Ellwyn’s Blog

18 Years

18 years of joy

of happiness and excitement too,

18 years of love and laughter

in one enjoyable you.


You are my darling daughter

my precious baby girl,

I adore your green-blue eyes

and every single curl.


You have my sense of humor

and your daddy’s strength of will,

You are very independent

with a multitude of skill.


You have a tender heart,

it’s as warm as the sun,

You have a flare for art

and knack for a good pun.


I love you, love you, love you

you are my daughter from end to end,

I love you, love you, love you

you are my sunshine and my friend.






Horsin’ Around With Monkeys

It takes a great deal of skill to ride a monkey. I should know. I’ve ridden one. Unlike most horses, I seemed to be a natural at it. Mother was so proud the first time I jumped on a monkey’s back and coaxed it into a steady jog around the court. I remember it as if it were only yesterday. The sun was shining so bright that day, the trees, outlining the fringes of the court, were in full bloom. The air was warm and filled with the scent of roses from my mother’s garden.

There were some in attendance who weren’t as happy as Mother. My friends were so jealous, but I didn’t care, everyone else was on their feet applauding my grand achievement. Shortly after, Mother entered me and my monkey in tournaments. We had to jump over great, big walls and weave in-and-out of mazes with sharp turns. At the end of each tournament, we were awarded ribbons and trophies taller than me.

My reputation as a skilled monkey rider spread far and wide. Newspapers wrote stories about me with headlines in big, black letters on the front page. Universities asked me to give commencement speeches at their graduation ceremonies. I was even invited to meet the Queen of England and the President of the United States.

Tomorrow, my monkey and I will do something no one has done before. We are going to blast off to the moon. Once we arrive, we’re going to the surface, and riding all the way around it 100 times without stopping. I’m not sure what we’ll do after that, any suggestions?

Reader’s Favorite Press Release – Kamyla Chung and the Creepy Crawlies

 For immediate release:  Author’s new book receives a warm literary welcome.
Readers’ Favorite announces the review of the Children – General book “Kamyla Chung and the Creepy Crawlies” by Ellwyn Autumn, currently available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1532341172.
Readers’ Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the “Best Websites for Authors” and “Honoring Excellence” awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.
Reviewed By Barbara Fanson for Readers’ Favorite:
Kamyla Chung and The Creepy Crawlies is a wonderful story of trying to get children to sleep when they think there are spooky images in their bedroom. Author Ellwyn Autumn has created a bedtime story that all children and parents can relate to. Firstly, Kamyla shouldn’t listen to Joey Jordan, a boy at school who said that creepy crawlies eat people. Since then, Kamyla has trouble sleeping. But she comes up with some ideas for dealing with spooky images. First, she tries putting her head under the blankets and staying absolutely still. The next night, she slept with her stuffed rabbit because she heard that a rabbit’s foot is lucky. The next night, she slept with new nightlight on. I love the store clerk’s quote: “If something in the dark isn’t right, all you need is a little light.” But, they call in an exterminator to get rid of the creepy crawlies. When the bedroom light is on, there are no creepy crawlies until she turns on the nightlight. They lift up stuffed animals and dolls and realize what the creepy crawlies really are! You’ll have to read the book to solve the mystery.

The illustrations by Danh Tran are very well done. Even the nighttime renderings of blue and purple hues are well executed. The tones and emotions on the characters’ faces are very realistic. Kamyla Chung and The Creepy Crawlies provides parents with ideas on how to deal with creepy crawlies—or nighttime shadows. Author Ellwyn Autumn is imaginative and encourages parents to play with stuffed animals to see what their shadows look like. Children 4 to 8—and their parents—will like the repetitive prose and easy-to-relate-to story.

You can learn more about Ellwyn Autumn and “Kamyla Chung and the Creepy Crawlies” at https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/kamyla-chung-and-the-creepy-crawlies where you can read reviews and the author’s biography, as well as connect with the author directly or through their website and social media pages.
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