Archive for the 'Writing' Category

25 October 2014 35th Anniversary of the Mid-Atlantic SCBWI

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

And there was a cake! I think conferences should always include cake.

24 October 2014 Good Night from DC

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Sam and I text message and send photos to each other the night before the SCBWI Mid-Atlantic conference in DC.

19 August 2014 Sold!

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

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.

26 March 2014 In the Mail Today

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

My two articles in the April issue of DIG!

23 March 2014 Blue Ridge Tail Spinners

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Inspired by Ellen at the Oscars, my writing group took a selfie today.

1 January 2014 Zooming into 2014!

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

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 […]

24 November 2013 Old Stomping Grounds

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

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 […]

11 March 2013 Unexpected

Monday, March 11th, 2013

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 […]

3 February 2013 The March Issue of Highlights is Out!

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

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 […]

20 October 2012 SCBWI Conference

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

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 […]

19 October 2012 Hotel Turn-down Service

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

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 […]

11 August 2012 Garbage to Gas

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

First kids non-fiction article I ever sold is out in this month’s Boys’ Quest magazine!

2 May 2012 At the Library

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

the May/June issue of Calliope, with my article in it (!)

23 April 2012 In the Mail Today

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

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 […]

24 March 2012 Virginia Festival of the Book

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

12 February 2012 Look Who’s Driving

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

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

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

“A writer’s job is to tell the truth” — Andy Rooney

24 October 2011 This Was a Nice Thing to Come Home to

Monday, October 24th, 2011

My first check from the sale of a story! It’s a start. Thank you, Highlights Magazine.

22 October 2011 SCBWI Mid-Atlantic

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

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.

23 August 2011 Unexpected

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

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… […]