Thursday, November 4, 2010

Home again, home again, jiggity jig

They say the trick to keeping things healthy is to use it. I'm sure you've heard it said,"if you don't use it, you'll lose it." That works for legs, love, lungs, and numerous alphabetical words beside the 'l' letter. So what's my point?

I haven't used my blog for almost six months to the day. One tends to forget what their username is, their password, even the email associated with the blog. If it wasn't for the link to my blog I have stored, I probably wouldn't remember the blog name either.

What brings me back to this wondrous place of stories to tell while curling up with hot cocoa next to the fireplace is, NaNoWriMo and PiBoIdMo.

I'm in to my fourth day of doing both and loving it.

So now that I have my fingers warmed up and the whip cream is slowly melting around the edges of the cup, let it me my pleasure and hopefully yours also, to keep you updated on how things are going.

Monday, May 10, 2010



After a two day recess from scurrying and scratching out 7 picture books in 7 days, I am so elated to have been a winner on Paula Yoo's website.

I won Lisa Wheeler's book, DINO-BASEBALL. Illustrated by Barry Gott.

Take a look at the adorable You Tube video on her website.

Thanks Lisa and Paula, I look forward to it's arrival.

Friday, May 7, 2010


Day seven is soon to come to an end. I have 7 minutes left to tell you seven things I love about NaPiBoWriWee. Here we go. Let's see if I can do this.
1. The camaraderie.
2. The short time in which to do this.
3. Why of course, Paula for thinking this up.
4. The charming thought of simple things to write for children.
5 Dreaming up the stories, through out the day, or digging up old ideas from a year ago.
6. Looking at the most obscure thing and working up an idea for a picture book.
7. Visualizing what an illustrator could do with my words.

Dancing With Raindrops

Yesterdays book is being written as I speak, or is it type? Anyway, it's in the works.
I took the day away from NaPiBoWriWee. I wasn't sure if it was because I was just way to busy to even find the computer, or if mentally, writing #6 meant I was one away from #7, which meant I would be done. It's like that last few licks that are left on a big colorful swirly sucker. YOU CAN'T FINISH IT BECAUSE THAT WOULD MEAN IT'S ALL GONE!

So instead you save it. You stick it in a safe place, perhaps a dresser drawer. It get's covered with sting or lint. If you're lucky the mice don't find it. You take it out six months later and sneer up your lip. But, at least, you still have it. I can be so confused sometime.

So day 7 is here. Sadly! I have 2 to do. I'll be checking back with the blog world later tonight. There's closet work to be done as I dance with the rain drops.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Day 5 I'm still alive.

For as busy as a day as this way for me, I did very well with the story number five. I tried to kept my word count down but the words kept flowing. My MC is an insect. A very unlikely pal.
May we be blessed with a good day number 6.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Two's company, three's a crowd . . .

. . . four is tired, is bed allowed?

Today I wrote a rhyming PB. It is about the simplicity of seasons. One day follows another. That means, we can be sure day five is coming tomorrow.

Stop smiling and get to bed little snowgirl.

Monday, May 3, 2010

When You Don't Fit In

It can be pretty lonely when you don't fit in.
That's the feeling Marie gets when her big sister seems to pull a fast one on her and excludes her from the skating party.
Lucky for Marie she is bigger than she thinks. So it goes for my MC in Picture Book number 3 of NaPiBoWriWee. Coming to your local libraries some day soon.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Captain's Log ~ Day 2

I have one minute to ramble on about my ..... "Adventure in the land of NaPiBoWriWee."
What in the world does meatballs, cat tails, puffed wheat and cannons have in common? Well, I'll tell you--they are read together in a zany story with watermelon and a bicycle. Makes sense now doesn't it? In a nut shell . . . "What an amazing dream!"

Saturday, May 1, 2010


It's May . . . again.
One would think I've been sitting in the grass for the past 358 day. Last I was here that's what I was doing. As a matter of fact my good friend Just Joany once asked me if I had gotten up yet and what was it like sitting in two feet of snow. Well, I have to tell you although I wasn't physically still sitting on the lawn watching spring turn to summer and then to fall, and onward to winter, my gumption for blogging was somewhere in the deep freeze.

There is only one word for my departure from blogology, MOVING. And, that we did. Here I sit in my unfinished living room which still screams for attention. Come with me as I throw open the windows, let in the fresh air and grab a brush and a pot of paint. Let's not forget, the laptop, my pen and pencil, and also my tablet.

Thankfully it's that time of year again. The asparagus is popping their capped green heads through the ground. The robins are pulling 4" worms out of the earth. Spring has once again come to the land of Winter Stories and it is again time for National Picture Book Writing Week. Come along as I venture into a week long journey into the craft of picture book writing.

And please . . . allow me to remind you of Paula Yoo's site. The mastermind behind this madness.