This year I'm appreciating the power of writing contests to focus and spur on creativity. Last year my writing came to a grinding halt once the world shut down and I was consumed with a million new things. Now in 2021, it feels great to be back. I'm actively participating in SCBWI, 12x12 Picture Book … Continue reading My #50PreciousWords entry: Yard Sale Day!
I'm excited to be pitching several of my picture book manuscripts today in the Twitter author pitch party, #PBPitch! If you visit me over there at @SavannahHNN, leave an encouraging comment under the pitches you like but save the ❤s for agents and editors. Thanks!…………Bitsy spider, piggy toes,patty cake and kiss my nose.You hold me … Continue reading It’s Picture Book Pitch Party Time!
When my homeschooling friend Caridad Legere agreed to walk with me, I was excited. She's always hiking with her family in some amazing, scenic location. When she suggested her 7-mile walk along Linear Park to the Glendale stadium and back, I was petrified. 😂 It dawned on me just how many hours that distance might … Continue reading Walk Day #12, Caridad
Rachel Ryan has been an enthusiastic fan of our family and a fun friend since Matt's days at Starwood Hotels. She was McKenna's first dog sitting client, and would often bring a friend to come celebrate our kids in their musical theater shows with Christian Youth Theater and MoezArt. I always enjoyed her company at … Continue reading Walk Day #11, Rachel
Wednesday morning after music lessons I met up with my friend Brenda Way for a walk near her place. I don't know what I was thinking, agreeing to go on a "walk" with a career military woman who's very fit. She kicked my butt, going fast on a long 3.8-mile loop around the neighborhood and … Continue reading Walk Day #10, Brenda
My daily walkie-talkie streak nearly came to a halt Tuesday when my first cancellation happened in the morning. (Yes, I'm behind on my posts.) Thankfully, my fabulous neighbor and homeschooling friend Tonya Risser saved the day! We ended up going out after 8:30 pm, and wow, was the 65-degree temperature divine! We walked for two … Continue reading Walk Day #9, Tonya
I want to be like Pauline Gross when I grow up. (My Mom always said things like that. It makes me smile.) Pauline makes everyone feel welcome at Discovery Pointe Church. She puts together the church directory, coordinates the greeter team, hosts a fun small group with her husband Eriks, serves on missions trips, and … Continue reading Walk Day #8, Pauline
My sweet friend Stephanie is a unicorn. She's one of the rare people you can still find these days NOT taking part in social media. I remember when those two paths diverged about 10 years ago, don't you? Well, her family took the one less traveled by. You can tell the difference. Stephanie has always … Continue reading Walk Day #7, Stephanie
Yesterday we celebrated my youngest child's baptism. In our Christian church, it's a beautiful, symbolic way to proclaim your faith in the love, truth and hope of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Renzo, age 9 1/2, was so excited to finally be "bappatized." He's been hounding me about it for at least a year … Continue reading A Day to Celebrate!
Three years ago I challenged myself during NaNoWriMo (National November Writing Month) to write not a 50,000-word novel, but a poem each day. By the end of November I had written or found in my piles of old writings enough material for three or four children's books. (I ended up starting with a poetry collection. … Continue reading Walk Day #6, Betsy