So You Want to Write a Picture Book!

So You Want to Write a Picture Book!

Writing a picture book is hard. Very hard. The sweet books you read to your children are poured over by their author with scrutiny for every word on the page. When I’m told, “I’ve always wanted to write a picture book – I have so many ideas!” That is fantastic! But...

Being Creative: No Training Required

Being Creative: No Training Required

When I get frustrated with writing and revising, or on the days when words get stuck, I take a break. But I have to justify my breaks to my obnoxious, overactive brain that insists I don't waste life flipping channels (Stupid brain.) One outlet I have is working with...

What’s All the Hype? It’s Just a Straw…

What’s All the Hype? It’s Just a Straw…

I've been enlightened by my thirteen year-old daughter, Sydney. (A typical day around here.) Her passion for change is contagious. After she wrote a report about plastic pollution, she shared her research and knowledge. We no longer use straws. In fact, if we use the...

Prioritizing and Living Life

Prioritizing and Living Life

 Soooooo, I haven't posted for a while! My bad. The summer swallowed me up and writing got pushed aside. When it comes to priorities, family wins every time. My teenage daughters hung out all summer, and they still don't mind spending time with their parents. That...

Highlights – Where I Found My Story

Highlights – Where I Found My Story

Lessons from Highlights.             Sometimes it takes a journey to find the heart of your story. After a week at the Highlights Foundation Workshop on Writing the Unreal, I am energized and ready to create. Amazing mentors and new friends with similar aspirations...

Sometimes You Need a Swift Kick

Sometimes You Need a Swift Kick

I’ve been in a funk lately. In my search for motivation and inspiration, I decided to make a list of things to get me going. Instead of turning to cheesy hash browns and a cold beer on a regular basis, I'm making other plans. Take a walk – The flowering trees are...

Merci Suarez Changes Gears – A Novel Packed with Power

Merci Suarez Changes Gears – A Novel Packed with Power

There is no surprise that Meg Medina won the Newberry Medal for her most recent middle grade novel, Merci Suarez Changes Gears. The novel explores school bullying, enlightens the reader to rich Latino culture, touches on socioeconomic stressors the trickle down to...

You Deserve More than the Crusty Piece

You Deserve More than the Crusty Piece

  My kids eat a good breakfast every morning before school, but I often show up to work and realize I have forgotten to eat. I make sure the kids get to appointments, math bee practice and piano lessons, but I have not been to the dentist for over a year. Nobody in my...

Getting Away – Finding What’s Important: Daytona Beach

Getting Away – Finding What’s Important: Daytona Beach

Vacation has a way of clearing out the muck swirling in your brain to filter your thoughts. Doesn’t matter where I go . . . getting away is all that matters. Recently my family traveled to Daytona Beach Florida and spent the days on the beach without a plan or...

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