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Meandering Thoughts on A Cold Dreary Day.

Posted on: January 18, 2010

Two of my Adorable Buddies.

In my search for things to add to my blog, I’ve read the writings of many different writers. I’m amazed at what different styles different writers have, even within the same genre. It is that diversity of styles that gives every reader something to read that strikes their fancy.

For instance with my three critique groups, there are as many different styles as there are people in the group. The one male member writes funny and unique stories unlike anything anyone else submits. He provides the group with a “male” point of view and give us stories that thrill the male readers we might have in the future.

Another member in that group is a former teacher who tells us about aliens in the new year in a gentle way that makes us cheer the mc in her work on.  The last member gives us great details that invite us into her fairy’s world. 

In my second critique group, one talented writer gives us a princess who turn into trees in her greed while another tells us about an unruly princess and her favorite pet. The third writer in the group voices the wants and needs of the very young child in a sweet and charming way.

The writers in my third critique group do nonfiction and midgrade works. They give me an entirely different type of material to critique that stimulate me to experiment with my style of writing.

For me, if I had to say something about what I write, I’d have to say my characters overcome difficult challenges or not so difficult challenge to win their hearts desires. My stories show my eternal optimism. I like the element of hope  in my stories. I like the rooting for the underdog. I always have.

I think these styles that are indicative of the range of our readers preferences. One reader might like sci-fi while another might prefer reading rhyme. One readers might want to connect with a mc emotionally while another might want to laugh until they had to hold their sides.

Luckily for the readers, there are writers out there for every one of those preferences.


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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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