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:

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:

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:

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.