Wrapping Up 2017 & Celebrating My Accomplishments (the Anti-Resolution Revolution)

A year ago, I stumbled on a writing challenge called the 12 Days of Christmas for Writers. This series of daily writing exercises really helped me bring 2016 to a close and plan for the year ahead. I'm doing the challenge again this year and find that it is super-helpful (almost in a cleansing/freeing way) … Continue reading Wrapping Up 2017 & Celebrating My Accomplishments (the Anti-Resolution Revolution)

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Halloweensie Story #2: PUMPKINS ON PARADE

Who doesn't love pumpkins this time of year? Let's see what these pumpkins are doing during their midnight stroll through the neighborhood! PUMPKINS ON PARADE Bumbling pumpkins in a line, Fat ones, thin ones; all are fine. Some hop on stems or roll around, Some somersault across the ground. Monster pumpkins with sharp claws, scary … Continue reading Halloweensie Story #2: PUMPKINS ON PARADE

Blown Away as Safety Books Make Local News in Onslow County, NC

Brian Kelly, Onslow County Fire Marshal, and I started a mission two years ago to put fire helmets and safety my stories in Onslow County elementary schools and select preschools.  In 2015, we visited elementary schools and select preschools and presented them with fire helmets and copies of What Should Daisy Do. Kelly hosted a … Continue reading Blown Away as Safety Books Make Local News in Onslow County, NC

The 2nd annual #50PRECIOUSWORDS Writing Challenge by Vivian Kirkfield

I'm so excited that it's time for the 2nd writing challenge I'm participating in this year. In honor of Dr. Seuss and his many contributions to children's literature, Vivian Kirkfield challenges kidlit writers to create children's stories using 50 words or less. Here's the first #50PRECIOUSWORDS story I've done. It's a re-write of a short … Continue reading The 2nd annual #50PRECIOUSWORDS Writing Challenge by Vivian Kirkfield

PoP Goes My Heart! 2nd Annual Pretty Much World Famous Valentiny Writing Contest

So excited to share my story for Susanna Leonard Hill's Valentine's Day Writing Contest with you. Feel free to leave a comment and let me know how I did.  *  214 words or lesson     * Someone has to be confused Want to enter for yourself? There's still time. Just visit Susanna Leonard Hill … Continue reading PoP Goes My Heart! 2nd Annual Pretty Much World Famous Valentiny Writing Contest

It’s That Time of Year Again — PiBoIdMo!

Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) is here again thanks to the incredibly talented Tara Lazar! If you are interested in writing picture books for young children, you should join in the fun! Registration opened yesterday and closes on Nov. 5th. PiBoIdMo Registration It's easy-peezy! Read interesting blogs about children's books, the craft of writing, etc. … Continue reading It’s That Time of Year Again — PiBoIdMo!