Peg366's Blog

My Latest Adventure.

Posted on: August 22, 2010

I’ve been very lazy about posting on here so am asking for forgiveness. I’m embarking on a journey that has rocked my world. Writing has been in the form of a journal, not my usual way of writing, but it is proving to be something I need to do.

On August 3, 2010, I got up like any other morning and crawled out of bed. The chronic pain had reared its ugly presence. My entire body ached. It hurt to get dressed and have the clothing lay on my skin but life was still good. I was alive and kicking, so I powered through it.

I knew I had to get moving. My doctor’s appointment was in an hour. While I fussing with getting dressed, I could barely think. My gut said this appt was going to be rough. Over the years my gut has  been right more than wrong so I have learned to take heed when it tells me something. I dreaded this appt.  Something drastic was going on with my body. New and different symptoms had me questioning what was happening.

Changes in bodily functions that had been consistent signaled something had changed.

The end result was a diagnosis of colon-rectal cancer, stage 3. Talk about getting a wake-up call. No one in my family has ever had colon cancer. Breast cancer and skin cancer yes, but not colon cancer.

Trying to wrap my head around this and do all the necessary scheduling has been a pain. I was going to say in the a** but have been told I am making too many wisea** cracks right now.  It’s my way of keeping myself laughing as I am determined to laugh my way through this and into a life of health.


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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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