Sunday, November 12, 2017

Thanks for supporting The Wordleys

Just want to say thanks to those who spent your hard-earned dollars on a copy of C & H and the Wordleys. I know the illustrations are rudimentary, which is honestly something that I have panic attacks about for around 30 minutes a day on average. But I'll tell you, Bo is so beyond excited to have the opportunity to illustrate these books with the "paper cutter machine" that my "inner mom" is quieting my "inner creative director." Our vision is to get three books on the digital shelf (S & H and T & H) by Christmas, then we'll invest in a professional illustrator (who I totally have my heart set on). Grateful for you guys taking the journey with us.  So many thank yous.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

C & H on the Wordleys hits Amazon bookshelves

C & H and the Wordleys is now available in paperback on Amazon Prime!

After rigorous testing with kindergarteners and teachers, we're officially published. Big thank you to everyone who helped review and give input. So grateful for your support to help make this an effective tool for the world's littlest readers. After years of rehearsing single letter sounds in pre-school, blended sounds can throw early readers a curveball. The Wordleys aim to introduce and make memorable common blended sounds -- like "ch" and "sh" -- with the help of silly stories and Sound Songs. Check out C & H and the Wordleys on Amazon Prime. Look for S & H and the Wordleys coming soon.

Buy C & H and the Wordleys on Amazon


Thursday, October 26, 2017

MeghaPortfolio: C & H and the Wordleys


Hear C & H's Sound Song

Meghan reads C & H and the Wordleys to Bellview Elementary
(c) 2017 Meghan Dryzga

With a couple kiddos who are trying to learn to read, I was on a mission to help craft stories that help them learn one of the toughest kindergarten lessons: blended sounds. This story is about C & H as they venture out to join other Wordleys (letter friends who like to make words).

Synopsis: Not all H’s are outgoing, you know. Some are too nervous to say anything at all. But not this H; this H loves to get loud. So when he and his friend, C, try to find the perfect word to help them make their special “ch” sound, H refuses to be stifled. The Wordleys series helps new readers learn one of reading's toughest lessons: unique and blended sounds like ch, sh, silent h and more. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

MeghaPortfolio: 4 Seasons Indoor Golf website


4SG needed an established brand voice to permeate every corner of their new site in an effort to drive traffic and membership.

See it live at: https://4seasonsindoorgolf.com



In collaboration with Make It Iconic


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

MeghaPortfolio: Arthur Murray Dance Studios - Royal Oak









Arthur Murray needed a charismatic brand voice to drive excitement and youthful engagement around their dance programs on their website, blog and traditional marketing materials.

See it live: http://arthurmurrayroyaloak.com

In collaboration with Make It Iconic

Sunday, January 1, 2017

MeghaPortfolio: Golf Slot Machine website and marketing


Golf Slot Machine needed ongoing copy support for their website, blog, traditional marketing materials, and live-read radio spots by Chris DiMarco.

See it live: https://golfslotmachine.com

In collaboration with Make It Iconic

Thursday, December 1, 2016

MeghaPortfolio: Proven 4 - Power to Prove Everything

Not every day you get to write scripts for the pros. Grateful for the opportunity. 









In collaboration with Make It Iconic

Sunday, March 1, 2015

MeghaPortfolio: Quizzle Spot

Throwback to 2009. Our QL internal marketing team had a budget of zero dollars to make a video to launch Quizzle. So we did this. One of the easiest clients I've ever written for; a tone you could really find a voice in. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

I'm trying not to give you cancer.

Kids, I'm trying not to give you cancer.

I just want you to know. For the love of brown apples and bud-riddled potatoes, dammit, I'm trying with all the mom-love I have in me to spare you.

From what I gather, it's a losing battle. I refuse to believe that people want to give you cancer - carelessly smattering our household goods with body-rocking chemicals. I do believe, though, that people are competitive. And in this competitive market where shelf-space comes at a premium, I believe people who own products - simple products like apples and potatoes, or more complex ones like detergent and wet wipes - find it difficult to gain an edge on their competitors. So they try to make their product better by creating a "problem" with the product that most consumers didn't even know existed.

Apples turn brown when you cut them. To most, that's not a problem; that's just the nature of an apple.
Potatoes grow buds. To most, that's not a problem; that's a mother-freaking potato, for crap's sake. But even potato farmers need to be competitive. There are lots of potato farmers, I guess. So some guy comes up with some chemical that will solve this budding "problem," and they go sell it to the farmer under the guise that it will make their potatoes more desirable to buyers at big name grocery stores.

The buyers think that carrying these "problem-solved!" potatoes will make their store the more desirable destination for consumers (Why, what problem-free potatoes you have!) and there's not another thought about it. Well, that's not true. There's probably some thought. I'm sure the potato people have to prove their product is safe for consumption within certain parameters.

But, here's the thing - with your grandmas and great grandmas having suffered through a couple rounds of cancer and as a parent who is responsible for your well-being, I have to consider the problem is (ehem, the REAL problem is) that sometimes these parameters just aren't good enough. Really, they're not good enough for ourselves, let alone our kids.

Kids, I don't know if any of this is true. About the apples, the potatoes, soy milk, the baby wipes, yellow dyes, red dyes, arsenic in rice milk and apple juice... I have no idea. I'm a writer, not a chemist. Until a couple years ago, I trusted brands to make products that won't give you cancer. Then I read about these unnatural new apples that won't turn brown when you cut them, and I literally laughed aloud at the article: What store would stock these apples with this big trend toward organic produce?! Then, just today, I walked over to our kitchenette and saw pre-sliced, store-bought apples that were sitting out for hours with not a shade of brown on them. Well, hell. They've made it into circulation. 

So the more I read, the more I guess the duty falls on me. Which brings me back to my initial point:

I'm trying.
  • I've swapped our plastic containers out for glassware.
  • Only microwave glass.
  • Traded soy milk for rice milk, then swapped rice milk for almond milk.
  • Buy some organic stuff. Fruit mostly. Yogurt.
  • All organic for baby food.
  • No more diet pop.
  • Try to buy dye-free detergent, but I don't know. There are a lot of ingredients listed in those bottles and I have no idea what in the world-of-washing-machines I'm looking at.
  • Hormone-free, specially fed, something-or-other chicken and beef when it's available.
  • Your soaps, ugh. I hope they're fine. I steer clear of the ones that suffer vicious public floggings.

It's not going to be perfect. Frankly, and sadly, I don't think our home has the budget to be 100% cancer-free. I just hope it works.

We're still going to eat canned stuff and pizza and for now, GASP, American cheese (you freaking love it). And if that undoes all the afore-listed efforts, well then... crap. I'm sorry. And at least you know we tried.


Thursday, January 9, 2014

Things I want my daughter to know before I forget them (what with the red wine and all).

Dear Sweet, Squishy Daughter of Mine,

I need you to know something. And I have to share it now, else I risk forgetting when it really matters. 

There are a lot of people, females in particular, who will be sending you messages across your lifetime. Trend setters. People who think they know what's wrong with the world, how to close the gender gap, and people who think they know how to fix everything. 

Let's get specific. Lately, there have been extensive discussions, blog posts and campaigns around outward appearance. In one camp, people want you to know every corner of your body, of your face is beautiful no matter what. (It is.) They want you to unlearn how to spot physical characteristics that females have been trained to see as imperfections. This is, without a doubt, a beautiful way of thinking.

To accomplish this "flawless" vision, there are a number of instructional blog posts I can reference that will help me convince you to not care about your appearance because your "full self" is so much more than that. In fact, several people have outlined ways for me to compliment you on your skills, talents and accomplishments exclusively without mentioning your outward appearance at all. Some even ask me to tell other people not to compliment you on your appearance in any way, shape or form. 

And then, there's another unrelated campaign. It's a monster-sized movement that will encourage you to be physically active, eat natural foods and be healthy, avoid obesity and "get out and move." This message will be directly targeted at you throughout your youth. 

These two very significant messages are not necessarily conflicting, but to a young person, they may be confusing. Do I love myself the way I am, or do I need to go sweat it out to be right with the universe?

So, when you are of the age where all of those messages make sense to you in one way or another, here are some things I want you to know. I'm going to be real with you. I'm not going to try to come up with some crafty mind trick that I think will shape you into becoming any more excellent than I know you already are. So, here goes; let's get real.: 

1. Dare I say, sometimes it's nice to look "nice." Other times, it's great to not give a flying crap. It's my job to raise you as the intelligent person who can determine which times call for which ensemble. I will not encourage you to attend an interview in your favorite sweatpants nor will I encourage you to wear a suit for Saturday morning breakfast. Presentation is a part of life. And it's okay to embrace it.
2. Looking "nice" has exactly nothing to do with your physical body, features, etc. With a pair of slacks and a tie, Snuffleupagus can look "nice." When the occasion calls for a decent outward appearance, "nice" is all you need to do. 
3. When you look "nice," I'm probably going to tell you. Some "experts" would tell me not to. I, frankly, don't care. I love every single thing about you, and I can't hold back compliments of any sort. Be it smart, cute, witty, awesome. If you're it, I'm gonna tell you. 
4. While I'm in charge of getting you ready every day, I only care that you look "loved."Love can look like a lot of different things. In the winter, it can mean you look warm. Or it may mean that your hair isn't in knots. Or it could mean that, on a hot day, you look like you're dressed like a watermelon.  You're a reflection of my love. And I love you a freaking lot. 
5. This one's arguably most important: The ONLY thing that matters is how you feel about yourself. This may mean more to you when you get older. No ad campaign is going to tell you how to feel about yourself (unless I wrote it; then you will surely find it very convincing). Do not allow anyone or anything to affect how you feel about your body. Just make sure YOU freaking love it. If you have trouble thinking of things to love about it, please see me. I have a running list in my head at all times. If there is something you think you do not love, share it with me. We will make sure it's because YOU do not love it. Not because you think someone else will not love it. I will tell you you're wrong about every flaw you see for a number of reasons. We can see where the discussion goes from there.
6. Do things that make you feel great about yourself. When it comes to being active, don't follow trends or friends or whatever. Some people need to run a marathon to feel great. I only need to run for about 30 minutes to feel like I've done something spectacular. You are the only one who can determine what the standard is here. 
7. Do not rely on other people or other objects to make you feel great. They're simply unreliable. This is a little "cheese-factory" here, but it's a very simple truth: do things that make you feel great, do not rely on things to make you feel great. Helping someone who needs you, kicking butt on an assignment, reaching a goal, becoming an Olympian, whatever... This is about DOing things. Not having things. 
8. This list is not for girls. It is not for boys. It is for people. Your brother needs to know these as much as you do. But seeing as though everyone seems to be talking to girls specifically, I thought I'd intercept you before you can understand the messages you're receiving. 

I know I'll have plenty more. Unfortunately for you, I like to write, and by the time you're of age to read it, you'll have a lot to catch up on. So, to be continued. Love, Mom.