And there was a cake! I think conferences should always include cake.
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Sam and I text message and send photos to each other the night before the SCBWI Mid-Atlantic conference in DC.
I sold a story to Highlights Magazine this month and the check came in the mail today. For so many reasons–no, actually for just ONE reason (my left foot)–I needed this good news about now.
My two articles in the April issue of DIG!
Inspired by Ellen at the Oscars, my writing group took a selfie today.
And also another year of Photo365. It’s kinda like scootering downhill–once you start, momentum (and often gravity) keep things moving on. In the spirit of keeping things moving, I’ve decided to write a short story every day this month. Too often, ideas drop into my head and I ignore them because I’m supposed to be […]
I spent a great deal of time here when I was in grad school. I must admit it felt strange to breeze in only to return a single book. (I have an alumni account, which is handy for some of my freelance magazine work). Back in the day, I checked books in and out by […]
I really couldn’t imagine what was in the box that Highlights Magazine sent me in the mail today. It was a white box. Maybe some more complimentary copies of the March issue that includes my story? Maybe a cake? I almost had it right. It was a plate. A pewter plate naming me “Author of […]
And my story, “The Cake Master,” is in it. I am so, so happy with the illustrations they included. Thank you, Highlights! Also thank you to everyone who ever read a draft of this story. And thanks to my friend Robin who, upon hearing about the disastrous birthday cake I made for AC the year […]
I spent nearly all day in this room and only toward the end did my brain reach saturation. Great conference. Favorite quotes, presented entirely out of context and so they will be meaningless to just about everyone who reads this blog, but oh well: “Nearly everything is art, but not everything is interesting.” –Daniel Nayeri […]
Molly and No-name doll (notice– she has eyes now!) get all tucked into the hotel hours before any of us got to sleep. We came up to Dulles, VA outside Washington DC for the annual Mid-Atlantic region of the Society of Children’s Writers and Book Illustrators conference tomorrow. The plan is for me to learn […]
First kids non-fiction article I ever sold is out in this month’s Boys’ Quest magazine!
the May/June issue of Calliope, with my article in it (!)
The May/June issue of Calliope with my article, “Condemned for Heresy,” in the lead position! Calliope is a world history magazine for ages 9-14. This is my first time writing for them (and hopefully not my last). “Condemned for Heresy” tells the story of Jan Hus, a Czech priest, who was executed by the Church […]
This is what I saw when I looked over to the car next to me as I prepared to drive away from my writing critique group meeting. There’s probably a story there.
“A writer’s job is to tell the truth” — Andy Rooney
My first check from the sale of a story! It’s a start. Thank you, Highlights Magazine.
I spent the day at the Society for Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators Mid-Atlantic annual conference. It was great, except for when the jet-lag caught up with me in the middle of the afternoon and I seriously wondered if anyone would mind if I took a nap under my seat.
Three unexpected things happened today: 1. One of the editors at Highlights magazine emailed me that she is recommending my revised story for purchase. 2. We felt a 5.8 magnitude earthquake this afternoon in central Virginia. I couldn’t figure out why the house was shaking. This is the east coast… I’m not in California anymore… […]