Peg366's Blog

First Goal: Blogging.

Posted on: January 6, 2010

It’s my goal for 2010 to be more dedicated to posting on my blog. I find it easy to get all caught up in the day-to-day life things and before I know it the day is gone. Then,  I scramble to find a topic. I hate that I know that about myself. So . . .  it is  time to stop. I vow to be more dedicated as I build the habit of blogging to the very best of my ability.

1.     I want my blog to be a reflection of all that I want my life to be as a writer. I want my reader to know who I am as a writer. I want to make my readers laugh. I want to make them cry.

2.     I want it (my blog) to be filled with information that other readers can say “Wow! I didn’t know that.” I want it to be stuffed with tips that are clear and concise,  both in the post of my own tips as well as those from other writers that I read.

3.     I want to post book reviews that will help parents and others want to share the books I’ve chosen to review.

4.     I want to stretch myself as a writer with articles that stimulate and advance writers on their own personal writing journey. I feel like I would love to give new writers the same thing I’ve been given by others. It’s a “Pay-it forward” thing. By the way, that movie is one of my all-time favorites.

5.     I want to share my own journey with others. I like posting about my successes and not-so successes. I want those who feel alone in their writing to know that there is a great source of support out there. Personally, I wouldn’t be writing this blog if not for the writers in my life.

6.     I want to share chats on various sites, like #kidlitchat and #YAlitchat.

7.     I want to include videos from experts  in the field as well information on contests and challenges from other writers. It is my humble opinion that the more opportunites for a writer to grow, the more of a chances they have to make their career what they have always dreamed it would be.

Methods to accheive this include:

     A.    Subscribing to other writers blogs.

     B.    Particpating in chats that include writers, illustrators,    editors, and publishers, etc. I never know what I might learn.

    C.     Reading books, taking courses, attending conferences are some of the ways I can hone my skills.

     D.    I can take risks and try new things . . . maybe it will lead me to a new passion.

     E.     Blogging helps me stay focus, so I can blog more.


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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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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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