Friends - It's time to tell you about Susanna Leonard Hill's WITH HOPEFUL HEART - 3rd annual Valentiny Writing Contest which is all about writing "big emotion for little people." This year's story must be a maximum 214 words and contain a character who is hopeful. I'm very excited to enter this contest for a third … Continue reading With Hopeful Heart! Contest
As a Fire & Life Safety Educator, I collect books on safety-related or job-related topics. I have a couple hundred, I'm sure. While I can't review them all, I would like to review some of my personal favorites from time to time. Maybe you'll find a few you've never heard of before or find something … Continue reading Sadie: The Dog Who Finds the Evidence: Review
One of the best things about being a children's author is all of the many wonderful people I've meet along the way. Of them all, one of my absolute favorites is my critique partner, Jill Roman Lord. Jill lives in Charlotte, NC and is a nurse anesthetist, a runner, and a Christian children's author with … Continue reading That Grand Easter Day – Review
New addition to the blog this year: children's book reviews! Last year I did an amazing thing! I set a goal to read 375 picture books, but I surpassed that goal and read 420+ picture books and a slew of chapter books. The more I read; the more I developed a system to know what … Continue reading New for 2018 – Book Reviews
Sounds kinda funny coming from a pescetarian like myself, but I truly feel like I've won the Biltmore Estate or something grand! For several years now, I've participated in Tara Lazar's StoryStorm in January as a way to jump start my writing for the new year. Each day there is an inspirational blog post from … Continue reading Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner!
Yay! Today is here. It's World Read Aloud Day! And just what are you doing to celebrate? If you don't know, this site gives you a few ideas. Here are a few of mine: Drop by the library and pick up a book (any children's book) and just remember what it was like to be … Continue reading World Read Aloud Day — Feb. 1, 2018
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)
While you probably have a million things on your mind and your "to-do" list, don't forget to allow yourself enough time to celebrate the holidays in the safest manner possible. Maria's Top 5 Holiday Safety Tips: 5. NO FLAMING CANDLES - unless in glass coverings and placed out of the reach of children/pets. Use battery-operated … Continue reading Be “Fire Safe” This Holiday Season
Go ahead and test change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Remember: Working Alarms SAVE Lives!
A MONSTROUS DANCE PARTY An earie noise heard down the hall. Shadows break dance upon the wall. What on earth? What can it be? Monsters slurping candy-corn tea. Monsters, you say? They’re really real? Of course, they are! I’ve heard them squeal. You’re serious? What did you do? I ran outside; in jammies, … Continue reading Halloweensie Story 3: A Monstrous Dance Party