Book Ownership: It Makes a Difference

  Yesterday, I attended a parent’s open house at a local elementary school. The Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) gave a free new book to every student who attended. I asked the parent manning the book table where the books came from. He told me they earned some through their Scholastic sales and others were purchased with… Continue reading Book Ownership: It Makes a Difference

TO RETREAT OR NOT TO RETREAT In November, I attended my first writing retreat. Weekend on the Water Retreat on Bainbridge Island was offered through the Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). The retreat was held at Islandwood, an immense, wooded park equipped with cabins, an education building, a dining hall, and several cabins.… Continue reading

Follow Your Genius

Genius: “1. An exceptional natural capacity of intellect, especially as shown in creative and original work in art, music, science, etc… 4. Natural ability or capacity, strong inclination.” – Random House College Dictionary, 1975 I just read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. Christopher, the main character in this… Continue reading Follow Your Genius

I’ve Done it Again

Happy March, Everyone! Another month, another contest. This time it's author Vivian Kirkfield's #50 Precious Words contest. Inspired by the fact that Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss has only 50 unique words (the word count totals 700), our aim is to write a children's story in 50 words or less. My story, Clarella,… Continue reading I’ve Done it Again

Valentiny Contest Entry

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

Encouragement

If pressed to describe my writing week in one word, the word would be “Encouragement”. This week: I attended a writer friend’s book signing. Old friends gifted me with a coffee mug (required for every writer) and coffee from Writer’s Workshop in Port Townsend, WA. I invited three fellow writers to Wordfest, an evening of… Continue reading Encouragement