March On With Mentor Texts

The month of March was filled with new picture book titles an and new learning. lynne Marie, Editor and Owner of Rate Your Story, hosted the event. Guest authors and illustrators shared picture book titles and discussions of the mentor texts. The challenge included reading daily posts to discover how these published books are successfulContinue reading “March On With Mentor Texts”


Good Trick, Giant Walking Sticks!

Good Trick, Giant Walking Sticks! By Suzy Leopold The snow melts and spring blooms. It’s springtime on the Midwest Prairie. Tiny eggs move. Wriggle! Wiggle! Pop! Out crawl insects. Giant walking sticks. Good trick, walking sticks! The nymphs are hungry. Slow walkers. Searching for food. Discover green leaves to munch. Munch! Crunch! Good trick, walkingContinue reading “Good Trick, Giant Walking Sticks!”

Kids’ Choice KidLit Writing Contest

Today the finalists and the honorable mentions for the 1st Annual Kids’ Choice Kidlit Writing Contest are announced by Kailei Pew. Such an amazing contest judged by kids! I am thankful and honored to be selected for honorable mention for my two-character picture book entry BOOKWORM AND ROBIN. Congratulations and best wishes to all whoContinue reading “Kids’ Choice KidLit Writing Contest”

The Craft of Writing—The Element of Revising

The step of revising is critical to writing. It can be daunting but it doesn’t have to be. “Revising is part of writing. Few writers are so expert that they can produce what they are after on the first try. Quite often you will discover, on examining the completed work, that there are serious flaws inContinue reading “The Craft of Writing—The Element of Revising”


I’m participating in Storystorm 2022! Are you? Today is the last day to register for this annual event. Over the years, since 2009, author and blogger, Tara Lazar has hosted this amazing event with opportunities for readers, writers, educators, and individuals interested in writing and illustrating picture books for children. Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo)Continue reading “Storystorm”

Writers Create

Writers create the just-right words and sentences on a page to tell a story. Illustrators and artists create just right pictures and art to enhance and tell a story. Creating is powerful and allows writers to see themselves and reflect on their writing. Time to create. Gather together the following suggested supplies: Scrapbook paper, and/orContinue reading “Writers Create”

Living a Grateful Life Offers Many Benefits

Originally published on November 26, 2014 in the Macoupin County~Carlinville Enquirer~Democrat Newspaper The month of November is typically a time to give thanks.  Are you sharing gratitude during the eleventh month or all year long? Perhaps you and your family will express gratitude on Thanksgiving Day as you gather together to share a special meal. ThereContinue reading “Living a Grateful Life Offers Many Benefits”

A GROG Roundtable Discussion

Setting SMART Goals supports my writing. These goals are: specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and timely. Creating a set of short-term and long-term goals helps me to stay focused, organized, and gives me a clear sense of direction with writing projects. After a goal is achieved, I often revise and adjust a set of SMART Goals for further success. Read more fromContinue reading “A GROG Roundtable Discussion”

2021 #PBChat Mentorship

The 2021 Picture Book Chat Mentorship hosted by Justin Colón is coming together. I submitted all of my materials for the upcoming 2021 Picture Book Mentorship Showcase. The dates for the showcase are October 18th through the 22nd. I am grateful for the opportunity to grow and learn as writer. Thank you, Justin, for allContinue reading “2021 #PBChat Mentorship”

Summer Writing

A cinquain is five-line poem inspired by nature. Sharing the steps to write a cinquain poem: Line 1: One word title, a noun that identifies your topic Line 2: Two adjectives that describe your topic  Line 3: Three -ing verbs that describe action Line 4: A phrase that describes something about your topic  Line 5: AContinue reading “Summer Writing”