Category Archives: Authorly Stuff

A Reading of The Jobo Tree – My Short Story in Highlights Magazine

Eleven years ago my short story “The Jobo Tree” (pronounced Hobo Tree) was published in the September 2006 issue of Highlights for Children magazine. Soon after it was published, I received an award in the mail for “Author of the Month.” I … Continue reading

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Mystery of the Strange Ticking – A True Story in Honor of My Mother

So much has happened in my life the past year, so I’ve been MIA from this website. Sometimes life events trump keeping up with blogging, but I hope to write about it soon. For now, we’ll keep this post on … Continue reading

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Fascinating Facts About Octopuses

Today is the last day of International Cephalopod Awareness Days, and I’ve written a blog post for the Emblazoner’s website. Check it out to learn some fascinating facts about one type of cephalopod: octopuses.  The Emblazoners are a group of children’s … Continue reading

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Werewolves – Fact or Fiction

Rumors of shape-shifting creatures have haunted humans for ages. Werewolves, also known as lycanthropes, along with vampires, are the most well-known shape-shifters. The word “werewolf” comes from two Old English words: “wer,” which means “man,” and “wulf” for “wolf.” Here … Continue reading

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Flash Fiction Just in Time For Friday the 13th

Photo and effects by Lynn Kelley Last Friday Debra Kristi’s blog featured a flash fiction story she wrote, inspired by weird, Twilight Zone ceramic critters in her hotel room. She challenged others to write a flash fiction piece based on … Continue reading

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Rats!

I need to take time off from posting. I’m not sure how long. I thought I could keep up, but I can’t. Moving is maddening. I’m not sleeping well. Look at those dark circles under my eyes! Gotta unpack all … Continue reading

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DÉJÀ VU – Stepping Into Your Character’s Shoes

Today, I’m participating in  DL Hammon’s DÉJÀ VU BLOGEST! co-hosted by Katie Mills (Creepy Query Girl),  Nicole Ducleroir, and Lydia Kare   Everyone who signed up is posting an old blogpost.   Here’s my post from July 4, 2011.  I picked this post … Continue reading

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Interview With a Pirate Rat!

I have a special guest for you today. Please welcome Vlad, the talking pirate rat. Thank you for visiting, Vlad. I’m thrilled I get to pick your brain today. Arrr, swabber! No one be messin’ with me poor brain, lest … Continue reading

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Tis the Season For Blog Awards!

Surprise!   In the past few months, lucky duck that I am, I’ve received “The Versatile Blogger” award from three wonderful blogger buds. I would like to thank: C. Lee McKenzie – TheWriteGame Debra Kristi’s Blog – Sparks in the Fire … Continue reading

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My Choices in Publishing

“The future ain’t what it used to be.”  ~Yogi Berra If only a peek into a crystal ball could tell us which road to take. A group of children’s writers had some interesting discussions via email about traditional publishing vs. … Continue reading

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