Author Archive: karimartindale

Kari Martindale is a writer and ESL instructor. She’s visited all 50 states and 37 countries, including many of the big cities of Europe and a ton of Christmas Markets. She spends her days straddling the fence between a sense of adventure and a sense of dread. She is married to what is clearly a patient man and has a daughter who, frustratingly, is just like her. Her academic and professional backgrounds are in linguistics and foreign languages. When she's not teaching ESL, she's writing. When she's not writing, she's thinking about her next trip.

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Santa Claus, Indiana: My Personal Wally World

Santa Claus, Indiana: My Personal Wally World

| August 16, 2017 | Reply

Well, guys, I’ve met my Wally World. I’m basically Clark Griswold with curves. I mean, I know that now I’m rolling up to houses like Uncle Eddie, but I’m Clark in spirit. If anyone would shlep a family cross-country to Wally World, it would be me. If anyone would force everyone to have a merry […]

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Paul Bunyan’s Cook Shanty: Check!

Paul Bunyan’s Cook Shanty: Check!

| August 7, 2017 | Reply

It’s no secret that my Bucket List is a little questionable. I’ll have to post it here sometime. But for now, let’s talk about an item that’s been on my list for 15 years. Fifteen years! What, you ask, could it be? Well, I’ll tell you! It’s the Paul Bunyan Cook Shanty, in Wisconsin Dells, […]

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Bummed but Moving Forward

Bummed but Moving Forward

| August 5, 2017 | Reply

Well, the kickstarter for the Flash Series didn’t get fully funded. You can read about it, and the plan to go digital with the first three books of the series, here:   https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/263188320/the-day-flash-couldnt-even-flash-series-of-childre/posts/1949593  

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Follow Der Wanderbus’ Epic Great Lakes Adventure – Details Released!

Follow Der Wanderbus’ Epic Great Lakes Adventure – Details Released!

| July 17, 2017 | 1 Reply

Okay, guys, we’re less than a week out from what is sure to be pure chaos. Here are the deets! Approximate route Here to Bemidji, Minnesota:   A week in Bemidji, followed by the zig-zagging route home:   The trip, in numbers Approximate miles: 4,800 Number of days: 29     Muppet Trip – Trip […]

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Cracker Barrel Vignette

Cracker Barrel Vignette

| July 3, 2017 | Reply

Last night, en route to dropping Sequoia off at summer camp, I passed a sign for Cracker Barrel.  Paul and Cracker Barrel and I have a history.  A history that spans over 15 years. It’s been a while since we’ve visited a Cracker Barrel.  As I continued to drive, I nonchalantly mentioned to Paul that […]

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Flash Series KICKSTARTER!!!

Flash Series KICKSTARTER!!!

| June 30, 2017 | 1 Reply

Guys.  It’s happening.  I have launched a Kickstarter campaign for the Flash Series of picture books that I’ve been working on for two years.  I’m pretty much freaking out–as is the illustrator, Aaron Parrott!!  Check out the campaign, reserve a copy, and spread the word! THE AMAZING SUPER LINK IS BELOW:  

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