Gift Guide for I Am a Gifted Musician

I Am a Gifted Musician: Affirmations for New Players of Music contains 50 positive self-talk statements that new musicians can recite, believe in, and practice daily. I wrote this book after seeing so many people (adults especially) become very critical of their playing ability in the early stages. We need to be kind to ourselvesContinue reading “Gift Guide for I Am a Gifted Musician”

Gift Guide for Danger Zones, Underpants Dances, and Colon Funerals

Today I am featuring another one of my books with a few gift ideas for your gift recipient this Christmas! Danger Zones, Underpants Dances, and Colon Funerals: Poems and Illustrations on My Life with Ulcerative Colitis is the story of my journey with ulcerative colitis and surgery to remove my colon. It features some funnyContinue reading “Gift Guide for Danger Zones, Underpants Dances, and Colon Funerals”

Gift Guide for Ukulele Expressions

Today I am featuring my book Ukulele Expressions: Illustrated Ukulele Fingerstyle Etudes for the Picking Hand, along with a few other gift ideas that would pair well with it in case you want to give your friend a gift basket, gift bag, etc. Ukulele Expressions focuses on instrumental music that can be played using onlyContinue reading “Gift Guide for Ukulele Expressions”

How I Said Goodbye to My Colon with an Imaginative Funeral

When I was younger, I remember having little funerals for my goldfish that would occasionally die. I would have a toilet-side service with the fish scooper-upper and wipe a few tears as I said goodbye before the big flush. Fast forward years later and I never thought I would be imagining holding a funeral forContinue reading “How I Said Goodbye to My Colon with an Imaginative Funeral”

Original Illustrations Available as Digital Downloads

My original illustrations are now available as Digital Downloads on the website, Payhip. You can download the jpg file, print it out on heavyweight paper or cardstock (for best results), add a picture frame, and hang it or give it as a gift! I have Christmas illustrations available, like my collection of forest animals preparingContinue reading “Original Illustrations Available as Digital Downloads”

“Laugh About It!” Journal Prompts to Help You Laugh About Chronic Illness

In celebration of my new book, Danger Zones, Underpants Dances, and Colon Funerals: Poems and Illustrations on My Life with Ulcerative Colitis, I am offering a FREE PDF download of “Laugh About It!” Journal Prompts when you sign up for my monthly newsletter, Susan’s SideNotes. I created ten humorous journal prompts to help remind youContinue reading ““Laugh About It!” Journal Prompts to Help You Laugh About Chronic Illness”

My First Ostomy Awareness Day & New Book Release

My Ostomy Today marks my first Ostomy Awareness Day. I’m walking a Virtual 5k (or close to it!) with the United Ostomy Association of America. To be honest, I really had no idea what ostomies involved until it was time for my surgery to remove my colon. I have an ileostomy which means waste isContinue reading “My First Ostomy Awareness Day & New Book Release”

New Book Release: Ukulele Expressions: Low G Animals in Art

I’m excited to announce the third book in the Ukulele Expressions series is now available! Ukulele Expressions: Low G Animals in Art is full of music just for the picking hand, along with paintings of amazing animals. This music was composed specifically for Low G ukulele and features alternate tunings that provide a diverse setContinue reading “New Book Release: Ukulele Expressions: Low G Animals in Art”

Free PDF Sample of New Book! Perfect for Musicians of All Levels

I am offering a free PDF download of sample content from I Am a Gifted Musician: Affirmations for New Players of Music when you sign up for my monthly newsletter. This will give you a nice feel for the entire book. You will be downloading five illustrations with the corresponding affirmations and journal prompts. IContinue reading “Free PDF Sample of New Book! Perfect for Musicians of All Levels”

New Book Available (Great for New Musicians!)

My latest book is now available. “I Am a Gifted Musician: Affirmations for New Players of Music” is full of color illustrations of various musicians with their instruments, affirmations (positive self-talk statements), and journal prompts for self-discovery. Have you ever felt really down and discouraged as a new musician? Let this book be a motivatingContinue reading “New Book Available (Great for New Musicians!)”