Birthing a Picture Book & an Author: Part 1 of 2

People have asked, “So how did it happen?” Or some version of this is what many want to know. So whether someone wants to simply celebrate with me and/or learn how they can do it themselves, here’s my story. Keep in mind, there are many paths toward creating a book. But one thing they almost…

“Should”s, “Could”s and Nooks, Oh My!

Life is juggling. Sometimes there are many balls in the air, rotating, demanding your attention: kids, work, love, family, friends, church, exercise, volunteering, quiet times, following your dreams, building an ADU (more on that later)… can you relate, even a little? It scares me a bit to let one ball drop, throwing all else off….

A Dream Coming True

For as long as I can remember, stories have flooded my daydreams and demanded my attention at night. Whether at 4 PM or 4 AM, I’d write them down on napkins and in my phone, weaving them into poetry and prose (eventually) on a computer screen. When I couldn’t sell a story, I’d wonder if…

Blog Hopping with Gifted Writers

Though I am new to the term “blog hop,” the way I understand it is this: It gives people a chance to dig into the mind of a writer… an interesting place to go spelunking whether or not you’re a writer yourself AND to find some cool blogs you may not have discovered otherwise. I…

1st Draft Done!

On November 30, 2012, I birthed a bouncing baby novel (50,221 word, 186 pages, middle grade/YA, thank you nanowrimo!) Though a joyous moment, I was tempted to tell the doctor to tie my tubes — I am not doing this 30-day thing again, (but then again, that’s how I felt last November 30. No really, 2.5…

A Month of Crazy Writing

November is National Novel Writing Month (nanowrimo.com). That means if you go to the website I indicated in parens, you can join thousands (maybe even millions? who knows, I’m bad in math) of crazy writers all over the world and write a 50,000+ word novel in a month. That breaks down to 25 days of…

The Neurosis of This Writer

Recently, I was stressed (again). So I listed all I’m doing (on a daily, weekly and monthly basis). Then I listed all that I wish I were doing and all that I wish I weren’t doing. Then I listed my priorities. If I had a few more days to kill, I’d add to my already…

Writing Journal: Rejected Rhino

Recently, my first short story submission was rejected from a children’s magazine. I won’t say which one, but it’s very well-known and rhymes with “this bites.” Honestly, I’m not bitter. I knew going in that I would have to send in 100+ submissions before getting my first acceptance; so I have at least 99 more…