A ‘Bright or Blue’ Update

Just a quick update for those of you wishing to follow the progress of my upcoming children’s picture book, Bright or Blue.

The wonderfully talented Alexandra Gheorghiu is currently working on the illustrations.  I am immensely grateful and honored to have her bringing my words to life.  The words in a picture book are written with the intent to be emphasized by an artist.  I realize that my manuscript cannot stand alone and I give much love and credit to the artist giving it life!

Splashing Cow Books has been beyond amazing through this entire process.  I feel incredibly fortunate to be working with them.  If things continue swimmingly, Bright or Blue should be in print fall 2015.

In the meantime – I am writing my first children’s chapter book and enjoying connecting with authors and others on Twitter.

Thanks so much to all who have reached out to me with kind words and support!4079068_orig

‘Great’ Ideas (and why it’s ok to defy your comfort zone)

Sometimes I come up with these really great ideas.  Like the time, when my son was just a few months old, I decided I wanted to learn how to drive a motorcycle.  Why I chose that time, with a new little person completely dependent on me, to learn how to drive a two-wheeled death machine is still a little fuzzy.  But, I got the idea in my head and there was nothing left to do but follow through.  I took a weekend class, passed my test, and was the proud recipient of a motorcycle endorsement.  Nine years later, I’m still here.  I guess that ‘great’ idea didn’t turn out so bad.

More recently, my great idea led me to a daily writing routine and the purchase of a antique writing desk.Antique Secretary Desk

I started with an online children’s book writing course to get a feel for the industry and to brush up on any grammar and punctuation rules that may have fled my mind since my school days.  I began writing every morning.  I purchased reference materials, read countless blogs and articles online about writing for children, and spent a lot of time at my local library.  Everything went swimmingly up to and including the point when Splashing Cow Books accepted my manuscript.  However, all the reference materials in the world couldn’t have prepared me for the fact that I suddenly and knowingly thrust myself into a very media-driven profession.

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Good Grammar & Great Cookies

I love the gluten free registry app for finding safe restaurants to eat at while I’m traveling.  During a recent search, I came across this review of a restaurant with a gluten free menu:

Grammar is important, people!

Grammar is important, people!

‘Sandwitches and deserts’ are a bit too gritty for my taste but I can recommend a super-awesome, gluten free cookie recipe!  This is my favorite peanut butter cookie recipe and it’s a pleaser to the non-GF crowd as well.

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Dedicated to the Unknown King

I recently had great fun digging through my memory box.  My mom was good about saving stories that I wrote, school projects, cards that I made for family members, etc.

A couple things in particular made me laugh.  First, there’s this dedication page in a book that I wrote for a school project when I was 12.

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‘This book is dedicated to the unknown king, Sir Ren.’

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The Book Chooses The Writer

I first started writing about a little girl who wanted to grow up to be a pirate.  “Why can’t you be more like your sister?” her parents would wonder.  My protagonist’s sister was a very girly-girl.  I liked the idea of the story very much.  I wrote a rough outline and character bibles and I thought I was ready to let the story pour out on paper.  But another story snuck its way into my mind, with a very different feel and a very different character.  I tried to ignore her, at least until I could complete my young pirate’s tale.

One evening I found my mind drifting to this other story while meditating.  Instead of fighting my thoughts, I let them flow.  And then to humor those pesky little thoughts even more, I asked my spirit guides for a sign (I had just finished reading Rebecca Rosen’s book, Spirited). More