One of my mom's great regrets was not having read to me and my sister when we were young, but I reassured her that it was because I had to read on my own when I was little that I maintained a life-long love of children's literature. I'm pretty sure I was the only person in high school and university who was still reading children's books for fun.
My love of science fiction also goes way back to my youth. I watched my first episode of Star Trek when it syndicated in Hong Kong in 1968. I was four and enthralled. I have had a crush on Mr. Spock ever since, but that's a different story for another time.
It only seems right that I should channel this love into writing in those genres.
But, I'll let you in on a little secret: I also spent a good portion of my youth watching Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and Tales from the Crypt. You can just guess what that says about me - I'm not all sunshine and lollypops (though I would not say no to Jelly Babies)!
5/13/13 - I'm having an UN-birthday giveaway of some Ladybug and Babybug magazines that have my writing. Head over to my blog for details!
Just returned home from the AMAZING Wild, Wild Midwest SCBWI Conference! I learned so much from the sessions I attended and the speakers I heard. Also connected with other children's lit writers I'd never met, or never met in person, before. I wish I remembered to bring my camera... D'oh!
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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