Author, Barbara Studham

Creator of memoir, fiction, and the children's picture book, Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Edmonton and area Fetal Alcohol Network Society posted my two children's FASD pic books on Facebook. The books THE SCHOOL DAY and FIDGET! are available from Amazon. www,barbarastudham.com www.challengedhope.com


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Reviews are Appreciated! by Barbara Studham

Promotion is key!

Promoting one’s books is difficult as it is often regarded as bragging, so when others review or promote my books, I am very appreciative. I want to give a shout out to the following people for their support. 

Edmonton and area Fetal Alcohol Network Society posted my two children's FASD pic books on Facebook. The books THE SCHOOL DAY and FIDGET! are available from Amazon. www,barbarastudham.com www.challengedhope.com

Edmonton and area Fetal Alcohol Network Society

Edmonton and Area Fetal Alcohol Network Society recently posted about my series on Facebook. It is always a nice surprise to log into Facebook and see my books staring back at me. THE SCHOOL DAY, and, FIDGET! are the first two in the, Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, series.

THE SCHOOL DAY focuses on the challenges of students with FASD. FIDGET! highlights the hyperactivity of kids with FASD, and how their fidgeting irritates people who do not understand the symptoms of the disorder. Currently in progress is the third in the series, titled THE BIRTHDAY BASH! Children with FASD are rarely invited to children’s birthday parties as the loud noises and activities can overwhelm their senses causing them to break down. THE BIRTHDAY BASH tells what happens when Strawberry & Cracker attend their big brother’s birthday party. 


In their Weekly Round up, Nofas.org posted this picture of my latest Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, picture book titled FIDGET! Available from AMAZON. www.challengedhope.com, www.barbarastudham.com

Nofas.org Weekly Round Up

In their Weekly Round Up, nofas.org mentioned my new children’s FASD picture book FIDGET! Here is a blurb on the contents of the book. 

BOOK BLURB for FIDGET!

Meet Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome who live with their grandma and her dog, Thunder. The twins struggle with fidgeting. All children fidget, but a child with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome frequently over-fidgets, thereby annoying people who do not understand impulsive behaviors. However, there are strategies to calm the child and control fidgeting.

FIDGET! introduces the reader to Strawberry & Cracker’s typical fidgeting scenarios. While no one strategy for avoiding fidgeting will work for every child, Grandma realizes the importance of discovering which ones work for the twins. By discussing those strategies with other adults, she hopes people will apply the calming methods and lessen the stress of fidgeting.


Heather Lamb with paints at the ready working on the Illustrations for the third in the Strawberry & Cracker series, titled THE BIRTHDAY BASH! www.barbarastudham.com

Heather Lamb with paints at the ready to illustrate THE BIRTHDAY BASH!

I also want to thank Heather Lamb who is working on the third book in the Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome series, titled THE BIRTHDAY BASH!

Book blurb.

THE BIRTHDAY BASH! Meet Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. The twins live with their grandma and her dog, Thunder. Big brother, Rocky who lives with his foster dads, their two children, and dog Millie, is turning thirteen. When Rocky invites the twins to his birthday party, Grandma recalls previous disastrous celebrations involving the twins. Rocky’s foster dad, Sergio, suggests strategies for a successful party, but during the festivities, the twins become overwhelmed and spoil everyone’s fun. When things get too loud, Grandma and the twins make a hasty retreat!

Soon to be released on AMAZON!


REVIEWS ARE APPRECIATED!
Barbara Studham’s bio.

For over twenty years, Barbara Studham has parented grandchildren diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Her two memoirs: Two Decades of Diapers, and, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, The Teen Years, describe her challenges during their toddler years and teens. She has also written fiction, including a six-book series titled, Under The Shanklin Sky, set in the seaside town of Shanklin, on the Isle of Wight. She is currently creating a children’s FASD picture book series Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Now available in the series is, THE SCHOOL DAY, and, FIDGET! Soon to be released – THE BIRTHDAY BASH!

Barbara Studham’s books are available from AMAZON.

Author blog: http://www.barbarastudham.com

FASD blog: http://www.challengedhope.com

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/barbarastudham

Memoir Writing Sessions to be held at Turner Park Library. www.barbarastudham.com


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Memoir Writing Sessions, Hamilton ON

Don’t forget to register!

Memoir Writing Sessions to be held at Turner Park Library. www.barbarastudham.com

Memoir Writing Session

Don’t forget to register for my memoir writing sessions at Turner Park Library.

On Wednesday April 25th, May 2nd, and May 9th, 2018. 1:00-3:00 pm I will be encouraging participants to write their memoir. The sessions will be held at Turner Park Library, 352 Rymal Road East  L9B1C2 Hamilton, ON. Whether you are writing your memoir, or you are a new writer, you are welcome to attend to learn how to compile your memoir. Register at 905-546-4790, as seating is limited.

When you have registered, mark the sessions on your calendar or phone. See you there!


Barbara Studham’s bio:

For over twenty years, Barbara Studham has parented grandchildren diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Her two memoirs: Two Decades of Diapers, and, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, The Teen Years, describe her challenges during their toddler years and teens. She has also written fiction, including a six-book series titled, Under The Shanklin Sky, set in the seaside town of Shanklin, on the Isle of Wight. She is currently creating a children’s FASD picture book series Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Now available in the series is, THE SCHOOL DAY, and, FIDGET!

Barbara Studham’s books are available from AMAZON.
Author blog: http://www.barbarastudham.com
FASD blog: http://www.challengedhope.com
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/barbarastudham
Memoir Writing Sessions to be held at Turner Park Library. www.barbarastudham.com


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From Journal to Memoir, by Barbara Studham

MEMOIR WRITING SESSIONS

FROM JOURNAL TO MEMOIR.

Wednesday, April 25th, May 2nd, and May 9th, 2018. 1:00-3:00 pm. 

Memoir Writing Sessions www.barbarastudham.com

Memoir Writing Sessions

On Wednesday April 25th, May 2nd, and May 9th, 2018. 1:00-3:00 pm I will be encouraging participants to write their memoir. The sessions will be held at Turner Park Library, 352 Rymal Road East, Hamilton, ON L9B 1C2

Even if you have never written before, you are welcome to attend to learn how to compile your memoir. Register at 905-546-4790, as seating is limited. When you have registered, mark the sessions on your calendar or phone. 


From Journal to Memoir, by Barbara Studham

posted, February 27th 2018


Brief summary of sessions From Journal to Memoir, by Barbara Studham

Session 1:
  • Getting to know the protagonistYOU!
  • Preparation Checklist.
  • Ready, Set, WRITE!
Session 2:
  • Adding Dialogue to memoir.
  • Minimize Adverbs and Adjectives!
  • Create a Chapter or two.
Session 3:
  • Expand your word count.
  • Promoting your memoir.
  • Publishing your memoir.

Register at 905-546-4790

Barbara Studham’s bio.

For over twenty years, Barbara Studham has parented grandchildren diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Her two memoirs: Two Decades of Diapers, and, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, The Teen Years, describe her challenges during their toddler years and teens. She has also written fiction, including a six-book series titled, Under The Shanklin Sky, set in the seaside town of Shanklin, on the Isle of Wight. She is currently creating a children’s FASD picture book series Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Now available is the first in the series titled THE SCHOOL DAY. The second in the series titled FIDGET! is soon to be released.

Barbara Studham’s books are available from AMAZON.

Author blog: http://www.barbarastudham.com

FASD blog: http://www.challengedhope.com

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/barbarastudham

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: The Teen Years, by Barbara Studham www.barbarastudham.com


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Now In Print! Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: The Teen Years, by Barbara Studham

Two choices:– ebook and printed version of

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: The Teen Years, by Barbara Studham

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: The Teen Years, by Barbara Studham www.barbarastudham.com

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: The Teen Years, by Barbara Studham

Until today, my book Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: The Teen Years was only available in ebook format. People complained. They wanted a printed book they could hold in their hands, so here it is in paperback form.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: The Teen Years, book blurb.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: The Teen Years is a sequel of Two Decades of Diapers. In both memoirs, author Barbara Studham gives insight into parenting children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, a disorder caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol. For more than twenty years, Barbara Studham has parented grandchildren with FAS. Through her wealth of experience with the disorder, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: The Teen Years leads us through her desperation, fears, hopes, and prayers while coping with her grandchildren’s complex behaviors. However, Barbara would be the first to admit that while FAS brought a whirlwind of emotions into her life, her grandchildren’s struggle to cope with the disorder has far outweighed her trauma. Often labelled defiant, odious, caustic, and wayward, individuals with FAS are more victims of brain damage overwhelmed by the demands of everyday life, than the disposable people society deems them. If you are an individual parenting a child with FAS, a mental health worker, or someone who is interested in learning more about this distressing disorder, then Two Decades Of Diapers, and, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: The Teen Years are essential reading.

Book specs:

Genre: Memoir, Category: Special Needs/Mental Health

Size: 5″ x 8″, Pages: 232

Cost: Print $9.99 (usd), Ebook $0.99 (usd)

Available from AMAZON. 

Barbara Studham’s bio.

For over twenty years, Barbara Studham has parented grandchildren diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Her two memoirs: Two Decades of Diapers, and, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, The Teen Years, describe her challenges during their toddler years and teens. She has also written fiction, including a six-book series titled, Under The Shanklin Sky, set in the seaside town of Shanklin, on the Isle of Wight. She is currently creating a children’s FASD picture book series Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Now available is the first in the series titled THE SCHOOL DAY. The second in the series titled FIDGET! is soon to be released.

Barbara Studham’s books are available from AMAZON.

Author blog: http://www.barbarastudham.com

FASD blog: http://www.challengedhope.com

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/barbarastudham

Twitter: @BarbaraStudham

 

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A Veggie Dish and a Crazy Lady, by Barbara Studham

Food and Fiction!

Ingredients for veggie dish www.barbarastudham.com

Ingredients for veggie dish

Watching documentaries on the abuse of farm animals wrenched my heart. Now I am doing my bit to cut down on meat by substituting entrees with vegetable dishes. Not an easy decision as I had no recipes for meatless dishes but, after scouring the Internet, it appears I now have access to thousands.

 

Meatless Recipe.

veggie dish www.barbarastudham.com

veggie dish

Check out the photo of my meatless pasta meal I cooked with a few ingredients. I changed the recipe to suit my taste, but it consists of lots of veggies, pasta, pasta sauce, and herbs. It is not over spicy and, therefore, a great introduction to veggie meals for children. Call me crazy, if you will, but I am pleased to find a way to do a bit toward my bit in reducing the suffering of animals.

A Veggie Dish and a Crazy Lady.

Not My Type, by Barbara Studham www.barbarastudham.com

Not My Type, by Barbara Studham

Another woman you might call crazy is Lisa Paige: the main character in my ebook titled Not My Type. A perfect addition to your meatless meal, and downloaded in minutes from AMAZON, Not My Type adds just the right amount of spice to your meal. You might be surprised to learn that the story for Not My Type arose out of a conversation between a friend and I. Short and sweet, this is how it went.

“For the life of me I can’t write fiction,” my friend said, shaking her head in disappointment. “Non-fiction I can, fiction never.”

“Instead of overthinking the process,” I suggested. “Why not sit quietly at your laptop and let the characters come to you.”

While she overthought my advice, I imagined that scenario actually happening. What if, while a writer meditated on a story, the characters literally appeared and wrote the book. Hence, Not My Type. Okay, I admit the story is as outlandish as my decision to become a vegetarian, but keep an open mind and try it. As food and fiction go so well together, you just might enjoy it. 

Not My Type book blurb.
Lisa Paige, is a respected non-fiction writer who envies the accolades bestowed upon her fiction-writing mother, Madge Paige. So much so that, while desperately trying her hand at fiction, writers’ block hits, and Lisa begins to hallucinate, causing fictional characters to come to life and visit her home. Frantically offering her bribes in return for inclusion in her book, the characters explain her refusal would result in their deletion within the fictional world. As characters compete for billing, murder and mayhem ensues, as each are in conflict and equally determined to be forefront in Lisa’s novel. But is there an alternate motive for their brawling? Does Lisa complete her work of fiction and find the fame she so desperately yearns? In Not My Type, discover how her fictional characters’ skirmishes bring a life-changing twist to Lisa’s future.

Well, there you have it: A Veggie Dish and a Crazy Lady, by Barbara Studham. Meatless dish recipes are found for free all over the Internet; Not My Type is available in ebook format from AMAZON for only $0.99 cents (usd). So treat yourself to FOOD and FICTION, by Barbara Studham.

Barbara Studham’s bio.
For over twenty years, Barbara Studham has parented grandchildren diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Her two memoirs: Two Decades of Diapers, and, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, The Teen Years, describe her challenges during their toddler years and teens. She has also written fiction, including a six-book series titled, Under The Shanklin Sky, set in the seaside town of Shanklin, on the Isle of Wight. She is currently creating a children’s FASD picture book series Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Now available is the first in the series titled The School Day. The second in the series titled FIDGET! is soon to be released.
Barbara Studham’s books are available from AMAZON.

Author blog: http://www.barbarastudham.com

FASD blog: http://www.challengedhope.com

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/barbarastudham

Twitter: @BarbaraStudham

 

 

 

 

Painting of Thumper by author Barbara Studham. www.barbara.studham.com


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New Post: Sooty, my pet rabbit, by Barbara Studham

Two rabbits, sixty-years apart!

Painting of Thumper by author Barbara Studham. www.barbara.studham.com

Painting of Thumper copyright Barbara Studham

I recently painted a picture of my granddaughter’s pet rabbit named Thumper. When I showed the draft to my friend, her comment stopped me in my tracks. “Does the bunny remind you of Sooty?”

Sooty was a pet rabbit I owned at around the age of ten. I wrote a vignette on that experience when I attended a memoir writing class, and eventually included the segment in my memoir Two Decades of Diapers describing the twenty years I parented grandkids with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Upon reading the vignette to the members of the memoir class, I was embarrassed by their silence which I mistakenly took for disinterest. However, I quickly discovered their hush was due to shock over the gory details of my anecdote. Following, is that vignette taken from my memoir Two Decades of Diapers available from AMAZON.

Sooty, my pet rabbit, by Barbara Studham

The following vignette was originally printed in the copyrighted memoir Two Decades of Diapers,

by Barbara Studham. Available from AMAZON.

As a kid, I was not keen on schedules, but every Saturday would see me up and out by 7:00 am, cycling like crazy to the local farm to purchase fresh straw for my rabbit.

 “Bring a bigger bag next time,” the farmer would urge while watching me stuff handfuls into my school satchel.

“I will,” I always promised then, throwing the bag over my shoulder, I would cycle as recklessly home, run to the back yard, and unload the straw.

“Look, Sooty, this is for you,” I would squeal as he nervously backed away.

Sooty had belonged to a neighbor who no longer wanted the bother of his upkeep. “He comes with a hutch,” she had explained to my mother, who sighed and shook her head.

“No thanks, Mrs Pond. I don’t need a rabbit,” Mom had muttered then, nodding toward me, added, “I have enough trouble with this one.”

“But, Mom, he’s so beautiful!” I gasped. “Please can we have him, Mom? I promise to look after him!”

After several hours of my pleading and empty promises, Mom finally relented and so I raced to my back yard where my neighbor was working in her yard.

“Mrs. Pond! Mrs. Pond!” I yelled over the fence, “Mom said—yes—I can have the rabbit!”

Her smile widened. “Here you go then.” She picked Sooty up in his cage and handed it to me. “I’ve got a sack of straw in the garage. I’ll get it for you.”

As she passed the hutch over the fence and into my eager hands, I thought I would burst with excitement. I looked around for the perfect place to display him, like an award I had received for reaching the age of ten and therefore deserving of a rabbit. But, as I scanned the yard, I heard the living room window open and my Mom yell.

“He’s your responsibility, now!”

“I know Mom,” I called, having no idea what responsibility meant.

For the next year or so, I groomed and petted Sooty, changed his straw, and with every opportunity showed him off to the neighborhood kids. They envied my having a rabbit with soft, shiny black fur, a bobbing tail, and sharp appealing eyes. I delighted in their arguing over who would hold him next, feeling much older than my years as I made them line up to take a turn. I truly loved Sooty and knew he loved me.

Then, one Saturday, my uncle came to visit. When he arrived, I was in the garden cleaning Sooty’s hutch, and feeding him fresh lettuce leaves I had stolen from my Dad’s garden. I noticed my mom standing a way off watching me. She had recently complained over the cost of Sooty’s upkeep so I intuitively sensed danger, but was surprised when she calmly turned and walked back inside the house. When convinced Sooty was clean and fed, I gave him one last kiss, locked his cage, and headed off to play.

“Be back at one for lunch,” my Mother shrieked from the kitchen window.

“I will Mom!” I yelled back, running as fast as my legs would take me to avoid being grabbed by the long-legged spiders inhabiting the high, green, privet hedge that surrounded our house. “I promise!”

So, at one o’clock I was back home, sitting at the table, innocently swinging my legs waiting for lunch to be served, but noticed the table was only set for one. Hearing my mother, sister, and uncle in the kitchen whispering and giggling, I called, “Isn’t anyone else having lunch?”

“Nope, only you,” called Mom, bringing in a large bowl of steaming stew and setting it down before me. “Eat up while it’s hot.”

After my busy morning, I was hungry and so tucked into the stew but, after a spoonful, muttered, “It tastes funny.” I glanced at my mom and uncle who were standing in the kitchen doorway smirking. I sensed something was up, but I was too afraid of my mom to refuse to finish my meal, so downed the whole bowl, and then ran back outside to play.

Later that evening when my uncle had left and I lay on my bed exhausted from play, my sister came to my room. “I have a secret to tell you,” she murmured enticingly, and leaned in. She whispered in my ear.

Startled by her words I jumped up, raced downstairs, and out to my rabbit’s hutch, but Sooty was gone.

“Sooty, where are you?” I cried. I frantically searched the garden, all the time calling his name. “Sooty, Sooty, where are you?” But, there was not a murmur, nor a squeak. I ran back inside.

“Mom! Mom! Do you know where Sooty is?” I cried, hoping my sister’s revelation was a lie.

But, when I saw my Mom’s expression, I knew it was true. Mom had asked my uncle to kill Sooty, skin him, and prepare him for the stew.

My heart died. “Mom, where is Sooty?” I whispered.

Staring defiantly, she smirked, “In your stomach.”

A CRAZY THING JUST HAPPENED! AS I FINISHED SOOTY’S STORY, THUMPER’S PAINTING FELL FROM THE WALL BEHIND ME AND CRASHED TO THE FLOOR! COINCIDENCE OR SUPERNATURAL? YOU DECIDE.

Sooty’s demise was traumatizing. More so were the twenty years I devoted to parenting four grandchildren with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Two Decades of Diapers, and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: The Teen Years, describe those years. Available from AMAZON, my memoirs are essential reading for anyone interested in learning more about the disorder.

Barbara Studham’s bio:

For the past twenty years, Barbara Studham parented four grandchildren, all diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Her two memoirs: Two Decades of Diapers, and, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, The Teen Years, describe her challenges during their toddler years and teens. She has also written fiction, including a six-book series titled, Under The Shanklin Sky, set in the seaside town of Shanklin, on the Isle of Wight. She is currently creating a children’s FASD picture book series Strawberry  & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Now available is the first in the series titled The School Day.

Barbara Studham’s books are available from AMAZON.

Author blog: http://www.barbarastudham.com

FASD blog: http://www.challengedhope.com

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/barbarastudham

 

 

Painting of Thunder, copyright Barbara Studham 2017 www.barbarastudham.com


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An Author and Her Dog, by Barbara Studham.

I have a dog.

This post is dedicated to Suzanne K., Heather L., Viga B.,

and their love for dogs.

Painting of Thunder, copyright Barbara Studham 2017 www.barbarastudham.com

Painting of Thunder, copyright Barbara Studham 2017

My dog’s name is Thunder. My granddaughter named him when we visited the SPCA animal shelter to offer a forever home to a rescue dog. The other dozen or so dogs looking for homes were large – like the magnificent, black mastiff, with a stately manner. I wanted to own him immediately.

The manager took one look at my senior frame and shook her head. “No, I’m sorry,” she said. “You won’t be able to handle him. He is VERY strong!”

Apparently, so were all the other dogs; apart from a sad looking Bichon whose coat was shorn to the skin due to his previous owner’s grooming neglect.

“He was a tangled mess,” the manager explained. “When we received him we had to shave him right down.”

Poor little doggie, I thought, but had to giggle at the sight of his piggy tail which had also been shaved. Seeing that cute pink thing wiggling and waggling at visitors endeared me. I pretty much knew he was the one, but had difficulty persuading my granddaughter who had her eye on another.

In the end, the manager had the last word. As I was to be the registered owner, she insisted on the weakling Bichon. 

So the Bichon it was.

He has now lived in his forever home going on two years. Naturally, he controls everything we do. Which is fine, because we love him and want him to be happy. In exchange, he has given me new legs. Before we gave him a home, I struggled with leg twinges and stiffness. Now, after walking him twice a day for two years, my legs are fantastic. I can walk farther, they don’t twinge (as much), and I love being out in the neighborhood watching him interact with kids and other dogs.

Thanks, Thunder! You are the best doggie in the world, and now that your coat has grown, you are the cutest!

Barbara Studham’s bio.

For over twenty years, Barbara Studham has parented grandchildren diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Her two memoirs: Two Decades of Diapers, and, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, The Teen Years, describe her challenges during their toddler years and teens. She has also written fiction, including a six-book series titled, Under The Shanklin Sky, set in the seaside town of Shanklin, on the Isle of Wight. She is currently creating a children’s FASD picture book series Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Now available is the first in the series titled The School Day. The second in the series titled FIDGET! is soon to be released.

Barbara Studham’s books are available from AMAZON.

Author blog: http://www.barbarastudham.com

FASD blog: http://www.challengedhope.com

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/barbarastudham