Saturday, October 29, 2011

(c) All photographs copyrighted by Mary Nida Smith

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Children's Story contest associated with the book and movie "The Help" was won by Darcy Pattison. Her story was tiled "11 Ways to Ruin a Photograph." To read more click on and Don't forget Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., on PBS.

It is a beautiful time of the year to enjoy and take photos. The landscapes colorful display is brighter and fuller this year. I did a lot of mess-ups yesterday trying to create my blog to promote my published & unplublished books/big and small. I am now following and talking to three Gray Treefrogs hanging around my house.

Did anyone see author Darcy Pattison last Friday night on PBS "On the Same Page?" She was wonderful. Her lastest book is "Prairie Storms" from Sylvan Dell Publishing. She will be on again this Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Don't miss it! Darcy started the first SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrator) in Arkansas.

Don't forget OWAIC (Ozarks Writers and Illustrators for Children) will hold their meeting
in Springfield,MO.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Kim Crow Sheaner, Community Outreach Coordinator for Donald W. Reynolds Library, Mountain Home , Arkansas did a great job taking a picture of the Friends of the Library officers. It was on,, and in The Baxter Bulletin newspaper.

I picked up my books today: Ozarks Sunrises: photos & free verse poetry - A small gift book to be given for all occasions. This was something I could accomplish using one hand after I had surgery May 13th on my broken arm. It was a bad break that can take up to a year to heal. I still may need to have another pin put in. But, I am pushing forward.

Now, I need to create that new blog I had mentioned before just for my books, I have published and I am working on. I will share my mistakes and my progress. I'll place the price of my gift book and where to purchase it. I haven't figured what I will charge yet. We all need encouragement. When I need it a writer or illustrator will call or email me, and I will be encouraged to keep doing what I love to do, and to share with others.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Deer grazing in my woodland garden



© By Mary Nida Smith

In zoos


run free

behind fences.


on open range

no longer roam.

Deer run free

in restricted forest.

Buffalo roam free

not near ranches

where cattle feed.

Wolves run free.

All the people said,

not by me