More Updates? And Guest Blogging!

I have FINALLY gotten in the habit of remembering to post a blog every week. And now that I am doing that, I feel it is time to add yet another blogging challenge to my To- Do- List: guest blogging and Linky Parties!

Merissa Hatch Guest Blogs

Linky Party? What’s That?

A Linky Party is when a group of bloggers set up a time, place and subject to blog about and then they post what they have written all on one website. The goal is to network, meet new bloggers and encourage our own readers to read other similar blogs. This Friday, I plan to join my first party called “Five- Minute Friday.”

With the “Five- Minute Friday” Linky Party, one word will be posted on http://katemotaung.com/. Then I will have five minutes to write a short story inspired by that one word. I am meant to “free write,” so they may not be the best stories I have ever written. But the goal is to have fun and be a better writer.

So every Friday, for one month, I will be posting a short story I wrote in five minutes to my blog. Click on the button if you want to learn more about “Five- Minute Friday.”

Guest Blogging. Oh My!

One of the best ways to be a better writer is to read things that are written better than you write. That is exactly what I have been doing with websites like Parents and Mom Magazine. But now I think it is time to be confident enough to put my work out there more. So in the next two months, I am going to work on several guest blog posts for some my favorite blogs to read.

So stay tuned this Friday for my first “Five- Minute Friday” Post.

CHALLENGE: Join the “Five- Minute Friday” Party! Don’t have a blog? That’s fine, just post your writing on the FMF facebook page. I would love to see all of my readers try this challenge at least one Friday, this month. When you do, be sure to send me a link via Facebook or Twitter so I can feature it on my site. Happy writing! 😀

A Few Announcements!

Spring Fling FREE Event

YOU'RE INVITED: Spring Fever
Spring Fever
April 24 4-6PM @
Father’s House Fellowship Church

When I was a teenager, I used to plan parties for the kids in my neighborhood. I called them “game days.” Finally, after more than six years, I am planning another one.

If you live in the Columbia Gorge (that’s The Dalles, Goldendale or Hood River) tickets for “Spring Fever” game day, Friday, April 24th from 4- 6 pm, are free to only the first twenty kids ages 5 to 11 to register (kids under 5 must be accompanied by an adult).

There will be games, (including a GIANT spring memory game), snacks and spring themed crafts. Just go to the event page on EventBrite and register for the FREE “Spring Fever” game day.

I plan to have some pictures taken for my website, but I will not be naming any of the kids.

Calling All Kids Who Draw, Write Or Make Videos

Okay, so it’s more of a “display” than a contest: I am looking for any work of art to display on my website created by kids under 12 about their dreams for the future. The project can be any medium (a video, drawing, painting, story, clay etc). If your child makes something such as a clay structure or a 3 dimensional project, please just take a picture.

The projects will be for an online event I will be hosting the second week of May, called “Dream Week.” The project can be about a dream for the future or a dream when they were sleeping (it is open to interpretation). Just make sure it is the work of your child.

Please send me a picture or a link to his or her project via Twitter, email or through my Facebook Page with your child’s first name, age, country and a short explanation of the piece. All projects must be sent to me by May 5th to be included on the Dream Week Page

The Merissa Writes Store Is Finally Ready To Go!

I have been working on a store for a few months and as of yesterday, IT IS FINALLY HERE!

Merissa's eStore
Look for fun things to do with your kids.

The Merissa Writes blog is all about bringing parents and kids together doing things that are fun for the whole family. The Merissa Writes Store is the place to get games, books, movies and crafts supplies to help you have fun with your kids. It is still in the beginning stages, and will probably change over time, but I would love some feedback. You can get to my store by clicking here, or by going to the top of any page or post on Merissa Writes and clicking “Store.”

Please go take a quick look and tell me what you think in the comments below. I always love to hear from my readers.

-Merissa Hatch

I Won An Award For My Blog!

Today I was planning to write a post about some of my favorite store bought snack foods that both the adults and the kids will like, but this morning I received an email informing me that I was chosen to receive the Ekone Creative Services 2014 Youth in Media Award. Ekone Creative Services 2014 Youth In Media Award Winner Merissa Hatch TabletIt is a local award given to a young adult or teenager by a radio channel. I received the award for “creativity and self-directed productivity in print, audio and visual media during 2014.” I am so excited and honored to receive this award, so everyone who was involved in the decision process, thank you so much!

KVGD is a local radio station that is just getting started. When I found out they sponsor a monthly open mic, I decided to try it out,. I went for the first time in April and read a short story about Jake Crayly from my last book “Kindergarten Mishaps:The Magic Teacher.” From there I got to learn more about what they do and their goals and that is how they heard about what I have been doing.

The funny thing is that I was given the tablet for winning about a week ago. But, at the time, I did not know why. Then, this morning I got an email explaining about the award, and how I was in the running for it and won! I feel so blessed to have such a huge amount of supporters. I have about 10 Twitter followers, over two dozen followers on Facebook, a growing email list (a confidential one that will NEVER be sold, rented or given out), a bunch of family and an overwhelming amount of people locally all rooting for me. Many of whom have been around since I informed them I wanted to be a writer when I grew up at 7 years old.Ekone Creative Services 2014 Youth In Media Award Winner Merissa Hatch

I CAN’T BELIEVE i WON AN AWARD! Thank you all so much. Without those who read my blog, watch my videos on  YouTube, tweet me and follow me everywhere else, I probably would have quit a LONG time ago!

I do several things online and I have not added all my links to things on my website before, so below are the links to my YouTube Channel, Twitter, Facebook and other things about me online. Again, thank you KVGD, friends and family. I couldn’t have won anything without you!

TWIITER @merissawrites

FACEBOOK http://facebook.com/merissawrites

YOUTUBE http://youtube.com/memie580

A LINK TO THE AWARD http://fm98620lp.gorgelink.org/blog/?x=entry:entry150119-075412

I am thinking about getting a snapchat and an instagram, so let me know in the comments below if you think I should.

Also, post in the comments the name of an award or honor you would like to win someday and why. I can’t wait to see all you answers.  🙂

Merissa Writes Goals, Change and Branding

Over the past several months, I have been working very hard on creating a blog which is a platform for me to write, and also a place for parents and caregivers to find great ideas to keep their kids active and creative. I have not written for about a month because first I got strep throat, then I badly sprained my ankle and two days later I got sick with bronchitis. All of these things have happened since Thanksgiving day. Needless to say, I was starting to feel pretty down. But even though many of you have not heard from me for a long time, I have been using the past month to think about how I want to structure my business of writing, who my audience is, what I want to do and why. This week, I have been researching and learning a lot about both myself, and how to run my business.

First things first: WHAT DO I WANT TO DO?

I want to create a website that brings parents and kids together to enhance their bond, encourage kids to get off the television and video games and encourage parents to have a blast while their kids are young.

HOW AM GOING TO DO IT?

I will be actively involved with children and parents. I plan to babysit and nanny to get opportunity to be inspired to write my books for children, but also to learn some of the struggles involved with actively playing with kids. (How can I write about something I have not experienced and give you my best ideas)?

I have noticed a lot of people blog about their day care so that they will gain more clients. I intend to do the opposite (I guess I am just an opposite kind of person). My main business will be my blog and children’s stories.

WHAT IS MY BRANDING?

A few months ago, I interviewed for a content writing job for a photography company. One thing that I was told was how important branding is to any business. That conversation got me thinking a lot about the things I want people to say when they see something I create.

I have a lot of interests and hobbies that I love to teach to children and families. My number one priority is that I stay unique in whatever I do. Imagine a patchwork quilt with all different colors, shapes and sizes; that is the sort of brand that I want. I am in the process of learning about branding because when you read something I write, or see something I draw, I want you to think ” Well, she’s just all over the place.”

I have not figured out exactly how everything will work, but I know that takes a lot of trial and error. Understanding my own brand is still a work in progress, keeping on a posting schedule, researching keywords and building an audience are all things I will keep working on and learning about till I am done, which is never. But I hope this clears up my goals for all of you awesome fans who care about me and what I am doing. Thanks, everyone!

-Merssa Hatch

The NaMos are Coming! The NaMos are Coming!

Which one of these challenges will Merissa be taking? Check back to https://merissawrites.wordpress.com for the ‘big reveal” tomorrow! I’d say that this article gives a great general description of both of the challenges, and how to do them. Thank you!

The WordPress.com Blog

November is one week away, and that means NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are, too!

If you’ve been thinking about reinvigorating your blogging or are finally ready to stop procrastinating on that book you’ve always wanted to write, these two great events (and communities) can give you the jolt of motivation you need.

NaMo what now?

NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are short for “National Novel Writing Month” and “National Blog Posting Month,” respectively. In the first, writers commit to writing a 50,000-word novel between November 1 and November 30; in the second, to posting every single day in November.

310,095 participants started the month of November as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.

NaNoWriMo 2013 at a Glance

Although the two events are separate, they share a history: NaBloPoMo started in response to NaNoWriMo, when a group of bloggers who lacked the time or inclination to write…

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