Happy Almost New Year’s Eve Everyone! Children's author Julie Hedlund (http://www.juliehedlund.com/12days) challenged participants of her 12 Days of Christmas for Writers series to post SUCCESSES (rather than resolutions) on our blogs this year. She believes the way New Year's resolutions are traditionally made come from a place of negativity - what DIDN'T get done or… Continue reading Success in 2019!
For the first time, I'm entering Susanna Leonard Hill's annual Halloweensie Contest. The rules this year is that the story be for children aged 12 and under, 100 words or fewer, and include the words: trick, cobweb, and potion. Please enjoy my entry below! Hob, Gob, and Lin Hob, Gob, and Lin Wandered on the… Continue reading Halloweensie Contest
The blog has been quiet for too long. But, today I'm back with a book review. The fall is shaping up to be busy and productive for writing. I'm starting a new course with the Institute of Children's Literature in November (more about that later), as well as continuing my on-going projects. The Remarkable Journey… Continue reading The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise – A Middle-Grade Book that Catches Your Heart
Planet Earth is Blue A Near-perfect Middle Grade Novel I picked up Planet Earth is Blue by Nicole Panteleakos because the cover reminded me of A Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly, which was a fantastic book. These novels have much in common; excellent writing, differently abled protagonists (Iris in Whale is deaf,… Continue reading
Happy Valentine's Day, Readers! I am participating in Susannah Leonard Hill's 4th Annual Valentiny Contest. https://susannahill.com/2019/02/13/oh-guilty-heart-the-4th-annual-valentiny-writing-contest/ The rules for the contest are that it must be 214 words or fewer (not including title), be written for children, and someone in the story must feel guilty (each year Hill chooses a different emotion for us to… Continue reading Valentiny Contest Entry
My first writing-related article was published in the June 27, 2018 issue of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators – Oregon Region online newsletter, Newsworthy. Following is a revised version of that article. THE NECESSITY OF SELF-CARE FOR WRITERS The SCBWI-OR conference in May was full of helpful information, inspirational speakers, and networking… Continue reading The Necessity of Self-Care for Writers
In May, I attended the SCBWI-OR conference. The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is the largest organization for the support, education, and networking of – you guessed it – children’s writers and illustrators. It is an international organization with over 24,000 published and pre-published members, and more than 100 regions (or chapters) worldwide.… Continue reading Conference Critiques: What They’re Like