Peg366's Blog

When and Where Inspiration Hits a Writer. My Writing Journey.

Posted on: November 8, 2009

Yesterday, I had the blues. You know that feeling that your world is lacking something .  It had been cold and rainy for a few days. I had been cooped up. Not only was the weather dreary but  household members had been struggling with colds.

The boys were feeling it too with a lot of small  fights over stuff they usually don’t argue about.  So . . .when the weather looked like it just might be more accommodating, I  grabbed the opportunity to get them out to a local park.

I figured at least it would let them run off some excess energy and they’d have less to argue with.

Usually, I take paper and pen with me to work on my writing at these kinds of times. It is alway a productive time for me to do revisions, etc.  But, on this morning, I was tired and decided to just ” chill”. I thought I’d just sit in the sun on the park bench and let my mind rest.

Wouldn’t you know it? The one time I don’t take anything to write on, the ideas for picture books come flying at me. No paper. A small stubby pencil with barely any lead showing was the only writing instrument I found.

So here I am at the park. I’m rummaging through the trunk, digging down into the bottom of it. I’m  trying to find anything to get the ideas down on before they are gone.  All I can find is an old auto repair bill from seven years ago.

Thankfully, it is enough to record the gist of the five ideas on. I’m amazed at what I got while watching the boys and other children run and squealing in delights from one piece of park equipment to another. That will teach me to go anywhere unprepared for my creative self to express itself.


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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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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

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