Tag: Children’s writer


this is the week i expect
sorrow to creep in and linger
like a shadow i can’t shake

You are My Favorite

Words I needed to hear so I pass them along in case you need to hear them, too..


Inspired while sitting on my deck at my home away from home for the last time this year, listening to the concert of fall sounds.

On Legacy

A poem pondering legacy

#NaNoWriMo2021 #MyWay #poetry

Biography of a Best Friend

Inspired by “Biography of a Beaver” by Deborah Ruddell and Joan Rankin in their picture book “A Whiff of Pine, A Hint of Skunk – A Forest of Poems.”
#NaNoWriMo2021 #PoemADay #Poetry

I am From (#1)

I am from around the table Where words scale the slope Playing King of the Mountain. From squishy tennis balls That spray spiraling slobber, Igniting delight and twirling tails. I am from guitar-strumming, feet-in-the-air, Gather close. You are seen. From comfy, cozy sweater, Soft… Continue Reading “I am From (#1)”

Works for kids and authors alike

You know how we teach our kids to write a basic story summary using the somebody-wanted-but-so-then model? It holds up from picture books through grown up books. So when I hit a plot problem I applied the somebody…strategy.   I noticed quickly that I… Continue Reading “Works for kids and authors alike”

Squashing Your Outer Adult to Write for Your Inner Child

“Rediscover the child in you so that you may write for the child before you,” literary agent, Stephen Fraser, urged a room of writers at the recent Marvelous Midwest conference. Challenge accepted. Just warning you, there will be no acting like adults here. These… Continue Reading “Squashing Your Outer Adult to Write for Your Inner Child”

Reflections from My Pretend B&B Stay

I am pretending that I am retreating at a B&B as any smart writer would after another great SCBWI conference. She knows from experience she needs time to digest all those delicious morsels she filled and refilled her plate while at the all-you-can-eat-buffet of… Continue Reading “Reflections from My Pretend B&B Stay”


A Year in Review. So much to be thankful for. #amwriting #kidlit #Grateful