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 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.
In a nutshell:
I write mostly kid lit and SF and have a strong interest in food, science and nature (especially birds), homesteading, and homeschooling. I'm a huge fan of UBC Cinnamon Buns and an Indiana University spouse. I'm a bit nutty but very nice. :)
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. Here's a sneak peek at the cover:
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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