time for a frog on a dime spring giveaway


Oh, that William Shakespeare. He sure knew how to sling a syllable, didn’t he . . .

Photo by Vicky Lorencen

Photo by Vicky Lorencen

This carol they began that hour,
   With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino,
How that a life was but a flower
   In springtime, the only pretty ring time,
When birds do sing, hey ding a ding, ding;
Sweet lovers love the spring.


In that same silly spirit of spring-inspired giddiness, it’s time for a Frog on a Dime Spring Giveaway.

You can win a glorious froggy gift bucket filled with daily inspiration–Don’t Be Afraid to be Amazing by Andy Offutt Irwin, a packet of my favorite Uniball pens, a stuffy bookmark, treats, and of course, more treats.Frog Bucket

To enter to win this bucket o’ goodies galore, simply tell me the title of the next book you plan to read or offer a word of encouragement. Just plop your comment after this post. (Facebook comments are cool, but they doesn’t count for this contest. My giveaway. My rules. You dig?)

The deadline for entering is Friday, March 25 at Noon. I will draw a name from all of the entries and then whisk the fun-filled prize off to the winner! Easy kneesy, lemon squeezy, huh?

Enter to win!

Enter to win!

Okay, my little glitter jitter bugs, hop to it! Hey, and invite a friend to take a chance too. (Only one entry per, mm-kay?)

Wishing you a can’t-recall-a-lovelier-spring kind of spring!

Photo by Vicky Lorencen

Photo by Vicky Lorencen


36 responses »

  1. I just started The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, and next up is The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz. And in the spirit of March Madness buzzer beaters, I am submitting this at the 11th hour! (OK, at 10:25. Under the wire at any rate.) Happy Easter and Happy Spring to you!


  2. I’ve got Echo sitting here, but I’ve got to quit using it as a doorstop and read it. It’s supposed to be very good, but at 600+ pages i’m almost afraid to start.

    (Any way you could pop a little furry friend into that bucket? I miss my non-humans … hubby tries to make up for it, but he’s bald on top and so there’s not much fur to stroke.)

    Bit of advice: laugh often. But you know that, don’t you?
    Many Hugs,


    • Echo makes a comfy footstool too. (In addition to fine reading, I’m sure.)

      I’d love to send you a furry friend. I understand what great friends they are. 🙂

      Wishing you a lovely spring and sending hugs right back to you!


  3. Hi Vicky! So glad to find your blog!

    The next book I plan on reading is Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting, by Robert McKee. Mostly because I’m curious, but also because I listened to an interview with the author, which was super inspiring.

    (Here comes the inspiration part!) Listen to Mr. McKee speak about story here: http://bookmama.com/blog/story-is-everything-robert-mckee-on-the-beautiful-writers-podcast/

    Love ya! ❤


    • I’ve heard many writer friends say how helpful it is to study screenwriting for creating scenes and understanding pacing. You’ve made a wise choice (no surprises there).

      Thank you for stopping by and I hope you’ll visit again soon!

      Wishing you a beautiful spring, my new Friend!


  4. Are the Uniball pens the ones you use for your fantastic droodles??? You are like sunshine with your creativity in writing and drawing , crafts, flowers it’s an exhausting list!!! You make all things beautiful and fun!!!


  5. Hi Vicky, I’m a newbie to SCBWI and MichKids and just started following along 🙂 Next up on my reading list is “The Westing Game” (I’m attempting to make it through all the Newberry’s) and my favorite words of encouragement come from Dory in “Finding Nemo” who says “Just keep swimming!” Happy Spring!


    • Welcome, welcome to SCBWI. Isn’t it a great organization and tribe?

      You’re reading a classic–so wise!

      And that Dory, she is one wise fin flapper. No wonder she’s getting her own movie.

      Wishing you a lovely spring, and I hope we get to meet soon.


  6. I just read ORIGINALS by Adam Grant and now I’m going to read his book GIVE and TAKE.

    I also like the great wisdom of All American Rejects. “When all hope is gone–move along, move along…Right back what is wrong.”

    Happy Spring!


  7. I’ll share this quote by Rachel Carson–“The discipline of the writer is to learn to be still and listen to what his subject has to tell him.” I find this very true. If you start forcing your character to do something that is ‘untrue’ to her nature, she will revolt and often give you the silent treatment. And that, my friends, doesn’t help ANYBODY!


  8. I love your phots and art work you always post! Thanks for the giveaway–I just bought a copy of Into the Dim by Janet Taylor that is next up for me.


  9. The next book I read will probably be either One Piece or Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (a reread for inspiration).

    Word of Encouragement: Failure is just another stepping stone to success. And sometimes leads to a much better outcome than you originally imagined.


  10. Love your giving personality, Ms. Vicky. My word of encouragement is, “Sometimes you are the pigeon, sometimes you are the statue” by Claude Chabrol. I think Claude meant for us to realize that we should fully embrace our pigeony moments and let the statue times pass without concern. Here’s to pigeons!


  11. Up next is “Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time” by Mark Adams (seems perfect for the change of seasons, when travel and adventure are on my mind). And happy spring to you!!


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