Facts to make you smile!:

  1. Wayne Allwine and Russi Taylor, who respectively voiced Mickey and Minnie Mouse, were married in real life.
  2. The voice of Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, Jim Cummings, calls children’s hospitals in his spare time to cheer up sick children.
  3. Apollo 17 astronaut Gene Cernan wrote his daughter’s initials on the surface of the moon. The initials “TDC” are still there, and likely will be for tens of thousands of years.
  4. A group of flamingos is called a flamboyance.
  5. Not only do penguins mate for life, but they also spend time finding a pebble to give their mate in order to “propose.”
  6. During the Christmas Truce of 1914, German and British soldiers played a game of soccer in the “no man’s land” between trenches.
  7. Mister Rogers was given the honors of pouring the wax that made the 1,000,000,000th Crayola crayon.
  8. Newborn giant pandas are about the size of a stick of butter.
  9. Otters hold hands when they sleep so they don’t float away from one another.
  10. Scotland’s national animal is the unicorn.
  11. Mr. Rogers personally replied to every piece of fan mail that he ever received.


geelovestowrite presents…

 Aaron Blaise (February 17, 1968) is an animator and illustrator known for his work on The Lion King (1994), Brother Bear (2003) and Beauty and the Beast (1991). He has many years of experience drawing animals and you can see this in his videos on YouTube showing his process of drawing and animating many different animals such as bears, lions, and more. He also has his own website in which you can immerse yourself in his lessons on drawing animals and creating their likeness.



geelovestowrite welcomes Carrie Staples

“I consider writing, drawing and crafting to be basic parts of life. They have been my avocation forever and my vocation as often as possible. My life’s journals are gathered in an overwhelming collection of three-ring binders and assorted notebooks. My goal is to figure out how to share them!”


The orangutan from The Yarn Animal Book hanging out!

geelovestowrite: How many books have you written?
Carrie:  I’ve written and illustrated 2 books, The Single Minded Prince. and The Yarn Animal Book.                                                      
geelovestowrite:  Tell us about the Yarn Animal Books.
Carrie:  My professional writing career started in 1970 when Simon & Schuster offered me a contract to write and illustrate The Yarn Animal Book, a project which grew to include clear, detailed instructions for pompom-style woolly animals, knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, rya, hooking, crewel and needlepoint plus a wonderful collection of patterns for a wide assortment of animals. For those of you interested in unusual animals, it is probably the only craft book in the world with instructions for making a baby orangutan, llama, hippo and star-nosed mole.

geelovestowrite:  What do you enjoy most writing, illustrating or crafting?
Carrie:  All of the above! Everything gets mixed up together. Instructions for making several of the characters in The Single- Minded Prince, including one of the heroes, Gray Malkin Stutterfoote, can be found in The Yarn Animal Book.

geelovestowrite:  How do you come up with your characters?
Carrie:  The Yarn Animal Book was inspired by the yarn octopuses and poodles I made in high school to help raise money at our school fair.
The Single Minded Prince was inspired by my cats, Gray Malkin Stutterfoot, Tuna-Una, Ling-Pie and her brother and sisters, and by an unusual dream.

geelovestowrite:  What are you working on now?
Carrie:  My ‘book in progress’ is about how drawing dead bugs inspires design ideas for monsters and robots.
I am considering writing the amazing true life stories of some of the characters in The Single Minded Prince, Gray Malkin Stutterfoot and the little black kitten, Ling-Pie. There may be a book about the adventures of Ling-Pie and Prince Bertie when they take an ocean voyage with the retired pirate, Captain Brute Nastie.

geelovestowrite:  Do you do appearances with your books/characters?
Carrie:  Yes. I have participated in the Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco First Friday events for local authors and to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Charles County Schools. I am a docent at Mount Aventine open houses in Chapman State Forest where I offer crafts and do book signings.