2/7/14: Some good news from my dear friend and critique group partner, the talented author and poetess, Renée! She has created this amazing course that I've been a beta tester for. Click on the image below to find out more about how you can take this class. Right now, she also has a giveaway for one scholarship to take the class for free. Go enter!
1/6/14: Happy 2014! The year is starting out pretty nice for me.
For one, the Minnows Literary Group anthology on time travel, Out of Time, has sold over 3,500 copies, to people all over the world even, since it debuted in February of 2013. We are thrilled to be able to donate over $1,000 (100% of the profits) to Doctors Without Borders, and look forward to sending more money their way with the sales of our new anthology (In a Land Far Away).
For another, another of my awesome critique groups, the CATS, spearheaded by E. Kiely Kearns and Sylvia Liu, launched an incredible new resource, KidLit411.com which features me in the first illustrator profile!
And if that isn't enough to make a gal glow, the splendid poetess Catherine Johnson also did a portrait of me with a charming write-up!
So, yeah, 2014 is starting out great. I hope yours is too!
12/16/13: I'm super excited to announce that due to the extreme organizational skills of Russell James, horror author extraordinaire and the leader of the Minnows Literary Group, our anthology In A Land Far Away is now available as Kindle and paperback just in time for holiday gift giving!
As before, all profits go to Doctors Without Borders, so you can help the less fortunate while enjoying a smashing good read.
12/1/13: I'm baaaack!!…from a 2 month trip across the continent as well as the Pacific Ocean. Did ya miss me?
Okay…did you notice I was gone at least? ;) Well, if you're the least bit curious as to where I went and what I saw, you can check out my blog each Monday in December at Growing, Writing, Creating.
I have some great news for those who enjoyed The Minnows Literary Group's Out Of Time: Five Tales of Time Travel anthology: our next e-anthology, In A Land Far Away is scheduled to be released in early 2014.
9/21/13: And we have officially sold over 2,000 copies of Out Of Time: Five Tales of Time Travel! Another check of $450 is being sent to Doctors Without Borders...WoOt!!
Check out a new onomatopoeia resource started by Kristen Fulton that I'd contributed to to use for your own writing on the Resource page!
9/1/13: As of today, we have sold 1,821 copies of our e-anthology, OUT OF TIME - FIVE TALES OF TIME TRAVEL!! This makes nice little donation for Doctors Without Borders. :)
7/9/13: We are featured on the lovely and talented Rhonda Hopkins' Authors Give Back blog feature today!
6/30/13: I've just completed the awesome month-long course, Making Picture Book Magic. I not only learned a lot, but also have written a pretty decent story through the clearly defined steps outlined in the course. The lessons are broken up into easily digestible chunks, spanning 21 lessons (you get weekends off) and shares Susanna Hill's wealth of knowledge and insight through the lectures and the group page on Facebook. I highly recommend this class to anyone who has ever wanted to write picture books!
4/21/13: Just completed Mira Reisberg's informative "The Craft and Business of Writing Children's Picture Books" course via Picture Book Academy! I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn how to write picture books. I'll be taking her "The Craft and Business of Illustrating Children's Picture Books" course shortly. Can't wait!
This time, it was for Susanna Hill's "in Just- spring" contest. You can check out the story I wrote for the contest on my regular blog. And I get to have the lovely Laura Galvin, editor at KidsBooks, give me a critique on a couple of my picture book manuscripts...yay!! Many, many thanks to Susanna for the contest and Laura for the prize!
Out of Time is...out!
My science-fiction critique group, comprised of author Russell James and winners of various awards K.P. Hornsby, Janet Guy, and Paul Siluch (see the Resources page for their websites), has put together a volume of stories around the theme of time travel, specifically about the ramifications and consequences thereof.
You can find Out of Time at Smashwords -
or through Amazon (click on image of cover to go to Amazon page). It's only 99 cents and all proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders!
Check it out if you're a fan of speculative fiction or of the study of human nature.
2nd place winner!
Found out February 1st that I won 2nd Place in the Children's Writer magazine Young Adult Fiction contest!!! Woohoo! :)
AND, in a fit of optimism - that is, thinking I can put in more writing time than is realistic - I signed up for the 12x12 Challenge. Click on the banner above to check it out!
As usual, there will be a new post every Monday at my regular blog, Growing, Writing, Creating
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