Beach Day and the Blog Hop Give-away!

A lovely way to end a Aussie Day… :)

Sorry that I haven’t posted in the past few days! My sister, boyfriend, and I have been keeping busy! Yesterday we had a blast – we went to the beach “Mooloolaba” Moo-Loo-Lah-Bah (and let me tell you that name is really hard to pronounce – Cassidy had a tough time saying it as well… It was nice to know that I wasn’t the only one! As soon as we got to the beach we started putting sunscreen on so we wouldn’t get burnt, but right as I was rubbing some on my leg. My boyfriend grabbed me from behind and he ran while pulling me into the ocean. Let’s just say that it was absolutely cold and I was screaming and shivering! I was so cold… but it wasn’t so bad after your legs went numb. I guess it’s the ocean in the winter.

Beautiful Mooloolaba!

Then later we went to a friends house and had a bonfire. Music was playing in the distance and two of our friends were twirling fire. One blew fire as well. It was really Australian. One of our friends taught my sister how to twirl fire for the first time (We will upload a video later!). Then we played games. So, overall it was a nice Aussie chill night! :) Very relaxing evening filled with fire, friends, food, marshmallows, music, and games.

My Beautiful Sister!

I want to say thank you to everyone who signed up for my book giveaway contest and that I will draw the winner sometime this coming week! :) So keep coming back to check if you won! Oh and by the way also keep your eyes peeled for more opportunities for more giveaways.

Until next time,


Rushing waves hitting the rocks! :)

Quick update: Check out my guest post on “Seriously Write” Blog!

Hello Everyone, This is just a quick little update. I have not been able to put up a longer blog post in a few days because I have been really busy amidst everything happening over here. My sister came to visit me 3 days ago and her baggage got lost. We still haven’t gotten it yet! ARGH… I hate when that happens!!! Tomorrow my sister, boyfriend and, I are going to the Wednesday Market. I have been writing a lot the past few days. I have been tackling the creative beast of my novel in a different attack form… I have been writing by hand… and am almost done with my first notebook! I’ve found that my creative juices are running more crazily! It’s an exciting thing. Be sure to sign up for my give-away for the Blog Hop I am participating in (It’s good til the 27th! So, you can still sign up!!)

I got to be a guest blogger for the writing blog “Seriously Write”! :) Check it out and I hope you enjoy it!

I promise I will update you tomorrow sometime! Hope you are all doing wonderful!!!

How about you? Have you ever lost your luggage while traveling? Also when you are writing, do you ever write by hand instead of using your computer?


Hello Everyone, Are you interested in winning some books? :) That question is really easy to answer, isn’t it? haha… I will be giving away 4 of my books and also a few vouchers for $5 off my book (you can use this voucher, by emailing it to me and I will then send you the book)

New Branch of the Journey – Embark on an adventure with the artists, writers, and photographers from New Branch of the Journey! It is an literary/arts magazine that is thrilled to share stories, experiences, and memories that stir excitement in your life!

Literary & Arts book
Check out my book trailer here.

Rules for entering the contest:

  1. ‘Subscribe’ to my blog
  2. Comment on this page that you would be interested in a book.
  3. Tell me 1 thing you like about my blog and 1 thing you would like to see on my blog
  4. G will notify the winners by email. The winners need to answer my email within 3 days, or I’ll announce a new winner.
  5. Good Luck and I hope you win!! :)

In doing the 3 steps I will enter you into the contest drawing. This contest is going from the 23rd-27th of June.

I am only able to send these books to people in North America, but if you are from another country and would still like to try win the book. Sign up as well, because I will be giving away a few vouchers where people can use that online to order the book for cheaper than it is listed.

There is another awesome perk to this book giveaway! Many bloggers all over the world are going to be giving away books. Check out the bloggers below and who knows, maybe you can score some new books to add to your collection. :)

  1. Leeswammes
  2. Candle Beam Book Blog
  3. Musings of a Bookshop Girl
  4. The Book Whisperer
  5. Book Journey (US/CA)
  6. breieninpeking (Dutch readers)
  7. bibliosue
  8. heavenali
  9. I Read That Once…
  10. The Parrish Lantern
  11. The Bibliomouse (Europe)
  12. Tell Me A Story
  13. Seaside Book Nook
  14. Rikki’s Teleidoscope
  15. Sam Still Reading
  16. Nishita’s Rants and Raves
  17. Readerbuzz
  18. Books Thoughts Adventures (North America)
  19. 2,606 Books and Counting
  20. Laurie Here (US/CA)
  21. Literary Winner (US)
  22. Dolce Bellezza
  23. The House of the Seven Tails
  24. The Book Diva’s Reads (US)
  25. Colorimetry
  26. Roof Beam Reader
  27. Kate’s Library
  28. Minding Spot (US)
  29. Silver’s Reviews (US)
  30. Book’d Out
  31. Fingers & Prose (US)
  32. Chocolate and Croissants
  33. Scattered Figments
  34. Lucybird’s Book Blog
  35. The Book Club Blog
  1. Lizzy’s Literary Life
  2. The Book Stop
  3. Reflections from the Hinterland (US)
  4. Lena Sledge’s Blog
  5. Read in a Single Sitting
  6. The Little Reader Library (UK)
  7. The Blue Bookcase (US)
  8. 1morechapter (US)
  9. The Reading and Life of a Bookworm
  10. Curled Up with a Good Book and a Cup of Tea
  11. My Sweepstakes City (US)
  12. De Boekblogger (Europe, Dutch readers)
  13. Exurbanis
  14. Sweeping Me (US/CA)
  15. Living, Learning, and Loving Life (US)
  16. Beauty Balm
  17. Uniflame Creates
  18. Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book (US/CA)
  19. Curiosity Killed The Bookworm
  20. Nose in a book (Europe)
  21. Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews (US)
  22. Giraffe Days
  23. Page Plucker
  24. Based on a True Story
  25. Read, Write & Live
  26. Devin Berglund (N. America)
  27. Ephemeral Digest
  28. Under My Apple Tree (US)
  29. Annette Berglund (US)
  30. Book Nympho
  31. A Book Crazy, Jane Austen Lovin’ Gal (US)
  32. Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity

A talk with guest artist, writer, and illustrator Elise Hylden

Guest Artist, Writer, and Illustrator                                          Elise Hylden

1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?  Can you tell us a little about yourself? I grew up on a farm in South Dakota with 5 noisy brothers and sisters. When I look back on my first 20 years, it seems it was mostly playing and reading and kittens and cows. I attended Minnesota State University in Moorhead for my BFA in drawing and a have a minor in creative writing. I’m married to Jarrod who always gives me encouragement and an honest opinion. In college I mostly worked in watercolor and color pencil, but I’ve been dabbling in the digital world since then (command-z, baby!). I also love the Lord and have him to thank for any smidgeon of talent I possess.

Giraffes are Insincere: “A drawing a day” from 2011. I wondered what
this super tall animal would look like inside a short, wide format.

2. When did you know that you wanted to be an artist? My mom is a stained glass artist (and was a graphic artist and art teacher before that), so I’ve always wanted to able to draw like her. I don’t think I actually considered choosing art as a career until my second year out of high school. I attended the Association Free Lutheran Bible School for two years after high school. During that time I was able to study the Scriptures and grow in my faith, and I was also able to figure out what I wanted to pursue for the rest of my life.

Grafton Backyard: Part of my “A drawing a day” efforts last summer.The house we were living in for the summer had a clothesline! I was so excited.

3. When did you know you wanted to be a writer? I was I always wanted to know how to write well, but I didn’t actually decide to study writing in depth until my sophomore year of college. 4. When did you know you wanted to be an Illustrator? I took my first real art classes in college, and decided right off the bat that illustration would be my focus. I wanted to make people laugh and I love story-telling. I worked in an elementary school as part of an Americorps academic enrichment program as well. Seeing the need for quality children’s literature solidified my decision.

Noxious: “A drawing a day” from 2011. Although I grew up hatingthistles (farmers daughter, hey), I still think they’re pretty whimsical with their long necks and bright pink heads.

5. What are 5 things that you enjoy doing besides your art?

  • 1. I really enjoy reading picture books that make it seem easy.
  • 2. I love finding new places to explore with Jarrod. Especially places with turtles.
  • 3. I am a piano teacher by night, and it’s so much fun.
  • 4. I like discovering new music to keep me going through the day.
  • 5. I eat popcorn almost every night.
Pianoman: “A drawing a day” from 2012. I spend every evening
teaching little tiny kids how to play the piano. I thought it might
be nice to see someone else play.

6. How do those things inspire your drawing and painting? Of course it’s always helpful to see how other writers and artists make picture books. It’s also comforting to know that it can be done! Jarrod helps to give me another perspective and keeps me grounded and content. My students keep me entertained with everything that comes out of their mouths. And I simply couldn’t function without music and popcorn on a regular basis.

I Miss My Dogs: Illustration to accompany a short story in the MSUM
Alumnews. I wanted to emphasize that this man, although he is living
in a stale, routine-based living environment, still has life and
unique personality.

7. What are 5 songs that are playing on your Ipod Playlist?

  • You’ve Got The Love (Florence and the Machine, The XX remix)
  • I Am In My Being Here With You (Waterdeep)
  • When Death Dies (Gungor)
  • Ezekiel (Gungor)
  • Abraham (Sufjan Stevens).
Scrape and Scrub…: Illustration to accompany an early draft of a
story I did for a class on writing for children. The girl in the
story is notorious for drama and exaggeration, so you can see how
cleaning a few breakfast dishes can quickly turn into a grueling

8. Do you have a studio? What does it look like? Not exactly a studio, I do have a nice little corner for my drawing table and Mac. It’s close to the kitchen. :) 9. What is your dream? To write and illustrate books and land myself a Caldecott.

World: Testing out some new digital image-blending techniques.

To keep your eye on Elise in the future visit her website here!

Attended Writing Workshop “Authorpreneurship – The Business of Creativity” and have been Writing again. It feels really good!

Hello Everyone in the World,

How have you all been? I have been completely busy getting ready for my sister to arrive in Brisbane, working, and writing here and there (although, to tell you the truth – I haven’t written much in the past few days until today and it feels really good!)

Today I went to the Australian Society of Author’s workshop “Authorpreneurship – The Business of Creativity”. It was an intense workshop for me and opened my eyes to some facts and lessons I really needed to hear. It was the kick in the behind that I needed. So, after the session I wrote, wrote, wrote for quite a long time. I also drew out some ideas. It felt really nice to have a pen in my hand again…

I decided I would take up a challenge for the next month of writing my novel “The Created Ones” by hand, because when I am on my computer I tend to get distracted very easily especially for that story. That challenge is also because over the next month I will probably not have as much time to be on the computer, since Cassidy will be here. Which, is good though – because I need a little break from the screen… don’t worry though – I will still have surprises for you on the blog here and new posts for you to read! :)

I am going to enter a contest with the Young Writers Award in Brisbane. Which the deadline is fast approaching, but i can do it. I will update you more later as well… here are some ideas and thoughts that I am thinking about right now.


Yes, you are probably thinking, “What Devin? Those ugly hairy things that hide under bridges in fairy tales?”

My response is well, you are kind of correct in your thoughts. But late last night an idea came to me and I remembered the troll that I saw in the window of the Norwegian cottage in the Minot North Dakota Scandanavian Park. It was hideous. And I had that same reaction when I was in Disney’s World of Norway and saw the trolls popping out of the water on the troll norway ride. They were scary… tell me what you think…


I mean, I can see why these would scare a little child with an overactive imagination.


Here is a little story for you… I was frightened by those ugly trolls with huge noses popping out from under the water in Disney World, but yet, I had a spot in my heart where I loved trolls. I loved these trolls, with their colourful hair and smiley faces; Their chubby little tummies with jewels of all colours. Some even had clothing. I remember my Dad would always find them someplace and bring them home for me… they were the best surprise as a little kid. A new troll to add to my troll family.

So, that got me thinking about a story. I can’t share any more than that with you, but here I found an artist online (John Bauer)  who did amazing drawings of trolls and they look like such friendly trolls. :) haha…  (be sure to check out some of his other work) I love it!
 I will leave you with that. But, please be sure to come back and check my blog again soon as I will have a guest artist and also a guest writer sometime soon. On the 23rd-27th I will be participating in a blog hop book giveaway! :) So be sure to come back and try win a copy of my book and I will post the link where you can try win books at other blogs as well!

What were your favorite folk tales that you enjoyed hearing about while you were young?  Or what were some folk tales that scared you when you were little?  

Vote for my Mom’s Dragon….

My Mom’s little dragon. ©Annette Berglund 

Hello Everyone,
This is just going to be a quick post, before I head to bed. My Mom drew/painted this picture and entered it into a contest. Help her win (she could win the Painter 12 computer program!) Vote by clicking like on this link!
Every “like” (vote) helps!
Also what do you think this dragon’s story is? 

Check out my Mom’s website:

6-Word-Story Contest

For sale: baby shoesnever worn.

Hemingway was known for this 6-word-story of his. When I thought about this, I kind of thought it would be hard to actually come up with 6 words that actually tell a story well. I held a contest on my facebook page, and actually had a great turnout for participants – but was only able to share some of them with you below. Please list your favorites below!

Just for kicks I will share with you a picture that my dad sent me via text and a 6-word-story that I wrote for this picture. My Dad was outside near the ditch by our house and these two little rowdy, rude little raccoons were hissing and growling at him. He told me he didn’t want to be too close, because Momma was no where to be seen.
“Baby Raccoons. Alone. Where is Mom?”

Kevin Olson:

  1. Man seeks locksmith.  Heart won’t open.
  2. The executioner whistled while he worked.
  1. My parents.
    Their pain.
    My wounds.
  2. I eat.
    Throw up.
    Start again.

Stephanie Pazicni Karfelt:

  1. Happily Ever After.  The End.  Not.
  1. Small White Dog, Found on Road.
 What about you? Which of these are your favorites? And, do you have any favorites written by other writers? Please be free to share! :)