Do you like to write?

I spent the day a few weekends ago at a craft fair in Redmond, WA. It was a beautiful day up here in the Pacific Northwest, one of those rare days as we come out of winter where the sun is out and it’s not too hot. The craft fair was sparsely attended, probably due […]

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I’ve Written a Children’s Book, Now What? Part VI

Illustrations There are many decisions an independent author must make when deciding to publish a children’s book. And one of the biggest decisions revolves around illustrations. If you are trying to publish your book traditionally through a publishing company, you more than likely will not have to choose an illustrator. Most traditional publishing houses do […]

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Z is for Zucchini Bread and the Zoo

When I was growing up, my grandmother had a house on the Oregon coast in a small town called Arch Cape. Arch Cape is a beautiful spot, just south of Cannon Beach (famous for it’s Haystack Rock). Every summer until I was in 8th grade my sister and I spent a month at her house. […]

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Y is for Yens

If you are a Gilmore Girls fanatic like I  am you will certainly recall the episode where Rory goes golfing with her grandfather. As they are walking along, Richard says to Rory, I suppose you have a yen for travelling. To which Rory responds,  “I am up to my ears in yens.” With the publication […]

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X Marks the Spot

Most of us have gone through a period where we were (or still are) fascinated by pirates. For most we probably started this fascination by watching  Disney’s Peter Pan or Robin Hood. Our pirating adventures have been furthered by Captain Jack Sparrow of Pirates of the Carribbean  (my favorite ride at Disneyland) and the Dread […]

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W is for Writing

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about a question I’ve gotten in several interviews, it’s the one where I’m asked, “When did I know I was a writer?” I can pinpoint events in my life that have led me on this journey to where I am now, but to seriously say, “Hey everyone look at […]

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V is for Vignette

I have written numerous blog posts here on the definition of a word and its relation to writing. Today as I was brainstorming on the letter V (you almost got a post about vineyards), I landed on the word vignette. A vignette is a short description or scene more about evoking meaning through imagery than […]

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U is for the Unknown

Unknown adjective not known; not within the range of one’s knowledge, experience, or understanding; strange; unfamiliar. not discovered, explored, identified, or ascertained:the unknown parts of Antarctica. not widely known; not famous; obscure: an unknown writer.   I found it rather ironic when I decided to write this post about the word unknown and how it […]

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