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Disney Magic

My DisneySide: Magic, Stories, and Dreams

  Welcome to those of you joining me from DISTherapy and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 3rd stop on our Magical Blogorail. To celebrate the new and improved Magical Blogorail, we’re sharing our DisneySide moments. What is DisneySide anyway? To me, DisneySide is that part of me that never quite grew up. The part that – every once in a while – drops everything to go out for ice cream because it’s Monday, and Mondays require ice cream. It’s the whimsical, silly, impossible side that sticks its tongue out and laughs at this serious grown-up world we all try to live in. When I tried to think of how my DisneySide comes out, I came up with a few examples that seem silly and unimportant, and yet they make all the difference in the world. And really, that’s what DisneySide really is all about! Make a...
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Moms Get Bored Too – #DearSantaLoveDragyn book giveaway

Sometimes, we spend so much time and energy focused on keeping our kids entertained and engaged that we Moms forget to pack something for ourselves to do while we wait for the plane to arrive. Sure, half the time, my kindle stays firmly entrenched in my carry-on because I’m frantically busy trying to keep four kids in the same general area, but at some point in every trip I stop and realize: everybody’s occupied, except for me. I have a hard time finding just the right book to read sometimes. I have enough drama and stress in real life, so I don’t really want it in my entertainment too, but at the same time I want something smarter and more sophisticated than your average Harlequin romance. (You can only read so many virtually identical novels before you start to see the formulas.) So I wrote the story I wanted...
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Disney Magic

Show Your Disney Side

Disney’s newest promotion, Show Your Disney Side, brings up an interesting twist on Disney. In years past, they’ve focused on the characters (Limited Time Magic) and memories, but this year, it’s all about the fans. It’s about geeking out on Disney. I can’t help but wonder if this new focus on fandom is related to Disney’s acquisition of the Marvel comics. Sure, they’ve had Star Wars for some time, and nobody will argue that Star Wars geeks aren’t…well, geeky. But comic book geeks are a little different. Or maybe it’s just the times that have changed. Geek isn’t the insult it used to be, a couple of decades ago. Thanks to shows like The Big Bang Theory and Heros of Cosplay, geekdom is emerging from the basements and back rooms as something Very Cool. What does Show Your Disney Side have to do with geekdom? There are two pillars of geekdom: participation and...
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Dreams Do Come True!

“A dream is a wish your heart makes . . .” When I was about four years old, I latched on to a dream: I wanted to write a novel. I wanted to be an author when I grew up. Other kids wanted to be rock stars or astronauts or actors (I did grow up in California!), but I dreamed of sitting in front of a keyboard making up stories. Over the years, I’ve done a lot of other things, but this is the one thing that’s always stuck with me. And now I know that dreams do come true. This week, I’m so excited to share this dream with you! Because without you – every one of you who has read this crazy, “I have no idea what I’m doing or where I’m going with this, but I just have to write” blog – I would not have gotten...
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Disney Magic

Cast Member for a Day

Welcome to those of you joining me from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the final stop on our Magical Blogorail. This month we’re chatting about what we would do if we could be a Disney cast member for a day. This theme really excited me, because I have spent the last few months really examining this question: What do I want to be when I grow up?  I’ve done so many different things over the years, and very few of them have been quite right. I could fill any number of roles at Disney and would probably enjoy them all at some level (except being a character – I don’t think I could handle that!). But the one thing I would choose, if I could be any cast member at all? A Disney Writer. Why a writer? First a little bit of background....
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