Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Friday, July 8, 2016
I did not realize this was published! It is in an online travel journal.
Friday, July 1, 2016
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
But #4 has some possibilities: Kidogo Tumbili - little monkey in Swahili - is entry #4, based on my true story in Tanzania. Including information on Vervet monkeys, Swahili words and Ngorongoro Crater wild life.
Monday, May 2, 2016
Friday, April 1, 2016
Friday, March 25, 2016
Friday, March 18, 2016
on divorce - the process, not the "I have two happy homes" outcome
The day the animals arrived
When we were all human
death - loss does not end when the funeral is over
Grandma's Mincemeat Pie
Homelessness - questions with no answers
Homeless. Hungry. Help.
First Thursday is Pantry Day
In the works
divorce - How can this not be about me?
death - Grown ups say funny things at funerals
Alzheimer's - is he still grandpa
miscarriage - everyone is sad - what happened
Not a talking cow anywhere!
Friday, March 11, 2016
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
This week I looked at books on divorce - a much more common experience for young children than family death. Every single one I saw began after the family messiness was over! Two homes were established with cute rooms, favorite toys, fun fun fun with each parent every day. No remarriage or new siblings. No desire to be together on holidays. No weird parental behavior. Gaps to be filed with reality!
In Iowa I polled the grandblessings about favorite picture books. The 9 year old loves Patricia Polacco and the 6 year old gave me some great books just pulled off the shelf. They both loved Moo! by David LaRochelle. I'll read that to the Headstart kids next week and see if they are as excited!
5 books a day for 31 days! And some time for silliness, too.....
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
I am currently working on my own manuscript on a child's view of the death of a grandparent and one on hospice
so my first week is devoted to picture books about loss. Yesterday I looked at 28 titles, all published since 2003.
Yes it was a multi-tissue session! Pictured is Munster, one in a line of beloved missed pets!
The best were Sammy in the Sky by Barbara Walsh (pet) and The Scar by Charlotte Moundlic (mother).
Predictably there is some baaaaaaad stuff - bizarre art, kids who experienced every single reaction that adults predict they will with great speed and easy resolution, books with no emotion and some with too much. The role of God and heaven are all over the place!
I found none on: hospice care, euthanasia for pets, the unusual behavior of adults to the loss, customs and traditions of any culture other than white Protestant Northern American.
Saturday, February 27, 2016
This all would be intense even if Holy Week was not in March!
I ordered a bunch of books from the library and did subject searches on Amazon. There are probably 20 new picture books coming out on death this year! Obviously the next Big Subject. Interesting how many books are being self published on Amazon - the art is a big challenge!
Here we go!
Thursday, February 11, 2016
In the ministry I do now at St. Mark's our 4th services each Sunday (yep - 4!) is in Spanish. Many of the attendees at this service are from Mexico also besides learning some Spanish, I have celebrated Cinco de Mayo and Our Lady or Guadeloupe with a lot of energy. I also teach the first communion class - about the age of child for whom I write. Once a week I read to Headstart children, too, many of whom are bilingual Spanish-English. This is the diverse group with which I am most familiar.
I had a story about a building implosion with Hispanic kids as the protagonists. The second generation of kids - born here - are amazingly fluent in both worlds, but I have noticed that when they are excited they revert to Spanish. Knowing this I rewrote it with Spanish words when the kids were surprised or afraid. The context of the words will still make it understandable to English native speakers.
Incredibly my manuscript was one of the first 10 submitted for critique so I got to choose the person to work with! I chose Claudia Guadalupe Martinez, who grew up in Texas, and I hope can help me improve the possible new direction.
Saturday, January 23, 2016
Read more here.
More conversations will follow!
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Cooperative critiques, encouraging articles, tons of agent and editors inside information. I am sure I did not get 1/2 of what was offered last year, but I did write 17 picture books - probably 10 more than I would have! I signed up again, at the Shel Silverstein level.
If you are interested open enrollment is NOW. http://12x12challenge.com/membership/?hop=write4kidz.
Friday, January 8, 2016
Since most of our queries are e mail now - here are some (I should have known that) tips!