Category Archives: The Writing Process

Valentiny Contest

Last October, I entered children’s author and blogger Susanna Leonard Hill’s popular “Halloweensie” contest. She has decided to keep the fun going for Valentine’s Day with the first ever “Valentiny” contest. The rules: write a Valentine’s story for children that is 214 words or less and includes someone who is grumpy. Here is my entry: […]

PiBoIdMo 2015 Complete!

PiBoIdMo, or Picture Book Idea Month, by author Tara Lazar, is over…sniff, sniff.  I took my pledge today that I “do solemnly swear” I completed the challenge. During PiBoIdMo, you try to come up with at least 30 new picture book ideas during the month of November. Along the way, there is a guest blog […]

PiBoIdMo 2015

Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) is just days away! The concept is simple: come up with 30 picture book ideas in the 30 days of November. Can you do it? Are you up for the challenge? Head over to the website of picture book author and blogger extraordinaire, Tara Lazar, to sign-up. I’ve participated the […]

Conference Quotes – SCBWI Mid-Atlantic 2015

I am an avid collector of words. When I hear something interesting or profound, I write it down.  I love attending children’s literature conferences and hearing authors, illustrators, agents and editors impart their infinite wisdom on all things in the world of children’s books. There are usually a few gems that I scribble down and […]

Late to the Party…But at Least I Showed Up. PiBoIdMo in January!

Picture Book Idea Month, or PiBoIdMo, was created in 2008 by author and blogger, Tara Lazar. Each year, in the month of November, she has daily guest posts of inspiration and encouragement from picture book authors and illustrators. The challenge is to come up with 30 new picture book ideas in 30 days. You are supposed […]

Ride the Revision Wave with ReviMo!

Revisions. Revisions. REVISIONS. Nope. No matter how I say it, that word conjures up nothing inside me but dread. I am the  idea lady. Just full of them. They fill my writing journal and the notes and voice memos apps on my phone. There are sticky notes with ideas all over my desk. I don’t […]

Maha Addasi and Ned Gannon: Interview with the Author and Illustrator of Time to Pray

Time to Pray (Boyds Mill Press, 2010) is the award-winning story of a young girl, Yasmin, who is visiting her Grandma in the Middle East. The detailed illustrations and rich text (with Arabic translations included) take you on a journey of spiritual growth as Yasmin learns about the rituals of daily prayer from her grandmother. I […]

Writers: Make Time For You!

This was my view over the weekend as I walked along the beach with two of my best friends. We’ve been talking about a girls weekend away since our kids were babies. Our oldest are all in middle school, so it was about time! We relaxed, we laughed, we shopped, we read, I wrote. It was […]