Monthly Archives: December 2012

Happy Holidays!

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Is everyone ready for the holidays? Remember, there will be no chats until January 6, so take a break from #storyappchat to enjoy the season.

We hope everyone enjoys delightful, restful and enriching time this holiday with friends and family. Thanks for your support this year, and we look forward to seeing you in 2013!


Transcript for the 12/16/12 #storyappchat: The Story Elves

Our chat last night with Zoe from @TheStoryElves was exciting. I get the feeling they are trying to fill a hole in the app market, since their new story The Waking Prince is a unique combination of sophisticated vocabulary and dreamy, mesmerizing artwork.

Zoe was kind enough to answer all our questions and it’s all here in the transcript above, if you weren’t able to join us. Thanks so much, Zoe, for guest hosting the chat.

We’ll be taking the next couple of weeks off for the holidays but will be back in full force on January 6. In the meantime, enjoy your end-of-year festivities and we’ll see you next year!

Guest Host for the 12/16/12 #storyappchat: Zoe from The Story Elves

Imagine how delighted we were to have @sketchyTech and @theStoryElves pop in to a couple of our recent chats. These guys have been working on a beautiful new series of book apps, and the first one available now is The Waking Prince. So when they asked if they might guest host an upcoming #storyappchat, we were thrilled.

While I haven’t yet seen it from the inside out, The Waking Prince appears to be a book app that pushes the envelope–and takes full advantage of the app platform while providing amusement and amazement for kids. Their website is mysterious, adorable and dreamy–check it out! If you’re as curious about this kewl new project as I am, stop on by Sunday’s (December 16) #storyappchat and bring your queries for Zoe Roizen Soane (aka @theStoryElves). We will ramp things up at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific time, so put on your #storyappchat hashtag hat and tweet to your heart’s content!

Transcript for the 12/9/12 #storyappchat: Will Terry

So glad to welcome Will Terry back to #storyappchat, and based on both the stuff he’s posted to his blog and the amount of high-energy discussion last night, he’s had his hands in a bunch of very cool stuff lately.

Catch it all in the transcript above, and remember: we do it every Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific. Make it a weekly ritual, how about it?


Guest Host for the 12/9/12 #storyappchat: Will Terry

Way back in the spring of 2011 (seems so long ago, doesn’t it?), Will Terry graciously agreed to be the very first guest host for #storyappchat. So it’s with a fair amount of nostalgia and a high dose of appreciation that I announce he’s agreed to guest host again: this Sunday!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Will and his considerable talents, he’s a writer/illustrator of children’s picture books. My current favorite is The Three Little Gators (written by Helen Ketteman and illustrated by Terry), now available as an app. However, his art has appeared in tons of other books for kids. Will’s one of my favorite artists, and my kids like his stuff too.

Aside from being a wonderful traditional and digital artist, Will keeps up a very informative and inspirational blog, which fits the very definition of ‘giving back.’ Will does have a few tutorial videos he’s posted for $$$ (and as a purchaser, I can promise you they are well worth the cash), but he’s also shared tons of other opinions, advice, sales figures and other great stuff that you can’t put a price on for FREE.

He recently used Talespring to create a new kid’s story app: I Eat You! and created a free video with some information about the process.

A lot’s changed in the year and a half since we had Will with us last time–so bring your questions for him, and we will look for you Sunday (December 9) night around 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific!

Transcript for the 12/2/12 #storyappchat: Blogging Best Practices

Wow, this chat was really hoppin’! So much high-quality information blowing by, I was a little nervous I might’ve missed something. Luckily for all of us, it’s all captured in the transcript above.

Whether or not you were able to join us for this chat, how about you take the excellent advice of Karen Robertson and share a link to your blog in the comments for this post? I look forward to the exchange of information right here.

Also: make plans right now to stop by next time (Sunday, December 9) when we welcome back writer/illustrator Will Terry. We’ll kick it off at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific, and watch this space for details on Will and his current projects. See you then, I hope!