bird Superhero?

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Song Bird Superhero launches a female superhero for girls 6-12. Song Bird AKA Rosella Ava Bird vs Frank Furter, evil child genius and mad scientist.

Rosie  inspires us to believe in ourselves and fly high.

Steve and Karen Tyrrell will dress in cosplay. Me as Song Bird Superhero, Steve as THOR.

What’s SUPER about Jo-Kin: Super Space Kid?

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Joshua Atkins AKA Jo-Kin and the Super Space kids must save the galaxy from LORD TERRA.   From books Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra and Jo-Kin Battles the It.

Can he defeat the IT and Lord Terra?

 WHO are the SUPER Star Actors ?

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Meet Nathan Fillion from Castle, Firefly and Serenity

Meet Lucy Hale from Pretty Little Liars and Cinderella Story … and MORE!

WHO are the SUPER STAR authors ?

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MEET Kim Wilkins, author of Sisters of the Fire and Daughters of the Storm.

Meet Matthew Reilly, author of the Scarecrow and Jack West novels.

Angela Slatter author of Vigil.

Meet hundreds of SUPER Stars!

MEET me at SUPANOVA 11-13 November

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Karen Tyrrell as Song Bird Superhero

My stall is called SUPER Hero Books for Kids.

Go to #29 Artists Alley,  close to Comic Book Supa Stars and Imagineer’s playground.

Brisbane Convention Centre, Merivale and  Glenelg Street, South Brisbane.

 Connect with Me: Karen Tyrrell

Follow me on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/karen_tyrrell

Follow me on Twitter https://twitter.com/karen_tyrrell

Finally, Follow Song Bird on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/songbirdsuperhero

Buy Song Bird Superhero & Jo-Kin series at cool prices

Super Space Kids SeriesI’ll selling Song Bird & Jo-Kin at super cool prices !

Get a selfie with me and THOR … Get a Song Bird Superhero certified stamp on your book or your hand.

 HOW do you Book your ticket?

Supanova is FREE for kids under 12 accompanied by a paying adult.

Tickets for Supanova 2016 Brisbane Expo are on sale NOW!
Head to supa.fans/BuyBris16Tix to purchase online.

WHO’s going to Supanova? 

Please comment below … Share, LIKE , Tweet or Google +

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WINNERS Song Bird Superhero Book Giveaway

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Announcing winners Song Bird Superhero book giveaway.

Song Bird is a humorous book about a bullied girl who overcomes bullying through self-belief, singing and science.

Song Bird Superhero is written by award winning author Karen Tyrrell.

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 ‘An imaginative tale that flies high.
A young girl realises she much more powerful- and avian – than she thought.
Uplifting work about conquering bullies and staying true to oneself.’ — Kirkus Review

‘In a world where Super Girl and Wonder Woman are real…

Rosella “Rosie” Bird dreams of being able to fly. And she’s not short of ideas that might help her to achieve her goal. Unfortunately, a series of dangerous engineering failures has left her parents less than supportive and with her neighbour Frank contriving to make her life miserable, Rosie feels attacked on all fronts. Only her love of singing sustains her – and that is where the fun begins.- Buzz Words

MORE Reviews HERE

Thanks to the Blog Tour hosts & those who Commented

Alison Stegert Blog … Write a superhero story with a relatable hero HERE

Melissa Wray Blog… World Building: How to Build a Fantasy World HERE

Jill Smith Blog… Review of Song Bird Superhero HERE

Just Write For Kids Blog … How to write Positive Books for kids   HERE

Megan Higginson Author … How & Why I wrote Song Bird Superhero  HERE

 

FREE Teacher Notes & Kids Activities

Free STEM science, creative writing, flying history, art, craft, maths, literacy, drama, social skills and bully prevention. Download HERE.

Where is Song Bird Superhero available?

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  1. Get a Signed stamped copy with FREE Postage songbirdsuperhero.com
  2. Available at book stores: Riverbend, Mary Ryans Milton, Dymocks: Penrith, Indooroopilly, Angus & Robertson: Brookside, Capalaba, Ipswich; Big B Books, The Really Good Book shop and MORE
  3. Amazon in print & eBook around the world: AUS, USA, UK, Japan, France, Germany and MORE.
  4. Available online: Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, Wordery.

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Winners Song Bird Superhero are …

Barbara Bishop …signed print book

Marcia Strykowski …eBook

Congratulations to the winners Song Bird Superhero book giveaway! I’ll contact you soon for your address and email to send your free copy.

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Pantomimes: How to Create & Perform for Children

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Lights! Camera! Action! I create FUN pantomimes from my award winning children’s books to entertain and educate.  I created and performed pantomimes for my novels Song Bird Superhero, Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra, Jo-Kin Battles the It and STOP the Bully. I performed pantomimes for picture books Bailey Beats the Blah and Harry Helps Grandpa Remember.

My books have positive messages such as Living Strong, bully prevention, coping skills and STEM science.

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These interactive pantomimes or story-telling sessions were performed at book launches, schools, libraries and festivals.

Last week I flew to Sydney to present my Song Bird Superhero pantomime to William Stimson School.  I performed Song Bird at Wetherill Park Library as a public performance too.

Song Bird Superhero is about a bullied girl who gets her super powers from singing, science and self- belief.

After the pantomime, children completed FUN activities which I created for Song Bird Superhero. These activities include: STEM science, creative writing, and art and craft. Download HERE

Win Song Bird Superhero

Song Bird Superhero by Karen Tyrrell … Pantomime script by Karen Tyrrell

What is a Pantomime?

Pantomimes are theatrical entertainment, involving music, jokes and slapstick comedy based on a children’s story. Children are often invited to interact with actors to help save the hero from the villain.

Why create Pantomimes for your children’s book?

Pantomimes dramatize your story, promoting and selling your book. Children LOVE the FUN interaction of pantomimes. Pantomimes connect children, teachers, schools and parents with the author.

 I wrote a pantomime script from book Song Bird Superhero

I wrote a pantomime script from my book Song Bird Superhero

How to create Pantomime Scripts

  1. Write and publish your children’s novel or picture book first.
  2. Analyze the BIG Picture of your book: Who’s the hero and the villain? What’s the story’s message? How does the hero triumph over the villain? What challenges does the hero overcome?
  3. Compress the story to an introduction, climax and resolution.
  4. Add dialogue. The hero actor invites the audience to interact. They repeat a pledge or warn the hero of the villain’s presence.
  5. Consider using key characters only to keep production costs down.
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Audience participation is paramount to the Script

How I created Song Bird Superhero

  1. I created Song Bird pantomime as a musical story-telling session from the hero’s point of view. ie Rosella Ava Bird. Rosie explains how the bully, Frank Furter (villain) stole her self-esteem so she couldn’t sing OR build her wings to fly (science).
  2. Song Bird invites the children to become superhero buddies. The audience repeats a superhero pledge to empower themselves… and Song Bird. The audience warns Song Bird of Furter’s presence. ‘He’s behind you!’
  3. When Furter enters the final scene, the audience and Song Bird ignore the bully. The children sing, sway their arms and clap to the music. The musical ending celebrates the triumph of Song Bird over Furter.
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Final scene Song Bird Superhero pantomime with villain Frank Furter

Finally, how did I Perform this Pantomime?

  1. Exaggerate your acting, movements, dancing and humour to entertain children.
  2. Make costumes and props yourself from available materials to keep costs down.
  3. Play recorded music through a speaker or invite school choirs to sing.
  4. Investigate venues to present these events.
  5. Connect with your local library to organize these events. Children pre-ordered signed copies of Song Bird Superhero. I handed these over to the school after the pantomime.
William Stimson Public School interacted with Song Bird Superhero

William Stimson Public School interacted with Song Bird Superhero

 Jo-Kin Battles the It … and Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra

Jo-Kin defeats the evil Lord Terra on planet Dee-lish-us

Joshua Atkins becomes JO-KIN Super Space Kid

Joshua Atkins becomes JO-KIN Super Space Kid … Performed by Anthony Puttee.

STOP the Bully — Bully Prevention talk

STOP the Bully talk at Shailer Park High

STOP the Bully talk at Shailer Park High

Bailey Beats the Blah

Change your Blah to HA-HA-HA … Kids hold their thumbs up OR down to reflect Bailey’s mood

Bailey Beats the Blah Panto at Logan North Library

Bailey Beats the Blah Panto at Logan North Library

 

Harry Helps Grandpa Remember

Harry NEVER gives up helping his Grandpa Remember …

Write Links friends perform Harry Helps Grandpa Remember

Write Links friends perform Harry Helps Grandpa Remember

Finally: Now you can create and perform pantomimes using the steps above.

 

My empowering books are available … on Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble  and at bookstores.

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