Writing quote

Sure, it's simple writing for kids...Just as simple as raising them.
— Ursula K. LeGuin

Wednesday, January 8, 2014


   A couple of posts ago, I talked about creating a digital vision board. So, here's mine for 2014. I'm going to have it blown up poster-size and tacked on the bulletin board in my office. I'll review my progress mid-year and at the end of the year to see if making my goals visual will better keep me focused and on track. What are your writing resolutions or goals for the year? Do you have a vision board to share?

Saturday, January 4, 2014


Arriving in bookstores Jan. 7
Click here to pre-order the book
   Three more days till Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas' official release! My guest post on Jan. 3 on Charlesbridge Publishing's blog, UnAbridged, kicks off the January Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas blog tour! The post, "Goldy Luck's Arduous Path from Vision to Reality" talks about this picture book's nine year journey to publication and all the hands it passed through — hands that have helped mold the story into the book that will be released to the world on Jan. 7.

Writing may be a solitary endeavor, but publishing is not

   Here's the rest of the blog tour schedule:

Jan. 7 - Smart Books for Smart Kids blog, http://www.smartbooksforsmartkids.com -  
Jan. 8 - Smart Books for Smart Kids blog, http://www.smartbooksforsmartkids.com - Book
Jan. 14 - The Write Chris blog, http://thewritechris.blogspot.com - Guest post
Jan. 20 - Word Spelunking blog, http://wordspelunking.blogspot.com - Book review and
Jan. 22 - Wrapped in Foil blog, http://blog.wrappedinfoil.com - Book review
Jan. 27 - Susanna Hill blog, http://susannahill.blogspot.com - TBA

Stop on by for a chat. I would love to hear from you at each of these blog stops.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014


A Vision Board

    Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. We were late, late, late this year—didn't finish wrapping our presents till…Christmas morning. Well, that's one more thing on my New Year resolution list: 1) Don't put Christmas off till the last minute, along with 2) Don't wait three months between blog posts…
   Speaking of which, I just heard of something called a digital vision board. Basically, it's a visual version of a New Years' resolution list. Like the latter, you make a list of goals you want to achieve for the next year — or the next five years, if you wish. Using Photoshop or Power Point, you can create a digital board of images, photographs, artwork, musings, quotes, anything that inspires you towards those goals. You can print out your board and make it into a poster that you can put up on your wall. You can also go low tech and use a poster board and old fashioned glue or tape or just pin images to a bulletin board.
   Want to know how to create a digital vision board? Click here. And check out these samples of Vision Boards on Pinterest. Once I have mine done, I'll post it. 
   Do you have a Vision Board, visual or otherwise? Let us see it. It might inspire us to create our own.