August 17, 2017 – My interview with Emily Neuburger is in SMI this month :)
August , 2017 – Showing at the Stirling Gallery
August, 2017 – Wicked Epic Real is burning up!
You won’t believe the awesome individuals I’ve had a chance to interview for my upcoming Book Wicked Epic Real! Check out the latest news here: www.WickedEpicReal.com
August, 2017 – Certifications Complete!
All three certifications are finished! Life Coach, Business Coach & Time Management Coach! Woot!
August, 2017 – Three years in a row!
July 17, 2017 – My Q & A interview with Léslea Newman are published in the August edition of Story Monsters Ink Magazine :) You can read more on my interview and Léslea’s new book Sparkle Boy on my book review site www.BookTurnip.com
Click on the cover to check out Story Monsters Ink!
June 30, 2017 – The 2017 A2 Tech Trek People’s Choice Award goes to Spellbound AR!
June 25, 2017 – Awarded the 2017 Jack London Award by the California Writers Club
I’ll post a pic when I get the award :) So disappointed that I won’t make the ceremony to receive it, but a HUGE to the California Writers Club!!
June 1st, 2017 – My Dunedin Coloring Book now available at:
And also at:
May 31 – June 2nd, 2017 – Sleep Sweet at Book Expo America in NYC – Booth 1657
May 16th, 2017 – Check out my book reviews in the June issue of Story Monsters Ink!
May 19th, 2017 – Come see my work in the DFAC Shadow Box Show!
1143 Michigan Blvd. Dunedin, 34698
May 12, 2017 – Come see my work in the Stirling Art Studios Dunedin Doggie Rescue Show!
April, 2017 – New Book! My Dunedin Coloring Book
8″ x 10″ (20.32 x 25.4 cm)
BISAC: Juvenile Nonfiction / Activity Books / General
Come celebrate at the launch party (open to the public & free)!
Details on Facebook [Here]
April, 2017 – Kicked another Camp NaNoWriMo’s Buttocks!
What is it? Camp NaNoWriMo is a virtual writer’s retreat, designed for maximum flexibility and creativity. We have Camp sessions in both April and July, and we welcome word-count goals between 30 and 1,000,000. In addition, writers can tackle any project they’d like, including new novel drafts, revision, poetry, scripts, and short stories.
I completed my 20k word goal this session with a few days to spare! Woot!
April, 2017 – Set Up NEW Basecamp: Dunedin
Set up basecamp here in Dunedin Florida and already I’m in with both feet. Exhibits, book signings and new publications already in overdrive!
Office Mailing Address: JulianneBlack.com, 1497 Main Street, Suite 191, Dunedin Florida, 34698
If sending samples or products to review, please use the contact form above to let me know they are on their way. Thank you!
March 2017 – Squirrels Socks and Stolen Crowns!
Yikes, March has been a busy month! I released two new books to check out, click on the images to go to their Amazon pages or check out my web page devoted to all my titles [ here ]!
I also landed a great role within a true gem of a company – Five Star Publications working as a … drumroll please… part-time Staff Children’s Book Reviewer at Story Monsters Ink Magazine! Looking forward to seeing some fantastic creations and giving them some voice to share the love!
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Friday, February 24, 2017 Sleep Sweet’s Review in Story Monsters Ink Magazine!
“…The beautiful images, the soft dreamy color palate, and the tenderly whispered text flows like a gentle lullaby that will carry your little ones into sweet sleep. Tucking in the world’s mighty creatures, under the covers of starry skies, quilts of fluttering leaves and blankets of soft grass all fall to dreamy visions of happy things…..”
Thursday February 16, 2017 – Sunny Days!
Read my article Raising a Mighty Girl in the March 2017 issue of Story Monsters Ink Magazine! Available at Barnes & Noble or read it online here: http://www.fivestarpublications.net/storymonsters_dir/pdf/smi-march-2017.pdf
Sunday February 12, 2017 – My Interview on IAN
Reviews, interviews, author articles, and guest posts of indie and self-published fiction, non-fiction and memoirs.
“… Her project Sleep Sweet is gaining national attention as a therapy tool in Children’s hospitals nation-wide including University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital and the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute in Jacksonville, Florida. Combined with it’s Augmented Reality counterpart – the Spellbound App (multi-platform) the book takes on new dimensions and is shattering the confines of traditional hospital stay with leading-edge momentum.”… [ Read the full interview here ]
Thursday February 02, 2017 – Spellbound listed in Top Ten Trends in Reading and Book Apps for Children!
“Spain’s Elisa Yuste talks us through leading concepts and directions in apps for kids and young adults in the coming year….”
Publishing Perspectives is an online business magazine that covers the trends, people, and companies shaping the global book industry.
Read by publishers, literary agents and scouts, authors, service providers and publishing industry specialists, Publishing Perspectives is a leading source of information on global book publishing.
Tuesday January 31st, 2017 – Spellbound Listed in Nexus’s “5 Mind Blowing Augmented Reality Apps“
…”SpellBound uses your mobile devices to convert children’s paper books and cards for instance into 3D digital experiences which they can interact and engage with. By combining paper books with technology helps youngsters deal with emotional challenges from hospitalization.”
Monday January 16, 2017 – Reading Rainbow Forever!!
Read the issue here: http://www.fivestarpublications.net/storymonsters_dir/pdf/smi-february-2017.pdf
Monday, December 5, 2016 – Sleep Sweet on This is It TV
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 – Awesome Sleep Sweet Review from Writers Digest!
“Julianne DiBlasi Black has given youngsters a lovely bedtime read in Sweet Sleep. The story is laid out as a repeating refrain with a gentle rhythm that will help children release the day for the sleep of evening.
The illustrations are beautifully done with a lushness that carries through from beginning to end. Each page spread repeats the message of sweet sleep and depicts it in a rich painting that is realistic while leaving plenty of room for imagination to play.”
Judge, 24th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 – Sleep Sweet to air on “This Is It TV”
“This is it” Holiday Gift Guides will air the week of Monday, December 5th.
This is it with Cheldin Barlatt Rumer is a 60-minute daily digital lifestyle news program which streams LIVE from 9am EST Monday through Friday. We engage our viewers by introducing them to intriguing people, captivating places and emerging brands. Through the art of “storytelling” we deliver entertaining yet motivating messages while celebrating the spirit of entrepreneurship through innovative content.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/thisisittv (@ThisisitTV)
Monday, November 28, 2016 – My Interview is up on Kid-Books.com!
From the interview….
Friday, November 11, 2016 – Sleep Sweet is Story Monsters Ink Approved!
The Story Monsters Approved! designation was developed by Five Star Publications, Inc. to recognize and honor accomplished authors in the field of children’s literature, as well as children’s products that inspire, inform, teach, or entertain. A Story Monsters seal of approval on your book or product cover tells parents, grandparents, educators, and caregivers they are giving children the very best.
Kids know when they see the Story Monsters Approved! patch it means children their own age enjoyed the book or product and are recommending it, too. How do they know that? Because after books and products pass the first round of judging by industry experts, they are then judged by a panel of youth judges who must also endorse the books or products before they can receive the official seal of approval.
Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 – Great Article on AR , Spellbound and Sleep Sweet!
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 09, 2016|
When “Pokémon GO” debuted earlier this year, it made the futuristic concept of augmented reality a daily, addictive part of countless lives.
But the game is just the latest advancement in the intertwined worlds of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), and the next could originate from the burgeoning AR and VR hub of Ann Arbor. [[ Read the full article here ]]
Thank you Patrick!
Upcoming – Just Announced!
Friday, November 4th – Show Opening!
Wow. Writing this from the other side of a crazy weekend, I have to look back and just say WOW. The event was amazing, the people who attended were so supportive, I just came away from it with such a magnificent sense of love and gratitude. By the end of the weekend, I was getting calls to supply more art to fill up the pieces sold and taken away! I’m already busy getting new art ready to cycle through as the show continues. I’ll have the exhibit in the Coso Room until the first of the year. Thank you Ridgecrest!
Tuesday, November 1st – Press for the Maturango Exhibit
The Daily Independent Posted Nov 1, 2016 ‘Color and Vibration’ exhibit reception Nov. 4 at Maturang
Friday, October 28th – Sleep Sweet Wins Indie Book Blast Incentive!
For the two winners: SCBWI will buy 10 each of their Book Blast book and donate them to a school or library of their choice. Note that if you have more than one book on Book Blast, this incentive will apply to only one of those books. This is a great way to get your work directly into the hands of kids or teens and librarians.
Wednesday, October 26th – Sleep Sweet & Spellbound Press in The Andover Townsman
Using technology to bring books alive – AHS grad, accomplished author in California, deploys ‘augmented reality’ By Judy Wakefield email@example.com Oct 20, 2016
Move over Pokemon Go as you are not the only Augmented Reality device attracting users.
A children’s book author who grew up in town has augmented one of her books to use 3D animation that lets young readers touch the animations on their electronic device screen to get the reader to react to the book’s characters – butterflies float around the room, lions roar and waves crash.
“This is all done on the the child’s lap transporting them page by page to someplace else,” author Julianne (DiBlasi) Black of California wrote in an email when asked about using the augmented reality style in her book….. [[ Read the rest here ]]
Thursday, October 20th – My Desert Coloring Book is released!
ISBN-13: 978-1539635666 | ISBN-10: 153963566X | 8″ x 10″ | 36 pages
A coloring book filled with desert shapes and creatures from cactus to petroglyphs! Multiple styles and subjects for any age or interest. Available on Amazon.com.
Parents and Teachers – contact me through JulianneBlack.com for free coloring pages!
Thursday, October 20th – ‘Soul Supporters’ Lands Featured Post in the Lifestyle Section of Niume.com
…This summer I had TWO of my illustrations included into the Comic-Con 2016 Souvenir Book! One in the 75 Years of WonderWoman section and one in the 50 Years of Star Trek section! Thrilled!! Chew on that mean old art teacher Mrs Richardon from Doherty Junior High! These are the moments that make me reflect on how I got here AND give me energy to move forward. We all need support sometimes – financial, emotional and soul supporters. I’m hoping in this one flash-in-the-pan moment that you are finding this on the infinite land o’ internet I can be your soul supporter…. [[Read the full article here]]
Tuesday, October 18th – NaNoWriMo 2016 Project Announced!
Campfire Legends is a collection of fireside stories told by some very unusual senior camp staff. Come sit by the fire and prepare to be UP ALL NIGHT!
[middle grade – Ages 8+]
[[ National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel. ]] #NaNoWriMo #amwriting
Sunday, October 16th – Sleep Sweet Makes Holiday Gift Guide in Story Monsters Ink, November 2016 Issue
#Spellbound #ARBooks # IAN1 #StoryMonstersInk
Thursday, October 13th – Julianne Black Apparel & Gift Lines Debut
UPCOMING EVENT – November 4th, art opening at the Maturango Museum as part of the Ridgecrest Petroglyph Festival
UPCOMING EVENT – November 19th, book signing
Saturday, October 1st – Women in Art 278 Magazine, October 2016 Issue
Women in Art 278 promotes female artists from across the globe.
Thursday, Sept 22 – Logo finalized for Place-Des-Arts, Quebec
So hugely grateful for the chance to work with the Place-Des-Arts in Quebec on their Salon Urban venue logo! They made the final choice today! placedesarts.com
Thursday, Sept 22 – YouTube Video Released of Maturango Show Preview
Maturango-Color and Vibration Show
JULIANNE DIBLASI BLACK http://www.JulianneBlack.com
Reception: Friday, November 4th @ 7 pm – Coso Room
Friday, Sept 16th – Story Monsters Ink October issue hits shelves- with my article on board!
Monday, August 8th – Grandkids’ Brigade Parade hits shelves!
My latest poem – book is now available at Red Rock Books and Amazon.com. Check out my web site for details! www.julianneblack.com
Wednesday, July 27th – TWO paintings published in the San Diego ComicCon International 2016 Souvenir Book!
Painting of Linda Carter selected for the 75th Anniversary of Wonder Woman feature and my painting of Gorn was selected for the 50 Years of Star Trek feature! Geeking out! #SDCC
Tuesday, June 28th – Spider’s Big Idea available for purchase!
My first 2016 book is now out and available!
Spider’s Big Idea: A Desert Fable Paperback – June 22, 2016
ISBN-10: 153485687 • ISBN-13: 978-1534856875
What if I told you a spider’s web could catch more than dinner?
This is a modern-day fable about Spider, Scorpion and Rattlesnake – three friends who go on an adventure to catch the Mojave desert sun and find out just what happens if they succeed…
Available on Amazon.com and Red Rock Books!
Monday, June 27th – Spellbound wins People’s Choice at A2TechTrek!
The Spellbound segment features the 3D effects of my postcard design :)
Thursday, June 16th – Spellbound and Sleep Sweet make the featured story in Story Monsters Ink!
Check out the July 2016 edition here:
Wednesday, June 8th – Sleep Sweet wins Honorable Mention in the Picture Books 5 & Younger in the 2016 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards
Sleep Sweet Wins Coveted Purple Dragonfly Book Award
CHANDLER, AZ (June, 2016) – The judges of the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which recognizes excellence in children’s literature, have spoken, and Sleep Sweet by Julianne DiBlasi Black, won an Honorable Mention in the Picture Books 5 & Younger category.
“Winning any place in the Purple Dragonfly Contest is a huge honor because in order to maintain the integrity of the Dragonfly Book Awards, a minimum score is required before a First or Second place or Honorable Mention will be awarded to the entrant – even if it is the sole entry in a category,” explains Linda F. Radke, president of Five Star Publications, the sponsor of the Dragonfly Book Awards. “Competition is steep, too, because there is no publication date limit as long as the book is still in print.”
Sleep Sweet is a gentle bedtime book for all ages that has recently been released in 3D through a digital application for mobile devices called Spellbound AR. The book retails for $11.99 and can be purchased at Amazon.com.
For a complete list of winners, visit www.FiveStarBookAwards.com.
Wednesday, May 25th – Spellbound wins the 2016 Next Gen Award presented by Getconnected’s Getwellnetwork!
“GetWellNetwork’s ninth annual user conference, GetConnected 2016, brings together hundreds of members of the IPC community to share strategies and celebrate successes for leveraging patient-centered technology to elevate the quality of care and organizational performance….” http://getwellnetwork.com/conference/about/
Wednesday, May 25th – Spellbound featured in Child Life Mommy Blog
“We have an exciting spotlight today on SpellBound, an interactive app that allows kids to engage with books in a unique way. I hope some of you were able to meet the reps this past weekend at the Child Life Council Conference in Orlando and had the opportunity to try out this amazing device!…” Read the full article here:
Thank you Shani Thornton!
Monday, May 16th – New Member of the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
Saturday, May 14th – Accepting the 2016 Peggy Connelly Scholarship at the Writers of Kern Annual Awards Dinner in Bakersfield California
Thursday, May 12th- Spellbound featured in TeleRead
Spellbound uses augmented reality to turn children’s books into digital pop-up books
By Chris Meadows
“Yesterday at BookExpo America, the International Digital Publishing Forum presented augmented-reality app Spellbound with its 2016 IDPF Innovation Award. Today I stopped by Spellbound’s booth to find out more about it…….” [ Read the rest here ]
Thank you Chris!! And if you haven’t checked out TeleRead, they are quite cool! I found a new bookmark :)
Wednesday, May 11th – Spellbound wins 2016 IDPF #Innovation Award at the first day of BookExpo America!
Go Christina! Woohoooo!
Tuesday, May 3rd – Spellbound is up for an Auggie!
SpellBound has been nominated for an augmented reality “Auggie” award for this year’s Augmented World Expo! Please vote for “SpellBound MED” in the Best Enterprise Solution category. Anyone can vote and it only takes one click!
From the2016 Augmented World Expo entry: SpellBound MED uses augmented reality technology to create amazing patient experiences for children, improving satisfaction for families, and reducing procedural costs for hospitals.
SpellBound MED offers a suite of tools designed specifically for therapists to use with children in the hospital setting on the mobile devices they already carry.
We create distraction tools, such as 3D experiences for books, that help kids get through painful or scary procedures. When a child is engaged with SpellBound, they are not focused on the unpleasantness of the situation and hospital staff can get their job done quickly, and right the first time.
We create entertainment tools, such as turning a child’s hospital room into a 3D scene from a book, providing moments of joy and escape for patients and their families. We create calming moments, such as seeing a hallway turned into an underwater adventure on the way to the operating room. When a child is not anxious or stressed they are more compliant and mentally ready for their treatment or procedure.
SpellBound is reimagining the patient experience, providing moments of joy and escape as well as therapeutic benefit for pediatric patients.
Tuesday, May 3rd – Awarded the 2016 Peggy Connelly Scholarship
Yesterday I was honored to get notification that I have been awarded the Peggy Connelly Scholarship by the Writers of Kern in Bakersfield CA. This scholarship is awarded yearly to beginning writers in children’s literature. My submission Spider’s Big Idea is currently in production, and through huge help from the scholarship, will be released this summer. Thank you so much Writers of Kern! I look forward to meeting you all at the awards dinner!
Saturday, April 30 – New Event – Book Signing and 3D Demo
Hope to see you there!
Friday, April 29th – Sleep Sweet featured on Stridepost!
[From the site] “How is this book handmade? The Spellbound team sits right next to us in our incubator office space and we see them use their hands all day! See this book come alive in 3-D with the Spellbound App! SpellBound is a mobile app that turns paper books into virtual popup books. The app uses augmented reality to animate characters, read the book aloud, and allow interactions with the words on the page. Buy the book on Amazon and download the app at: http://www.getspellboundbooks.com/app.”
When I thanked them on my Facebook page for the awesome mention, they replied with “Your sweet beautiful book is a hit with our kids!” Awwwww. My tail is wagging :) Love you guys and much love to my Spellbound Goddesses :)
Check out their general awesomeness and all-things-kid-related superpowers at:
Friday, April 29th – Sunday, May 1st – Spellbound will be rocking Sleep Sweet at their PENGUICON 2016 booth in Michigan!
Penguicon is a 1,400-person 3-day (April 29 – May 1, 2016) convention in Southfield, MI combining sci-fi fandom with open source software ideals – a non-profit technical conference and a social convention all-in-one.
FB community: http://www.facebook.com/groups/penguicon
Guests of Honor, Featured Guests, Maker Market vendors and full schedule will be available at http://2016.penguicon.org/
WHAT IS PENGUICON?
Monday, April 26th – SpellBound AR app goes live to the public!
Here it is on iTunes: id1033984853
The app is FREE, but each book’s 3D experience will cost $0.99 – check out Sleep Sweet in 3D by purchasing the book on Amazon and downloading the app from the link above. Also available on Google Play and Amazon Apps.
Friday, April 22nd – My interview goes live on the Aviva Gittle Publishing website
Check it out here: http://gotogittle.com/julianne-diblasi-black-gittle-list-2015/
Wednesday, April 13 – Spellbound Wins Top 100 Spot in the 2016 TECHWEEK Awards
CONGRATS SPELLBOUND!! So proud to be partnering with Spellbound for the 3D version of Sleep Sweet! I launched a web page for vendors to understand more about the 3D experience, including videos of the app in action. Check it out here: http://sleepsweet3d.com
From the TECHWEEK website “Team Techweek is thrilled to kick off one of the most anticipated times of year — Techweek100! Announced in each city leading up to our annual Techweek festival, Techweek100 ushers in a season to celebrate the tech community and its members for its recent successes and promising developments.”
Read more here:
Wednesday, April 13 – Local Author Showcase Press in the Daily Independent
Daily Independent, Ridgecrest California April 13th, 2016
KERN COUNTY LIBRARY
Local Author Showcase
Nearly a dozen local authors as well as a sprinkling of aspiring writers and interested members of the public got together Saturday April 9 at the Kern County Library in Ridgecrest to talk books and writing. A round table writing discussion was a big hit, drawing enthusiastic participation from all present. Participating authors included Tamara Hise, Daniel Stallings, Theresa Goldstrand, Chautona Havig, Julianne Di-Blasi Black, Deborah Mills, Robert Mariner, Cheryl McDonald and Brian Voigt. The event kicked off with a writing workshop conducted by April Hayman of the IWV NaNo Group and finished off with a reception and Meet and Greet. Also in attendance were Donna Rosanthal and other members of Ridge Writers, who took part in the event.
Friday March 25th – Sleep Sweet 3D in Local Press
Friday, March 18th – Sleep Sweet 3D BETA Went Live!
Working with the awesome digital goddesses of Michigan-based ALTality, the app Spellbound AR went live this past weekend and my book Sleep Sweet can now be viewed in 3D! Spin and tilt the book to zoom around into the illustrations while listening to me read the book out loud accompanied by the mighty Zach Lively on guitar!
For all my years in illustration, to view them alive in front of me for the first time at sidewalk coffee shop was like recreating the creative wheel, but as a mom, all I can see are kiddo smiles.
Check out some of Spellbound’s videos on YouTube to see it in action and learn about what we are doing in conjunction with children’s hospitals across the country!
Saturday April 9, 11:30-2:00, LOCAL AUTHOR SHOWCASE
On April 9th, 2016, I’ll be participating in the… Local Author showcase at the Library!
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Writing Workshop
(by April Hayman, IWV NaNo Group)
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Round Table Writing Discussion
Open to the public – Listen in and ask questions about writing, inspiration, promotion, publishing & more
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Reception & Meet and Greet
Light refreshments served
Nanowrimo.com | picayunepen.com, Instagram.com/april_picayunepen, facebook.com/iwvwritersgroupTamara Hise, Non-Fiction =
thechildhegaveme.com, facebook.com/helpsarahiseDaniel Stallings, Mystery
mastermysteryproductions.wordpress.com, facebook.com/mastermysteryproductionsTheresa Goldstrand, Contemporary Romance Fiction
Freelance Journalist / Photographer / Editor – www.theresagoldstrand.comChautona Havig, Christian Fiction =
chautona.com | twitter.com/Chautona, facebook.com/justhewriteescape, instagram.com/chautonahavigJulianne DiBlasi Black, Children’s Author & Illustrator =
julianneblack.com | twitter.com/4JBlack, facebook.com/JulianneDiBlasiBlackDeborah Mills, Investigative Journalist =
ridgecrestca.com, findingmywaythrough2012.blogspot.comRobert Mariner, Science Fiction
therefugeconfederation.comCheryl McDonald, Artist & Writer =
cherylmcdonald-art.com, facebook.com/cherylmcdonaldcreative*** “=” This author will have books on sale at the event!
Every book sale includes a 20% donation to the Friends of the Ridgecrest Branch Library!facebook.com/RidgeWriters
Date Announced for Fall Solo Show Artist Reception
Upcoming Event – Book Reading at Kern County Library
On 4/1/16 at 3:30 I’ll be at the Library reading Sleep Sweet and doing a special sneak preview of my [[ • yet unreleased • ]] new children’s book! Come visit! Check out the event details on the EVENTS tab on my Facebook page:
February 23, 2016 – Completion of the Sears booth graphics for the Montreal Home Expo
See some images and read more here:
February 22, 2016 – First Place Winner, Lone Pine, California Writing Contest
My story This Is My Inyo, was selected by the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce for first place in their call for adventure entries to be published in the 2016 Inyo County Visitor’s Guide! http://lonepinechamber.org
January 25, 2016 – Sleep Sweet & Spellbound featured on Channel 7 NewsAlexandra Bahou
(WXYZ) – A Michigan startup is teaming up with one local hospital to help create a magical experience for young patients.
SpellBound is an app that uses augmented reality technology to create a virtual pop-up book from ordinary story pages.
For the animations to come to life, a user must open the app and point their smartphone toward the book, according to the product’s website.
The team that created SpellBound won Startup Weekend Detroit in 2014 and is now partnering with C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.
One of the SpellBound co-founders, Christina York, tells 7 Action News they are working with child life specialists to get the technology into hospital rooms.
Their aim is to normalize the hospital experience for the kids, and to give them some magic as a pleasant distraction.
In the next two weeks, the special app and one of the paired books will be introduced at Mott.
“We are really excited,” said York. “Even a few minutes of magic where they can escape the world…they can have moments of joy and be a kid again.”
York says they are interested in working with other local hospitals, too, to help children enjoy books in a new and creative way.
The Ann Arbor-based startup, ALTality, is currently crowdfunding on Indiegogo to help with the SpellBound project.
The app works with Android and iOS devices. Right now, the SpellBound “magic” is compatible with two books. We’re told at least five more book pairings are in the works.
January 21, 2016 – Sleep Sweet at Motts Children’s Hospital in Michigan
January 19, 2016 – Sleep Sweet Formatted for the Get Well Network
Since the pages of Sleep Sweet have been morphed into eBook and Augmented Reality formats, the pages make a logical addition to the Get Well Network – the closed circuit TV system in children’s hospitals. Currently Spellbound is testing the content on Mott Children’s Hospital network and if all goes well, it will be released to the rest of the Network reaching children across the US with just a click of their bedside remote.
The Network presentation will have not only the pages of the book, but also the narration and music developed for the Augmented Reality app to accompany it. Fingers crossed that testing goes well!
January 15, 2016 – Solo Show Dates Released
Solo Art Exhibit at the Maturango Museum – Reception on October 29th at 3pm (open to the public), show will run until January 1, 2017.
January 14, 2016 – eBooks Released on Amazon
Ebooks are now available for Sleep Sweet, The Mermaid Box and Bringing Flowers to the Moon.
January 12, 2016 – Spellbound Interview on Xconomy.com features Sleep Sweet
by Sarah Schmid
(from the article) …After making its app available to Mott, SpellBound did a small pilot to make sure the books were as useful as its founders imagined. Now, the company is running a crowdfunding campaign through January 28 to get copies of Sleep Sweet, the first book that will be compatible with the SpellBound app, in the hands of young patients at Mott. SpellBound hired the book’s author, Julianne DiBlasi Black, to record audio of herself reading her story for the app, and it had special music composed as well. (See the video below for a better idea of what Sleep Sweet looks like when read with SpellBound.)
Although this is SpellBound’s first attempt at a crowdfunding campaign, York would like to do another, she said, if “this model proves successful, maybe for schools without tablets or devices.” Education was not a market SpellBound had initially planned to go after because the company thought it would be a long, cumbersome process involving a lot of relationship-building….
January 4, 2016 – My Interview on CortsWorld.com
Julianne Black : A Powerful Artist Who Is Not Afraid To Express It
From the article:
I love art in all forms. I believe painters are very special, because they are good at tapping into their imagination. When I look at paintings, I feel as though I am looking inside the mind of the artist who created the painting. Julianne Black is a great example of an artist who uses her imagination to the fullest. She has such an eclectic body of work. The colors she uses in her paintings are very vibrant, and magical in a sense, great paintings for adults, and children. Here is an interview I did with Julianne Black, to get to know the Californian a little better…….
Read the rest here:
January 4, 2016 – New video released for the SpellBound’s Augmented Reality app featuring Sleep Sweet and Albert the Confused Manatee!
Subscribe to the #Spellbound YouTube Chanel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd9M8tET9bm7IYvMHy3qvww
December 28, 2015 – Beginnings of the 3D life of Sleep Sweet by #Spellbound
Spellbound IndieGoGo campaign has 32 Days left! Check out how you can be part of the literacy revolution bringing new life and renewed value to paper books! Donation levels include book+app bundles for you and Mott Children’s Hospital. See more videos of SpellBound’s Augmented Reality in action on the campaign’s site.
December 6, 2015 – Book Signing at Dunedin Fine Arts Center
November 2015 – Gittle List Winner
Sleep Sweet wins 2015 Gittle List Top Ten award for Indie illustrated children’s books http://gotogittle.com/the-gittle-list-2015-winners-revealed/