G is for Ghost

When I was about 12 or 13, I remember being fascinated with reading books on UFOs, Bigfoot, ghosts, ESP, the supernatural. I grew up in the town of Mt. Shasta. Some consider the mountain to be one of the spirtual wonders of the world. I grew up with people flooding into town to witness the […]

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F is for Family

I’ve been participating in an Instagram challenge this month called #bookparty18. Each day there is a different prompt to post that is book related. Today’s prompt was a book with an awesome mom character. I posted a picture of A Year on Ladybug Farm by Donna Ball. What I like about this book is the way […]

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E is for Erin

I’d like to take a moment and introduce you to one of my sisters of the heart. I met her when we were in 2nd grade (no counting how many years). I can only imagine now what that conversation was like back then. “I like horses do you like horses? I like to read, do […]

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D is for Daughter

When I hit the letter D today, I was stumped for awhile. So many people participating in the endeavor had a month to plan themes around the letters and here I was (already starting a few days behind) wondering what I was going to write about the letter D. I settled on writing a little […]

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C is for Challenge

The definition of a challenge is a call to take part in a contest or a competition. A call to take part in. A contest or competition. What the basic definition doesn’t point out is that a challenge can be internal or external. For the most part we writers face the internal challenge, letting our […]

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B is for Bear

I’ve decided to play a little word association with the letters as they come up for this blogging challenge. Possibly pick the first word that comes to my head when I say the letter out loud. As the title of this blog suggests, bear was the first thing I thought of when I said “B.”  […]

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A is for Adventure

I have always been the one friend that is up for adventure. So when I was listening to a recent podcast (Vikki J. Carter’s Authors of the Pacific Northwest), I was introduced to the A to Z Bloggers Challenge. The A to Z challenge basically challenges Bloggers to blog 26 times in the month of […]

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Book Review: Barney the Lopsided Mule

I was recently out on the internet reaching out to other children’s book authors when I came across The Cowgirl Poet, Liz Hughley. Her back story intrigued me, having grown up listening to my father’s stories of packing supplies into fire lookout towers in the Idaho and Montana wilderness. Liz spent a good portion of […]

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I’ve Written A Children’s Book, Now What? Part V

If you have been following my current blog series, I’ve been talking about the process once you’ve completed writing your children’s book. So far we’ve discussed critique and editing, number of pages and trim size, character mapping, and storyboarding. We are getting closer to that all important aspect of finding an illustrator. Illustrations are as […]

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

Story Boarding  At this point in your journey to publish your children’s book, you are probably wondering what to do next.  This is a good point to start focusing your attention on what you want your illustrations to look like.   Storyboarding was originally created by the Walt Disney company as a way of visually displaying, […]

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