Upcoming Author Interview and Blog Tour

Good Monday Morning!

Just a quick announcement about blog happenings.

Next week Three Show Saturday will take part in its first ever blog tour to help promote Sylvia Liu’s book “A Morning With Grandpa”!

Sylvia was kind enough to answer a few questions so I will be sharing that interview with you all then as well. In the meantime, her blog tour is in full swing on other blogs, so please have some fun and check out all the great posts.

Sylvia Liu Blog Tour – A Morning With Grandpa

And as a bonus for today, and in honor of Mud Show Mondays, here is my review of her fantastic picture book coming out later this month.

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A Morning With Grandpa

Written by Sylvia Liu

Illustrated by Christina Forshay

When Mei Mei sees Grandpa dancing slowly in the garden she wants to know what he’s doing. When Grandpa says he’s doing Tai Chi, Mei Mei wants to do Tai Chi too! But when Grandpa moves like a gentle breeze, Mei Mei is a frisky fall wind! With each move Mei Mei tries to follow Grandpa but she’s not slow and steady like him. With Grandpa’s help, Mei Mei learns there are many ways to do Tai Chi.

A Morning with Grandpa written by Sylvia Liu and illustrated by Christina Forshay is a delightful and endearing tale of young and old. With a poetic feel to the prose, the contrasting natures of Grandpa and Mei Mei carry the reader from one beautiful page to the next. A wonderful read for parents, especially grandparents, to share with little ones. A reminder that everyone does things a little differently and friends can be old or young. The additional information about Tai Chi and Yoga at the end of the book is a wonderful bonus.

Thank you to Edelweiss and Lee & Low Books for a reading copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

The Trouble with Time

I remember reading an analogy when I was little that compared a person’s day with a vase full of rocks.

If you pour the little rocks in first, the big rocks won’t fit. The little rocks will fill up the bottom of the vase and the big rocks will try to fit on top but there will be lots of gaps between them and they won’t all fit.

If you place the big rocks in the vase first then pour the little rocks in, the little rocks can fill in all the gaps between the big rocks and all the rocks fit in the vase.

The vase is all the hours of a day and the rocks are daily tasks. Big rocks = big, important, or time-consuming tasks. Little rocks = small, less important or quick tasks.

For some reason this analogy has always stuck with me.

What color is this vase? Irrelevant, you say? Fair enough.

There are so many distractions around us with the internet constantly clamoring for attention. How many times have I wasted an hour on Facebook when it felt like fifteen minutes?

Or felt like I needed something to pass the time, so I pulled out my phone to play a mindless matching game.

Oooh! I unlocked a new level!

Growing up I don’t remember feeling this desire to be doing something constantly. I remember enjoying quiet moments. Times when I could sit and think and make up stories.

I loved to watch TV and play Nintendo, of course, but I was reaching for a book instead of my phone before bed. I could take a walk in the woods and not be connected to anyone.

I only purchased a smart phone two years ago. Before that I hated the idea of a smartphone. I didn’t want to be connected to everyone all the time. I liked feeling disconnected. I liked living in the quiet spaces of my mind without the constant buzz of data humming in my ear.

But oh how addicting that smart phone is!

It’s a strange sensation now to go anywhere without my phone. I was on call 24/7 while I worked with the circus, so that helped form this attachment, but then it simply became a habit to take my phone everywhere.

Check emails. Check Facebook. Check my blog. Check twitter.

So many things to look at!

So many distractions!

So many small rocks!

Dear Google, What is the composition of these rocks?

My phone, and the constant checking of emails, social media, etc. was chipping away at all the hours in my day.

My phone time was a bunch of small rocks. Small rocks filling up the bottom of my vase and leaving me with less time and focus to fit in all the big rocks.

I wasn’t giving myself moments of quiet. I wasn’t sleeping with a book next to the bed. I wasn’t daydreaming.

I’ve been focusing on big rocks lately. There are still a few big rocks that involve the internet or my phone. Big rocks like my blog and book reviews, but there are also a lot of little rocks like Facebook and Twitter that need to wait their turn.

Writing is a big rock and it’s amazing how much I can get done in the same amount of time I might have spent on Facebook.

Leaving my phone at home is an easy way to eliminate lots of pesky little rocks from a day I’d like to fill with big rocks.

Little rocks are sneaky, they slip into the vase and before you know it all the big rocks are spilling off the top and another vase is full.

Another day is done.

Excuse me, I’d like a bigger vase.

Loving the Love-A-Thon

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Hello friends!

I just discovered this magical thing that is the Love-A-Thon and I couldn’t resist signing up.

The Love-A-Thon is hosted by four wonderful book loving, blog writing divas and you can check out their blogs at Alexa Loves Books, The Daily Prophecy, The Novel Hermit, and Stay Bookish.

I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed with it all, but here’s my questionnaire to kick things off and then I’m off to visit as many book loving blogs as possible 🙂

QUESTIONNAIRE

  1. What’s your name?
    • Kizzi
  2. Where in the world are you blogging from?
    • The great state of Missouri 🙂
  3. How did you get into blogging in the first place?
    • I wanted an outlet that would get me writing about anything and everything on a regular basis. I don’t really write about everything though, mostly just books and writing advice.
  4. How did you come up with your blog name?
    • I worked for the circus and we had three shows every single Saturday. It’s a nod to the circus, to hard work, to things that make you laugh and things that make you cry. A three show Saturday is an exhausting, but fulfilling day. I hope my blog doesn’t exhaust people though 😉
  5. What genre do you read and review the most on your blog?
    • Children’s literature of all kinds. Though I have a soft spot for quirky, adventurous characters, fantasy and books that make me laugh. 
  6. What other types of posts do you do on your blog, apart from reviews?
    • I post writing tips and advice (that I hope is helpful) and writing exercises/prompts.
  7. Best blogging experience so far?
    • I just started my blog, so pretty much every comment I’ve ever received was like a tiny Christmas gift. I really get excited over the smallest things since my blog is still shiny and new.
  8. Favorite thing about the blogging community?
    • Everyone is super supportive of each other and there is so much great content available!
  9. Name the 5 books you’re most excited for this 2016!
    • The Forbidden Wish
    • The Girl From Everywhere
    • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
    • And I Darken
    • The Book of Dust
  10. Name the 5 books you want to read this 2016 that you didn’t get to in previous years!
    • The rest of the “Ender’s Game” books
    • Dances with Dragons
    • The Night Circus
    •  Don Quixote
    • 1984
  11. What’s an underrated book or series that you think everyone should read?
    • The Abhorsen Trilogy…though now it’s technically a quartet with the addition of Clariel but the original three books are really spectacular. And anything by Terry Pratchett but especially all the books of his DiscWorld series.
  12. Who would you recruit for your apocalypse squad (5 characters max)
    • Sabriel, Éowyn, Arya, Daenerys, and Aragorn.  
  13. Apart from reading, what are your other hobbies or interests?
    • Writing, Sewing, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  14. At a party, the DJ suddenly changes the song – and it’s your song. What song would be playing?
    • Hips Don’t Lie
  15. Pick out either a book you want turned into a film/TV show, or a film/TV show you want turned into a book.  
    • Sabriel…I’m a bit obsessed with these books if you can’t tell.
  16. What would your dream library look like?
    • Exactly like the one in Beauty and the Beast.
  17. Author you want to meet and sit down to tea with?
    • Garth Nix