I'm not new to talking, sharing ideas, or stating my opinion, especially stating my opinion! After all, I taught elementary school for 30 years! However, my audience has typically been smaller,just family, the classroom, or just talking to myself!

My blog has two goals: be an outlet for sharing thoughts on writing children's books and the path to publication (got my fingers crossed that I'll get there) and a place to chronicle my journey of losing my sight. Sometimes I imagine these two paths will overlap .

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Write From the Soul

          I Heart Indies Blog Tour

I'm sorry I've missed a post or two but I've been busy, busy revising a manuscript that needed to be sent last week. I'll blog about that later this week. 

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        For now, welcome to the I Heart (love) Indies Tour! I'm one of the stops on today's celebration of independent book stores. Sure, we've all been seen browsing in the big chain stores. And maybe you even have those discount programs they offer, thinking you're saving money on books.

        But people, let's not forget our local indie store!! These are the folks who connect to books; these are the ones who sell books because they love to get them into the hands of readers, not just because it's a way to make a living.

       Let me tell you about my local indie. It's called Little Shop of Stories in Decatur, GA. Don't you just love their logo! 

 LS of S is co-owned by Diane and Dave. She prefers to be known as "a feisty little bookstore babe" and he claims to be a childhood "anti-reader" now turned into an avid reader.

LS of S is a wonderful store just off the town square in Decatur. Not only do they sell children's books, but they also support the children's writer community. LS of S loves to have authors speak and sign books. They also host Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) gatherings and currently they are hosting an illustrators gallery exhibition of published artwork. In addition to their weekly story time, they sponsor book-related summer camp weeks, ongoing book clubs. 

Can you say way-too-much-going-on-in-this-shop?

So next time you're in the Atlanta area, please drop by my favorite Indie bookstore. You're sure to make some new friends and definitely won't leave empty handed!

To read more about the I Heart Indies Blog Tour, go to Lisa and Laura Roecker's blog. They started it all!


  1. LOVE - "fiesty little bookstore babe" ! So great see all of this Indie love. WOO HOO!!!

  2. Hi Gail!
    I would love to visit Little Shop of Stories some day! Thanks for writing about them.

  3. Hi, Gail. Thank you for stopping my blog.

    First, I adore the name of the bookstore. Second, really love Diana's self proclaimed title.

    Go Indies! Go!

  4. Here's to the Little Shop of Stories and all they do for Southern Breeze. We appreciate them.

  5. I'm looking forward to visiting Little Shop of Stories some day!

  6. If I ever pass through Decatur, I'll be sure to stop by! So cool!

  7. Please stop by my blog to pick up an award I've nominated you for.

    Blogger won't let me leave a comment on your blog, except as annonymous.

    Susanne Drazic