Wednesday, December 18, 2013


Oooooo! Yippeee! Cluck! Cluck! Now I can share my se . . . cret. I won the Black Hen Holiday Contest!

Folks, I'm in Middleburg, Florida now and still dancing! Lovin' it!

 How awesome to have my illustration chosen by the fabulous Erzsi Deak at Hen & Ink Literary Studio! I am so excited, I'm doing the chicken dance.

I feel honored that my entry ...won, and that it will grace the Hen & Ink Literary Studio website. This is an incredible Christmas holiday surprise! And I feel truly grateful to my online critique groups and all the people who encouraged and helped me along the way. Thanks friends:)

Cluck, cluck, cluck . . .

To take a closer peek go to Hen & Ink's Facebook page:

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Entry for Holiday Writing Contest

            This is for Susanna Hill’s 3rd annual Holiday Writing Contest. This contest is for a holiday mishap, mistake, miscommunication, chaos or potential disaster (you get the point) and must be under 350 words. Stories may be poetry or prose so here goes . . .




Tick-ity-tat, I'm a starving Rat.

I sniff for food and dodge the cat.


It’s Christmas night, I smell something sweet,

So yummy it curls the toes on my feet.


I search the bedrooms, upstairs and down,

I sniff every corner, every nook and mound.


Finding food is as easy as pie,

When there’s a trap, it catches my eye.


I twirl around as I hang from the rail,

And test the trap with the tip of my tail.


I dash to the kitchen and what do I see?

A bowl of chocolatey cookies. For me?


I climb on a chair, no time to piddle,

I leap with joy, and land in the middle.


I lick the cookies, I nibble and crunch,

I snort and sniff and continue to munch.


First one cookie, then two, three and four,

I eat, and I there's no more.


Daylight comes soon, and I have to flee,

My overstuffed belly lags behind me.


I plop to the floor and dart to my hole,

I can’t get in, I’m out of control!


I kick and I squirm, but I am stuck tight,

I try to escape with all of my might.


It seems the cookies were just a trap.

To fool a bungling Christmas treat rat.


I struggle and struggle until I yank free,

I run to the window and under the tree.


What do I see with my sparkling eyes?

Nut logs and fruitcake, a yummy surprise!






25 Totally Awesome Picture Book Agents

As a holiday treat, here is an amazing list of literary agents that I found on the internet that I hope will make your Christmas extra special!

1. Jennifer Laughran (Andrea Brown Literary Agency)

2. Ammi-Joan Paquette (Erin Murphy Literary Agency)

3. Erin Murphy (Erin Murphy Literary Agency)

4. Sara Crowe (Harvey Klinger)

5. Holly McGhee (Pippin Properties)

6. Kelly Sonnack (Andrea Brown Literary Agency) 

7. Tina Wexler (ICM)

8. Rosemary Stimola (Stimola Literary Studio)

9. Sarah Davies (Greenhouse Literary Agency)

10.Paul Rodeen (Rodeen Literary Management)

11. Brenda Bowen (Sanford J. Greenburger Associates)

12. Teresa Kietlinski (Prospect Agency)

13. Joanna Volpe (New Leaf Literary & Media) 

14. Laura Rennert (Andrea Brown Literary Agency) 

15. Jill Corcoran (The Herman Agency)

16.Jamie Weiss Chilton (Andrea Brown Literary Agency)

17. Suzie Townsend (New Leaf Literary & Media)

18. Elena Mechlin (Pippin Properties)

19. Isabel Atherton (Creative Authors)

20. Steven Chudney (The Chudney Agency)

21. Emily van Beek (Folio Literary Management)

22. Karen Grencik (Red Fox Literary)

23. Edward Necarsulmer IV (McIntosh & Otis)

24. Jim McCarthy (Dystel & Goderich Literary Management)

25. Steven Malk (Writers House)


Saturday, December 7, 2013

Don't Forget to Focus

Hi, all you writers out there! I know we're busy with the holiday season, but don't let those  good ideas get away. Whether you're writing, reading or just plotting, each step gets us closer to a brand new draft!

I totally love to write so I'm always thinking about it, even while doing chores or shopping, having my hair done or sky-diving . . . (oops! no not really)! The point is--writing is always at the forefront of my thoughts. Yes, that's right, I DO have a one-track mind!

In order to stay focused while I'm away from my laptop, I've developed a strategy to keep from forgetting ideas. If a title or character presents itself, I use anything available to scribble a quick note; a napkin, a newspaper or the back of my electric bill. Haha. Whatever it takes, to keep the idea from vanishing forever, and it would!

So enjoy the holiday season, stay focused, and stay warm:)

 Happy Writing, Friends.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Lots of Yummy News

Warning . . . exclamation explosion straight ahead!
Yes, oh yes, it's true! I actually finished NaNoWriMo! And here's the logo to prove it! Isn't it lovely?
And the website logo is awesome too! See below:
I feel wonderful to have accomplished writing a novel in a month! Who would have thought it was possible?
                                          (I am getting ahead of myself--this is last year's. Hehe!
And guess what? I'm also a PiBoIdMo winner! That means I have over thirty brand new picture books to write, thanks to Tara Lazar for making it all possible. Thanks, Tara!!!
What all of this boils down to is . . . I have a TON of writing and revising to do. But it's going to be such funnn!!!
If you have been following these contests and joining in, you also have lots of work ahead. But don't get discouraged by what lies ahead, all you need is an open mind to let your stories flow naturally, and time.
So grab your charts and maps! Arrange outlines that are filled with conflict, humor or mystery. Check your lists--check them twice--make your characters naughty or nice! Because submission time is coming very soon:)
Remember folks, I'm always happy to answer any of your questions! And if you follow me, I'll follow you back!