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*Disclaimer: Stories based on the exact set of words, names and attached graphics are already in the works.

In a land where it was not uncommon to see pigs flying a few feet off the ground, Bella was different. Instead of tiny delicate-looking wings like all the other pigs, Bella’s wings were longer. “Why can’t my wings be just like everyone else’s?” She moaned.


Thanks for your patience with me. Feeling much better. Back to work.

*Disclaimer: Stories based on the exact set of words, names and attached graphics are already in the works.

“It won’t hurt to rest my poor old eyes, ” Jocko said, rubbing his eyes. “I’ll hear them if anything goes wrong.”

Jocko heard a  child’s yelling. Then another and another.  They were happy sounds. . .  the boys were chasing each other around playing. All was well in his world. He closed his eyes and laid his head down on the sand.

Sworn to a temporary secrecy by Yolanda LeRoy, Editorial Director at Charlesbridge Publishing, SCBWI authors can now talk about the latest acquisiton by them. Check out the link to find out details.

Subject: Charlesbridge buys small Michigan press

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY reports that Charlesbridge bought Mackinac Island Press, a small firm with offices in Traverse City, Michigan:
<<http://www.publishe rsweekly. com/article/ CA6707471. html>>

As the month comes to a close and the PiBoIdMo challenge is wrapped up, my brain isn’t slowing down. In light of that phenomenon, I’ve decided to extend my idea submission into the first week of December.

Not as a part of the PiBoIdMo challenge but as a challenge to myself. I just hate the idea of not writing down the extra ideas and I really like the feeling that I am getting from the new ideas.

*Disclaimer: Stories based on the exact set of words, names and attached graphics are already in the works.

“I can do this,” Chelsea whispered, waving to her mom and dad. She took a long deep breath. She crouched down, then sprang forward. She ran as fast as she could and leapt into the air.

Smack! Thump! The little reindeer’s legs spread apart and her nose hit the ground.

“Ouch,” cried Chelsea, picking up her head. “Time to try again.”

“Chelsea honey,” Mom said, “now will you please quit. You’re going to get hurt.”

*Disclaimer: Stories based on the exact set of words, names and attached graphics are already in the works.

Albert cocked his head to the side.

His ear lifted up. He listened to the sound.

Albert’s left eye opened a little. He watched  a tiny animal creep closer.

As an aspiring picture book writer getting new ideas has never been a challenge for me.

Ideas seem to find me as the strangest of time. For instance, like last night when I was really tired after all the Thanksgiving stuff. You know the cooking, the visiting and the cleaning that most of us regular folk do for the holidays.

About 10 PM, I decided to call it a night. I turned off the TV. I shut off the lights and crawled between the sheets with visions of a deep restful sleep for the next few hours. Then, it happened.

A Brahma bull named Braden danced his way into my brain. I tried to stop him. I really did. I rolled over and pulled the cover over my head. I pinched my eyes closed. I willed myself to think of a peaceful stream flowing by as I lay on a bed of grass.

Alas, he wasn’t about to be put away so fast. I saw his big old eyes peeking around a monstrous China Cabinet, just daring me to ignore him. He crept closer, his tail swiping dangerous close to my face. You can’t ignore me  he said, sitting at the edge of my bed.

His friend Agy dropped by as well.  The little  bee buzzed through the China Shop doing ways more damage than you could ever imagine. Tell my story he seemed to demand.

But I want to sleep. Go away. Come back in the morning, I thought.

However, the two friends seemed to delight in throwing themselves around in my head.

So, guess what? I got up. I pulled out a flashlight so as not to wake others in the household .  . . who unlike me had no nighttime visitors. I found a scrap of paper and a pen.  I captured Braden and Agy down on paper as the twosome waved their good-byes.

Finally, with a sigh, I rolled over. At long last sleep but I should have known better. The fact that Braden and Agy had opened up a corner of my mind allowed other visitors a hole to weasel their way in. Mr. Pendergast, Snook’ems and Sir Knightly all said their say.

Needless to say, an hour later, exhausted but satisfied as a writer, I drifted off in to a restful sleep.


I am an aspiring picturebook writer with some magazine credits just no picture book contract yet. I know it is coming and I am more than willing to work for it.

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My Favorites:

I love the children's movies Wizard of Oz and the Neverending Story. Both movies make me feel the lesson that hope is alive and well. After seeing UP this past week, it just might have a chance at being added to this list.

I love the cool colors of blues and purples.Those colors are peaceful for me.

I love The Velveteen Rabbit. Even as an adult, I still feel the urge to cry when he becomes real. I know, silly, but a good book can make me laugh and cry as it takes me on a magical journey.

Authors and Illustrators:

Authors, Author/Illustrator, Illustrators that I know and/or Like.


C= Children

MG= Mid Grade

T= Teen

YA= Young Adult

A= Adult


Bonnie Adamson *

Kathi Appelt *

Tedd Arnold


Natalie Babbit

Molly Bang

Bonnie Becker

Jan and Stan Berenstain

Judy Blume

Tracey M. Cox

Linda Crotta Brennan *

Jan Brett

Janie Bynum *

Eric Carle

Pam Calvert

Nancy Carlson

Beverly Cleary

Kevin Scott Collier

Sharon Creech

Doreen Cronnin

Tomie dePaulo

Kate DiCamillo

Kathleen Duey *

Dotti Enderle

Jan Fields *

Denise Fleming

Mem Fox

Kelley Milner Hall

Amy Heist

Kevin Henkes

Ellen Jackson *

Jeff Kinney

Jackie French Koller

Ursula K. LeGuin

Leo Lionni

Lois Lowry

Mercer Mayer

Robert Munsch

Laura Numeroff

Linda Sue Parks

Dav Pilkey

Patricia Polacco

Peggy Rathmann

Bethany Roberts

David Shannon

Aaron Shepard

Donna J. Shepherd *

Cynthia Leitich Smith

Jerry Spinelli

Diane Stanley

Chris Van Allsburg

Rick Walton *

Lisa Wheeler

Mo Willems

Karma Wilson *

Audrey Woods

Jane Yolen *

Favorite Websites:

Favorite Blogs:

• ShelfTalker: A Children’s Bookseller’s Blog
• Alice’s CWIM Blog
• A Fuse #8 Production
• Cynsations
• Nathan Bransford – Literary Agent
• Editorial Anonymous
• Miss Snark’s First Victim
• Writing for children and teens

Favorite Quotes.

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