Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A Year In Review

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE! This morning, there were a lot of people talking about resolutions and setting goals for themselves in 2013. Mr. Chris and I were right there with them. However, we also took some time recently to reflect on our accomplishments in 2012. Here's what we found.

In 2012, we created 29 Lighting the Way With Words. We joined Julie Hedlund's 12 x 12 in 2012 writing community and completed the challenge of writing 12 picture book drafts over 12 months in 2012. We forged a partnership with the publishing app, Flying Books to bring our story, Dragonfly, Dragonfly Show Us the Way, to life as a fully illustrated ebook.

We also wrote and recorded these twelve stories in 2012:

Toe Jam (18:34)
A boy's personal collection grows into something far bigger than himself.
Free audio download:Toe Jam
Blog with activities:Toe Jam

The Spelling Bee (19:01)
A boy prepares for his shot at taking home the spelling bee championship. 
Will he succeed? 
Free audio download: The Spelling Bee
Blog with activities: The Spelling Bee

Clementine's Big Mess (16:05)
Clementine the cupid has lost his magical quiver. Can his friends 
help him find it?
Free audio download: Clementine's Big Mess
Blog with activities: Clementine's Big Mess

A Letter from a Leprechaun (5:30)
A reading of a letter written by Seamus the leprechaun detailing how he escaped a leprechaun trap. 
Free audio download: A Letter from a Leprechaun
Blog with activities: A Letter from a Leprechaun

Pedal Power (14:21)
While learning to ride a bike, a boy learns perseverance breeds confidence.
Free audio downloadPedal Power
Blog with activitiesPedal Power 

Everything In This Story Stinks! (16:57)
Come along on a tour of the exhibits featured in the Museum of Malodorous Art.
Free audio download: Everything In This Story Stinks!
Blog with activities: Everything In This Story Stinks!

Grabby Goose Gets Greedy (18:41)
Grabby Goose learns the value of true friendship when things awry on Lake Wallawallawampack. 
Free audio download: Grabby Goose Gets Greedy
Blog with activities: Grabby Goose Gets Greedy 

The Mankie (19:46)
Simon receives a mysterious present from his uncle. Can he use his powers of observation to unravel it's special purpose? This episode is sponsored by Nature's Clean Choice baby blanket protected by Fosshield at http://bit.ly/superblanket
Free audio download: The Mankie
Blog with activities: The Mankie 

Migration (6:23)
A boy and his mother discover the wonder of watching a letter fly through the sky.  
Free audio download: Migration
Blog with activities: Migration

The Yawn Contagion (22:29)
Princess Ennui is bored with everything until she meets an imp who offers her a magical intervention with unexpected results. Can Princess Ennui find a way to save the kingdom? 
Free audio download: The Yawn Contagion
Blog with activities: The Yawn Contagion

Auntie Kerry and the Paskamansett Pumpkin Regatta (17:29)
Auntie Kerry recruits her family to fulfill her dream of competing in aunique river race but when she gets sick they are forced to come together as a team without their fearless leader. This episode is sponsored by The Parsonage Soap Company
Free audio download: Auntie Kerry and the Paskamansett Pumpkin Regatta 
Blog with activities: Auntie Kerry and the Paskamansett Pumpkin Regatta

Ohwhatfunitis (13:33)
Carol is way behind with her Christmas preparations when she starts to experience some strange symptoms. Can her family step up to help her out?
Free audio download: Ohwhatfunitis 
Blog with activities: Ohwhatfunitis

We'd love for you to share your accomplishments in 2012 with us in the comments or on our Facebook page

As always, we look forward to watching the glow grow brighter with the many stories, words, Spreecasts, and ebooks we can share together!

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